Documentary Photography

Around Our Clocks: 1pm in August

Thank you so much for stopping by again this month for another round of our Around The Clock blog circle. In August, with my amazing documentary photographers friends, we have captured our everyday between 1 and 2pm. 

Around our clocks - 1pm

Our early afternoons this summer have become more agitated than they used to be, mostly because nap time has turned into a big mess that involves a lot of jumping and very little sleeping. Despite the lack of rest, I have to admit, fun times like these are just the best! 

Here is how we skip nap: 

Around our clocks 1pm Camille Arner
Around our clocks 1pm Camille Arner
Around our clocks 1pm Camille Arner

Follow our circle by discovering how Heather Tully from Heather Tully Photography documented her everyday from 1 to 2pm in August. 

You will never regret getting in the frame!

Chances are, if you are the photographer in your family, you rarely get in the frame. Whether it's with your phone, your point-and-shoot or your DSLR, go ahead, jump in and get in the photos. I promise, you will not regret it! 

Here are some tips for you to get started: 

1. Use a tripod or set your camera on any stable piece of furniture.

Regardless of the type of camera you are using, a tripod is a very handy accessory. I have taken many photos propping my camera on table edges, trash cans, car hoods and fire hydrants and I can tell you that a tripod will make your task way easier. (I have seen some very small ones that are super easy to use for your phone. The small Joby tripod is a great example.) If you don't have a tripod, any stable piece of furniture will do!

Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn

2. Set up your timer and use a remote control

Once you have set your camera on a timer, you can either press the shutter on the spot and run to get in the frame or you can use a remote control. Remote controls are quite affordable and really convenient. An even better option is to use an app on your phone. Canon, for instance, has released an app called Camera Connect which enables you to focus and then take your photo remotely. Even with a remote, you need to set up a timer so you have a few seconds to hide the remote. 

Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn
Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn

3. Do it selfie style!

Sometimes, you feel it is the perfect moment to take a self-portrait but you know that by the time you will have set up all your gear, the moment will be gone. A selfie might just do the trick :) 

Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn

4. Have fun! 

There are many reasons why I love getting in the frame. Mostly because if I don't do it, then nobody else will capture all these moments I spend with my little man alone. Getting in the frame is always a lot of fun and as my son is getting older, he likes to participate and we both really enjoy it. Give it a go! I'd love to see what your fun, tender and authentic everyday moments are like. 

Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn
Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn

5. Hand out your camera! 

This is something I have been trying to do more ofter lately and I am so glad it is becoming a habit. My husband does a phenomenal job at making sure I am also in the photos and I am thankful for that! 

Camille Arner - Self Portrait - Brooklyn

Around Our Clocks: 2pm in May

Thank you so much for stopping by and following our May "Around Our Clocks" circle. With a group of documentary photographers, I document my days, one hour at a time each month. In May, we captured our everyday between 2 and 3pm. 

Around our clocks - Camille Arner

May was such a wonderful month for us to document as we took a family trip to San Francisco. Here are a few images taken at the famous Fisherman's Wharf. We were fortunate enough to visit the area when it was not too crowded. We were able to enjoy the beautiful view, the sunny and windy weather and the company of seagulls waiting for us tourists to drop a piece of our clam chowder. A truly awesome time :) 

Camille Arner - Around our clocks
Camille Arner - Around our clocks
Camille Arner - Around our clocks
Camille Arner - Around our clocks

Follow the circle to discover how Meghan Nesom from Meghan Nesom Photography documented the 2pm hour in May.