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 […]

how to set up a DIY photo studio in your home {part 1}

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: taking photos of your kids at home is better in just about every way than relying on school portraits or  the “photo studio” attached to a large retailer, where the photographer often spends more time trying to upsell your portrait package than she did taking pictures […]

photography tutorial roundup: how to pose families & groups

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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}

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***Before I get started on today’s blog post, I want to tell you about a fantastic blog series going on right now at Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke – it’s her annual Decorating With Pictures series. Every year she invites creative bloggers to share how they’ve used photographs to decorate their home. This year the series […]

get great photos of a newborn baby in the hospital

7 easy tips for getting great photos of your newborn baby at 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? […]

winter and snow day photography tips

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In the weeks leading up to Christmas, snow is great – it’s fun to play in, pretty to look at, and can make an evening magical. However, once Christmas has past I’m always ready for the snow to be done too. No such luck in my neck of the woods – our last snow of […]

how to get holiday bokeh photos {3 ways}

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Want holiday photos as magical as your holiday memories? This year, take some holiday bokeh photos. Bokeh is a photography term that refers to intentional blur in parts of a photo, such as when the background is blurred while the subject is in focus. When combined with holiday settings, especially lights, bokeh becomes especially pretty […]