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Guest Post: Tiffany of Mom-Nom

I’m so excited to have Tiffany from Mom-Nom post this week while I take a blog vacation! :) I love Tiffany’s blog because she’s honest and funny, and not afraid to write about whatever she’s thinking! When you finish reading her guest post, go check out her blog at Mom-Nom.com!

Hi, my name is Tiffany & I am addicted to getting professional photos taken of my kids. Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest…
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When Karen asked me to guest blog, I kinda chuckled. I’m not gonna lie. I have been spreading my child photography love throughout the midwest for nearly a decade. Seriously, I’m only 27, not 80. Quality photos of your offspring are just THAT important.

I have a local photographer, that I now consider a friend, that has watched my seven year old grow and is embracing my 11 month old daughter with love and affection…through the beauty of her lens.

That being said, I thought it would be appropriate if I shared my seven years of photo wisdom…with all of you lovely folk.

When you find a photographer you love:

A) STAY WITH THEM. & keep coming back. The more they know your kid, the more beautiful their photos become. They will learn your child’s temperament. They will discover what makes them giggle. How far they can push them. AND, your child will learn to enjoy visiting “Aunt Tracy” and her crazy antics. The relationship between the child and the photographer is directly related to the quality of images you get. Don’t jump around from photographer to photographer. That’s how you get a bad name.

B) IF YOU CAN, DON’T THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT THE COST. Because photos are worth far more than most people acknowledge. These are moments in time, frozen just for you. Rare faces and changes that you may not remember in 10 + years. Heirlooms for great, great, greats – that can be treasured and loved forever. There are few things that have this power over emotion and the ability to live on forever the way a photo does. So, don’t think too long on the cost, nothing good has ever come from it.

C) TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN IN THE FIRST YEAR. I have purchased the First Year {newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, one year} package with both my kids. They change so much in that first year. Their little faces go from one extreme to the next in a blink of an eye – AND, if you don’t capture it in photos – it may be something you forget – even if you swear you never will. My most cherished photos are from that first year. After the first year, I go twice a year, until they’re five. And then I only go once a year. Cause, well…they’re rotten after that.

Summary:
Don’t get a bad name. Stay with one photographer.
Don’t think about the cost. It will only stray you down a path of thinking you can take your own photos at home for less. & that is not good. (Unless you’re Karen – and well, then maybe you’re right.)
Take a lot of photos before they can talk. Not so many after. They complain too much.

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*Note: the above images are © Little Rascals Photography

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Carol AnnJuly 20, 2010 - 1:31 pm

Great advice! I am guilty of going to Sears ::gasp:: with my first child, and although I have pictures, they certainly aren’t lovely. Now, I use photog friends, or I take them myself, and surprise myself at some of the awesome images I am capable of, but then I’m never in any pictures. So, this fall, I’m going to hire a pro, and follow your advice!

AndreaJuly 20, 2010 - 2:34 pm

OMG. That picture of your lil girl is incredible!!! What a perfectly captured moment. Great pics of your son, as well. We didn’t do early professional pics, but started them now, so I feel better about that!

judyJuly 23, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Wonderful family and beautiful photos!!

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