April Photo Challenge(s), and upcoming dates!

Hi Mamas!

We had so much fun at last night’s meet up with Nicole from Orange Anchor Photography on the subject of COLOR! The big take away, you don’t TAKE photos with color, you make them! You do this by thinking about the location and coordinating the colors and accessories on your subject to be at the opposite end of the color wheel from your back drop (aka a magneta dress against green grass). Use a color wheel to determine contrast.

Image Source: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/how-to-choose-a-color-palette-for-your-home/
Image Source: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/how-to-choose-a-color-palette-for-your-home/


Vivid color in photos is achieved by being thoughtful about the backdrop and outfit coordination, but also about being intentional about how you touch up the photos in post-processing. Nicole did a demonstration in Photoshop to show how she increases the contrast in her images, draws the eye to the center, and makes colors pop.

This month we have two photo challenges: one from Nicole’s presentation and one from us!

Photo Challenge #1) Portrait with COLOR! Urban and Natural

Take a portrait of your kid(s) where they pop out of the frame! Think about your backdrop and dress them in colors that contrast with that backdrop. If you have young ones, let them choose whatever outrageous outfit they’d like to wear. If you are thinking of a portrait for a wall in your house, think about colors and accents in the room and how you can pick them up with the clothing choice. Shoot in both a natural environment (like a park) and an urban location to get practice. Bonus: play with Photoshop Elements (you can download a free trial) or other post-processing software that you may have (Lightroom, Aperture, etc) and aim to make really make the subject pop.

Photo Challenge #2) Mama’s in the picture!

In celebration of Mother’s Day coming up in May, we challenge you to use the month of April to try and get a portrait of YOU with your kids. Use this board to arrange swaps with other mamas. Bonus here: Yes take your typical photo of “here I am smiling at the camera with my kids” but then also give us a peek at your life as a mom with some lifestyle shots of you in “action”! (Heck, use elements from challenge #1 to style your shoot! Make it fun for you! And an excuse to buy some cute boots ;-). )

OUR NEXT MEETUP: Mark Your Calendars for April 28th at Mosaic Coffeehouse in Wallingford (6:30pm)

Let’s face it, we don’t always have our “fancy cameras” on hand when we need them! Sometimes we are so weighed down with kids and gear that all we have are our camera phones. Camera phones can be a great way to have a small moment of creativity in a busy day! Come to our April Meetup where Cecile Tinder of Ava Kai Photography will be presenting on ways to harness the power of your camera phone (iPhone or Android) and Instagram to get more beautiful, artistic photos of your kids.


What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by giving yourself (or your favorite new mom) the gift of de-mystifying your “fancy” camera! Our next Introduction to Digital Photography is coming up on May 10th, and registration is open! We hope you can join us for a fun Mother’s Day weekend treat. Drop your hints now :-)!

Happy shooting, everyone!