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camera focus point and eyes

By Cori Derksen | May 22, 2012

I love to focus on the eyes. There’s so much emotion and life in the eyes. If I’m photographing just one person I most often put my focus point on their eyes. I love the eyes. The life is in the eyes. Whether there are smiles, intense stares, tears, wonder, or fear….you can feel it…

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smiles, laughter, and the manual settings

By Cori Derksen | May 15, 2012

I LOVE laughter. It’s fun to laugh. It’s fun to watch your kiddos laughing hysterically. But I love so very much to capture it in photographs. Then it makes me smile every time I look at them. It’s like reliving a happy moment…over and over.   :) My manual settings on this image below: ISO…

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baby details and my macro lens

By Cori Derksen | May 2, 2012

Oh how I love baby details … like these fabulous eyelashes. And oh how I love my 100mm macro lens. My manual settings for the picture below: ISO – 1600 aperture – F3.5 shutter speed – 1/125 second camera body – canon’s 5D mark II lens – canon’s 100mm macro 2.8L Oh and these squishy…

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posing newborn babies in props

By Cori Derksen | Apr 23, 2012

I know that the newborn babies are so beautiful just laying in their mama’s arms. But oh to put them in a prop every once in a while is so very fun! I love posing newborn babies in fun props. And for more blog posts on newborn prop ideas you can look at these different…

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little buddies

By Cori Derksen | Apr 17, 2012

Exploring with some little buddies… So, here’s the way it goes down when I take my camera with me when it’s just my boys and some friends. This is for the times when it’s not a photo shoot, it’s just heading out for a picnic and exploring or something real life like that. First of…

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photographing wiggly kids

By Cori Derksen | Apr 11, 2012

I often photograph wiggly little moving kids. When little ones are one, two, three, four, and more years old they often don’t want to sit still for me while I take their picture. Sometimes, that’s okay because it’s wonderful to capture their little personality as they do things and move around. But there are also…

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my boys…

By Cori Derksen | Apr 5, 2012

My most loved and most difficult subjects… it’s getting a bit easier though. It only takes a tiny bribe now and they’re all in for just a few quick pics. My manual settings and a few details to help: ISO – 200 aperture – F 4.5 (photographing two wiggly kiddos, want them both in focus)…

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spring photo shoots and manual settings

By Cori Derksen | Apr 2, 2012

I hope you’re shooting away in this beautiful spring weather. Loving it! Here are some images from some recent shoots and the manual settings that I used. Hope it helps… My manual settings for the image below: ISO – 320 aperture – F 2.8 (the widest my macro lens will open) shutter speed – 1/1000…

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add pinterest to your blog

By Cori Derksen | Mar 29, 2012

Have you gotten on to Pinterest yet? It’s so fun! I’m sure you’ve all checked it out by now, right? Personally I love it for keeping track of all the loveliness I find on the internet. You know that feeling when you’re like… “where did I see that super fun craft idea that I wanted…

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