Posts tagged for photographers
What's in my (camera) bag

Tis the season for giving, receiving, and sharing, so for those of you looking to upgrade, invest, or just start into the world of professional photography, I wanted to share a peak into my photography gear arsenal. 


It's important to consider your specific needs, goals, and purpose for the gear you invest in, before you do the investing. When I first decided to jump into professional photography, I was intimidated by the price tag for this professional gear (mega-understatement alert), but I also knew that I was determined to be a professional so I needed to learn on pro-level gear to capture and deliver the kind of images I wanted to offer in my dream business.

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Capturing an Authentic First Day of School Story

Last week, many of our local parents sent their kiddos back to school, and I don't care who you are or what you do or how old your kids are, the moments after you wave goodbye are bound to tug at your heartstrings.

But this post isn't about what kind of schools are best, or what age you should/not send your child to school, or the nature of working parents vs stay-at-home parents vs work from home parents, or even the heart behind our own family decisions regarding childcare. I mean, just google "sending a child to preschool" or "first day of school" and you'll get an overwhelming list of "10 ways to prepare for the first day" or "5 reasons why (insert type of education) is the best choice for your child" to make you question yourself, your security, and your capability as a parent. People are so passionate about their childcare and education decisions, and to be fair, I think they should be because they're important.

It's just that sometimes, we get too hung up on shouting into the abyss to defend our decisions to the world instead of harnessing those passions for ourselves and our children. 

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What's the difference between Lifestyle and Documentary Photography?

These terms are often used interchangeably, because on a surface level, both are used to describe images that look relaxed and natural. But there's really a lot more to it than that. Let's actually pull these terms apart and break down the difference between a "lifestyle" session and a "documentary" session so you can begin to see and think about what style really suits you best. 

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Grip vs. Grit : Embracing the Mess for the the Memories

Have you ever found yourself in a crucial moment where everything sort-of freezes and you swear you can see those little angel/devil characters pop up on your shoulders? Not the life or death, danger vs. responsible stuff, but the kind of decision that requires you to push your limits. 

The kind of moment that makes you want to simultaneously run towards the excitement and run away at the same time.

The kind of moment when you have the choice between doing things like you've always done them or stepping out on a limb. 

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How I Fell in Love with Documentary Photography

I'm flipping through my daughter's 1 year photo album- filled to bursting with images from our first days together, monthly milestone images from the same angle of her laying on the same white bed to show her growth, stats of her height and weight and favorite foods, mini sessions I've set up to show off her adorable little outfits or a specific holiday. I fall in love over and over again with every page.

But it's the picture of her napping on my husband's chest that makes my fingers pause. It's her tiny feet flung high in the air from the slots of a swing that I want to pull and frame because there's something about it that instantly makes me feel nostalgic, to recall the peace at the empty neighborhood park and the sound of her wild giggle filling the warm, spring air.

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Tips for Surviving and Thriving as a First Year Photographer

People keep asking me, "how long have you been doing this?" 

And that's an odd question, one that should be simple but for me to answer, but I'm finding actually quite complicated. 

First, what is this?

Photographing? Since I was in middle school and my friends and I would stage mini photo shoots and short films as our favorite extra-curricular activity. 

Running a business as a professional photographer? Technically... about to hit the 5 year mark but I have a hard time actually legitimizing that. See, my first "year of business" was for lack of a better phrase... kind of like an idea tornado. Others might call it a sh-- show.

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The Tale of Book Ends: Embracing Spontaneity in Life and in Photos

When we moved to Hawaii, we settled in a quiet, beach town called Kailua on Oahu in which I could walk from our tiny apartment a mile in any direction and have the sand and ocean on my feet or a cup of coffee and a bagel in my hand. Upon moving, we quickly became regulars at an adorable coffee shop call Morning Brew and during the week, I would often tote my laptop and photography books there, set up shop at a table by an open window adjacent from the school yard where I wasn't employing my degree, and buckle down on my new education with a cup of chai spiced determination. 


On days when that brand of fuel didn't seem to cut it, I would head next door to another local joint called Book Ends. Boy, did it feed my soul.

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Why I Will Always Walk Into The Creek
"We really love this bridge down the road, do you think we could do some shots there?" 

This question came from the bride during a break in the clouds of a rainy wedding day. Dew soaked the grass and sparkled over the rocks as we made the trek during cocktail hour, full bridal party in accompaniment, to the woods to explore this bridge. I had never been to this venue before the wedding day, never scouted this particular spot, but saying 'no' was not an option. It seemed like it was a simple enough request. 

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How I Organize Blog Content Using Evernote

Blogging used to be something I got around to if I had extra time or if I had something particularly present on the forefront of my mind that I wanted to share. But there was no rhyme or reason, no accountability, and because of this, blogging one post (which included writing, editing, formatting, finding/taking appropriate images and formatting those, optimizing them for web, and finally publishing and sharing) also had the potential to consume a whole day's worth of work. 

Then I realized... I don't have time for that

I also love writing and I love my blog and I didn't ever want to become resentful of that work or the result.

So I created an answer.

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What Firefly and Fixer Upper Have in Common

Want to know a secret? My girl crush is Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. #notashamed. 

I am so inspired by not only her creative eye and shabby-chic style, but also her heart for her family, playful spirit, and hustle to use her talents to serve others in a business she created from the ground up. While watching the show one evening, (my guilty pleasure whenever I get control of the remote) I started thinking about the values that Joanna and Chip project through their work and to my delight, realized they actually have a lot in common with what I aim to offer through Firefly!

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What Your Client Experience and a Warm, Chocolate Chip Cookie Have in Common

It was a weeknight after Kira had gone to bed, and while I'm typically pretty protective of evening hours for family and relaxation time, it had been a particularly busy week with an infant on nap strike, so mommy duty was taking over work time during the day. I had a few tasks that were time sensitive and needed completing asap, so I buckled down after dinner to play catch up in my office. I love my work, so it wasn't like this was a terrible imposition, but I was tired and needed some extra mojo to push me through those last evening hours.

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