Mother's day is coming up fast. I can't believe it's only a month away already! Do you have a mom in your life who loves taking photos? Not sure what to get her? As a mom and a photographer, I put together this list of things that I love and I think every mom photographer should have.
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I considered posting a huge list, like most bloggers do. But, I'm a less is more kind of girl! Here are 5 things that I love as a mom and as a photographer. Did I ever mention that 5 is my favorite number!?
1. For the mom who wants to take better photos. Bluprint (formally known as Craftsy Unlimited) is a great place to learn new skills and hone the skills you already have. There are classes available for beginner and intermediate photographers. The classes are all streaming videos and you can watch them at your own pace. The classes I recommend for a mom photographer are:
The Basics of Digital Photography
The Essentials for Understanding Light
How to Edit Photos: Develop Your Editors Eye
Photographing Children: Portraits at Play
Baby Photography at Home
Family Photography: Candid Moments and Storytelling
Click here to start your mom photographer out with a 7 day free trial on Bluprint (formally Craftsy Unlimited).
2. As mom's we are so busy that often times we don't take the time to print out the photos we take of our kids and family. Digital is great, but seeing my own photos printed is even better to me! I'm sure I'm not the only mom who feels that way. Help out and surprise your mom photographer at the same time, by bringing some of those precious photos back to life. Click here to get 50% off everything on orders over $25 at York Photo.
3. For the mom who has kids that won't sit still! A flash or speedlight is a great tool when photographing kids on the move, because it helps to freeze the action. Speedlights are expensive, so if you are just starting out, or if you are not looking to be a professional I recommend the cheaper version. These speedlights from Insignia won't destroy your bank account and they are great for the price. They are obviously not as good as the higher priced speedlights and they won't have many of the same functions. I used an older version of the Insignia speedlight as a beginner and it worked great until I needed to upgrade to a professional one. There are different versions of this speedlight depending on which brand of camera you are using. Please make sure you read the description before buying to verify that it is compatible with your camera.
4. For the mom who wishes she could be in more of her photos instead of being behind the camera. This is not me. I don't like being in front of the camera... but for those moments when I have to be this little gadget comes in handy. A wireless shutter release button allows you to be in front of the camera with your family. Just push the button when you are ready to take the photo. No more setting the timer and then running into the scene, hoping you don't look like you just ran in there! The link above is for the one I use, but be sure that it is compatible for your camera before purchasing. If it isn't, there are other options out there.
5. This is not a photography item, but I do want to include this because I absolutely love these products as a mom. You can pamper any new or expecting mother with all natural and organic products from Earth Mama Organics. If you want to pamper your new or expecting mom this Mother's day, click here to shop Earth Mama Organics.
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Hi! I'm Lyndsey.
I am the artist behind iystudios. I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. Believe it or not, it all started with a disposable camera. Yes, disposable!
Flashback about 30 years and you will find me as a toddler taking my first selfie before the world even knew what a selfie was. I still have the photo. It's not pretty. You probably will never see it online, but it does exist. I have come along way since then!
I have worked hard at perfecting my craft and learning all I can about photography and design. I have spent most of my years behind the camera and you will rarely see me in front of the camera, if ever.
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