photo gift card holder | fun teacher appreciation idea

This is so fun! Use a photo of your child as a gift card holder for a teacher's appreciation gift teachers will actually want! Easy, practical, end of year teacher gift idea.

These adorable photo gift card holders are an easy, practical gift teachers are sure to love! Yesterday a friend of mine asked this question on Facebook: “teachers, what gift do you love to receive at teacher appreciation time?” Nearly everyone said the same exact thing: teachers would love a note from the child and if […]

holiday lights photo tips


I know it’s already almost Christmas, but it’s not too late to get some great photos of holiday light displays – most of them run through New Year’s so you still have time to go a-photographing. Here are some tips for getting the very best holiday lights photos with your digital SLR: 1. Flash or […]

how to smooth out a wrinkled background {photography tips}

  A few weeks ago I showed you how to set up a DIY photography studio in your garage to take advantage of natural light, and I recommended you use black stretch velvet for an easy and fairly inexpensive backdrop. But what if you don’t want a black backdrop? One option for small children is […]

creating a photo collage in PSE {Part 1: Clipping Masks}

Photoshop Elements is a pretty nifty application that allows you to do a tremendous amount of editing and playing around with your photos. In fact, it can do so much stuff that many people buy Elements (it’s pretty reasonably priced), open it up once, get overwhelmed, and never open it again. If you really want […]

photograph: take great photos of your newborn baby {pt 5: get this shot}

  I hope you’ve been following along with this five part newborn photography series geared toward teaching you how to take great photos of your newborn. In case you’re just joining us now, here’s my photography disclaimer and links to each blog post in the series: I don’t claim to be a pro, and following […]

Photograph: take great photos of your newborn {Pt 4: editing}

  I hope you’ve been enjoying the first three parts of this newborn photography series. If you’ve missed them, here’s the rundown: I don’t claim to be a pro, and following the steps I’m outlining here isn’t going to make you a pro either. There’s a lot more to photography than props and poses. If […]

how to get a group shot using a small backdrop {a little photoshop magic}

Trying to get a picture of all my children together where they are all looking fairly normal is a nightmare. I think it just might be statistically impossible, what with all the possible grimaces, cries, chokeholds, etc. that have a tendency to pop up in our photos. But sometimes I’m crazy enough to try anyway. […]