Project Alicia : WW: Capturing Memories

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WW: Capturing Memories

This past week I petitioned the family to help with a shoot for a tutorial I was asked to do. It was met with a few moans and groans, but in the end even the kids who openly share their hatred for all things photography, traipsed through tall grass and fire ant hills to capture a few photos. I can't think of a better mother's day gift.

You may be under the false assumption that busy toddlers or screaming infants top the list of challenging photo ops, but I know differently. I'd take on a small child over my stoic faced, moody kids any day. Now that they are disillusioned with the camera and not afraid to voice their strong opinions, I have to step up my game. Family photos have become quite the task, but I'm more determined than ever to document our lives.

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So often we would like to be included in a photo, but find ourselves alone- without a friend or family member there to hand the camera to. And months or years go by- before we realize we don't exist in our albums. Sometimes we want to enjoy our beautiful family on the walls but a professional photographer just isn't in the budget. Or maybe it's a fear of stepping in front of the camera. Whatever the reason, it's time to stop finding excuses and jump in the frame. Time is fleeting and our kids aren't getting any younger...

The great news is- with such amazing technology and gadgets these days, it's never been easier. So, in an attempt to help others who are struggling with this, I put together a simple tutorial. You don't even have to own a fancy camera or tripod for most of my tips. The bottom right photo was taken with an iphone and timer app.

Stop over and learn just how easy it is to step in front of the camera. You may be surprised. (Just click on the link below.)


This is Wordless Wednesday. Or in my case, Not so Wordless. You can grab my button in the sidebar but it is not required to participate. Just grab any photo and come link up! And if you'd like to connect with other WW participants, click HERE or one of the thumbnails below. It's a fun way to meet some new folks!

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43 comments:

  1. Kris @ Beyond the WhiskersTuesday, 14 May, 2013

    Hmmm,
    I’m lucky enough that most of my friends and family are just starting to create
    families or their own…which mean lots of little one to play and take photos of…and
    not as much sulking (yet). Love the feet
    shot. Happy belated Mother’s day!

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  2. I always have to remind myself to TRY and get in the picture...sigh. Thanks for the friendly reminder again perhaps I'll try harder this time. :)

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  3. Lovely pictures of the family .Great shots:) Happy WW

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  4. The photos are wonderful. They really captured the easy going family moment and the light is beautiful. Thank you for the tips. I'm guilty of that myself, always behind the camera!

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  5. Gorgeous photos and I'm rather guilty of that myself.

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  6. Love your beautiful family photos!! xo

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  7. Gorgeous pics, Alicia!! Love the outtake you shared elsewhere as well!

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  8. Great kid pictures!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/05/wordless-wednesday-shopping.html

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  9. As usual, no words. The kids sure are getting big, though!

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  10. I love the one with your kids kissing your check. So beautiful!

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  11. Beautiful shots!

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  12. Beautiful shots.


    I'm in charge of the slide show for my daughters 8th grade graduations slide show. Most of the parents have lots of baby shots, not so many of the teenagers. We'd be in sore shape if it wasn't for the school photographer who has lots of candids!

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  13. You have such a beautiful family. I love to see more of you on your blog. If I could only get my husband in front of the camera. He won't stand still for a nice shot.

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  14. These are simply beautiful! Love the pics as always!

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  15. Your tips are really great!!! I am going to pin this to refer back to in the future! I know exactly what you mean about the kids not wanting to participate willingly in photos anymore! ugh!! you were smart though ... making it part of mother's day!!! :) i'll have to be smarter next year. haha your photos are so beautiful, certainly family treasures!!

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  16. I definitely have that problem--always behind the camera and never in front. Or rarely. I must follow some of your tips!

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  17. oh I really love these pictures! Love the bare feet, love the holding hands in the field... love them all. So great :)

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  18. Hello Alicia
    New here and loving your photos! They are beautiful, I love the tenderness in them. =)

    Warmest
    dianaruth

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  19. These are so beautiful!

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  20. Those are great. I love that you shared your tips for including yourself in great family photos.

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  21. You are so right, when the kids get bigger it gets much more difficult to get them to pose for you! I love your tutorial and will definitely try some of your tips. Lovely photos!

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  22. THANKYOU! I saved it in my 'favourites'!!

    http://www.homeofohm.com/2013/05/wordlesswednesday-simple-things-w-linky.html

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  23. What delightful pictures

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  24. These are absolutely awesome photos and you are so right, it is often difficult to get in front of the camera. Thanks for the tips and I absolutely love the photo collection! Happy Wednesday to you!

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  25. what a priceless pictures you have there! :)



    Happy Wordless Wednesday! My entry is
    here
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  26. Beautiful moments you captured Lish- perfect way to spend the weekend.

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  27. Beautiful photos, gorgeous family, definitely checking out the tips now.

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  28. My Mother was visiting for two weeks. I took hundreds of photos. I am in two of them! Checking out the tips next. Thank you for hosting and sharing your lovely photos too. xo

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  29. They don't look grumpy in these photos :) They came out great!
    Happy WW :)

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  30. Great shots. I'm like you. I have wonderful documentaries of our family trips, but I only show up in a couple of shots. I finally learned to say, "Someone take my picture. I want to prove I was here!" :) Nice tutorial.

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  31. Hello Alicia, I haven't been here forever! Isn't it weird how we lose people in blogland to just discovering them again later? Nice to be here again. Theresa sent me! (well gave me the linky link spot.)

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  32. Christy HayhurstWednesday, 15 May, 2013

    It's been since forever since I've been here, but I'm so glad google reconnected me to your blog :) Love your work and glad to link up!

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  33. It's been since forever since I've been here, but I'm so glad google reconnected me to your blog :) Love your work and glad to link up!

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  34. Always nice to be here.
    Happy Wordless Wednesday.
    invite you to visit and link up at my blog.
    www.blogshe.net
    Have a nice day.
    Nan

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  35. My kids now hate the dreaded family portrait too. But I insist upon it and I'm glad that I do! (secretly I think they love it) So true that I don't exist in our photo albums. Good reminder to always include Mom!

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  36. So true, I love this project! Have a great week Alicia!

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  37. you always have such great photos... and such a beautiful family

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  38. Those are some awesome shots considering the unwilling subjects.
    I hadn't thought of it that way. My toddlers/preschoolers are so frustrating to photograph, but I guess I can at least capture some good pictures. My teens/young adults are quite impossible subjects.
    Thanks for stopping by Tots and Me and sharing.

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  39. Me and my mom were just discussing this, it is sometimes so hard to get a picture together, getting better at taking selfies can't hurt! Thanks for the linky, I linked up, Happy Wordless Wednesday. Much like you, mine isn't so wordless, but it's a super fun with tons of photos from Alison Sweeney's (Days of our Lives 'Sami Brady and host of the Biggest Loser) recent Book Signing in New York City, hope you'll come take a peek: http://www.ascendingbutterfly.com/2013/05/alison-sweeney-alisweeney-star.html

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  40. GrammyMouseTailsThursday, 16 May, 2013

    even with a small child it can be hard to get them all to look in the direction you want. These are a wonderful Mother's day present. I hope no one got stung by the fire ants! Yikers! Faythe @GMT~

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