Photographing Alaska Part 1: Planes, Train and Automobile

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Who hasn’t dreamt of a trip to Alaska? It may not seem such a big deal for residents of west coast or NW USA, but for the rest of us it seems as far away as the moon. Even so, wherever we traveled we’d run into someone who waxed lyrical about their Alaskan cruise. Finally, the opportunity of snapping those images of bears catching leaping salmon was too much to resist.

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5 games kids will happily play when having their photo taken

As a photographer, one of the challenges that I often face is finding balance between making emotive authentic images and perfectly posed and smiling images, especially with children.

Whether you’re photographing your own kids or others during a session, here are five games I’ve picked up which can make for a more enjoyable experience for all.

Imaginative word play games

I love this game for older kids. An example of a word play game is for you to say a word and then you have the child say the first thing that flashes into their head.

You might say, “tickle” while the child might reply, “laugh.”

Another example would be for you to say “pool.” And she says, “splash.”

This is a really fun game when you bring mom and dad in on the fun, too!

Whether you're photographing your own kids or others during a session, here are five games I've picked up which can make for a more enjoyable experience for all.

Tongue twisters

The whole family can get in on the fun with tongue twisters. It opens up dialogue and takes the edge off everyone at the beginning of a session. Some examples to recite are:

  • She sells sea shells by the sea shore
  • Sister Sarah shines her silver shoes for Sunday
  • A big black bug bit a big black bear

Related: 7 ideas to make photos shoots fun for kids

Whether you're photographing your own kids or others during a session, here are five games I've picked up which can make for a more enjoyable experience for all.

Bring prizes

Bring prizes for the winners of the games played. It can be as simple as a lollipop or a roll of stickers, tearing off a few to the winner.

Prizes also make great incentives for the kids. There are no rules that say you can’t use bribery!

Whether you're photographing your own kids or others during a session, here are five games I've picked up which can make for a more enjoyable experience for all.

Scavenger hunt

Create a list of items that the children can find in their home or on location. Siblings can do the activity together as you name out the items on the list.

Stand back at a distance and follow them as they search for the item, allowing you to capture natural joyful interactions between siblings.

Whether you're photographing your own kids or others during a session, here are five games I've picked up which can make for a more enjoyable experience for all.

Play music

I find that playing music, especially for little ones, brings out many smiles and their wiggles. I usually have a playlist on my phone of child must-haves and will ask the parents if there is a favorite.

The parents and myself will start to dance in order to entice the little ones to join us. Currently, my favorite song to break out is the theme song to Zootopia!

Whether you're photographing your own kids or others during a session, here are five games I've picked up which can make for a more enjoyable experience for all.

By the time you’re done, most children do not want to stop playing the games since they’re having a fun time and did not even realize that photos were being taken of them.

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The Camera Hype

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I have been debating for quite some time to write this article. On one hand, I feel like I have an overwhelming responsibility to tell our readers the truth about the camera industry and the economics of running a website, and on the other hand, I know that such a provocative article would probably earn me plenty of hate from the publishing industry. But after seeing a few of the past events related to the launching of a few cameras, the same thoughts kept on creeping up and I finally decided to do it. I decided to write on a topic that nobody wants to talk about – how camera companies and everyone else involved in the camera industry are banking on people, AKA the consumers. I wrote this article primarily because of the sense of guilt I have had for years now and also because I do not want our readers to fall into the traps of consumerism. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and get ready for some entertainment – I assure you that it is coming!

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Adobe Makes It Difficult to Get Lightroom 6

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A friend of mine texted me with a question on how he can upgrade from his Lightroom 5 copy to Lightroom 6 this weekend. He told me that he was frustrated with his online Adobe experience, since he could not find the standalone version – every search lead him to the Creative Cloud (CC) subscription model, which he did not want to buy. I immediately thought that he was simply overlooking something, so I decided to give it a quick go on my mobile phone. I typed “Adobe Lightroom 6 Upgrade” in Google, which took me to all kinds of places, none of which offered an upgrade option to Lightroom 6, only CC offers.

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32 captivating eye contact photos that will draw you in

Are you looking for a photography challenge?

Maybe you love taking photos or maybe you just need some motivation to start taking pictures again (or maybe you simply love contests that promise the chance at a prize!)

Well, we’ve got you covered! (More on that below!)

Every month on the Clickin Moms photography forum, we select a new theme and ask our members to interpret it in their images in any way they wish. Last month, the theme was ‘Eye Contact’.

Our members wow’ed us with a beautiful collection of pictures that gave us a glimpse inside their lives and showed up what childhood looks like to them.

We have selected some of our favorites for you to enjoy here, and we want to congratulate Marissa for winning a live Breakout Session seat from Click Photo School with her image!

Marissa Roseillier

Would you like the opportunity to be featured in next month’s photo share here on the Clickin Moms Blog and be entered to win a Live Seat to any Click Photo School Breakout Session? (Told you we’d share more details here on how to do that!) This month, we’re looking for your best ‘Real Life’ photos which you can submit here.

Not a member of the Clickin Moms forum? We’d LOVE to have you join us! You can do that right now! (Questions? Please feel free to post those below!)

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