I been trying my hand at photography for a couple of years now. I love pictures, I love the camera and most of all I love taking pictures of the people I care about. The thing is… kids are really hard to take pictures of. If you’re in an interesting place the last thing a child wants to do is stand in place, look at the camera and hold a smile, at least not when there is so much to be explored!Since I have a semi decent camera and love taking pictures of people I often get these ideas in my head of taking my own family photos… and they generally end pretty badly. What kid wants to smile at a camera on a tripod?
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Recently we traveled up the New England coast and saw some great lighthouses. I really wanted family pictures at these lighthouses but when we attempted to take them they were an utter disaster. Even having my parents along to help get the baby’s attention wasn’t good enough, he could have cared less about the camera. *Sigh*
This ended up being our best picture, because at least Dmitri was looking at the camera…
After our first failed attempt at picture my husband decided we had to try it again, the spot was so perfect and we won’t be living near lighthouses forever. Literately an hour before we got in the car to take the second round of pictures, a package from Shutter Huggers arrived at my door. (picture a happy dance due to awesome timing!)
Shutter Huggers are these awesome plush animals that fit around your camera or camera phone lens. They are bright, fun and so much more interesting to look at than a plain camera.
Shutter Huggers sent me a dinosaur Shutter Hugger to review (what can I say, my kid has a thing for dinosaurs) and it was fantastic. The fabric is super soft so you don’t have to worry about it grinding against your camera if you accidentally hit the lens, the elastic is firm enough that it will stay put around your camera but it slides on and off easily, and the Shutter Hugger itself is bright and interesting… way more so than my camera alone. The Shutter Hugger was easy for Dmitri to spot and he seemed to respond much better at being told to “look at the dinosaur” than he did to being told “look at the camera”.
Anyway, for family pictures I did my best to keep it hidden right up until “go” time with the camera, and it was amazing! Yes, Dmitri was still a handful; he wiggled, squirmed, wanted “down”, wanted to play and was generally pretty exhausting, but when he smiled and sat still for two seconds he was looking at the dinosaur and we walked away with a few great pictures.
If you’ve got a little one that you love to photograph check out Shutter Huggers. They’ve got a bunch of adorable animals to choose from, Shutter Huggers that fit both cameras both big and small and even great little clip on animals for phone photos.
Shutter Huggers has offered on lucky reader a Shutter Hugger and a Shutter Hugger Mini!
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