Sneaky Photos

I love taking photos of what’s real. Of course that often means pictures of messy dishes and piles of laundry, but it also mean moments of sweetness and tenderness and all that stuff that makes a mama’s heart melt.

I love to sneak in photos of my kids when they aren’t watching. Even though my kids are pretty good around a camera, they still sometimes let the camera get in the way of just being themselves. This is especially true as they get older.

So, I like to tiptoe around, camera in hand, and find little bits of magic when no one knows I am looking.

Here are three simple tips for some great sneaky photos:

1. HAVE A BARRIER. If possible, I try to use something in my photo that helps show that I wasn’t right there with them. It might be a door frame, a window frame, or some other kind of barrier. Even in the photos above and below, I let the camera catch the smallest hint of window frame (that’s why it’s a bit blurry and whitewashed at the bottom).

2. DROP BACK FROM THE ACTION. I noticed a lot on our recent trip that the kids often went ahead of me on trails. That allowed me to watch from behind and capture some sweet memories. And they had no idea!

3. BE QUIET. If you don’t want to be caught, you have to make sure you don’t draw attention to yourself. Tip toe and play like a spy! You never know what treasures you might stumble upon!

Do you like to sneak up on people?