Pretty as a Picture

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Photos: Nan Brotherton

She’ll sing her alphabet for strangers and bust a move at the grocery check stand. But pull out a camera and your little star gets stage fright.

Local children’s photographer Nan Brotherton to the rescue. She shares her tips for taking your best shot.

Keep It Fun
Kids can pick up on nerves and tension, so don’t try to force things. Don’t worry about creating the perfect pose and you’ll get more natural, beautiful expressions. Playing peek-a-boo and getting them to do a silly dance are great tricks.

Mix It Up
Experiment with different angles; some of Brotherton’s favorite shots are of children looking down or detail shots of a hand or foot. Long gone are the days of a centered photo with the child looking straight at the camera.

Avoid Cheddar
Most kids know to say “cheese” for a photo, but unfortunately that’s exactly what you’ll get. Try getting them to laugh or talk about something they like so that they truly are smiling and having fun.

Natural light makes for lovelier pictures. If you can’t get outside, have little ones sit near a window with toys nearby or ask them to look outside to find different things (a bird, squirrel, car) so that they face the light.

It’ll be a snap.

For more information about Nan Brotherton Photography, call 206-459-8598 or go to nanbphoto.com.

this week in seattle!
Reindeer Festival

What: Meet live versions of Dasher and Blitzen, plus Curley the camel and Moe the mini donk.
Why: Yes, Virgina, there is a Rudolph.
When: Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW (206-782-2543).

White Christmas

What: The classic 1954 holiday movie waltzes into The 5th Avenue Theatre, musical style.
Why: You’re dreaming of one.
When: Thru Dec. 30.
Where: 1308 5th Ave. (206-625-1900).

Model Train Festival

What: Learn about the history of railroads in Washington, marvel at elaborate train sets, and participate in hands-on choo-choo fun.
Why: She’ll be coming around the mountain.
When: Thru Jan. 2. Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (888-238-4373).

Photos: Nan Brotherton

Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
1308 5th Ave
@ University St
Seattle, WA 98101
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402