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SNOW | EYE CANDY

With the SNOW Facebook challenge kicked off, we thought we would share some beautiful snow portrait work that we found on Pinterest!  We hope you are inspired by these lovely shots to go make your own magic!  Then make sure to share it on our Facebook wall with #SNOW.  One photo per person please.  Contest ends at midnight on March 1st.

 

 

Niki Strbian Photography

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Amy Williams Photography

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Prissy Piggies Photography

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Pink Sugar Photography

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Bryce Covey Photography

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Viktoria Haack Photography

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Photos by Sarah Beth

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SNOW | FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

Hello Chic Fans!  Are you ready for your next challenge?

This time we want to see your SNOW pictures!  All you have to do is post them to our wall on Facebook with #SNOW and you could win a three month membership to Chic Critique!

We know some of you are getting hit with lots of the white fluffy stuff, so show us what you got!  Please submit one photo per person please and make sure there is a human in the photo!

Check out these gorgeous shots from some of our Forum Members!

 

Suzie H.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR OWN CHILDREN | TEACHING TUESDAY

We're so happy to have Celebrity Photographer, Jean Smith, share this tutorial with us:

 

"You are so lucky...you must have so many pictures of your kids!"

If I only had a dime for all of the times I have heard that. Unfortunately, I have to answer with something like, "You know the plumber that always has a leaky faucet? Well...it's kind of the same thing with me."


I love my kids. I ADORE my kids. But, I will admit that I got to the point that I rarely, if ever, photographed them. I am so not proud of this fact and actually wish I took weekly or monthly professional photos of them. But photographing clients, hanging with kids, homework, dinner, cleaning, editing, emailing, kids sports and activities, and everything else that has to fit somewhere into my day, leaves my camera as being the last thing I think about at home.

If you're like me, you want more photographs of your kids! You don't want to look back with regret and hate yourself for not capturing their sweet childhood! You want to plaster your walls and scrapbooks with images of your children and family! But, how does a photographer mom or dad find the time, energy, and desire to pick up the camera and photograph their children or family happenings on a regular basis?

For me, I have found three things that have worked brilliantly...

1. Set a goal. I made a goal to pull out my camera one day a week and take a few images of family goings-on.  My baby on the bed in the morning. My 12-year-old reading a book. A note Travis wrote to me. It doesn't have to be a formal shoot, just something you see that you will want to remember. It only takes me 5-15 minutes and I am making a record of our life.

2. iPhone. Any camera is better than no camera. My phone is always with me, so I make a conscious effort to take videos and snapshots of my kids or cute things they have done (since it is not convenient to carry around a big ol' SLR camera). If it weren't for my phone, we would have zero home videos. Poor video camera collecting dust in my closet.

3. Day in the Life. The major thing that has saved me from photographer-mom-super-guilt is taking one day out of the year for each child. This day is ALL about them. They choose things they love to do, we plan a mom/son date, and we photograph everything. It warms my heart in so many ways to look back at an entire day in the life of each of my children every year and remember them as they were at that time in their life. 90% of the day is taken photojournalistic style, but I do take a small portion and take a few good portrait shots of them as well. You can see examples of one year's worth of Day in the Life shots of my boys HERE.


No matter how much time you spend in your hobby or career as a photographer, you still have a life outside of photography. You may have kids, you may not. You may have pets, you may not. Regardless of what your life entails, that life needs to be documented. So, stop the guilt, make some goals, and start photographing your life :)

Jean Smith is a portrait, wedding, and commercial photographer who is currently traveling the world with her super rad husband (also a photographer) and four awesome boys.  To see more of her photography, visit her websiteblog or follow her on Facebook.

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