15Dec/15
video screenshot of parents holding their baby photographed by Southern California photographer Linnea Lenkus

How to Pick a Photographer

Over the years, and recently with increasing frequency, I’ve received phone calls from people who are interested in my portrait photography but who have not even seen my website.

I must stress to you, if you don’t already know, that every photographer has a different style and a different eye for lighting, styling, perspective and photography products. Yet, too many people choose a photographer based solely on location and price. But those are probably the variables you should consider last. I am quite flattered that I have very many clients who travel by plane or car for hours to get to me from all corners of the globe. Many of those clients have returned to me several times.

When I first talk with potential clients I ask them if they like my style of photography. They often are confused by the question. “Style?”, they sometimes ask, “What do you mean?” Well, I have my own unique vision of what I want to see in a photograph. The photographer down the street has a different one. And individual style and personal vision matter are immensely important in the photography world.

I was recently talking with a client and mentioned that a photographer does not have to be certified or have a degree to conduct a photography business. They must simply have a business license. But I guarantee that many do not even have that – – ask them. I have often talked with young photographers who have never worked in the business, never had a degree, never even went to a photography convention, never took any photography classes and yet they have a website saying that they can service a client. As shocking as it may seem, you don’t need to have any experience at all to start a business or website. And unlike, say a doctor, a person who simply owns a camera can represent themselves as a photographer (if they don’t have a conscience) to any potential client.

I am a dinosaur in this business. I’ve been a photographer for over 25 years which means I entered into it working with negative and slide film. That takes a precise training. I’ve been a portrait photographer for over 17 years (that doesn’t include the 3 years working for a huge portrait studio chain when I was 18). I have seen so many would be photographers come and go because they don’t apply themselves, because they don’t actually believe in customer service or, most commonly, because they never developed their skills or a unique professional style.

To be a professional photographer you must wear many, many hats at the same time. Most importantly, you must have good people skills. You must be feel comfortable in talking quite a bit with your clients to distract them from their uncomfortableness. You have to be honest because you must let a photographic subject know if their outfit won’t work or they have food in their teeth. You have to multi-task to make sure that your photo gear is working or what your light meter says. You must make toddlers safe and content while they are in the unusual situation of being photographed and you must direct your subjects’ wardrobe and posing. You have to be flexible enough to be able to move at a moment’s notice to another setup, an outfit that you don’t care for, or another angle or perspective.


To my great pleasure, and dismay, you must perfect great computer skills to be proficient professional photographer. You have to have passion about photography to sustain you through the countless tangential tasks required of a business owner. And most of all, you have to have a vision…a definite idea of what you know looks good and what you want to see in your finished photography product.

A final esoteric necessity is consistency. All photographers have those magical moments when the client, the clothes, the lighting all comes together for that amazing image that seems to come from the heavens. We all do. But can a photographer repeat it? And do they know how and why to do so? A true professional photographer knows how to analyze their photography. They know what questions to ask. They know from experience and, if they are lucky, from natural instinct. But experience…it’s the key. Hang on newbies for many years and then you’ll know. You’ll know how to fine tune your business or even whether you should continue it or not.

There is a reason why many “photographers” simply hand over a CD of all the images…because they don’t want to face the rejection they must endure if you dislike what they did and they figure that bulk over quality will make up for it. Those are the photographers who leave their businesses after a few years…or they actually try to make money teaching wannabe photographers claiming their expertise. I’m very fortunate to have made all those mistakes in my first 5 years of business. I stuck it out to chase my vision. I now sit together with my clients after our portrait session to help them decide. Luckily they usually have the problem of liking too many images so that it takes a while to choose the portraits they wish to purchase. I help them part with the mediocre images and teach them about art and photography. Otherwise they would be so overwhelmed that they would never make a decision.

So when you’re choosing a photographer to create images of you, your children or your family consider vision and experience. Too many of your potential choices are “photographers” who picked up a camera yesterday. Consider style. Consider service. Consider time. Consider consistency. Consider experience. And most of all consider quality.

