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Eating out with kids tips - the photo version (sibling photos week 38/52)

There's nothing like a good, kid friendly neighborhood restaurant with interesting light and decor! I love that in Brooklyn you can eat out with your kids and still get decent food, and local pizzeria Speedy Romeo is a favorite.

Pizzeria doesn't even really cover it. It's a restaurant that serves great pizza and other dishes, not to mention one of the most delicious chocolate desserts on the planet. Real grownups go there without kids, even!

And yes, I love photographing the kids there. There is great light at lunch or early evening (we went at 5pm when I took these photos) although I do like to strategically influence our seating if I can. Not only do the kids get engrossed in pizza but these are also great memories of a much loved place.

This week's photo tips (long time Photosanity parents will be quite familiar with these!)

1) Photograph your family's much loved places you'll want to remember years from now.

2) Get your kids engrossed in something they love.

3) Get down low.

4) Enjoy your pizza!


Tips for photographing active kids - like mine! (sibling photos week 36&37/52)

I was remarking the other day how having a 2.75-year-old and a 5.75-year-old is in some ways more tiring than having a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old, and it is even more tiring than a newborn and a 3-year-old. I no longer have a kid and a baby. I have 2 kids, and they are both very active!

I've been home with them on a leave of absence from work for several weeks now and even though they are in school every day, the shuttling back and forth plus the time after school is definitely more physically tiring for me than going to work!

They are constantly in motion either in separate orbits or together, and I love how this sibling photo captures that.

Of course, one thing can be guaranteed to get them to sit still, at least for few moments and that is... ice cream!

Photo tip

If you have active kids, don't fight it. You know that asking them to be still is not going to work. Instead, wait for the pause in motion that comes every so often, or get them involved in something you know will naturally keep them still, even if only for a few moments.


First day of school traditions and tips (sibling photos week 35/52)

The first day of school seems so far away already but it was in fact a couple of weeks ago for us - Liam is now in Kindergarten!

So far so good at his new school - he seems to be having fun and making friends. The other day, we ran into one of his new classmates at the playground and as we left, he gave him a hug and asked me if we could invite him to his birthday party (which by the way is not until February but we have been discussing for months already!).

Whenever we run into classmates they all seem to be excited to see each other and Liam has also been surprisingly forthcoming in sharing tidbits about his day.

Here are the traditional "first day of school" photos from this year.

And this is last week's sibling photo from Liam's first day.

Check out my Mom365 blog post on capturing natural smiles to get a glimpse behind the scenes of some of these photos!


Focus on love

Today and every day, I am grateful for what I have that so many lost on this day 13 years ago, and in the months and years following - life, loved ones, a future, hope, happiness.

Today is a difficult day.

But today I try and focus on… love.


DSLR free vacation and quiet time in midst of excitement (sibling photos week 33&34/52)

We just got back from a week of vacation in Florida. It was fantastic! We basically spent almost the entire time either in the pool or at the beach. At night it felt like I was still floating up and down after all the hours in the water. It was great to be outside so much but also tiring. By the time the kids were in bed, we were pretty much ready to call it a night too!

And guess what? I did not take my DSLR to the pool or beach once! I went with a waterproof point-and-shoot and my iphone. In fact, were it not for this project, I might not have taken any photos at all!

I did however capture the two boys playing with Lego guys in the hotel. One of the fun things about the vacation was getting to see them spend so much time together.

I also captured this moment while we were waiting for our Duck Boat tour. The light, just like the moment, was irresistible.

I'm so glad to have these photos from our vacation. I'll be honest though, my favorites are the beach and pool snapshots that I took with the waterproof camera. Knowing that I didn't have to lug the "big camera" everywhere, or worry about keeping it safe from sand and water was great. I'll share those another time!