All posts by Alethea Fitzpatrick

About Alethea Fitzpatrick

Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer and photography coach for parents with Photosanity. A former architect and interior designer, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two boys Liam, age six, and Jack, age three. Alethea is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children's lives through photography. Find her on

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The Top 5 Baby Holiday Photos You Need to Have

It’s December, that most wonderful time of the year! However, for parents, it can also be that most overwhelming time of the year. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to create the perfect magical experience for our kids… and not only create it but document it.

Of course you want to capture the moment—every moment!—around the holidays, but let’s take some of the stress out of it. And despite the title of this blog post, there are no top 5 baby holiday photos you need to have other than YOUR top 5.

So here’s what I want you to do.

Imagine that you have a magical photo fairy who would perfectly capture your top five holiday moments. Which moments would they be?

Don’t think about the photo, think about the moment. What do you most want to remember about this holiday season?

If you need to, make a longer list and then narrow it down.

Here are some ideas for inspiration—ignore the ones that don’t apply to your religion, culture, tradition, climate, age or number of kids etc. (and thanks to the Ask Moxie parents who helped come up with some of them):

  • Picking/cutting/taking the tree home
  • Decorating the tree
  • Putting the topper on the tree
  • Letting baby pull ornaments off the tree and play with them
  • Hanging the lights outside
  • Baking Christmas/holiday cookies or treats
  • Decorating the gingerbread house
  • Watching classic holiday tv shows or movies
  • Drinking cocoa and singing carols at the local winter festival
  • Getting all dressed up to attend a special holiday event
  • Magical first snow fall
  • Making snow angels
  • Lying on the ground looking up at the lit Christmas tree
  • Writing and sending a letter to Santa
  • Reading a holiday book with a special relative
  • Taking each child shopping to buy gifts for the other siblings
  • Lighting the Menorah with family and friends
  • The tree all set up but before the kids get to it—either late Christmas eve or early Christmas morning
  • The look on their faces at the first glimpse of the tree on Christmas morning
  • In front of the tree with all the gifts
  • Christmas PJs
  • Opening the stocking
  • The look on their face when they open the present they were really hoping for
  • When your child unbidden tells the story/myth behind an activity and you realize you’ve created a lasting family tradition
  • The moment when quiet descends as everyone settles in to play with their favorite gift
  • The “wrapping paper swim”—pile all the wrapping paper in the middle of the room and let baby have at it!
  • Christmas dinner wearing paper crowns from the Christmas crackers (more of a British tradition)
  • Skyping or calling faraway family and friends

Remember, don’t try and capture all these moments. Create your shortlist of your top 5 moments and focus on those.

Here are my top 5 holiday moments to capture this season:

  • Decorating the tree
  • Christmas PJs
  • The tree before the kids find it
  • Opening presents
  • The whole family together on Christmas Day

If you need help picking your five holiday moments, follow this template:

  1. Something tree, or decoration related
  2. Something cooking, baking or craft related
  3. Something outfit or activity related
  4. A family tradition
  5. The entire family together

Happy holidays!

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5 Tips for a Rewarding Parent Photo Project

With holiday madness approaching, the end of the year drawing near and a movie queued up for a rare quiet evening at home the other night, I decided to review and catch up on my photo-a-day project, and I was pleasantly surprised to find very few gaps in my calendar for 2018!

I’ve been doing this project since my first son was born in 2009 and I have photos for almost every day since then but, well, let’s just say that for past few years, I still have quite a bit of back-filling to do. However, this will be the first year that I close the year on December 31st with a photo posted for every day!

So what was it about 2018 that motivated or made it possible for me to keep up with not just taking a photo daily (which to me is the easy part) but selecting, editing and posting a photo daily (much easier to fall behind on)?

I would love to say that I was more intentional this year, that I set a goal and stuck to it, or that I spent more time with the kids so took more photos, all of which are to some degree true, but actually, what I realized as I thought about it is that I have Apple to thank: this was the first full year with an iOS that groups photos by date!

What this means is that it is easy to see which photos you took on what day, which means it is much easier to go back and post photos from the past week or two, or even further back. In the old days if you fell behind by more than a few days, it was hard to figure out which photos were taken on what day. Not impossible, but not convenient. Now that your photos are visually grouped by day you can catch up every week or two and keep up with the project without investing a huge amount of time.

