Don’t Do a Pro Shoot Without These 3 Things

The scariest thing to happen to me during a shoot wasn’t my knee dislocating. It was my camera breaking, right as my couple was about to go frolicking in the ocean in their wedding clothes. Instantly I felt sick to my stomach, my heart lept into my chest, and the sweat rolling down my face had nothing to do with the hot Mexican sun.

But instead of calling a halt to the session, I walked over to the camera bag, pulled out my backup camera, and kept shooting, without them ever noticing.

(Ok, to be totally honest I think I went and took Rob’s camera and made him walk over to camera bag, because I’m kind of a diva like that sometimes. But if I was by myself that’s how things would have gone!)

However things went down, the lesson is simple: if you’re doing a professional shoot (and I count shoots that aren’t for money per se, but for portfolio building or trade of service in there too), you need backup.

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5 Inspiring Books For Photographers

Every time I think that I am out of inspiration and out of ideas, I head to our bookshelf. It’s huge, and jammed full of books of all shapes and sizes (those tiny kids board books are just so hard to store!). I let my eyes browse over the titles, and within moments something amazing happens: I relax. In front of me is a lifetime’s worth of ideas and inspiration – mine for the taking. I pick up any book that interests me, and start to flip.

Maybe I don’t get more than 5 minutes in before I’m called to go play dinosaurs. Maybe I get a full hour of reading done while the baby sleeps in my arms. But almost without fail I find my brain fills up with inspiration with a book in my hands, and I feel a renewed sense of energy.

Our bookshelf has books from all genres, and that alone is something I find very enjoyable. But today I’ll share 5 books for photographers from our bookshelf that are immensely inspiring.  They’re great for any type of photographer, and I’d highly recommend you check them ALL out!

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New FREEBIE! The Photography Logbooks

We are notebook lovers. We have dozens around our house of all shapes and sizes. We love visiting stationery stores. But we have never found the perfect notebook to keep track of all the various photography related details and ideas. So one day Rob suggested we make our own.

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The World’s Largest Dinosaur

The scene is Sunday morning. Tomorrow’s a holiday.

Lauren: “So what should we do today?”

Rob: “We could go somewhere. How about Drumheller?”

Lauren: “Hmm, a 3 hour drive with a rambunctious toddler and a 2 month old who has recently decided he hates his car seat? Sounds awesome!”

Rob: “And let’s do it as a day trip, just for fun!”

You’d think we would have realized this was a foolhardy plan…But we did it anyway. Sometimes we have pretty silly ideas. But that’s how we find ourselves on some pretty great adventures! And, y’know, it builds character and all that.

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We Have A Winner For Our $500 B&H Giftcard Giveaway…

We just wrapped up the awesome $500 B&H Giftcard giveaway, and the winner is…

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Family Self-Portraits with Oliver!

The past three weeks as a family of four have been fantastic. It can be chaotic for sure, and it seems like the time we spend on tasks like tidying the house or taking baths has somehow quadrupled. But getting to enjoy a newborn again, while seeing Max just love him to pieces, is filling up the days with all sorts of joy.

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Meet Oliver!

Things here on the site have been a bit quiet for a very good reason – this new little guy! He made his fashionably late appearance last week and we are all settling into our new life as a family of four. It’s quite the juggling act! But everyone is happy, and healthy and the house is relatively tidy, so I think we’re doing well so far!

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