I love taking pictures. I love the feel of the camera in my hands and the sound of the shutter. I have hard drives filled with thousands and thousands of photos. I have drawers dedicated to lose photos. It’s an obsession, really. ;) And while I love taking stylized photos for the blog, or product photos for my shop, I have realized that my favorite photos are of our every day moment, photographs of the little things that make me happy. Here are ten of my tried and true tips for capturing the little moments in life.
It’s really hard to get that perfect shot of that amazing moment if your camera is packed away in the closet. Keep your camera charged and located in an easily accessible (but safe!) spot. It get’s a little tricky with stairs. I find myself running up and down the stairs too often. I try to keep my my camera in one spot upstairs and one location downstairs, to make it a bit easier to find. While I prefer to take photos on my DSLR, when I don’t have it nearby, my phone camera works, too. Though, let’s face it, my phone is rarely charged. ;)
1. Keep your camera close.
. Have you ever taken a photo, only to look at it later a realize your subject is totally blurry? So annoying, right? Always try to keep your shutter speed quick! This will eliminate blurriness, especially if you’re photographing an active two year old.
2. Have a fast shutter speed
The best way to keep that shutter speed clicking fast is learning to shoot in manual. You’ll have much more control over how fast your shutter speed is and how blurry your background appears. When it comes to phone photos, try to photograph in well lit areas. You’ll see less of a blur and a clearer, crisper picture.
3. Click before you freak out. Remember when Ellie dumped half a box of cereal all over our recently swept kitchen floor? Or that one time I sewed right through my finger? Got the needle stuck and everything? I really want to freak out. Really, really bad. But, being the obsessive picture taker I am, I had to stop and take a photo. While these situations are ideal in the moment, it’s so fun to look back at them a few weeks, months (sometimes years!) later. Taking a few minutes to click calms me down too, so I don’t flip a lid.
4. Capture your favorite things. I love looking back at my scrapbook my mom made and remembering my favorite doll or blanket. It’s so important to capture your favorites, and your kid’s favorites as well! One of my favorites, Ellie’s tiny painted toes. My little E loves having her toenails painted. I couldn’t resist snapping this photo of her little feet dangling off the rocking chair.
5. Be sneaky. I believe it’s a universal rule that if you pull out a camera around a child, they will automatically stop whatever cute thing they were doing. Am I right? Keep your camera close and be sneaky pulling it out! I’ve found myself peeking behind a wall or hiding in the hallway in attempts to get that perfect shot. Most of the time, if I’m sneaky about it, it works!
6. Take a step back. Too often I try to crop out the pile of laundry in the corner or the strewn toys all over the floor. While I feel like that’s ok sometimes, I also feel it’s important to capture those little details. Give it a few years, and looking at those heaps of laundry will make you laugh. It’s fun to see how the furniture has been rearranged, the wall color painted over, and Pinterest projects replaced with new ones.
7. Don’t forget the details. Zoom in on the mess on the floor (and cereal crumbs in cracks between the wood planks! Eek!) Photograph your child’s tiny painted fingernails or crazy bedhead. Crop in on their boots in the snow or hands holding their first pumpkin. These zoomed in, detailed shots are visually appealing and add additional features to the story you are telling.
8. Tell a story. Your photos should always tell a story. Whether it be the story of your afternoon at the park, or the excitement on Christmas morning, try to capture that story through your photographs. A picture says a thousand words, make it count! In the photo above, Ellie couldn’t decide what pair of shoes to wear. She tried on each pair about five times before deciding. Simply getting a photograph of her face or top portion of her body, never would have told the story of her indecisiveness (and love of shoes!)
9. It IS photo worthy. So what if your house isn’t Pinterest perfect. Who cares if your outfits don’t match, hair isn’t done, and Cheerios pepper the floor. Your life, your little moments, they ARE photo worthy. You’ll be so much happier knowing you caught your kids cuddling on the couch, instead of missing the moment because you had to move the laundry out of the shot. Capture the messy parts of your life, along with the picture perfect ones.
10. Put your camera down. I have to remind myself of this one daily! After I have taken all the shots I need, I remind myself to put my camera away for awhile. It’s easier for me to enjoy the moment if I’m not caught up fixing lighting, adjusting my aperture, and finding the right angle. :)
Have any tips for capturing every day moments? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Happy Friday! XO
Seems kind of weird blogging about blogging, right? :) I love reading about blogging tips and tricks. The SEO, social media, and all the strategies behind it all fascinate me! Over the years I have found some helpful articles about everything you need to know about blogging, so I complied a huge list of all my favorites! Everything from beginner tips to blogging schedules to sponsorship suggestions, all in one place! It’s your ultimate blogging resource guide. If you’re ready to up your blogging game, check out the articles below. (And don’t forget to check out the giveaway below! If you’re a blogger, you don’t want to miss this one!)
-Starting a blog? Here’s the Number One Tip.
-Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging, a must read for beginner bloggers.
-These Top Tips for Blogging Success will help you take your blog to the next level.
-Read through these Tips for New Beginners for helpful hints (then find Part 2 here!)
-10 Fabulous Tips for Newbie Bloggers
-Here’s 10 Blog Layout Tips to digest before redesigning your blog.
-Bethany shares why it’s important to Create a Style Guide for your Blog.
-Understand blog design and learn how to work with a designer in this post.
-Learn how to Create an Image Map, this one took me forever to learn!
