I was reminded of it recently watching my youngest daughter dart across a field, massive grin permanently plastered on her face, the joy bursting out of all her limbs. THAT - I thought - that is happiness.
It's impossible to fake joy. You can try, of course, but it'll always feel a bit 'off'. You can no more tell someone to be joyful, than to tell someone to be tall, or Greek, or sleepy. Children have infinite capacity for joy - it just needs to be nurtured.
Well, duh, so where is the problem?
Well, a couple of problems actually. In my experience, we tend to do one of 2 things:
- When we pick up a camera, especially if we've set out to TAKE SOME GOOD PHOTOS - they're driven by what's in our head. We pose the children, instruct them what to do, tell them to 'smile for mummy' and look in the camera, and not poke their brother, and 'how did you manage to get all dirty in 15 seconds?' and 'can't you just sit still for one minute?!' = killing any joy and pleasure either you or them could have had from this
- You don't tell the kids what to do and let them lead BUT the photos look a lot more like boring snaps, lack the energy, or they look blurry and - bottom line - they just don't really deliver on the way they come out. And this bit is down to technique and sometimes the little things that can make a big difference like camera angle, direction of light etc.
In this bootcamp, we'll be addressing both of those things.
We'll give you ideas and tips on working with your kids so that you have something truly fun to capture AND we'll give you our pro tips on how to capture those fun moments so they actually reflect what you saw.
2 good reasons for getting involved and actually take some photos
Reason 1. Do it for the kids. And you.
You, yes you, the person who finds an interesting course, downloads the materials and then... files them neatly in on your computer with a full intention of reading through them SOMEDAY. Only to never ever EVER open them again.
I want you to do something different this time. You'll love it, I promise. And so will the kids.
I want you to commit yourself to capturing at least a photo a day for the next 5 days. It's not very long and every daily challenge is designed to help you create a fun situation with your kids and to then capture it well. So if you do, you'll have at least 5 ( and more like 500) happy joyful photos at the end of this week. What's not to like?
Reason 2. A big juicy carrot
Yes, I have a big juicy carrot for you and that's a chance to win one of our 'proper' online photography courses!
ALL you have to do is take some photos each day, and post at least one for every theme to our dedicated, private Facebook group. Easy. A couple of rules.
- The photos should be yours (obvs) and taken of children whose photos you have the permission to post (so usually - your childen, not strangers, not their friends etc unless you have their parents permission)
- The photos should be new, - no cheating and posting things you took last year on holidays - even if they fit the theme beautifully and your kids are not in the mood
- The photos should be posted by the end of the next day following the lesson ( so Monday lesson's photos should be posted by the end of Tuesday). We usually allow a catch up day towards the end of the course when you can post any missed photos BUT you will only be allowed to catch up on maximum of 2 photo days.
And that's it! The winner will be drawn at random which means that whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced