by Mary Denman @MaryDenman
Throughout the year, we have very special holidays to celebrate those we love. In the US, Mother's Day is this Sunday, 10 May 2015.
Often, that means family get togethers with mom. It's an opportunity to photograph your loved ones and document time spent together. So today's tips are designed to help you record Mother's Day!
Since my mom passed away 2 years ago, I don't have any shots of Mother's Day with my mom to illustrate the tips.
But, I do have shots that illustrate how to photograph special family events. These tips will still work for time with your mom and the family get together. Just substitute your mom for my father-in-law!
Let's get started.
|COLLAGE 1: Take pictures of fun and games by Mary Denman Photography|
The whole family got together. The grandkids were playing the game Spoons so I took a shot of that.
My daughter was opening a present (a unique mixing bowl) for her upcoming wedding and then her uncle decided to use it as a face shield so I couldn't take his picture. I showed him!
Seriously, my brother-in-law and I have a hilarious, 25 year-long battle taking awkward pictures of each other! Or, taking a secret, crazy shot on the other person's camera...
TIP 1: Take photos that capture the feel of the get together. Does your family play horseshoes, cards, or watch a particular program? Record that in pictures! Document what goes on around the house or out in the yard. Those shots can become a great memory of good times together.
|COLLAGE 2: Take pictures of the food|
While it may seem a little odd to take pictures of food, think about this: Don't food pictures bring back memories? They sure do for me! This post is making me hungry. My kids will always associate that picture of the meatballs and sauce with their Grandmother! That's a great memory to have.
TIP 2: Take a picture of the food from Mother's Day. There really are many memories tied up in food. Preserve those!
|COLLAGE 3: Take photos of the person you're celebrating by Mary Denman|
COLLAGE 3: This is a more obvious photo opportunity. This is my father-in-law with his cake and when he's ready to open presents. He was like a kid in a candy store.
He was so happy to have us all there. It was a pleasure to celebrate with him.
TIP 3: Take photos of your mom with the cake and presents!
Why did I take tall of these instead of one group shot? I couldn't do a group shot. There wasn't really room in the house and it wasn't practical to go outside since it was night.
But I made a point to get pictures of my father-in-law with each of us. He was in Hospice care. I wanted to have a good shot of him with each child, just in case. I knew we'd have fewer opportunities to see him. I was right. This was our last day with him. These shots are pure gold!
TIP 4: Take a group shot if you can, and if not, then take individual shots with your mom.
TIP 5: Take head on shots, but try shots from the side too. Like the first shot of my mom above. You don't only look at a person straight on. Take shots of your mom talking with others. Interacting. Laughing. Crying. Be generous with your photo taking!
|My Mom, by my sister|
Celebrate with everyone you're with this year!
Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I will always love you.
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