6 Unique Holiday Photo Gifts

Now that Halloween has come and gone we have officially entered the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Years are all just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about holiday gift giving - and no it's not too early! You don't want to get caught at the last minute without a great gift. Photo gifts are great for everyone in the family, especially if there has been a big event that year. Weddings, new babies, graduation and even just every day moments make perfect gifts for parents, grandparents and others (especially those that live far away). Photo books and framed prints are always a great idea, but why not mix it up a little this year and give one of these unique photo gifts! 1. Photo Puzzle I can see kids and Grandparents loving this photo … [Read more...]

Mastering Manual Mode – Part 3: ISO

In our third installment of the "how to" series Mastering Manual Mode we are going learn about ISO. The simplest definition of ISO is: it is your camera's sensitivity to light. More specifically it is how sensitive your camera's sensor is to light (the sensor is responsible for turning light into an image). Most cameras start measuring ISO at 100 or 200 and work their way upward from there. The LOWER your ISO number, the LESS sensitive the sensor is to light. The HIGHER your ISO number, the MORE sensitive the sensor is to light. So, how and why should this concern you? Lower ISO numbers result in crisper and clearer pictures with little to no noise (how much grain you can see in your photograph). In general you usually want to use the lowest ISO you can in order to get a properly … [Read more...]

6 Creative Ways to Display Your Photos

In this digital age it's sometimes easy to leave all of your cherished memories on a hard drive. It's time to get those photos off of your computer and into your home! Here are six creative ways to display your photos in your home... 1. Create a Canvas Photo Gallery Puzzle - I love this concept of grouping several images from a photo shoot (or special trip) together to form one large shape. You can chose a variety of sizes to create a large square or rectangle - the options are almost endless! When put all together it creates a clean looking gallery of wonderful memories. 2. Think Outside the Box - You certainly don't need to stick to just square and rectangles when creating a gallery. Break out of the "box" by creating hearts, triangles or even circles with your photos. Get … [Read more...]

Fall Photography – Fashion Inspiration

As summer comes to an end and our anticipation for fall grows bigger each day, many families start to think about having family photos taken. The holidays are rapidly approaching, the kids are back in school and the temperatures are a little bit cooler - fall is the perfect time to get professional photos taken. The number one question I get asked when a client books a session is, "What should we wear?!" It can be the most stressful part of taking photos, but with these tips you will be on your way to fun, stylish and beautiful family portraits. 1) Color - gone are the days of white t-shirts and jeans or every family member wearing the same outfit. Fall is a gorgeous time of year and the color of your clothes should reflect the season! Jewel tones are always a great option during this … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Photography Inspiration

It's almost that time of year...Back-to-School time! New school supplies, new clothes and a new grade are exciting and fun for children and parents. The first day of school is one that almost always gets captured on film (ahem, I should now say memory card!) and will be viewed over and over again as your children grow. Are you looking for a few new ideas this year instead of the standard picture-in-front-of-the-bus? Here are a few creative ideas to inspire you and your kids to make this years pictures fun and memorable! 1) I love this new spin on the classic first day of school photo in front of the school bus from The Crafting Chicks - take a step back and capture Dad (or Mom) walking their child to the school bus. It's an exciting day for kids and parents and it's fun to get them both … [Read more...]