-Add a Pin It hover button on your images for easy pinning.
-Regardless of what camera you have, these 5 Photography Tips for Bloggers will help you improve your photography.
-How to be Your Own Blog Photographer (aka how to use a tripod!)
-These 5 Photography Tips will improve your blog photography by leaps and bounds.
-Create Quality Blog Photos for your posts by utilizing these tricks.
-Super simple tips for staging your photos.
Social Media Tips:
-Here’s a huge list of ideas for Growing your Pinterest Following
-Learn the Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media from Lauren Conrad.
-How to Use Social Media for your Blog, great tips from Design Love Fest.
-Learn how to Double your Instagram Followers in One Month
-Avoid sounding like an advertisement and use Natural Social Media Marketing.
-What is SEO? Find out here, plus tricks on how to use it!
-Don’t know where to begin? How about here: SEO Basics for Bloggers.
-Try these Simple SEO Tricks for bloggers.
-How to Increase Traffic to Your Blog through SEO and social media.
-Discover the SEO of Pinterest to increase traffic through your pins.
-Learn how to manage your ads with Passionfruit, such an awesome sponsorship resource.
-How to Write a Media Kit that Rocks.
-Master the art of advertising and make your Blog Sponsorships Successful.
-Discover the best secrets on How to Sponsor Other Blogs
-3 Tips for Successful Sponsored Posts
-The Secret to a Gazillion Post Ideas, seriously.
-In a rut? Here’s 30 Blog Post suggestions.
-How to make your Blog Post go Viral
-20 Types of Blog Posts for Writers Block
-Still stuck? 25 Post Ideas for the Uninspired
-Go big and print off this huge Monthly Calendar.
-Learn how to Organize and Plan Blog Posts in five easy steps.
-Keep your inbox clean, 5 Tips for Managing and Organizing Emails.
-This Printable Monthly Calendar from Emily Ley are perfect for plotting out posts.
-Running behind? Here’s 12 Time Management Tips for Bloggers.
-The Blog Life E-course, from my favorite ladies at A Beautiful Mess, is worth every penny.
-Learn how to create Blogging Collages on Photoshop and take other classes through Skillshare.
-Atly offers a variety of classes geared towards bloggers, like the DIY Bloggers Handbook.
-Joy Cho, from Oh Joy, spills her secrets in her book Blog, Inc.
-Learn design, fonts, and color basics for blogging in Blog Design Love 2.0 e-course.
Feeling inspired? Ready to spruce up your blogging skills? Today’s your lucky day! These lovely ladies and I have teamed up to offer you a chance to win two of the best blogging resources out there! Joy Cho’s Blog, Inc book is incredible, and the Blog Life E-course from the ladies at A Beautiful Mess is beyond amazing. You can enter the giveaway below. Giveaway ends on October 30 at midnight. All entries will be verified. Good luck!!
While in Washington, we ventured to Faye Bainbridge Beach for an afternoon in the sunshine. I have fond memories of this beach, we visited Bainbridge Island a lot when we were little. It smells the exact same! Mmmm. The weather was beautiful and warm. In October! In Washington! It was glorious. Ellie dug in the sand with Grandma Cindy’s spoons, and eventually ran bare bottomed down the beach. ;) Zac convinced me to be brave and jump in the water with him, three times! It was the perfect afternoon. Take me back!
And a few of my favorites in the internet world this week:
-Ten dates under ten dollars, bingo!
-CLICK HERE if you love floral or chevron. Or both! Cutest nails ever.
-If you’re visiting Utah soon, here’s 101 AMAZING things to keep you busy.
-Too busy to carve pumpkins? These are my favorite don’t-get-your-hand-all-gooey pumpkin ideas.
-If you’re ever wondering why Mormons are SO EAGER to share what they believe, watch this. Explains it perfectly. :)
Have a happy day! XO
This first dessert is a must have for the season! Oreos, pudding, and graham cracker crust? Yes, please! Package them individually for friends or neighbors, or make one at home for an afternoon snack. If we’re being perfectly honest here, I’ll admit to devouring one of these for breakfast this week. It totally hit the spot! I mean, a pack of pudding has as much calcium as a glass of milk, score! Plus, the graham cracker crust was like eating crushed cereal, right?! ;)
1 Chocolate SnackPack Pudding Cup
1 Mini Graham Cracker Crust
Carefully spoon chocolate pudding into mini graham cracker crust. Top with crushed Oreo cookies and mini marshmallows. Softly place pie into small, kraft paper box. Tie with string or twine and top and top with a cute Halloween printable. (You can download all printables below!)
For all you vanilla pudding lovers, this dessert is for you! In under five minutes, you can make these simple candy corn pudding parfaits and mummy cookies!
Vanilla Pudding Snackpacks
Nutter Butter Cookies
White Baking Chocolate
In two separate bowls, mix together vanilla pudding and food coloring. Carefully spoon in colored yellow pudding into desired parfait cup, then orange. Top with white vanilla pudding. To make mummy cookies, melt white baking chocolate in microwave. Coat Nutter Butters evenly in chocolate, then place in fridge to set. Once set, drizzle more melted chocolate on front side to make the mummy wrappings. For eyes, use mini chocolate chips (or crumbled Oreo pieces like I did!)
You can find all recipe ingredients at Walmart and download all the printables here. What are some of your favorite Halloween treats? Leave me a link below, I’d love to check them out! Happy Friday, XO!