with Courtney Slazinik
30 Day Challenge: Photograph Your Kids-Creativity Exercise

Are you looking for a creativity exercise that will not only help you with your photography but help you document your family?

Try this 30 day challenge to photograph your kids! The prompts are already there! You just pick the day you start. It could be today or the beginning of the month. Photograph each prompt each day. Don’t forget to put your own spin on it. Try not to take “snap shots” of everything. How can you make that photo stretch your creativity?

Remember, don’t try and stop your child each day to get the photo. Don’t say “cheese”. Just capture who they are right now!!

Show off your shots

June 1st: Several of you have requested a place to publish the photos you take from the challenge. Starting June 1st if you want to participate you can show others your photos as well as be encourage and inspired by posting in one of two ways:

Facebook: You can post a photo on our Click it Up a Notch Facebook page or you can post your photo and “tag” Click it Up a Notch so it shows up on our wall.

Flickr: You can post your photos in our Flickr group here – Click it Up a Notch – 30 Day Challenge. I encourage you to leave comments on each other’s entries.

I encourage you to post in one of the two places as not only a way to show off you AMAZING images but also to encourage and get to know other photographers participating as well.

You can download the list here: 30 Day Challenge: Photograph Your Kids

Please “pin” on Pinterest and “Share” on Facebook so we can help others find creative ways to capture their kids and boast their photography and creativity!

  • May 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Do you know of such lists for taking pictures of a baby? My LO is too little for some of the items listed? He’s 4 months, so not running or playing yet…

    • Courtney
      May 22, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      No, I don’t know of a list for only babies. However, I’m 39 weeks pregnant, so maybe I will brainstorm one just for babies after this little one is born and I have baby photography on my mind :O)

  • Cristin
    May 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Hi Courtney! With my first CM workshop coming to a close this week and summer vacation looming, I am so excited to have this awesome list! Thanks!!

    • Courtney
      May 22, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Awesome! How did you love the CM workshop?? I always go through withdraw when they are over :O)

      • Cristin
        May 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        I took “The Best Darn Beginner’s Course Ever” and thought I should just do the study-along since I had been shooting in manual for a few months. BIG MISTAKE! I should’ve done full participation!!! This was my first CM workshop too, and I’m now a Lifetime member! Now I don’t know what to pick next! Definitely going to let the technical stuff sink in over the next month or so and PRACTICE! Your list is kind of like a creative outline for me!

        • Courtney
          May 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

          Yes, I truly believe full participation is where you get your money’s worth. The critiques and being able to ask questions is priceless!! So glad you were able to take it though! Which one are you going to do next? I’ve taken 6 (yes, I’m slightly obsessed) so if you have any questions about them let me know :O)

  • May 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    This sounds like an awesome project. I will start this in June, cannot wait to get started. Thank you for sharing. I will be blogging about it too.

    • Courtney
      June 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see what you capture!!

  • May 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I’m in!

    • May 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      where should we post our pics? is FB okay, just not sure how others will see..is the a group on flicker?

      • Courtney
        May 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Great question! I hadn’t really thought that far yet. Ha! Pregnancy brain! I’ll take a vote on FB what people like :O)

  • Christi
    May 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I just pinned it and shared on fb for all me dslr loving friends. :)

    • Courtney
      May 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Thanks for sharing it!!! Much appreciated :O)

  • Lyndall
    May 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Can you suggest a standard photograph for the 29th that people in the south might take? There is no way our 15 deg weather can justify a pool, sprinkler…braving the beach in the winter woolies might be ok but the 29th its not a weekend so could be tricky.

    • Courtney
      June 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Oh yikes! Definitely don’t get in the water :O) Maybe you could do something fun like wrapped in a scarf and snuggled up in a blanket.

  • Tamber
    May 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I love this idea, I’ve been looking for something like this, however my babies are not little. My first born is graduating from high school and my second born is a freshmen. This has been a very emotional year with all the changes and shift in my role as a full time mom I have turned to my camera for solace. It might be kind of fun to compare little one to teens, same activities, give and take, different chapters in life. Thoughts?

    • Courtney
      June 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      I love the idea of using these prompts but making them appropriate for older ones. I would love to see what you come up with!!

  • June 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I have started a 365 Days Challenge last week when my baby turned 6 months. I don’t follow a list but seems like it will be helpful. I got some ideas already from your list :) If you want to take a look at my challenge blog. here is the link:


    Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Courtney
      June 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Thanks!! I will definitely check it out :O)

  • June 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Just posted my first three days in the flickr group. I think I did it correctly, if not let me know and I can move them. (I started a day early, mostly because I got the most adorable shot of Mae and I!)

    • Courtney
      June 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      They look great! Love the one of you and your little one! Thanks for being the first to share :O)

  • Debbie Panton
    June 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Ok, I’ve posted several photos. I’m not always getting the right picture on the right days… sorry about that. I also had quite a few days of not uploading pics ( kids were sick last week). Sorry, first time doing a challenge like this… but it is fun. Thanks. My Flickr page is Seasons@home. Hope everything is going well with the new baby. Congratulations again.

    • June 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Don’t worry about not going in order! It’s your challenge to interpret how you want! I’m just glad to hear everyone is out taking pictures!! Hope your kiddos are feeling better!! Life is great here :O) Thanks!

  • Emma
    June 28, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Im coming in here a year too late, but added my first pic to the flikr pool today. I am looking forward to chewing through this list for the next 30 days. Thanks for the challenge!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      July 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      So glad you are doing this! Enjoy the challenge!

  • May 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I love lists like this! I find that I sometimes have the same pictures over and over of my kids. (How many shots do I really need of them going down the slide in my backyard – just in different shirts?) Thanks for the inspiration. If the Flickr board is still up and running, I’ll have to take a peek at everyone’s submissions. I feel like I learn a lot from looking at other Mom’s photography. :) Thanks again!

    • May 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      THanks :) I don’t believe the Flickr group is active anymore since this post is 2 years old. Have fun capturing your kids.

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