In fact, you don’t have to find extra time in your schedule at all to do this project. If you have just one tv show you like to watch each week, you can catch up with your photo-a-day project during that show and be done! Or if you commute as a passenger, you can do it during your commute. You can even sneak in a few moments at the playground or in line at the grocery store to post a few photos.

I have always loved doing this project. It is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve done as a photographer and as a mom. For me it is a daily gratitude journal as well as a document of our lives, one day at a time, so it is exciting to realize it doesn’t have to be a huge time investment.

Here are my top 5 tips for a successful photo-a-day project:

1. Use iPhone photos

The best camera is the one you have with you and your iPhone is great for capturing every day moments

2. Go for emotionally vs. technically good photos

The criteria I use when selecting the photo for each day is, what do I most want to remember about this day?

3. Don’t ask your kids to pose, or you’ll end up with 365 remarkably similar photos

Try to capture as many aspects of their personality and life over the course of the year.

4. Take some photos first thing in the morning

This way, you know you’re covered, then you are free to see what unfolds during the day that you can capture.

5. You don’t have to take all the photos

If you are a working parent, you can ask care givers to take photos for you. The photos don’t all have to be of your kids either!

Bonus tip: Don’t forget to get in the photo yourself from time to time!

Happy holidays!

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10 Ideas for Photographing Your 6-12 Month Old

This month I’m sharing my best photos tips for the first couple of years of your baby’s life by age. We’ve covered 0-3 months and 3-6 months, so this week, let’s talk about your 6 to 12 month old.

Every age is a favorite age, but as a parent and a photographer, 6 to 12 months is where it really starts to get fun.

The requirements of day-to-day care are getting less intense as your baby starts to become more independent and interactive—they are sitting, smiling, “talking,” learning to crawl and, as they approach 12 months, pulling themselves up to standing position and maybe even standing independently and taking first steps, although for many that is not the case until after they turn one.

Here are 10 ideas for photographing your 6- to 12- month old:

1) Capture new experiences

At 6 months, Jack loved sitting in the kiddie pool at grandma’s! It was the perfect opportunity to capture his excitement.

2) Get down low and take some quintessential shots

They can finally sit on their own! I think of this as the classic “Gerber baby” age, and after spending the first few months of life lying down, they are as excited and proud of themselves as you are, so find a nice shady spot at the park on a quiet day, get down low and get some quintessential 6-month-old shots.

3) Look for funny moments

This is one of Liam’s absolutely most favorite photos ever—he still thinks it’s hilarious that he put a digger on Jack, and I love this photo for how it captures their personalities and their sibling dynamic.

4) Get the action shots

At around 8 or 9 months your baby will start to crawl, which presents whole new opportunities for different shots of them in action.

Bonus tip: the playground can provide lots of opportunities for interesting angles and perspectives. Get more playground photo tips.

5) Look for natural interactions

Sibling shots can still be hard at this age, especially if the older sibling is a not particularly cooperative, as with 3-year-old Liam here. Posed sibling shots can be an exercise in frustration—the baby will cooperate but by the time your toddler will, the baby has had enough and is losing it.

Instead, look for natural interactions that capture the relationship between your baby and those around them. I love the eye contact and giggles between brothers here that tells the story of their closeness.

6) Cloudy days are great

I still remember this day very clearly, even though it was almost two years ago. It was late afternoon and had just stopped raining.  The light was gorgeous—soft and diffuse, rather than direct and harsh like on a sunny day. Also—chubby cheeks!

7) Catch them in the act

These developing little personalities start to get mischievous at 6-12 months, or with an older sibling sometimes it is just plain survival of the fittest! I love that I caught Jack in the act of making a play for one of Liam’s beloved cars. He definitely gives big brother a run for his money to this day!

8) Smiles are not required

Yes, the smiles are absolutely heart-melting at this age, but so is the deadpan look! I love the casual concentration here—”yeah, no biggie, I’m practically standing by myself.”

9) Capture their interactions with you

There is something you can capture that no professional photographer can—your child’s relationship with you. Your photos are YOUR view and experience of your child’s life. This photo is the photo of an almost one-year-old reaching up for his mother—ME. You’ll see this view a lot. Capture it.

