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Did you get a new Camera for Christmas?

Did you get a new DSLR camera for Christmas? Are you feeling overwhelmed with how to use it? Do you really want to be able to nail fantastic photos of your children and family, which capture who they are in that exact moment?

Clare Stephens from Kids Through a Lens is about to run another round of her brilliant 21 day Beginner Bootcamp course. It kicks off on January 22 2016.

Clare is also running a free online training “Unlock the Magic of Your DSLR for Amazing Photos of Your Kids” , which is a really fabulous way to get a feel for Clare’s style. The training is being run:

  • tomorrow Wednesday 13th January at 10am Sydney AEST (6pm New York Tues 12th)
  • Thursday 14th January at 9pm Sydney AEST (5am New York / 10am London)
  • Monday 18th January at 1pm Sydney AEST (9pm New York 17th)

Register here

Early bird pricing of $197+GST is available until Friday night (when the price increased to $297+GST). Buy the course here

I recently went through some of the photos I took while I was doing the beginner bootcamp and I thought I would share them with you all. I’ve taken hundreds (actually probably more like thousands!) of photos since then and I still love these images so much.

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Want to take better photos of your children? Here’s how:

Just before our first son was born, Ben upgraded my much loved film SLR to a digital SLR for my birthday. I loved that camera so much and when our son was born I took literally thousands of photos documenting the first few years of his life. I lovingly arranged those photos in albums and books.

When our second son came along, I definitely took less photos. For no reason really other than life was busy with a toddler and baby. But I still arranged the photos I did take into albums and books.

Then I got an iPhone and it just became easier to use that instead of pulling out my DSLR. I’ve almost exclusively documented my two youngest sons early childhood using the camera on my phone. I’ve never lovingly printed any of those photos from my phone and arranged them in albums.

When our fourth son was born I took his photo every day for his entire first year of life – wait for it, on my iPhone. And the iPhone camera takes great photos, don’t get me wrong, but for me they really are snapshots. I wanted photos that were beautiful, that were printable and that captured the magical moments of growing up.

Late last year I stumbled upon Clare Stephen’s Kids Through a Lens 21 Beginner Bootcamp. I’d talked with friends before about doing one of Clare’s workshops but seriously when was I going to fit that in? Lured by the promise of it being manageable for a time poor mum, I signed up.

I instantly loved it. It wasn’t technical (I really don’t have the headspace for technical). It was fun and it was probably the first time in a very long time that I was doing something for myself, without guilt. I could fit the videos in around the kids and although I certainly didn’t do all the suggested exercises I still found I got so much out of it.

This is a photo I took of two of my boys playing in our street, while completing the Kids Through a Lens 21 Beginner Bootcamp.2114-2

Maybe you are like me? Time poor but also really wanting to document your children’s childhood in a way that is both beautiful and real. Clare is having a 24 hour presale on her next round of Bootcamp. The sale starts tomorrow (21 August). I really can’t recommend it enough.

You can sign up here: 21 Day Beginner Bootcamp

And the best thing is you have lifetime access to the course. Because sometimes despite our best intentions life gets busy and its great to know that you can come back to it when you have time.

For me that split second decision to do some photography courses has opened up the door to something so much larger and more exciting then I ever could have imagined. Who knows where it might lead you?

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