Photography Category Archives

DIY Photo Prop: Floral Crowns and Headpieces

Here's another in my series of DIY photo props! I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous photography props I can use in photo shoots. Over the past six months or so, I've amassed quite the collection of headbands, hats, and a few floral crowns. The few floral crowns I have are okay, but they're nothing special. I decided it would be a fun project for Hannah, my 8-year-old, and I to purchase supplies and make our own deluxe floral crowns for my photography adventures.

Here’s the first in my series of DIY photo props I have planned! I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous photography props I can use in photo shoots. Over the past six months or so, I’ve amassed quite the collection of headbands, hats, and a few floral crowns. The few floral crowns I have are okay, but they’re nothing special. I decided it would be …

What’s in my (new) camera bag?

A review of the Epiphanie Clover bag and overview of my photography essentials - Jennadesigns

I’ve been on the hunt for a new camera bag for some time as my old Canon bag no longer fit all the gear I’ve aquired. I’d narrowed the list down to a few I liked that didn’t look overly masculine or scream “steal me” like some camera bags do. I wanted something feminine but not over the top girly. On the top of my …

Neutral Newborn Photography Props from Amazon Prime

Neutral Newborn Photography Props from Amazon Prime - Jennadesigns

If you’re a photographer just starting out, you might be searching for the perfect neutral newborn photography props to add to your prop collection so that you can capture those amazing first days of a baby’s life for families. I’ve slowly been adding props to my collection over the past few months so that when I open my studio a few months from now, I …

Lens Review: Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens for Canon DSLRs

Lens Review: Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens for Canon DSLRs

Last week I picked up this great Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens for my Canon DSLR. It’s available on Amazon for only $90.98 so it was an easy choice to add to my collection. The Chinese-made lens came recommended by a number of professional photographers, including my friend Mary who uses it for all of her newborn shoots with amazing results, so I had no hesitations …

DIY: Photo backdrop stand, $10 and 10 minutes

I've seen a lot of tutorials on how to DIY your own backdrop stand out of PVC pipe, so I grabbed my trusty notebook and drew up a quick sketch of what I'd need. Because my space in the basement is limited, I decided to go with a stand that was 54-inches wide and just over 60-inches tall. This is the perfect height for (smaller) kids like I have.

I take a ton of pictures, not just of my children, but also for the blog. I’ve been in the process of setting up a home photography studio in the basement for the past few months. (My post here about how to set up a home studio on a budget has been hugely popular!). I had ordered a number of vinyl photography backdrops from China …

How to find Photos’ actual image files in Finder on a Mac

How to find Photos' actual image files in Finder on a Mac

Earlier this year, I organized and backed up all of my digital photos. It was a huge project but it felt so great to get it all done and caught up. Now, it’s a task that I do monthly. Check out my post here for my method of organizing and backing up digital images. My main computer is my MacBook Pro and I use OS …

How to organize your digital photos: A system that works!

Follow my simple step-by-step process to getting all your photos organized digitally! - Jennadesigns

I don’t know about you, but until I organized my photos a couple months ago, I had images everywhere – my computer, my phone, my spouse’s phone, in text messages and emails, not to mention on sites like Facebook and Instagram! I also had many years worth of digital images on CDs and DVDs in the closet. To say I had been paralyzed with indecision …

New camera addition: Kodak Instamatic 100

New camera addition: Kodak Instamatic 100

Last week, Mike picked up another vintage camera for our collection, this time from an antique store in Plymouth. This is the Kodak Instamatic 100 camera. He got it for only $7, complete with original box in like-new condition. The model 100 was one of Kodak’s first Instamatic camera released in the USA. It was produced from 1963-1966 and used 126 film cartridges. The button …

New camera addition: Polaroid Automatic 250 Land Camera

Here is another addition to our camera collection – the Polaroid Automatic 250 Land Camera, also a gift from my mom! I finally had some time to shoot a picture of it, all cleaned up! This camera was part of the series of Polaroid cameras that started with the Automatic 100 and finished at the Automatic 450. It shares a common set of features with …