10) Peer through things, just like they do

This was taken a few days before Jack’s first birthday. I always like to look for opportunities to photograph people by peering through something that gives you a sense of intimacy, and I loved that Jack peered back! And yes, again with the chubby cheeks.

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10 Tips for Taking Phone Photos of Your Baby

After last month’s series of blog posts for expectant parents, this month I’ll be sharing my best photo tips for the first couple of years by age.

Your baby will be going through so many changes and so will the kinds of photos you take, even if the basic principles are the same.

This week let’s talk about baby photo tips for your phone, 0-3 months.

1) Capture first photos on your Phone

Especially if this is your first baby and you’re not yet comfortable with your DSLR, it’s ok if the first photos of your baby are on your iPhone. In fact I encourage you to think of your phone as a camera, no matter what age your kids are!

As you’ll see from this post, even as a professional photographer, with my second baby, some of my favorite and most meaningful everyday photos were taken on my iPhone, including this one taken at the hospital when Jack was just 15 hours old. Of course I took DSLR photos too but my iPhone camera was the one that was easiest to have on hand.

2) Look for natural light

This is a photo tip that applies at any age, but try it with your newborn too. It will make a big difference.

Bonus tip: crop close and fill the frame

3) Capture your perspective, including textures and details

As a new mom, it is likely that your baby will be on you a lot. That is what I love about the iPhone. Keep it in a pocket and you can always reach it and use it with one hand when you are trapped beneath a sleeping baby. Capture your perspective and your experience, and use textures and details that will be so evocative later on.

I love how your can see the newborn fuzz on the back of Jack’s neck and the texture of the blanket. It’s like I can reach out across time and snuggle him—that is what you want from your photos!

4) Continue photographing older siblings

Of course you will keep photographing older siblings but what you may not realize is how much those photos will remind you of the early days with your baby too, even if the baby isn’t in the photo.

This was taken one of the first times I left the baby with someone else to take my older son Liam out for some special one-on-one time that I remember as clearly as if it were yesterday, thanks to photos like this.

5) And of course, capture the sweet sibling moments

When I look back through my photos, what I see that maybe wasn’t so clear at the time was how totally besotted Liam was with his new baby brother. In every photo he is all over Jack—kissing, hugging, peering at him, trying to make him giggle. And in the early days, Jack of course was mostly oblivious.

Those are the moments I treasure as the beginning of a story that continues to develop as I see their relationship grow.

6) It won’t be like this forever

We used to put Jack in the car seat stroller and walk him around the kitchen table with the extractor fan on just to get him to sleep other than on top of me. It felt like those days would never end, and then they were over in the blink of an eye. This photo makes me smile as I remember the crazy things you find yourself doing as a parent.

Bonus tip: Look for off-center compositions and keep an eye on background clutter. Also, red can provide a great pop of color!

7) Document the less thought-of milestones

This was from the first playdate I took both kids to. Definitely a milestone. There were several of us with toddlers and newborns—good times!

8) Get in the photo

Thanks to the iPhone, it is much easier to get in the photo these days. I have many photos of the three of us and they usually involve hilarious expressions. I love the sweetness of this one, appropriate for Jack’s first Valentine’s Day.

9) Look for smiles 

At around 2-3 months, your baby will start smiling, but they haven’t yet learned to pose and give you a fake one. Don’t get into bad habits by asking them to smile, but do whatever else it takes to elicit that grin, from goofy grins to funny sounds.

10) Embrace the grain

Yes, look for natural light, but don’t get put off if there isn’t any. Life doesn’t just happen in good light, especially with a baby! When there isn’t enough light, your photos will be grainy, but embrace the grain as a beautiful texture to your photos.

You can edit to add some brightness and convert to black and white to capture the moment.

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Camera Gifts for the Whole Family

Looking for gifts for the budding photographer in your life? There is still plenty of time to shop. Here are some ideas.

For the baby

I love this retro Fisher Price toy camera. It even comes with 3 interchangable picture disks!

For the little kid

We got this VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera for Liam when he turned four. Is the quality the greatest? No, but for the hundreds of close-up photos he takes of his toys, it is perfect!

He could probably handle a real point-and-shoot under close supervision, but I preferred the simplicity and durability of this toy and, best of all, his little brother Jack can pick it up and play with it too and I don’t have to worry about it breaking.

