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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 seemed like the months of waiting for baby to arrive simply took forever.  i was so anxious to meet our little baby that i was counting the days, and they went by at a snails pace.  but once she was born, my goodness did time start ticking by so incredibly fast.  all of a sudden she was born and then she was a week old in a blink of an eye.  seeing just how quickly the first week with her passed by, i quickly grew anxious about getting out my camera to document everything about her before she grew even more.  being a professional newborn photographer, i felt so confident that i could take beautiful portraits of my daughter and it was the last thing i was worried about.  but boy was i surprised when i learned that photographing your own newborn is so much harder than photographing for clients.

the good news is, after a little bit of stress and a lot of photographs later…i have countless photographs of my daughter that i will cherish forever.  but i learned a little bit along the way that may help you when you are photographing your own newborn, so be sure to check out my 10 tips below to help make your experience a success!

taking photos of your own kids is a great motivation for you to finally learn manual mode!  be sure to check out my post, Manual Mode Confused Me Until I Read This, to learn how i finally conquered M mode!

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10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

1.  Have A Photo Checklist of What You Want

i am going to tell you right now, organization is going to be your friend here.  you are going to be emotional and exhausted after having a baby, so keeping things organized will make it a lot easier for you.  before you pick up your camera, make sure you write a list of photos that you want to take.  this will not only help to ensure that you don’t miss out on any photos that you really want to take, but it will also give you a sense of direction once you grab your camera.  plus, once your baby is ready to be photographed you are going to want to spend all of your time clicking your camera, instead of thinking up pictures that you want to take.

need help deciding what pictures to take of your newborn?  check out my 10 Tips For Photographing a Lifestyle Newborn Session to be inspired.

for even more inspiration, check out my newborn portfolio on pinterest to pin some of your favorite images to try with your own newborn.

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

2.  Don’t Take All Photos In One Day

the best thing about having a new baby is, they are yours!  you get to see them every morning and tuck them in every night.  knowing this, give yourself a break and the gift of time.  because i was used to the pressure of having to take all of my client newborn photos in a two hour period, i was really stressed about getting every single photo that i wanted the moment i picked up my camera.  it wasn’t until my husband reminded me that i can take as many pictures as i wanted, anytime i wanted, that i realized i could take my time.  while you want to be sure to take as many photos as you can during the first few weeks to capture their newness, be sure you remember that there are many days that make up a 3 week time period and you don’t have to take every photo in one sitting.  set your camera down and take breaks.

3.  Ask For Help

whether it is asking someone to help you keep your baby calm while you take pictures or handing them the camera so you can get in front of the frame too, be sure to ask for help while you are photographing your own newborn.  being a new mama is tiring and, at times, a little overwhelming and others are more than willing to help you out.  be sure to accept the help, even if they are simply holding the list of pictures you want to take and are crossing them off as you take them.

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

4.  Make Sure Your Baby is Fed and Well Rested

remember that you are mama first and photographer second.  this means that, in order for you to be behind the camera, you need to make sure your baby is prepared to be independent from you for a short while.  making sure your baby is well fed and not overly tired will help to ensure that your baby remains calm while you are taking their pictures.  even easier, wait until your little one takes a nap and then take a bunch of photographs of them while they are dreaming away.

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

5. Don’t Overdo It

i would never tell someone that they are taking too many photos, but don’t feel like you have to take a million.  when my little girl was brand new, i felt so overwhelmed at the thought that i wasn’t getting enough photos of her.  my nights were sleepless, which meant my days were full of feedings and napping and not a lot of photo taking.  when i was talking to my friend and stunning photographer megan cieloha about how i felt a little scared that i wasn’t getting enough pictures, she told me something that i will remember forever.  she said, “it only takes one picture to take you back to that moment.”  um, yes.  yes, yes, yes.  please take as many pictures as you want, but don’t feel that you have to.  it only takes one picture to take your memory back to that moment, so as long as you have at least one…you are golden!

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

6.  Keep Your Camera In Nursery

this was a game changer for me.  once i began leaving my camera in the nursery, i started getting more and more photos.  let’s be honest, your baby is not always going to be photo ready or in the mood to have the camera in their face.  more often than not, they simply want to be cuddled by their mama.  but every once in awhile, they are in a happy mood and that is when having your camera handy will be really beneficial.  whether it is right as they are waking up from a nap or after a diaper change, grab your camera real quick to take a couple photos and then set it back down to go about your day.  remember, any photo is better than none.

