Engagement Photoshoot: Hope Thomas & Miller Orr

While I was home for Thanksgiving break, I shot engagement pictures of my sister and her fiancé! Since I was only in Nashville for a short time, we had to go out at 6:00am the day after Thanksgiving to capture the early sunlight. Unfortunately for the couple, a November Nashville sunrise means 30º weather, and I’ll…

An Everyday Guide to Taking Better Pictures

Whether you’re taking your shot on a fancy DSLR or on your iPhone for your snapchat story, here are some quick and easy tips that will greatly improve your pictures! Shoot 3, Then Another Frame your shot and then take three pictures without checking how they look. Between each shot, move your stance a little bit:…

How To Build an Instagram Aesthetic

Aesthetic. We hear that word ALL the time and it’s usually paired with a pronoun (his, her, your) and a type of social media (instagram, tumblr). It’s the type of pictures you take, how your feed looks – it’s your look. As social media has become a part of daily life over the last several years,…

Program Feature: Lightroom

At some point, you have probably taken a photograph that you really like, but there’s something about it that bugs you… it’s a little too dark, the people in the background stand out just a little too much, or the sky is just a little too gray. Well, you’re in luck! Adobe has a powerful and easy to…

Opinion: When A Client Filters Your Photos

Scenario: You had a photoshoot last week and the photos came out INCREDIBLY. They looked good in camera, but you still had to spend a good number of hours on the computer editing them so that they would be perfect..and perfect they looked by the end of it. You send your final product to the…

Intro to Aperture

Aperture a space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera. When you upgrade from a phone camera to a DSLR, the biggest difference you’ll notice is the “blurry background.” This depth effect can either bring the focus on the subject in the…

Intro to Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed the time for which a shutter is open at a given setting. Imagine: a sliding door opening and then closing. That’s basically what a camera shutter is. Now, imagine measuring how quickly the door opens and closes…that’s shutter speed. The amount of light that the camera captures depends on how quickly the shutter…

Introduction to Camera Science

You just unboxed your first real camera. Your smartphone takes decent pictures, but you’re interested in photography and figured a DSLR is worth the investment. When you turn the camera on, however, you’re greeted by rows of numbers, fractions, and decimals. Science? Math? You don’t know what all this means, but you do know that you’re overwhelmed. The…

3 Things For You…

Whether your DSLR is still in the box, or you’re already taking pictures and simply want to learn how to get better, here are three things you’ll learn from this blog: How to shoot in Manual mode How to better frame your shots How to edit your shots Photography is a method of storytelling –…