Remember the hot summers when you were growing up and your mom made you stay outside all day because that is what kids did back then? You grabbed the hose when you were thirsty and made mud pies and rode your bike to the drug store to get candy with your allowance. That is what my brother and I did when we were little! So you can imagine my surprise when my kids were playing outside in the heat this week and asked me for drinks and I said “Get the hose” and they had no idea what I was talking about! I had to show them how to get water out of the hose in the front yard! Then they said that the water taste funny! Could it be that my kids got this far being kids not knowing what hose water taste like?!
(keep the shutter speed really fast to get the water to freeze this shot was 1/660)
Our dog gets hot too so she hides in the ivy to cool off:
My photo-stories these days are all about playing in the front yard…
Baseball is ‘the game’ at our house – - Finding last year’s lost ball in the bushes is always like finding a treasure!
….the dog likes finding baseballs too!
The boys can’t get enough of it!
Photo Tips for Front Yard Summer Fun!
- You won’t get any outside shots you leave your camera inside on the kitchen counter! Don’t forget to take it outside!
- Look for the everyday stuff that seem like little things – -one day they will be the big memories.
- Don’t forget to photograph your pets too.
- Get the action shots not just the mug ‘say cheese’ shots.
- Set your camera on the sports setting if your kids are moving fast.
- Don’t make it real obvious that you have your camera – just start shooting and they will act natural.
- Watch your backgrounds and get down on their level.
- Try different angles. Get lower than their level for some shots. I had to shoot ‘up’ for the ‘hose’ shots above to avoid the neighbors car in the background.
- Don’t stress!
- Don’t forget to bring your camera back in! It is easy to forget it and leave it outside on these long lazy summer nights.