How to capture your child lost in imagination

We all know that children love boxes... sometimes even more than the item that came in them. I recently collected a bunch of boxes for my kids and set them loose with paint markers, masking tape and whatever else they could find in the yard. I was expecting to see three little "robots" walking around or maybe a bunch of new "airplanes."

However, as always, these kids surprised me.

Read More to learn some tips for capturing your children's imaginations at play.

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We marbled pumpkins - A Pinterest win!

We actually did a Pinterest activity... and it worked!

Last week at my kids' school some of the other moms were talking about when they tried to dip pumpkins into nail polish to create a marbled look and how it failed so horribly. Out of curiosity, I looked the technique up when I got home. It sure did make some pretty pumpkins and did look pretty easy. Probably won't really work though, right?

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Getting creative with playground photography

If you've been taking your children to the playground for 8 years like I have, you might find yourself getting bored with your photos. There are only so many shots you need of your kid coming down the slide.

So, what is to be done? Stop taking photos? Stop going to the playground?

A documentary photo of a boy playing on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA

I found myself here recently. I had even rented a 70-200 lens for a family shoot the following day and wanted to test it out with my own kids. However, once we got to the park, I was bored with all the shots I was making. Other photographers can make art with any lens and here I was with a beautiful lens creating boring snapshots. So, I took a step back.

A sweet photo of a girl on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA by documentary photographer Erica Faith Walker.

I blinked and looked with new eyes at the playground. Suddenly, I saw lines, geometric shapes, interesting shadows and compelling stories.

Sometimes all we need to do to break out of the photography rut is to just decide to see in a new way. So, next time you're bored with your park photography, try these steps:

  1. Close your eyes. Open them when you're ready to see in a new way.
  2. Take your camera out of your normal settings. Get out of your comfort zone.
  3. Experiment with new angles or slower shutter speeds
  4. When you get home, try editing them in a different style

 

This is a fun black and white photo of a girl on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA by Erica Faith Photography.

After Dinner playtime

Are you ever at a loss as to what to do after dinner and before bedtime? It seems that my kids need to run around and burn off still more energy every evening. So, instead of having them wrestle on the living room floor we headed to a local playground.  

Black and white photo of girl climbing on the playground equipment in Claremont, CA by Erica Faith Walker

This little 4 year old can almost always keep up with his big siblings. He's fast and scrappy.

Documentary photo of siblings on the playground equipment in Claremont, CA by Erica Faith Walker

However, sometimes that isn't enough. Sometimes, your legs just need to keep growing.

Documentary photo of siblings on the playground equipment in Claremont, CA by Erica Faith Walker

Helmets are helpful even off the scooter. They even keep you safe running on the blacktop.

Black and white photo of boy on a playground in Claremont, CA by Erica Faith Walker