Category Archives for Documenting

21 Ways to Be A Pro Photographer for Your Own Family

After six adventurous years, I retired from shooting professionally last year–a decision that has brought me great happiness :) As I transitioned to being the “Pro” photographer for my family, instead of the Pro for the rest of the world, I became increasingly grateful for all the experience I had gained during those business years. […]

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The Relationships We Often Overlook in Documenting

“It takes a village to raise a child.” -Proverb Confession time. I advocate photographing our daily life experiences, but unfortunately, too often I overlook the people in my daily life–that are not members of my family–as characters in my own life story. The neighbors, babysitter, teachers, friends, co workers, classmates, coaches, and even our favorite […]

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3 Tips for Mixing Photo & Video

Most newer DSLRs are now coming fully equipped with a video feature as well. This is so exciting! I have loved exploring how I can incorporate video into how I document our family. Watch my super short adventure with my boys over this past weekend, that turned into a fun video/photo story: Learning how to […]

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Great Moments are Never Forced

The Best Play Dough Recipe ever, can be found HERE. Recently,a family member insisted on taking Buzzy’s picture. He refused. He got irritated and wouldn’t participate. I saved my soap box lecture for a more appropriate setting :) [Using Playtime for Documenting] There’s nothing fun about being told what to do, where to stand, to […]

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Everyone is Photogenic

Last night I crossed something off my bucket list that has been nothing but a well meaning intention for years… I taught a self image workshop for young girls. The opportunity came easily since I am a youth leader for the Young Women in my church and we have weekly activities together.  But this took […]

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How Can Photography Make You A Better Mom?

I hated babysitting when I was a kid and I have never really considered myself very good around children. It wasn’t a surprise to me that despite being excited to become a mother, I was also slightly terrified that I wouldn’t enjoy the experience. So far, I’m delighted to report that motherhood is a whole […]

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How Limitation Can Feed Creativity

Did you know your limitations can feed your creativity?  Yes, even those personal limitations like having a low budget, little time, and sub-par equipment!  Check out the latest post I wrote for Fuel Your Photography on the topic! the rest of the article HERE

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Learning from the Masters: The Power of Conversation in Your Session

  The concept of photographer/subject interaction has been a fascinating discovery for me this year, especially with my exploration of Beloved. I have come to strongly believe that if someone is awkward in front of my camera, it is MY FAULT. The photographer has a huge responsibility to truly learn to see people authentically, and […]

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Finding Your Style

Finding your style and developing your own voice as a photographer is a journey. And what an amazing journey it is!  Lets explore two stages we can encounter along the way as we learn to develop our own unique voice. 1.  Imitation Imitation can be a touchy subject.  Ideally, its not the place we want […]

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My Big “Original” Mistake.

  I’m pretty average in my struggles.  The same goblins that I see haunt other creative people, like to show up on my front door and camp out. The Censor Burn-Out Dealing with Criticism All of them show up continuously, trying to torture me into learning the same lesson over and over again. Well, just […]

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