Pro tip: shooting in the leaves

Ah yes… fall leaves.

Kids love them almost as much as they love bubbles.

It’s a natural choice to capture some great smiles of your kids… whether it’s just for fun with your iPhone or for your holiday card photo.

Here’s some tips to make your fall leaf fun most successful for you…

  1. Light.  What will make or break a good fall leaf photo is the light. The autumn light can be harsh as the sun’s position changes in the sky. To combat this, it’s best to shoot in the hour before sunset or choose a cloudy day.
  2. Clothing.  Leaves are brown, orange, and yellow. In order to be able to see those great expressions of your kiddos the best, their sweet little faces should be the brightest thing in the image. So dress them in solid colors — cool tones, preferably, because of that whole color wheel thing.
  3. Create the perfect spot.  Pick a spot that has many fallen leaves and rake them into a big mound before involving the kids. You may not have a big window to work with them, so it’s best to prep ahead.
  4. Make it a game. Depending on the age of your kiddos, they may not have the longest attention span. So instead of telling them you’re taking their picture, tell them you want to play a game in the leaves. (which you just happen to be photographing!)
  5. Grab a helper.  Sometimes kids aren’t old enough to throw their own leaves. Sometimes it’s nice to have a helper behind the scenes to sprinkle leaves and interact with your littles for you, while you do the shooting.

I hope you find these simple tips helpful! Happy shooting.

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turning 3

My little mini-me is turning 3 years old on Monday. What the what?

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improv

That time when we couldn’t find our models and we had to improvise and draw from the crowd.

Thank you, Shauna and Jes, for being our mock couple.

You did splendid.

If anyone out there is a real same-sex couple, I would LOVE to work with you!!

Reach out if you’re in need of a photog…

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empowered

Tell me what’s sexier than a woman who owns her own business….

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Violet [almost 3] plus the dogs


mouse death toll in the garage = 32Words can’t express the simplistic peace we feel going to our cabin all summer. It’s nearly ready to be ‘for real photographed’ … interior design is kind of my thing and just waiting to find some finishing touches. We really do hope to rent it out.

A couple weeks ago, Violet and I were out there alone during the Husker game and she let me take some pics of her.

It’s so different photographing your own child Vs. clients.

I will always remember this evening. 

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the O’Neills


You could literally cut the love with a knife at this session.

I bet life at their house is no fun at all. ; )

I will forever remember this session in my heart! Not only did I double book myself and was 45 minutes late, but they were so SO full of grace for me. A true blessing to know this family. <3  Thank you, Jen, for this precious gift!

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it’s the weekend

And I have a week ‘off!’  I heart being my own boss.

The past couple weeks have been simply mad. MAD I tell you.

Going to take the next week to recharge, reorganize and hit the ground running.

A girl’s gotta do that every now and again.

Have a great weekend!!

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happy Labor day

not every job gets to be glamorous. spring 2017 SCLP.

a Labor Day prayer…

Lord on this Labor Day, we thank You for the blessing of work. We ask for strength to complete each day. We ask for rest when we are weary. We ask Your guidance for everyone seeking employment, and we ask that You be with those whose faces we might never see but who work tirelessly each day for the good of us all.

Amen.

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the Paulsen’s at home

 Oh, how I love this family… let me count the ways.

(do you have, like, the rest of the day for that?)

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