Connect

Connect

If you and and your baby or children are in a wonderful place, stop what you are doing, stand or sit still and simply focus on sensory inpressions. Guide your kids to be aware of the sounds around them, the light colours, movement and smells. Ask them to describe what they can see, hear, touch or even taste. Ask them to describe what they can see, hear, touch or even taste, they may teas you for being intense but they will find it rewarding all the same.

Choose a wishing tree. If there’s a particular tree your child likes, make it their wishing tree. They can touch it to make a wish. Or, it the tree is in your own garden, they can write wishes and stick them to it, or tie a ribbon around its trunk or branches as a symbol of a wish.

Make an autumn display of as many differently shaped and coloured leaves as your children can find. Arrange them in a vase or stick them on to paper or card to create a beautiful nature collage.

Make sure that you take photos of those moments as one of your life time treasures.
Obviously, you can book me, so I can photograph your baby, children and family to be remembered forever.

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Nature Trails

Nature Trails

Go to Taronga Zoo! You don’t need to take the kids to Africa. Children are obsessive and love to pulse an enthusiasm. Whether it is birds, bugs, flowers, cars, trucks, or trains, take them out to Taronga Zoo to see what you can spot.  Don’t forget to take your camera, binnacles, notebook and pencil.

Go dippy. Pond dipping is fun for all ages, but little ones need close supervision to avoid going for a dip themselves. You will require a fishing net and a plastic container, preferably shallow and flat bottoned. Put a little pond water in the bottom of the container, drag the net through the shallows at the edge of the pond, them tip its contents out into container and see what you can find. During the summer months, most ponds will yield many different bugs.

Visit a local pond in the springtime to try to find tadpoles. If you strike lucky, revisit the pond from time to time to watch them develop into froglets, then frogs. Children of all ages enjoy frog-spotting in the wild.

You can always hire me as your photographer so I can photograph you and your children when they are playing with beautiful animals in Sydney.

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Techno kids

Techno kids

Watching TV is ok. If a child has an interesting and active life, TV is likely to be just one part of it.
So long as you don’t stick your kids in front of the TV simply to avoid doing other things with them, and you know what they are watching, it’s unlikely to do them any great harm. Total TV bars can lead to ostracism at school (they don’t know what the other kids are talking about) and can fuel a craving to watch the box.

Have a go. Try out your children’s computer games and activities so you can begin to understand why they are so enthralled by them.

Search for free games. Some websites offer great free games for children. Listen our for news of these on children’s television and in kids magazines, then take a look yourself before allowing your kids to log on.

Avoid violent games. Whether played on computer or on a console, violent games can affect children’s behaviour. Check and observe the age restrictions on any games you buy for your child, and take an interest in what they are playing. You are the best judge of whether a game is good for them or not. Be aware too, of what might be playing at friend’s homes.

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Let children paint

Let children paint

Put them where they will cause the least damage, spread newspaper on the floor, drape them in old shirts and stick around to check that they don’t tramp paint about the place – but don’t stop them. They can paint on the floor or on a table, but an easel is most convinient. Choose one that also has a chalkboard side.

Channel your child’s desire to customise your walls and belongings. Buy some decorators, lining paper and unroll it across an entire room. Provide paints, felt tips, stickers, stencils and whatever else your child wants and leave them to it. The result may be a panorama , a series of cartoons, a banner or just a great scribbly mess, but the opportunity to deface such a huge expanse of plain paper is irresistible to most children. It’s also a fail safe activity for play dates.

How about you give your children your old camera? My dad used to give me his old camera to snap. I had no idea what I was doing at the time, but look where I ended up! You might find your children’s creativity there! It’s important that you let your children play like that!

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Word game

Word game

Word games are free, portable and suitable for children of all ages. Toddlers can name objects; pre-schoolers can find simple words beginning with a particular letter, and older children can take turns to name countries or animal beginning with each letter of the alphabet from A-Z. The options are endless, and it’s easy to make up your own games to suit your child’s abilities and interests.

Play ghost. The aim of this word game is not to make a woprd. The first player thinks of a word and says the first letter. Each player in turn adds another letter. They each must have a certain word in mind but cannot say what it is. The object of the game is to avoid being the person who actually makes a word. Other players can challenge if they don’t believe that a suggested letter could feasibly follow. The first play to complete a word or lose a challenge loses that round.

This is the game that I always play when I photograph kids in the park. So they can have fun, play and laugh, that’s how I photograph kids and family. Please take a moment to view all my photos on my website. Have you noticed that they are all smiling or laughing???

