Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest Blogger....Mish Mashed Mama!

Today's guest blogger is Jess from Mish Mashed Mama. I always love taking a look at her projects and her photography. She has an amazing way of making you feel like you are right there with her subject and I find myself smiling right along with them. I'm so happy she decided to stop by today!


Hi!! I'm Jess, the blogger behind Mish Mashed Mama :) In addition to many other things, I am a mama to a 16 month old little big boy named Ezekiel (Zeke for short) & a photographer. I'm glad to be posting here while Carmella takes a well deserved break with her newest sweet one.

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I specialize in natural light portrait photography. The usual suspects: happy families, adorable kiddos, glowing pregnant women, sleepy newborns, & people in looooooove.

BUT, I also love documenting the everyday life of my son in a creative way....turning the "ordinary" into something fun. Because I could talk all day and you probably don't want to listen to me ramble, I'll get to the point: Today I am here to share a few tips with you on how to improve the turnout of your everyday kid's photography.


1.Remember you don't need a fancy camera to take good pictures. The picture below was taken with my cell phone (later on I added the b&w effects). I know it sounds crazy but I don't feel like having my DSLR camera attached to my hip at all times and some pictures just can't wait.

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2. Try different angles. Get on the floor, climb on a bench/chair/stool, use reflections. Step out of the box. ;)

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3. Check your background. If you trying to take a nice portrait of your kiddo, a hundred cars or mass of buildings in the background are going to be a big distraction. Try an area of trees or a grassy open spot. Not much of an option? Try the "Portrait" mode on your camera, this should blur the background while focusing on your subject.


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4. Improvise. See the pictures below? I randomly decided to take a mini session of Zeke one afternoon. You wanna know my secret? You know...how I did it? I set up a black fleece blanket over two kitchen chairs in front of our picture window. It worked so well, I did it a couple other times, too.

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5. Play with effects. Sometimes they can give a photo just the right feel. My favorite website for photo editing? Picnik and there are several apps for phones such as Instagram & Little Photo.

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6. Document the details. I don't mean just the little hands & feet of babies. I mean summer popsicles, leaf bottoms, & babies with dirty knees in diapers. These are the things that will trigger the memories down the road.

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Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you find these tips helpful & inspiring to capture more of your little ones as they grow! :)

Thanks so much Jess! I really did learn so much and will putting all these tips to good use :) And, how cute is that sweet boy of yours?! Tell him we said thank you too!

7 comments:

  1. Great posts and great tips for fabulous photos

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  2. Hey you, Miss ya! Miss blogging too..I been trying to catch up with ya when I can but you are a machine :) Anywho, happy fall!!!

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  3. what a great post!!! Each of these pics are AMAZING!!!! oh how i want a new camera!! :) Thanks for the tips and inspiration!!!

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  4. I love love love the belly shot with the little elbow dimple. Those are the things that I want to remember when my kids have grown up - the sweet, smushy little bodies and how wonderful they feel when I hold them.

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