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4 Tips to Photograph This Holiday Season 4 Tips While Photographing This Holiday Season

There is no better way to capture the holiday season than with lights, coffee, and fireplaces. To accomplish this with a smartphone, seek out where the source of light is coming from (lamp, menorah, tree, fireplace) and focus your camera on the light. Reduce the exposure of the photo by creating the mood of peace and tranquility.

With the snow glistening, this maybe the best time to photograph the sunrise, or perhaps you want to capture photos of your family opening presents on Christmas Day. Photograph the morning by looking for the little moments (kids walking down the stairs, opening presents, the coffee being poured into the mug, etc.) These are moments we cherish, but don’t always capture on camera.


Gather Around
Candid photos are wonderful, but when you have all your family in one place, it’s so nice to have a family portrait. Sometimes you don’t have someone around to take this photo, so that's when self-timers on cameras come into play perfectly. To do this, rest the camera against a mantel or bookshelf and have the group stand or sit 10 feet away. Have one person tap the self-timer and you’ll have the picture you’re looking for. Sometimes it takes a few tries, but the outtakes can be some of the funniest ones!


(Hint: Taking photos with the camera at a slightly higher angle than the subject is aesthetically appealing!) Most people will think they look better in a photo from this angle and it's an awesome way to capture holiday moments as they happen. Stand on the stairs and photograph the candid movement of family and friends talking, laughing or opening presents. Or stand on a sturdy chair and have everyone who is sitting on the couch, turn and look at you for a photo. Think of this as bird's-eye view of your holiday appearance.

Wishing all the happiest of holidays and memorable photos!


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What You Will See on the New Website
  • The new photography website will have both strong desktop and mobile capabilities. This makes it easy for clients to explore content and gather the information they are looking for. 
    1. The new layout offers a more atheistically pleasing way of viewing photos and galleries.

    1. From client purchase galleries, blogs, contact information, social media links, this website will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you’re looking for related to my photography business. 

    1. I’ve updated my website with new photos to highlight some of the strongest sessions I’ve photographed to date. I've channeled the saying, "out with the old, in with the new." 

    1. Further information to come about my style, philosophy and approach to keep people comfortable in front of the camera! 

    Building a new website can be time-consuming, but also a ton of fun! It's given me a chance to look at my work over the last seven years and see how much my style and skills have developed. What I love most about photography (and why I never get bored of it) are the limitless number of ways to improve, grow and set new goals as a photographer. Scenery changes, so do people; no two sessions are ever the same. It's an incredibly rewarding field and I'm grateful to have stumbled upon this artistic outlet of expression years ago.

    Stay tuned ... *new* website coming soon! 

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    A Sunny Sunday Morning in NYC When Kylie asked if I was going be visiting the east coast anytime in 2017, I had to think about...I couldn't think of any trips off the top of my head until I realized I had a wedding to attend in Connecticut I'm so glad I had the rare opportunity to spend a quiet Sunday morning in New York City and photograph Kylie in her element, and I don't know mean on the ice; I mean gracing the streets of Time Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and other prominent areas of the city. 

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    5 Tips for Sparkling 4th of July Photos 1. Utilize the Shade 

    4th of July parades are normally during the sunniest time of the day. Rather than snapping a photo when the kids are in direct sunlight, have them move under a tree or in a shaded area. One aspect that makes all the photos below similar is that the kids are not squinting. The portraits turned out well because they are able to open their eyes and look directly into the camera. Before rushing to take a photo, be sure the lighting is just right for the portrait. 

    2. Snap, crackle, shoot! 

    Want to nail the perfect firecracker photo? Camera settings are everything. Best time to photograph photos of sparklers is between 6-9 p.m. (a few hours before sunset.) Below are the settings that were used to capture the sparkler photo. Hopefully, these suggestions are useful for those using a digital SLR. 


    50 mm

    1/320 at f/5

    Not fired, compulsory mode

    3. Candids for the Win 

    Have you ever nagged kids to turn towards you for a photo? Have they put up a fuss because they're more mesmerized in what they're doing than wanting to take a photo? Sometimes all you need are candid photos. One of the most beautiful aspects of the 4th of July is watching the excitement in children's' eyes when they see the band play in the parade, the man on stilts or the candy that's being tossed to them. Rather than having them stop what they're watching or doing, snap the photo from an angle. Candid photos are some of the most priceless shots you'll have. 

    4. Capturing Details

    Holiday food is exciting, especially because it tastes good and it brings people together. Take photo foods under natural light. Do not use overhead lights or lamps or built-in flashes. Don't feel confined to take photos in your kitchen. Perhaps the best lighting is on the breakfast table or where there is a window with natural sunlight. Try taking photos from multiple angles - some plates of food just look better from above or from the side, or at a 45-degree angle (drinks for example.) Lastly, remember to minimize clutter. If that means moving a spoon, napkin or cup to back the background less busy, do it! Focus on what is important.  

    5. When to Use Flash and Zoom 

    Unless you're outside at night, it's probably best to turn off your flash. Make use of natural light whenever possible. Zooming in may seem like an easy way to capture the image you want, but the result can be blurry. Forgo zoom - you'll capture more detail and have sharper images.


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    Happy Olympic Day Five years ago I spent the summer after college graduation working for World Sport Chicago as a Sponsorship and Fundraising Intern. It was the summer of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the organization put on a "Walk to London" and "Family Sports Festival" in Armour Square Park. The kids absolutely loved it! They met former Olympians and had a chance to try out over twenty summer sports. The experience of this summer is one I'll remember for a long time because of the passion enthusiasm witnessed by the staff, volunteers, athletes and most importantly, kids. Countdown to PyeongCheng 2018 ... 229 days away! 


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    Baby Liam Life has a funny way of keeping life long friends connected regardless where you live. When I moved to Colorado Springs in August 2015, Kira reached out to me right away telling me she and her husband Cody lived there. I realized in the back of mind she was in Colorado but didn't remember she was actually in Colorado Springs. Fast forward to May 2017, and we've spent many weekends together, BBQs, Halloween celebrations, and LuLaRoe clothing parties. The most exciting event of Kira and Cody's year has been welcoming their little boy into their lives. He's simply the cutest and I was so glad to be there for an in-home photo session. 

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