Photography 101

Wanna NOT pay for professional photos ever again?! Read on...

So real talk here. Photography is spensive. To get really nice, sweet candid moments perfectly captured is true skill, but what happened to the good ole days of having your own camera and shooting pics yourself? Keeping up with the Joneses I'd say, and hey, I'm not not guilty of it. So this post, while I appreciate all the photographers out there, is a little word to the wise about shooting your own pics. If you like having family pics professionally shot, sweet, keep doing you, but for the times that option may not be feasible, here goes.I'm an awkward person, I always have been. If a situation is normal, I am excellent at making it not normal. I blame my mother [lurve you]. I have no filter when it comes to things that are vocalized, and I tend to be a goofy weirdo, unless i'm in one of my introverted moods. So moodiriffic. Anywho, with awkwardness comes a fail at posing for the camera. I heart candid shots. They complete me. But when a photographer is trying to get me to take a "candid" or even posed type pic, me no bueno [unless of course I've had a few bevs and I become a fashion model]... until we met the iPhone and its ability to record. Thank the lord for hubby, or else I'd still be resetting the phone 1,000 times to auto take our pics, he introduced me to this concept.

Here's our secret for the following pictures...

20151.Using an iPhone [or any camera phone probs] that we'd strategically lean on top of a chair that's been stacked on top of a table [I guess you could get one of these mini tripod things instead of the leaning method], we'd record ourselves, holding still for a few seconds during each pose so that we would get a good variety of both posed pics and candids.2. Once we'd gotten enough footage and/or didn't feel like coming up with anymore faces and/ or our face felt like a clown, we would sit down, and go to watch the video and press pause.2016 #favey3. Then we would scroll through the video using our handy dandy fingers on the frames at the bottom until we found the perfect candid or posed picture, then voila, we'd click a screenshot [of course making sure to tap on the screen first so that the frames disappeared].Another option for 2016, not as hilarious, so it didn't make the cutHallelujah, $500 bucks saved. All without the weird feeling of someone watching you and telling you to 'look into each other's eyes with clarity'. Christmas cards done.Until one day when this couple made a baby [Brady Bunch theme]... When we found out we were having a tiny human, we made the decision to gift ourselves a legit camera. We ended up getting the Nikon D3400 camera, which we lurve, and the bundle we bought came with a few different lenses to use with it, and some other awesome goodies. Jeff was given photography responsibilities since he, being ridic at all things he does, taught himself [via YouTube] how to take photog quality pictures. I, being the winger at all things, simply use auto when I feel the need to snap a quick pic of our little bug if daddy bear is at work. Here are a few auto shots I have snagged, I'm pretty proud, not gonna lie.I didn't mean to have certain parts all fuzzy, but the camera knows what it's doing when it costs an arm and a leg. Now we have canvas worthy pictures without the cost of paying someone else to capture intimate family photos every time. Don't get me wrong, the idea of not having to do the work of editing sounds lovely, but it does not exist in this penny pinchers pocketbook. Sooooo yah, there ya go, options of shooting pics for yourself, whether using your telly or a fancy camera. Even if you think you don't have the ability [exhibit A^], you do.This here below is our 2017 card pic. Jeff was obvi home and he set up the camera so it fuzzied out the background, and he got it all set on the tripod and theeeeen set the timer and ran to get in the shot [making Kuma an actual bear to hold onto... hims gets essiteds]. I hope you enjoyed scrolling through all of these pictures. #awkward2017- first Christmas pic with a camera cameraIf you pay a lot up front, you'll have something that will create loads and loads of memories. And it'll be an adventure while you're at it. woo!For newborn quality shots like the one below, we made sure she was sleepy [not hard], and got her nakey. For this shot [I think it was taken at 10 days old], we used things that we already had... we laid a blanket down on the grass, then laid a frame down that we sized her up in, and wrapped her in a loose swaddle... pretty self explanatory if you look at the picture. Jeff took the shot almost directly above, and we let Ellie do all the work, while speed clicking. Easy peasy lemon squeezey! Then we went through all the pics and decided which we liked best and edited those! Voila, presto, magic!As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This means, that at no additional cost to you, if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may earn a bit o monay. Happy shopping!

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