It’s Photo Shoot Season! – 4 Tips on Getting Great Family Photos

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When I first became a mother, I planned elaborate photo shoots with my daughter. I hoped to capture every moment, every memory on film. I was absolutely amazed that I played a part in creating this lovely little person and wanted to document her journey here on earth. I had a schedule. She would get her pictures taken every three months–and that’s just counting professional photos. I would spend hours selecting outfits, booking appointments and picking proofs. I was disappointed when she refused to smile, fought me over wardrobe changes or didn’t want to be bothered. I spent hundreds of dollars on photography sessions, and after exhausting my energy and money, I ended up placing the pictures in a drawer, forgetting to distribute them to all of our family members. And as time went on, I didn’t stick to the schedule. Sometimes we took photos back-to-back. Other times we went months without posing for a picture. And you know what? My favorite photo is one that wasn’t planned! I hardly had on any makeup, and it was late at night on her first birthday. My talented cousin lit the picture beautifully.

Now, I don’t follow a calendar. I schedule Christmas card shoots, but other than that, we live life, snapping shots when we feel like it. This morning, a friend of mine, Joanne Wallington, who’s beautiful family is featured in this story, reminded me that you can’t control family photography. Here’s a simple way to get a shot without getting stressed.

Photos Courtesy: Danae Hampton

1. Dress Alike

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You don’t have to dress up, but dress alike. Coordinate colors and outfits. And throw out the red and green dress code if you like! You can still make a Christmas card wearing white, blue or even purple.

BMWK – Please share with us your experiences with trying to get a family photo.  Did you ever pay for pictures…only to forget to share them?

 

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Heather Hopson wrote 59 articles on this blog.

Not long ago, Heather Hopson was an award-winning television host in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's writing a different kind of story as a new mom. She gives readers the key to her diary and shares personal stories about single parenting, dating, transitioning to motherhood and her obsession with being what her family calls an "activity mom." The site features celebrity interviews, parent spotlights and confessional videos. Follow her journey through motherhood on Twitter @dearmomdiary.

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5 Ways to Reign as Queen of Your Castle

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by Lakia “LB” Brandenburg

As a wife, I reign as queen. My husband, rules as king. And with any royal couple, we both play very important roles in maintaining a healthy, happy marriage. After sitting on my throne for three years, I’ve discovered that much of my value lies in the invisible crown that rests upon my head. Let me explain.

The Tiara, the beautiful headpiece normally worn by brides, is an acronym I created for modern-day wives. Embedded within the encrusted tiara are five principles that highlight some essential duties for Your Highness to follow. Wives, when you wear The Tiara, your powerful accessory doesn’t just represent your position. When it sparkles, you place your king in a deep trance of endless love and admiration.

T-Tame Your Tongue. Whoever taught us that “…words will never hurt us” wasn’t honest. Wives, the words you use can speak “life” or “death” into your husband. You have the power to build him up or tear him down. I believe a tamed tongue is disciplined. It’s mature and gentle. In other words, a wife doesn’t “speak her mind” without being selective in the words she uses.

I-Interpret His Definition of Love. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, explains that there are five ways that couples can give and receive love. It’s important for a wife to truly understand what love language her husband speaks. Does he need quality time or physical touch? Discover his love language and learn to speak it fluently.

A-Affirm Him with Sweet Words. “I believe in you.” “You can do it.” “I trust you.” are just a few affirmations that you can declare to your husband. When a wife speaks “life” into her husband, it’s like the cartoon character Olive Oil giving Popeye a bowl of spinach. You’re not only giving your husband a healthy supplement, but the affirmations act as nutrients. In the end, it’s great for his overall performance.

R-Respect His Authority. Ladies, as controversial as it is, there’s power in submission. Within any kingdom, there’s a hierarchy of order. When a wife submits, or yields to her husband’s leadership, she reaps an immeasurable harvest of love, grace, peace, favor, and mercy. Not only is respecting your king’s position honorable and demonstrates trust, but it’s another dialect of love.

A-Arouse His Sexual Pleasures Often. Sex is like water. Wives, you must keep your husband hydrated and replenished. Rejuvenate his spirit and quench his thirst by making love to him–regularly. Together, you can create an exciting and fulfilling sex-life that’s greatly suitable for a king and queen.

Lakia Brandenburg is a wife, mother, author and speaker. Parts of this blog are excerpted from The Tiara: A Wife’s Guide to Marital Bliss2013). Lakia’s first book, He’s not perfect. I’m not perfect. But together we’re…Picture Perfect is available now on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com     You can contact Lakia via her website or twitter  or facebook

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