2018 Recap

2018 has been quite an amazing year! I have had soooo much fun meeting and photographing new families. I knew I was doing a lot of sessions, but it wasn’t until this month when I took a moment to breathe, that I stopped and counted how many sessions I’d done and found that this year I quadrupled the number of regular sessions I did in 2017! I looked back at the goals I had written for my business in January of this year and saw that my goal was to double the number of regular sessions from 2017. Needless to … Continue reading 2018 Recap

What I Love about Photography

I have been learning a lot over the past few months. I tend to be a voracious reader and learner and there is so much to learn about photography. I’ve been reading and watching a lot online, including a short photography workshop last month. I love to look at images from other photographers whose work I like. I try to figure out what I like about their work. I look at how I think they lit their subject, their composition, what lens I think they used, what settings they probably used, etc. There are so many fantastic photographers out there! … Continue reading What I Love about Photography

Winter Mini-Sessions

For two weekends in December I had the pleasure of photographing quite a few families at a Christmas tree farm. I got to meet some wonderful people and photograph some adorable kids. Those sessions were a few weeks before Christmas. A few weeks after Christmas I rented a local natural light studio for an afternoon and did some early Valentine’s Day sessions. Every time I do a shoot I learn new things. I’ve started keeping track of what I learn during each shoot so I hopefully can remember to apply what I’ve learned in the future. Here’s a (somewhat) quick … Continue reading Winter Mini-Sessions

Fall Mini-Sessions

It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been wanting to post about my fall mini-sessions but things have been busy. They are about to get a lot busier so I thought I’d better get this post out now. After photographing my friend’s family in October, I decided I wanted to try to do a few fall mini-sessions. It was already early November at that time and I didn’t know how long the leaves would still look nice or if the weather would continue to be warm. I posted an announcement on Facebook and had openings for 4 mini-sessions a … Continue reading Fall Mini-Sessions

The N Family Portrait Session

A few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend that I was learning more about photography and would like to get more practice photographing people. She asked if I would want to photograph her family. I was happy she asked because for some reason I was a little hesitant to ask people outside my family if I could photograph them. She, her husband, her three adorable kids and I met last weekend for a photo shoot. As I was driving there I realized I was nervous. I felt like I was getting ready to perform on stage. But as we … Continue reading The N Family Portrait Session

Portraits and My Garage Studio

I’ve been reading up on how to take better portraits. One of the books I read recently mentioned that a garage is often a great place to find “open shade.” As I understand it “open shade” means the subject is in the shade and is looking out toward light. So I decided to experiment in my garage. I threw a quilt over the back of my car in the garage. I had been looking for a colorful quilt to use in pictures but everything I found was pretty expensive and I didn’t want to use a family heirloom to throw … Continue reading Portraits and My Garage Studio

A Book Review: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

This summer when I decided to get a little more serious about my photography hobby, I googled something like “best photography books.” On several websites one book kept showing up – Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. It turns out my library had a copy so I got it and I have to say I can see why it is so highly recommended. Mr. Peterson is a professional photographer who has lived, traveled and taught photography classes all over the world. He’s been teaching photography since the early 70s. Prior to reading his book I had a very vague idea of … Continue reading A Book Review: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson