Looking for the Light

Feb 09, 2021

When I first set out to create an online photography course, I asked people questions. If you could wave a magic wand and get better results in your photography, what is the one thing you'd like to learn?

Their answer? Light.

The word photography literally means "drawing with light." LIGHT is the perfect place to start when you're looking to improve your photography. It adds magic and takes your photographs to the next level.

I've put together a few of my favorite tips and tricks that relate to light. Give them a try and let me know how you do!


If you still have questions, please reach out and let me know at [email protected] 

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Family Photography: From Fussy to Fun

Jan 18, 2021

How many of you can relate to this scenario?

Mom has been planning a family shoot for a while now. She's combed Pinterest for inspiration and has everyone's outfits coordinated to a tee.  She's talked Dad into it, and even though (let's be honest) he'd really rather not be there, he knows better than to argue. 

The kids don't have the same restraint Dad has, and they are SO not into it.  They're running wild, and find impish joy in tossing chaos into the mix as the parents try to get everyone "perfect" for the photos. With every moment the stress level rises.

Maybe the family has hired a professional photographer, or maybe they're trying to do the photos themselves with a family member. Either way, it's not looking good.

By the time the time of the shoot rolls around, the parents are exasperated, the kids are unruly, and chaos is beginning.  It may seem that there are just two choices left, and I see them all the time in my clients: threaten or bribe...

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Mr. Rogers and His Camera

Dec 03, 2020

Today I watched the Tom Hanks movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, about the late Fred Rogers, TV host of the children's program Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. It touched me deeply. Mr. Rogers sought to redeem television for the sake of the souls of the children of the nation. He fought a long battle against thoughtless, brainless TV, with 865 episodes of his show, filmed over thirty-one years. He taught children about the value of all humanity, the importance of feeling our feelings and dealing with them in a good way, and well . . . just made everyone feel LOVED. Myself included.

How many of you watched Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood as a child? I did. I remember sitting in my favorite climbing tree, reading a book in the branches. My mom called out the front door that Mr. Rogers was on TV, and I startled. I couldn't miss my favorite show! I jumped from the tree instead of taking my rope ladder down, from a height that a child really shouldn't jump. I hurt my bare feet, but I...
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What are you looking for?

Oct 18, 2020


I love how looking through a lens causes you to see the world differently.  

You pick up a camera, look through the viewfinder, and the lens directs your eye to the subject. Everything else falls to the wayside as you focus in and capture that moment.

We all have lenses, don't we?  What lens is affecting your view of life?  Is it helping or harming? One thing I've learned in life is that we CAN change our lens. We have a choice.


And what about focus? What are you focusing on? Are you focusing on the things you have in your life to be thankful about, or the things that pull you down? There is so much power in thankfulness and focusing on the good. 


What should we look for?
I believe that in life, as well as in photography, we must look for the light.  It's not always easy to see it.  Sometimes we have to search.
Light in photography is everything. The word “photography” ...
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The Shadow Proves the Sunshine

Oct 18, 2020
How do you look at life?
You can look at the dark shadows, or at the bright and shiny highlights.
Life is like a camera, you can choose what to focus on.
Let's look for the light.
. . . . . 
But what about the shadows?
A good portrait photographer knows that a strong portrait will use shadow strategically to bring out the highlights of the face.
There's a Switchfoot song that states, "the shadow proves the sunshine."
So the dark things in our lives can actually highlight the good? 
We can view them as proof that the good is there, shining down upon us. 
. . . . .
What shadows are you facing right now?
How can you focus on the good and let the shadows call forth praise?
. . . . . 
Live in the Sun.
Live in the Light.
~ Laura


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