At 36 years old I fell pregnant and that was when my whole life changed. I went from being a successful computer applications specialist , party and dancing girl, to a full time wife, mother, task master, shopper, health nut, trainer, household manager, business owner, cook and baker, just to name a few. Basically, it was motherhood and mothering, and to me, it was tough.

Although happy about my new little one, and determined to be the best mom ever, by the time the first year had passed I felt like I had aged 25 years. Although busy as heck, I was also bored, fatigued, fed up, it seemed like I was never having any fun. I missed the nights of dancing, partying, staying out late and never having to worry about responsibilities at home. I missed the little freedoms that people without kids take for granted – but most of all, I missed myself and who I used to be. The idea that I was responsible for a little life made me stressed out and often times depressed at the thought of doing it all wrong. Nevertheless, I wanted to find a way to laugh everyday like I used to when out with my friends and dancing, as apposed to being a constant task master and constantly advising what to do and what not to do and how to do this or that.

One day, while chatting to a friend, who seemed to have it all together, I got such a shock when she said to me, “I love my kids, but there has to be more to my life then this or I am going to lose my head!” She and I both agreed that the days for us lacked fun and excitement and although we were proud of our developed motherhood skills, and proud of the job we were doing, all the more reason we deserved to have some fun in the midst of everyday mothering.

Then it occurred to me that although grown up fun doesn’t usually mix with kiddie fun, I could still find ways of putting a little craziness into the day that would leave lasting memories for the family, make me laugh, and above all else, feel alive.

Here are some of the crazy, fun, out of the ordinary things I have done with my kids to add laughter, smiles, and memories, and have given me a sense of fun ever day.  They also make for great stories to tell friends and family and have added value and life to my journey as a mom.

1. Feeling tired and just want to put your feet up for 5 minutes? How about doing it at the beauty salon? Give your child a brush, hair clips and a mirror and let them do your hair. Most kids love this and it also gives mom a chance to put her feet up and relax for a while.

2. Need your child to relax, not be so hyper and chatty? Give them a baby massage. This massage benefits child and parent. Follow the massage with a cup of herbal baby tea and honey. This also offers your child health benefits and for mom it offers a quiet, calm household for at least a little while. You will love it when afterward your child cuddles close to you and you can smell the essence of the massage oil you used and the atmosphere in the house.

3. At the end of year, take a family photo and choose a theme. Everyone has to dress up to match the theme. Have one nice photo taken and one silly one. Each year when you hang the new photos, you and you kids can laugh and remember things that took place when you took the previous picture.  A useful accessory to motherhood is the ability to take captivating, skillful pictures.

4. Want your hubby to know just how hard your job of mothering is? Switch roles! You are sure to come out of it with a big prize when he sees what you have to deal with and how gracefully you do it everyday. Take photographs of him and his facial expressions while he is struggling through the simplest things, or when the kids throw food on him, or when he looks like he can’t stand for another minute. When he puts the kids to bed, take one last photo of him. Print the photos and put them in a special book to show your kids and share with friends – trust me, it’s a real laugh!

5. Barney, Tweeney’s, cartoons? – Blah! Turn your kids on to Bob Marley, Black Eye Peas and Gwen Stefani. Let them move and groove to the music. Give each one a present for doing a dance show for you. Take pictures for you and the kids to laugh at later. You will marvel at your mothering when you see how not only adorable they are but how their little bodies are so uncoordinated and how they move so adorably. You will have a smile on your face for hours and your child is sure to come up with a funny dance move that you can imitate and make them laugh. Not to mention this is great exercise for the kids.

6. Go the movies – no baby sitter necessary! Take your baby to the movies. (Infants love the dark, and loud trailers make them snooze immediately.) Munch on your goodies in peace and enjoy the flick – without the fifty million interruptions!

7. Let them help you escape. Let your kids be the excuse to do the things you want to do, like hopping out for a manicure or pedicure, having an unusually junky meal for dinner, or going to an amusement park. Use your kids as an excuse for not doing things you don’t want to do or don’t feel like doing. Believe me, there are perks to motherhood and you deserve to use them!

