Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Say Cheese!

Or not! In Click Love Grow, the photographer talked about natural expressions. Here, baby looked up and saw me smiling at her and I was talking to her. She was so focused on trying to crawl up on the slide, or back down it, that when she looked over, she was tickled to see me there. But these are the kind of expressions that are great. Nice and natural. In the other, she was smiling at her momma. She was having a ball. Talking to us, laughing, smiling.

The photographer recommended having the kids hold something, getting them involved in the photo set up, catching them when they’re playing or doing some other activity, rather than have the standard mug shot. Playing word games, mixing up stories, so that  they don’t make sense, bribing, are some of the ways that photographers get the kids to smile genuinely. Even with Keira as young as she is, if I say, “What does the cow say? Mooooo,” she smiles. Or if I sing her one of the songs like “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” or “Row Row Row Your Boat,” she’ll also smile.

I love to sit with her on the floor and while she’s playing and talking away, I take pictures. Hopefully with using better settings for a moving baby, they’ll turn out better.

Tomorrow’s prompt was nice background blur so that the child stands out against the background.

Off to work on the story! I got word count!!! And now just continuing to edit and write. It’s amazing as I’m going along, how I’ve changed the story as I write, and have to return to the beginning to reflect those changes! The butterfly effect…

Have a lovely St. Patrick’s Day! Potatoes, corned beef, cabbage, and carrots on the menu!


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