It’s september and I’m reminded of my bff’s births that I was honored to photograph. Today is Malinoa’s (shown below) 2nd birthday and I love going back to this moment when she was born. She was fresh and new and the memories made in that hospital room were just as fresh and new. But with time, tiny details, expressions and even smells are forgotten or remembered like it was just a dream. Photographs capture those details forever.

I myself have had photographs taken only moments after zoe was born and even though I had a C-section and the hospital was super strict about how many people were in the room with me.. I treasure those photos like they were gold.

I would love to do more of this precious work. If you are expecting or know someone who is, please share this post with them. I would love to capture your/their story.

I’ve been asked several times, “what actions do you use for your pictures?” I usually tell them but I always feel so weird because I paid good money for those actions because I’m a professional and its part of my job to invest in awesome stuff for my business. If I wasn’t doing this to make money there is no way I’d fork out hundreds of dollars to purchase actions to edit my photos. No way! Maybe as a surprise christmas present from the hubs? But, really, I wouldn’t. I always tell people, it’s what you do WITH your camera that is most important.

Actions are SO fun but when it comes down to it, my own personal pictures ( unless being printed and hung on my wall) go through a simple process that result in genuine reflections of the moment we were in. That’s it.

¬†First, I have a photoshop/lightroom subscription. You can check it out here. BUT, if you aren’t making money off of this, I’d suggest purchasing photoshop elements here. It’s affordable and very easy to use. It’s perfect for the mama photographer who just wants to capture every day moments with out having to hire me for every moment of her families’ life.;)

Second, like I said, and I cannot emphasize this enough: It’s what you learn about your camera and how to use it that is the most important about capturing your everyday.

So, here I go! Don’t worry, this is SUPER simple!

SOOC means, Straight Out Of Camera. This image is as close as I could come to perfect exposure as I could muster at 6:30 am traveling back from Utah without my hubby. I’d say, it’s pretty dead on. BUT, I needs a little something to make the colors pop.


This image is edited only with adjustments in contrast and brightness. Just a little. I sharpened just a little as well. I always try to sharpen my images just a little ( not too much or it looks crazy), but just enough to emphasize elements of the image.

If I’m posting on my personal blog and I really don’t have time for crazy editing because I just want to share my life with my family and friends, this, my friends, is what I do. Period. Unless I messed up really badly with the exposure ( which by this point would be a surprise but still happens sometimes) I don’t do anything more.

See the difference? it’s subtle, but it makes the biggest difference. It’s no longer muddy.. It’s vibrant and it pops!


Photoshop was meant to enhance your images, not to save them!:)

this help you? I hope it did. I LOVE sharing my knowledge for photography. Photography is my way of creating and being the best person I can be. I’d love to share more with you too! If you want to learn more about photography basics, feel free to email me at OR go to the CONTACT section on this blog.

Happy Tuesday!

As you can see things look a little different. I don’t know how many times I’ve changed things around here and I’m sure it’s not the last time I’ll do it. BUT, hopefully the content will be the biggest change. I have some small goals for this blog and I’m so excited to post things to share with all of you! Last week we did a family home evening lesson on goal setting and it got me thinking about my own goals. I wouldn’t say I’m a big go getter.. well, maybe a little but I’m terrible with goals. TERRIBLE! It’s like when I make a goal theres so much pressure to achieve it that I ¬†psych myself out and give up. I worry too much abut the future and fear of failure starts to set in. Happen to you too? Or is that just me? So, I did a pinterest search and found a great little guide to making goals for all of us to see and start thinking about.. they’re called “S.M.A.R.T. Goals..



Isn’t that fun? I hadn’t ever heard of the “smart” goals before. Totally changed how I look at goal setting.:)So, heres a breakdown of each of them…

Specific: Know exactly what you are wanting to accomplish.

Measurable: How will you know you met your goal?

Achievable: Make sure your goal is not too far to reach, but far enough to be challenging.

Relevant: Link the goal to something important to you; something that inspires you.

Timely: When do you want your goal to be met?

The one I have to hardest time with is timing. I just want the goal to be met tomorrow and get it done! But goals take time I guess.. too bad. lol One of the goals for this blog is to post once a week. So, I’ll be posting about different things, not super long, crazy stuff, but just enough to inspire myself and hopefully you to create a habit of doing something I enjoy. Happy goal setting everyone! P.S.- if you’d like to print this out click here! Yay!