For the bigger kid

If I were to buy Liam a “real” camera it would probably be the Nikon Coolpix S31. I haven’t tried it myself but this camera is a “family friendly” camera that is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof so it can double as a beach or pool camera.


For the tween or teen

If your child really is interested in photography, a tween or teen is definitely ready for any good point-and-shoot or entry level DSLR on the market.

Or for fun alternatives as well as accessories, check out instant cameras such as the Fujifilm Instax Mini or the Polaroid Z2300 (which makes sticky-backed prints!)

I also love these Fotoclips for a really easy way to clip photos together for display. There are also magnetic photo frames and photo frame decals, not to mention all kinds of cool camera and iphone accessories. You can even turn your iphone into an underwater camera!

For the busy mom or dad

All the Photosanity workshops can be easily purchased as a gift for a friend.

The Stop Missing the Moment Workshop is perfect to give a busy parent to start capturing natural moments, getting out of auto on their DSLR and getting photos organized and up on the walls – in under an hour!


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A Photo Lesson from Kate Middleton

Last week, the first official portraits of Princess Charlotte were released and while I don’t usually report on celebrity news, I have to make an exception here because I was so excited to find out that these photos of Princess Charlotte with her older brother Prince George were taken by none other than Princess Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge herself!

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The reason Kate Middleton’s baby photos are exciting to me is because, as much as I believe in professional family photography (not to mention being a professional family photographer myself!) my first passion is encouraging and empowering parents to take their own photos of their kids. I love that the Duchess chose to share personal shots that she took herself when we all know she could have had her pick from the world’s best photographers.

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As a parent, the photos you take achieve something the best professional photos cannot. The photos you take yourself reveal your perspective, your interactions with your kids, your memories. The process can bring you great joy and satisfaction as an expression of your love for your kids, even if you are mostly shooting on your iPhone. And if you’re frustrated with your results, don’t give up!

Check out my top 5 tips for taking better photos that you can apply right away without a lot of expensive gear or hours of learning.

How to Capture Natural Smiles for the Camera

While I wouldn’t say that I have a photographic memory, I have a very strong visual memory. When I look at a photo, I can usually remember the moment and the context, even if the photo itself doesn’t offer many clues. The photo brings me back to the moment, which is one of the reasons why I don’t like to ask my kids to smile for the camera.  That doesn’t create a moment  I want to remember; in fact, it does the opposite.

One downside to this is that my kids have absolutely no idea how to smile nicely for the camera. This is most obvious in group photos with other kids. Everyone is smiling and looking at the camera except my kid who is either grimacing or distracted and looking elsewhere!

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. My memories are more important than a smiling photo, and the smiling photos I have are all the more treasured for being natural.

Here are my favorite non-posed smiling photos from over the years with my kids, arranged roughly by age. In no instance were they asked to smile for the camera… they are all natural smiles!


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Classic Liam at around three or four months! Of course at this age there is no such thing as a posed smile.  You can wait for a smile, or coax one out through clucking, playing peekaboo and generally making a fool of yourself by making silly noises. In the case of this photo, this sideways little grin was the natural result of some tummy time efforts and a fortuitous good mood.

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Jack at a similar age! This was more of a “posed” shoot, carefully timed to take place right after a nap and feeding so he would be in a good mood. With both kids, I found the afternoon to be a great time for photos… especially as the light happened to be great in their room at that time as well. Your baby may be different but pay attention to whether there is a pattern of when they are the happiest. Also, unlike a professional photographer, as a parent you have the luxury of abandoning the shoot if your baby turns out to be in an uncooperative mood and trying again another day or at another time.

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One thing I found with Jack is that his older brother Liam was great at making him smile, just by being around, which was really pretty awesome (and also worked vice versa). In this photo, Liam was just off to the side and I got some great shots of them playing together as well.

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Liam at around 18 months. I remember this moment so clearly. We were upstate at a friend’s pool party and he was having a blast running back and forth in the backyard. An activity that involves repeated motion like that can be a lot of fun for little kids, creating natural smiles and multiple opportunities for capturing them.

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Jack at around 18 months, too. This is such a happy age, great for natural smiles and before the tantrums and angst of 2 and 3 years old! We were on the way home from the playground and Jack suddenly started singing and clapping in the middle of the street, so naturally I grabbed my camera.

