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February 22, 2018

Improving Your Photography Skills in 2018

Fall has officially arrived and like most of you, my camera will be in my hand a majority of the time this fall. In addition to capturing our family moments, I will be working on several personal photography projects to help hone my skills and challenge me.  Whether you’re battling an extreme cold, a cramped car ride with the kids or in need of some serious inspiration, these ideas are sure to help get you started and challenge you along the way!
So if you’re in need of a few ideas to get yourself started to check out my list below!

CREATE A PHOTOGRAPHY BUCKET LIST

Is there a location or event you’ve always wanted to photograph but you haven’t had the opportunity? Create a photography bucket list and challenge yourself this fall. I would suggest thinking of at least 30 things you’ve always wanted to photograph, it doesn’t matter what. I’m sure this list will take some time, but be thoughtful and careful in creating your list. You want to make sure it’s something that can be carried out.

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February 15, 2018

Using photography to improve your child’s self esteem

Using photography to boost your child’s confidence can be huge in allowing them to be themselves. Whether you’re taking their picture or handing the camera over to them and letting them take the reigns, this can be huge in allowing your child to be more confident in what they do. I talk about this exact thing over on my photography blog here, feel free to read and comment.

A while back I handed my son the camera and told him to make a story. He decided to take photos of his favorite toys and called it “Toy Story Before Time” (which subsequently is similar to the title of an actual Toy Story short).

After viewing his photos, I challenged him to write a story bringing all of the photos together. So far he hasn’t come up with anything, but I feel like he really excelled in whatever he was trying to create. I can freely admit I don’t know because he hasn’t told me anything other than it’s his secret project. He wants to do more and I intend on letting him, this has become his weekend project and he looks forward to pulling out the camera every week to photograph something.

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February 8, 2018

Capturing Everyday Family Moments: Photographing Children When They Don’t Want To Cooperate

photographing your children, capturing everyday moments

Hello, Moms & Dads!! This week, I’ll be doing another in-depth post on photographing childhood memories. When it comes to pictures, as we get older we begin to relive some of our most amazing moments through these photos. Why not do the same for your children? If your children aren’t as spontaneous and get a little camera shy, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking them and crafting an activity for the sole purpose of taking photos. If you haven’t already, please check out this earlier blog on photography and children’s self-esteem. It’s a great read and can help aid in your child coming out of their shell.

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February 1, 2018

Living Authentically on Camera

As a photographer, it may seem obvious that I keep my camera within arms reach at all times. That’s just how I am. I have a tendency to focus on capturing all of my children’s many moments. Blog after blog, you’ll hear advice that says “Mom, make sure you step in front of the camera too!” and I 100% agree. I’m not in very many family photos. With the exception of the ones we pay for, I’m usually the one behind the camera at all times. That’s fine for me… and not what this blog is about.

Today I’m going to write about capturing your children’s moments. When I gave birth to my son eight years ago, I was determined to photograph every single moment. When my daughter came around three years later, I was like “OMG, I have two of you!! TWICE THE PICTURES!!” Very early on in my parenting, like most, I wanted to capture every little thing they did and post and share. I wasn’t so much focused on capturing the moment in story mode, then I was just capturing the moment.

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December 18, 2017

7 Exercises Photographers Can Do to Strengthen Arms and Back

ways photographers can strengthen and tone back and arms

A photographer’s job is pretty physical. Heavy gear, walking, twisting, bending, kneeling–this all takes a toll on our bodies after a while. As a photographer of 14 years, I can attest to this fact. My body is worn out!! Spending hours on your feet, only to turn around and spend hours sitting behind a screen, will leave you with neck and back problems after a while. Want to know about the exercises photographers can do to help strengthen arms and back? Take a look below to find out!

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December 14, 2017

Great Fall South Carolina Hikes for you and your dog 

Fall is here and boy am I happy! With the unbearable heat of the summer is was nearly impossible to get out and do anything fun towards the end.
Now it’s time to turn on our weekend warrior sign and get going with these great fall hikes for you and your dog.

If your like me, not only do you want to get in a great workout, but you also want to take some exciting photos as well; check out my recommendations below!


Twins Falls
I have always loved Twin Falls. Its one of the states more beautiful and serene locations. Twin Falls in Sunset, SC. To access the waterfall is an easy 15-minute walk along the .25 mile trail.

Rainbow Falls

If you’re more experienced ( and adventurous) how about a hike up Rainbow Falls? It’s a five-mile hike, but once you reach the destination the view is absolutely breathtaking. Can you image photos here? This rugged trail is absolutely perfect for the couple looking for capturing unique lifestyle photos for their upcoming engagement session. Pretty Place church at the top of the trail is well worth the hike, with magnificent photos waiting for you!

Isaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel

Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel if you are looking for a fun and unique trip reminiscent of a pacific northwest adventure. This trail is perfect for beginners, so those wanting unique outdoor photos, but not yet ready to take on the more strenuous trails would love this place! With a 200 foot cascading waterfall, Isaqueena Falls is perfect year round for photography.

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September 18, 2017

Knee Strengthening Exercises for Photographers

Knee Strengthening Exercises for Photographers

Constant kneeling and bending can take its toll on your body after a while. As a photographer, these moves are part of our required repertoire in order to perform our job duties correctly. Occupation-related knee pain and injury are the number one leading causes of arthritis and knee surgery. Isometric exercises and strength moves can strengthen weak muscles surrounding the knee or muscle groups related to kneed function. These knee strengthening exercises for photographers will help your knees and its surrounding muscles for better knee health.

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September 1, 2016

Skin

7466_24 82d8e6794382892934dea6c7323dccd2DO IT FOR THE AFTER SELFIE. Some people buy swimwear as their motivation for working out. I buy lingerie.

Why? I want to feel good and sexy.

 

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