Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Planning to Change The Title

Ahoy, dear readers, I have been thinking of changing the title of this blog. I created this blog when my kids are still small - yes as small as the photos below. I dont want to replace these photos so as to remind me how much they've grown already.

I asked my second son what would be his suggestion for a blog name. Without thinking twice, he said from "Small Kids, Big Dreams"  to  "Big Kids, Small Dreams". funny right?

I am still playing with the idea, if you have one, please drop me a message!

Capturing Child’s Innocence in Pictures

Children are wonderful photo subjects – they have a youthful vibe that many photographers want to catch through pictures. These precious moments in your children’s lives can be highlighted and kept for many years to come.

Unforgettable events such as the child’s first steps, moments with their pets, birthday cakes and even everyday wonders in their lives can be captured through the camera’s lenses. Here are some tips to catch and keep your child’s innocence in pictures. 

Use Macro and Zoom In

Through a mother’s eyes, their children are perfect in every way. Click on those adorably fuzzy hair and show your husband how similar their head’s or hair are! Those little fingers look so fragile to touch and you want to hold it for all times. Everything about your kids are perfect and even the smallest details are noticed by moms. So zoom in and set your camera to Macro mode to catch things that only moms notice. 

Use Natural Lighting and Practice Creative Poses

Capture baby’s cuteness by focusing on their curves. Find a place where you can get more natural light and shadows to wrap around and highlight your baby’s curves. Do away with the flash and let natural light create a more artistic effect on your photos, your friends and family will surely be full of “oohs” and “aaahs” for your little ones. 

Capture Iconic Events

Nothing is classier than capturing toddler’s taking their first wobbly steps with anxious arms outstretched to eagerly catch them in case they fall. Be sure to shoot where your baby’s expression can be seen. You’d be delighted to see your baby in full concentration as they try to walk their first few steps before their fall. 

Play Dress Up and Use Some Props

We all know how much kids love to dress up. Find props, buy or make some of your own and see how your kids have fun with it. This is when the most naturally endearing expressions come out – when kids are enjoying themselves. You can use simple blankets or plain curtains as a background and a bright lamp as lighting. Use Night Portrait mode for capturing these scenes.

Use Sepia Tones and Go “Au Naturalle”

Another photography tips to go with is to use sepia tones to set a nostalgic mood with childhood photos. Letting them go “au naturalle” showcases their purest and most innocent looks. Play around with white blankets and pillows and watch their creativity unfold.

Click on Signs

Kids will most likely remember your travels if you can take pictures of them along the names and locations you visit. They don’t have to look picture perfect at all times, even the rumpled clothes and uncombed hair can look cute and endearing.

You dont have to be an expert to take wonderful shots of your children. Even the simplest home chores and their unaware moments can produce cute candid photos. These few photography tips will give you great frozen childhood moments that you can always look back to even if theyve already grown up and are no longer that eager to pose to your shots.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flexible Alexandra

My baby is now a little Miss. Say hello to Alexandra, my 8 years old ballerina/football player. Oftentimes, she gets confused when dancing or kicking a ball! At times, she shows ballet steps in the football field! hahaha Untitled When we were in Jack Ridge the other night, she asked me to take a photo while doing these actions. Untitled Cool Maria!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Globe Telecom certifies 25 public school teachers in Batanes as Digital Thumbprint Program ambassadors

Twenty-five public school teachers from the province of Batanes were certified recently as ambassadors under the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), an award-winning program by Globe Telecom, Optus, and Singtel created to turn the youth into responsible online citizens.
As ambassadors, the teachers are tasked with transferring the knowledge they learned from DTP facilitators and experts to co-teachers from other schools in the province.
“The manner we think, say and do leave remarkable thumbprints in the lives of others. In this digital era, everyone should be extra careful in getting along with people through social media by adhering to moral norms of conduct and cyber education. As teachers, we are duty-bound to teach and model cyber values to our youth. This could be achieved via the Digital Thumbprint Program of Globe Telecom so we want to grab this opportunity to make a difference in how the youth interact online,” said Reynante Caliguiran, Schools Division Superintendent of Batanes, during simple ceremonies held at the Basco Central School in Basco, Batanes.
“About half of Internet users in our country are adolescents aged 17 years old and below according to the Philippine National Police, showing how vital the Internet is in molding the lives of the Filipino youth.  As a purveyor of digital lifestyle, Globe wants the youth to not just embrace the internet to learn, play, and socialize but also to be safe whenever they are online.  Thus, we are glad that DepEd and our teachers and the province of Batanes support us in this undertaking,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.
  Thus, Globe’s Digital Thumbprint program was born, with the desire to educate the Filipino youth on responsible use of the Internet. Globe worked with Optus and Singtel on the program, which was also co-designed by the Karrikins Group, in order to promote responsible digital citizenship and cyberwellness. This workshop series, which includes safety and security, responsibility and etiquette, and leadership and empowerment when online as prime elements, was modelled with that of the successful Optus Digital Thumbprint program in Australia.
It offers three learning modules that will make learning exciting for students in private and public schools nationwide, such as “Digital Insight,” mainly recommended for Grade 7-10 students, that features activities to help students discern proper online behavior; “Digital Impact,” which is tailored also for Grade 7-10 students, that will tackle issues on technology’s impact on students’ social activities; and “Digital Ambition” for Grade 11-12 students to equip them with skills on using technology to help achieve their lives’ goals.
Every module was conceptualized and designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cybersafety. It involved taking a careful and critical look at kids’ online behavior and helping them develop insights as to how the online world can influence them in making choices. It is seen as a more fun and interactive alternative learning module to the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao or EP class.
At present, the program already reached more than 10,000 public and private high school students while over 1,000 public high school teachers were already empowered to cascade the program to their students.  DTP is also part of Globe Telecom’s #makeITsafePH campaign which promotes cybersecurity and cyberwellness among consumers and businesses.
As of 2016, there are already 44 million Internet users in the country based on figures culled from with connectivity pegged at 43.5 percent. Filipinos also spend the most amount of hours on social media, averaging a global-leading 4 hours and 17 minutes per day average, based on figures in the “Digital in 2017” report of social media management platform Hootsuite and We Are Social, Ltd. as of January this year.