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If 100 people were polled on what they would grab out of their house if it were burning down, most would say their pictures. Baby books, wedding albums, framed and canvas prints from the walls... we'd all grab those if we had time. Have you ever met...

Gratitude Project {Baking with my kids}

We are already over half way through November and baking is something we are doing more and more often. As the weather turns cooler and Thanksgiving is just around the corner we are trying out new recipes. Don't miss the recipe below. I am grateful for baking with my...

Gratitude Project {Seasons}

I am bless by our gratitude project daily. I hope you are too. If you want to jump in it is never too late! I am blessed by seasons I live in the woods so often we walk around and explore throughout the year. We are also blessed to live in an area of the...

The amazing pile of leaves

Jumping in a pile of leaves is a childhood memory everyone should have. There is nothing more fun to do in the fall! I loved how from oldest to youngest all of these sweet sisters had so much fun with each other in the leaves.  It was a beautiful fall day and this...

Oh Baby… it is beautiful outside

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus       These sisters were adorable tonight. All day were were covered in overcast skies, but light magic in the evening the sky cleared and we were left with a stunning evening. I...

Beauti- FALL with the Gilliland Girls

It's here! The cooler weather is proof, and finally Holton's trees are in their full glory!! Fall... where have you been? We love you so! We had a little session with the Gilliland Gals the other night and tomorrow we look forward to our November Heritage Sessions,...

They’re Coming!!!! {Educational Guides will be here soon}

  We are so excited. We have been teaching photography workshops for a number of years and now we can reach you at home. We have heard over and over again, "I want to take your class....but I have XYZ that day.."  So know you can learn! These guides are FULL......

Gratitude Project {My bible}

This gratitude project just got real. I it only took me to week two to get to my bible. I am grateful for my bible Rather I am grateful for the ability to have a bible, read a bible, and believe freely. I am grateful the ability to post this. I am grateful...

Tea {Gratitude Project}

The gratitude project is coming along and we are already in the second week of November!!  It will be new  years before we know it. I am grateful for Tea That sounds really "surfacey"... (I know... that isn't a word), but is sure doesn't should very deep....

Waiting for daughters…a maternity session.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.     Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. Psalm 139:13-14 Kaylee, my cousin, and her and her husband Ross are...

Warmth {Gratitude Project}

Have you been following our gratitude project? We are already elbow deep into November! Soon we will be planning out our menu and thinking about how many pies "we need!" ...oh..want!  Don't let the month go by without thinking about how you are blessed. I am grateful...

Positive people {Gratitude Project }

I think the spirit of gratitude  and positivity is caught. Don't you? When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  So true.  Some people are better at that than others. Since it is caught that means that by being around it you to can receive it. The...

The Benefits of Gratitude

An attitude of gratitude.... I googled "gratitude" just for fun, and found that there are actual health benefits from deciding to be grateful and counting your blessings. There are so many articles! Feelings of gratitude can boost your immune system, and you'll even...

Home {Gratitude Project}

If you haven't started a gratitude project and want to... please just join in. It is the perfect way to start learning photography. Why am I grateful for my home? There are the basic reasons of shelter. But after moving around so often all my life, this is...

How to load a Premiere LUTs and Preset {Intermediate Tutorial}

Using a LUTs in Premiere is a great way to add a little WOW to your footage. It is an easy way to tone and add your own artistic flair. There are many built in LUT presets and free standing presets in Premiere. There are also tons of LUTs that you can...

The Christmas Camera Buying Guide {Free Download}

Grab your free Camera Buying Guide! It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yep... the time between Thanksgiving and New Years when cameras are at a great price. Go and grab our free camera buying guide! If you are thinking about purchasing your first...

Chickens {Gratitude Project}

November 1...wow.. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by... it is like the years go faster and faster and faster!  But once again we are heading into last fall and preparing for another really busy holiday season. I am really grateful...

Gratitude Project {How to join in}

November is almost here and every November Amy and I do a personal gratitude project. There are so many blessings in our lives in the form of people, places, nature, and opportunities. For me, taking the time to slow down and appreciate the small graces in my life is...

Baby “doll”

Well... she isn't a baby and more but she is still a Doll! haha..her last name is Doll! Throughout September and October we created family films at each of our Heritage Sessions. But this little girl had to take the cake! She was so full of joy and giggles.  Her knock...

