How to Take Your Own Christmas Card Photo

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How to Take Your Own Christmas Card PhotoIf you’re like Ryan and me, you want to send a Christmas card, but don’t really want to spend the money to hire a photographer. Well good news– you can totally take the photo yourself! I am so excited to share this post with you guys because boy did we learn a lot during the process. With a little patience, and a bit of trial and error, we were able to get something we both loved. Here’s how to take your own Christmas card photoContinue reading…

How To Make Photo Blocks

How to make photo blocks-- with video tutorial!Valentine’s Day is a-coming my friends.  And I mean, what says I love you more than a handmade gift?! These photo blocks are not only the perfect way to display your special Instax shots for both friends and partners alike, but they also take less than 30 minutes to make. Talk about a win-win! Here’s how:

Time: 20 minutes + dry time
Materials: Instax Mini 70, Instax Mini film, wooden block, alligator clips, E-6000 glue, paint + paintbrush, tape

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DIY Instax + Tinsel Wreath

DIY Instax + Tinsel WreathOne of my favorite parts about traveling is taking photos. Since I never want to lug my DSLR camera with me, I usually toss an instant camera in my bag and hit the town. Now that the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to weave my collection into my holiday decor. Because honestly, what is Christmas without a little sparkle and fun?! Here’s how:

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 camera, Instax film, clips, star frame, tinsel, scissors

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5 Tips for Photographing Interiors

5 Tips for Photographing InteriorsWhen I first started blogging, I had never held a DSLR camera. It’s amazing how much of this job is just jumping in and figuring it out as you go. One thing that I’ve learned recently is how to photograph interior spaces, even when the lighting sucks. If you’re new to photography of this nature, here are five absolute must follow tips for shooting:

1. Use natural light. This is just lifestyle photography 101. Even if your space is low lighting use natural light. If your shoot day is flexible, I recommend that you keep track of the lighting in your space for a day. Note the times its the brightest and take some test shots to compare the results.

5 Tips for Photographing Interiors2. Use a tripod + wireless remote. So you know all those photos you’ve pinned and drooled over? The ones that made you hate your own apartment and made you want to move because they’re so bright and perfect? Turns out that more often than not a tripod is to thank (maybe blame?) for that magic. Trust me here, a tripod will change everything because it allows your camera to have a slower shutter speed which lets more light in (making spaces appear brighter than they are). The photoshoot will take a lot longer since you have to set up and frame every single shot, verses being able to move freely holding the camera, but you’ll be able to get a brightness to your photos that you wouldn’t otherwise. Continue reading…