I do have the cutest little boys in the whole world, you know. Okay, I might be a little bit biased, but they ARE mine! If you look very closely you will see that little Leonard has a messy face-but I know my little guy and if ┬áhad said-here let mommy clean your face, he would have hopped down off the chair and run away as fast as those little legs would carry him! The first photo shows my fun note card of my littlest guy. Who doesn’t love getting letters? And hand made personalized ones?!!

I have seriously dabbled in photography for many years and have always had trouble with red eye, lighting, and camera speed. Here are a few things that I’ve figured out through trial and error, and I must share for all you moms (or anyone out there taking photos of children!!) because nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than seeing photos of my little guys!

Red Eye: The red eye I finally figured out you could get rid of by using natural lighting or a flash that you can attach to your camera. The point and shoots or even the nicer cameras (SLR) with the attached flash almost always give you red eye-the flash is just too close to the camera lens. You don’t need a big fancy one, just one that is higher up than your attached one-Ritz makes a nice one for about 100$, it’s also small and easy to take on and off.

Camera speed: Unfortunately you just have to get a camera that actually takes the picture when you press the button-or you’ve lost the picture! You can take off the red eye setting and use natural lighting to lessen the delay somewhat, but then you’re limited to hoping for good lighting and not getting a blurry photo.

Lighting-This has been my latest major breakthrough! I’ve always preferred natural lighting and an attached flash (using the flash pointing up or to the side to bounce the light off of a wall or ceiling to diffuse the harsh flash light). The colors are just so much prettier- you don’t have the shadows and you can actually see the colors and things around your subject. But then I’ve been dependent on the weather-taking photos inside near a big window or door, or outside in cloudy conditions or overcast really make for the best shots (where you can actually see the color of your subjects eyes).

However, I’ve just recently discovered this Light Sphere thing- I can’t believe how well it works. It’s actually a flash diffuser-so the flash doesn’t give the harsh shadows and the colors are much more natural. Now I can take photos anywhere and not worry about the lighting at all-honestly it’s unbelievable to me. For years, I’ve struggled with this! Check it out at garyfong.com, this guy is a genius, I tell you! He even has tutorials on his site to tell you exactly how to use it, and photos to show you the difference with the flash, without, and with the Light Sphere. They also have a small one to use with point and shoots, but I haven’t tried that one out yet.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Keep checking back to see what else I’ve discovered-I’ll be sure to share it! And e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com for your own custom made children’s items!