Family…

Weekends seem busy lately... the kids are getting older so we typically have some sort of ball game, and somehow before we know it, the weekend is gone, and we are still exhausted. I'll admit when someone suggested a hotdog roast (I hate the word "wiener", it's a...

The Kids found the flying pig

There was no school in our area last Thursday, so we took the opportunity to host a little photography hike. Amy likes to hide weird and silly things for kids to find during our Adventure Guide Photo hikes. Often it is a little gnome, but today it as a...

Trick or Treat {Photo tips for Halloween}

Halloween is just a few days away. Are you ready? We are getting there. One thing I want you to be ready with is your camera. As a mom Halloween is both tons of fun and frustrating. One year I made a full on Gryffindor robe and quidditch broom for my son. He wore it...

I Love To Tell The Story, by Arabella K. Hankey, 1866

I love to tell the story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love; I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true, It satisfies my longings as nothing else would do. Refrain: I love to tell the story, ’Twill be my theme in glory, To...

Is it National Best Business Partner day?

Is it "National Best Business Partner" Day? If not... oh well. I want to brag on Amy for a bit. As much as a dreamer as Amy is.. she is often the more grounded one between the two of us. Which is really important!  If not... I would have us floating off into space!...

The anxious fall season

  I love everything fall.. the colors, the smells, the layers, football.. love it! But there is always a sense that it is fleeting. I love getting pictures of my kids in the fall leaves like many other moms and there is a small window of "perfect fall".  You...

Video for photographers…

We are photographers... and we know LOTS of amazing photographers because of our job. One of my first photographer friends was this amazing lady, Shelley Jensen. Shelley is amazing at what she does, and we absolutely loved working with her. I won't reveal too much,...

Wild Child Adventure Workshop – Free photography nature hike!

It's about to get really colorful outside! Let's go on a photo hike and capture some nature and color together. Because there's no school for Holton, we thought it would be fun to do a photography walk. (Educational too!) Kids and parents are invited to...

How to make a photo gift tag {Free Download}

Let's learn how Sending out photos this time of year is so much fun. You have all of these beautiful family photos from either you most recent session or pictures you took of your kids that you want to share. I love the idea of putting pictures...

Motion, motion, motion…. We like that word.

Kim and I JUST released a new product, in our very own shop... I wanted to do a little blog post explaining what it is, and how it's different then our digital products through Click Photo School. So, apparently we like the word "motion" .... Our very first digital...

Photographer Promo {Because we see what they see}

Who else is better equipped to create a promo for another photographer...then another photographer?  We see the beautiful light and connection in a way that makes a video emotional and beautiful. We met Marcie (MarcieReif Photography) through a class we taught at...

In the Garden

My mom was talking about this hymn last night and it’s been in my head and heart all day. This morning I walked and talked to Him in the pretty morning light. The dew on the grass took my breath away and caused me to “tarry there” see how it sparkles?? He makes such beautiful things, and we don’t have to go very far at all to find them. Read these old words with me… and meditate on them, then, maybe go for a walk with Him and talk awhile.

The Beatty family in motion {Watch their video}

  When was the last time you saw yourself dancing with your child? Or being loved on by your husband? We can't get enough of how motion brings out the emotion. Smiles just see more when you see them happen and giggles seem sweeter when you can see a huge belly...

The Beatty Family

One of our joys is to see the kids we photograph grow up. We photographed this sweet family just over three years ago. These cute twins were a sweet then...but we were chasing them at 2 years old (don't get us wrong...that is a lot of fun too!)  This time they were...

The Gear We Used for Still to Motion

We are often asked what gear we use for our personal and Stills to Motion work. We are Sony mirrorless shooters and love our Zeiss and Sony lenses. These tools are lighter weight that the typical DSLR and offer substantially more stabilization.     We do...

How to start teaching your younger child about photography

Handing off an expensive phone or camera is a little scary, but even younger kids (with guidance) can do really well. Kids love to explore and to capture what is going on around them. They love to photograph their pets, toys, home, and even you. Recently my daughter...

New Mom’s Photo Guide to their baby’s first year

Your baby's first year is an amazing time of first and of lasts. It goes by so quickly and we know you want to soak it in and remember how little they were, the way they crawled, their first teeth, and how long their eyelashes were when they were sleeping. Capturing...

The Cherish Collection {Baby’s First Year}

Your baby's first year is the most amazing and crazy time. They are growing so fast. They change even more quickly. Our goal is to capture your baby over the course of their first year when they are reaching their major milestones....because we know that moms want to...

