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Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

On Mother's Day, we are made aware of the one person who has played such an important part in our lives.  Our mothers brought us into this world and sacrificed many of their hopes, dreams and desires for us.  We all take pictures, but nothing is more important than taking photographs of the people we love.  On this day, try taking a picture of your mom that celebrates and honors all that she means to you.  Here are some of my suggestions that might help.
     We've all seen images of people giving their best forced smile.  They just don't show the real character of the person.  Get your mom to relax and try to capture the spirit of what makes her so incredible.  That sparkle in her eyes or maybe a certain look you always seem to remember.  Don't have her sitting in a chair and posing for the camera. That's absolutely the best way to make someone feel totally uncomfortable.  Don't have her look up from the table with food in her mouth and say "smile"!   If you have a zoom lens, stand back and capture her true essence while she's involved in one of her favorite activities. There are so many ways to be creative here.  Photograph her in a conversation with someone else, especially other family members who are the love and pride of her life.  Doing something with her children usually produces  a special smile or just catch her in a quiet moment when she knows you're  not looking.  Playing her favorite sport or doing something she loves can be great too.  Don't forget to step out from behind the camera once in awhile and have someone else take a picture  of the two of you together.
     Sometimes I take hundreds of photographs of the same subject before I find the one that's best.  It gives me lots and lots of choices to choose from and shows me what really works and what usually doesn't.  Try doing the same and you'll be surprised  with something incredible.  More importantly, it will provide for many, many good memories. 
     Work on your lighting.  It can make or break a good picture.  Watch out for those mixes of  ugly light and shadow crossing  her face and don't burn those beautiful features out with a flash.  If you're indoors, look for places that have naturally soft light filtering through windows or bouncing off walls. 
     Try and  remember that you're taking pictures that honor your mother. They capture  moments in time that you'll enjoy now and will serve as a part of your family's  history.  Take photographs that show all that is special about her and realize that they might be passed on to future generations.  I've certainly spent hours at my parents house looking at the old family albums.

     Most importantly, let me say “Thank You” to my mother, Joanne Schendel who has given so much of her life for her children and made mine so special.  I love you Mom, with all my heart!  Happy Mother's Day.  Click

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