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

7.  Photograph Now, Edit Later

i will be the very first to admit that i currently have 9,129 unedited photos in my daughter’s lightroom catalog right now.  but hey, i have the photos.  don’t stress about the editing, just get the pictures.  you will always have time to edit down the road once your little one blesses you with naps, so for now just focus on the photographing aspect and save the editing for later.

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

8.  Don’t Forget You

some of my very favorite photographs of when i was a baby include my mother in them.  i love those photographs because i can see what she looked like in the days after birth and during her first days as my mama.  be sure to get in the frame too.  i know, i know…you are tired.  trust me, i was exhausted in the photo above.  but i wouldn’t trade a million dollars for that photo because it takes me right back to what i was feeling and experiencing during my first few days as her mama.  so use this as an excuse to put on some makeup and curl your hair, then get in the photo.  better yet, stay just the way you are and capture real true honest moments, makeup-less and all.

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

9.  Be Patient

it’s going to be okay, mama.  there are going to be moments when you get all of your photography gear out, only to have your baby scream and refuse to cooperate.  i’ve been there.  i even cried about it a little.  until my darling husband reminded me, yet again, that there is always tomorrow.  be patient with yourself and with your baby.  you are both going through a lot of change during the first few weeks, so don’t let photographs add to your stress.  set your camera down and try again later.  stop when it gets stressful because if you don’t, you will look back on your photographs and associate stress with your pictures.  when you look at your pictures, you will remember how stressful it was behind the scenes, and you don’t want that.  take a deep breath, take a break, and try again tomorrow.

10.  When In Doubt, Hire Someone

if i were to do one thing different, i would hire someone to take my newborn photos.  not because i don’t have faith in my photography, but to minimize the stress and pressure i felt to take them during those first weeks when i was so darn tired.  listen, you are going to be in survival mode and may not have a desire to pick up your camera.  instead, you are probably going to want to spend your free time napping or showering.  so hire someone.  hire someone to take those initial newborn photographs that capture their newness so that you have those photos.  once you have those, any photos you take in addition to that is cake!  don’t feel like you have to do it all.  your job is to be mommy, so it’s okay to let someone else be the photographer this time.

photographing your own newborn can be a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be if you keep these ten tips in mind.  just remember, you don’t need to take a million photographs to remember how you felt during those first weeks with your baby.  make time to pick up your camera when you can, but more importantly, enjoy every moment with your little one because they grow in the blink of an eye.  so cliche, i know.

for more tips on how to photograph your own newborn, be sure to check out some of my favorite books that inspire my newborn photography!

Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents Guide To Photographing Your Baby’s First Year

10 Tips For Photographing Your Own Newborn | bethadilly photography

The Design Aglow Posing Guide For Family Portrait Photography

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  • Veronica Pozuelos - Thank your for sharing this! I think my favorite part is where you mention that you now have 9,129 photos of your daughter! Love that!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I love this! It has been so helpful to me! We just had our fifth baby three months ago, and I tried to do her newborn pictures and it was REALLY STRESSFUL! I’m so glad to see I’m not alone in thinking that. It was stressing me out and keeping me up at night too. I also add these visions of all the shots I wanted to get of her, and of my other children with her, and then all of my other kids got sick and that went out the window. I had to let that go because it was really stressing me out that I couldn’t get the shots I wanted. Plus you are trying to heal yourself and I was taking care of 5 kids on top of that. It’s just a lot of pressure to put on yourself. I just kept saying to my husband that I really wished we had just hired someone. That too would be my advice to other photographers.
    By the way I’m obsessed with your work! You are such an inspiration to me! Self doubt and comparison crept in and I kind of gave up my dream of photography a while ago. But looking at your work and having signed up for your emails has given me the confidence that i can do this! I am going to sign up for your 365 challenge too. I’m very excited!
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    • {beth} a-dilly - Hello Stephanie! Yes, it is totally stressful and I only have one, not five! Congratulations! Remember, take what you can and edit later. My little one is just now turning three months and I am just now really getting a chance to edit, so don’t stress about editing. Next time around, I will definitely hire someone too. Have fun with the challenge, we are happy to have you joining us!ReplyCancel

Letters To My Little One | Three Months Old

Letters To My Little One | Three Months Old | bethadilly photography

monday, july 18, 2016

hello doll!

oh my gosh, i love you so much.  and you, at three months old, is simply the best!  you are starting to take on such a sweet personality and are showing us just how beautiful of a little human you are every single day.  i am convinced that God gave you to me simply to prove just how beautiful His work can be.  you are beautiful, inside and out.

