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Remember the days of family home videos? When your dad would walk around with a video camera recording just about anything and everything you and your siblings did, and occasionally he'd pop the tape into the VCR for all of you to watch together. Don't you just miss that? Sitting in the living room around the TV set with your family reliving those beautiful moments again. I've sat with my own children, watching those grainy homemade videos captured by my father, and felt all the sweet memories from my childhood flooding in.
Photographs have their own special place in our hearts--allowing us to freeze a delightful moment forever, but video allows us to capture life in motion, as it's happening. Film lets us tell our family's story without any of the details getting lost in memory as the years go by.
A few years ago, I began experimenting with video, using my Canon DSLR camera and felt in love with family movie making. Since then, I have been working on improving my video techniques, learning how to film, cut, edit, add the right music, and applying my already existing knowledge of photography to create short motion pictures that document life as it is. Real, authentic, and full of emotion.
I've dipped into my personal video archives to show you my very first family film, taken two years and one less child ago. As you can see here, we aren't at an amazing location wearing color coordinated outfits. It's just my kids at the playground. But this short little reel evokes so much emotion for me because it takes me back to that rainy spring day at the neighborhood park. Unlike a styled portrait session, a family video isn't posed. While some direction can be given, the best lifestyle motion pictures are produced when the film maker allows the moment to play out naturally.
While a DSLR is a useful tool for capturing both photo and video, it is not absolutely necessary. A smartphone works just as well for documenting the every day. Now, more than ever, phone cameras are extremely capable and can produce good quality images. The important thing is to preserve those moments and create a legacy of memories to pass down. One great way to start this without a fancy camera, is using the 1 Second Everyday App. 1SE allows you to create a daily journal entry in video format and then stitches each clip into a recap movie of your life.
Below are some quick tips to help you shoot great video of your kids on your smart phone
My due date has come and gone and our Rainbow Baby has yet to make his entrance into the world. His brothers and sister all arrived at 37 weeks, so I was sure the same pattern would repeat itself again with this little guy. Yet nothing about this pregnancy has been predictable at all. From the moment we found out we were expecting again, until now, this little baby has taken us on a roller coaster of emotions, and now we are ready to meet him! This is actually our second Rainbow Baby. Little E is also a rainbow, born several years after an incredibly difficult loss and struggle with secondary infertility, that is why the big gap between Miss S and him.
For those who aren't familiar with the term, a “rainbow baby” is one that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. Babies who come after loss are referred to as rainbows because they bring brightness, color, and beauty back into the family who has experienced grief; just like a real rainbow follows a storm and gives hope and makes things new. You can read more about my loss and see my maternity portraits HERE.
Our rainbow baby brought so much comfort, light, and hope to my heart and I wanted to make sure his sleep area invites those same positive feelings. I decided on a neutral color scheme with accents of natural elements to create a serene and peaceful environment where each of our family members can bond and connect with our new addition. This is all actually in our master bedroom. When we looked at this house in Cypress (a suburb of Houston, Texas) the amount of space in the master was what had me convinced. It's so open and allows for so much natural light to enter. There was definitely plenty of room to share with baby! The little Moses bassinet is one of my favorite features. It was so important to us to keep baby close by in those first few weeks and this rocking bassinet was the perfect solution. I can't wait to have my very own newborn to cuddle, love, and photograph of course. He will be the last baby I birth. The last one I'll nurse. The last one I'll get to bring home from the hospital. And I plan on enjoying every second of it. I will continue on maternity leave through July in order to enjoy this special time with my baby boy, but I am still responding to messages and emails and currently booking from August until the end of the year.
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, motherhood, taking photos, and living a slow simple life.
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