# 2: Light it up
Lighting is key to photographs. If it's dark, use a tripod (ahem, again the one above is great). A second option? Turn on some lights. If you're still looking for a little bit of assistance below are a two great options we use (for personal and business situations).
#3: Capture emotion
Making cookies with the kids? Giving mom a special gift that you know will bring her to tears? Be ready to capture it. We're not saying stay connected to your camera 24/7 to capture everything, but anticipating those special moments of laughs or tears make for the best images.
#4 Change your perspective
Get eye level with you little ones. Shoot over the should of your kids. Lurk around the tree or photograph through a window. Peek through the crack of their bedroom door. Do what every you need to for a new perspective.
Holiday photographs you’ll be happy you captured:
The best photos are the ones you take...just for you.
The most important part is to be in the moment with your family and have fun.
The happiness captured, the meal shared — they’re the experiences that make up this season.
So do your best to take the photos that matter to you, just don't forget to put the camera down to experience it for yourself.
We tend to get a lot of questions around photography throughout the year, so we thought it'd be fun to write up a quick blog and share a few products we think are pretty amazing — gear, services and innovations to make it fun.
Looking for great gift ideas for a photography lover? These are some great gift ideas for under the tree or to help fill the stockings.
Gear // Cameras, Kits, and Lenses
Starting off with some professional gear:
Affordable camera kits for beginners:
Favorite portrait lenses:
Photographing children or moving objects? Consider...
On the move?
Just looking to kick up your iPhone images?
Editing // Software
Extras // Tripods, Bags, and More
Get Inspired // Online Tutorials, Subscriptions, and Books
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There's been a lot of hype around the Global Winter Wonderland happening here in San Diego. We were invited to the opening Media night a few weeks ago to capture the ribbon cutting ceremony, festive laterns and carnival which was only open to a select few media members of the community. If you're looking for something new and exciting to do with the family be sure to check this event out; which will be here until January 7th!
Every year we have clients asking where they should go to get holiday cards printed, photo enlargements, canvas prints, etc. To help simplify this year, we've created our list below. Many sites will offer holiday deals, so be sure to check back often.
There is no better way to correspond with friends and loved ones than a holiday card. Find the perfect holiday card for your style and budget, with luxe paper and printing. Our favorite: TinyPrints
Large Format Prints
If you're anything like me, getting ahead on holiday things helps keep me a bit more sane by the time the holidays ACTUALLY get here. So here we are... well before the season sharing our favorite holiday cards from Minted! Their cards seem to always have that extra little love in them that you can't find anywhere else.
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#1 Simple and Clean. If you're looking for something simple and clean consider the below. And yes! you should absolutely consider using one of your wedding photographs if you were married in 2017. Remember, less is more. Let the beauty of your photograph show.
#2 Whimsical with berries. Not into all the glitz of some holiday cards? Not to worry. These little watercolored berries are the perfect balance of a whimsical holiday style.
#3 Bold and Fun! Get creative with using several photos vs just one. While we absolutely love photographing family portraits, don't forget a few holiday cheer images in your home with the right lighting, adds a personal touch. Pair it with a joyful holiday card and it's as simple as that.
#4 Gold Foil. Last but not least, we can't help ourselves with all the foiled options from Minted! Here's our fav for 2017! It has that shimmer that just makes everyone smile (and in this case "sing")!
Be sure to check out all the designs over at Minted.com!
We love Minted Holiday cards for a number of reasons. First and foremost, their designs. They work with professional artists to bring you the best designs from modern to traditional styles. Secondly; the quality of their products. They print their cards on luxurious paper using some of the best printing techniques.
They're truly one of a kind and stand out from the other competitors.
$149, 20 minutes, 20+ images (up to 6 people)
Includes edited high resolution digital images (a minimum of 20)
for you to download from a private online gallery with printing rights.
Sessions Dates and Times:
If sessions are full or you’d like to book a private session at a different location, please email me at email@example.com or text me at 814-730-1778.
Important steps to complete your booking and reserve your time slot:
1. Complete payment (non-refundable) via PayPal or Venmo:Please contact directly for alternative payment options if needed.
2. Complete contract.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this year!
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