Capturing The first Year {Three Months}

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Oh three months, where have you gone?!

What seems like over-night, my tiny nugget has doubled his weight and somehow it happened right in front of my eyes! Perhaps a little sad to say goodbye to any resemblance of a newborn, this is a stage that in fact I have been looking forward to after having enjoyed watching our older sons grow. By three months, so much of their personality shines through. Quirky smiles, gurgles and hands-in-mouth mark this milestone! Continue reading

Shooting In Manual {Low Light}

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Shooting in low light is indeed a challenge, but it doesn’t mean you should avoid it completely! In fact, you can create some absolutely stunning images with a little bit of control over your settings. Continue reading

Shooting In Manual {Light, Bright & Airy}

 

Finally, you got your hands on that dslr after dreaming of being able to take professional looking photos of your own kids…and fast forward a couple of months, a year even, it is still set to auto-mode, packed away safely on a top shelf away from little one’s reach! Am I right?!

It turns out that anything than sticking to your dslr’s auto-mode is a little trickier to navigate than first thought and the pictures that were supposed to have that professional artsy flair are, well, a little blah! And let’s face it, the built-in flash seems to have a mind of it’s own :-)

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An Introduction To Shooting In Manual Mode

 ‘I have the exact same camera as you! Though my pictures never turn out that way. I don’t really know how to use any of the manual settings. What settings do you use?’

Sound familiar?  This is overwhelmingly the most common statement I have heard from clients, parents and friends all hoping for the same thing from a decent camera. More professional looking pictures. Shooting in auto mode seems safe, but this won’t consistently help you produce beautiful photos with an artistic flare, nor will you become a better photographer. But how do you transition to shooting in manual mode?An-Introduction-To-Shooting-In-Manual.png

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Capturing The First Year {Two Months}

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If you have ever done a search for tips on how to photograph a two month old, you have probably come up empty! Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be too much inspiration out there for this age. They are definitely out of the sleepy newborn stage, yet unable to sit, tummy time is a short lived affair and they will most definitely not be happy being squeezed up into different positions. So you’re pretty much left with laid-on-back with arms and legs rigorously moving at the speed of light! Not incredibly flattering if truth be told. On the plus side, they are not quite at the three month (cute) blob stage ;-)

Okay, okay Dr Skeptismo has left the building! I’d like to offer some starting tips that will help you creatively photograph your two month old. Continue reading

Self Portraits; Mom & Baby Moments

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Today Mattheus turned two months! So hard to believe that time can fly by so fast.

Though I’ve been preparing for an official two month session in the background, this day kind of crept up on me so I set up a short impromptu mom and baby shot!

I am not unlike most new mothers in that the idea of being in the picture at this point can be daunting. Still not quite back to pre-baby body and bags under my eyes, oh and a few extra wrinkles!  But the truth is, I don’t see this when I look at other new mothers, or even photos of me with my other two for that matter.  Instead I see an inner strength and radiance that is far more precious and truly beautiful. I’ve always loved following up with the newborn session after a client’s maternity shoot, excited to meet their new arrival, but more than that, I just love to see the glow and tenderness that new mothers seem to possess! So here’s hoping the same is true for myself and in the end, will I ever look back and focus on the way I looked?? Short answer, a big fat NO!

Okay, so there may not be much of me in these shots LOL! However, this quick impromptu shot turned into a mini session that didn’t end up getting very far!  This was my first attempt at self portraits and let me tell you, without a remote and only a ten second timer, it was a challenge! I was bound and determined to use my 50mm prime lens, so setting up the manual focal point took quite a bit of time as well as trial and error and I was still not entirely happy with the focus! Also sad to say I still cannot find my tripod and so a pile of books on a chair may not have been the most ideal!  After about a hundred frames I decided to call it quits for the day, also to give Mattheus a well deserved break! Despite the set backs, I still had fun and I’ll definitely follow up with this session and be a little more prepared next time  :-)

Happy two months, Mattheus!

Newborn Photography; Successfully Take Multiple Shots From One Pose

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Trying to pick up a few extra tips for your Newborn Photography? You may even be one of those brave souls looking to take photos of your own little one once you bring them home from the hospital! Here are a couple of tips on how to make the most of each pose and take a series of pictures from each pose before moving and repositioning your baby for the next shot. This is also especially helpful if your baby, like mine, is not the typical can-sleep-through-anything-babe that most newborn photographers seem to portray! Thankfully this skill isn’t limited to newborn photography but you can learn to tell a far greater story from any photo session of any age if you can get this down!

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Let It Snow!

 

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Seeing a child’s joy and curiosity over the soft powdery white flakes and the crunch underfoot brings back our own childhood memories of catching snowflakes on the tongue, snowball fights and building snowmen! (Or in my case, it was a beautifully engineered igloo that my dad had us work on together!)

Memphis doesn’t get a lot of snow, however and even when it does snow it’s really more of a dusting! So you can imagine that even the mention of snow gets children buzzing! Snow day! Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {One Month}

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Preparation

As I prepared for our third child’s arrival, I never questioned if I’d love him as much as my other two. But, I did wonder with him being the third, if I’d ever have those overwhelmingly beautiful moments that I experienced with my first. Especially seeing as the novelty of pregnancy was long gone! (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!) Continue reading