Wow…that escalated quickly. Over the past few weeks we have all needed to make some serious adjustments in our everyday lives to accommodate working from home, remote learning for our kids and keeping the kiddos busy all while practicing social distancing. If you are anything like me – the first week was full of unknowns and the first thing you did was google Kids Activities to do at Home. Well, let me save you some time and highlight a few of our favorite things.
#1 GET OUTSIDE & EXERCISE(NOTE: The beaches are now closed here on the NH Seacoast but many hiking trails are still open – these beach images were taken BEFORE the beach was closed)
Whether your are just in your own backyard or choose to hike one of the many trails here on the Seacoast of NH, it is essential for everyone’s mental health to get outside and enjoy nature together. We love to play with bubbles, kick the soccer ball around, draw with sidewalk chalk and hike the local trails. Side Note: I busted my foot a week in and am in a boot – YUCKY – but STILL GETTING OUTSIDE daily for sanity:)
If you are looking for virtual fitness classes to do at home, check out the Exeter Area YMCA .They also have virtual art classes and STEM programs for the kids.
Building projects are a great way to not only keep the kids busy but it helps them to problem solve. Legos are a HUGE hit in our house and this is a great way to keep older children occupied while you jump on that conference call at your day job:). Plus, if you get a big enough kit – they can do it together FOR DAYS ON END! #MOMWIN
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Let’s be honest, keeping those youngest kiddos occupied is a challenge and expecting them to have the attention span of the older kids will lead to frustration. Finding activities that they can do while just hanging out next to you while you work is key. When we first got the word that daycare would be closed, I made a list of things that my daughter does on a daily basis and we stocked up on those supplies. For example, I bought a big clear tub and filled it with orbeez and some sea creatures (and unicorns OF COURSE)…BOOM, instant sensory table.
Art is a BIG hit in our house. We paint, we color, we draw and we take photos cause well duh…MOM IS A PHOTOGRAPHER. This “Stained Glass Door Project” is something I saw people doing on Facebook and thought it was cool so this was our art project this week. Yes, there was paint all over the floor; yes, I got frustrated with the mess; BUT you know what – THEY HAD A BLAST and it looks pretty cool too.
NOTE: We just used what we already had which was washable paint and painting tape but some people say that 1/2 dish soap and 1/2 acrylic paint work really well.
Coloring – A coloring book and some crayons can be all you need for fun. Don’t have a coloring book around the house? Download over 1000 Free Disney Coloring Pages.
Finally, one of our favorite things is to bake – I mean heck we are in the house all day so NEED TO EAT. Just yesterday my daughter got an easy bake oven and made me some chocolate cookies. No, I will not be skinny by the end of all of this but cookies definitely make me smile (especially when baked by a 5 year old).
Now, let me be real – I am NOT a Pinterest Mom and I SUCK at baking but we are all doing things these days that we may not normally do. Give yourself grace, enjoy as much as you can and just love on those babies!!!
Documenting this time is also going to be really important so that we can look back on some of the fun we all had while social distancing so I encourage you to snap pictures of your kiddos (and fur babies) along the way. I am starting a 30-Day Photo Challenge to Celebrate Life this weekend and would love for you to join me. There is not pressure – it is just a fun way to help find the joy in all of this. If you would like to participate, head on over to join my private Facebook group to learn more and join the fun –White Wave Photography Moms Group. Post your pictures on Facebook or Instagram and tag you photos with #wwpjoyful30.
YOU (mom) need to mentally prepare…to HAVE FUN! Kids (and dads) may not always cooperate and that is ok – I HAVE YOU COVERED. If you are stressed, the kids will be stressed so just relax and have fun. Going with the flow will ensure that we have a blast and capture those amazing memories. Typically, men don’t enjoy the photo session, but a bad mood can spoil it for everyone. Emphasize how important these memories are to you. Dads are great at playing with the children and that’s what they should be prepared to do. It’s the same fun they always have, but just all dressed up. Once he sees the photos with his real smile and the smile that he can add to those sweet faces, he’s sure to fall in love. Try This: Have him help you come up with some fun ideas for the session or choose the jokes for the kids. The more invested he is in the experience, the better.
#2 CHOOSE A FUN LOCATION
When choosing a location it is important that you choose a place that your family will enjoy. Whether that is an apple orchard, a park or your own backyard, it should be a place that means something to you as a family. Some of my favorite locations for fall sessions are Wagon Hill in Durham, Vernon Family Farm in Newfields and Fort Foster in Kittery. The beach makes for an amazing backdrop in the early fall since the crowds have left and the temperature is still warm but cool enough that you are not sweating in the photos.
#3 DRESS IN LAYERS
Fall in New Hampshire can be very unpredictable. One day it is 75 and warm and the next day there are morning flurries. By dressing in layers, your family can be prepared for any changes in the weather. Add a scarf, vest or jacket that coordinate to add pops of color to your wardrobe choices. View the full What to Wear Guide.
#4 GIVE BREAKS & Ignore the kids (say what?!?!)
We play a LOT during my sessions and kids love it. We will warm up with some games and I promise to get those sweet smiles you are looking for. The key is to IGNORE THE CHILDREN. I know, it sounds crazy but when parents are looking down trying to get little Johnny to smile, they end up ruining the shot. Kids love this rule and when I say it – they tend to LOVE ME and I promise I will get them to look when needed. Have fun and enjoy your kids – even when something unexpected happens…do everything with a smile:).
#5 THINK AHEAD: How can you use these photos for presents?