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Kids become camera aware at a very early age these days, but because I photograph my kids so much and almost never ask them to pose, to this day they generally just ignore me. One key to capturing a natural smile is patience. If you wait long enough, your child will more than likely look up and smile at you, especially if you are interacting with them naturally, as I was when I captured this moment on the side of a path at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

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Jack on his second birthday. He actually started out with a fake posed smile and then loosened up when I started to tickle him under the chin.

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Liam, 2.5 years. Look at that smile! Again, to this day I really don’t do anything except to get myself situated in good light, check my settings, do a scan for background clutter, take some test shots and then wait for the smile. The smile isn’t really the goal either, but if it happens, I am ready. As they get older, jokes and silly songs can help a smile along if need be.

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Jack, 3.5 years, just a few weeks ago. He was rolling around in the grass with Liam and a friend and I was ready to capture the moment when he looked up at me.

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Last day before pre-K! Liam was 4.5 and who wouldn’t smile riding a race car on a carousel?!

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Liam, 5 years old, “beating” me at chess. Yes, he was pretty triumphant.

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Liam, 6 years old, a few weeks ago. Ice cream is always a great catalyst for natural smiles!

Looking through these photos was a great trip down memory lane for me. Remember though, don’t just focus on capturing smiles as you will want to remember many aspects of your child’s personality. But certainly there is nothing quite like a photo of a child smiling. May your photo collection be filled with many of them!

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Photo Gifts for Teachers and Sitters

end of school gift ideasI can’t believe some kids have finished the school year already! Here in NYC we have another month to go… time to start thinking about gifts for teachers, or, if your child is not yet in school, other childcare provider and caregiver gifts.

Typically what I have heard from friends who are teachers is that what teachers really appreciate at the end of the year is… cash. However, a small, thoughtful, personalized gift can be  meaningful. I’ve talked in the past about school photo books but if you’re not up for such a big project, there are much simpler ways you can use photos to show your appreciation.

The trick is to remember that your child is just one of hundreds of children a teacher will teach over the course of their career, and they can’t possibly hold onto every personalized mug or framed photo they might receive.

So here are three easy ways to thank your teacher for an awesome year through photos without giving them something that could ultimately be burdensome to keep:

1) Photo thank you card

You can’t go wrong with a heartfelt letter of appreciation written by you or your child. Of course, a photo isn’t required, but for an extra special touch, create a custom card.

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I like the cards and postcards from Moo because you can choose a different photo for each card in the pack. You can also print photos and mount them on blank cards.Tip: print at 4×6 and mount on 5×7 cards.


2) Treat with photo label

Check out these Photo Collection Goodie Labels/Bags from Pinhole Press. These are not just for wedding favors or baby showers!

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Image via Pinhole Press

Put together a small goodie bag for all your child’s teachers.  You can include small notebooks, pens, candy or whatever you think they might like, and it can also be a fun way to present a cash or gift card tucked in there with a few small items and, of course, a written note.

3) Small photo book

If you’ve taken some great photos over the course of the year, but aren’t up for putting together an entire class year book, you can still make a small book of your own with your photos to gift to your child’s teacher.

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Image via Blurb

There are many great book vendors but check out Blurb.  I like their square books.  If you have a Mac, it is super easy to create books within iPhoto or Aperture. I really like their small softcover books. Each page has one full bleed photo making it really easy to design.

For babysitters and other childcare providers

All of the ideas above work great for babysitters and other childcare providers, but as they will likely care for far fewer children, a bigger personalized gift such as an album or framed photo is a great idea.

Learn more about how to take the kinds of great photos that make timeless gifts, and get more ideas for photo projects in the Photosanity Workshop.

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Top 10 Reasons I Love Photographing My Kids

top 10 reasons I love photographing my kidsOver the years I have seen how much joy and energy photography brings to my family and my clients’ families.

I love photography, and I love my kids.  Finding a way to bring the two together has helped me to pause, celebrate and enjoy the precious fleeting moments of childhood.

And because of photography I have treasured memories of this special, and short, time in our lives.

Of all the many reasons I love photographing my two sons, these are the top ten reasons I love photographing my kids (in no particular order).

What do you love most about photographing your kids?