if i could describe your third month with us in one word, i would choose “patience.”  you have developed so much patience since month number two and are becoming more and more independent.  you can now bounce in your bouncy happily and watch momma make dinner, while you curiously look around and enjoy the clatter of the pots and pans.  your curiosity is the sweetest thing, you are always studying faces and toys and respond so sweetly with smiles.

your smiles went from being every once in awhile…to all the time!  you are especially happy right when you wake up in the morning or from a nap, and seeing you smile right when i peek into your crib makes my life have meaning.  i swear my heart melts more and more every single time i see you smile and it makes me squeal in delight…which makes you smiles even more.  you are accompanying those smiles with sweet baby babble and it’s the most darling sound.  you have perfected yours g’s and b’s and your ooooh’s and ahhhh’s.  only 22 more letters to go, sweet miss!  we lovingly bet on whether you will say “mama” or “daddy” first, but other contenders are “starbucks” and “target.”

you are absolutely a lover of the bath and the warm water is something you have come to enjoy.  sometimes you fuss when the water turns off, so we take our time during bath so you can enjoy every minute.  after months of dry eyes, your very first tear was spotted on june 15th.  i quickly kissed it away as soon as i saw it because it broke my heart.  very rarely have we seen a tear since, you really are such a happy baby.

and your mommy is such a happy mommy because at just 11 weeks 2 days old, you slept through the night for the very first time!  since then you have done it 3 times and we can’t believe what a good little sleeper you are.  you have developed such a wonderful schedule already and we laugh because you are a little alarm clock.  you are literally asleep by 9:30pm every night and wake at 2:30am on the nose.  on the nose!  not 2:29, not 2:31…2:30.  you are the same way with your morning nap.  no matter what time you fall asleep, you will sleep for exactly three hours.  i now know that if you fall asleep for your nap at 10:14, i will see your sweet eyes again at 1:14.  the type A planner momma in me is thrilled with your amazing schedule.  you are just like your parents in that you are so efficient and organized!

watching you wake up is the most darling thing i have ever seen.  i live for our mornings together when i pull you into bed with me and watch you wake up.  we lay nose to nose and you start smiling at me as soon as you open your eyes.  then you start babbling to me and we talk about what you are going to wear and what adventures we should take that day.  i wouldn’t trade our mornings for the world, they resemble everything about happiness.  when you wake up and clutch onto me, holding me tight, it makes me feel like i am the most important person in the world.  it makes me feel beautiful and loved and cherished.  it amazes me that such a tiny little girl can make me feel so complete.

and your daddy and i are a dream.  your daddy hands me baby things before i need to ask for them, i read his mind and pack the right things in your baby bag as we leave the house…and there was that one day when you surprised us with a little spit up and we literally were tossing and catching burp clothes one-handed before it spoiled your sweet outfit.  we’ve got this.  someone once told us that we would be an expert with our own baby and it really just worked out that way, as we learn more and more about you every single day.  we can even burp you in less than 15 seconds.

we’ve been told we are the sweetest parents to you.  but it’s so easy to be because you are just the best little lady.  we never dreamed of this type of happiness, this type of love, this type of fun!  i told someone the other day how much fun we are having with you and they about went cross-eyed and said, “fun!?  with a tiny baby!?  as brand new parents!?”  yep, fun.  we are having so much fun.  it’s as if we were meant to be the three of us all along.  it’s like life before you, but better.  the only change now is a little less sleep from time to time, more laundry, more things in mama’s purse when we head out the door and more shoes in the house…because i have to say your shoe closet is perfection.

if the walls of our home could talk, they would only have the most beautiful things to say.  they would tell of the times when daddy turns on country music and dances with you in the kitchen while mommy cooks dinner.  of the times when we lay nose to nose and smile at one another.  of the times when we stand at the front door in the evening, waiting for daddy to pull into the drive.  of the times when we go on morning coffee dates before spending time as a family.  of the times when the UPS guy rings the bell and daddy jokes, “i bet it’s more hair bows!”  and of the times when mommy can’t help but cry a little because the time is just passing too fast.

so here’s to another month of memories with you, doll.  i can’t even wait to see what this next month brings and how much you will change.  and i know i am always begging for time to slow down so i can remember ever moment of you being little, but i am also so very excited for every little change i see in you.

we love you so much and can’t wait for another beautiful day that will bring another beautiful adventure.

love, mama

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so many photographers and parents love the idea of photographing their everyday, but they just don’t know how to do it.  they are stumped when it comes to finding the inspiration and often find themselves asking, “but what do i take a picture of?”  documenting your everyday in photographs is much easier than it seems, you just have to train yourself to be in the right mindset so that you are encouraged to pick up your camera every day.  check out these 10 ways to photograph your everyday to help encourage your photography direction when it comes to photographing your daily life.

