Tips for Great 1st Day of School Photos

First Day of School 2018. It was slightly overcast, so finding more even lighting was easy!

Hey Friends! The first day of school is just around the corner, maybe it’s already started for you. If that’s the case, sorry I didn’t get this up earlier! My kids start school in 5 days! 5. Days. I’m not sure I am ready haha. So of course I’ve got the back to school pictures on my mind. Even though I’m a photographer I try to keep those first day of school pictures quick and easy breezy. Here are my tips for you on how to get great pictures of your kids on the first day of school!

  • Plan accordingly. Make sure you give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes in the morning to grab those adorable back to school shots of your growing kids.  That way you aren’t stressing about being late and neither are they.  Kids have a short attention span no need to spend 30 minutes trying to get those pictures.
  • Look for shade. There is nothing worse than taking a picture where your subject has spots of light all over them. I shoot mine in my backyard and move a kids around a bit til I find the right light I’m looking for. Look for even lighting on them, especially their face.  Morning light is great for pictures and the light isn’t overly harsh. If you can’t find the shade then..
  • Avoid direct sunlight on their faces. Not only will your cute kiddos be squinting and complaining about it being too bright, it’s just not a very flattering way to light your kiddos. Instead try moving them so their backs are to the light.
  • Don’t forget the group shot! Make sure to take individuals of your kids and then the group shot. Most years we try to include out dog, Daisy too. She doesn’t always sit well but I can usual manage one shot with her in it.
  • Let your kiddo show their personality! When you look back at these pictures you are going to want to remember then how they were. Not standing straight? Bad posture? Eh, whatever! I love a good personality shot.
  • Keep it light. Everyone’s a little nervous, a little stressed, and a little excited about the first day of school. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Honestly, that is my motto when it comes to my kids. As long as I’ve captured the moment, I’m happy.

If you feel like being fancy and you want to edit/enhance your photos before throwing them up on social media, check out my previous post about my favorite photo apps. 

First Day of School 2017. Much sunnier, and my oldest’s face has some side lighting on her face.

Good luck and Happy First Day of School! 

Katie turns 6 months

As they say, better late than never! Finally taking the time to get the adorable Katie’s 6 month session up here on the blog. Gosh, she is such a cutie pie! She is such a happy little miss too! I hope you all enjoy her cuteness in these pictures, these are just some of my favorites.

If you are anyone you know is in need of milestone sessions, shoot me an email! I’d love to chat with you.

Awaiting Myla’s Arrival

With our extra long winter this year, we decided to shoot Larissa’s maternity session at her home with her sweet family. It was fun to use elements of the nursery in their photos. I love capturing candid moments along with the posed especially with in home sessions. I just love the relaxed feeling of these photos.


Are you interested in maternity photos? We can shoot them indoors at your home or at an outdoor location now that the weather is warming up.
Shoot me a message for more info on how to book your session today!

Welcome Violet & Daisy!

When I found out that Dave and Jennifer were having twins I was so excited for them! And of course I was crossing my fingers that they were going to have me photograph their newborn pictures! There is something so special and magical about twins. It was so awesome to capture these sweet little girls back in January. It is always such an honor when clients come back to me baby after baby to have me capture their newborn portraits.

I am booking newborn session in my little studio located here in Omro, WI. If you are interested in more info shoot me an email by hitting the contact button.

Top 5 Photo Apps for the Everyday Momtog

We all use our phones these days for taking pictures, whether it be selfies, our kids, family vacations, you name it! We’ve got our phones every where we go so naturally they are our go to cameras. How many of us actually own digital cameras these days? Probably not many.

I used to take my big camera (yup.. that’s her name haha) every where with me, but instead of enjoying family time, I was playing paparazzi. I missed out on a ton on special moments because I was so focused on getting it on camera.

Honestly, I’m super thankful that phone cameras are so high quality these days so I don’t feel as bad about leaving my big girl at home.

So let’s get down to business. Top 5 photo apps for the everyday momtog. Of course you don’t have to be a mom to appreciate this list. Starting with the most basic.

1. Instagram. Yup. I said it. Now I don’t think all filters, presets, actions are created equally but you can really do some quick tweaks to an image on Instagram. My biggest tip, get good lighting right off the bat. If it’s not an option, up the brightness in instagram first, then add your favorite filter. You don’t have to use them at 100% either. Sometimes less is more when it really comes down to it.


Instagram for Android

2. Filmborn. If you love the look of film but you want a quick edit this app is for you. Filmborn has an option to shoot your pictures right in the app so you can see how these presets will look before the images is even taken. I personally love the black and white presets. Unfortunately this app is only available on IOS. 

Filmborn by Mastin Labs Inc.

3. Huji. Huji is a fun and funky camera app I love to use. It brings back the mystery of a disposable camera right on your phone, complete with light leaks. I like to use this app to get more of an artistic vibe to my pictures. After you snap a photo with Huji a little film roll pops up telling you your photo is developing. Then you get to see what look your photo will have. 

Huji Cam by Manhole, Inc.

Huji Cam for Android

4. VSCO. You can do so much with the VSCO app. It really has so many option. You can choose to purchase presets or sign up for their membership which unlocks all the presets for a year. This has been my go to editing app for years. It’s relatively easy to use, and has so many preset options. There is also a VSCO community right on their app where you can share your images with others if you want.

VSCO by Visual Supply Company

VSCO for Android

5. Lightroom. Last but definitely not least. As a photographer I know my way around adobe programs and apps and this has become one of my favorite apps to use. They have really upped their game with this app in the last year or so. If you have Lightroom on your computer you can easily sync them up and access your photos from LR from your computer on your phone app. Which means I can easily edit, save and share my big camera pics on Instagram in seconds, right from my phone. You can also use all of your LR presets on the phone app which is super convenient. I tend to edit my lifestyle pics the same style and my more formal photos in a different style. Having access to that right on my phone is awesome. You don’t have to be a photographer to really appreciate this app. It comes with some basic presets ready for you to use, or you can buy presets from. Keep in mind though that the presets are not an in app purchase, you can purchase them from photographers, influencers, or right off of Etsy. 

Adobe Lightroom CC by Adobe

Lightroom for Android

So what should you do now? Go download those apps and give them a try! Not a big fan of them? That’s cool too! These are just my tried and true apps on my iphone that I love to use.

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