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FALL - Take the time to get in the memories

I love FALL!!!

It is my favorite season. The colors are stunning, the weather is usually that perfect mix of warm days and cooler nights and I get to wear sweaters. I love sweaters! Big, fuzzy, warm sweaters! And coffee. Oh yea!!

Fall is also my favorite time to get out and take pictures! There are so many reasons to get pics of your kids, family, extended family, yard, community, favorite spot, furkids, grandparents.... oh I could go on!

Grab your camera and go! Capture your day!

Things to do in the Fall:

  1. Sunrise and sunset are always amazing, but in the Fall they are extra amazing! 
  2. Late afternoon will give you longer shadows which will really add character and depth to your photos. 
  3. Is it cloudy or overcast? That's ok, head out anyway! Get close to your subjects. That's the great thing about digital, you aren't out any film!  Just delete the pics you don't like, but have a great time taking them! 
  4. Make a mirror reflection photo! Find a calm, clear lake with trees around it. Take a pic with the trees reflecting in the water.
  5. Look UP - Shooting through the leaves of trees is so much fun and so pretty! Or up through buildings, up at a bunch of balloons, up at your kids, up the stairs, up the bark, up the brick wall, up the old gnarled tree; I could go on! Just take the time to look UP.
  6. Look DOWN - down at the grass, down at the fallen leaves, down at the insects, down at the twigs, down at your feet, at the feet of your children, all of your feet pointing towards the middle, baby toes, painting toes, new shoes, fall shoes, puddle jumping with big splashes!!! 
    1. I highly advise puddle jumping with BIG splashes! So what if they get dirty, make a mess, get wet or get water everywhere. The memories will last a lifetime and the dirt will wash off immediately.
  7. Plan a day out. Wether by yourself or as a group. Just go! Plan a picnic to your favorite park, campground, neighbors house, granmas farm, whatever. Just plan it and go. Take your camera and just take pictures. 
  8. Pumpkin Patches!!! Oh I love pumpkins! So cheerful and easy to photograph. The colors are awesome! Little kids squated down over a big, fat, orange pumpkin! Oh Yeah!!! 
  9.  Walk around your neighborhood and look at the decorations or be inspired by your local nursery. 
  10. Take time. Summer was crazy. Winter is full of holidays and rushing and shopping. Fall is the time to slow down and breathe. Sip a little coffee and enjoy that sunrise. Breathe deeply, hold it, exhale as hard and fast as you can. Let go of all of the tension, blow it all out! Do that three times and remind yourself of how blessed you are. You have coffee/cocoa/tea. You can see the sunrise. You can feel the breeze/sun/chill in the air. 
    1. List what you are thankful for. 
    2. Say it out loud. There is so much power in our words! 
    3. List the people you love
    4. List what brings you joy
    5. Say it, write it, photograph it :) 
Surround yourself in what you love and speak life into it.

A friend told me that once and I didn't understand what she meant. Until I did. One day it just clicked. I was so busy rushing from one day to the next, from one project to the next, from one event to the next, I forgot to stop and enjoy the moment. I was dragging my kids through my crazy life with me. Rush, rush, rush. Get dressed, eat your dinner, get your PJ's on, go, go, go.

No.

Stop.

Hold them. Brush their cheek and tell them how amazing they are.

Find or make the puddles to jump in.
Find or make the pile of leaves to jump in!
Find the trees to climb.
Find the perfect pumpkin.
Make the time. It's actually there, you just have to want to see it.
Want to spend time with your kids. Stop and ask them what their favorite part of today was.

Enjoy dinner. It's not something you have to do. It is time to connect and LISTEN. Ask what was your favorite part of today? Compliment. Encourage.

That's what speaking life into someone means. Taking the time to pour into them! You would think they (our loved ones or those we love) would just know how much we love them. I was so shocked and heart broken when I learned that isn't true. Sometimes, you have to say it not just show it.

Tell them how proud you are, they don't always know.
Tell them how beautiful they are
Tell them how strong they are
Tell them how much you love them

That's also what journaling is for. So, you have these wonderful photos. Now tell the stories. That's scrapbooking. It's not about the bauble and glitter and flowers and latest craze. It's about the love. You don't have to be a great writer. Kiss it! Keep It Simple Silly!

"We had such a great time splashing in the puddles today! It was so much fun laughing at Buffalo State Park, MN. It's so hard to believe little Katie is 5 already."

That's simple, right? It tells the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY!  You can add more details about the day or have 'Katie' do it! Handwritten notes do not mess up the page, they add priceless content to it.

GO - plan a fun day alone or with others. Google or Pinterest Fall Photo ideas.

Don't forget to get selfies too! ADD yourself to your photos. I have tons of photos of my kids growing up. Their dad is in a lot of them. You know who isn't? ME!!! If I don't get anything else across in this post, please, please get in the picture. We remember what we see.

My children have many great memories and because of me, their dad is in them. I'm not. I was waiting until I was... whatever. I never got there and I never got in their captured memories. Everyone sees you, they know what you look like. Think about it. Do you have pictures of your loved ones? How precious are they? Do you care they are in the wrong outfit, making a face, hair isn't done perfect or are over weight? NOPE you don't. The important thing is you have a captured moment of them.

Same goes for you.
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