Get your camera off of auto!

Lately I've been thinking of writing some tutorials for this blog. But what do I write about? Shooting? Processing? Composition? Before I do any tutorials though, you need to know the basics. If you have a DSLR the first thing you need to know is how to shoot in manual! Turn your dial to "M" and leave it there until you have it mastered! It's tricky and will take lots of practice, but learning to take pictures correctly has been the best thing I've ever learned in life!

To get you started, here is a fantastic tutorial all about shooting in manual!

Another great site:

Or have you checked out the Pioneer Woman's website?  She's not only an amazing cook, she's an amazing photographer.  Reading her tutorials is what got me started! 

Just why is this the greatest thing I've ever learned?  Because now I am able to take beautiful pictures of my children all.the.time.  

...and with practice, you can too.
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Photo Booth!

Last Friday night, I was asked to take pictures for a Valentine's Party my church was having. At first I was hesitant, but then I had the idea to do a photo booth and I was really excited to try it out. I bought a white background, made some props, and also grabbed a few of my daughters dress up clothes. My goal was to do something new and fun, and to avoid a "prom" picture. It was a hit! It was so fun, and everybody seemed to really get into it. Here are a few of my favorites.

I did keep all of these props, so if this looks like something you would want at an event just let me know! I'd love to do it!

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Baby Branden (and some other familiar faces)

I had the opportunity to photograph my favorite kids the other day, but this time they had a new baby brother to add to the mix! Baby Branden turned 3 months, and it was his time to get in front of the camera! I really love these kids, and I love how their pictures turned out!

Also, isn't everyone LOVING this weather right now? It's so perfect! This time of year is why I live here! Let's get to taking pictures before it goes away! I'm now taking bookings for March. Book now, they will go fast!


At the end of the session he even fell asleep for us! I just love sleeping babies.

Sweet dreams!

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