Tag Archives: lighting

Self Portrait

I am inspired by self portraits, but I cannot nail one for the life of me. And I don’t try them very often because I am not “portrait ready” in my everyday life. So I took a cue from my girl Natalie and tried one with little makeup & messy hair, straight from the gym. Liberation! This portrait is far from amazing, but at least I’ve got a jump off point to work from now.

Location: my kids’ bathroom. Ha!

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Friend Photos

In my quest to becoming a better photographer, I decided it was time to take my show on the road. So I enlisted a friend with two adorable boys to be my guinea pigs. My Girl was happy to have the modeling day off, I do believe.

I’ve been needing to work on my focusing skills with moving subjects – like a three year old and an eleven month old on the move. By using my burst mode and back button focus, things are beginning to improve. Eyes are looking crisper in some (but not all!) of my shots. I’m experimenting in Lightroom as well – hence the different variations of editing.

Here are the results!
friend photos

friend photos from hair teasing and hair bows

friend photos from hair teasing and hair bows

friend photos from hair teasing and hair bows

friend photos from hair teasing and hair bows

friend photos from hair teasing and hair bows

This one is not technically sound, but I love love love his eyes catching the dog’s attempt!friend photos from hair teasing and hair bows

Amateur Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

As I recently mentioned, there’s a new nephew on the block. And fresh off my photography class, I thought I’d give newborn photos a try. The final results aren’t bad with just two photography classes under my belt! There were definitely some mishaps, but I came out with about 35 pictures worth sending to my sister. I lightly edited the photos, but having only the trial version and very basic knowledge of Lightroom on my hands, there wasn’t much sprucing up. Here are a few of my favs!
Newborn Photo Shoot from Hair Teasing & Hair Bows

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I love this sweet expression…
Newborn Photo Shoot

Cannot believe I witnessed and captured this smirk…
Newborn Photo Shoot from Hair Teasing & Hair Bows

Newborn Photo Shoot from Hair Teasing & Hair Bows

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The family photos with my nearly two year old nephew were definitely the most challenging. It probably didn’t help that we waited until 30 minutes before bedtime to do these! You live, and you learn. But we did get a few keepers, and below is my favorite…
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Adventures in Photography

Nashville Photography Class
I’ve been attempting to learn my fancy camera (a Nikon D90) since My Girl’s birth nearly two years ago. I’d get on a roll learning a few things then not pick up the camera for a few weeks and forget everything I absorbed. Technical terms are not my specialty, and I was really struggling trying to remember the concepts of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Realizing not much was happening on my own, I sought out a photography class here in Nashville.

Enter The Nashville Photography Class. Cleverly named, don’t you think?

I took the Camera Basics class, which went over the basics I had read about over and over again. But hearing someone explain it and physically going over it with my camera in hand was a total game changer. And just last week I was a part of the Lighting & Posing class – which included actual portrait sessions! We photographed a young couple then a young family with two year old twins. Capturing twinkie toddlers was a bit of a struggle for me, and there aren’t many pictures to write home about. But I did grab a few of the couple that I really like. And that I really learned from. Like that I really, really like a tilted shot (evidenced in picture one and two below). And that I really need to reel that in. But also that I really enjoy photographing people and capturing moments. And right now I’m learning that I really like to use the word “really.”

There is still so much to learn, but I really feel confident in the groundwork I have established in the past month with these two classes. If you’re in the Nashville area and looking to dig more into photography, I’d highly recommend the wonderfully named Whitney at The Nashville Photography Class!

Now another peak at some of my pics…
Nashville Photography Class

Nashville Photography Class

Nashville Photography Class

Nashville Photography Class

Nashville Photography Class

Nashville Photography Class