4 Creative Ways To Improve Your Phone Photography

This is a crazy time we are living in for sure. With families home 100% of the time for weeks, with no end in sight, it might be fun for some to improve their photography skills using a simple camera phone. Below I have Posted some images in 4 categories: Florals, The golden hour, creative nature backgrounds, and candids of family and kids at home. I took my kids out on a walk with my phone, paid attention to the beautiful florals in our neighborhood, Looked for cool backdrops for photos while we walked in nature, and then once were were home again, focused on my kids doing what they do every day. It’s amazing to think we can get some really cool photos without having to go beyond our house or   neighborhood. 

Here are some things to think about when….

Photographing flowers or flowering trees: Try different angles, direct sun can be too bright so shade them with your body if possible, get in close or shoot from a distance. Finally, use an app to edit your flower shots, it really helps.

Golden hour photos: you can get creative here, by shooting your subject with the sun behind them to create a silhouette, or with the sun coming through the trees with your subject facing you, or if the sun is really low and about to hit the horizon, it can be shining on their face but skin tones get an orange cast which sometimes looks nice. 

Creative Backdrops: take a walk around your neighborhood and look for a beautiful tree, a grassy area, a big blank wall or even a city scape (depending on where you live). Try find backgrounds that are not too busy because it can take away from the person or people you are photographing. 

Candids at home: have kids, pets, anyone you’re sheltering in place with huddle up on the couch and have them settle in. See what happens…are your kids/family talking, laughing kissing the puppy? These are natural moments that can look great in photos. 

Also, using editing apps on your phone help brighten and lighten straight out of the camera photos. Pro tip: always edit your photos! And…if you’re using my tips be sure to tag me on instagram, I want to see what you create! @ameliaplumbphotography

Yearly Photo Sessions | Marin Family Photographer

My girls were definitely the catalyst that helped me decided I wanted to be a photographer. Aside from the fact that I had enjoyed photography as a kid and had taken some darkroom classes in high school, it was definitely my kids that pushed me over the edge on deciding my life’s work would be photography. When they were babies I took loads of photos of them, but as they got older and my business grew I had less time to photograph them…and they were quite vocal about not wanting to have their photo taken. Fast forward to the teen years, I am really wanting to make time to capture the here and now. And that’s where we are - or where I am, surrounded by teen girls (and it’s a little crazy, but worth documenting for sure).  As of this moment, year, new decade… I’m committing to a photo shoot at the time of their birthday. And.. I will probably hire a photographer to take our family photo as well on a yearly basis going forward.. because mom, the photographer, needs to be in some photos too! 

What to do with photos from yearly photo sessions? Most people are at a loss and end up keeping  them on their computer indefinitely. Here are some ideas for what to do with your most treasured photos: frame them, create a gallery of your favorite photos on a prominent wall of your home, make a yearly album (or have your photographer create one for you), print them and keep them in a keepsake box on your coffee table so you can look at them often. There are so many things you can do with your photos these days that doesn’t include your external hard drive. 

Anyway, I wanted to share some fun images from my youngest’s birthday photo shoot (she’s 13!!)….and she told me she actually likes them. =)

Photo Wall Gallery - Create Something Fabulous With Your Family Photos!

Yesterday I met with a long time client of mine at her home to create some beauty in her living room.  Weeks before we discussed the kind of frames she would like for her images and the option of color or black and white images. She decided on black and white photos, I think it was a great choice! A monochromatic look is very versatile with any kind of color scheme, so no matter how many times she re-decorates her photos will still look great on her wall. And the best part about this layout, or photo wall gallery,  images can be switched out as a family grows or they can stay the same. Its up to you! And by creating columns that go up a wall it gives the viewer a sense of order which is visually pleasing, and when guests visit it’s fun for them to see and chat about too! My client didn’t want to bother her husband with installing the frames on the wall, she just wanted it done so I was happy to take the lead and create the layout and get them on their wall. No hassle or stress, it was just done! Luckily I am a photographer who likes to wear many hats, not too many, but I do love the process of creating something for my client and taking the lead to install a gallery of images in my clients home is fun for me!  The photo wall turned out great and I know it will bring this family many years of joy! This is why I love what I do!! 

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