Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu
Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake
A most delicious side salad or dessert
Boston Cream Cake by This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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FOTOstrap for your camera

camera strap

A few months ago, I reviewed a FOTOstrap camera strap, and I loved it so much, that when I upgraded my camera, I wanted the same one–in a different color, of course! Check out my new navy camera strap!

How to Decide What Camera to Buy

How to Decide What Camera to Buy

I get asked the question all the time, “What camera should I buy?” Because I’ve had a professional grade camera body for quite a while now (Canon 5D), I don’t know a lot about the beginner models, so I’ve often deflected or given a very short answer. It’s just not a quick answer kind of deal. Well today, I’m going to help you figure out with a little Q&A, How to Decide What Camera to Buy.… Continue Reading

How to Take your Own Family Pictures

How to Take your own Family Pictures

This time of year is the busiest for Taking Family pictures, and I know I personally get excited at the idea of picking outfits, deciding on a location, and dreaming about how I’m going to display the pictures in my home. So today I’m going to talk ALL about those topics. I asked a few blogger friends if they’d allow me to post on their site for a little blog hop all about tips for Taking… Continue Reading

Win a Canon Camera

canon camera

  Step 1: Pin the image above.  Step 2: Follow all the bloggers listed below on Pinterest.             Step 3: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. For additional entries, follow some awesome new blogs on Facebook!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

How to Scout out the Perfect Photo Locations

how to scout out perfect photo locations

Hey friends of Kristen Duke! This is Shari, and I’m so happy to be here again sharing another photography tip with you on Kristen’s blog.  Today I wanted to talk a little about location scouting.  These ideas and tips are for all levels of photographers and my hope is that you will start looking at your surroundings with different eyes! First off, I’d like to share a list of important questions

Northern Utah Travel Sessions and Say NO to Auto Workshop


I posted on Facebook a few days ago that I was headed to Utah at the end of June, and wondered if there was an interest in mini sessions or a last minute Say NO to Auto workshop.  I got a great response!! So here are the details, if you  think you know someone interested, please share!     Well lookie there, you’re on my site! Ok, so for the full details! Portrait sessions: Friday… Continue Reading

Find the Open Shade~Photo Tip

finding open shade

Welcome my awesome friend and fabulous photographer–Shari Hanson sharing a great photo tip today–Finding the Open Shade. Hello friends and followers of Kristen Duke!  I have known Kristen since high school and feel so blessed to know her!  When I was starting out in photography she was (and still is) an endless source of information and help to me!  I am so pleased that she invited me to be with you today and excited to… Continue Reading

How to fix a Picture taken in Auto

siblings meeting baby

For those that know me and my blog know that I’m all about Saying NO to Auto.  Goodness sake, I wrote a book about it!  Today I’m sharing how to fix a picture taken in auto. Firstly, I’m a photographer with a desire to teach moms to use their fancy cameras the RIGHT way. BUT, I also think it is necessary to emphasize that it is more important to capture the moment, than to be… Continue Reading

How to Photograph Your Child’s Birthday Party

kids birthday party

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve asked a handful of fabulous photographers to help me share photo tips on my blog! I have been slacking in that area, and it’s not that I don’t want to, but my efforts are into eating and decorating these days, and my mind is occupied with those thoughts. Please welcome my friend Jennifer! I am Jennifer…full time mom, wife, photographer, professional errand runner, and wanna be dance superstar!… Continue Reading

How to Shoot Beautiful Back-lit Images~photography tip

backlit images

I got to photograph 3 gorgeous sisters last week, and the evening light was just as breathtaking. I thought it was a great time to share images I took, and at the same time give some tips on how to shoot beautiful back-lit images.   The hour before the sun goes down each evening is often referred to by photographers as the Golden Hour. When the light is shining brightly, it gives the most lovely… Continue Reading

Kelly Moore Camera Bag {Giveaway}


I’m so excited that I get to share with you this fabulous Kelly Moore B-Hobo Camera bag today, and offer a giveaway to one lucky reader of a BAG OF YOUR CHOICE! These stylish camera bags are gorgeous, and I’m in love with mine. I needed a little extra HOT PINK (or as Kelly Moore says, Fuchsia) in my life, so I chose this one, and I love the medium size. I also love the… Continue Reading

FOTOSTRAP Camera Strap Review and Giveaway

leather camera strap

I am so happy and excited to share with you the details about my new FOTOstrap Camera Strap—I am in LOVE! {Read the whole post, you could win one!} My old camera strap was seriously grating on me the past year. I’d had it for probably 3 years, and besides the fact that I was tired and over the pattern, it was pretty dirty and worn around the neck. I mean, who washes their camera… Continue Reading

Capture the Joy 2


It’s Saturday! Get in pictures with your loved ones and hashtag on Instagram or Twitter #capturethejoy and you’ll show up in the thumbnails below! Spread the word!!

A Peek Inside my Camera Bag: Body and lenses

Inside my camera bag @Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Lets talk equipment today, and I’ll share with you a little peek inside my camera bag at my camera body and lenses. Photography is an overwhelming hobby in many aspects. First, you have to figure out what camera to buy, then teach yourself how to use said camera, then there is gear and all sorts of other fun stuff to learn to improve your photography. It can make ones’ head spin. I’ve got opinions on… Continue Reading

Instagram Photo Tip

instagram edit @ capturing joy with Kristen Duke

I’ve harnessed the love of the phone pictures, because I always have my phone with me. I don’t always lug my dslr around town, and I’ve been striving to learn  how to better edit my images on my phone so they look nicer than what the phone puts out. I first found a really great post series all about Instagram.  It is by Becki @ Whippycake {tempting accessories}. If you have never downloaded the Instagram app,… Continue Reading