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What is family adventure photography and why do you care?

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What is family adventure photography and why do you care?

The definition of “adventure” is an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

Now, the hazardous is a bit of a stretch when we are referring to photography. Especially when we are dealing with families. But that being said, sometimes we don’t adventure often enough and then the activities we seek do become sort of hazardous! I digress…

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How to have an amazing experience at every photo session | Lifestyle Photographer Eagle

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How to have an amazing experience at every photo session | Lifestyle Photographer Eagle

Swinging on the hammock listening to some soft tunes while you get those deep lines on your butt from the pressure of the rope, is the epitome of relaxation.

Or for you maybe it's the idea of taking a nap while the house is completely quiet as the kids are at school and you are not. 

What about taking a yoga class and feeling completely moved and understood all in the same moment. Your instructor surely had your back that day...

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That time I surprisingly cut it too short

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That time I surprisingly cut it too short

 

When I was six years old I had a really big birthday party. I still remember it to this day.

It was a sleepover and I had all my best friends from school there.

My mom's friend made me a cake that looked like a cabbage patch doll head. Ok, what do you expect?! It was 1986! 

One of my friends gave me a barbie doll

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The 6 ways you can immediately save more memories | Boise Documentary Photographer

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The 6 ways you can immediately save more memories | Boise Documentary Photographer

Sitting in the one room movie theater as a 7 year old, all by myself, was very scary.

My sister and her friends decided to leave me in charge of saving seats in the very back row at a repeat showing of E.T. while they went to buy yummy snacks. That feeling of telling strangers not to sit in the saved seats scared the bejeezus out of me and thank heavens it never had to happen!...

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The bravery in the authentic details of a girl's photo mind

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The bravery in the authentic details of a girl's photo mind

This time I want to talk about something a little deeper. We all have our unique lives. We all have this ability to see things in our own lives that are special to us. They may not be special to anyone else, but they are special to us. The way your child sticks his tongue out when reading or the way they ask to get up on your shoulders while you walk. There are so many things that are unique to you. Capturing those details is not the only way to capture...

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5 tips: prepping kids for your upcoming session

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5 tips: prepping kids for your upcoming session

One of the things I hear most often when it comes to getting ready for sessions is "I don't think  my kids will behave for you." I mean, how do you know that? And so what if they don't? That makes it all the more magical for me. Natural expressions, good, bad or otherwise is exactly what I want. But I understand that a client's worst nightmare would be a child that was misbehaving all day. So take a look at these tips to guide you in your preparation for the big day. 

1. Tell your kids about the session but...don't

While it is really important to explain to your kids that they are having a portrait session, it's also equally important to not scare them about it. Not every child likes to be photographed. I get that. But if you are telling them that I am going to make them feel uncomfortable and they have to be ok with that- then it's not ok. Tell them it's ok to relax and have fun. Tell them it won't be bad and tell them they may actually have fun. Depending on the activity we have chosen for your special day, it's important that kids know that this is about them and their life. This is not about stiff and posed portraits. 

2. Make sure they are comfortable in what they will be wearing

The best part about Day in the Life sessions is that you get to wear what you want! Your normal every day clothes are what is best. The quickest way to a bad session is buying the kids new clothes that they don't want and are not comfortable wearing. The thing is- you need to make them part of the decision process. Give them parameters to work with- like certain colors they can choose from or even patterns but make them apart of the decision. If this isn't your style- then give them a couple choices that you have picked out prior and make sure they get a choice as to which one they want. Let them know you are about their decisions regardless of which option they choose. 

3.  Tell them they are allowed to act like themselves

Once they know I'm coming over to photograph them, kids sometimes will get instantly shy. They don't want to talk or play normally because frankly, I am a stranger. The important thing for you to tell them is that we won't be doing anything out of the ordinary and if we have scheduled something fun and interactive then try to get them excited about that instead of dwelling on my presence. 

4. Give them a reward

I am not really talking about bribery here but I guess- well, I am! Tell the kids if they behave you will get them something. Even a trip to the Dollar Store makes kids happy and doesn't cost you that much money. Stickers, a meal out, a new toy, whatever. It all works in their mind! 

5. Tell them how important it is to you

Kids understand more than we know. Tell them that the portrait session is important for documenting your life together as a family and that it's important to you. Tell them why you need these photos in your life and why. It's not about guilt- it's about love. It's about self-esteem and if you understand that- they will too. 

So, the moral of the story?? Stop worrying so much about it and call me today to iron out the details. It will be magical no matter what we do. Trust me. I have been doing this awhile. ;)

Much love,

Heather 


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 Is scrapbooking a thing anymore?

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Is scrapbooking a thing anymore?

I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING. Well, I love the concept of scrapbooking. I have many scrapbooks that I have made myself. I have many more scrapbooks that I have been given of my own life growing up. I love looking at them. I mean, I really love it. I love it so much that I used to be a consultant for a scrapbooking company. I am completely Type A about how I treat them and they are on the top of my list for what to take with me in a fire emergency. Looking back on the photos in the books brings me back to an awesome time in my life. Some times...

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