Excited to be one of SHOOT 2015’s “Spotlight Photographers” this year!

I’m excited to be a part of the SHOOT 2015 “Spotlight Photographer” lineup this year! SHOOT 2015 is a hands-on, year-long project for parents and/or photographers who are hoping to brush up their skills AND stay on top of capturing their own families. If you’ve been wanting to grow in your photography, be sure to check it out. They send out monthly lessons and assignments, weekly emails for inspiration, and there’s a great online forum to compare notes with other members. Just think… by the end of the year you’ll have a collection of beautiful photos that document your family’s journey through 2015. See you there!

5 days old…Meet Joey

At home newborn sessions…all about your love and your sweet little one! 1374818_875889332423233_698228148539326684_n

That time of year again…holiday card time!

That time of year again…holiday card time!

And if you decided NOT to hire a professional for your photos this year, here are a few tips I learned along the way.

1. Before the shoot. Invest in a prime lens.. 50mm or 35mm.

2. Plan the location and set the stage before you add in the kids, take a test shot and see if there is anything distracting in the background, like a branch sticking out of someone’s head or a trash can.

3. Take photos when light is best, early morning or late afternoon, before sunset. But keep in mind after a long day of school, kids may not be their happiest for photos (I may have learned this one the hard way!)

3. Dress for success, plan outfits, choose colors that compliment.

4. Props. Bring holiday books, stuffed animals, flowers…this helps keep little ones engaged and their little hands busy.

5. Quality is found in quantity. Shoot away…nothing to lose and hopefully you will find a gem!

6. Speak to your kids from behind the camera. Tell them something funny, share a silly story…and be ready to click. AND no cheese please!

7. Get down at their level and get close. Remember its about your kids, not the background.

8. Bring treats, something to reward happy smiles.

9. All else fails, hire a professional 🙂10629798_872303182781848_2760062539010075059_n