Keeping it Simple

I'm all about doing and having fun things, but I also want to keep things simple. Every year for Halloween, my kids get dressed in their Halloween costumes, then we go out in front of the garage door and snap fun photos of them. I love this tradition! It's quick and easy and all I'm really trying to get is one photos of each of them and then a group shot...done.

It happens to be that my garage door is in good lighting in the afternoon, so that's when it is done every year. I've made a plan and now I just have to make it happen. Sometimes just making the plan can be the stumbling block that prevents us from doing any thing. That and sometimes we make things too complicated. This year for Halloween, I challenge you to find that spot that has good lighting at the time a quick photo shoot will work for you, every October. Then take your children's costume photos there. I think you will find how rewarding and simple this is. Remember to have low expectations. Let your kids have a say in their pose. You are capturing who they are then, not who you think they should be.

Some other Fall photo ideas are listed below:

Remember to keep this simple. You might have a little planning to do, but do that ahead of time and make it minimal.

Okay, here are some fall photo ideas:

  • Pumpkin patch
  • Carving pumpkins
  • Jumping in puddles
  • Raking leaves and jumping in them
  • Apple picking
  • Halloween costumes (I love taking them in front of our garage door. Your porch is a good spot too!)
  • Kids decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving

My Favorite Christmas time photos:

  • Decorating the tree
  • Drinking and mixing hot cocoa
  • Decorating gingerbread houses
  • Christmas pajamas
  • Christmas tree photos with the kids and dogs
  • Making Christmas cookies
  • Playing in the snow/sledding

Alright, I hope this has given you some ideas to think about and prepare for before the holidays roll in and fly by.