Our Life In Pictures

The Art of Motherhood

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A shorter post, but one that speaks true to my heart as we approach Mothering Sunday.

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Tips

4 Unique Ways To Use Shadow To Photograph Your Kids

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Often times when we think about indoor portrait photography, we think about how to use light. We’re taught to find evenly lit areas and avoid patchy light, which can be unflattering. Like many photographers, I have sought out this soft, even light for the majority of my portrait work, avoiding the harsh and direct light which cause such contrast.

But, what if this ideal light isn’t readily available, especially around the house? Does it mean we call it defeat or wait till the weather cooperates and shoot only outdoors? Continue reading “4 Unique Ways To Use Shadow To Photograph Your Kids”

Capturing The First Year

Capturing The First Year {One Year}

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I believe that I will have you questioning how this post relates to photographing a one year old even before you reach the end of the first paragraph! ‘The grand finale of Capturing The First Year and she gives us this?!’ If you would indulge me a little and read on, your photography may just be changed forever! Continue reading “Capturing The First Year {One Year}”

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Creative Ways To Photograph Kids In The 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 “Creative Ways To Photograph Kids In The Snow”

Capturing The First Year

Capturing The First Year {eleven months}

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As we approached the end of the first twelve months I gave myself a little exercise and started thinking through qualities, traits and words that describe our third boy. He’s snuggly, gentle, inquisitive, wondrous, contemplative (and a little clumsy!) Yet he has a charismatic, loud feisty side to him that I know will come in highly useful over the years as the youngest of three brothers!  I imagine most go through the emotions of moving out of the first year, it’s an unnerving feeling to start to let go a little as we begin to realize there is no stopping this natural process called ‘growing up.’  Yet, stepping back and seeing our littles gain a sense of independence and pride is highly rewarding.

You could even say that there is a slight parallel in this months theme; stepping into The Great Outdoors ;-) Continue reading “Capturing The First Year {eleven months}”

Capturing The First Year

capturing the first year {ten months}

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My present situation as I put together this blog post; to my left is a (rather large) slice of freshly-baked-and-still-warm pumpkin bread and to my right is a steeping cup of Harvest Apple Spice tea and I have the windows wide open letting in the crisp air. Autumn in Memphis, you have taken too long to get here!

There is something about Autumn that wells up childhood magic, joy and anticipation and I can quite literally smell the change in the air. I wish I could make my excitement accessible to download but something tells me that you feel the same way :-)

Capturing the first year has been about learning to appreciate the small things; what I see everyday as my baby grows, the seemingly monotonous moments. But, with such a love for all things Autumn, how could I not include this seasonal change in this year long project? My intention is NOT to produce a holiday card, however the goal is to bring a little seasonal twist in a mini series of shots in keeping with the tone of Capturing The First Year. Continue reading “capturing the first year {ten months}”

Capturing The First Year

Capturing The First Year {eight months}

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A few months in to Capturing The First Year, quite honestly I remember questioning what I’d gotten myself committed to! I worried that I wouldn’t find the time to complete the challenge or that I would start to lack the inspiration and even motivation to continue these monthly check-ins! Raise your hand if you find you start things but rarely finish them! And I am not taking about a glass of wine here :-)

Surprisingly two things have happened…. Continue reading “Capturing The First Year {eight months}”

Capturing The First Year

Capturing The First Year {seven months}

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As a mother, it’s important for me to be able to capture emotive detail and moments on camera. As an artist, it’s essential I integrate the creative use of light, composition and the surrounding environment. But, until recently, I’m not sure I have ever been as aware of these two elements being as deeply intertwined as I am today. One devoid of the other would only bring half of the beauty.  Continue reading “Capturing The First Year {seven months}”

Shooting In Manual, Tips

Shooting In Manual {Baby’s Playtime}

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Did you invest in a high end camera only to find that you’re stuck on automode; confused by the harsh flash light that pops up, yellow or green tinted images or blurry movement?

This post has been put together with the parent in mind, looking to take better pictures of their baby. With a focus on photographing your baby during their playtime, I’ll guide you through some tips on how to use your dslr and the standard kit lens (I promise my beloved prime lens will stay in the bag!)  Continue reading “Shooting In Manual {Baby’s Playtime}”

Capturing The First Year

Capturing The First Year {five months}

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Nearing six months you’ll definitely not want to miss all that your infant is able to do right now. Showing off his new found skills and doing them repeatedly as you shoot away! Admittedly I have a million and one images taken on my phone over these five months of my three boys but once a month I plan a mini styled session with the baby to really home in on the changes and hope to capture him in his everyday environment with shots that are also wall-display worthy! Continue reading “Capturing The First Year {five months}”