Love: A Collection of Recent Works

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, I asked my Click it Up a Notch team members if they’d give me a few images of "love" from their portfolios. I left it up to each of them as to how they were to interpret the theme.  I had this great plan to use these photos to focus on how to incorporate love into your photos. Then, I thought I could use these as examples for how to recognize and find your style. And each time I’d start writing (and I got far!) it all just felt, well, wrong. No words ...continue reading

Love: A Collection of Recent Works

DIY Ice Light

DIY Ice Light

Have you heard of the Ice Light? Well, it is an awesome portable continuous light source that is handheld, dimmable, and lightweight. Sounds awesome, right? Well it is. It is also around $500. While that is a very valid investment if you will use it often. But most of us may not know how often we would really use it. That is the boat I was in. So I made a DIY version of it for about $30! I wanted to see how often I would actually use it before I bought a real Ice Light. I ended up falling in ...continue reading

3 Ways to Stay Inspired in the Winter Months

3 Ways to Stay Inspired in the Winter Months

It is that time of the year again, the days have been shorter, the weather has been unpredictable, and staying inspired to shoot has had me wandering around looking for that excitement about photography.  Here are three things that have helped me recently to get back that inspiration to shoot. 1.  Look for a photography project Five years ago I told myself that I was going to complete a Project 365 and shoot every day for a year.  I think that lasted until sometime in late January when I ...continue reading

Guide for your Photography Journey

Guide for your Photography Journey

Figuring out where to start when you begin your photography journey can be quite overwhelming. There is SO much information out there. It is hard to know where to start. I wanted to create a guide I wish I would have had when I started. I picked up my camera to take better photos of my kids. I wasn't looking to create pieces of art or anything I just wanted some awesome photos of my kids. A list like this would have been really helpful for me. This is just a guide. It is not a rule or to ...continue reading

10 Tips for a Stylized Photo Shoot

10 Tips for a Stylized Photo Shoot

Stylized photo shoots for my little ones are my absolute favorite. I get to blend my love of creating props and styling with photography. That's a win win in my book. However, I have a few things working against me. For one, renting a studio space in our current city is painfully expensive. Two, the space I do have (my family room) is small. Lastly, our house is poorly wired and using AlienBees (toasters, space heaters, etc.) on that side of the house can trip the circuit breaker. Thankfully all ...continue reading