07Nov/14
Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photographer

I’ve been a newborn photographer in LA. It is so special to work with a family that you love and be able to photograph both their pregnancy and newborn photography sessions. I always say that it is best to come in within your newborn’s first few weeks of life. If your baby was born early or you have multiples then you may want to wait a little bit longer until they have gained some weight, but don’t wait too long! These precious moments need to be captured.

Newborn Photographer LA

Newborn Photographer LA

Newborn Photographer LA

Have you been looking for and incredible newborn photographer? Then you have found her! Linnea Lenkus has been specializing in baby photography for over 25 years and her style of art is second to none.

Linnea Lenkus has two portrait studios located in Southern California. Call 562.981.8900 to book your newborn photography session.

 

 

 

06Nov/14
Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

What a treat this maternity photography session was! Not only are they a gorgeous couple with two very well behaved boys, but the husband plays for the LA Philharmonic of which I am a huge fan! You can tell that we all had a wonderful time from the photographs. We connected and I interpreted their love and ease with some portrait photography of which I’m very proud.
Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Child Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Maternity Photography Los Angeles

Linnea has two studio locations in the cities of Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. She also has talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

For over two decades Linnea has perfected Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. With her portrait photography session you will receive the gift of her creative eye and down to earth personality. Linnea has worked with the same staff (for years now) and each one is specially trained to oversee every step of the process to ensure you have a truly wonderful and unique experience…the Linnea Lenkus way!

If you are looking for the best maternity photography Los Angeles then stop your search because you have found her! Call for your own unique maternity photography and family portrait session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

04Nov/14
Child Photography Los Angeles

This Child Photographer Talks About Getting a Kid Ready for a Photography Session

I’ve been a child photographer for over twenty years. I also have three kids and have seen them through the younger years, so I’m pretty aware of how a child, especially a younger one, operates.

Kids run out of steam easily. Imagine having 20 cups of coffee first thing in the morning and then spinning out of control until you collapse. That’s a kid. And as the day goes on they tend to get crankier and crankier until you have to get them down for the night. Been there, done that.

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A photography session is unfamiliar to your kids and it is not unusual for them to act out during the session.

You have a schedule and it sure is easier for you to do a photography session after work or after school, but I beseech you to understand that YOUR schedule is not THEIR schedule.

Too often we are asked to do an afternoon portrait photography session with kids. I’m sorry, unless you are a rock star who keeps your kids up to 1am (I have photographed those kids and they are different) I will have to refuse. Why? Because photographing 2 snapshots of your kid in the afternoon is one thing, but asking for their good behavior and focus for longer than that is a disaster. I know because I have gone outside of my own rules too many times, and although I have managed to get something, it’s not always perfect and it always, always, always ends up with the parents saying, “I don’t understand, she’s not normally this bad.” I understand. I do.

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Don’t let your portrait session turn upside down!

So, I ask you to please bring your children for a portrait photography session when THEY are at their most optimum. Ninety percent of the time, that’s in the morning. You will be so proud of their behavior and it will be smooth sailing.

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Ready, set, smile! A well rested child ensures a successful photography session.

Fine Art Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. If you are looking for the best child photographer and want stunning kid portraits then your search is over! Call for your own creative child photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900.

15Oct/14
Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

There was no shortage of cuteness during this portrait session! Even the dog was smiling big! Here you can see how the black backdrop and darker clothes can make the image more formal in contrast to the white backdrop. I always recommend to my clients that we do both and that they bring in a variety of clothing options this way they can show off their style and I can help them choose what will photograph best.

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

Los Angeles Baby Photographer

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Linnea Lenkus is there to capture all of the meaningful moments in your life what ever they may be. She has perfected the art of photography for over two decades and specialties include everything from pregnancy portraits to newborn, toddler and child portraits to family and couples photography to celebrity portraits and fine art boudoir photography. With her incredible amount of experience over the years she has been internationally published and has received worldwide commercial success.

People from all over the world come to be photographed by Linnea because of her artistic eye, artful posing and perfected lighting. Her creative staff ensure that the entire experience from the initial call to when clients receive the portraits is a full service grade a experience.

Portrait studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach /Signal Hill in Southern California, USA. We also have friendly and talented associate photographers that will photograph at a location of your choice.

