Ashley is a winner of Top 25 Photographer Moms - 2013
Do you have any good tips for teaching children about photography?
Let them be involved! Allow them to create poses, be themselves and add props to the mix. Kids are creative by nature, don't stifle it!
Where is your favorite place to take photographs?
Outdoors, somewhere with trees, right at sunset. Even if I'm doing a "studio shoot" I like set it up outdoors in the same environment.
What's a creative tip for taking good photographs of children?
Never say, "smile" - never, never, never! That alone will force you to get creative with how you interact with the children you are photography and I think creativity lends to creativity, your photos will be better!
Good Stroller & Carseat! I looked at safety ratings first and foremost, and then chose the most comfortable & chic items out of those. I LOVE all of them, so do my kids, and they have held up and look brand new even 2 years later.
I think there are a lot of variables to this question that make it hard to give a answer that fits every child. I have 4 kids, and each with a different personality. My eldest was so intelligent and independent, that by 18 months I could explain that he needed to plan alone in his room and he did great! However, my next 3 kids, not so much. The problem is that they get in trouble together - with 4 they are never without an accomplice! Even at that, by the time they are about 2 1/2 to 3, I think they have all been fine (with all the normal safety precautions, of course) and like most other moms said, "it's good for them!"
There is no such thing as too early to show children that "everything has a place." Not that you expect them to understand or participate at young ages, but I think that being a clean person is a habit - something that needs to be instilled at the earliest of age! When our children were 6 months old and crawling around on the floor with their blocks & balls, we would have them "help" clean up while singing a little cleaning song. As soon as they could participate, they did (about 8-10 months old) - it was fun! Like a game for them, but teaching an extremely important skill. By 2 years old all of my kids could put a pretty good dent in cleaning up the toys on their own - and now at 6, my daughter can organize her closet better than I can! ;)
I'm personally not a huge fan of all DIY because it can wrong so quickly, however, I was in a pinch for a costume last year for both my girls and created these: a sheep & a flapper. When I say, "in a pinch" I literally mean at 4:30 on the night of Halloween I created these. (Who forgets halloween? That'd be me.) All that being said, I love how they turned out and we literally got hundreds of compliments (especially on the sheep!) I didn't think outside of the box too much, but they were still unique because they were homemade.
Peter Pan. Really, can't ever stop wishing that I could fly - and J.M. Barrie nailed it with all my childhood wishes rolled into one story. Still is my favorite book to this day! (Close seconds: To Kill A Mockingbird, 10 Little Indians, & all the Anne of Green Gables books.)
Using butcher or kraft paper, glue the leaves, flowers or sticks into patterns or art that you can use as a backdrop for a photo of them. This way, you won't have to worry about storing the delicate artwork, but will have it captured in a precious photo of your child!