PHOTO TIPS & TRICKS | #THEMOMBLOGCOLLECTIVE WEEK 3

Happy September!! For me this month means baby month, launching my own children's clothing line and FALL. But somehow I'm trying to keep up with my favorite series #themomblogcollective! If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Every other week, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will answer the same set of questions to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more. We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post!

So let's get started!

1. What do you use to take your photos?

Since I'm a wedding photographer, most of the time I use my Canon 5D Mark II & III with a 35mm lens.  But you certainly don't need something that fancy. Iphones these days are amazing and have incredible cameras but if you're looking for something more than your iPhone but less than a DSLR I'd recommend these Moment Lens that you can put on your iPhone. They twist onto the cases and are such a great quality for being able to pretty much fit in your pocket. 

I also try to always shoot in natural light. Our house doesn't have very many windows so if I need to take photos at home we try and take them in the morning or else they are a pain to edit. While we are out and about I am looking for clean bright backgrounds that look appealing to the eye. I also try to have some sort of pattern on my feed. It doesn't always happen but I try to have a "clean background" every other photo.  You can see below, I messed the pattern up but I like to think of it more as relaxed guidelines instead of a rule. 


2. What Apps do you use for your editing process? 

Since being a photographer and shooting in RAW I use Lightroom with Presets that I've bought. I have presets from VSCO and a handful of other companies but my favorite presets are from Jessica Janae Photography. I have her set from last year, I did hear she just launched a new set that I have yet to look into. Even though I use presets I still have to go in and tweak each photo. Because I'm looking for consistently on Instagram I usually edit my photos I've taken on my phone in Lightroom as well to try and keep my feed cohesive. Jessica Janae Photography. I have her set from last year, I did hear she just launched a new set that I have yet to look into. Even though I use presets I still have to go in and tweak each photo. Because I'm looking for consistently on Instagram I usually edit my photos I've taken on my phone in Lightroom as well to try and keep my feed cohesive. 

I know people who really hate editing on their computer and just use the VSCO and Lightroom Apps on their phones but I find it to be much easier and faster on my computer. Once I get the edit just right I can copy, paste and export all within a short amount of time. It really is all about finding a way you like to edit and keeping every photo the same. So if you love something you're able to do on your phone then that is enough, just try and keep it consistent! Also be patient with yourself. It took me a year to figure out how I liked to edit and how I wanted my photos to look. So it's totally okay if you start one way and find something you like better. I personally try to stick to the same colors in my feed. Currently, it's different shades of pinks, reds, and greens.

3. What Photos of yours tend to do well? What do your followers really respond to? 

Gosh, Instagram recently is always changing so it's hard to tell. It used to be photos of Olive + I but now it is any photos with a baby bump. Photos of Austin + Olive usually don't do too well but I don't mind because I want them both in my feed and their bond is so special. Instagram isn't just for pretty photos, it's for all the moments you want to remember so I make sure to keep it a variety even though some photos do better than others. Honestly, It's hard not to get discouraged knowing that "this photo will flop" but I always remind myself why I keep posting on Instagram and that is to "connect" and not to have every photo be picture perfect. I also believe just because a photo doesn't get many likes doesn't mean your followers didn't like it, It could just be the algorithm messing up.

4.How do you get Olive to take so many photos?

This is something that is always changing. She is growing and learning and having opinions. Sometimes it works out great and sometimes she's just not having it. We try to really let her just play and grab photos that way. But sometimes we can bribe her with healthy snacks. We take photos by a white wall a lot and there is always some sort of ant or grasshopper around. She loves bugs so we always ask her to "find the bugs" and those make for great photos. We also bring her toys with so she has something to interact with. Like walking her dog or picking flowers. Olive loves to be the center of attention so if you ask her to spin, sing or do something silly she is usually up for it. For the moment's she's totally melting down and wants nothing to do with photos, we try to just let her be and either reschedule or wait 10 minutes and try again. We certainly don't want her to hate taking photos so we try our best to be really flexible. Which sometimes takes Austin and I reminding each other to stay patient. 

Make sure to check out these lovely ladies posts below for their insight! 

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