Fall Portrait Sessions are a great way to get some of your holiday shopping done early. Grandparents LOVE photos of their grandchildren and they make the perfect Christmas Gifts. One great idea is to split up a wall gallery into one to hang in your own home, one for Grandma and one for Nana. Get some ideas for gifts here.
As a Birth and Baby Photographer located on the Seacoast of NH, I have the privilege of watching the babies that I photograph grow up. It is an honor to be invited into a birth space and I take that honor very seriously. To be present as a woman gives birth is amazing and when she asks you to continue that relationship and capture her son growing up, you get all the feels.
Thank you Ashley for the beautiful words to describe our time together and how much it means to you to have these photos printed to enjoy for a lifetime.
I am always hesitant about hiring Jennie to take pictures only because my husband hates pictures. However, Jennie has a magical way of making my husband feel comfortable. She keeps the pace fast and energy up so my husband doesn’t feel uncomfortable. The only other hesitation comes in when talking about price. Photography is an investment and it can seem hard to justify cost before you hire White Wave Photography. However, the memories Jennie captured are truly priceless. She has a way of capturing us and our personalities during each session and season of life.
My heart is instantly happy when I see my photos. I invest a lot in albums and am amazed at how the photos get more precious to me when I look at my albums. I must watch the birth video of my son at least monthly. Remembering the moment I became a mom (done by a professional!!) is one of the best gifts I have given myself.
Jennie has such a great energy. She is fun, creative, and flexible. When my son isn’t acting his best she has a way of working with his mood and delivering spectacular photos that capture him completely. Jennie has always been available to talk about outfit ideas or location ideas. She is so helpful to make sure I get what I had hoped for. The turn around time is so fast.
White Wave Photography is definitely worth the investment! My child is only a certain age once and it is amazing how fast the seasons of life go by. It is also amazing how fast you forget little nuances. Just looking at my photos reminds me what my son was into blowing raspberries for two months then one day he just stopped and was into something else. I have photos to remind me of that.
Birth photography is the best investment I ever made! I captured becoming a mom and my husband becoming a dad by a professional photographer who knows what to capture and all the right angles. White Wave Photography will be the only birth photographer I use. I never knew she was in the room while I labored and I have every single important moment of that day. I never once thought, “Oh, I hope someone gets a picture of that” or “I need a copy of that picture”. My attention could be 100% on my son and the miraculous moment we became a family. The photos make me look incredible even after labor. Jennie made my husband and I so comfortable. My birth video is one of my most cherished possessions.
Baby Sam is approaching his first birthday and I still can’t believe how fast it has gone by.
Fall in NH is everyones most favorite time of year to update their Family Photos and if I am being honest. It is my favorite too!!! Not because of the foliage but because of the fun!
Family Photography in NH is special because we have the mountains, the ocean and the most beautiful fields around. Just imagine your kids playing in big piles of leaves or running through a field having a BLAST while I capture the smiles on their faces.
Your family photos should never be something that you dread and you should look back on these photos as treasured memories. I am ALL about fun in my sessions. We play games, use potty words (with permission of course – yes poop and farts get a rise out of EVERYONE – not just the boys LOL) and kids think it is HYSTERICAL when I make mom and dad do silly things.
Let’s CHAT and plan how your family can have just as much fun as this family did!
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As a Newfields, NH Family Photographer, I know most of the families here in town and most of the dogs too! Ollie can be seen on the lawn at his home on Main Street, walking his “little sisters” to school and begging for food at the Newfields Country Store.
At the ripe old age of 12, Ollie is a kid at heart and loves to play with all of the kids (and adults) here in town. Even my husband is a sucker for a good old fashion doggy kiss from Ollie. His bark is louder than his bite and is more of a slobbery HELLO! When his “MAMA”, Lesley said that he had been having seizures and had a big tumor in his abdomen, I suggested that we take some family photos ASAP.
Capturing those precious family photos with your pet are so important and I knew the Lesley would cherish these photos of her “first baby” forever. We had a super quick session right in the yard and all of us were teary eyed knowing that this could be the last family photos with Ollie.
This is why I do what I do. Whether it is a family pet or a grandparent who is aging, these pictures will be around for years to come and children will be able to look back at them and smile.
If you see Ollie begging for food at the Country Store or just running around town be sure to give him a big old doggy snuggle.
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As a family photographer in NH, I specialize in Birth and Baby Photography but one of my favorite things is to photograph these babies years later when they are “big boys and girls”. I had the pleasure of being in the delivery room the day that Baby James was born and captured his birth story for his mama.
Austin and Jimmy have been so great to work with and their most recent lifestyle family session in their brand new home was no different. James is almost 2 (I cannot believe it) and it was so much fun the morning of our session. Right from the start he flashed me those gorgeous baby blues for the perfect shot that now hangs on their wall in the living room.
Just like with any “almost” 2 year olds, James quickly wanted to play. And I am down with playing. He took me up to his play room where he proceeded to have a blast making towers and knocking them over with daddy! There were some snuggles with mommy snuck in there once in a while too.
James is such a ham and his favorite things were jumping, running, rocking and chewing on mama’s hair – yup…he likes her hair lol. This is one of those things as a mom that you will look back on and it will tug at your heart strings. They grow up so fast!
Daddy’s mini-me was all about the snuggles with daddy which turned into wrestling…typical boys.
We could not forget the original fur-babies either. James and Daisy are besties and snuggled right up on the couch together. May would rather hang by herself and look from afar.
Austin just shared with me that every morning James will come downstairs to the wall gallery hanging on their wall and point to “mama”, “daddy”, and the doggies. This makes my heart sing! Thank you Austin for sharing your boys with me!
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