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    thanks for stopping by my lifestyle blog, i'm happy you're here! my name is beth and i am the owner + photographer of bethadilly photography. i am a momma to one + passionate picture taker. i have a guilty obsession with reality tv + live for my weekend starbucks dates with the husband. i am an instagram addict + lover of long walks through the aisles of target. i believe in the power of positivity.

    i am also the creator of the trending daily photo project called >>the bethadilly challenge<< that encourages you to photograph your everyday, by taking one photo every single day for an entire year.

    i am a momprenuer. i love to inspire moms, whether it's with how to photograph their everyday + ordinary adventures or sharing my favorite momma products. and that's what my lifestyle blog is all about. sharing my lifestyle tips to inspire you to be the photographer and momma you want to be.

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it’s natural to start fresh at the beginning of the year.  every new year is like a new beginning, a time for us to hit the reset button and strive to do more or do better.  as photographers, this is the time when we should be thinking about our goals with photography and how we are going to achieve them.  we should be thinking about where we want to go with our photography and how we are going to get there.  with everyone making resolutions at the new year, here are 10 photography resolutions you should be making.  and for fun, i am sharing my 10 photography resolutions that i hope to achieve this year.

there’s no better time than the new year to finally conquer manual mode.  i put off learning manual mode for a long time and manual mode confused me, until i read this.

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10 Photography Resolutions You Should Be Making

10 Photography Resolutions You Should Be Making | Bethadilly Photography

1.  Your Overall Resolution

your overall resolution should be your big ticket goal.  when you think about your journey with photography, what is the one thing you want to achieve this year?  what is the one thing that will make you feel more successful as a photographer and make you feel super proud of yourself?  for me:  this year i want my photography to be published in a magazine.

2.  Your Biggest Struggle Resolution

as we enter the new year, think of your biggest struggle with photography.  what is something that seems to trick you or make you fumble with your camera each and every time.  pick your biggest struggle with photography and make a resolution to tackle it this year.  turn your struggle into an accomplishment.  for me:  this year i want to stop being intimidated by low light and photograph successfully in low light scenarios.

3.  Your Technical Resolution

how are you with technically maneuvering your camera?  are you photographing in manual mode?  are you nailing your focus?  think about your photographs from the technical perspective and write down how you can get better photographs this year straight out of camera.  for me:  this year i want to nail exposure better straight out of camera, instead of relying on editing to correct my exposure afterwards.

4.  Your Editing Resolution

think of your editing process and how to approach post processing.  what are some of your struggles?  how do you want to get better?  whether you want to learn more about editing in lightroom, want to try a new editing software or want to quicken your editing process, think of how you can become a better editor.  for me:  i want to learn how to create more realistic skin tones in post processing.

need help learning your software?  check out how to learn lightroom and photoshop.

5.  Your Brave Resolution

it is very important for us to be brave with our photography.  when we take risks, we learn so much about ourselves and our skill.  think about something you want to be brave about, whether it is teaching a photography course or taking on a different type of photography client.  for me:  i want to photograph newborn twins.

6.  Your Photography Purchase Resolution

i believe in working hard, playing hard.  as we work hard to become even better photographers, it is natural and necessary to make fun photography purchases to either reward ourselves or to improve our photography.  think about a purchase that you would really like to make this year pertaining to your photography and outline how you will achieve that purchase.  for me:  i want to purchase a macro lens to offer macro photographs to my newborn clients.

7.  Your Photography Education Resolution

it’s always important that we feed our thirst to learn more about photography.  think of something that you would really like to learn more about and pinpoint a workshop or photography book you would like to take or read this year.  for me:  i want to learn more about video this year.

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8.  Your One Photograph Goal

when we enter the new year, it’s natural for us to think about all the new things that this year is going to bring.  some of us know about vacations that will we be taking, people we will get to meet or see again, or special events that are going to occur.  think of one specific photograph that you want to take, and take really well, this year and prepare yourself to be successful at it.  for me:  i want to take a really good portrait of my daughter on her first birthday.

9.  Your Bad Habit Goal

sometimes photography resolutions are about breaking bad habits, and we all have some bad habits with photography that we could do without.  think about some of your bad habits that you would like to break this year and how you can work towards leaving them behind.  for me:  this year i want to stop photographing in continuous shooting mode.

