Family Photo Session Tips

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Tis the season for family photos!  If you're anything like me, you're wanting some awesome new photos for your holiday cards and for gifting to loved ones.  You may even have a beautiful wall display in mind for your home.    In this post I hope to give you all the tips you need to have a wonderful experience this year for your family photo session! {TIPS} Before your Session: Find a photographer you love.  Start by getting referrals from friends and associates and scouring the … [Read more...]

Photography with Jessica – Lighting

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In the world of photography, lighting is extremely important!  It really makes or breaks a picture.  It's what makes the difference between an everyday snapshot and an awesome photo, and after today you'll know how to deal with it like a pro! The first thing you need to know is that the camera does not process light and shadow the same way our eyes do.  Our eyes are really good at taking in a scene which contains both bright areas and shadowy areas, but a camera can't do that.  In your photos … [Read more...]

Photography with Jessica – Tips for Great Halloween Photos

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Halloween is such a fun time to take pictures!  The weather is getting deliciously crisp, the leaves are falling and the kids all have a twinkle of excitement in their eyes at the thought of costumes and candy!  Here are some tips to get great pictures of children in their costumes. 1.  Plan ahead.  Decide whether you'll take the pictures on Halloween prior to trick-or-treating (which may be a good idea if any elaborate makeup or hairstyling is involved) or if you want to take them before the … [Read more...]

Photography with Jessica – RAW vs. Jpeg

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  I thought it would be a good idea to address a question I get asked all the time.  What is the difference between a Jpeg file and a RAW file?  Is one better than the other, and which should I use? RAW files are very large because they hold a lot of information without losing any details or quality.  A RAW file is basically the pure image taken directly from the camera's sensor before any settings are applied such as exposure and white balance (in-camera settings are still applied … [Read more...]

Photography with Jessica – Back to School Pictures

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  Even though school started weeks ago for us, the month of September always gets me in a nostalgic, back-to-school kind of mood.  Ahhh, the crisp autumn air, the new shoes, the smell of library books and crayons. I recently visited my elementary school in California.  I loved elementary school!  I have dim but happy memories of the people and things that occupied so much of my life at that time.  I wish I had pictures to help me always remember my classrooms, wonderful teachers, … [Read more...]