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10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

1. photograph a meal

whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a yummy snack…practice your food photography as you photograph what is on your plate.  it’s also really fun to photograph prepping for a meal, so have fun with just photographing the ingredients too!  to learn a little more about food photography, check out what 7 things i learned about food photography where i reveal what ebook will inspire you to pick up your camera every time you make a meal.

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

2. get in the frame

instead of just taking pictures of what surrounds you, try to find ways to get in front of the camera.  including yourself in your everyday photographs is a great way of bringing your photos to life and create images that others can relate to.  photograph what you do every day, whether it is making breakfast for your kids, running errands, or answering email.  the possibilities are endless.

having a tripod and a wireless remote makes getting in the frame to capture a self portrait super easy.

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

3. keep your camera handy

one of the most important tips for photographing your everyday is being sure your camera is handy at all times.  life is so unpredictable and you never know when a great moment is going to arise, so having your camera nearby will help you capture those unexpected and true moments as they happen.  i was so thankful that my camera was on my coffee table so that i could quickly grab it to capture my sleepy puppy just as the sun was shining through the window.  had i not had my camera handy, i would have missed the moment or ruined it as i ran to get my camera!

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

4. take your camera everywhere with you

capturing your everyday is really easy if you simply get in the habit of bringing your camera along with you whenever you leave the house.  whether you are taking the puppy for a walk, heading down the street for some groceries, or are on the road traveling…bring your camera with you and document your travels.  having a good camera bag will be really helpful so your gear stays protected, even when you are on the go!

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

5. photograph what you are doing in the moment

it’s really as easy as it sounds.  if you find yourself wondering “what should i photograph?” simply look to what you are doing at that exact moment and photograph it.  yes, sometimes this means arranging things into more flattering positions and getting creative with your composition, but use your current activity as your focus and go with it!

if you need a little more help thinking of ideas of what to photograph, be sure to join in on the bethadilly challenge photography project where i give you daily prompts to inspire your photography.  it’s okay to use prompts to inspire your photography because it encourages you to pick up your camera!

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

6. photograph daily routines

think about the things that happen every day at your house and photograph them.  it’s the daily routines that we really want to look back on and remember because they are the things that make up our life.  for me, around 5:00 every day my puppies sit by the front door and wait for my husband to pull into the driveway after work.  i love that they do this, so i took the opportunity to photograph it because it is something that i want to remember.

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

7. photograph the things that others ignore

look for the unordinary things that most people wouldn’t blink an eye at and photograph them.  whether it is a pile of laundry, a more than half eaten pie or petals falling off your flowers…learn to see the beauty in the unordinary things.  get creative with your compositions and challenge yourself to make a sink full of dirty dishes or a messy floor full of toys look beautiful.  trust me, it is possible.

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

8. look for pops of color

let pops of color inspire you to grab your camera.  if you take the time to look around, you will notice that our world is full of pops of color.  whether you find color in the red stop sign at the end of your street or your child picks out a bright yellow t-shirt to wear that day, use pops of color as an opportunity to grab your camera.

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

9. get creative with your compositions

many people think that photographing their every day could be boring because their daily life is full of folding laundry, running a carpool and going to the grocery store.  but even though those tasks may seem boring, you can portray them in a more interesting way by getting creative with your composition.  think through your camera settings {iso, shutter speed, aperture} and try to incorporate depth of field, leading lines, the rule of thirds, or negative space into your photos when you are photographing so you can create images that are visually interesting instead of boring.

10 Ways To Photograph Your Everyday | Bethadilly Photography

10. incorporate the seasons

there is nothing more inspiring than the beginning of a new season.  there is something so refreshing about it, and it’s a natural change in our lives that we tend to look forward to.  take advantage of the seasons and incorporate them into your photos.  whether it is seeing the first signs of spring in the green grass on the side of the road or watching the very first snowfall of winter, get your camera out and capture what is special about the current season you are in.

learning to photograph your everyday takes a little practice, and a little thought.  but the more you do it, the easier it is.  and before you know it, you will find yourself naturally picking up your camera because you are finding inspiration easier and easier every day.  now charge your camera battery and keep these to tips for photographing your everyday in mind to inspire you as you photograph what makes up your everyday.

