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.

Picnik collage
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.

Tip1, picture 1

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

Tip 2, picture 1

Tip 2, picture 3

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.

Tip 2, picture 2

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.

Tip 4, picture 1

Tip 4, picture 2

Tip 4, picture 3

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.

Tip 1, picture 3

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.

Tip 5, picture 1

Tip 5, picture 2

Tip 5, picture 3

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!


  1. Great posts and great tips for fabulous photos

  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!!!

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

  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.

  5. Ranieri, an honest kind, even some [url=http://www.jordango2013.com]wholesale jordan[/url] kind of coach. Fashion Women Handbags, In his occupation resume, there are many coached the [url=http://www.jordango2013.com]wholesale air joran[/url] club experience, Jerseys, such as Chelsea, Juventus, Valencia, [url=http://www.jordango2013.com/Wholesale-air-jordan-5-high-heels_c30]wholesale Air Jordan 5 High Heels[/url] Rome and so [url=http://www.jordango2013.com/Wholesale-air-jordan-shoes-26_c15]wholesale Air Jordan Shoes 26[/url] on, Nike Shoes, but [url=http://www.jordango2013.com/Wholesale-air-jordan-shoes-8_c8]wholesale Air Jordan Shoes 8[/url] not in a club made a real breakthrough success, this perhaps is not just a coincidence. Soccer Cleats, He and some of the world famous gap or obviously

  6. Have I mentioned enough to you the word [url=http://www.jordango2013.com/Wholesale-air-jordan-23-high-heels_c35]wholesale Air Jordan 23 High Heels[/url] free? Mat 10:8b "Freely you have received, freely give, [url=http://www.jordango2013.com]wholesale jordan shoes[/url] Please look over the sites of interest we offer. By repenting of sin and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior (by faith alone), we become [url=http://www.jordango2013.com/Wholesale-air-jordan-2012_c16]wholesale Air Jordan 2012[/url] right with God: [url=http://www.jordango2013.com]nike jordan wholesaler[/url] our sins are forgiven, heaven is our home, and we [url=http://www.jordango2013.com/Wholesale-air-jordan-big-ups_c24]wholesale Air Jordan Big Ups[/url] will live with our Lord and other believers for ever. Good works may evidence our salvation, but we are saved by God's grace apart from our works


I love comments! I read each and every one of them...thank you for taking the time!