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Dear Dads

Mother's Day is less than a week a way. If you have a photo mama wife here is what she really really really wants.... she wants to be in the pictures or video with her kids. If  you want to give her an amazing gift pick up her camera (without her asking you to!) and take images of her with her kids.  Now, before you just start snapping away we wanted to share a few tips. 1) Don't surprise her. Let her know you want to do this. This gives her a chance to look and feel great and put on something other than her college sweatshirt. She might also have some ideas! 2) Pick a location with good light....

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Drop a beat - Finding good music for your video projects

Here is a video from my 2017 monthly video project. I love capturing my kids doing what they do at home. This time is so precious to me and fleeting. The ordinary moments will be what they remember. This song came from soundstripe.com (more about them below!) It is called "No turning back" by Joy Oladokun. This video was shot with my Sony a6500..check out more about that camera... amazeballs! With all of the on line sharing platforms out there and the ability to create iMovies or videos on your DSLR cameras finding proper music is essential. Gone are the days when you added video to your favorite song in your CD collection. When you share a video you made...

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"Do you like this?"

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." Dieter F. Uchtdorf "Do you like this?" Sounds like an innocent enough question. We ask it all the time. Do you like  this outfit? Do you like that dinner? Do you like how I did XYZ?  This question to an artist (mom's capturing your family... you fall into this category too!) is loaded.  What if they don't like an image, a drawing, a painting, or a dress you sewed? Does it change what you feel about it? Do you like what you created any less? When we create we pour bits of ourselves into it. We pour what we find interesting, how we see, how we...

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She grew up {Watch me Grow Video}

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning We get so gitty when we can a newborn that we get to photograph and video over their entire first year. Watching them grow up in their video is amazing. They go from being cuddled in their mama's arms to walking and independent... in just a short year.      This is what her mama had to say when she got to watch her full video. Hearing back from a mom about how precious she finds this video makes me teary. This past year did go fast and I love that we were able to give her a way to slow it down a bit and remember each stage. "Kim that...

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I think I love you, Sony

I purchased a new camera recently... and it wasn't a Canon (gasp!) Canon is all I've known since, well, college when I bought a first generation rebel that shot all of 4 megapixels and cost me my grocery money and rent for a couple months! I won't tell you how long ago that was, but since then I've owned lots of cameras, and they have all been Canons. Kim and I had this wild idea a few years ago that we were videographers as well as photographers. We learned and practiced video and got pretty good... Good and passionate enough that we began teaching other photographers how to shoot video too! We actually have a workshop running we are starting...

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