8. Every Mother’s Day, have a picture taken with your kids. Store the pictures and the keep sakes from your kids in a nice box (let your kids decorate it and gain some time for yourself in the process). Every year visit the box and see how much your kids have grown and how much their crafts, coloring, writing, and drawing skills have improved.

9. Give your kids quiet time every day. Teach your kids to play independently with books, crayons, blocks, and music. These are just a few healthy ideas. When your children learn to play on their own in frees mom up to get tasks done in a reasonable amount of time, without all the interruptions. It also gives mom an opportunity to have a chat with a friend on the phone, which I am sure you will all agree would be a nice piece of grown up time. It is also very beneficial for your kids.

10. PJ Day is one of my favorites! The kids, well, lets just say they wish everyday was PJ day. Mom and kids hang out in their PJ’s all day. Matching PJ’s are extra fun! Eat your favorite foods and watch your favorite movies. Kids can watch their movies on a laptop while mom watches hers on the TV. Lay out drinks and snacks so they won’t disturb you for these things.

11. Star Gaze the night away. Tent up in your backyard with a radio, s’mores and other great camp out food and drink. Use it as your reading room or to star gaze. Kids can star gaze and play while mom reads in the tent.

12. Do you have a house fairy? No! Well, you had better put one in place as soon as possible. Invent a house fairy, give her a cool name and tell the kids she is always watching them and keeping track of all their good deeds and naughty means.

13. When your child falls asleep at night. Lay next to him and absorb his sweet baby smell and listen to him breath. This experience will relax you, and will add one of the warmest memories to your collection of motherhood.

14. The Laugh Master Game. Have fun, be a kid, be a little crazy and make them laugh. It’s contagious and you will soon all be laughing together. Embrace their laughter, their smiles, their funny faces, and their out of breath flops when they are pooped out from laughing. My little one is pooped out after this and usually falls asleep just after dinner.

Motherhood is a wonderful part of life but requires that we constantly give of ourselves.  Learning to find fun and laughter in the things we do and the ability to laugh when we don’t feel like it is a gift worth giving yourself. It makes us all the more better at what we do – for ourselves and our kids.

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Tips and ideas abound regarding basic photography, but when it comes to taking birth photos, very little information can be found. Here you will find helpful information that will breathe your two dimensional pictures to life.

Digital “point and shoot” cameras have changed photography forever. It is now possible to take hundreds of pictures without worrying about the cost of developing them. Yet most of those types of cameras have one annoying feature: the delay from pushing the button to when the camera actually clicks the shot. Because of this, it is vital to anticipate different parts of the labor and birth, paying attention so you don’t miss the actual moment you are looking for. A remedy for this delay is having a higher quality camera. Digital SLRs (single lens reflex) and the more expensive point and shoots eliminate the delay and in some instances, offer a rapid firing of the lens and flash. This is especially important during the exact moment of birth; capturing the baby coming out challenges even the most seasoned photographer.

One common mistake is standing too far away from the action or not having the lens tight enough to capture the nuances distant shots just cannot see. Bring your focus in so you are able to see the laboring woman’s furrowed brow, the comforting hands or the strands of hair matted to her face. Focus the lens directly on those observations –close– and do not worry about getting everything in the frame. Actually, the less extraneous the background, the better; the camera sees everything from the peeling wallpaper to the sweat under her nose. Find a way to “see” the universality of the situation, yet also photographing her uniqueness. The family appreciates these types of very close shots.

If you will be the only birth photographer at a birth or two, working through tears adds a layer of difficulty to the job. If emotion sweeps over you and the camera is in your hand, use the auto-focus feature (if you have not been up to this time) so the photos are seen in their best light.

Birth photography, fleeting as it is, can be a magnificent gift to a woman and her family. While the click lasts less than a second, the presentation lasts a lifetime.

 

Technology has made many possibilities available to the general public. You may have previously thought that video was only something available to large businesses with deep pockets. Actually, you can access high-quality video production services at very reasonable rates. These services are not hard to find and they can be performed in a minimal amount of time.

