Before I was a photographer, I often wondered how people got such beautiful photos where the people were clear and the background was blurry. ⠀ ⠀ If you’ve ever looked at photos and thought the same…I was totally there too!! ⠀ ⠀ Today’s the day I’m sharing 2 key insights on how anyone can emulate this same effect.⠀ ⠀ 1. If you place your subject closer to the camera and have the background further away, that depth that you create naturally will help “blur” the background. For example: Place your hand in front of you (as if looking at your nails)……if you focus on your hand only, you’ll notice everything behind your hand “blurs”. Then if you focus your gaze on whatever is behind you, then your hand goes out of focus. This same concept works with cameras too!⠀ ⠀ 2. If you have the budget for a semi-professional camera and can pick up a fast lens. Meaning something that has an aperture that will go down to 2.8 or lower, the lower the number, the more “out of focus” aka bokeh effect that you’ll get.⠀ ⠀ Anything else you’ve wondered about??? Fire away!!
When I was in high school, I dreamed of having a corner office in a high rise building in a bustling city. My...have things changed!! I did start off in finance and was working towards that corner office, but then I realized - that what that corner office meant to me was freedom and authority to choose to live my life the way I wanted. And it hit me, that I can do that without the corner office. That way of life didn’t have to only be attained in a pencil skirt on the 50th floor. I’m happy to have taken the leap into my photography and educator role. I think I worked just as hard (maybe even harder) than that dream corporate job. ⠀ Lots of late nights that turned into all nighters, gallons of coffee and espresso, and hangry to overtired crabbiness. And currently -- sleep deprived and overworked but my heart is SO full!!!⠀ My support system; my husband, my family, my friends -- all of whom have supported me through the aches. Thank you!! To my wonderful clients that trust and love me - double thank you!!! You make me grateful to do what I do and your company is my “corner office”. Photo by Monty Montgomery
How cool is this vintage theatre marquee for Jenny and Martin’s special day?!
I’m always inspired and motivated by my couples. I think seeing their fresh love for each other only makes my heart fill with more passion for my own marriage and family. ⠀ I think some photographers love doing this because they love creating art and taking beautiful photos. But after 8 years, I know that I love photographing weddings because I love seeing LOVE. ⠀ Happy Monday friends!
Finding beauty and artwork and capturing more than just a photo is why photography speaks to me. I’m always inspired by folks like Jill Freedman and Vivian Maier that can capture greatness from ordinary. That’s what challenges me to keep striving to make more than just pretty photos, but to make compelling photos. I’m still working on it, but I think that’s why I have the greats to look up to! Who inspires you to do you??