If you’ve been following my snap chat over the last couple weeks you’ve probably seen that Rosie is so close to walking! At first she just started propping herself up, but only while sitting next to something or someone but now she can full on stand up on her own without anything next to her. Atticus walked at 13 months but Ro will probably walk around 10 or 11 months. I can’t decide if it’s a good or bad thing. On the one hand, walking means she’s not scooting around, sometimes on dirty floors, but walking also means moving around MUCH quicker, which means getting into a lot more trouble;) The first walk (aka waddle) is my favorite though! Atticus would always veer to his left and it was hilarious haha.
You can really tell she feels proud of herself too when she does it. Her whole face lights up and she claps with us when we tell her good job! These are the types of moments I love to capture. This might be hard to believe since we do share so much, but, we don’t share all our pictures or videos. A lot of times we’ll take out the camera and we decide to keep the photos for ourselves. I’m all about sharing, but I like to keep some special moments private.
The best camera to use for these moments is the camera you will realistically have with you during a candid moment like this. There’s a time and a place for a big DSLR like our Canon EOS 5D Mark III. But sometimes, like in moments like these, you don’t have time to pull out the big camera. By the time you meter, set up, take lighting, and finally get down to the right level, which with kids is usually about 12 feet off the ground, the moment is gone. Most of the time you have a split second to shoot from the hip. That’s one of the reasons why I like some of our smaller more compact cameras, like the PowerShot G7 X, or if you really want the versatility of a DSLR and have the ability to use several different lenses, the EOS Rebel T6i. I love the flip screen on the G7 X. It pops straight up so you just hold it down at “kid level” and fire away. It also has a grid which makes it super easy to shoot down low because you can actually make sure you’re taking pictures that are level. Nothing worse than taking pictures only to find out later that they are all tilted.
At the end of the day, you’re going to have moments you want to remember forever, like first steps, first words, and other milestones. They won’t just be fun for you to have but fun for your kids to look back at. If you haven’t seen it yet, David did a great video recently on how to capture candids of your kids. You should check it out, there’s a lot of really good pointers;)
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