10.  Your Photography Project Goal

when photographers think about photography projects, they think about huge time commitments.  but photography projects don’t have to be big, they can also be smaller photography projects.  think about a photography project that you would like to complete this year and outline how you will be successful at it.  for me:  this year i want to complete a project 52, taking one photo a week for the entire year.

want to start a photography project, but need some ideas?  check out what 5 photography projects every photographer should do.

let the new year be a time for new and better beginning for you as a photographer.  whether you finally make the plunge to go into business, finally get that wide angle lens you’ve been dreaming of, finally start a photography project, or tackle something that intimidates you, be sure you grow as a photographer this year.  pour yourself a glass of wine, write down a list of your photography resolutions and make them happen!

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one of the biggest struggles photographers face in their journey with photography is finding their own photography style.  many get lost between wanting to have a style that is popular, but find that this popular style doesn’t truly speak to them as an artist.  having a photography style that is unique to you as an artist is so important.  your photography style will represent you and tell others what you are passionate about…all through a collection of photographs.  if you are unsure of whether you have truly found a photography style that is your own, check out what 6 signs say you haven’t yet found your style just yet.  but don’t stress, i can also help you find that style that truly speaks to you.

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6 Signs You Haven’t Found Your Photography Style

6 Signs You Haven

1.  Your Portfolio Doesn’t Flow

if your portfolio is full of choppy images that don’t look like they relate in any way, this is a sign that you haven’t found your photography style.  photographers who have identified their photography style have portfolios that are very cohesive and contain images that easily relate to one another.  their images flow together because they have similar exposure, white balance and tone.  because my photography style is light, soft, and honest, all of my images reflect those qualities, creating one portfolio that is harmonious and has images that belong together.

6 Signs You Haven

2.  You Edit Your Photos Differently Every Time

if you find that you are using different buttons and sliders each time you edit in lightroom, that is a clear sign that you haven’t found your photography style.  photographers with an identified photography style edit the exact same way every time they edit, or most of the time at least.  having a clear photography style helps you know how to edit your photos in order to represent your photography style in the best way you can.  if some of your photos have heavy contrast, while others are soft and smooth, this may be a sign that you haven’t found a true photography style that speaks to you.

3.  You Are Burnt Out With Your Photography

photographers who don’t have a style of their own often feel burnt out and uninspired with their photography.  having a photography style gives one direction, so a lack of style can leave one feeling like they aren’t sure when to pick up their camera.  if you are feeling burnt out with your photography, be sure to pick up my eBook “the styled photographer” to help you pinpoint and develop a photography style that inspires you.

4.  You Find Yourself Mimicking Popular Photography Styles

when you think of your photography style, is it one that is unique to you or is it one that you are doing only because everyone else is?  mimicking photography styles is a quick way to get burnt out with your photography because you are photographing for popularity purposes instead of for yourself.  instead of creating photos that match other styles from other photographers, pave your own way and create photos that represent you as an artist.

5.  You Shoot For Others, Not For Yourself

if you pick up your camera to take a picture because “this photo will get a lot of likes,” you are shooting for others and not for yourself.  you should feel inspired to pick up your camera for you, not for others.  additionally, if you are taking pictures because others want you to and not because you are passionate about it, you haven’t identified a clear photography style.  most photography business owners will experience this as they begin to take on clients.  many feel the need to say yes to everyone in order to get business, even if the type of photography they are being asked to do isn’t something they are passionate about.  once a photographer has a clear style, they will start attracting the clients that are right for them.

6.  You Aren’t Personally Connecting With Your Photography

we all have those moments when we doubt our photography.  don’t worry, it’s natural.  we are our biggest critics.  however, if you are looking at your photographs and truly not connecting with them, that is a sign that you haven’t found your photography style.  your photography style should be the best representation of you.  it should resemble what you are passionate about.  if your photography isn’t making your feel passionate and inspired, you haven’t found your photography style.

your photography style is very personal to you.  it’s what sets you apart from other creatives and shows your audience where your passion is.  taking the time to thoroughly explore and develop your photography style is so important.  be sure to read my eBook “the styled photographer” to help you identify a style that is truly yours.

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Letters To My Little One | Seven Months Old

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sunday, november 13th, 2016

hello doll!

time.  it just refuses to slow down.  here you are, at seven months old and i literally have to pinch myself to make me believe it is real.  just yesterday we were anxiously awaiting doctors appointments and sonograms while you were in my tummy, and now you are a beautiful growing little girl who has the sweetest of personalities.  and it really isn’t just your mama who says that, you charm everyone you meet.  we love to go on outings together and i take you to meet my friends…and time and time again, i am told just what a patient and sweet baby you are.  and you really are.  you are so calm and simply a happy little doll.  not to mention, you are really quiet.  you simply observe and learn and, every once in awhile, give an excited coo.

