Archive for June, 2015

Improve your photography skills, join my 62 day photography challenge

June 30th, 2015

I started taking photography courses when my oldest daughter was 3 months old. I wanted to be able to document her life with beautiful photographs. My oldest daughter is now 6.5 and my youngest is turning 4! Life is so hectic that I don’t capture the precious moments of our life as much as I […]

 

I started taking photography courses when my oldest daughter was 3 months old. I wanted to be able to document her life with beautiful photographs. My oldest daughter is now 6.5 and my youngest is turning 4! Life is so hectic that I don’t capture the precious moments of our life as much as I once thought I would. I mostly save photographing my kids for vacation time or blog posts! Many photo challenges have piqued my interest, but I don’t necessarily want to photograph a certain theme a day. These are great to force you out of your comfort and grow, but I want to simply capture what inspires me! In attempt to change my ways, and grow photographically, I am creating a 62 day summer photography challenge! One photo every day of July and August AND posting on Instagram. (Actually posting will be a big stretch for me, as my poor Instagram account has a mere 13 photos posted! Yes, I need to pay more attention to my neglected social media outlets) Challenges are a fabulous way to hone  your skills, and experiment. I am using this time to practice lighting!  Great light can transform an ok image into stunning. I am also going to capture more of the everyday moments of my children that inspired me to improve my photography and start my business.

Are you looking to challange your self and improve your photography? Join this challenge with me! Simply hashtag #jdancephotochallenge and write your name in the comments. I would love to see what inspires you! Also, you can call me out if I miss a day 😉

 

Wondering about the Holga camera my daughter is using?? It is a plastic “toy” camera that uses medium format film! As it is a plastic lens, it creates a strong vignette and unique feel to images.  The cameras are inexpensive $20-$40, but you do have the added cost of film and developing medium format prints. Here is one of my prints taken with a Holga. They are very fun to play with!!

 

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Best Time to have your maternity Photographed

June 3rd, 2015

Pregnancy is such a miraculous  and exciting time in ones life that many want to capture with photography. The best time to capture your adorable belly  is around 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.  The baby bump is getting nice and round, but you are not yet at the incredibly uncomfortable stage. For expectant moms carrying twins, earlier […]

 

Pregnancy is such a miraculous  and exciting time in ones life that many want to capture with photography. The best time to capture your adorable belly  is around 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.  The baby bump is getting nice and round, but you are not yet at the incredibly uncomfortable stage. For expectant moms carrying twins, earlier is best as you may grow more quickly than with a single pregnancy. I would suggest contacting a photographer early in your pregnancy. Most professional photographers have a consultation to get to know you and what you are looking for in your maternity photographs.  This is a great opportunity for the photographer to help you gauge the best timing for your session based on your growth and any possible health concerns. Closer to the end of pregnancy after 34 weeks mots of moms can start retaining more water and get very uncomfortable!! Those babies love digging feet up under moms ribs, this uncomfort will show in the photos. This beautiful mommy had her session at 32 weeks.

 

 

Another thing to consider in your maternity session are some family photographs. This baby will be coming into a family, so however your family is composed, include them!

 

 

In this shoot I brought a little treat for the toddler to have while sitting beside me. I was then able to get some great shots of mom and dad. It is the love for each other that created this baby and family, lets capture it!! How special for the children to have loving photographs of their parents to look back upon when older. If you have questions about maternity photography, contact me, and I would be happy to give you more information!