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    How to use catchlights

    How to find and use catchlights! The #1 trick to make eyes sparkle!

    We all want to capture that twinkle in the eye. And while many eyes are enhanced through editing (I’ll give you my trick for that in a bit), the best tip of all is actually a technique to use while capturing the photo! And you don’t need a fancy camera to do it! That’s right, it works for your phone too! This technique is using the catchlights. Continue reading

    How to find the best backdrops in your home!

    How to make use of indoor lighting, and to find backgrounds and backdrops in your home

    If you were to flip through my instagram, you might think that my house is perfectly clean. Or maybe that I have spacious rooms and big, organized closets. Or maybe you just think I have access to lots of natural light. But the truth is, I don’t have any of that. I may capture real life in my photos, but I definitely pick and choose what part of real life makes it into my photographs. (i.e. not the clutter!) Instead, I pick and choose backdrops in my home!

    Come wintertime, I take tons of photos indoors. The problem is, my large room is dark. My bright rooms are small. Some of my indoor photography involves the tips from this post, but really, a lot of it is picking and choosing the right backdrops in your home, hiding the clutter, and making the best of your light! Continue reading

    10 lifestyle photos of your toddler to capture each month

    10 monthly lifestyle photos of your toddler to capture!

    Now that I have kids, time seems to fly 10x faster than when it was just me and my hubby. I always have something I’m trying to document, like a favorite toy, a new expression, or a seasonal activity. This year, I broke it down into 10 lifestyle photos of your toddler to take every month!

    Why 10?

    This is not a new year to overwhelm yourself with unrealistic, hard-to-meet goals. They are just 10 simple, lifestyle photos of your toddler. That comes down to 1 photo every 3 days. Enough to document a few memories, but not so much as to become just another difficult goal to let go of late when you miss a few. And the best part, you can start any month, anytime! Continue reading

    How to take the perfect Christmas morning photo

    How to take the perfect Christmas morning photo (A Christmas tradition!)

    We started a tradition our first year of marriage to take a picture together, in our Christmas pajamas, in front of the Christmas tree. It’s never perfect. Let’s face it, there’s too much excitement, anticipation, and busyness to get the perfect Christmas morning photo. But it’s fun to see the how the photo changes each year! Continue reading