If you have been searching for the absolute best Los Angeles baby photographer then look no further! Call 562.981.8900 for your own special baby and  family photography session with THE Linnea Lenkus today!

10Oct/14
Nude Photographer Los Angeles

Privacy First | Nude Photography

Privacy comes first with my nude photography and in light of all of the controversy stirring around the recent hacked photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, I decided it was time that I blog about how I protect my clients. Celebrity or not,  if you privately pose for nude photographs you shouldn’t expect that your identity will be exposed.

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Here you can see that her face has been blurred to protect her identity.

I have specialized in elegant and creative nude photography for over two decades and the privacy of my clients is extremely important to me. At my portrait studios my staff and I go above and beyond to ensure that our client’s privacy is protected. One of the biggest differences between my studio and a lot of the new photographers popping up today is that I do not export my images to a photo lab or to a third-world retouching mill to be retouched. Yes, it’s a lot cheaper to export your images to those retouching factories but who knows who is looking at them or where they go from there? It is actually quite scary to think that someone you don’t know has the power to see things you don’t want them to see. I only work with a private local retouch artist that I have been working with and have trusted for years.

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I always photograph my clients without their faces showing not only because the pose is beautiful but it is an image I can share without revealing their identity.

Now I still show my fine art images on both of my websites and in art galleries because I stick to a strict set of guidelines that I have followed and have enforced since the beginning of my photography business. To protect my client’s privacy faces are altered, blurred or cropped out and distinguishing marks are removed or altered if the client has expressed that they wish to remain anonymous. My clients that appear unaltered have given me consent and are excited to show off their bodies in such a refined way.

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You can easily crop the images in a way that is both flattering to the image and protects your client.

With that being said, I have always and will always photograph the female body in a respectful, classical and sophisticated style. I think of nude photography as something classy that should hang in a gallery or museum. The curve of a woman’s body, to me, is what’s beautiful…not the taboo imagery associated with boudoir photography.

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Call 562.981.8900 for your own Fine Art Nude Photography Session.

10Oct/14
Los Angeles Family Photographer

Los Angeles Family Photographer

I always enjoy taking family portraits as the natural energy and affection surrounding the family makes for great images. Here I captured intimate newborn portraits, both parents alone with each child along with heartfelt family portraits.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Los Angeles Family Photographer then look no further! Call for your own unique family photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

10Oct/14
Los Angeles Maternity Photographer

Los Angeles Maternity Photographer

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life and deserves to be celebrated. I think you can really feel just how beautiful and thrilled this client of mine was in these portraits.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success. In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Los Angeles maternity photographer then look no further! Call for your own unique pregnancy photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

07Oct/14
LA Maternity Photographer

LA Maternity Photographer

I really enjoyed this couple and was able to capture the love and happiness that they share with each other.

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Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top LA maternity photographer then look no further! Call for your own unique pregnancy photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

 

10Sep/14
Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographers Los Angeles

What a fun session this was! We were able to capture various great poses which were accentuated by our classic sepia tone which is unique to my studio photography. We refer to them as sepia instead of black and white because they have a kiss of warmth to them where as a traditional black and white print usually has a blue hue. My clients just love it and so do I.

 

 

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles 

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Maternity Photographer Los Angeles       

Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for maternity photographers Los Angeles then look no further! Call for your own unique maternity photography session with photographer Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

01Sep/14
Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

I have classic poses that I have found over the years that are very flattering and that are always requested by my clients. It’s my signature look. I like to mix it up and try something new too and when client’s bring in different wardrobe pieces that’s when we get to play! Form fitting dresses that show off your belly can photograph extremely well.

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Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Maternity Photographer Los Angeles

Studio locations are in Pasadena and Long Beach/Signal in Southern California, USA. We also have talented associate photographers that go on location and service both the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

If you are looking for the top Maternity Photographer Los Angeles then you have found her! Call for your own unique belly photography session with Linnea Lenkus today! 562.981.8900

Linnea Lenkus specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, and Celebrity studio photography as well as Fine Art Nude photography. She is a highly experienced, internationally published, professional portrait photographer with worldwide commercial success.  In a portrait photography session with Linnea Lenkus, clients will receive the benefit of her unique artistic eye and her technical mastery honed over decades of photography experience. Linnea employs a talented staff of specially trained creative photography experts who oversee every step of the initial booking and production process to make sure every client has a truly pleasurable experience and receive absolutely beautiful portraits of the highest quality.

