Monthly Archives: April 2013

Baby your older children

Baby your older children

When they need it and there is no one else around to make them feel self-conscious. Tuck them into bed, cuddle them, stroke their hair and whisper your love to them. Soothe away cares just as you did when did when they were little.

Teach baby care, for two main reasons: so as to bring up useful and responsible young adults who could safely babysit, and even more importantly to demonstrate the never ending work involved in caring for an infant.

Don’t pry into your children’s lives. Kids love to keep a secret diary or a box of treasured possessions that they can lock, so let them do so – unless of course you need to know for serious reasons of health or safety, such as if you suspect that they could be taking illegal stuff.

Ask carers do the low-down or your child’s day – it’s useful to know roughly when they slept and what they ate so you don’t feed them the same again at home or try to put them to bed before are tired.

Get all your family together on a regular basis, so you will have opportunities to meet everyone and of course you can get your family photos, too.

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Allow freedom of expression

Allow freedom of expression in fashion, music, interests and pastimes, So long as our bottom lines are met – your children must be safe kind and conscinetious. Cut them a bit of slack around the things that matter to them but don’t have to matter to you.

Respect privacy. Let the older children open their own post, have private telephone conversations and close the door when they have friends over to play. A respect for your child’s privacy is unlikely to compromise their safety.

Offer wall space. If you have a newly decorated house, put up pin boards in your children’s bedroom so they can customise a bit of wall without getting into trouble. Use brightly coloured map pins that are easy to spot if they fall out.

Have secret signals. If public displays of affection embarrass your child, develop your own code it could be a low five for a kiss and a gentle punch on the arm for a hug. Big kids need affection, but are much more likely to accept it on their own terms.

Make sure that you have your family photos at least once a year, so you will have your memories to cherish forever.

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Move On

Move On

Young children develop very fast. A toy that was fascinating a month ago may be of little interest now, so keep abreast of your child’s curiosity and developing intellect by presenting them with fresh challenges and activities.

You needn’t spend a fortune toy liberties, charity shops and imaginative activities won’t  break the bank.

For your older children, give advice not your opinion.

Answer their questions about sex straightforwardly and candidly, without offering more information than you think they need to know at their age and stage.

Be liberal enough that your children don’t need to lie to you. Allow them to share with you the inevitable milestones of growing up: trying a little alcohol first kiss, a youthful adventure. It’s safer to be in the know than out of touch.

Don’t jump to conclusions. If you disapprove of something your child does, try not to aggrandise it with your outrage. One drink does not make an alcoholic, nor one cigarette a smoker. Better to have a mature discussion about health than a slanging match about your fears for the future.

Make sure you keep the record how they grow up by photos. They grow up very fast.
Having beautiful photos for your children are investment. Please book Katsu for your photo session.

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Avert Tantrums

Avert Tantrums with distractions “Look at those lovely flowers” ” I think that I saw Poppy the cat outside the window” ” Can you spot a red car?” ” What would you like for your birthday?” ” it does not always work but its worth a go.

Bin flip flops. They look cute on young kids but are very difficult for children to run and tackle stairs in. Properly fitted sandals, with backs are infinitely preferable and far safer.

Insist upon plates. Young children can be fantastically messy eaters. From an early age, train them not to wander about while eating. To eat over a plate or surface and to be mindful of how much mess they are making.

Dress the part. Left to their own devices, most younger children would ice-skate in swimming costume and play tennis in winter coats without noticing. Dressing appropriately is not high on a kids list of priorities so lay down the law.

If you don’t know what your kids to wear on the day of photo shoot, please let us know as we have a professional stylist, so he can style you the way you want just like some magazine photo shoot.
Your kids will feel very special on the day.

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Use metaphors

Use metaphors and similes

The capacity to make connections between things is the basis of imagination, so share with your kids any associations that occur to you:  Those parachutes look like jellyfish in the sky. The water coming out of the tap looks plaited just like your hair is now. Look at your shadow – your are a giant statue!

Work out the meaning of what your kids say. Young children’s speech can be very disjointed. Often kids burble on about seemingly unconnected things and it;s all too easy not to hear.
If you do listen really hard, you will be surprised by now much sense can be constructed from the kaleidoscope of infant speech.

Quash pester power. If all else fails, steer clear of pester hot spots. Choose the supermarket that doesn’t sell toys over the one that does, take a different route to avoid the sweet shop of leave your partner to babysit while you shop alone in the evenings. What the eye does not see, the infant does not hanker for.

For young children photo shoot, I always recommend to be done in locations such as the parks or beaches rather than studio, so the infant feel more comfortable in the environment.
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Point out differences

Point out differences

Point out differences between things, such as different sorts of dogs, types of shops, varying landscapes or contrasting flowers. so that your young children start to observe and become interested in the diversity of the world around them.

