best holiday photography tutorials

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The holidays are one time of year that I really, really want good photos. At the same time, I don’t want to be so busy taking pictures that I miss out on enjoying special times together. And it kind of ruins the moment when I tell my kids to STOP OPENING THAT PRESENT RIGHT NOW […]

best tips for taking great photos of your kids this halloween

how to take great photos of your kids this halloween - photography tips & tricks

Looking back at the photos I have of my kids over the year, Halloween photos are some of my absolute favorites. The kids just look so adorable in their costumes, and they’re usually grinning ear to ear in anticipation of candy overload. But since most of the action on Halloween happens after sunset, it can […]

how to take great photos of your kids – tips & tricks roundup

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We all want amazing photos of our kids, but the process of getting them can be, well, unpleasant to say the least. Kids have an amazing ability to figure out exactly what you want them to do, and then refuse to do it. For hours. Regardless of bribing, cajoling, and threatening (usually in that order). Even if […]

understanding aspect ratio for better photos

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Have you ever taken a great photo, sent it to be printed, and gotten it back only to see that half of someone’s head is cut off? Or maybe you tried to enlarge a group photo to an 8×10 and the people on the sides got cut off. Why would the photo lab do that? […]

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

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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 […]

easy fix for dark or underexposed photos | simple photo edit

how to fix dark or underexposed photos with brightening

It’s such a disappointment to upload photos to your computer and realize they’re dark and underexposed. This happens often when you shoot on AUTO – today’s cameras do a pretty good job with exposure, but even the smartest camera can get confused. It doesn’t know whether the person you’re photographing is supposed to have a […]

fun DIY mini photo shoot ideas for fantastic birthday photos

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Last week I wrote quite the rant on birthday parties, but I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea: I love birthdays and I love helping my kids celebrate another year in our family. One of my favorite things to do on (or near) a child’s birthday is to hold a mini photo shoot […]

how to set up a DIY photo studio in your home {part 2}

how to set up a DIY home photography studio for great photos of your kids at home

When I was a kid my mom collected coupons from all the neighbors for the $7 portrait sessions at JC Penny. We hated going there – the photographer always made us say “I like boys” in an attempt to get us to smile – but how else was my mom supposed to get nice portraits […]