Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Make your Photography look like a Professional.

I LOVE taking pictures. Of course, my favorite subjects are my children. I love capturing every moment every memory to keep forever. I want to have all the special times recorded to remember forever.

Technology is fabulous. I always have my iPhone with me and it is super handy when I want to capture something spur of the moment. The video recording also is very helpful when you have that impromptu concert or stunt that you don't want to miss. While my phone is great. My camera is better. I use a Canon digital camera. It is an amazing camera, but a couple of tricks that I have learned over the years make my pictures fantastic.

#1 tip is lighting. Lighting can make any photograph amazing. Overcast days and evening light is my favorite. A month ago I took my daughters Senior pictures. We had a professional photographer in mind that we wanted to use, but they went out of town at the last minute. My daughter and I decided that I would just take the pictures. I am not a terrible photographer, but definitely not professional. We went about 7 pm in the evening and took these pictures. (They was no Photoshop used. I have not figured that out yet.)
Light diffused by trees. 

Light diffused by trees

Soft evening light catches the light in her eyes and gives her face an even tone.

She is in focus, while the light from the water back lights her making her stand out and everything else is fuzzy (Because of this picture the place I had these developed asked me to sign a waiver that I had the photographers permission to use this photo. I told the clerk I am the photographer. Very proud moment :-)

The light catches in her eyes and gives her face a soft glow. Evening is awesome. 
Tip #2 Rule of Thirds and leading lines
According to Wikipedia:The rule of thirds is a "rule of thumb" or guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.

I have tried to use rule of thirds and leading sometimes they turn out great and other times not so much. Here is my attempt.
She was joking around and turned around and I took the picture. I liked the result. 

Tip #3 Take lots of pictures. You never know what one will be your favorite and you may catch something that you really like. Taking these pictures of my daughter I took around 300. I had a lot to choose from.
Here are a couple of favorites.

Such a great smile. I love it!

I love how the light catches her gorgeous brown eyes. 

The last tip is to Archive your photos. There was quite a bit of teal blue in the background so I used the new My Mind's Eye Necessities Teal and Wood to enhance these pictures. The wood paper and teal vellum were perfect to do a simple layout. The pictures really popped. All the Necessities products are available at Check out our Facebook page and Pinterest Page for more photography tips. Happy Crafting!!! Jacqueline 


  1. She is beautiful, and you've highlighted her wonderfully with your photography. I'm so impressed!

  2. Cynthia, thank you so much for the nice compliment. I will tell you a little secret....I was surprised they turned out so well myself. Have a fabulous night! :-)