Hello everyone! Sorry for the bit of silence this week. I have my hands in about 5 different pretty huge photography projects PLUS we are putting our house on the market next week. Phew. But I wanted to show you a few pictures I took today of Lyndon during a video shoot of me teaching how to take pictures.
The settings on all of the pictures: ISO 250, 50mm, f/2.0, shutter speed ranges from 1/1250 to 1/2000.
I positioned Lyndon on the edge of some open shade with him facing the sun. I did hardly any editing...just a little bit of increased brightness on each picture.
To actually see the video of me teaching...stay tuned. There are some fun products coming in the near future.
Have a lovely weekend!! I hope everyone has beautiful weather and fun plans. :)
Hello everyone! Sorry for the bit of silence this week. I have my hands in about 5 different pretty ...
There are few things more precious than a newborn, especially a newborn who is just hours old. I'm always in awe of the absolute miracle of it all. As a photographer, I can't help but think how every single detail needs to be documented.
Here are 5 Tips to take beautiful newborn pictures while they are still in the hospital:
#1: Open all the blinds and use a low aperture.
Often times hospital rooms are not exactly conducive to taking natural light photos. But not to worry, there is always a way around it. First of all open the blinds (pull them all the way up, don't just open the slats). Next, if you still don't have a fast enough shutter speed, dial your aperture all the way down. (f/1.8, 2.0, 2.2 etc.) This will hwlp you achieve a nice and fast shutter speed.
#2: Position the baby where there is not a lot of clutter and distraction.
face it, hospital rooms are packed with eye clutter...cords, trays,
buttons, your own stuff, the baby's stuff...the list goes on and on.
When taking pictures of the baby push that clutter aside and fill your
frame with the baby.
#3: Take some detail shots of the baby and the room.
newborn's skin is so soft and furry and often times so wrinkly. And
unfortunately this stage only lasts for such a brief moment. Take some
close-up pictures of the baby and even some of the surrounding area to
document exactly what the baby looks like.
#4: Step back and take a picture of the entire room.
you took pictures of the details, take some pull-back pictures of the
entire room to show what it felt like and looked like in the hospital
#5: Take some pictures with the baby and Mom.
Of course you
need to document Mom holding the baby and the special bond they share.
To help take the pressure of being in front of the camera off of Mom try
suggesting things for her to do. For example say, "Hold the baby in
your left arm and gaze down at the baby." (click, click, click) or "Put
the baby on your belly and look up at the camera." (click, click, click)
"Good, okay now look down at the baby. " (click, click, click)
There you go! Above all, relax and have fun! I know that when you are in the thick of trying to capture the perfect photo it can get stressful or even frustrating. But I assure you, as you stop, take a deep breath and just relax into it, you will find success.
If I’ve just given you some insight in photography, then you’re really going to want to joy me for my free webinar I'm giving live — I’ll be showing you the 3 most vital tips to taking great pictures with your camera plus answering your questions.
It’s guaranteed to be a good one.
There are few things more precious than a newborn, especially a newborn who is just hours old...
I haven't forgotten about my "25 days to document your life in photos" Challenge... Day 18 is "favorite places around your town or city". I did this about 3 years ago when I was visiting my hometown of Idaho Falls, ID. I love looking back at these pictures. They always bring back so many memories!
I get a little sentimental every time I visit Idaho Falls. There are so many places and businesses that will forever be the Idaho falls that I love and remember.
Starting with Hawthorne...This is my elementary school. Our house was about 8 blocks away from the school (which pretty much felt like 8 miles) and I walked to and from school everyday. Yes I still feel picked on. :) But really I had some fun times with my sisters during our walks. I know those blocks so well. I think I could pick out every crack in the sidewalk. I loved Hawthorne. I'm proud to be a Hawthorne Hawk.
The next picture is the fountain at Tauphaus park. (There's no water in this picture as it was winter when I took these pictures.) In high school my friends and I use to put soap in the fountain so it would completely suds up. (okay, we only did it once but I felt so rebellious and cool.) But another time we went late at night and played in the fountain. (yeah, we were really the rule breaking type.) I have such good memories of the fountain.
And the picture on the right is the one and only Idaho Falls Amusement Park which consists of 5 rides.
If you ever go to IF, you have to eat at Smittys. This place is just part of Idaho Falls. They have the best food and service. Get the potato pancakes, you won't be disappointed.
If you've never had a Fiesta Ole' crisp bean burrito...you're missing out. So good. AND everything is so cheap. I swear I order enough to feed a small army and it will only cost $4. Their tator tots are just called "tots" and they have plenty of fry sauce to dip them in.
This is a picture over looking the snake river. This area is known as "the greenbelt". There is a paved path that goes around this part of the river where people walk/jog/bike. This is also where "the falls" are located. I love the greenbelt. ESPECIALLY on the 4th of July. Don't even get me started with Idaho Falls on the 4th...it's truly the best. (that will be another post by itself)
Notice the large building...(large for Idaho Falls)...this is a hotel that used to be called "The Westbank". My friends and I use to go the the top floor (The eighth) and look out over the river. We even had dinner in the stairwell of the 8th floor for one of our famous girls choice dances. What good memories.
Here are the falls. Not too "fally" but still nice. And the water tower is a familiar sight.
This is the Idaho Falls Temple. It's located downtown right across from the greenbelt. This is where Jonathon and I were married.
This is the downtown area. Just quaint and old...
The first picture below is of Farrells Uphosltery. I've never understood why they have a picture of a childs bum on their sign. Can anyone explain?... anyone? I would love for this mystery to be solved once and for all.
Here's another true IF landmark...
The wooden Indian. I remember driving past it as a little girl and thinking...who carved this and why? I still wonder.
One more place you HAVE to visit is Scotty's. This place has been here forever. It hasn't changed. What to order? ...french fries and a fresh banana shake, of course.
Thanks for all the great memories. I feel honored that I got to grow up on your streets. (well, in a house on your streets.) Thanks for letting me live in a place where I always felt safe and secure. My own little corner of the world that I loved and still do. You helped form me into the person I am today, one who still believes in the value of hometown pride and loving your neighbor.
Now it's your turn...what memories do you cherish in your town?
I haven't forgotten about my "25 days to document your life in photos" Challenge...