The Basics of At-Home Photography Revealed

Right now, I am focused on sharing the best pro tips, encouragement and more with my clients. Because let’s be honest, it’s a wild world! Taking a break to cultivate art for yourself and others is time well spent.

It is an honor to be able to work with you and your families once or twice (sometimes more! how did I get so lucky?!) a year. But I know there are oh so many precious moments in between.

I am here to help! What keeps you from pulling your phone out more often to capture those moments? What do you struggle with? What are you wanting to learn? I’ll be sending tips and tricks straight to your inbox in hopes that they will help you feel inspired and prepared to best capture the in between.

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To start, let’s talk about…

The Basics of At-Home Photography

Natural light is your bestie. Use windows for light instead of bulbs. Most artificial light does two less than desirable things: 1) adds a yellow tint and 2) casts overhead light which leads to dark circles under the eyes. Your goal is to illuminate the face! Make sure the natural light is in front of your subject.

Make it fun, y’all. Authentic smiles are the best smiles. IMO, they’re the only ones that really matter. You want to create photographs that make you feel something. When it comes to kids, let them be little. Encourage them to let loose and have a good time! My girls never get to jump on my bed, but for the purpose of this pro-tip, I let them go wild. I bet you this photograph makes you feel how much they enjoyed the experience! 😉

Paint the entire picture. Step backwards. Use context. I call these pull-backs. They allow a viewer to feel like they were actually there. Pictures like these tell a story.

Don’t forget the details. These are the things you want to remember. Close-ups are my favorite. It eliminates all other distractions.

Most importantly, don’t be so hard on yourself. Everyone starts somewhere. There is no such thing as a perfect picture or a terrible picture. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder. Some of my favorite photographs over the years have been blurred or technically imperfect. It’s not about perfection, it’s about capturing the moment. If you can do that, you crushed it!

Take a moment to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and envision one of your all-time favorite photographs. Why is it your favorite? This trick will help you realize what’s important to you and how you want to capture it. Oh, snap!

If you haven’t jumped in front of my camera yet this year, what are you waiting for?! Let’s do this!

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