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Longing for spring…
This time of year is always so bla… We wait and wait for warm, and then it’s -20 again… and I want to cry! We are longing for the newness and freshness of spring…. We are ready to dig in the garden, play with the pony, and build a chicken coop! (for real) :)It’s depressing to be indoors and outside chores are pretty miserable when the wind slaps your face every time you walk outside.
There’s a little miracle happening though in our mud room. Tomatoes and broccoli plants are growing! The baby green plants make me so happy! This kids and I rush to look and see how much they have grown daily. Life. There it is… a promise too, that spring is so near. Soon these little guys will be in the garden. (I am ready to plant more too!! Flowers and herbs are next!)
Isn’t God awesome? We long for spring, for signs of life, and he gives them to us. Very small glimpses at first, then in bursting colors of green grass and flowing trees and plants. It’s an amazing sight every single year. Life, after the death…. what a beautiful personification spring time is to Jesus life and death here on earth. And these onions sit and wait, along with all the other seeds I probably purchased way too many of… I admit… I went overboard… I hope I can keep up with the weeds this year! “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3
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I love my DSLR (the big camera), I keep in arms reach most everyday but for those quick spontaneous moments especially when we are out and about, I sooo love having my iPhone handy. It’s funny… sometimes when other mom’s bring their DSLR along, there I am, with my iPhone. Wait, aren’t you a photographer?? Yep, and I love Phoneography. Don’t misunderstand… my big fancy camera is great, and I know how to use it. In no way does my phone replace my professional camera, but knowing how to use a camera and some basic tips can take your phoneography up a few notches. iPhone, or (heavy) DSLR, there are ways to take great pictures with both.
I thought it might be helpful to talk about some basic photography tips that translate to your phone.
Look for the light. Your phone can take a pretty fast picture in natural daylight. The less light available the slower your phone camera’s picture will be, because it is trying to allow enough light in the lens to take a pic. You can still take low-light pictures, but having a light source will make your image soooooo much better (natural or artificial!). Always have your subject turn towards the window or other light source if you are photographing their face. It makes a big difference in the image quality! Play with the light too! Sometimes I want the subject to be a silhouette against my background so I tap the screen where I want the phone camera to read the light and my subject becomes dark against a pretty sky. The less light you have available the grainier or blurrier your image will be. It can become tough to hold your hands still enough to take a good picture, and I don’t typically carry an iPhone tripod around so always always think about the light.
Change your angle! Get down low, or shoot from above. phones are small and light! Get moving around to find the best angles.
Composition is key! Just like with any ol’ camera composition is one of the keys to a great image. Negative space can make an image more dramatic and lead you to your subject. Leading lines also can draw your attention to your main focal point. Try using the rule of thirds or completely centering your subject.
Photograph those details. Life is in the details… I love nothing more then little hands reading a book, tiny tomato plants promising that spring is coming, a lock of hair on a baby’s forehead after a bath. These are the moments that really take your breath away in years to come. You won’t regret taking detail shots. Smartphones actually are pretty awesome at getting super close up shots with amazing clarity.
Photograph daily details too… a trip to the grocery store, a letter to the tooth fairy, bubble baths, holding hands on a date. Sometimes the daily routine is so routine that we forget to capture these special details of life.
Selfies… I guess I am pretty shameless about getting selfies with my kids, friends, and a great new pair of glasses. I firmly believe we need to not just record life around us, but us too. Most phones have a handy-dandy flip the camera around option. Use it!! You can also hand the phone over to a friend! The great thing about phone cameras is everyone knows how to take a picture with one… tap the screen silly willy. No duck faces though, they are just not that flattering.
yep, like this duck face…. it seemed like a good idea at the time…
Some great apps that I use daily are pictapgo, (for shooting and editing) instagram,(mostly for sharing) and vscocam.(shooting and editing) There are many many more great phone apps, but these are what I mostly love using. You can print iphone pics too! I need to do this again soon! I bet I have a few hundred prints to make. Lots of companies print square format prints like instagram users take as well as magnets (I have a lot of these!) jewelry, photo albums and other keepsake and gift ideas.
I might over do it… I shoot a lot, but it’s my life journal, and I love looking back through the last few years of my iphone pics already.
