we are getting to that point where she is starting to hand things to us and has learned to share, especially with food.  there is nothing more hilarious to her than when she extends food to me in her little hand and i, quite dramatically, munch it out of her little grasp and lightly nibble on her fingers in the process.  my overly dramatic “yum yum yum” and “thank you, baby!” is completely thrilling to her.  of all things, sharing cheerios is one of her favorites.

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when thinking about how i wanted to document her childhood before she was born, i knew that i really wanted to photograph the everyday moments.  the little routines and things that, at the time may seem ordinary, but in the years ahead would be looked back upon fondly.  our mornings together were on that list of things i really wanted to document, especially now that she is feeding herself and i can, sometimes, sit next to her and enjoy a breakfast (a.ka. large cup of coffee to myself).  but to be honest, most mornings find her eating in her highchair while i unload the dishwasher and fill up 6 bottles of milk to get us through the day.  while rubbing my tummy, patting my head, and balancing on one foot.  you know, motherhood.  and the effects of caffeine.

regardless, these are the moments that truly define motherhood.  these are the photos i want to look back on, as they will take me right back to these ordinary moments that feel extraordinary to me.

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Sharing Cheerios by Bethany Deschamp

Sharing Cheerios by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d750 and sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.

my settings were : ISO 640 | f/2.8 | 1/40ss

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when it comes to my photography lately, i have been focusing on maintaining texture within my images.  sometimes that means capturing crisp textures like falling drops of water on a waterfall or the smooth texture of my baby’s chubby cheeks.  no matter the texture, i have been more intentional about preserving that texture within my images, as a way of bringing more realism to my photos.  during this trial and error with textures, i have come across three different techniques that have made photographing texture quite easy.  the next time you would like to preserve texture within your image, consider trying one or more of the following tips.

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Photographing Texture : 3 Foolproof Ways To Maintain Texture When Photographing

Photographing Texture : 3 Foolproof Ways To Maintain Texture When Photographing | Bethadilly Photography

1.  Slightly Underexpose

when presented with a subject that contains a lot of texture that i want to highlight, i have found that slightly underexposing my image can be really helpful when preserving the details.  in the image above, i really wanted to capture the texture of the falling water in the waterfall and decided to slightly underexposed my image, using my nikon d750, to preserve some of the details.  i was also very mindful to use a fast shutter speed to capture more texture as the water was falling.

Photographing Texture : 3 Foolproof Ways To Maintain Texture When Photographing | Bethadilly Photography

2. Pair Hard and Soft

there is nothing like a direct comparison between hard and soft textures to really make the hard texture pop.  in the image above, i wanted to highlight the texture of the ripped opening of my jeans.  i decided to use a low aperture of f/1.4 on my wide angle lens to capture the crisp texture of the fabric, but to blur everything else softly around it.  because the rest of my photo softly falls into a blur, in comparison the ripped jeans take on an even more crisp texture.  this is a very effective way to create visual texture, by pairing hard and soft textures together.

Photographing Texture : 3 Foolproof Ways To Maintain Texture When Photographing | Bethadilly Photography

3.  Consider Side Light

when you light your subject from the side you are allowing the light to fall over your subject, creating areas of highlight and shadow, and this can make textures really pop.  in the image above, the light source is coming from camera left.  as the light falls over the pedals of the flowers, it brings out the shadows that are buried deeper within the flowers and creates depth and texture.  consider how your light can help create shadows across your subject, as a way of creating texture.  should i have photographed this flower in full flat light, i wouldn’t have captured the beautiful shadows that bring out the ripples on the pedals and bring this flower to life and create realism.

photographing textures can be really important when you want to photograph the realistic textures of skin, food, and elements in nature.  as you are working towards maintaining texture within your photographs, be sure to consider your exposure, your lighting and your aperture when picking up your camera.  do you have any special tips for photographing texture?  be sure to share your insight with us in the comment section below!

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i think we shall call her the backseat bookworm.  this girl loves a book.  and lately, she has been known to be endlessly entertained by books when playing on her own.  she can have a whole room of toys and you will find her crawling towards her basket of books.  i have to say, this has me really happy.

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this past weekend was so good to us.  i took a break from social media, which was so incredibly freeing.  and honestly, it is something i may need to do every weekend.  it really feels good to check out and just focus on my people, denying any other pressure to post and be social.

we bravely decided to skip an afternoon nap on saturday and venture to a winery with the babe.  we had a nice tasting, took a tour with the winery owner and enjoyed an afternoon out, while the baby completely charmed everyone at the winery.  it felt like our weekends were pretty homebound lately, as we were always staying close to home for her evenly timed naps.  but with afternoon naps starting to become hit or miss (dear Lord, please give me two naps a day for a bit longer, mama is not ready to drop a nap), we took it as a sign that we could venture a little further from home, if just for the day.  also, this book please, mr. panda is a favorite.

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The Backseat Bookworm by Bethany Deschamp

The Backseat Bookworm by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d750 and sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.

my settings were : ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/640ss

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this past sunday found us dressed in our sunday best, attending a beautiful morning mass and hiding easter eggs for our little daughter in her nursery.  with the prompt for the bethadilly 52 being connection this week, i found that photographing her first easter egg hunt provided many opportunities for capturing connection.  having enjoyed a day in the high 80’s all day, storm clouds rolled in during our little indoor easter egg hunt and her room, which is normally full of bright light, took on a shadowy feel as the light began to disappear behind the clouds.

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being intentional with my light usage lately, i was happy for a more low light challenge.  i made sure to monitor my camera settings well throughout the activity, and found myself raising my ISO from a low 250 at the beginning of the easter egg hunt to over 1000 by the end.  i love how these images turned out and i love that the low light allowed me to create images with more dimension and depth.

photographing my everyday is one of my passions.  to inspire your everyday photography, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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The Bethadilly 52 Week 16 – Connection

The Bethadilly 52 Week 16 - Connection | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d750 and sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.

my settings were : ISO 250 | f/2.8 | 1/60ss

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i am always amazed with how curious our little one year old is.  there is something so beautiful about watching a child explore and look at things with such wonderment in their eyes.  my husband always asks me, “aren’t you always so curious about what she is thinking?”  yes.  all the time.  of all the things i love about her, the little observer in her is my most favorite.

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the other night on her birthday, we rewatched her birth after putting her to bed.  yes, nostalgic.  and while we have watched these videos millions of times throughout her first year, this time we were really focusing on noting her personality in those first few minutes after she was born.  the first thing we noticed…she was immediately observant.  sure, she cried for a minute after being born.  i mean, being yanked out by your feet into a colder room is a little shocking.  but the moment she was swaddled, she was immediately quite and looking around the room with wide eyes.  silent and observant.  and her knack for observation has been a huge part of her personality throughout her first year.

at a year old, i love that she sits patiently in her highchair while i prepare her dinner or prepare our dinner.  most of the time she throws cheerios at the dog, but other times she just looks around and takes it all in.  on this particular day, she was infatuated with looking out the window.  i am not sure if it was the squirrels scurrying up and down the trees or the new spring green leaves that were catching her eye, but i love everything about her curiosity and am so glad i was able to capture it within a photo.

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The Little Observer by Bethany Deschamp

The Little Observer by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d750 and sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.

my settings were : ISO 500 | f/2.8 | 1/200ss

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