It’s that time of year again! The gooey, gushy, romantic month where all feelings turn to love. While many of us may have celebrated the romance “back in the day”….we are suddenly immersed in conversation hearts, homemade Valentine’s, and school day enchantment through our children’s eyes. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a few tips on capturing the “L word” with your camera!

Is there a formula for creating love? Perhaps not, but as a mom and a photographer my definition of love has evolved through the years. Gone are the day so of prom picture swooning. What makes my heart skip a beat now…those early moments with a new best friend, what a new baby can do to a daddy, and that “twin thing.”

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

How can you capture these magical moments?

Let the love happen. The real magic tends to happen when we check out of the equation. Posed situations tend to be less impactful. Put the newborn down on the bed, and let big brother get to know them. Step back at the playground and watch for moments when someone lends a helping hand. The love is there, but waiting for it is part of the game.

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Hide. Yes hide. Some of my favorite pictures give you the feeling that you are seeing something that you weren’t meant to see. Shoot from behind a curtain, or through a mirror. It will give the picture a unique perspective that really lets the love shine through.

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Choose your vantage point wisely! Shooting from overhead tends to give a picture very intimate feel. Shooting from underneath makes a person look mighty and strong. Shooting eye to eye with your subject is a sure way to capture the essence of who they are by placing the camera close to the “window of their soul”. No matter what kind of love you are shooting, one of these vantage points will help to tell your story.

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Find love all around you. Love is everywhere. It’s young, it’s old. It will lick your face. It will lend a hand. But most of all, these moments of love are fleeting. Be ready to capture it when it happens. Save a camera bag, capture a memory. Don’t let that camera get away from you! Keep it close by so you don’t miss a thing!

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Show the Love Photo Contest - (cool) progeny

Show us the love and WIN this February!

We’re making 2013 the year of captured stories with monthly photo contests — and this month is all about LOVE! Want to win a free four week DSLR or editing class with Kory — so you can hone your own fantastic parentparazzi skills? {Um, YEAH!} Here’s what you have to do:

Feel the love!  We want you to use your point and shoot, fancy camera, or phone camera to capture some love!  It can be old, new, furry, or any other love you can find!  Use the tips from the article to help you!

Then, of course, share it! Here are the different ways to enter:

  • Follow @coolprogeny and @seethetwist on Twitter. Tweet “Showing the love with @coolprogeny & @seethetwist! #cptwistpics” with your photo.
  • Follow coolprogeny on Instagram. Upload your photo to Instagram with a description and be sure to use hashtag #cptwistpics. {Be sure you follow-us and accept our invite to follow you back — if your privacy settings are turned on, we won’t be able to see your photo.}
  • Post your photo to (cool) progeny’s Facebook page. Again, be sure your privacy settings are set to “public” for the photo so we can see it!
  • Email your photo to heather AT coolprogeny.com.

You have until February 28, 2013 to enter. One entry per person please. Winner must reside within the Greater Baltimore Area. We will randomly select a winner on March 1, 2013.

NOTE: We upload all photos we receive to an album on our facebook page. If you do not see the photo you submitted there, we probably weren’t able to see it. In that case, just email it to us at heather AT coolprogeny.com.

January Photo Contest Winner:
Thanks to all of you who “got real” with us as part of our January photo contest by submitting your photos via facebook, twitter, instagram or email! The randomly selected winner is REBECCA THOMAS! She’ll be beefing up her mamarazzi skills in a DSLR or editing class with Kory! View all the January photo submissions here.