People always talk about how important it is to capture your children each year as they grow. And while I know it’s true, it’s also just plain obvious. You love seeing your kids grow each year and how much they change. We all know how important it is to look back and see their growth. From that first day of school photo at your front door to the last day of school. But what about just the two of you whether you have kids or not?
Recently, I personally experienced the importance reflecting back through the years in my photos. It was super fun, but I really wish I had a photo to represent each of our early years. I’ve learned it’s never too late to start. I have vowed to have a professional photo taken of Aldo and I every year, so that in 20 years or 50 years, I have images that we can look back on, laugh at and talk about what babies we were.
It occurred to me while celebrating our 14th Anniversary, how important capturing each year is. I don’t know if you saw it on my social media channels, but I posted a photo of each year Aldo and I have been together – all the way back to 2007 and even one from what I call the early years because I wasn’t sure of the date. We were such babies! But I couldn’t find very many photos of us earlier than 2007, and you know why? It’s because we didn’t start taking our Holiday Portraits until 2007. Yes, I’m sure that we have photos during that time, but where are they? Who knows and they sure as heck are not as cute as the ones we had professionally done.
I share this with you because I don’t want you looking back in 14 years wishing you had taken professional photos. There’s nothing better than proudly sharing your life with your friends and family, no matter the style or look that you were rocking at the time. When I was looking back at our photos, I was like, “Wow, I just dated myself, lol.” But I am still so very happy to have them so I can reflect back on the wonderful years I’ve shared with the love of my life. I’m even more excited that I have current ones that represent us as a couple, showing our relationship and style.
Every time I see your updates on Facebook or Instagram or you send me an email, I get super excited to see what adventures you have been up to lately. Was it a new job, a new house, are you expecting, your first, second, or maybe even your third child? Did you get a new puppy? Take any fun travel adventures? Did your kids start their first year of school? That’s been a fun one for me since it’s that time of year. Watching you all post your minis with their first day of school signs…just the cutest! This got me thinking … obviously, in addition to wanting professional photos you want to be able to take great photos on your day-to-day adventures. So, I wanted to share a few fun tips with you on how to best capture these precious daily moments with your mobile phone. Whether it’s travels, your kids first day of school, or a special moment between the two of you, you’ll want to capture them all!
The same composition rules apply even if you aren’t photographing people. Be sure that you have a focal point or main point of interest to grab the viewer’s attention. Remember the rule of thirds and put that focal point in one of those sweet spots.
One interesting subject is all you need to create a stunning photo, but we understand that sometimes you want multiple people in the image and that works just as perfect.
Don’t be afraid if your photo has a lot of empty space. This is what us photographers call “negative space” and it’s helpful in making your subject stand out.
Be sure to look at all details. Is there a trash can or water bottle in the shot? Move it. Can’t move it? Change the angle of your shot to avoid it.
A subtle muted background keeps the photo from becoming too distracting. Make sure the background complements the color of what the subject is wearing so they don’t blend in.
Lighting is the most important thing in any photo. The best kind of lighting is soft, natural, diffused light, such as window lighting. The same rules apply for outdoor photos … soft natural diffused light. The best time of day to shoot is what professional photographers call the golden hour. Either early morning just as the sun is coming out or just before sunset. In my line of work with weddings, we understand these situations aren’t always achievable on the go. So, look for soft evenly shaded areas. Again, be aware of your background. If it’s too light or too dark, your subject will get lost. Avoid harsh shadows and shooting the subject facing the sun. This will produce squinting eyes and unwanted shadows. Also beware of too dark of areas. All too often we see subjects being photographed in dark dingy corners where they tend to get lost.
Our eyes can determine both dark and light exposures at the same time, but the camera cannot. Ever have a subject with the beach as the background and either the beach is properly exposed but your subject is too dark or the subject is correct and the beach is blown out? This is because the camera can’t capture what we see with the naked eye. Most mobile phone cameras will capture everything overall and guess at what the best mix will be. This means if you aren’t paying attention, you’ll won’t get the photo you’re aiming for. Try tapping on the main subject to achieve the best exposure. Sometimes, though, even that won’t work. In that case, you’ll need to rethink your background and lighting situation. Look for that open soft shade or window lighting.
It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. They are also a great part of your subject to focus on when you’re trying to capture them at their best. It’s because the eyes are the most expressive part of the face. Ready take it one step further? Focus on the eye closest to the camera.
Experiment with different perspectives and cropping. A common mistake is always putting the subject directly in the center of the frame.
You don’t have to always center your subject. Learn the rule of thirds. Try an angle from above or below. Set your subject off centered.
Photographing children is always a challenge, sometimes even more so when mom and dad are doing it. We recommend getting down on their level. Get low, talk to them, engage with them. Make them laugh and wait for that perfect expression that best expresses their personalities. This is where you have an advantage, because you know them best. You know that expression right before it happens, so be ready to click. If you try to force smiles or make them stand stiff and still that’s the look you’ll get. Put them in the right lighting with the right background and let them be them. You’ll know when to capture that perfect moment.
The #1 rule when photographing anyone is to stay positive and give lots of affirmation that the subject looks amazing. If your kids are making funny faces, make them back. I promise it will make them laugh and if you’re ready, you’ll capture the perfect smile. With couples, the same thing applies – OK, maybe not the funny faces, but you never know … that might work, lol. Just keep it upbeat and positive and you’ll get that emotion you desire. I have to make Aldo sincerely laugh anytime we take a photo, otherwise he looks like a grumpy old man! I do this by any means necessary – being a goof ball, tickles, stupid jokes, whatever – but it works, we manage to get some awesome smiles out of him. Also remember you don’t always have to smile for portraits!
