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All of the pictures above were taken in manual.  They were all taken in slightly challenging to very challenging (center picture) lighting situations.  If I had left my camera on auto it would have chosen the flash for most of these pictures ruining the mood.  If the flash had not popped up, they would have just been blurry.  Why?  Shouldn’t the camera be smart enough to know?   Unfortunately no matter how much you pay for your camera, it will never be able to get these pictures right.  There are just too many factors at work.  Only a person can know what your light source is and what you want to expose.  Your camera just looks for the brightest thing or just assumes it is too dark and pops your flash.  And light is just of the factors you need to consider when you are taking your pictures.  It can seem overwelming at first but once you turn your dial over to manual and commit to learning how to expose your images properly, it just takes practice.  I promise.  

I realize that most people don’t want to be a professional photographer.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t take pictures of your kids’ birthday parties, vacations, and soccer games that are awesome and then go out and hire a pro to photograph your family pictures. (*wink, wink*)

I want everyone to harness the power they have in their SLRs so they can capture their kids everyday life in a meaningful way.  It is so worth it to learn a little more so you can really feel good about the pictures you are taking.

This is why I am so excited to offer this workshop for beginners to learn about their SLR.  Now, I am not training people who want to be in business.   That is a whole different thing!  This is for moms and dads who want turn the dial off of auto, stop using the flash and understand what all the buttons and settings mean on their camera.

Here are the details:

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Here are a few more things that just didn’t fit on the flyer..

Please bring the kit lens that comes with your camera.  If you have another lens that is fixed (not a zoom) such as the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 bring that along as well!  You are welcome to bring along any lenses that you use regularly.  A lens that opens wide (has below the 5.6 after it’s name that your kit lens will have) are great to have when shooting indoors or other lower light situations.  

Also it is important that you bring your manual.  I am very familiar with how a camera works… but some cameras’ button locations are different than others.

Are you ready to SIGN UP?  Yipee!  More questions?  

Please email me at or contact me via facebook and we will get the ball rolling. I have limited this class to 10 people so we can have some one on one time to go over your specific camera. 

I am so excited to get you guys clicking away at home!  I can’t wait!


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(And because going through all my pictures made me yearn for summer vacation… here are a few from our last trip to Disney last year!  This could be what you capture the next time you hit the parks!)

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I am so excited to be starting a personal photojouralism blog circle with a group of other talented photogs I met through the discussion group Fearless and Framed.  Personal photojournalism is documenting an everyday activity that you normally wouldn’t think to photograph but is important to remember.  And the idea of a blog circle is you read my post and then click the link to go and see what bedtime is like through the lens of Jodi Byrne of JLB Photography.  After reading her post you will get a link to another photog, and so on.  I really hope that it will get me blogging. Because.. in case you haven’t noticed.. this blog is not really a blog at.all.  So let’s kick this off right, shall we?  

Our first topic for shooting was a sweet one!  A bedtime theme with the quote “the day is done. they say goodnight. and somebody turns out the light.” from the Going to Bed book by Sandra Boynton.  We used to LOVE this book when the kids were little and sometimes Colin still selects it for something to read during the day.  Bedtime routine around here has gone out the window for summer.  We are all over the place.  But I used this as an excuse to practice for school and what it will be like when we really do need to be on a schedule.  But what I realized as we went through these motions is that my favorite little moments.. the bedtime reading aloud and snuggles are about to end.  The kids just need some supervision for puffs and teeth brushing and then a kiss and they have their reading lights on.  Colin “reads” and sometimes Zoe reads aloud to him.  Which is super cute.  But it means that our rocker snuggle days are over.  There are so many things I love about these bigger kid days.  But I do miss the sweet cuddles of the bedtimes where we read the Going to Bed book almost every night.  <3  Anyway, enough words.  On to the images…  First up in our house is puffs and teeth:

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And then on to stories with Daddy.  We used to have a rocker as I mentioned which is now just far too small.  But I love how everyone just crams as close as they can to Kevin.  :)

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In honor of Cancer Awareness Month the I Heart Faces challange this month is the color purple!  I have a ton of images I could enter because purple is one of my favorite colors!  My daughter Zoe wears it all the time!  But I kept coming back to this one.  We love these super hero masks in our house!  And how perfect is this color!! <3

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I love all the entries over at .  Go check them out!! And if you want leave some love for Super Zoe!  Her powers are to leap very high so she can clean spider webs down from the corners.  Does that say something about my house cleaning skills?  Uh oh…

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Enjoy the Journey

February 13, 2013

When Zoe was 6 months old I decided to start taking her picture every month to watch her grow.  It was before to trend of the onesie stickers that are sooo cute (man, I wish I had thought that up!) or taking pictures on the different fabric each month (love that too!).  So I decided to go with the holiday theme.  I had seen some digital scrapbook pages on my Baby Center board and thought those looked fun.  I knew there was no way I could capture her with my big film camera (film was soo expensive to develop!) so I pulled out my point and shoot, slapped a red bow on her bald head and hung a white towel off her high chair.  Viola!  Instant photo shoot!  Little did I know that my adventure with digital photography was beginning that day.  Just a month later I had my first SLR (the Canon XTI) and was learning the ins and outs of this digital world.

So each year on Valentine’s Day I get all sentimental and gaze at her first picture still framed on my wall.  This year I decided to put them all together in a little retrospective to watch her (and me) grow!  Check it out!  (I am missing year 3 for some reason.)  She really looks like a full grown kid now!  Yikes!

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Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me!  See you tomorrow for my final Valentine’s Day post!

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