Can You Picture It?

You know, I’ve been doing this a long time. And when I say a long time, I mean about five years – so a long time compared to, say, how long I’ve lived here or how long it takes to read the entire Harry Potter series, not compared to say, how long my parents have been married. (Hi, Mom!) Still, it’s a long time. Anyway, in the time I’ve been blogging and designing and website-ing, I’ve learned a lot about photography.

Just compare this picture of Max


to this picture of Charlie

Less blurry...

to this picture of Teddy and Tommy.


(No, people, those are not their real names. I realize that might seem a bit weird, since after all I do business under my real name, but I figure it might reduce the chance of someone stalking them on the internet and getting the kids to come with them by calling their names. If you yell “Max!” at Max, he most likely won’t even turn around. You know. Unless you sound really crazy.)

Is part of that due to a steadily increasing quality in cameras? You bet. (I have a Nikon D40 and I LOVE IT.) But I’ve also learned a lot about lighting, composition, background, staging, et cetera, and I don’t use any fancy equipment. Other than my fancy, fancy camera, that is.

Anyway, I had so much fun mucking around on my website yesterday that when I did my photoshoot this morning I decided to document it and share my tips for getting good pictures in true cheapo fashion. The article is Getting Good Portraits, and I hope you find it useful.


  1. Abi says:

    Haha, I love it. Seriously that is what my pics look of my girls but yes, my pics have improved by getting new awesome cameras. My hubby and I just recently bought a Nikon D90 and I’m so excited to start using it and learning to take better photos of my children.

    Your boys are so cute!!! I really need a boy. I also love the sweater you crocheted for Charlie, did you design it yourself? I think I remember this sweater.

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