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Know Your Why
Know Your Why

 About five months ago, I hit rock bottom, healthwise.  I was overweight, out of shape, exhausted, and just plain old sad over having lost the athlete I once was.  I knew I had to do something to get strong and healthy again, but the thought of trying again was daunting.  I’d climbed this mountain so many times before.  Self doubt and fear loomed.  Why try again?  Wouldn’t I just fail… again?I decided that I needed to try a new way, so I sought the help of a professional.  I called a trainer who I’d found online, one who specialized in health and fitness for those of us in the “over forty” club.  One phone call with Dave McGarry and I knew I had found a gem.  He helped me set goals, and then he helped me crush them!  I think the most important thing that I learned from Dave was the very first lesson he taught me.  He had me sit down and write out my “why”.  Even beyond that, he had me write down several layers of “whys” so that every reason I had for wanting to get healthy had a deeper “why”.  I would consider a goal, say to lose 20 lbs, and I would write down why I wanted to lose that weight.  I wanted to be able to spend a day at the pool with my kids and be comfortable in my swimsuit.  But why?  I would continue ...

Five Composition Tricks To Try Today
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 Two of my last three blog posts were about photography, specifically lighting.  Today I’m going to talk a little bit about composition.  No, not every blog post will be about photography.  I do love geeking out on all things involving a camera, but there are other things to talk about, and talk about them we will. However, today let me share with you a few simple tips on how to improve your everyday photos with composition. Simply put, composition is the placement of objects and elements in a work of art.  So how you decide to compose your photo can mean the difference between a throwaway snapshot and a beautiful portrait.  There are a lot of tips out there when it comes to composition.  Today I’m going to share five simple ones. Get A Little CloserWho or what is your subject?  What do you want your viewer focused on?  One of the best ways to take the guesswork out of this is to get closer to your subject.  Let her fill up your frame.  I often tell myself to get close enough to feel like I’m too close.  Then get a little closer.  Leave no room for question.  Let your subject take over.   Get THEM A Little Closer (To Each Other)It is often the case when people are in photographs together that they are uncomfortable with getting too close.  But the closer ...

Quick Momtographer Tip
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 Hello and happy Monday!  I've got another momtography tip for you today, and it's a great one for summer!I'm not sure about the rest of you, but the sun is looming large and wonderfully here in our beautiful Rocky Mountain State, and so today's tip is about embracing that sun and playing with it a little bit.Today I'm going to talk with you about backlighting.  Simply put, backlighting is when your light source (the sun in this case) is actually behind your subject and you are shooting into that light.  It can be tricky, but it's fun to play around with, and you can capture some soft and stunning images this way. A few simple tips to help you on your way to backlighting.1. USE A REFLECTORI know that not all of you own fancy photographer's reflectors, and that's ok.  I've used white poster board, or even just my white shirt.  If I know I'm going to try backlighting and won't have an actual reflector (or someone else to hold one), I make sure to wear white.  Even that will help to reflect some of the light behind your subject onto her face. 2. EXPOSE FOR YOUR SUBJECTWhen you are trying to backlight, your camera will want to expose for the scene behind your subject, especially if you are shooting with your phone or on automatic.  What will happen then, is that you'll have a lovely sky and a dark, underexposed subject.  Not ...

How To Shoot Portraits and Landmarks
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 It goes one of two ways.  You've just returned home from the most fantastic family vacation and you can't wait to share your images with the world (gotta love Facebook!).  So you post some pics from that day you spent at Niagra Falls.  Or Fenway Park.  Or The Field of Dreams.  And you get one of two responses.Either people say "Wow, great photo of your kids there, but where is that?", because you went for the cute faces and so lost the entire landmark.Or, you remembered to actually include the landmark, and so people comment with, "Wow, how cool that you went to Fenway Park, but which of the tiny heads are your kids?"  You got the giant sign or feature, but lost the kids in the process.There's an easy solution to this, but bear with me that my visuals will have more to do with soccer fields and athletic equipment because that's about the only way I can get my model to cooperate for me.  You'll get the idea, though. In the first image, you can see that I went for my son's portrait and in the process, I missed the entire landmark, which here is the soccer net.  It's actually necessary for the shot because without it, he's just a kid standing here with a soccer ball.  There is no story.  No "landmark".  No point to the image.Now in the shot below, I remembered to shoot the "landmark", but in the process I shrunk my ...

Quick Momtographer Tip: Where's Your Horizon?
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 Hi Momtographers!  How's summer going?  Have you been taking your camera with you everywhere?  Capturing summer moments of your family?  Need some help?Well, first CLICK HERE for my post on Ten Must-Have Kid Pics for summer!Or CLICK HERE for my Momtography Mini Workbook!Today I want to share with you one simple question to always ask yourself when taking photos.Where is the horizon?It's important to keep your horizon out of the center of your frame.  Put it in the center, and your viewer won't know what she's looking at.  Is this image of a beautiful sky?  Or of a beautiful landscape?  Where should my attention be? Now this might seem simple enough, but keep in mind that sometimes images have different horizons.  Like the image below.  Is the horizon at the top of the mountains, where mountains meet sky?  Or is it where the grass meets the dunes?  Hmm… tough one.  Simple solution… keep them both away from the center of your photo. Decide early on where you want all eyes to go.  Most times it's easy to tell.  The sky will stand out, or the sunset.  Or perhaps the gorgeous mountains, or a tranquil lake.  Wherever it is that you want eyes going, make that the majority of your image.  If it's sky, then make the ground 1/3 of your image (remember the ...