this month we started swim lessons together!  and you look just darling in your swimsuit.  your first time in the pool made you cry just a bit.  i think the noisiness of the pool and the splashing from the other eager babies was a tad overwhelming for your first day, but you were a brave little fishy and tried to smile anyways.  by your second lesson, you were going under the water three times and smiling away at all your new swim friends.  we love our swim class, it’s such a special mama and baby time.

while we are encouraging you to sit up, you are showing only a minor interest.  every once in awhile you will sit for a little bit, but you like to snuggle in close with mama and daddy too.  you sit the best when the puppies are around, as you intently watch them and balance must easier when you are looking straight ahead at the puppies.  you are constantly reaching for them whenever they are near, you just love your puppies.  and the feeling is mutual.  they do their best to stay quiet while you nap, but the second they hear you wake…they run to your bedroom door and, once opened, run to your crib to be reunited again.  it really is darling.  and you are equally as excited to see them.

at seven months old, you are the best little eater!  so far you have tried avocado, butternut squash, peas, cauliflower, sweet potato, apples and rice cereal.  you have really liked everything you’ve tried so far, but your very favorites are butternut squash and sweet potato.  you barely leave anything in the bowl when those are served.  watching you eat is the cutest thing.  you are very eager and you love to play with your bib after we are all done eating.  we also introduced you to your new sippy cup this month and you are practicing drinking water during mealtimes.

october brought your very first holiday, halloween!  you were a lamb and, honestly, the most adorable lamb there ever was.  we went to our annual halloween party in our neighborhood and both you and your costume we adored by everyone.  experiencing our first holiday as a family of three has only made us even more excited for the holidays ahead.  if there is anything that we truly love, it is our time spent as a family and we are looking forward to making so many new holiday memories together with you.

you and i have been busy, busy, busy shopping for books for your new little reading nook that daddy built.  we love our story time together, just the three of us.  this month, our favorites are olivia and pinkalicious.  we read lots of autumn and halloween books together and now mama has all the turkey and christmas books ready to go for this month.  you love to reach out towards the pages now and grab ahold tight to the book.  and while we enjoy board books, we really like the paperback books better because the stories are much longer.

you still have just two teeth and enjoy chewing on everything!  you really love playing with the scensory toys, but will also chew on anything from mama’s clothes to your own toes.  you love to show off your new teeth at times, but often hide them when i try to take your picture.  every once in awhile we will get a glimpse at your sweet teeth when you give that sweet grin and it makes us so happy.

with time going by in the blink of an eye, we are cherishing each and every moment with you.  i think we say, “she’s getting so big!” and “she’s just growing so fast” every single day.  as cliche as it sounds, we really did just bring you home from the hospital and now you are already becoming so independent.  if i could rewind to your birthday and relive that day, i would relive it over and over again.  i tell your daddy that all the time.  i could relive that day for the rest of my life.  that day was the very best day i have every had.  meeting you and becoming a new family was the best moment i’ve lived.  sometimes we look at all the pictures we took in the hospital, just to relive the moment.  it was perfect.  you are perfect.  we love you.

here is to another wonderful and adventurous month as a family of three.  while i can’t imagine life getting any better, i know this next month will bring even more joy and excitement because of you.

love you forever,

mama

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i am about as digital as it gets.  i love technology and love having the latest and greatest.  but, when it comes to my schedule…i am a paper and pencil type of gal.  yes, my husband tells me that we can merge and sync our calendars digitally and life would be grand…but, no.  i like to physically write things down and i love crossing off completed tasks.  there is something so therapeutic about it.  and even though this drives my hubby crazy, he admitted the other day that it is actually pretty adorable.  so, if you’re adorable like me…there is a must-have planner for busy photographers that you need.  NEED.

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as a collaboration, i was sent this stunning simplified planner from emily ley to use in 2017 and it is rocking my world.  while i never wish time to hurry up, i am eager for 2017 to arrive so i can actively use this planner each and every day.  confession:  i have already moved into this planner.  all family birthdays are written down, booked clients are placed on their scheduled days, and i have already given myself some time off.  if you are a busy photographer mama like me, let me inspire you with how i organize it all with the simplified planner.

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The Must-Have Planner for Busy Photographers | Bethadilly Photography

just like i am pretty particular on what planner i use, i am pretty particular on how i use it.  the simplified planner fits my needs perfectly and i would recommend it as a wonderful planner for busy photographers.  here is how i use mine to juggle it all, both personally and professionally.