Explore the senses, Make connections between different sexual experiences: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. What colour do you think this music is? What sound banana make? What do you reckon blue smell of? Where older children might think you mad, younger ones are far more likely to accept such associations and try to offer answers.

Make associations between people and colours, sounds, shapes, fruits, drinks, landscapes anything. Sometime be the interviewer What sort of animal are you? What sort of shape are you? and at other times the interviewee. Older children will enjoy finding associations for all their friends. and then quizzing those friends to see if the associations tally.

When we photograph children, we always ask silly questions and make them answer and laugh.
That is how we capture those natural moments, so the children feel more comfortable in front of the camera, also. Please book me early if you are planing to have photo session with me.

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Turn a deaf ear

Turn a deaf ear

Little children are fascinated and vastly entertained by anything to do with bottoms: poo, wee, and willies are a hot topic o infant conversation. Most children go through this phase, so unless it gets completely out of hand, just pretend you have not heard what they are saying to each other. That’s what I think. Do you agree?

Keep a funny book. From the moment they start to speak, get a big blank book in which to write down al the wonderful things you kids say. I later years this book will be a treasured family keepsake and will give you and your children big laugh. Of course you can book me, so you can have a photo session with me for your long time memories, too.

Do draft things. Young children love it when adults do crazy and unusual things, and they enjoy strange and bizarre events. Satisfy this love of the surreal with some zany fun. You might, for instance, make up a game like Banana bag, pass the eyeball (asking them to close their eyes and handling round a peeled grape) or wobbly stool (lying back and letting your children ride on your raised knees, which you wobble and them unexpectedly collapse). Make the most of these games – they give visiting rights to your child’s world.

Even during the photo shoot with children, we let your children to play a game. So they will smile or laugh naturally, then we can capture those moments!

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Chat away to your baby

Chat away to your baby

Whatever you are doing – nappy changing, going around the shops, tracking chores, tell your baby what’s going on. And if you are reading while breastfeeding, why not read aloud? The intonation of your voice and your speech patterns will be fascinating to your young baby.

Don’t be surprised! All little boys fiddle with their willies. Gone (thank goddness) are the days when outraged parents punished this terrible “sin”. But there is nothing wrong with telling children not to fiddle in company, just as you might tell them not to eat with their mouths open or not to wipe their noses on their sleeves.

Keep toddlers close when you go out to eat. Kids crawling underfoot and waiters with trays of hot food and drinks make a poor combination.

Rein them in. Two years old don’t think leading reins are demeaning if a toddler is an uncertain walker, or likely to wander off a run away, they are essential. Choose harness style reins rather than a wrist strap as these are more comfortable and offer better security.

Take heart. Having a new baby is an emotional challenge for both parents. Accept that you may not get on with your partner perfectly all the time, and try to take the occasional spat in your stride.

If you are planning to have your newborn photo shoot with me, please try to book me while you are still pregnant, because newborn baby shoot is ideal to be done within 10days after they born.

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Newborn Baby Tips – Share your baby

Newborn Baby Tips – Share your baby

Let your baby be held by other people. Babies who get liberally passed around tend to be less clingy and more ease when looked after by others. Moreover, if other people take a turn, you can take a break.

Position the buggy so that, when stationary, it has its back to the sun or oncoming wind, is as far as possible from exhaust emissions and gives the baby or toddler a reasonable view of what is going on.

Positions car seats and bouncing chairs on the floor where there is no danger of them failing a high surface if they shift with the baby’s movement.

Treasure little tootsies. Babies bones are soft and malleable so should not be restricted by footwear. More ever, there are masses of balance receptors in the soles of the feet. When learning to walk, a child should ideally be barefoot, although this is not alwaysparactical. Until your baby is walking unaided, let them wear soft baby socks or booties that have ample space around the toes. First shoes must be fitted properly and only worn outdoors. When your child is inside, revert to socks and booties.

For your photo shoot, I can organise a professional stylist on the day, so your babies and children would look extra cute!

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Newborn Baby Tips – Noise

Newborn Baby Tips – Noise

Allow noise. A baby should be  able to sleep through noise, so allow a reasonable hubbub in the house. Babies like to know that they are near to people and haven’t been abandoned.

Make a mobile out of objects that will attract your baby’s attention, in bright colours, with strong tonal contrasts.
Suspend these from a frame made of a couple coat happens joined at right angles, and keep the mobile well out of baby’s reach.

Use baby books with babies of all ages, including newborns, start with cloth or board looks containing vibrant patterns that your baby will find interesting. Prop the books open around where your baby is lying so that they can gaze at them.

Use toys at changing time. From about four months of babies can get tremendously wriggly during changes. Distract your infant by putting a baby-gym frame over the changing mat so that they can play and give vital seconds in which to change nappy.

Stay in the swim of things. Even though you’ve had a new baby. It’s still possible to stay in touch with the outside world. Put on the radio, watch a bit of TV, scan the newspapers, and chat to friends on the phone. You will get interrupted, but you will still feel better for it.

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