La Dulce Vida ~ The Sweet Life

http://www.adrianairis.com

Savannah, GA Photographer and blogger

Adriana Iris is a winner of Top 25 Photographer Moms - 2013

Do you have any good tips for teaching children about photography?

Use a cheap point and shoot camera use nature this is the best way to make kids awareness of their surroundings you will also be teaching mindfulness and stillness. Teach them about light and the how sun shines at different times of the day. Photography is a great source to teach kids science.

Where is your favorite place to take photographs?

There isn't a place where I won't shoot or find something to photograph. Give me natural light I am game anywhere.

What's a creative tip for taking good photographs of children?

Let them be. Too easy? Best shots I have taken are those with a long lens while the children are at play. While sun shines in their faces at the park and they are joking and being natural.

What's a great present under $30 for a baby (under 18 months)?

Adriana Iris

My favorite would be My Pal Violet from Leap Frog. This toy grows with your kids from 4 months of age until 3. Violet connects to the computer so you can customize the music and personalize the learning with your child’s name and favorite food, animal and color. Violet comes with 5 pre-loaded songs. I have seen it from 19.99 and this toy is worth the 20 bucks.
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What are your three favorite picture books for children? (please specify the age range)

Adriana Iris

Mia Stella's Favorites 19 Months. 1. The Spooky Tree Berenstain Bears 2. Disney's Princesses Complete Collection. 3. Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee -Maryjo Koch Series [Hardcover] An unusual selection but both of my daughters loved it at the age 18 months.
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What are your tips for planning an affordable birthday party?

Adriana Iris

My trick is quite simple. Please understand this is for 9-12 year old girl. I limit the amount of guest. In return I can focus on the children present and in exchange not only the quality of food its better, but the favors and even the decor because it is more of a controlled chaos. I have pictures on my blog of my daughters 11th Birthday. A Luau. Cost $100.00 and then later that evening I celebrated another friend which her Bday was the day before with the leftover decor. So there you have it. http://www.adrianairis.com/2011/05/proclamation-from-girl.html
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What are the best ways to keep kids entertained & well-behaved at a formal event or luncheon such as wedding?

Adriana Iris

I took my 20 month old to an event and I packed a Dora activity book with stickers during the ceremony she remained calm and quiet putting stickers all over the book. Nowadays ceremonies are not too long and it was enough time for it. I also packed some fresh fruit cups I made at home for her to eat while we waited for dinner to be served. Afterwards it was dancing and she was ready to move around and dance with everyone else.
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