1. Scheduling Photography Clients

i keep my entire life in my planner, from personal grocery lists to clients who book me to photograph their beautiful families.  i love that the simplified planner has the days of the week broken down hour by hour, allowing me to easily schedule clients in specific time slots.  not only does it make scheduling clients easy, but it is visually appealing to see your day broken down by the hour.

2. Organizing A Photography Project

every year i challenge myself to do a photography project of some sort, whether it is a 365 photography project or a small “day in the life.”  one of the biggest ways to be successful with a photography project is being organized about it.  i love writing down the daily photography prompts from “the bethadilly challenge” in my planner to inspire me to pick up my camera and photograph what surrounds me.  because my planner is always with me, it’s a wonderful place for me to organize my photography projects.

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3. Scheduling Future Blog Posts

the simplified planner breaks down your year into daily slots, but it also has monthly calendars at the beginning of each month.  i love seeing the entire month at a glance, there is something so refreshing about seeing the whole month at once.  it is on the monthly calendar that i schedule and organize my blog posts for the month.  it helps me incorporate the holidays into my posts, and visually shows me what weeks are still in need of a blog topic.

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4. Blocking Off Family Time

there is nothing i love more than physically blocking off weeks of no work.  i take a piece of washi tape and block off weeks or days every now and then to allocate time away from my desk.  it is during those times that i don’t allow myself to book clients, edit images, or write for my blog.  and trust me, time away makes me an even better photographer when it is time to get back to work.

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5. Scheduling Social Media Posts

i love using my simplified planner to schedule out how i engage in social media.  i write in what blog posts to promote on facebook on certain days, what photo to take for instagram, and what needs to be pinned to pinterest to draw an audience to my blog.  being organized with social media only makes me more successful as a photographer because i am constantly promoting myself and my planner reminds me when to do it.

as you can see, this is a must-have planner for busy photographers.  your business and your photography is only as good as you make it, so make it even better by staying organized and efficient with the help of the simplified planner.

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How Instagram Made Me A Better Photographer

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Instagram Encouraged My 365 Challenge

in 2014, i began and completed my very first 365 photography challenge, where i took one photo every single day for an entire year and posted it to instagram.  i saw my biggest growth in photography that year, as i began the year photographing my way through the challenge with my iPhone and, around august, finished the rest of the year with my nikon d610.  that transition from photographing my everyday with my iPhone to my DSLR was a game changing move in my journey with photography.  not only was i taking a picture every day, but i was thinking through my camera settings which encouraged me to learn manual mode.

are you ready to start a 365 photography challenge and want to join a group?  come join the bethadilly challenge, where i give you a daily photography prompt to encourage your project!

Instagram Shaped My Photography Style

by posting every day and picking up my camera on a daily basis, my photography style emerged through my consistent use of instagram.  more importantly, i could visually see my photos side by side in my instagram gallery which was an eye-opener when it comes to creating a photography style.  having a photography style means you are consistently producing similar images that flow together as a whole.  because i could see my images side by side, i was encouraged to ensure that my white balance, use of light, skin tones, tinting, and exposure were all consistent in order to create a gallery that is visually appealing to my audience.

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Instagram Introduced Me to Other Photographers

through instagram, i have met some of my best photography friends who have not only inspired my photography, but have encouraged me along the way.  because i met so many photography friends, i was encouraged to attend a photography conference that further inspired my photography and made me a better photographer.  having photography friends is so important as a photographer.  not only will your friends cheer you on and encourage your success, but they are also the first to pick you up when you want to toss your camera aside.

Instagram Encouraged Me to Photograph Consistently

even after i completed my first 365 photography project, i found myself picking up my camera daily to photograph because i had spent a year doing it!  it was a great new habit.  by picking up my camera everyday, i was encouraged to photograph my everyday, no matter where i was and what light i was given.  photographers who can photograph in a variety of situations and still create consistent images are strong photographers.

Instagram Taught Me How To Critique Myself and Others

being able to critique an image, whether it is your own or someone else’s, makes you think about photography in a new way.  it makes you a better photographer.  knowing the photography rules and why they are important will help you when visually critiquing your work.  further more, being able to identify good elements of photography in others work can make you a better photographer because you are pinpointing the technical aspects that create a compelling image.  therefore, when it’s time to pick up your camera again, you will keep these techniques and elements of good photography in mind to further develop your photography skill.

for me, instagram is more than just posting a photo and counting the “likes.”  it is about building and maintaining a community of photographers that can encourage one another on their journey with photography.  it is about encouraging my own photography by consistently practicing my skill and allowing other’s work to inspire me to learn more.  there are so many ways that instagram has made me a better photographer and encouraged my journey with photography.  change the way you use instagram to further build your photography skill and technique.

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