How To Capture A Connection

By: Jennifer Little

1. Love

We all love our children, but capturing the emotion of love is not always easy. It’s easy to keep the camera away from the calm moments throughout the day to avoid disruption. Turn off the flash, prepare your exposure properly, and grab one sweet shot.

2. Laughter

I love capturing a true laugh between family members. I seek genuine moments where real connections burst through the photo. Wait for a humorous moment rather than forcing a laugh.

3. Connection

Connections are not always between people. Often times your children will zone in on desires such as ice cream or a special toy. In these moments, you can photograph specific expressions that explain just what they’re thinking.

4. Tenderness

Capture these sweet, soft moments by following your subject through the lens. When the tender moment presents itself, grab the shot.

5. Comfort

Moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas all provide comfort throughout the day. A hug goes a long way and means so much. These moments are truly sweetest when the child initiates the hug. Make sure to have your camera handy and take advantage of the moment.

6. Favorite Activity

Reading, writing and playing all generate special feelings and expressions. Don’t ignore these quiet times. Sneak around the corner and grab that one shot before you distract your child.

7. Care

Sometimes we try so hard to satisfy and comfort our babies, and nothing seems to satisfy them. We feel their frustration and pain. Sometimes a warm cuddle and a captured moment is the sweetest.

8. Drama

All of our children have their moments that require our full attention. It might be caused by hurt feelings or even an injury. Whatever the cause, there will be moments when mom or dad can make it all better.

9. Siblings

On most occasions brothers and sisters play well together but often they argue. However, on really special occasions they will show their true love for each other.

10. New Friends

I love capturing a connection between two tiny new friends. They seem to instantly connect, there are no inhibitions, and they almost always find something in common. Even without carrying on a conversation they are able to communicate.

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.