Lexi won a giveaway on my instagram page! We took these darling portraits of her and her cute Pug in San Tan Valley, Arizona. She looked beautiful in her dress and her hair, make up and spray tan was on point! It was so fun meeting someone new and making a new friend!
This family was filled with five beautiful people! For the life of me, I couldn't keep the boys' names straight. I am usually REALLY good with names. They both have "C" names and they are both cute boys... I guess it just wasn't happening for me that day!
I met Kacy and her family in real life the day of their family photography session! I love connecting with other photographers, and I am so glad to know Kacy now. I got the easy end of the deal since Kacy had to deal with my small child and toddler. I hope she loves her pictures as much as I love mine. Thanks Kacy!
If you haven't scheduled your family picture session this year, I encourage you to do so! My family pictures brought me so much joy. It really is incredible pausing your family right then and there and making that moment a tangible memory that you will be able to look back on!
I don't know if this is appropriate to share on this blog post, but I am going to do it anyway. I wrote this on May 21, 2014! It has been in my notes on my phone, and I want to share.
My parents have an old metal handmade swing set in their back yard which my dad built as a farm boy. It's made from tires and rustic tractor seats and wood that probably needs replaced. It is beautiful to me. I think of the memories of three generations of children now. I wish that all the memories could be laid out in front of me when I go to a special place. The memories can replay in my head, but I wish I could see more. I wish I could see my dad teasing my aunts as they play, and my baby's precious laughing face as his dad pushes him in the tire swing.
I grew up next to an old red barn. We played at the barn every chance we could making memories as siblings and cousins. We were mischievous sometimes! I don't have a picture captured from playing at the barn. It wasn't important to me then. I go in there today and my little sisters small bike is In there covered in dirt. Also her pink flowery flip flop. She lost her shoes a lot. Can you picture the memories made there? The exploring and discovering of old things? The make beleive and pretend play?
I remember these sweet things, but what if I had an actual picture to giggle at and share with generations to come? It would make my memories that much more priceless.
I know you have memories! Have you captured them in a photograph, or are they slipping away in your mind?
We are surrounded by so much beauty created by God. I want to capture everything beautiful I see. You are beautiful because God created you. I love to capture the beauty of family, happiness, love and laughter. I love to share my photography with others so that others can have the opportunity to make a moment a tangible memory.
Cherish your moments and cherish every picture you take.
And, FINALLY, the Hughes family!
I met the Tyler family a couple months ago during "back to school mini sessions" and I am so glad! They are the funniest, and I end up with a good laugh at every session. We met up at the lower salt river in Mesa, Arizona on a Friday morning. Blake, the Tyler's son didn't mind at all because he got to be late to school! I love doing sessions in the morning during the morning light.
I loved seeing how much love this mom has for the two men in her life, and how much these two men love the woman in their life.
I feel like even though I don't know my clients very well in the beginning, I know they love each other and care about each other. I can feel it and love capturing it.
I am so glad these guys are now my friends! Thanks Tyler family for the fun times!
Such a handsome boy!
These pictures were probably my favorite!
- Open all of the blinds and turn off the over head light.
Natural light is always the best option! Sometimes the overhead light can cause your picture to look orange or discolored. Also, by opening the windows and bringing in more light, you picture will be better quality.
- Face the natural light. This will allow your subject to be evenly lit and there won't be any funny glows behind your photo
-Lighting is one of the biggest things that is going to help you take better photos on your cell phone. When you are outdoors, look for the best light. If it is a really bright time of day look for some shade. Some examples of shade would be the side of a building, or under a tree. If there is no shade around turn your subject in different directions until the light in the photo looks it's best.
3. My cell phone camera has a yellow box so that I can choose where to focus. Use this box by clicking where you want the focus to be! This also helps so that your subject is properly exposed. If you have ever played around on your cell phone camera... You can click different areas and it will guess which area to expose for. The sky, the grass, the building, etc.
You can also change the brightness and darkness of the photo by sliding up and down after you click! It is pretty cool! Try it out.
- When taking portrait style pictures of people, it is most flattering to lift your camera above the subject slightly.
- Use the rule of thirds. It is aestethicly pleasing to section you photo off into nine parts (three lines horizontally and vertically) and have the important features on one of the intersection points.
Often times we take a photo and the subject is right in the center of our photo. By sectioning the photo off into thirds, the photo becomes more aesthetically pleasing and natural to look at.
I hope these few tips were a little bit helpful to you. Whatever you do, keep taking pictures!
I couldn't love this family an ounce more! It was so fun spending time with them capturing their happiness while I was in Idaho visiting from San Tan Valley. I literally cried when I edited these pictures. It was really windy the day of the session, but but by some miracle the wind settled down and the rain stopped! We were able to capture these precious memories!
Tycen just couldn't stop kissing his little sis! It was the cutest thing ever. We didn't even tell him to kiss her! So hilarious.
So, November now. In the past I have posted a picture a day about what I am grateful for... Pretty common tradition. :)
I feel like I want to try really hard to be extra grateful this year. Every time I book a session I feel extremely grateful and blessed! I wasn't sure I would get any bookings at all this year, and my Saturdays are almost completely booked. It truly is a blessing to my family every time I get a little more business. It has been so much work investing my time and resources into starting this little photography business, It has been worth it seeing so many happy family. It brings me so much joy capturing the happiness that families share together.
Sometimes my life gets a little dysfunctional and my business is one of the first things to hit the back burner. For some reason, my Heavenly Father still blesses me.
I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me in my photography journey, and just in my life in general. My life is very very imperfect, but I can still see the Lord's hand in all things. I am so grateful for all of my clients and the light they have brought to my life. I love serving others with my talents. My hope is that I can bless your life along my journey, too.
I hope you all can have a happy, grateful November and holiday season! Remember family. Remember you always have a Savior to get you through anything you are going through.
Dare you not to smile looking at these pictures!!
Hi there. I'm Nicole. I'm a small town girl from Idaho who loves photography, my Savior and my family. You'll find me in the mountains with my camera around my neck begging my husband, "lets just take one more picture of your S'more." I love to blog about my photography sessions, family life and much more! Come read along.