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add pinterest to your blog

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 to do with my kids?” …but you can’t find it anywhere? Well, now I can pin it and keep track of it to do later. Or if I’m organizing or dreaming of remodeling my kitchen I can pin all the styles and looks and fun ideas I like.  Then later when my dreams get to come true then I can refer back to those. Love that.

I also love looking through other people’s pins all over Pinterest. Such beautiful photographs, fun ideas, and more!

Well, my hubby…being the fabulous developer that he is (hey I can brag on him right? I’m married to the man!) he has created a “Pin It” button for WordPress that’s pretty deluxe and just keeps getting better and better! Oh and it’s….FREE! You can add this button to your WordPress blog and it will be at the bottom of each individual blog post. That way other people can pin your picture or your craft idea or whatever you’re blogging about. Then people just might start looking at all your fanciness all over Pinterest! :)A couple of great things about his button are:

  • It displays how many times the post hass been pinned right next to it. Super cool. See the number in the box up above right next to the pin it button?
  • When you click on it you get to select which particular picture from that blog page/post that you’d like to pin. See picture below.
  • And the upgrades just keep coming…

Basically…If you’re a blogger using WordPress you need this “Pin It” button. Cause why wouldn’t you want people pinning your stuff right? Pinterest is the new big and super fun thing! So get on it! :)

questions for YOU!

I would love to get to know you a little better.

You see, I’m trying to figure out what I should focus my writing on when I post to the blog or send out tips in the newsletter (so it will benefit you!). And I can only do that if I know where you’re at in your photography journey and what you’re looking to learn.

If you wouldn’t mind filling out this very short form, I’d really appreciate it. Your response is anonymous and sent privately to me.

Update: Survey is closed, but I’d still LOVE your feedback. Just use the “Contact Me” link above.

Pretty please? If only two people do… I might be a wee bit sad like my friend Liam here…

If no one fills it out… Oh goodness… I’m not sure what I will do…

So go on…click and make me smile!

a forum is coming…

I’ve been getting quite a few questions from some of you amazing mamas of kiddos that are trying to learn how to shoot in manual. First of all, YAY that you’re trying to shoot pictures of your kids using manual settings. You’ll love having more control over your camera. And secondly, YAY that you’re willing to ask questions. That’s awesome. Well, I’m sorry that I haven’t always been super good or quick at getting back to you. The blog format has been a bit tough for that. But I wanted to let you all know that a forum is in the works. It’s coming. The forum will be a place where you can ask questions through this blog about your camera settings or your lighting or whatever your concern is and we can answer! I can answer, you can answer each others questions, and more. It will be a place to continue to learn. So, hang on…just a bit longer. It’s coming.

And because every blog post is better with a picture, here’s an image from a recent family shoot. And here…are my manual settings:
ISO – 400
shutter speed – 1/400 second
aperture – 4.0
the family – gorgeous

taking pictures of your kids in their costumes

Ok all you mamas out there. You need to be taking pictures of your kiddos in those adorable Halloween costumes. We want to remember how cute they looked right? Well, getting pictures on the actual night of Halloween can be a little tricky. Sometimes in the midst of the candy, door to door hellos and the drama of putting the costume on and sometimes off and on it’s just tough to get some great shots. Not to mention we usually trick or treat when it’s dark so they always require that bright flash.

So, an idea for you…. Dress your little ones up in their costumes and snap a few cute pictures in this next week. Then on Halloween night you can relax and enjoy the moments rather than being a maniac with your camera. Here’s what I did. I set up a white paper backdrop inside my house near a nice big window and I took some pics of my little ones in their costumes. You could tape a big long piece of butcher paper to your wall or you could use a white sheet, or you could simply shoot your kids picture against a blank tan (or similar) wall and have it be natural with the wall, baseboard, and flooring. That photographs great. Don’t think that you don’t have a good enough set up…cause you do. And if none of that sounds doable, then shoot some pictures of them in their costumes in your backyard.  Here are a couple of pictures that I took and my manual settings. These are not my kids (I have two wiggly boys) but these are two of my girlfriend’s ones. Adorable, aren’t they?

My manual settings (for both shots…they’re the same):
ISO – 1600
aperture – 2.8
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – 35mm 1.4L
I had the flash pointed up at the ceiling to fill the picture a bit.