 

24Jun/14
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Portrait Photographers vs. Event Photographers

I wish I had a penny for every time that a client has come to me expressing disappointment with their choice to go with their wedding photographer for maternity or baby portraits.  “He did such an incredible job at our wedding and I don’t understand why he wasn’t a great maternity and baby photographer.” Their surprised reaction always catches me off guard but then I remember that not everyone has hung around the photography industry for decades like I have.

The assumption from every layman is that a photographer is a photographer and that means that they should wear every hat. That’s like expecting your podiatrist to perform open heart surgery. We choose our specialties based on what we are passionate about and what we are good at. Don’t expect good portrait photographers to be good event photographers, and vice versa.

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This has all been brought up again for me as the press of the misunderstanding between Annie Leibovitz and Kanye West just hit the newsstands. The misunderstanding occurred when West wanted Leibovitz to be his wedding photographer after she created a stunning portrait photography session for Vogue magazine. Apparently she did not say no, but didn’t confirm either.

I understand, totally. Leibovitz knows that she’s not an event photographer, which is what a wedding is. There is a different mindset to photographing a wedding than to creating a portrait. I’m sure she wanted to please them and I’m sure she was thinking about how she could do the photography for them, but she apparently let her people-pleasing get in the way of what she knows: a studio portrait photographer is not a wedding photographer.

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photographer Annie Leibovitz

 

To be a great portrait photographer you have to have a certain sensibility of the personality of the person in front of you and then juggle that with lighting, camera gear, and styling. You kind of have to be a bit of a control freak and there is just too much chaos at weddings for me. Weddings are their own beast and so are studio portrait sessions. I prefer the latter.

So please, don’t ask me to photograph your wedding. I’ve tried it in the past and my heart’s just not in it. I’m one of those portrait photographers who has tried every single kind of photography, and I know what I’m meant to do. And please think twice before asking your wedding photographer to be your family and newborn photographer.

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Please visit the main websites to view a collection of specialized portrait photography at: http://linnealenkus.com and http://boudoir-photography-los-angeles.com/ or contact our Los Angeles portrait studios at 562.981.8900 for more information.

 

20Jun/14
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Tradio V’s “Artful Undress” | Women and Violence | June 21st

Los Angeles Fine Art Nude Photographer

As you probably know, I’m a Los Angeles fine art nude photographer. I have been photographing women to empower them and to exalt their bodies and transform them into art.

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The image that inspired the show’s theme found by Host Kira on the internet

Women and Violence

Back in March of this year I was asked to appear on TradioV’s Artful Undress which is a radio/tv show that streams live and is hosted by two incredibly talented  women named Kira and Polina. They brought me on the show to talk about my fine art nude photography and my vision of nudity within the arts. What I didn’t know then was that I was going to form this amazing bond with two women I love and respect. On July 21, 2014 it was the fourth time on the show now since March and every time gets better and better. The show is an hour filled with emotionally charged freedom of expression. We discuss all sorts of topics usually with the underlying theme of nudity and sexuality in the arts and tomorrow we will focus on violence against women.

Los Angeles fine art nude photographer with Artful Undress co host Polina Hyrn

Los Angeles fine art nude photographer, Linnea Lenkus, with Artful Undress co host Polina Hyrn.

What is the attitude of our society towards sexuality and nudity and how does this attribute to violence against women? You know the controversy… does it matter what women wear?

Kira and Polina are always so good at delivering a positive and empowering message and I am excited to be on the show again and to hear what these two smart women have to say about such an important topic that affects all of us. I certainly have my own point of view so please watch to find out.