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get great photos…and remember, the best camera you can have is the camera you have with you! Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’re mobile camera is digital, so if you don’t like the image you can delete it and try again!
You know that having amazing images for today’s social media is a must for your personal and professional branding! Think about it, what’s the first page you go to on someones website? The about page right? So, you know how important it is to show your ideal clients the best side of you.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to know you have amazing professional photos bringing your branding alive, not only on your About page, but throughout all your social media platforms. People want to know you, like you, and most of all, trust you.
We can help you achieve that with our branding photography services. One of my unique qualities as a photographer is helping my clients feel comfortable and at ease, allowing me to capture your true essence and your personality, all while showing off your business and skills.
This is exactly what we accomplished with Jenni, of Little Hill Floral Designs. Isn’t she the cutest? I love these sessions; between capturing your profile image, and capturing the visual details of what you do, we happen to get some fun pictures that let your personality shine.
I worked closely with Jenni and her business coach to determine locations, outfits, props and set-ups to really let Jenni’s personality come through. I asked her personal questions and questions about her business so I could get to know here. Nothing speaks louder than great images. We captured some amazing images to show her ideal clients why she is the perfect match for them.
Jenni loves to hang out on the beach with her family. While she chose to keep her session focused on her business, shooting at the beach shows her fun loving and outdoorsy personality. Of course, shooting in her floral studio was a given. She had her studio styled beautifully; yes, it’s styled! This isn’t what it really looks like when she is working, haha! I made her cut the flowers in awkward ways to make it look good for photos, lol. But, we tried to stay as realistic as possible, while still obtaining beautiful images. Hopefully the images speak for themselves, showing Jenni as the free spirit she is on the beach and in her studio.
Let me help you show your ideal clients why they should get to know you. Call us about our branding session. We have all sorts of packages available.
You will treasure these memories of just how little your baby was when you first brought her home! The peach fuzz. The squishy folds. The sleepy face. And yes, the first cries, too. These are just a few of the reasons I love doing newborn photography!
There is the tiniest little window to capture these little squishy bundles. For newborns, I like to photograph in the first one to two weeks of life.
Before you know it, time will pass by and you’ll have missed the opportunity to capture your little bundle of joy as a newborn and you will be kicking yourself. A month or two will pass and your baby will change so much. It won’t be possible to capture how they were when they were brand new ever again!
Now you’re wondering why you didn’t schedule your session while you were pregnant, before being sleep deprived, overwhelmed, trying to figure out how to best care for the love of your life that makes your heart swell up with more love than you ever thought possible.
So … don’t wait a minute longer, get your newborn session scheduled before you even deliver. You’ll thank me – and yourself.
Newborn sessions are just the cutest. Little baby Sophie and all her little bows and outfits will make you ohh and aw all day long!
It’s summertime and we thought we would finally share this 1 year old beach session with you! It’s pretty dang cute! I love the beach attire and the vibe of just a day at the beach with these guys! How adorable is this little guy in his hat! Too cute!
You’re going to love this Vasquez Rocks maternity shoot!
Rachel and Mark are near and dear to me. They have not only been clients since their wedding in 2010, but have become wonderful friends! I just love when that happens. Good people that have a beyond amazing experience is what makes my day! That is why I love what I do.
This couple is a true testament to how choosing the right photographer is a big deal. It’s imperative that you don’t look back with regret. Rachel and Mark never have, in fact they have come back year after year and I look forward to many years to come of building a long lasting friendship with them.
I have had the opportunity to photograph their wedding and each new fur family member they have added since. And now, as you can see, they are expecting a little human baby now! (It’s a boy!) I can’t wait to meet him and photograph him for years to come. Congratulations Rachel and Mark! xoxo
Of course, I must share one of the most gorgeous maternity sessions ever! One of my favorite couples and best friends, Natalie and Peyman, are expecting their first baby!
Ekkkk! I am so excited for them and can’t wait to meet my little baby noodlette.
These two are just the cutest and most photogenic, even if they think otherwise. (Check out their engagement shoot, too!) I’m telling you, not many people are actually comfortable in front of the camera, myself included. But, once we get to know you, no one will ever think you’re camera shy again! Am I right?!? I mean look at these stunning images!
I am obsessed with a clean soft white look with some blow out windows! There is just something so majestic about a mommy to be with the glow behind her and in neutrals for that gorgeous look of purity.
There is something so beautiful and special about capturing a mommy and her baby bump. The excitement, the anticipation, the love that just keeps growing.
Many women debate whether or not they should have a maternity session. Once they finally give in, they rarely regret it. I say go for it, I know it can be scary with your body changing and feeling like a little alien is growing inside of you, but trust me … you will not be disappointed with a beautiful maternity session like this! It’s such a short and memorable time that you will cherish for a lifetime. Oh, aren’t these guys just adorable?
I loved everything about this session and can’t wait to photograph more … almost as much as I can’t wait to meet my newest baby friend!
Don’t you just love an adorable newborn! All that fresh little squishiness and their tiny little cuteness?!?! Meet Nathan …
This tiny little cute thing is especially special. He’s part of a family that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve enjoyed being a part of their lives and so many of their milestones. It all started with mom and dad’s engagement and wedding and most recently this little guy. I’ve had the honor of photographing three out of the four kids newborn sessions. So as you can imagine I adore this family!
I love watching their family grow! Especially the very special relationship the kids have with each other – both the good and the bad! Haha! Each of these kids has their own very different personality!
Honestly, watching them all grow and develop such amazing bonds … that’s something I cherish as a photographer! I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be a big part of this family’s cherished moments.
Aren’t you just dying to get some great shots of your family? Give us a shout! We’re booking for late winter and early spring now!