"The best camera is the camera you have with you."
I've googled, I've dug, and I honestly can't credit this quote properly. I just know it's a wonderful old photography adage that I believe in, wholeheartedly. I learned it back before smartphones - and I held onto it, and built my whole use-of-my-phone-as-documentary-mom-tool life from there. And as the cameras we carry in our pockets have gotten better, it's only made this an easier mantra to repeat - because lugging your kids around is hard enough. Adding an actual DSLR camera to that bag?
Not to mention, as a full time professional photographer, that big camera has always felt like work to me -- I've never wanted to carry my big camera around when I was hanging out with my kids.
The fact that we carry these phones around with us all the time, and they have such powerful and fabulous cameras? THAT's the magic. We have it with us - and that means we can capture those little moments.
I've always taken my favorite pictures of my own kids...
My sister's kids....
My friends' kids...
with my phone camera.
I feel so passionately about this truth that the moment the pandemic hit last year, I started offering little smartphone zoom photography challenge classes for adults and kids alike. I taught dozens of people over zoom in those few months...
And I came up with so many useful tips after teaching all those classes!
I'd love to share them with you. There are a bunch, though, and they're easier to digest bite by bite. So I broke them up into a little free email course I'm calling:
7 Tips To Improve Your Smartphone Photos of Your Family
Want me to send them over?
Everyone who joins my new Boston Families Together Facebook VIP group receives the tips as a welcome gift in their email! Win/win, right?
My Boston Families Together group...
My new VIP group is called Boston Families Together, and in addition to offering cool things like this Taking Great Photos With Your Smartphone email series, I'm interviewing local experts live in that group every week, too. Topics for their interviews include, "Selling Your Boston Area Home in a Pandemic", "Talking with Your Young Kids About Covid", "Priorities and Projects: Getting Stuff Done"... and so much more.
JOIN MY FAMILIES GROUP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bostonfamiliestogether
Hope to see you in there!
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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