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MINDFULNESS MYTHBUSTERS

Mindfulness is really simple to explain. It is the act of paying attention to our direct experience as it unfolds in the present moment and without judgement. But there are a lot of misconceptions about what it really all means and how to practice it. Mindfulness teacher and author of Mindfulness for Children, Uz Afzal […]

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BALLOON BREATHING EXERCISE

Duration: 1–5 minutes, depending on you/your child’s age and ability to engage and concentrate. What you will need: your breathing body, a bell or chime (optional). This is a really helpful practice that you can use at any time of the day to calm down and focus. Take a seat. Feel where your feet touch […]

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Photographing children? Keep it simple!

In many respects, taking photos of babies and children is just like taking photos of fully-grown subjects: get the eyes in focus, fill your frame, and check your lighting. But in many other respects, it’s not. Your prize shot is going to come because you spent hours sitting on the floor amidst the chaos of […]

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How to judge size and scale in your photos

When you’re charting your children’s lives and their progress–emotionally and physically–you might want to gauge exactly how much they have grown. To do this, it is helpful to call on tools to showcase scale and size. To translate the moment into something where the size of your child is clearly noted, you can bring in […]

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Capturing the holidays

For so many families, the year is is plotted and planned out around annual holidays. Between family, friends, and school activities, our lives circle around the calendar of holidays. Whatever the rituals and traditions that remain constant, each year is a little different from the next. You might find that capturing each holiday and what […]

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Elevating an ordinary 'headshot' into something more special

I worked as a professional family photographer for years, and throughout that time, the classic headshot was the bread and butter of my business. Year after year, mothers brought their children to the studio with their hearts set on getting the one head-and-shoulders shot that represented their child, something that truly captured them above and […]

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The most valuable photograph in your collection

Whatever it takes to get you in front of the camera more often, I’m going to throw out there, because there is no more valuable photograph in any collection than a mother with her child. Not a single one.   Of all ironies, the number of photographs taken of a mother and her children together makes up a very small fraction of […]

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Gym shoes & dirty laundry: why it's important to shoot the everyday

“No matter how hard I try to see the beauty in everything, the truth is, stinky gym socks aren’t beautiful. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth documenting” says the founder of Shutter Sisters, photographer Tracey Clark   As my daughter sat at her desk doing her homework, I took the liberty of capturing her real life as she was […]

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