My love of family photographs runs deep. We have thousands of family photos that mean the world to me. My dad is not only a professional photographer, but he also loves taking pictures just for fun. He hired me at a young age to hang backgrounds, arrange props and get kids to smile in his portrait studio.
You know what I never learned, though? How to take beautiful pictures. Now, I’m desperately seeking that knowledge and, apparently, I am not alone.
Digital photography has made photography more available to us than it’s ever been. You don’t have to be a pro to take gorgeous photos, and Cathy Mores is an advocate for the non-pro.
Cathy is visually talented in a way the rest of us can only dream of. We met while on a project together for work – she on design and me on planning. Our friendship grew as we learned we shared a love of the outdoors, wine, yoga and more. She is one of those people you just love being around because she is so kind, smart, funny and thoughtful. And, you sorta wish you could have an ounce of her creativity.
Cathy’s mentor, Me Ra Koh, recently published a book called Your Child in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten.
Cathy was kind enough to let us share her review of the book. And, she scored us a copy to give away to one lucky winner! To enter, tell us:
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This book review first appeared on www.cathymoresphotography.com and is reprinted with permission.
Your Child in Pictures :: Book Review
by Cathy Mores
I’ve been waiting a little (ok, not-so-) patiently for our lovely UPS driver to show up on my doorstep with an advance copy of Your Child in Pictures! So imagine my excitement when a beautiful brown envelope arrived the other day from the publisher…
Your Child in Pictures is the follow up to Me Ra Koh’s first book, Your Baby in Pictures (which is the PERFECT new-mama’s handbook for capturing the best moments of a baby’s first year). It happens all too often that we photograph all those sweet moments that happen in our child’s life for the first time — first steps, first tooth, first foods — and then, as our kiddos grow, somehow the magic of documenting those daily stories falls by the wayside. This book will spark your creativity for capturing all of the magic of childhood, well beyond those firsts!
Even as I was flipping through the satiny pages of beautiful images, I was inspired to go out this weekend and photograph Parker with some of these ideas in mind. Especially the pictures of kids and their pets — which, in our house, is an amazing story of tolerance and acceptance. Our cat, Cooper, used to be incredibly afraid of the tiny human running around our house and making crazy noises at all hours of the day (and night!). Now, as Parker has grown older, Cooper has taken a true liking to him. She sits with him as they watch cartoons after school, she begs him to be fed, and he lovingly takes care of her. The story in this spread totally reminded me of a photograph I’ve been envisioning of the two of them:
The photo recipes and tips throughout the book are easy to understand if you’re photographing with a point-and-shoot or a DSLR camera. And nearly each inspiration has easy how-to steps for how to make your photograph successful, from the right time of day and how to compose the image. Imagine the stories you could tell about your little ones with some of these ideas!
And then… there’s the photographs.
You might recognize a face or two —like this little guy, who you might already know: (insert proud mama moment here)
Parker’s beloved Blue Bear has been part of our family since day one. He’s been on airplanes, stuffed into suitcases, dangling out of a backpack a time or two. So when Parker begged to have Bear as part of our family portraits with Me Ra, it was really (really!) hard to say no. I blogged about our session, with some of the pictures, here. I’m beyond thrilled that she included one of the special stories about Parker and his incredible imagination. (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love his photo ideas!)
Based in Manhattan, Kansas, Cathy Mores is an wedding and portrait photographer, where she’s known for her energetic and playful spirit behind the lens. Her work seeks to document a family’s visual legacy, honoring their unique story through custom home decor and heirloom products for future generations. She is also a Me Ra Koh Confidence teacher, holding beginner and intermediate photography workshops for women in the Midwest. In between photographing, she’s often found training for half-marathons and cheering for her seven year old son on the soccer field. See more of Cathy’s work and learn about her upcoming workshops at cathymoresphotography.com.