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Outdoor Sports Photography Tips

Outdoor Sports Photography Tips

For anyone who wants some Outdoor Sports Photography Tips, I wrote an article all about it over at the New York Institute of Photography. You can read all about it HERE. {I’d love you to pin this image above, NYIP loves me a little bit more if people click over from my site to their site, it lets them know I sent you} I’ve been photographing my kids playing outdoor sports for a good 10 years. When… Continue Reading

Adding Dimension to your Photography

Adding Dimension to photography

If you’ve studied a little bit of photography, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “depth of field” being thrown around.  I remember when I first learned about it, I was confused.   Depth/Dimension=the same thing. I remember I didn’t quite “get it” when talking about depth, but for some reason when I use the word dimension, it makes more sense. To have dimension in photography, it looks more life-like, more real, 3D–if you will. When… Continue Reading

Storytelling with Pictures

storytelling with pictures

I LOVE candid photography. To capture those moments as if I were a “fly on the wall” is my goal with clients, and it’s what I love captured with my family. But it doesn’t always come so naturally to “pose” for candid shots. It’s actually not posing so much as it is setting up the environment. {If you pin, pin this image above, please, not on the NYIP page} For my custom sessions, I send… Continue Reading

Beginner Photography Video Workshop~Say NO to Auto

Beginner Photography Video

Do you have a fancy camera that you don’t know how to use?  Did you buy it thinking you’d take images like the professionals because you have a camera like the professionals?   I used to shoot on auto…it’s easy…and the pictures are decent.  But I didn’t want decent, I wanted amazing.  The only way to do that is to make the decision to Say NO to Auto and learn the camera’s manual settings.  I’ve outlined… Continue Reading

How to photograph mini sessions

Austin Photography

Last Saturday, I held Mini Photo Sessions, which I call Petite Portrait sessions (just for a fun and different name).  I thought I’d share some tips for how to photograph mini sessions, for the aspiring photographers out there, on this Photo Tip Tuesday. I was delighted to photograph 4 families all back to back. Enjoy a little sneak peek of the families I recently photographed, amidst the tips. How long should a mini session be? I have my… Continue Reading

Taking Pictures at the Library

taking pictures at the library

We love to visit our local public library. The Round Rock Public Library has an amazing children’s collection and the librarians are super creative and absolutely fantastic with kids. They regularly organize story times and exciting programs. It is important to remember to photograph your kids as they move through their daily experiences and weekly routines. Everyday events like playing at home or running errands can become the backdrop for great photos. I love looking… Continue Reading

Tips for a Great Headshot

Tara B

Welcome another photo contributor, Tara Butler, the owner of Tara B Photography, based in Utah.  I love to hear the perspective of other photographers sharing photo tips, so I’ve invited a few to share on my site. A little bit about Tara: She teaches in the Music Dance Theatre department of BYU.  Her current hobbies include playing Peter Pan and Wendy with her 3 year old, nibbling the fat rolls on her baby, studying human… Continue Reading

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

10 Tips for better photos of your kids

10 tips to photograph children

I’ve got another photography contributor today, Jessica on the East Coast. I met her a few years ago at a mentoring session, and I photographed her kids in Philadelphia, and we’ve become friends ever since. She has done amazing things with her photography, and I thought it’d be great for my readers to hear from someone who has just begun on her photography journey. Here she is! Hi. My name is Jessica and I am… Continue Reading

How to fix a Picture taken in Auto

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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

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

Say NO to Auto Photography Book on Amazon

say no to auto photo book

Special Announcement! I’m so excited that  Say NO to Auto is now selling on Amazon in print!!! When I first assembled this book 2 years ago as an e-book, I never dreamed It’d be up on Amazon! All it took was getting an ISBN # or barcode.  This version costs less than on my site, to compensate for more in shipping. (SEE below for how you can help me review it).   I had to reformat the… Continue Reading

Tips to relax at your family portrait session

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Hello everyone, I was so excited to be invited by Kristen to participate in this family photo series! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Rebecca Cooper. I’m a professional photographer, mom of four and avid blogger. I enjoy sharing photo tips, craft ideas and details about our family adventures on my blog Simple as That. There’s been some really great tips and suggestions shared so far on how to have… Continue Reading

Choosing a Location for your Family Portraits


Today, I’m  happy to introduce to you Courtney from Click it Up a Notch talking about choosing a location for your Family Portraits. When I’m not chasing around my 3 little girls with my camera, I have my nose in a book to learn more about photography. Before the kiddos I was an elementary school teacher, so I combined my love of teaching and photography to create Click it Up a Notch. I really want to… Continue Reading