Grateful

"GRATITUDE IS THE HEALTHIEST OF ALL HUMAN EMOTIONS. THE MORE YOU EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE, THE MORE LIKELY YOU WILL HAVE EVEN MORE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR.” —ZIG ZIGLAR As we slide quickly into the holiday season it is so easy to become overwhelmed with...

What is a Family Film…and Why You Want One

What is a family film? We are not talking about following your family around all day for a "Day in the Life" documentary (although that might be fun.) What we love creating are moving portraits during your Heritage Session. This means we are taking both stills and...

The Beauty of a 35 mm Lens for a Mom With a Camera

It's all messy. The hair, the bed, the heart ... LIFE   As a portrait photographer,  I have had a love/hate relationship with a 35 mm. A 35 mm is not, in my opinion, the best portrait lens. It can cause facial and body dissertations which are really unflattering....

She looks like a lady

It won't be long before she is driving, getting a job, and thinking about boyfriends... yikes. Childhood happens way too fast. But I can't help but see this emerging beauty. Every day I see this little girl and want to hold on to the images of her sweet smile and easy...

Starting over: Our Transition to Sony and Zeiss

"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." Alan Cohen For over ten years we have been both shooting with Canon. When you first start off in photography and buy a camera, you are buying into an entire...

Dear Dads

Mother's Day is less than a week a way. If you have a photo mama wife here is what she really really really wants.... she wants to be in the pictures or video with her kids. If you want to give her an amazing gift pick up her camera (without her asking you...

Drop a beat – Finding good music for your video projects

Here is a video from my 2017 monthly video project. I love capturing my kids doing what they do at home. This time is so precious to me and fleeting. The ordinary moments will be what they remember. This song came from soundstripe.com (more about them...

“Do you like this?”

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." Dieter F. Uchtdorf    "Do you like this?" Sounds like an innocent enough question. We ask it all the time. Do you like  this outfit? Do you like that dinner? Do you like how I did XYZ?...

She grew up {Watch me Grow Video}

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning We get so gitty when we can a newborn that we get to photograph and video over their entire first year. Watching them grow up in their video is amazing. They go from being cuddled in their...

I think I love you, Sony

I think I love you, Sony I purchased a new camera recently... and it wasn't a Canon (gasp!) Canon is all I've known since, well, college when I bought a first generation rebel that shot all of 4 megapixels and cost me my grocery money and rent for a couple months! I...

My confession about my muse

My confession about my muse As moms we try to make everything even and fair. Although try as we might we often miss the mark. I have a confession... my youngest is my photo muse. Just look at my instagram account (heart_of_the_mamabear) and you will see... Charlee...

Why we love Sony

Sony... you have stolen our hearts. With so many great features that blow our minds away it is hard not to. Amy and I have been shooting for our entire photography careers with Canon...so why would even consider switching? Switching means a lot of hassle and expense....

Moments and Milestones

Forever is composed of nows. -Emily Dickinson *Read all the way to the bottom for a coupon!!!! As a mom we could agree on lots of milestones we want to have of our children. We want their first steps, first lost tooth, first time they ride a bike without...

Five Things Explorer Boys Need for a Photo Hike

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain Amy...

Kids+Nature+Camera’s

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange Photography and kids. This is something we've become so excited about, maybe because our "big kids" have entered a new faze of life, and photography is...

The Winter Adventure Guide Workshop

“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.” ― Jason Mraz Kids + Camera + Nature = The Adventure Guide! Today we host our Winter Adventure Guide workshop and everyone got some new camera info...

Expectations for your Light Seeker

Like all things, kids can get really excited and then fizzle out (kind of like the my newest diet!)  So we have to set realistic exceptions for ourselves as parents for our young Light Seekers. As an adult we can be totally content to just wonder and look...

Finding The Photo Spark

All too often you go and reach for your camera only to hear "Not now Mom." or "Why do you want a picture of this?" from our kids.  For moms, as our kids get older we either have to be photo ninjas and covertly sneek up and photograph them through a window...

The Camera I Bought for My Son

First off let me give you a little background on my son. He is eleven and is somewhat careful this things (but not always.) I didn't want to purchase something too advanced, but I wanted something like he could grow into over time instead of out off...

Purchasing a “Serious” Camera for Your Child

There are so many cameras on the market and figuring out which one is ideal for your child is daunting. We totally understand that the cost, photography terms, reviews, COST again...because that will always be a factor, can be overwhelming. We can't tell...

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