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Taking pictures at home {San Ramon Family Photographer}

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A lot of parents have been asking for tips on taking pictures of their kids. First off, I’m a Canon girl. I still shoot with my Canon 5D from more than 6 years ago and I love it. One day, I’ll upgrade to the 5DMark II but I’m so attached to my baby (yes, I baby my camera!) that I don’t know when that will happen.  I try not to shoot with flash if at all possible. I prefer to use natural light whenever I can.

Here’s my first, and hopefully not last post with some basic tips. Find the light! My house is really, really dark. I have dark floors, dark shutters and the natural light that comes in is limited. So what do I do? Open the front door and let the light shine in! You can also use large windows as your light source. I used E as my model and had her sit on the floor about 5 feet away from the door. Of course, she only sat there for a few seconds and then came running towards me trying to get outside. I shot all these with my 85mm 1.2 lens and I was just outside the door. Kids are unpredictable so just keep your finger on the shutter and capture the moments – even when the kids aren’t doing what you ask them to do. Rather than stop and try to force them to pose or look at the camera, remember to look for the natural expressions that really portray your child’s personality.

Finally, try to get in front of the camera too! I am guilty of this one. If you’re anything like me, you are the one taking all the pictures.  I realized that my kids are going to look back on their pictures and wonder where I was all the time because I was rarely in the pictures with them. I used the tripod and timer on my camera and although it was a slight pain running back and forth trying to get one good shot, it was worth it. Is it the best picture? No, but I’m happy to be in it! Dust off your tripods and get in front of the camera!

Happy Valentines Day! {San Ramon Lifestyle photographer}

K has been sick for the past few days and fortunately, she was able to go back to school today to celebrate Valentines with all her friends. As soon as she got home from school, she dumped out her bag to reveal all her Valentines, stickers, and candy. Of course, E was super excited and went through all the goodies grabbing the lollipops for herself. Hope all of you are having a great Valentines day and remember to take lots of pictures of your loved ones today.

Father daughter dance {San Ramon Family Photographer}

A and K were so excited about the father daughter dance this year because they were both able to go with daddy. They chose the dresses they wanted to wear (Christmas dresses from grandma from a year ago) and how they wanted their hair done. K wanted “curls this year, updo next year.” A wanted a “fancy one side braid.” Of course, when little E saw what was going on, she wanted in on the action. She wanted her hair curled, she chose a pretty pink dress and she kept posing for me to take her picture. Normally, I can do a whole song and dance for her and she will refuse to look at the camera. But since I was trying to get some shots of her sisters, she kept jumping in front of them and doing all these cute things to get my attention. I wanted a shot of A and K holding hands and she jumped in between them, separated their hands and got in the middle. Trying to get a shot of A and K with daddy was nearly impossible- I had to hold E in one arm as she struggled to get in the picture and my camera with the heavy 85mm lens in one hand – oh, and it was sprinkling too! Can’t wait until Danny can take all 3 girls to the dance!

Merry Christmas 2011

To our dear friends and family,

We’ve prepared our 4th annual Moon Clan Christmas video to share with you.

Audrey (7) is in 2nd grade and loves to read, do art, and takes after her dad’s love of video games and telling corny jokes.  She just lost her first 2 teeth (Her two front teeth to be exact- just in time for Christmas)!
Kaylee (5 1/2) started kindergarten this year and her favorite part of school is “eating snack at recess.”  Her curiosity has blossomed and often challenges us with deep questions about life, God, and the world around us.
Ellie (2) wants to keep up with her big sisters and has moved on from saying, “this” to “Ellie too!”  She has an insatiable appetite for fruits and snacks and spends the majority of the day sitting in front of the pantry asking for “nacks” (snacks).  Her love of snacks is only rivaled by her love of music- when a song comes on, she almost always drops what she’s doing, gets up and starts to dance- especially if it’s a Justin Bieber song.

May the new year bring lots of happiness and joy!
Have yourself a merry little christmas!

With love,
*The Moon Clan*
Danny, Janet, Audrey, Kaylee, Ellie

Deanna - December 22, 2011 - 9:49 pm

Beautiful girls and beautiful family!!! :) Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!!!

Jenny - December 23, 2011 - 8:17 am

The girls are so big now! Especially E, def not a baby anymore! Wishing themoonclan a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2012… :)

Hoang - December 23, 2011 - 1:45 pm

Aww …Merry Christmas to all the lunar princesses and daddy Moon.

song - January 18, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Just watched this… It’s SOO AWESOME!!!

Sneak peek for C family {san ramon 100 day / behgil photographer}

My last portrait session of the year! Baby M came in to celebrate a very special milestone – 100 days old!  She didn’t cry once during the session and seemed to really enjoy being in front of the camera. Since it’s almost Christmas, we had to take a few shots with a little Santa hat on.:)I photographed her older sister in early 2009 for her 100 day portraits and mom wanted to recreate the same poses. I added a side by side comparison to the bottom 2 pictures – do the sisters look alike?