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Obsession: Photography

So, I’ve always kind of had an interest in photography.  When I went to France in high school, I tried to take some artsy shots.  But I’ve never taken a class or learned much about it.


Until I got this baby:

My Canon Rebel XS 1000D (the cheapest one) and I also got a zoom lens: EF-S 55-250mm 1:4-5.6 IS that was on super sale.


This new obsession with photography all started in February.  I went to a Creative Memories Regional Convention and saw a short video featuring Nick Kelsh from “How to Photograph Your Baby” fame.  The video was super helpful, but the best part was his sense of humor.  :)  I immediately went home and tried to take better pictures using his advice.

And then my camera broke.  Crumbs and cameras don’t mix.  Just sayin'.

So I had to get a new camera.  And I got a cheap little crappy one that I hate.

So I had to get another one.  And we got a tax return.  And I got my baby.

And my pictures were immediately better, but still not fabulous.  So I started researching and learning in my “free” time.

Most of what I’ve learned has come from:

  1. Blog tutorials like Funky Junk Interiors and Tatertots and Jello.
  2. Nick Kelsh’s Facebook Group – He edits and critiques members’ photos to demonstrate different techniques.  And he’s hilarious.
  3. Canon’s website.

And now, drumroll please, the results:


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I know they’re not perfect (especially the lighting in the “blue shirt” series) but I’m pretty proud!  It’s kind of hard to remember everything I’ve learned while trying to catch Adam running around the yard!


Maybe, if there’s interest, I’ll share some of the things I’ve learned?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Love, love, love all of the pics and that you were able to get your baby back! I know I would be lost without my Nikon...and she will be a MUST to replace if she ever decides to leave me.

    My favorite pic is the one of your precious kiddo lookin' up! Adorable.

  2. Oh I think you've done a wonderful job! And what handsome subjects you have : ) I love taking pictures also, but my talent is limited: point, shoot and pray! I try to follow Donna's advice too, isn't she great?

  3. Beautiful photos! It helps that your subject matter is so adorable, but you've obviously got talent!

  4. I have a Canon Rebel XTI that I love (but lost the charger to unfortunately!!) and it took me SO long to actually learn how to use it. :) But you do learn!! Your photos are great and I'm sure they will be excellent.

    Following you from Follow Me Friday!! I hope you can stop by our blog too and do the same. Have a great weekend.


  5. Nice pics, Katie! I'm in the early stages of DSLR research and shopping - glad to see you love yours so much.

  6. Great photos!!! I am so jealous of your camera.

  7. Fabulous photos! I especially love the first one of your son in the chair. I'm a Canon girl, too. Love them. Oh, and I'm a follower now. Fo' sho'. Thanks so much for saying hi and introducing me to your wonderful blog!

  8. I'm gonna get a complex, here!! My comment disappeared! I have a Nikon D60 and am struggling with it. But I know I need to take some lessons or just take the time to learn better how to use it. Any suggestions?

    I love those photos of the little tyke, particularly in the blue and white shirt standing in that chair. Absolutely magnificent.

  9. You did a great job on the photos! I'm trying to improve my photography skills as well, because (much to my disappointment!) photoshop can only enhance photos - not fix bad ones. :)


  10. I think your pics look amazing. I'm just picturing how cute they will look in a scrapbook.

  11. Lovely little boy, lovely photos!

  12. Oh my jealous! I want a nicer camera, but I've decided I'm not allowed one until I use more than just the automatic setting on my mid-range camera. One day. Your pictures look great, though! I might need to move the timetable up... :)

  13. I definitely think that you should share what you have learned! I would love how to take better pics of my kids. I am currently shopping for a new camera. I think I have one picked out.