how to get better fireworks photos this Fourth of July

want better fireworks photos this year? find the best tips for taking photos with your phone, point and shoot, or dSLR camera.

Every year I plan to take amazing fireworks photos on the Fourth of July. And guess what? Every year I don’t. And then I’m disappointed because it’s going to be an entire year until I have the chance again. So this is going to be the year, and to get ready I’ve gathered up everything […]

easy photo tip #2: how to find and use open shade

get better photos by placing your subject in "open shade" - good explanation in post. photography tips.

This post is part of the easy photo tips series, where I share simple ideas that make it easy for you to take better photos. Today’s post compares full sun, dappled shade, closed shade, and open shade, so you know where to place your subject for the best photographs. Find easy photo tip #1 here. […]

easy photo tip #1: move your subject away from the background

same camera, same settings, but one picture is way better than the other! This photography post shows how much you can improve your photos by simply moving your subject away from the background. I've got to try this!

Hey guys! You all know by now that I’m not a pro photographer, but I do like taking pictures, and I’ve learned some tips in the past few years that have really improved my photos. Some of those tips are kind of involved, like how to meter for the best exposure, but some of them […]

fix that photo: remove a yellow color cast

photos taken indoor can look yellow due to artificial lighting - find out how to fix them in one click!

When you take pictures inside, you’ll often end up with a photo that has a yellow or orange tinge to it. That’s because your camera can’t distinguish between white light (sunlight), warmer yellow light (most lightbulbs), and cooler blue light (cloudy day) unless you tell it to. While you can set your white balance beforehand […]

fix that photo: how to boost & brighten a dull photo


Sometimes a little bit of editing can turn a good photo into a great one. In the next few weeks, I’m going to share a variety of simple photo edits that will help you make the most of the photographs you take. Today’s easy edit focuses on how to brighten and color boost a dull photo. […]

why it’s so hard to get good photos of your own kids…


My mother in law asked me for new photos of my kids to update her wall last week. I was able to get individual shots of each child without too much trouble, although my 4-year-old made me work for it (I AM looking at you mom! she says with her eyes darting everywhere in the […]

10 DIY options for hanging seamless paper {photography backgrounds}

how to hang seamless photography background paper for fantastic photos - without spending a bunch of money on an expensive backdrop stand

Last week I shared photos taken with my new seamless background paper, as well as tips and tricks for how to use seamless paper to get great photos. If you missed that post, I highly recommend you check it out, because seamless paper is awesome. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to use, comes in a zillion different […]

DIY heart photo display {perfect for instagram photos!}


One of my goals recently has been to take more photos of our family, and then print more of them out. I found this heart photo collage art print available from Minted and thought it would be a great way to get some of my photos off my phone and up on my wall, but I’m […]