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  • julie - Beth. I just love your work and you inspire me! One question, how do you get your photos so bright and white? Is it all post processing? Whatever it is,I just live it!!ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - Thank you so much, Julie! I photograph in manual mode so that I can have control over my exposure and then I also brighten my exposure, if needed, in post processing.ReplyCancel

getting new instagram followers can be really hard, but losing them is easy!  with so many people on instagram, it is more important than ever that you are maintaining an account that people not only follow, but keep following.  more often than not, followers will stick around for a little while and then eventually click that “unfollow button.”  and that’s okay, because some followers just aren’t for you and you want to be sure the people who are following you are genuinely interested in your photography.  but sometimes, followers are simply unfollowing you because you are making some common instagram mistakes.  here are 5 mistakes that will make you lose instagram followers…are you making them?

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5 Mistakes That Make You Lose Instagram Followers

5 Mistakes That Make You Lose Instagram Followers - bethadilly photography

1. Overposting

posting is so much fun, but there is such a thing as posting too much.  be respectful of your instagram followers and don’t clog their newsfeed with your images.  it can be overwhelming for your followers, causing them to unfollow you simply to clean up their newsfeed.  as a good rule of thumb, post at least once but not more than twice a day.

2. Inconsistent Style

people decide to follow instagram accounts because they see an image that draws them in or an image that they can relate to, encouraging them to click over to your account.  once they are on your account, if they see even more images that flow and share the same style as that initial image they fell in love with…they are definitely encouraged to follow you.  but if you have a style that is all over the place and doesn’t flow, it is confusing to your instagram followers and they tend to unfollow you because they don’t know what to expect from you.  for example, if you are posting soft natural light images and then start posting images with artificial light or high contrast, you may lose instagram followers because you aren’t posting the type of images that they initially started following you for.

if you are struggling with finding a photography style that is unique to you as an artist, be sure to read my new eBook “The Styled Photographer,” where i help you really look at your images and develop a photography style that best represents you.

3. No Niche

the best instagram accounts have a clear niche.  whether it’s natural light, food, landscape, still life, lifestyle or portraiture photography, an instagram follower should be able to instantly identify your niche when they click on your profile.  instagram followers decide to follow your account because they can relate or have interest in your niche, but if you don’t have a clear niche or you are not consistent with it…your followers may choose to unfollow you.  for example, if you are a landscape photographer you will begin gaining followers who are interested in landscape photography.  if you start posting images about food, you will most likely start losing followers because they originally started following you because they were interested in landscape images, not food images.

4. A Lack of Takeaway

the best instagram accounts are the accounts that inspire or teach their followers something.  think of the reasons why you choose to follow someone.  you may follow them because their images inspire you, or maybe their words or wisdom inspires you.  you may follow them because they teach you new things or because they offer products that interest you.  being able to offer your followers some type of takeaway will encourage your followers to stick around to learn more from you.  whether you are sharing wisdom, tips, or offering products, be sure to keep your instagram followers engaged so that they are motivated to keep following you.

5. Negativity

one of the main reasons why people click that “follow” button is because they want to be inspired.  they follow you because they like your content and what it brings to their life.  one way you can quickly get unfollowed is through negativity.  yes, we want to be real.  yes, sometimes we have bad days.  but being negative doesn’t do any good.  keep your posts light and positive so they continue to inspire your instagram followers.  negative posts will only encourage your instagram followers to unfollow you because, to be honest, nobody has time for negativity.

instagram is one of the best places for creatives to share their life and art with others.  it’s a wonderful place for people to connect and relate to one another.  connecting with others can be so motivating for you, so be sure you are also encouraging others through your posts so you can maintain a list of instagram followers that are truly interested in your account.  by keeping these 5 mistakes in mind, you can start encouraging the followers you gain to stay around for the long run.

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  • Heather Grilliot - I strugle with this all the time and feel I’m all over the place especially since I don’t have a “business” of sorts. That probably shouldn’t matter. We have 4 kids and one is ill. We try to show positive images of our strugles and how our lifestyle is in constant healing mode…but then we also are able to camp a lot. Very different ranges. Should people have more than one instagram account to catagorize them?ReplyCancel

with summertime finally hear, there is nothing better than getting outdoors with your camera.  for me, summertime is all about adventure and fun.  it’s about travel, bright fruits, relaxing here and there, and reliving summer traditions year after year.  because summer ends just as fast as it begins, it is more important than ever to grab your camera and document, document, document!  summer photography is one of my favorites because the subjects take me outdoors.  as you are gearing up for summer, check out what 10 photos you must take.

summer means bbq and yummy fruits on our picnic tables, so be sure to all check out my post about food photography so you can make your food look as good in camera as it does on your plate!

