mama + wife + teacher + photographer + prophoto designer + clickinmoms mentor + crossfit addict

Courtney is a winner of Top 25 Photographer Moms - 2013

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

For me, I've learned from exposing my children to both being in front of and behind the camera. Any chance they get, I give them a camera and tell them to take pictures so we can show people what we are doing. I make it a story. I tell them that their bubbie and saba can't be here but would love for them to take some photos to show them. Put the camera in their hands. Let them have fun.

I recently gave my 5 year old daughter my old Canon 5d classic. She loves taking it everywhere and taking photos.

Where is your favorite place to take photographs?

Hands down it's where I am most comfortable - the beach. I love seeing kids and adults alike have fun, be free and enjoy themselves.

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

I am always ready to make fun of myself, make silly noises and get down + dirty. I ask parents ahead of time if they are comfortable with that ... and they usually are. I seriously have found it's the best way to get them to relax. What little kid doesn't love fart noises?