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Photography Tips: Using Natural Light

One of the most important parts of getting great photos of your kids is understanding where your light is coming from.
Here’s a picture demonstration of how lighting can effect the outcome of the picture.

I wanted to get a picture of Claire in her crib- so I took the following picture from the doorway after her nap. The window was straight across from me, to the side of Claire…
I love it, but it doesn’t show her beautiful bright blue eyes very good right?
That’s because she’s not facing the light source. Which makes all the difference.
After I changed her out of her jammies, I put her back in the crib and stood in front of the window for this next shot….(facing the light source, but not in direct light)
Ah. Now her eyes have the important catch lights, and her face is brightly lit.
So having your child face the light is the most important key to getting great pictures of your kids.
Unless of course (there are always exceptions), you were going for dramatic side lighting – which is also beautiful.
The bottom line is to practice getting to know the light in your house.
Do you want sparkly eyes? Face the light source. (i.e.- the window)
Shadows and drama? light to the side.
Light pouring in behind your subject? Back to the light.  (backlighting is amazing, but semi-hard to do)
Here’s one more example-
This is such a basic- but vital part of photography,
and something that anyone can do with any kind of camera to greatly improve your pictures!
*I am in no way claiming to be a Pro at photography- I’m simply a mom that wants the best pictures of my kids possible. I have read and practiced for 3 years– and am happy to share some tips with others.

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Birthday Picture Banner

I’ve been loving circles lately!
My baby girl had her first birthday this month-
I found a couple cute ideas HERE and HERE
and put together a little banner for her with pictures from every month of her first year.


I had Holly sew the circles together, and Ashlee help me with the circle cake
(that’s what sisters are for, right?)
I loved how it turned out. Simple, but cute.
Another fun thing I did with some neighbor kids after reading “the Hungry Caterpillar” was make a little caterpillar out of circles!
The kids absolutely loved these, because they could wiggle them around like a real caterpillar…
Don’t you love the water spot on Addie’s? oops.
I just punched one inch circles and held them together with brads!
The kids loved it.
And if I had a 3 inch circle punch? I would make everything on THIS website.  It’s awesome.
Happy Monday!

Wordle Template

I am definitely not the one you want talking about home decor, 
but I do have this nice collage that I copied from a friend of mine.
People usually always comment on the word collage- so I thought I’d share where I got that!
 I found this LINK before I got photoshop, 
so I had a friend of mine make it up for me. 
I wanted to keep it simple for her, so I used the same colors that Lyndsay (amazing photographer if you’re into that) did, and lots of the same words.
Since I’ve gotten photoshop, I’ve wanted to redo ours- but here is one I did for a close friend of ours to hang in her front room. I love how it had fun inside jokes for their family….
This is another one that takes photoshop (or a friend with photoshop) but I’ve loved it.
Again- the link is HERE.
And of course- it’s FREE!