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Summer Photography: 10 Photos You Must Take

Summer Photography: 10 Photos You Must Take - bethadilly photography

1. Summer Sports

one way to really have fun with your summer photography is taking your camera to a sporting event.  whether you capture all the details that make up the sport, or play around with your shutter speed to capture the fast movement, a summer sporting event is a great opportunity to capture some amazing shots.  get creative with your photography and think about how you can portray a sporting even without photographing the field or the players.  think about what surrounds you.

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2. The 4th of July

one of the most memorable parts of the summer is always the fourth of july.  whether you want to practice your photography skill by photographing the fireworks, or you want to capture some moments at your family barbecue, don’t forget your camera this year.  try having fun with your shutter speed as you capture our american flag flying in the wind or the fireworks bursting in the sky.  the opportunities for creativity are endless on this summer holiday.

Summer Photography: 10 Photos You Must Take - bethadilly photography

3. On the Boardwalk

whether you are near the lake, ocean, or a small pond…have fun photographing the movement of water this summer.  don’t live near a body of water?  capture your kids jumping into the pool or running through the sprinkler!  summertime is all about swimsuits and sunblock, so have fun capturing some of your funnest moments in the sun.Summer Photography: 10 Photos You Must Take - bethadilly photography

4.  Watermelon, of course

summer isn’t summer without a nice juicy slice of watermelon.  watermelon is such a wonderful photography subject, as it’s vibrant color lends itself to some bold and mouthwatering images.  whether you are playing around with symmetry or capturing your little one enjoying a piece, grab yourself a watermelon at the market this summer and get creative with your camera.  oh, and enjoy a piece too!

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5.  Icey Cold Beverages

i feel like summer photography is a great opportunity to capture movement in a variety of subjects, but especially with liquids.  and raise your hand if you love a nice cold beverage on a hot summer day!?  (me, me!)  while you are enjoying sitting and sipping, capture your favorite summer drink in a photograph.  capture the fun details about it like the condensation on the glass or bottle, or the movement as you pour it into a mason jar before serving.

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6. Nature’s Vibrant Colors

just like spring is about pastels and fall is about oranges…summer is about bright vibrant colors.  especially in nature.  summertime is full of beauty in nature and you will want to have your camera ready.  as you are photographing the beautiful nature that surrounds you, specifically seek out the vibrancy of nature.  look for those bright pinks, oranges and yellows and practice exposing them properly in camera so they reflect their true color in your images as they do in real life.

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7. BBQ

i don’t know about you, but my oven stays off during the summer months and we are on the patio!  summertime is all about the barbecue so grab your camera as you fire up the grill.  capture what your family loves to enjoy on your plates this summer, whether it is corn on the cob or a platter full of hamburgers fresh off the grill.

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8. Roadtrips

more often than not, summertime is the most popular time of year to take a road trip.  whether it is a weekend away, or a little longer…don’t forget to capture all the things that make your road trip memorable.  photograph how you get to your destination, what you see along the way, who you are traveling with, and much, much more!  don’t forget to get in the pictures too!  a great way to do that is by photographing your reflection in your sideview mirror!

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9. The Fair

it comes to every town, every summer.  the fair is an event that is perfect inspiration for summer photography.  whether you want to capture the movement of the rides or you want to practice your night photography and photograph the bright nighttime lights, be sure to pack your camera in your bag to the fair this summer.  a great lens to bring would be a nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, as you can experiment with wide angles, while having the zoom option to get a closer view.
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 10.  Your Favorite Pastime

if summer is about one thing, it is about relaxation.  well, it should be anyway!  think about what your favorite pastime is and get in front of the frame to capture you doing it!  for me, i love pouring myself a cold glass of white wine to enjoy on the patio with a good book.  have fun experimenting with your camera’s self timer as you get in front of the camera.  investing in a wireless remote makes getting in front of the camera even easier!

summertime is one of the busiest times of year because there are just so many things to do.  let this season inspire your summer photography as you make memories with your family.  as you are enjoying time with your kids while they are out of school, don’t forget to capture these 10 summer photos so you can savor every moment.

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