1. I love my kids, and photography is a way for me to explore and express that love.

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2. I’ve always loved photography but having kids gave me the ultimate story to tell.

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3. I love what my lens reveals about my kids, my life, myself.

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4. Photography builds confidence for my kids, and for me.

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5. I love being able to bottle up a moment, a feeling, an expression, an emotion, a time, a place, for eternity.

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6. I love being able to share these moments with friends and family all over the world.

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7. I love being able to revel in beauty.

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8. Photographing my kids keeps me focused on gratitude.

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9. Photographing my kids keeps me focused on joy.

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10. Photographing my kids allows me to more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their lives.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Photos

this mothers day celebrate yourself photo courtesy katie jane photographyMother’s Day is a wonderful celebration for some, but for others it can be bittersweet, perhaps because they have lost their own mother, or don’t have the relationship they wish to have with their mother, or their relationship with their own kids is strained, or they are disappointed with the celebrations that others plan.

Some long to be mothers. Others have lost a child.

Photography can be more than documentation. Photography can be expression, gratitude, celebration. Photography can even be therapy and self-care.


Here are five ways you can take matters into your own hands and celebrate yourself and those you care about this Mother’s Day–with lovely Mother’s Day photos.

1) Get in front of the camera

This idea may fill you with horror but open yourself up to the concept of loving yourself exactly as you are. You are enough. You do enough. You deserve to be loved and you can love yourself.

If you really don’t like being in front of the camera, use the front facing camera on your phone to take photos of yourself. Experiment with different angles to find a few you like. Indirect natural light, like from a window or when you are outside in the shade works best. Focus in on your favorite features. Remember, this is about really seeing yourself and loving yourself for how you are. You don’t have to share these photos.
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I captured this when I turned my photo on the other day and the forward facing camera happened to be on and capturing a good angle.
On the other hand, photographing yourself with your kids is fun and it is easy to smile naturally and look genuinely happy. You may feel more comfortable not being the only one in the photo, and for me it is always powerful for me to see myself with my kids. It helps reaffirm for me that yes, I really am a mom, which is still, after six years, hard for me to believe sometimes.
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Look, I’m a mom with a child at the doctor no less!
 I also recommend that you ask someone else to photograph you with your kids. I do this every Mother’s Day. If you are celebrating with your own mom in person, make sure you get a photo with her too.
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My husband took this photo of me and the boys last year on Mother’s Day.
 2) Photograph the people you love
 Maybe you do this every day, or maybe you don’t do it enough, but for Mother’s Day, photograph the people you love not out of a sense of duty or the need to document, but as a way of celebrating yourself and everything that you have. Don’t ask them to pose, don’t worry about the results, just photograph them exactly as they are. Let yourself feel surrounded by their love, even if they don’t always show it exactly as you would like.
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My photo of my kids last Mother’s Day.
3) Photograph the things you love

You don’t have to just photograph your kids! Think about the things that you love, the things that make you feel the way you want to feel. I don’t just mean objects – how about the way the light comes in through your bedroom window in the morning, or your favorite coffee mug freshly filled. Create a beautiful moment just for yourself and photograph it.

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Good food is fun and easy to photograph. I still remember this organic brown rice pudding from almost two years ago – delish!
 4) Print and frame a photo
With everything digital, it can be easy to fall out of the habit of ever printing any photos. But I still believe strongly in the power of the printed photo to promote confidence and well being. Chose a favorite, it doesn’t have to be of your kids, and print and frame it for your office or your mantelpiece at home.


I always recommend Mpix: upload your photo and Mpix will print and frame it for you before shipping it to you. Check out other ideas for getting your photos off your hard drive.

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 5) Write yourself a message
There are tons of great inspirational quotes out there these days, but did you know it is really easy to create them for yourself? Rhonna Designs has my favorite app for superimposing text on a photo. A message, written to yourself, paired with a favorite photo and saved on your phone can be a great pick-me-up for those moments when negative messages are stuck in your head and you are questioning yourself. I save mine to a shared iCloud photo album that I don’t actually share with anyone.  This keeps them easily accessible on all my devices. You could also put them in a Dropbox folder.
Here are some of my favorites.
Happy Mother’s Day!

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Photo by Katie Jane Photography

* Feature image and first photo in post courtesy of Katie Jane Photography