Thursday, January 1, 2015

Self Timer Series// Studio 5// TV Photography Tutorial

One of the highlights of my December was the doing a photography segment on the lifestyle television show Studio 5. I shared some of my favorite tips for using the self-timer and other creative ways for moms to get in the picture... It's a topic I am passionate about!

As moms, we often hide behind the camera, but I want my son to know that I was there too! I want to capture the interactions between us and our relationship right now. A family picture once a year just doesn't tell a complete story... it doesn't adequately show our day to day lives, and that's what I really want to remember. The little moments: Playing cars, looking out the window, going to the park... just everyday Mom and Max moments.

Five tips to make the self-timer work for you:

1. Use a tripod or level surface. You can purchase a small flexible tripod that can easily fit in your camera bag or purse when you are on the go.
2. Set your focus by pressing the shutter down halfway and then switching the focus setting on the lens from auto to manual. This will assure that your focus is locked in and your photo will be nice and sharp.
3. Using natural light will create a properly exposed photograph and capture a soft flattering skin tone. 
4. Use a smaller aperture to keep more of the scene, and subjects, most importantly, in focus.
5. Take a multiple photos to be sure to capture everyone's best expression 

Other creative ways to get in the picture too:

1. Look for shadows, mirrors, or other reflective surfaces to capture an interesting perspective. 
2. You don't have to be entirely in the photo to capture a moment. Try using a wide angle lens and shooting from above to show your perspective. For example, capture yourself holding hands or walking with your little one.
3. Make it fun. My son loves hearing that beep beep beep as the camera counts down. 
4. Try using a remote shutter release instead of the self-timer to capture a series of poses. My son also thinks it's pretty fun to push the remote button!
Click on the link above to watch the segment with more tips and photo inspiration. 

Now go take some pictures with your family, yourself included!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Window Light// Playing Cars

We sit at the window and race cars all day, everyday. This is our right now, and I love it. I never knew how much I would enjoy playing cars, but when someone you love loves something, you learn to find the joy in it as well. I smile when I find his little cars tucked away here and there--in the kitchen cabinets, under the covers when I climb into bed at night, or in my purse when I reach for my wallet at the store... Just little reminders of the boy that I love so much.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Memory Keeping// Project Life 2014

As promised, here is another look at our year in photos, Project Life style. I only have about 45 more spreads to photograph and share;)

I love seeing these photos from January! I can't believe how much my little Max has grown in less than a year's time. These pages are well loved, and not just by me... Max is always flipping through the album pointing to Mama, Dadda, and Doll Doll. I love that he enjoys seeing our photos and learning from them.

More to come!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Memory Keeping// Project Life

What do I do with all those photos I take? I print them. I write about our stories. When time and creativity permit I create traditional 12x12 scrapbook pages... but always, I can always find time and enthusiasm to put them in our Project Life album. As you may know, we didn't have Internet for a better part of the year, so I fell behind in posting my photos here, but I have kept up with our album and I am excited to share a look at our year in Project Life here again! These were just a few favorites that I had photographed... I'll be posting the rest in order.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Television Debut// So Studio 5// My Craft Room

Today I was so delighted to have my craft room featured on the KSL Channel 5 television show Studio 5 for their "Live Happy, So Studio 5" segment!

It was so much fun and I loved getting to be part of such a wonderful show! I never miss an episode and draw so much inspiration from Studio 5 daily, so this was totally a dream come true! I'll be sharing the link to the show and details about my craft space here on the blog throughout this week. Also, watch for a whole lot of scrapbooking, craft, and photography inspiration coming your way! I have some fun things in the works. Stay tuned!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life Through the Lens// Enjoy the Ride

That moment when he figured out how to ring the little bell on the front of the tricycle...  

Everyday he is learning, growing, and becoming more independent. 

Everyday I am learning, growing, and trying to give him opportunities to gain confidence. Part of parenthood is learning to let him enjoy the ride, being there to cheer him on, steering him in the right direction, and picking him up when he falls. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Life Through the Lens// Self Portrait Series// Giggles

 Sometimes I set the self-timer and try to capture the little moments that show my life as Maxwell's mommy. We were lucky enough to spend a couple of days at the Grand America while Danny was on business--it was beautiful!  

These photos... you just can't pose smiles like that. I honestly tend to get nervous in front of the camera, but we were just having such a good time that I was completely relaxed and at ease. I look at these photos and I see myself... my best, real self. He makes me laugh. Deep, authentic, honest laughter. I love that about him. I love that I get to share these giggles and smiles with such a special little soul. I am so grateful to be Max's mommy, and I think these photos capture our relationship perfectly. So joyful.