Stream the show live from Hollywood tomorrow, June 6 at 5PM PST on the TradioV website at: http://tradiov.com/la/videoscategory/artfulundress/ (You can also view past shows there too)

Los Angeles fine art nude photographer on the TRadioV show

Press Photo from the “Artful Undress” 5-17-14 Linnea Lenkus with show’s hosts Kira and Polina and the Morgan Brothers.

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14Jun/14
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Beware of “Photographers”

No matter where you are these days it seems as though you will find somebody taking a picture with their phone or digital camera and every new mom and Uncle Joe are calling themselves photographers. Now I’d hate to burst your bubble if this sounds like you but just because you have played around with a fancy camera or have taken a few great pictures with an iPhone this doesn’t qualify you as a professional photographer. Unfortunately, thanks to modern day technology and social media we are used to seeing a flood of mediocre images every day and the world is being taught that this is what photography looks like now. This just isn’t true!

It is hard to be a professional photographer these days and owning a high end portrait studio is very rare. The average person thinks you can hire photographers for a few hours and get all of your images retouched on a CD for the low price of a few hundred dollars. Why is that? Because the “photographers” popping up overnight are setting this as an example. I’ve been holding firm and I feel that as a veteran photographer it is my job to keep producing quality artwork and try to show people that you can and you should still invest in fine art photography for yourself and your family. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I take a lot of maternity portraits and over the years I have seen an absurd amount of unflattering pregnancy pictures. It is not uncommon for me to take last minute pregnancy portraits for a mom that has had a horrible experience with another photographer because they tried to go with a friend or save a few bucks. Some mom’s aren’t so lucky and they end up missing out on having their portraits done correctly before they deliver. It always amazes me that anyone would even entertain the idea of going with an average photographer to capture something as unique and amazing as a pregnancy.

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You don’t learn how to be a photographer overnight, trust me. It took me years of tinkering with my photography equipment to be able to master my lighting techniques and a lot of trial and error to figure out what the brand of my photography should look like. And it also took me years to master the art of getting people to look relaxed and free in their portrait sessions. When you see a truly great photograph you are filled with a sense of emotion and when it is an image of your child or your family that is evoking that emotion the feeling is priceless. Don’t you want to be moved by the portraits you have taken or do you just want a picture to update your Facebook status with?

 

To start planning you fine art photography session call the studio today at 562.981.8900 or 626.744.9104 or submit your photography inquiry HERE.

 

11Jun/14
Funny Kid Meme

Parenting Advice | Family Portraiture

Parenting  Advice | Family Portraiture 

Recently, I had an awesome family photography session with a family of four that was a lot of fun to work with. Russ Jones is a busy stay at home father of two boys, an author of a very comical and true parenting blog and he just published a potty training book. In his flip over book, Potty Training Doesn’t Have to Stink,  there is a “for kids” side and a “for parents” side containing a logical and organized approach to potty training. I really value the advice that Russ gives to parents and I wish I had it when I was potty training my kids. Funny Kid Meme

I did it all wrong with one of my kids who was really a late bloomer when it came to potty-training. He just didn’t seem to think it was important, but then, he was only three. The really great preschool suddenly had an opening, which was rare, and I really wanted to get my kid into that preschool. So I did what every knuckle-headed parent does…I pressured him to potty train. He got in and then months later he got kicked out for something called soiling. Soiling is when a child holds it and holds it forever and then explodes, days worth of poop, all at once. Of course, this happened several times at preschool, where I guess he felt more comfortable. I felt horrible. Bad, bad mommy. It took a few months of letting him know that it was okay and he then got a handle on it. Luckily, the preschool was cool and let him back in when he was four.

Russ knows what he’s doing because his kids are very well-behaved and very creative. They had a great time helping us to create fun family photos. We even created some family photography for his blog! We got a kick out of one of his posts in particular that talked about a line that every kid is famous for saying and that we all get suckered into: “One more time. I promise!” We created this funny meme for it. You can see more fun memes on the main inspiration website. You can purchase the potty training book by Russ Jones on Amazon HERE! Be sure to check out his funny blog at at http://thestayathomer.com/ that not only makes you laugh but offers good sound parenting advice too!

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Check out more family photography here.