View Full Version : not-happy kids: do you photograph them?

Tree City
10-03-2012, 04:37 PM
Any tips for photographing my son's teething gums? I want to do a page about how CRANKY he is cuz of the two shovels--I mean, front teeth--trying to force their way through his gums...but he keeps MOVING and SCREAMING (no surprise lol). He has blood under one of them! WTH?! So I want to get a pic and use some of these bloody/scary ellies from all the new awesome Halloween kits! :)
So give me some tips: How to photograph an 8mo crying baby's mouth. (And is it even ethical for a mom to photograph her sad, crying child while he's in pain? I feel guilty not picking him up the moment he whimpers!)

10-03-2012, 04:43 PM
Yes, photograph it! You will be happy later that you did.

Not picking him up will not hurt him at all. As for the actual photographs, hmmm no tips there. Sorry!

10-03-2012, 04:58 PM
I take pictures of everything. We have pica of E losing his.mind over wearing underwear instead of a diaper hehe

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Tree City
10-03-2012, 05:08 PM
I take pictures of everything. We have pica of E losing his.mind over wearing underwear instead of a diaper hehe
over wearing undies instead of a dipe? Sometimes don't you just want to ask your child "Why is this causing you to freak out?" Like, as a truly scientific, fact-finding type of question (not in an "I'm so mad that you're having a tantrum!" Mom way of asking lol).

10-03-2012, 05:26 PM
My oldest granddaughter had a complete meltdown the first time her mom put her in shorts for school. I mean total meltdown!! When we asked her why, she said that she didn't want to look like a big black guy. WHY did she say that? They had a close friend who was a big black guy and wore shorts all the time!! lol

They do have meltdowns over some of the weirdest things! As if a tiny little white girl (she has always been small for her size - still in 2 and 3T's when she started Kinder) could be mistaken for a big black guy!! lol

10-03-2012, 05:31 PM

I rest my case.

10-03-2012, 05:36 PM
I agree! Photograph everything! They are all memories...good and not so good. And you know what else...WRITE DOWN the cute things they say! You think you will always remember...but you wont! You will forget! And when your kids are teenagers they will LOVE to look at all those funny pictures and read the funny things they said!

10-03-2012, 05:37 PM
Oh and as for photo tips...get down to his level and snap away. Take more then you think, 1 out of 20 shots might be good. :) And try to use natural light so you don't have to flash the already mad little guy.

Twin Mom Scraps
10-03-2012, 06:35 PM
yes photograph! and think of all the great blackmail photos you'll have for him later in life...LOL!

10-03-2012, 06:37 PM
yes photograph! and think of all the great blackmail photos you'll have for him later in life...LOL!

I have all kinds of blackmail photos of my boys to show their girlfriends. lol

10-03-2012, 07:15 PM
DEFINITELY take photos! I love the unhappy photos too - shows the kids "other" side! :D

And I'm horrible at writing down the funny quirky things the kids say - thanks for the reminder Julie! I need to get better at that!!

10-03-2012, 10:01 PM
Definitely take the pics!

I have a running list of the things Gabe says. I know I will forget so I write them down...at some of them.

10-04-2012, 12:06 AM
Yeah, definitely take the photo. Although I don't really have a lot of those mad/ crying photo too. I do so want them. The thing is at the moment when she started crying or throwing tantrum taking photo is probably the last thing I would thought about. My daughter's now 2.5 years old and she already understand the camera and when I take out a camera when she's crying she would stop crying and glare at me. LOL.

Tree City
10-04-2012, 03:31 AM
I took a few pics today. Hopefully they turned out (haven't had a chance to check them out yet--he was NOT a happy baby today!).
And I write down the crazy stuff she says! I have a notepad and I write it down--along with a description of why she said, if needed lol. :)

10-04-2012, 06:13 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3632/3296608624_cd1f4d2c98_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahcb21/3296608624/)http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4061/4370070075_e6e928fc40_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahcb21/4370070075/)

Examples of Ethan :D

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3526/3188480876_dbbc4c32a3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahcb21/3188480876/)
and Madi's fakes

10-04-2012, 06:53 PM
the answer to this question is: YES.
Here is the layout I was looking for as proof:
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/3025/RainMustFallweb.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=473447&title=rain-must-fall&cat=500)
but as I was looking through my gallery for this particular layout....I discovered, well, I must be a really mean mom because I seem to scrap my kids grumpy faces as much as their happy faces LOL!!! The evidence:
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/5469/SOCTBB2web.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=679192&title=and-just-what-am-i-supposed-to-do-with-this-3f&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/5868/bahhumbugweb.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=871303&title=bah-humbug&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/500/tantrumweb1.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=943698&title=tantrum&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/500/bathtimeweb4.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=950399&title=bathtime&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/500/hairraisingweb.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=957835&title=hair-raising-experience&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/500/sadfaceweb.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=957839&title=tears&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/500/grumpyboyweb.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1019915&title=grumpy-boy&cat=500)
http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/data/500/royalpainweb.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1654156&title=royal-pain&cat=500)
wow, I'm mean huh? *snicker* at least I know its real life huh? not all rainbows and unicorns at my house baby!

10-04-2012, 07:04 PM
Char those pictures are priceless. I like capturing my kids personalities, even the not so happy ones. My only suggestion to the moving around, is if your camera has a sports setting to use it to help prevent the blur. Good luck, with the photography and also the grumpy teether.

10-04-2012, 09:41 PM
my friend sned me thses of her daughter yesterday... best piccies ever! hahhaa

10-05-2012, 01:24 AM
Awwww, all those cute angry faces are just...too CUTE!!!

Tree City
10-05-2012, 03:39 AM
OMG, I love that you ladies share these, and Char those LOs are priceless! :) I got a few good shots of the almost-tooth, and tomorrow I'm hoping to get a shot of the actual tooth. If that thing doesn't pop through that last layer of gum by tomorrow night, I'm going to join DS in the Crying My Eyes Out department lol!

10-05-2012, 07:33 PM
I don't have very many photos of my almost 13yo son being upset. DH did photograph him in his pack-n-play(?) while he was screaming because he hated that thing so much. My son just laughs when he sees the photo. Just trying taking whatever photo you can get. At 8mo, he'll be fine while you're trying to take photos.