what do you all do with your easter eggs, once the holiday is over?  for us, we enjoy peeling them and eating them.  and i love the colorful aftermath.  this year i actually mastered my hardboiled egg, thanks to my mom.  while i usually epically fail at making them, i finally made the perfect hardboiled egg that was cooked wonderfully and cracked and peeled very easily.  my husband even commented that my eggs were perfection. and our little one really enjoyed eating her very first, perfectly cooked, hardboiled egg.  she didn’t even share a bit with the dog, who usually gets more than his fair share of food now that she’s learned to throw him yummy bites.

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as my husband was cracking and peeling some eggs for us to enjoy for an afternoon snack, i couldn’t help but be inspired by the colorful egg shells in the bottom of the kitchen sink.  the light from the kitchen window and the brightly colored shells versus the dull steel sink were just creating all the right things that have me running for my camera.  it’s moments and photographs like this that encourage me to keep my camera out and within reach, to photograph those spontaneous and beautiful moments of our everyday that are often overlooked.

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for those of you who have followed me for awhile, you know that traditions are my jam.  i grew up with strong traditions and i think it’s something that is a really important part of childhood.  so when it comes to the big events, and even the smaller events, for our daughter…we are all about building traditions in our house.  for our baby’s first easter, it meant coloring easter eggs, waking up to an easter basket from the easter bunny, going to church, and having an easter egg hunt, or two.

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i didn’t plan on photographing her easter egg hunt but, at the last minute, grabbed my camera and i am so glad that i did.  i had taken the weekend off from social media, intentionally winding down and stepping away for a meaningful holiday weekend with my family.  i felt so relaxed that i thought leaving my camera down was a good idea, but the idea of not photographing her first easter was too difficult for me.  so photographing, i did.

while i started out using my portrait lens, i very quickly decided to use my wide angle lens after only a few photos.  i wanted to be sure to capture the surroundings during this activity and the portrait lens was just too tight of a photo for my liking.

Baby’s First Easter : A Nursery Easter Egg Hunt

Baby's First Easter : A Nursery Easter Egg Hunt | Bethadilly Photography

for our baby’s first easter, i wanted a really classic inspired easter basket and steered clear of all the loud branded items when filling it up.  click here to take a peek inside her easter basket.

i have heard people say that you miss out on fun once you have kids and i must say that if you feel that way, you are doing parenting all wrong.  i swear that we have so much more fun, now that we are parents.  we are like kids again as we build new traditions for our daughter and have fun participating in activities with her.  seriously though, this family thing is awesome.

being barely one year old, we weren’t sure how successful an easter hunt would be.  but it was wildly successful!  so much so that we did it twice!  after hiding the easter eggs in her room, my husband carried her around the room and helped spot the eggs.  once she saw an egg, she would grab it and she would drop them in a pile on her changing table.  to be honest, it turned into such a learning activity!  we have been trying to teach her how to drop things in place on her own, and this activity definitely helped her master it.  look at us, all educational and all.  unintentionally so, but it worked!

by the second time around, she was spotting the eggs on her own and grabbing them from table tops, on top of picture frames, in baskets, and on window seals.  this was definitely a wonderful first easter for our entire family and i am so glad i have these photographs for us to look back on and show her when she is older.

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for about the past couple months, i have been contemplating a little change.  to be honest, i think having a baby encourages one to really take a step back and look at how they spend their time.  as of late, most of my time is spent being a mama.  and in those few hours a day when i have some time for myself, it has been really eye opening and enlightening to see how i choose to spend my time.  for me, i find relaxation in editing and photographing.  in learning new things.  in taking photography classes.  in challenging my skill and being intentional about growth with my photography.  all of this has lead me to looking back at my blog and it’s definitely time for happy changes for the bethadilly blog.

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Taking Back The Blog : Happy Changes For The Bethadilly Blog

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for those of you who have been with me for awhile, i originally started this blog in 2012-ish for personal posts.  a place for me to write about our life, my journey with photography and my thoughts.  it was my own little piece of the internet to just share and connect with others.  since then, it took a tutorial turn.  my journey with photography took a huge turn and i started being viewed as someone to turn to for photography advice.  it was and is awesome and humbling to know that others look to me for inspiration and photography advice…it truly still amazes me that i inspire people with my work.

instead of writing about my life and my thoughts, my posts started turning towards photography tutorials and tips & tricks.  and while it has been fun and i have learned so much about photography by teaching you all, it is time to take back my blog and get back to the basics.  it’s time to remember why i started this blog in the first place and to turn it back towards my personal journey with photography, life, motherhood, etc.