I hope these tips were helpful! Keep on shooting friends! Oh, I’d love to follow you on instagram. Leave your user name in the comments section, or just follow me amy_cyphers and I’ll follow you back! Kim’s on there too.. follow her at Photowildchild
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Big family groups use to really really really freak us out…yes that is a LOT of “really’s”! There was always someone not looking at the camera, or blinking, or someone that moved that I didn’t see move and usually a kid that won’t listen and everyone looks at the kid instead of the camera. Then the people standing behind me start yelling or making ridiculous noises and the whole large group looks at the weirdos behind me. When we try to redirect and the baby starts to cry… Then I get home and realize after 3-5 head swaps that I might have a good image… We hate head swapping… it is a lot of work! And then they might buy a few 8×10′s… yeah, it wasn’t really worth the hours. I usually turn down large groups for this reason.
These days, we actually love large groups and families! Instead of lining everyone up for a shot we might get lucky at catching or we might not, we use our friend Photoshop. Groups are divided up in to smaller groups and we have all eyes on us in the final product. What we end up creating is a beautiful panoramic print or canvas for the wall. This is definitely an heirloom photograph that will be treasured for generations. It’s funny how many people ask me after seeing images like the one below “How did you get them all to look at you?” or say “Wow your studio must be huge!”…. naaaa, we just know our software.
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Tell the Story
I often want to tell a story but I also want to be an observer. It is tough to just “let things happen” and often I am asking and interfering in what was supposed to be somewhat of a surprise attack. It is a good idea to practice capturing unique shots to tell a story with a stationary object or a child busy in a moment.
1. Practice. Just do it. Find a bowl of fruit or a child coloring. Get creative with as many different angles. Think about the subject from far away, close up, close close up. From above, below, and straight one.
2. Break down the subject. I am a details gal. I love how a simple detail and add a richness to the whole story. If you are using a bowl of fruit sort it by color and take a series of different images, photograph just the stems or take a bite out of one of the pieces of fruit. If you are photographing a child photograph their hands, their eyes, their toes under the table… Sometimes when I am stuck and think this is a really boring subject I break it down. The sum of all the parts added together is much more valuable then the whole alone.
3. Add interest. It is fun to shoot through something to soften the image or frame your subject in a window. If you are shooting outside shoot though leaves or shoot a reflection. You can add a lot of interest without interfering with your subject as they do their thing by adding something to the shot.
4. Finally, place detail shots next to portrait shots. I think this is so fun to see the smiling face and then see the crayons in their hands or the shot of their tongue sticking out as they were coloring. Or show the bowl of fruit and then just own stem.
If you practice this often you will start to improve your storytelling. There is value in seeing the scene and then by focusing in on the tiny details. If you are on vacation at a beach for example shoot the vast ocean and then the sand in your toes…and then everything in between. Take chances and play.
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Roses are red…
I did get flowers this year, and they reminded me of my husbands love for me and sure did make me smile. Flowers or not, single, in a relationship, married, or eHarmony … You are loved. The Bible says so. Take great comfort in that today and every single day. The One that loves you, is perfect, and his promises never fail.
My mom had this verse on her facebook page today. It’s one of my favorite promises too and has been repeating in my head all day.
“…I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
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A blue dress against the cool white snow is so beautiful. There is magic being out when it is so quite outside. It was so still this afternoon.
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Wild Child Senior Spokesmodel Application
Wild Child is looking for a select few outgoing, confident, involved Juniors girls from our surrounding area interested in being Senior Spokesmodels! While we would love to choose everyone who applies we only have a few spaces to fill and will have to make some tough choices about who will be a part of our team.
What do are Spokesmodels receive?
A free 30 minutes mini outdoor session held by May (weather permitting)
Free Mobile Album of your session images for your phone
Websized watermarked images for Facebook
Rep Cards with images from your session.
$100 print credit towards full custom senior session
What else do you get?
Senior Spokesmodels have two options
You can earn a $30 dollar print credit per booked referral
3 referrals = $50 visa gift card
5 referrals =$100 visa gift card
8 referrals= $150 visa gift card
What do you have to do?
Be a graduating Senior from the class of 2015
Be comfortable in front of the camera
Have an outgoing and positive attitude
Agree to represent the Wild Child (maintain a positive social media presence and be an upstanding community member)
Agree to pass out Rep Card to everyone you know and tell them about saving money when they book using your rep card.
Return a signed model release
If you are interested please complete the form below. We will be hosting a studio open house where we will be taking headshots and getting to know you better. Mark your calendars on for Saturday, March 29 from 1-2 pm. We will meet at our studio off the square in Holton, KS.
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Quick and easy valentine idea
I made these for my kids this year and thought I would share! Just grab their favorite Kool Aid individual serving packet and attach these sweet little toppers with a staple! When we are done with ours I will update with a picture.