Store Greeting Cards and post cards suitable for all ages and occasions so that you have cards readily available for birthdays, thank you and whatever else you need to say. Ask you r kids to choose some that they would be happy to send to their friends and add them to your collection.
Say it in writing. Check that your children acknowledge every gift they receive, ideally saying thank you with a drawing or a card that they have made temselves. Little kids can just scribble their thanks.
Take freebies. Kids love to get something for nothing. and some of the freebies on offer can be really usuful. Keep a stash of bookmarks so that they are always to hand (kids are often put off reading by losing their place each time they return to a book) and accept the free gifts offered to children in planes and restaurants. If you children don’t want them, you can always give them to visiting kids.
Encourage generosity. If smaller children come to visit, ask your children to bring out and share toys and games that they have outgrown. Make sure to take a lot of photos when the friends are visiting. You can always contact me to photograph kids parties, too.
Kids can fall so passionately in love with a particular soft toy that it’s a good idea – as soon as you notice the attachment to buy another identical one as an understudy. If, happily, it’s not needed, it can be given away as a gift.
Get a pop-up play house. Cheap, easily assembled, adaptable to all sorts of games and usable throughout the year, an indoor playhouse is great fun for small children. Allow them to fill it with blankets, cushions, boxes and other paraphernalia needed for imaginative games – and dont enter unless given express permission! Children love to have little nooks and crannies that are entirely their own.
Bring home an unusual gift for your kids if you go away without them. Find something exotic that they may not have come across before a miniature magic lantern, a length of sugar cane some leaf, or an shell – whatever will delight and intrigue them. As you present it, weave a traveller’s tale.
Don’t forget to photograph those moment when you give them presents. You will have an opportunity to capture beautiful smiles of your children. Get your camera ready!
All kids need the odd treat, but there is not need to give lots of treats all at once. If your childrent want a sweet and a drunk, let the drink be something healthy; if they want a fuzzy drink and a snack, let the snack be something healthy. If you stick to this routine long enough, kids just accept it as the norm and get out of the habit of begging for double doses of empty calories.
Eat your words. Don’t be forever nagging about food. Keep an overall eye on your child’s diet, but don’t panic if there is the odd occasion when they eat lots of junk food. Inevitably, at parties and on special occasions, children will binge on empty calories, but try not to quit-trip them about this – they will survivel. The more you nag, the more they will want to eat unhealthy foods.
Take a lot of photos especially when you invite your friends or family to your place for dinner or Sunday lunch. Kids will be happier and you will have a lot of opportunities to photograph great photos for you to be remembered.
Go easy on soya, especially with boys. Research suggests that boys fed with soya based formula milk or other soya products are at increased risk of delayed genital formation, and girls, too, from the early onset of menstruation, because of its high oestrogen content.
Don’t prejudice your kids by telling them in advance that they will or won’t like a certain food or drink. Simply let them try it and wait to see their reaction.
Quit droning on about healthy eating, or you will will put your kids off good food. Rather than talk about it, just present it and clean out your cupboards to make your home as junk food free as possible.
Avoid offering too many choices of meals and don’t, at your child’s first meal, offer substitute food. There is much to be said for presenting your child with a meal, expecting them to eat it and not offering any more if they do not: You have a choice: this or nothing, take it or leave it.
It’s always good idea to photograph the foods that you have been feeding to your kids.
I am confident that you can capture some great natural photos!
It pays to know the basics of food hygiene (which are mostly common sense). Always wash your hands throughly with soap and warm water before preparing food. Wash fresh fruit and vegetables, wrap or cover raw meat and store different foods separetly. Keep all food preparation surfaces and equipment clean and use a separate chopping board for raw meat for your children.
Don’t be too keen to wean. Health professionals now generally recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Since babies develop at different rates, however you may wish to consult your healthcare professional about the best time for your baby to start solids. Wearing before 17 weeks is always inadvisable as the baby’s kidneys and digestive system are still too immature to cope with solid food.
Have simple fare. First foods should be soft, smooth and sloopy is texuture. Breast milk or formula can be blended into the food to give it a runny consistency. Start with a very simple food, such as baby rice, and introduce others slowly, one at a time so as to observe whether any produce an allergic or intolerant reaction in your baby.
Don’t forget to photograph your babies on a regular basis as they grow up so quickly.
Obviously, you can always contact me for some great professional photos.
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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.
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.
Save some little plastic bottles and help your kids to gather the ingredients for potions:
pleasant ones (mixture of bathroom toiletries) weird ones (strange food combinations) and downright yucky ones(earth, paint, milk, washing-up water..anything) Stick around while they make them to check that they don’t) wreck your home in the process get their hands on anything dangerous and actually drink them. It’s a lot of fun for kids to make up positions and invent the magical effects they cause.
Make believe. Take your kids to a palace and all of your pretend that you are royal, go to a museum and strike the poses of the statues, lie with your hands over your chest and imagine yourselves to be ancient Egyptian mummies, drama and art and out of yourself.
Improve scenrios. Kids love simple acting exercises. A couple of children might try having a conversation in which each wants to have the last word, each is trying to impress the other or each in frightened of the other. Suggest subjects and situations that are of particular interest to your children and let them invent their own improvisations.
We enjoy photograph children when they are playing at the park, a lot of our photos on our website are done at the park in Sydney. We love photographing kids as natural as possible!