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so what does this look like?  will i never write about lenses and the rule of thirds ever again?  of course not!  from time to time, i will share some tips and tricks as i learn about photography and continue my own journey with my camera.  and hint, hint…I just finished my next photography ebook and have about 3 more in the works!

but for the most part, i am taking back my blog and taking it back to a place where i can share about our daily life.  where i can write about my journey with photography, my struggles and my triumphs.  where i can write about motherhood.  where i can write about what i am learning and what i am interested in.

it’s just time to go back to the basics.  and for me, that means having a place to share my images and write about life.

instead of being solely a blog for photography education, i am taking steps to turning the bethadilly blog back towards a lifestyle blog.

one of my favorite things about my following is that you all have always been extremely supportive.  my inbox is always full of beautiful compliments and thank yous for my posts.  and for that, i thank you.  while i love teaching you all, it is time for me to get back to what i truly love.  and what i truly love is learning about photography myself and being a student too.  while being the teacher is fun, i really like being the student.  i love taking photography classes and simply writing about my photos.

for awhile i have felt that i can’t write a post unless it teaches someone something.  but sometimes, i just want to write.  sometimes i just want to share images.  i want to turn this blog back to what it used to be, a place for me to share and grow.  a place for me.

i have prayed about this change and i feel a little freedom in hitting the “publish” button on this post.  i hope you will stick around and continue to join me in my journey with photography, as i learn new things and begin being an intentional student of photography.  i truly believe that one can never stop learning and i am thankful for all the photography has taught me and for all that i am yet to learn.

and if you are still reading this, you deserve an ice cream sunday.  you truly deserve an ice cream sunday.

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  • Shari - I am super excited to see this change! I love your personal posts, as well as your photography tips. My blog is always evolving and changing as I do. Best of luck in your new direction. Thanks for taking us all along for the ride! ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - Thank you so much, Shari! I am so happy you enjoy my personal posts as well, as they are truly what I love to write! Thank you for your support and for sticking around!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - It’s been fun to see you morph and change and grow. And your recent changes in photography and now this strike me as true to the inner you. Bravo for listening and following. A friend recently told me how interesting it was for her to read my old blog posts — because while it was me, it was me at a clearly different place on my journey. So while you are in some ways going back to what your blog was originally, it will be with the beautiful new frame of reference you operate in now.ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - That is so nice and profound, Nancy! You always know just what to say! And yes, I think there comes a point in life when you start seeing how fragile your time is and it brings beautiful clarity to start doing what you truly love with it. Thanks for always being so supportive!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - I think that this is a great place to go with your blog. My website was originally a blog and I enjoyed it so much, and now it is solely for my business. However I also want to take a “part” of it back and take to blogging again. Kudos for you for doing what is right for yourself, and I cannot wait to see more post.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Well do e Bethany.  I have loved reading your blog and I have learnt so much about photography from you.   I am looking forward to reading your new style blog.   Best wishes ❤ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - Oh my gosh!!  I love this!!  I’m excited for you and feel we all need to dip our toes back into the blogging we use to love.  I feel like once we got into the “photo business” our blogs had to solely reflect that.  I’m excited to see the momma and more personal side to you shine!  Blog away! ReplyCancel

  • Donna - One of the things you used to do (which I always looked forward to seeing) was your monthly recap of photos with lens and settings. It was pretty cool to see all of that. Either way – whatever you post – it’ll always be interesting if you are personally enjoying doing it. Joy has a way of shining out and touching all of those around you.ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - Thank you, Donna! If you have noticed, I have been posting single everyday images most days on my blog and I have been including my gear and settings in each of those posts. Hope you enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Petra - Hi Bethany, I just wanted to say thank you for everything you are doing for us! You are so inspiring and no matter what you are writing about I’m always learning 🙂 can’t wait to read more ❤️ReplyCancel

one of my favorite memorials to visit in washington dc is the memorial of franklin delano roosevelt.  there is just something about this memorial that always intrigues me.  it is a walking memorial, so you walk your way through the four terms of his presidency, taking in his memorable and strong quotes along the way.  every time i visit this memorial, i want to photograph it.  no matter how many pictures i have from previous visits, i always feel the need to photograph it again.  if you are planning a trip to washington dc, here are some must have photos to take when photographing at the fdr memorial.

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Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take

Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take | Bethadilly Photography

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Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take | Bethadilly Photography

1. The Statues

there are so many statues within the fdr memorial and each one is so unique, begging to be photographed.  one of the most popular amongst tourists is the one pictured above, of the five men standing in a line.  as you are photographing at the fdr memorial, be sure to photograph the beautiful statues.  they are very rich in color and full of texture.

Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take | Bethadilly Photography

2. The Natural Details

the memorial is surrounded by beautiful trees and, if you are lucky enough to visit in the spring, possibly cherry blossoms.  sometimes i find myself photographing the little forgotten details of the memorial, while waiting for the crowds to disperse so i can photograph the memorial itself.  one of the best things about washington dc is the well thought out design and details, so be sure to keep your eyes out for other pretty elements besides the memorial itself.

Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take | Bethadilly Photography

3. The View of The Washington Monument

the fdr memorial is across the tidal basin from the washington monument, allowing you to get a really great view of the washington monument from further away.  it’s a really great photo, as you can incorporate the tidal basin as well and it’s a little easier to get a photo without a lot of other people walking into your frame.  be sure look around and photograph the view of other monuments that you see while you are photographing at the fdr memorial.

using a wide angle lens is a wonderful idea at this memorial, so you can include the surroundings, as well as your subject, within the frame.

Photographing At The FDR Memorial : 4 Photos You Must Take | Bethadilly Photography

4. The Waterfalls

there are a couple of waterfalls throughout the memorial that are absolutely stunning and make for wonderful photographs.  it’s a beautiful opportunity to photograph texture and movement, while also listening to their soothing sound.  be sure to monitor and adjust your shutter speed on your camera as you photograph the waterfalls to either freeze or blur the movement.  using a faster shutter speed, as pictured above, will freeze the falling water in place and using a slower shutter speed will blur the movement and motion.

there are so many photo opportunities when photographing at the fdr memorial, so be sure to keep your camera out the entire time.  what are some of your favorite places to visit while traveling to washington dc?  i love learning and photographing, making travel photography one of my favorites!

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i think one of the sweetest things to photograph is fatherhood.  there is something so real and honest about children and fathers; their bond and relationship is something that is so unique to the two of them.  just like mothers have a special bond with their children, fathers do too.  and it is something that’s important to document in photographs.  as you are photographing fatherhood, here are 5 must have photos that you must take.

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Photographing Fatherhood : 5 Must Have Photos Of Dads With Their Kids

Photographing Fatherhood : 5 Must Have Photos Of Dads With Their Kids | Bethadilly Photography

1. Their Embrace

there is something so sweet about the way a father holds his child.  not matter their age, photographing how a father embraces his child can create a very special photo.  even better, try to incorporate how the child holds their dad back.  in the photo above, i love how she reaches for his collar and holds onto it when her daddy embraces here.  it’s a good reminder that memories are made in the little details.

Photographing Fatherhood : 5 Must Have Photos Of Dads With Their Kids | Bethadilly Photography

2.  How He Helps

just like anything, there are things that mommies tend to do and things that daddies tend to do, in terms of parenting.  in our house, my husband is in charge of bath time and he also always buckles her into her carseat when we head out on the family outing.  this is because he usually drives and her carseat is on the driver’s side, making it a habit for daddy to buckle her in.  no matter the chore, be sure to photograph what your husband does normally to help out.  what is his daddy duty that helps the family out?

Photographing Fatherhood : 5 Must Have Photos Of Dads With Their Kids | Bethadilly Photography

3. How He Teaches Them

an important part of photographing fatherhood is photographing how your husband teaches your child.  whether this is riding at bike or learning to walk, be sure to photograph the ways that your child learns from their father.  teaching our children new things, whether big or small, is such an important part of being a parent and can be a really fun thing to memorialize in a photograph.

Photographing Fatherhood : 5 Must Have Photos Of Dads With Their Kids | Bethadilly Photography

4.  How He Makes Them Laugh

there is nothing better than hearing your child laugh, which means we will do just about anything to hear that sweet sound.  photograph how your husband makes your child laugh.  while your child may laugh at you when you make silly faces, they might laugh with their dad when he tickles them or chases them down the hall.  photograph what laughter looks like for your child, especially when it comes to their interaction with their dad.

Photographing Fatherhood : 5 Must Have Photos Of Dads With Their Kids | Bethadilly Photography

5. Candid Moments that Show Love

there is nothing more cherished than a photo of a parent and their child showing love.  be sure to keep your camera out regularly and pick it up to photograph the candid moments that occur between father and child.  photographing fatherhood is done best when it is candid and true, so do your best to allow the scene to play out and not interfere.  for many, candid photographs end up being their most cherished images because they resemble such raw and true emotion.

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