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Short Story: The Early Mornings | Claremont Documentary Photographer

Everyday human stories and beautiful light inspire me. So, it’s natural that I’d lift up my camera to document the gorgeous morning light that surrounds my children as they wake up and start the day.

These are the normal, everyday activities that are common to every family and the routines that we may forget by dinnertime. But, they are important because I love these people. I love how small they are; how they just have to eat cereal without milk; how they have such adorable belly buttons.

We need to document the everyday activities
that we risk forgetting.
These activities are the ones that create
our sense of family and home.

Documenting the early morning with a school age boy.
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A child getting dressed.
I love how the light lands on the tiny toys my children save.
Breakfast with children
Cereal without milk
I love seeing the extreme differences between the warm inside artificial light and the cool outside sunrise.
Sun flare and children are always gorgeous.
The youngest and the slowest eater.

When we are surrounded by the people we love and trust…
When we’re doing the everyday activities we love…
That’s when we’re our truest selves.

Document and treasure those moments. They’re worth it.

Family Photo Ideas at The Claremont Colleges

Sibling and Family Photo Ideas in Claremont, CA

Ready for some family photo ideas?

Back in October, my dear friend and I were brainstorming some family photo ideas for her Christmas cards. Though we have many beautiful nature areas near our homes, she was hoping for a more urban feel.  Luckily, we live near The Claremont Colleges which are filled with amazing architectural details. I've wandered all throughout the colleges before with my own family and there are just so many picturesque corners everywhere you turn. So, after she picked out an awesome wardrobe for her entire family, we picked a day and decided to wander around Scripps College in Claremont.

Tips for Getting Successful Family Photos.

1) Look for the light. This can be backlit sun or reflected light off buildings or a myriad other other light sources. The goal is to follow the pretty light.

Individual and Family Photos in Claremont, CA

2) When in urban areas, find interesting architectural details. Stained glass windows in libraries. Gorgeous tile stairs in hidden corners. Or, in our case, Scripps College has the most interesting walled garden with "graffiti" from each graduating class. Extra points for cool light through windows!

Family Photo Ideas in Claremont, CA

3) You can often still find nature in the midst of buildings. Ivy walls are great (just watch for icky spiders). Rose gardens are always gorgeous. And fountains can be a nice place to recharge and capture some candid photos. 

Children and Family Photo Ideas
Siblings hug during family photos at Scripps College in Claremont, CA
Children play with nature during family photos at Scripps College in Claremont, CA

4) Now, change your plans when the kids could care less about "looking at the camera and smiling." Decide to make them laugh instead. Maybe have them throw leaves at you. Or have have the kids try to pull their parents' arms off. We gotta make these photography experiences fun after all.

Children play during family photos at Scripps College in Claremont, CA
Family Photo Ideas at Scripps College in Claremont, CA

By the way, do you recognize their daughter? She had her premier on my blog about x years ago! Check out that session here! Ahh, now she's all grown up and wrestling with her brothers (and sometimes ignoring them).

 

 

How to Respect Your Children with your Photography

How to Respect Your Children with your Photography

When our children ask us to stop taking photos... and we then put down the camera, we're sending them a message.

What are ways we can respect our children when we also hope to capture their adorable milestones and everyday life?