What Are Video Production Services?

Your local video service can do much more than hold a camera for you. No matter what your idea is for a video, they can help you carry it out from start to finish or they can just provide assistance at key points. It is all up to you.

At the very least, these businesses are required to handle the technical business of filming a video even if their creative services are not needed. There is much more to your video plans than you might think. After you have come up with the idea and written a script, you will need to prepare the setting and possibly actors. Lighting is crucial in order to make it all worthwhile. Furthermore, when your video is done, you will need someone to edit it so that the various shots come together cleanly and coherently.

You may find, however, that it is preferable to let the video production service help you from the ground up. If you just have a rough idea of what you want and do not have the time or the creativity to express it, let someone from a video service initiate the creative process for you. They can help you come up with a script, format the video, film it and edit it. When it is all finished, you will have the video package about which you were dreaming.

Who Needs Video Production Services?

A wide variety of clients may need these services. Almost any business can think up reasons to use video. While it may have been sufficient to advertise in the newspaper and the telephone book not too long ago, you need video today if you are going to keep up with the competition.

However, many government bodies and related institutions can also profit from video. For example, a college needs to be able to distribute information about itself in the form of video. Government agencies that interact directly with the public can also get out urgent messages to constituencies in this format.

The opportunities in the Tampa Bay area presented by video production services are too good to pass up. This innovative way of reaching out is profitable and fun as well. When you allow yourself to think about your business or other endeavor in this way, you open up some creative doors that can only help your business in the long run.

 

Pre-wedding photography is now commonly done by brides and grooms who would like to include their pictures in invitations, wedding souvenirs and audio-visual presentations during their wedding receptions. Having these photos add more excitement and “spunk” in a couple’s wedding ceremony since their guests are able to see the lives and personalities of the couple through these pictures.

As such, couples from all over the world come up with their own ideas and themes for their pre-wedding photo shoot. In this manner, if you are a wedding photographer who is asked to take pre-wedding photos of the couple whose wedding you are asked to cover, here are some considerations which you should take to produce the best photographs:

First of all, pre-wedding photography is different from the actual wedding photography. In the actual wedding ceremony, you cannot retake wedding photos therefore making it more challenging to do. However, you should not be so lax during pre-wedding photo shoots just because you can retake pictures if they do not satisfy you. Asking the couple to pose and re-pose repetitively can be quite irritating for them, which is why you should take the best shot during your first shot.

Second, as a wedding photographer, you must take the extra time to conceptualize with the couple. During your joint conceptualization, you should discuss with each other the specific theme and details on how they would like their pre-wedding photos to appear. You can discuss with them the specific colour theme and attires they would like to have in their photos. In this manner, you will be able to grasp how many sets of photos you will have to take for each attire that a couple will change into.

Third, the venue of the wedding photo shoot is very important. Some couples who will be having their wedding ceremony in churches would like to have some of their photos with the church as their background. On the other hand, some couple who will be having their wedding ceremony in a farther location, may opt to have their pre-wedding photo shoot somewhere nearer. You must discuss with them the venue of their actual wedding ceremony and where they would like to have their pre-wedding photo shoot. In doing this, you can ensure that both of these sets of pictures will coincide with each other when collated in the couple’s wedding album. You should decide with the couple, at least a week before the pre-wedding photo shoot, on the final location or locations where you will take their photos.

Fourth, a wedding photo shoot must be done at least a month before the actual ceremony. In doing this, you will have ample time to collate and edit the pictures just in time for their wedding. You can also give these photos to the couple so they can use these pictures for their wedding souvenirs, or other wedding materials.

Of course, as a last point, you should ensure the technical needs for a pre-wedding photo shoot. Specifically, these are the equipment and materials that you will be needing, such as different camera lenses, additional batteries and memory cards, and a laptop. In doing this, you can guarantee that you will not have to limit taking pictures due to the space available in your camera’s memory. To find the best pre wedding photographer Singapore Click here.

In considering these simple yet essential considerations, you can ensure that you will be able to take the best photos of a couple which they can use for their actual wedding ceremony.