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Words and books

Words and books

Speak freely. Don’t limit your vocabulary for little ears. Even small children can learn what we think of as big or difficult words if they are used in an understandable context. If you think that they may be mystified, still use the word but explain it in the same breath. That dog is really mischievous – playful and naughty…

Allow kids diction. When children are just learning to express themselves, don’t constantly correct them. Once in a while, it’s find to remind kids that for example, “Sammy and me went…” should be ” Sammy I went to” but try to listen to what they are saying before you obsess about how they are saying it.

Promote nonsense. Why disparage children’s words? They are often descriptive and apt. Encourage your kids to make up and use words of their own invention. You may find yourself using them too.

Bottoms up. All kids are crude. Older children often find scatology hilarious, and let’s face it. Adults are pretty entertained by cudeness. Don’t worry about it but don’t promote it : try to keep it within bounds and instil in your child a sense of when it is not appropriate.

I always play with your kids before the photo session, so your kids feel comfortable while their photos has been taken.

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Let them be bored

Let them be bored

It can seem more orderly and productive to schedule your children’s free time between play and dates, classes activities and outings, but beware of organising them to the extent that they are then at a loss to know what to do if left to their own devices. Learning to entertain themselves is one of the most useful skills that children can be taught.

Offer your kids your old clothes for dressing up in before you give them to charity shop or chuck them away. There is no point in buying expensive plastic toys when cast off threads are jus as welcome.

Play on. If you clothes are absorbed in an imaginative game, try to let it run its course, even if this takes time. Better to let them cary on playing than to take them somewhere to be entertained.

Ask permission before you desecrate your children’s play space. The mess of pillows, blankets, boxes, and toys that you hurriedly tidy up might be a space rocket, a princess’s palace a train station or a hospital. It could even be a pit of snakes or a lion’s den!

We alway make sure that we choose the park which is safe for our photo shoot.

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Pass on stories

Pass on stories

Every family has its stories, myths and legends. If you enjoyed hearing them as a child, pass them on – duly embellished to your own off spring. if possible, add a few contemporary tales of your own to the family collection.

Encourage your kids to entertain themselves by giving them books, paper, colouring pens, games, puzzles, construction toys, playing cards, simple musical instruments and dressing up clothes. Kids have hungry little minds and throughout childhood need a good range of things to play with.

Let kids plan organise. Children adore being allowed to put their ideas into action, so as far as possible let them device their own fun. They might design or assemble fancy-dress costumes, come up with an idea for a school fete stall, plan games and activities for a get together at home or choose and wrap presents. Whatever the task, let them run with it. Don’t take over.

Another way of passing on stories has to be sharing your old photos. Your grand father, grand mother, when your children was bone, when your children become one, when your children stand up for the first time. There are a lot of opportunities that you get your photos taken.
Being taking photos by professional photographers like me is not just receiving photos, its  life time experience and investment.

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Point things out

Point things out

Skies, stars, trees, flowers, animals, buildings, people, views, colours, textures, effects,
sounds, sensations… Anything that moves or intrigues you.

Build a cairn in young garden or in a secret place in the park.
Gather together a small collection of white pebbles collect them when you notice them – and on each wonderful or momentous day (a day to mark with a white stone), add one stone to the cairm.

Stomp. Gather together lots of household objects that make a pleasing, percussive noise and jam with your children, making rhythms on whatever comes to hand, stamping your feet and dancing to the different beats you create.

Invent your own traditions. Develop your own traditions. Develop some unique rituals with your kids. You might let them eat some chocolate from their stockings before breakfast on Christmas mornings, have an annual midnight feast or pitch a tent in the garden from which to watch the stars on a summer’s birthday. Whatever they are, indulge in traditions that are magical for your children and that they will remember for the rest of lives.

Show your children your old photos, so they will understand what you looked like before.
It’s also great idea to do your family photos while they are still young as they grow up so fast.

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Share your enthusiasm

Share your enthusiasm

Involve your children in whatever you adore, be it making jewellery, visiting battlefields, walking for charity, baking birdwatching, dancing or DIY. Within reason, kids can get involved in most adult pastimes, and they can really benefit from taking in detailed information at an early age.

Trace connection between your child and a historical figure. A surprising number of children can claim to be related to someone they might learn about in school, so it’s well worth delving into your family story. If you can’t find any direct connections, seek out more oblique ones, a great-grandfather who once met Churchill or Roosevelt, a distant cousin who was friends with Sultan of Zanzibar, a great-great-great grandmother who was sympathetic to the suffragette movement.

Allow your children to see and touch the things that are magical to you and your family: a lock of hair from a grandmother, an old fashioned fairy book, a tiny gold charm or old photos of your family. Tell storeys to bring these objects to life in their imagination.

I personally believe that creative mind comes from their early age.  Let them imagine, create, draw,  picture themselves to find out what they will be good at in the future.

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