A giggle, warm light bouncing off a sweet face, a
silly dance move. THOSE are the things I wish to remember for the
the rest of my life.
You will never hear me tell my daughter to say
"cheese," because capturing real moments are so much more honest. A
forced smile doesn't really tell a story.
I hope some of these images inspire you to look at
moments from a different point of view!
-- Justina Olenick
As parents, we often want to zoom in on faces to
capture expressions, but what about capturing the entire
In this photo, my father was showing my daughter
how to fly a kite for the first time on Florida's gulf coast. I
know for a fact she had a huge smile on her face, but I love this
perspective because I can actually imagine and relive everything
As beautiful as the sunset was falling into the
ocean, I fell in love with the warm light it painted on my
daughter's face. It seems like we are always programmed to shoot
into the sunset, but then we miss the beautiful things going on
behind it! The night sky rising was a beautiful rich blue and
complimented the clear cyan water. I highly recommend turning your
back on the sunset to see what kind of dynamic images you can
But if you just HAVE to capture that sun, here is a
little tip! If you notice that the exposure on your subject's face
is a little dark, use a reflector to bounce the sunlight back into
their face (or save some money and pick up a piece of foam
I am always drawn to bright funky murals,
especially ones with a 15ft fish with houses painted on its back.
You can't go wrong capturing a moment in front of something like
this. I asked my dad to turn to his side, and I am drawn to the
image because of the subjects facing different ways. It is a nice
change to break away from the norm of the straightforward "posed"
Try capturing the moment from above, or get really
low and shoot up!
In this photo, my daughter was checking out some
beautiful flowers at the The Peggy Notebaert Museum. As soon as I
saw the lines created from the benches colliding, and the vibrant
colors of the flowers, I knew it would create an interesting image.
A lot of photography is anticipating the moment, especially with
children. You have to act pretty fast! And now I can always
remember the little knot bun I put her hair in!
While I never know what I will come across when
exploring new places, I always keep my daughter's outfit in the
back of my mind.
In this photo we were wandering around in Hermosa
Beach, California and this vivid blue wall and bright yellow
flowers just jumped out at me! I visualized her white tank top
popping and her little striped leggings matching the
It's not only for children! While trekking up a
hill in Manhattan Beach, California we passed this amazing painted
garage door. Most people might think it is a bit odd, but I see an
amazing photo op! When my significant other started acting silly by
pretending to lean back I had to snag that moment up! It's a funny
memory we will always have, and a reminder of the pain in our
calves from all the hills.
While exploring the iconic bean in our lovely city
of Chicago, you will always see dozens of tourists trying to
capture their reflections in the bean, typically up close. I wanted
to pull away from the crowd and capture my daughter in front of the
entire bean itself.
Don't be afraid to break away from the norm
and photograph a moment with a different approach, you might just
love the results!