They don’t all have to be perfect.

Image courtesy of SPS Member, Mary Foreman

Through the years here at SPS, we’ve covered topics like Taming the Wiggle Worm (my kiddos were so little in that one!) and getting young kids to cooperate. The advice in those posts is timeless for sure. You know what else is timeless? Pictures of our kids that aren’t traditional portraits. The ones that aren’t perfect in the traditional sense of the classic portrait. I’m not talking about the outtakes of traditional portraits – although those have a very special place in my heart. I’m talking about images that embody portraiture of who are kids ARE, not just what they look like. They’re glimpses into ages and stages that pass in a blink. And they are true treasures.

We’re giving you a few ideas to get you started thinking about new ways to capture your kids.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Katie Braun

Capture your kids at play.

They don’t even need to be facing the camera. Snap a shot of them swinging, sliding down the slide, in the sandbox, or playing with LEGO. If your kids are older, then capturing them reading a book, with their tablet, or gaming.

What we (and they) choose to do with our down time is so indicative of who we are and seeing how the ways they spend their time change through the years will tell a great story.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Sarah Anne.

One of my favorite memories from when my kids were younger is the yelling that always occurred when they played Minecraft together. “Who set my house on fire?!” would usually be followed by the sinister giggle of whichever sibling had done the deed.

I wish I’d thought to grab a picture of them all sitting in our living room – the expressions would have been priceless.

Grab some quick shots of your kids having everyday interactions with siblings. No matter the mood, they’ll be great reminders of the everyday moments later on.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Emily Straley

Kitchen twirling and snuggles with lovies will soon be in the past. It doesn’t matter if the images you collect are perfect – what matters is that you chose to stop time and preserve a moment.

I know that in a blink the teenagers who seem to be permanently adhered to my sofa or rummaging through the kitchen for food (always more food!) will be out on their own, and all I’ll have to remember these days are the photos I make the time to capture.

Try some non-traditional portraits of your kids today. Now. Capture who they are in this moment. You won’t be sorry (and they’ll appreciate the break from having to pose and look at the camera).

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