Buoyed by the recent popularity of photographer Kate T Parker's Strong is the New Pretty movement, I decided to revisit the personal blog post about my own daughter that I wrote last year and see if I was still doing a decent job of portraying my little girl's beautiful strong spirit in photographs. My conclusion? I did an okay job, but between you + me, I know I can do better.
The exercise of looking through my photos made me realize that I have always leaned towards strong girl images, but I have a strong boy as well, it would appear.
To be honest, I don't really understand the hullabaloo about the Strong is the New Pretty movement. No disrespect intended, but I think ALL children, boys + girls alike, are strong in their own way. The key is to capture it, that's all.
Here are 3 tips to help you capture your strong girl or boy: 1) Make a point of photographing your child in action, using and revelling in the power that is in his/her strong body. 2) Observe from a distance and capture him/her just being. 3) Whatever you do, for Pete's sake, don't instruct the child to "say cheese!", because a fake smile will most certainly extinguish any strong kid mojo that's in the air. (Laughing + natural smiles are obviously not forbidden.) Now get out there + have fun with your strong child - now!