tips for photographing babies {and a $100 Jo Totes giveaway!}


I have some tips for you today to help you take great photographs of your baby, but before I get started I want to let you know that at the end of the post you have a chance to win $100 to Jo Totes so you can order an amazing camera/laptop bag! It can be […]

photography tutorial roundup: how to pose families & groups


Whether you’re interested in becoming a professional photographer or just want better pictures of your own family, it’s important to know how to pose your subjects. Being able to direct people on how and where to stand or sit makes them feel more comfortable and leads to better photos. Posing families can be complicated since […]

tips for photographing kids {get great photos in your own home}


  If you’re a repeat reader of this blog, you know I don’t like spending money on things I can do just as well on the cheap. Yearly school photos is one of those things. I have 5 kids, and the amount it would cost to order a portrait packet once or twice a year […]

get great photos of a newborn baby in the hospital


If you’ve had a baby, you know how exciting it is to share the first photos of your little one with the world. However, many of the photos we snap in the hospital don’t end up being the best we’ve ever taken. Want better new baby photos without paying a professional to come take them? […]

the secret to a better portrait {how to take school photos at home!}


My oldest starts seventh grade this year and I have never purchased school pictures for any of my kids. I sometimes will buy the class photo for them, but I have no interest in paying exhorbitant prices for a school snapshot of them with messy hair and a cheesy smile. Instead I spent about ten […]

photography tips: posing couples & groups to show a connection

There are lots of things to keep in mind when you’re posing two or more people, but one of the most important things you can do is be sure to pose them in a way that shows a connection. This can be hard; most of us have been trained to pose for photos, which means […]

photograph: take great pictures of your newborn baby {Pt 2: Posing}

If you missed part 1 of my newborn photos series, click here to learn about lighting, setup, and other newborn photography basics. And just because I think everyone should know this, I’m copying my disclaimer from that post right here: I don’t claim to be a pro, and following the steps I’m outlining here isn’t […]