Child photography, Family, Portfolio

Lori and Tony’s Grandkids

This weekend I had the privilege of doing a shoot for my sister and brother-in-law’s grandkids to get some experience for my portfolio.  These kids were all over and definitely made me work!  Really though they did great.  The girls loved getting their pictures taken and the boys didn’t seem to mind at all.  It was hot and super bright out so lots of closed eyes but I did manage to get a couple group pictures with all eyes open and everyone smiling.  Even though they aren’t all looking right at me, I count it as a win!

I had a great time and am pretty happy with the pictures of these beautiful kiddos.


Child photography, Portfolio

My Pretty Girl

I know I haven’t finished my 7 day photo challenge but I plan to post the last picture tonight.  Until then I decided to post some pictures of my little beauty, Miss Avery!

I love and hate taking pictures of this one.  I love it because she is usually pretty cooperative and she is gorgeous.  I don’t even have to try to get her to look good, it’s all natural.  I also hate it because every time I snap a picture she just looks more and more grown up.  I get that she is, obviously, but it is sad that she isn’t looking like my little baby any more.

This is why I love taking pictures.  Time doesn’t stand still, but a picture does.  Capturing these moments in time can only be done with photography.  I can capture a beautiful moment that can be looked at, remembered and cherished forever.  In a few years I will look back on these pictures and cry remembering how little and innocent she was.

Child photography, Portfolio

Day 6 Photo Challenge: looking down

The photo challenge for today was looking down.  Just like black and white this one is pretty self explanatory.  For this shot you simply take from above looking down.  This is mostly used by photographers by placing their subject on their backs and standing over them as they lay on the ground.

I decided to do this one a little differently.  While it is still looking down I focused on details rather than just the person.  Another photo challenge where I am very happy with the outcome!


Child photography, Portfolio

Day 5 Photo Challenge: Black and White

Black and white, there isn’t much to say about this one.  I personally love black and white.  Not every picture makes a good black and white though and that is what this challenge was about. To make a good black and white you need a picture that has true black and true whites.  One that is in between just turns grey and dull.

I tried something a little different with this picture.  Not only did I do the black and white but I re-visited the negative space again and added in my watermark just to try it out.  I’m really happy with how this turned out!




As I mentioned in my first post, I have made progress since I started.  This is due to LOTS of practice with my camera and many, many online reading and videos on editing and camera usage.  I did take a photography class as well that was helpful in letting me know I was learning and utilizing what I learned correctly.

I am going to attach a few pictures just to show some progress I have made.  I know I have a long way to go but it is a start!

2013- good color on some but not the best I’ve seen. These are with a point and shoot.

2014- New camera. Learning how to edit.

2015- Had a few more good ones but again was learning to edit so they look about the same.

2016-  Another look at my pictures from this year.  Same camera but after some practice shooting and editing.

This should mean by the end of this year, I might be good!!  🙂


My start…

I’m Heather!  I am hanging on to the last few months in my 20s spending all my time with my three beautiful babies, my handsome husband and my camera.  I went from being a full time mommy, wife and scientist at the University of Illinois to being just a full time mommy and wife 4 months ago.   It has been a HUGE change for me but I am enjoying every  minute.  Not only is my new “job” giving me so much more time with my kids and my husband, but it has given me time to start up my interest in photography once again!  I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds for me now!

Photography became a huge interest of mine in middle school when I saved every penny I had to buy myself an amazing SLR camera.  That’s right, there is no D is front of that!!  I dreamt of taking pictures and then shutting myself up for hours in a dark room developing the amazing (because of course they would be) images that I created.  I carried that camera around with me everywhere, always taking pictures and annoying my family.  As I entered into high school everyone started to switch to digital cameras.  I didn’t want to make the switch, loving my film camera and not wanting to be like everyone else.  It didn’t take long for film to be the WAY less popular way to go and being a broke high schooler going off to college I just didn’t have the money to upgrade my camera.  College came next and I decided to spend my time on my major, Animal Sciences.  Photography had gotten pushed aside for what I thought was going to be my career.  Although I didn’t have a great camera anymore, I still took pictures every where I went with my digital point and shoot.  I still loved taking pictures but it was a hobby not a living.

Four years ago I married the love of my life and we found out we were expecting a baby.  Knowing how many pictures I was about to start taking of my little one, I decided to buy myself the DSLR I had been wanting for years.  Baby Girl came and a short year and a half later came our little man.  Since our first baby made her joyous appearance I have started taking pictures and trying to improve.  I have taken a photography class through the college and am spending my free time (crazy but yes I do have some) learning all I can about my camera, taking great pictures and editing.  When our third baby, little miss came, I decided to quit my job and focus on the things I love.  In just a few short years I have come a far way and am working towards becoming a true photographer!

As I mentioned, I started off taking pictures of my little girl but they honestly were not that impressive.  By the time my little guy came I had gotten a bit better.  Below you can see where I started at with Mr. Eli.