Photography Category Archives

Bookworm Gardens Trick or Treat: A Photo Essay

This year Mike and I tried something new with the girls – we headed over to Sheboygan’s lovely Bookworm Gardens for their annual trick or treat event, which is held the weekend prior to Halloween. It was so much fun to see the gardens all decorated with lights and everyone dressed in costumes. I’ll let the pictures tell the story…

The UP in pictures

Last weekend we had a chance to head up to our cabin, Mike, the girls and I (and the dog). We enjoyed unseasonably nice weather in the 70s for the end of October. We got to play on the water, enjoy the fall foliage and even take a day trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here’s a roundup of our weekend in pictures!

DIY Photo Prop: Newborn Basket Filler AKA “Fluff”

For today's DIY photo prop I thought I'd teach you how to make newborn "fluff" - the beautifully colored material used to fill baskets and buckets in newborn photography. It's actually very easy to make it yourself and you can save a ton of money simply by investing a little bit of time and effort into creating your own.

For today’s DIY photo prop I thought I’d teach you how to make newborn “fluff” – the beautifully colored material used to fill baskets and buckets in newborn photography. It’s actually very easy to make it yourself and you can save a ton of money simply by investing a little bit of time and effort into creating your own. Newborn “fluff” sells on Etsy for …

August Break is just around the corner!

I look forward to August each year for many reasons (the kids go back to school!) and Susannah Conway's August Break is one of them! It starts Tuesday with a photo prompt each day of the month. It's goal is to get you out and shooting ... noticing and appreciating what is around you.

I look forward to August each year for many reasons (the kids go back to school!) and Susannah Conway’s August Break is one of them! It starts Tuesday with a photo prompt each day of the month. It’s goal is to get you out and shooting … noticing and appreciating what is around you. “This is a community project that has no real rules —  …

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 …