Every year I get requests from so many people asking for my How to Shoot Christmas Card Photos Tips. Well, here is my attempt at the most entertaining set of photo tips ever—time will tell exactly how useful they are. Seriously, underneath the major Hollywood production feel of this short film, I have buried some very serious thinking on the subject.
I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. Please help me to spread my little film around the world. Merry Christmas.
Here's the link:
I know this is very controlling of me, but after you click the link, then click the "full screen" arrows and crank up the sound—it's just better. Popcorn never hurts.
I've been spending time lately looking at photographs sent in by fans of the How Photograph Your Baby Facebook page. I've critiqued, praised, teased, re-cropped, and been inspired by the work coming my way. It's been great fun and I thank all of you who have taken the time to participate. I'm planning to bring some of the photographs and my comments over here to the website where they will be more permanent and accessible. (With the photographers permission, of course.)
In the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to show to someone who has made every photographic mistake several hundred dozen times, please post it at:
I think this is just oozing with possibilities and could be the beginning of something valuable for all of us.
I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who took the time to write and let me know how much you enjoyed the short film I put together for the Creative Memories regional events this past month. Your comments were so flattering and so much fun. They really touched me. (Seriously, I’m not kidding. They really did. I really, really mean it.)
Many of you have asked how you can get a copy of the DVD to use in your business. The management folks at CM and I are trying to make that happen as fast as possible. I can’t give you a date, but we’re working on it.
Some of the scenes from the film (my mother-in- law, my sister-in-law, etc.) were taken from my new DVD How to Photograph Your Baby. If you got a kick out of the Creative Memories presentation, you’ll love How to Photograph Your Baby. It’s the same attitude and same approach to photography tips—there’s just a lot more of it. You could easily share this with your clients as a photography primer and get the same reaction. (My wife wants me to say here that it’s America’s great baby shower gift.)
I’ve always felt that if you learn to photograph a baby you’re now qualified to photograph that little human growing up. All of the tips in my DVD apply to everything you may want to photograph—even if there’s not a baby in sight.
Here’s a link to check out my DVD:
Also, I’d love to stay in touch with all of you on a Creative Memories website blog. If your think that’s a good idea please let them know. Here’s CM’s suggestion site:
It would be terrific if you could pass this note along to your memory keeper friends.
Once again, thank you for your kind words. It’s a privilege to have you for an audience.
P.S. My mother-in-law thinks she’s a big star now. She’s impossible to deal with! Some things never change.
I have three sons. Chaz is twenty. Alexander is four and Teddy is one. I have created a true American family. I don't have a unique perspective on parenthood, but it's at least unusual.
This I know: your babies are going to amaze you. I think Chaz was five when he shot me with his first you're-not-as-smart-as-I-thought-you-were glance. I can tell that Alexander's been thinking it — Teddy still thinks I'm God, and God I love him for it.
I recently named Chaz Editor-in-Chief of the HTPYB website. He was an obvious choice. He's been an editor at the Brown Daily Herald at Brown University for two years. Chaz can really write and think, but boy can he find typos and grammar bottlenecks, and boy do I need someone who can find them. Being Editor-in-Chief of this website does not hold the cachet of an editorship of a big American university newpaper, but, believe me, the money is through the roof!
Anyway, I love this picture of Chaz and me. Every time I look at it (which is often — it's about six inches from the refrigerator door handle), I feel the pride I felt at George and Mary's wedding. Please take a close look at my eyes. That's what my eyes do when I getting ready to pop a gasket from pride.
And I certainly hope there's some version of the following in your future: Your baby is six foot two. He exudes confidence. You know he knows how to make you look smarter than you are in front of lots of people you wish to impress.
People with babies say "one is my favorite age" and then the kid is four and they say "gee, four might be my favorite age" and you get the idea. Well, it just may not get any better than twenty.
So if you find any misspellings or verb tense tangles on the website, I don't want to hear about it.
Chaz's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anything sneaks through the cracks, I blame Chaz. Hey, I'm still his father.
Heartfelt thanks to Kevin Monko for one of my all-time favorite photos.
PS Eleven minutes after I sent Chaz the above copy for editing, he responded with this:
All set. What a flattering entry. Thanks.
"Cache" is a hidden store of items, or a portion of computer memory used to store items for quick retrieval. "Cachet" is prestige or the state of being admired.
That's my boy.
The superior method for learning a foreign language is actually simple, obvious, and ironically, the most enjoyable — fall in love with someone who speaks the language. Linguists have observed that it cuts years off the process.
It's why the simplest, most obvious, and ironically most enjoyable time to learn photography is at the birth of a baby. A wedding would probably be a close second if anyone photographed their own, but it's rare.
If you're one of those countless self-proclaimed bad photographers you can ride the wave of wanting to document that beautiful child's life all the way to photographic accomplishment. You can take the satisfaction of having created beauty in the face of diversity to your grave — and I mean that in the most upbeat, congratulatory way.
This website is for people with less than perfect cameras and an angel in the crib. There are two things you need to do at this crazy, stressed-out time in your life to make your point-and-shoot sing:
1. Keep your photographic method simple.
2. Love your baby.
I will do what I can to help with the photographic method. I am assuming you will have no problem with #2.