Capturing The Little Moments

Angella's kids

I have been one to capture moments since I was a teen with a Polaroid and a tiny Canon point-and-shoot of the film variety. I have albums full of me and my friends during my teenage and college years. Once I became a CPA, I treated myself to an SLR as a commencement present (Also with actual film) that was (and is) a Canon (I still have it). As our family expanded and digital quality got better, I was swayed to give up the film camera for a Canon Rebel DSLR camera. When shooting using the manual settings 'clicked', I upgraded to a Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera and a few lenses that I love (and one I still hope to get).


I find that the Canon brand is intuitive and recommend it to anyone who asks. I love it so much that there's a wee page up top called 'About My Camera' that I've had on my blog for, oh, eight years or so. The lenses I have (and the one I want) are listed on their site, but I will tell you that the EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM lens is my "every day" lens and the 50mm 1/4 is a really fun lens to shoot with. The EF 16-35 mm f/4 IS USM lens is AMAZING, from what I've seen. After looking at the lens candy on their site, I think my wish list may have expanded.

Canon has asked if I would partner with them and I said yes, of course. All they asked of me is to share some tips with expecting and new Moms. I do that often in real life and in posts online, so this was a no-brainer. New and expecting Moms, I'm here to help you capture the little moments.

1. Keep your camera handy. My camera's home is on the island in my kitchen, and has been there for the past 12 years. Moments happen and they will be gone by the time you dig your camera out of its case/your purse. You see a great moment happening, you grab your camera, and BOOM. Moment captured.

Angella's son

2. Composition. The 'Rule of Thirds' may sound like math, but I'll make it simple. Take a photo that is off-center.

baby's foot

3. Get in close. Whether it's a newborn foot or hand, or a toddler's sweet face, get in close and you'll love the result.

4. Pay attention to the background. Remove any piece of clutter that takes away from your photo.

Angella's son

5. Keep clicking. The joy of digital photography is that you can shoot photos rapid-fire at no cost. Click away, and when you have time to sit down and look at the photos, you delete what you don't like and save the rest. (An insider secret -- you only share your best work. We all take photos that are not great, but we weed them out to get those money shots.)

Do you have any questions about capturing moments? I have three kids and many photos and posts about photography. I love to help people take great shots and I want to help you too!


Angella Dykstra is an accountant by trade, and is also an amateur photographer and freelance writer. She writes at a number of places including her blog, Dutch Blitz.

Images courtesy of the author


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