Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

This will be a more personal post than normal, but I love sharing about my family as well as my clients. Photography has always been a big part of my life. There were times when I did not love it as much as I do now, like when I was a child and I did not love having my photograph taken! Looking back I think it was my little way of rebellion and now I am so glad my mom took so many photos, I have so many more memories! So my first exposure to photography was my mom taking lots of photos. Then I went on to take photography in high school and I learned all about the darkroom. As a child I learned that my grandfather was a photographer! A a young adult I worked as a river guide in the Grand Canyon where my passion for photography grew more. As a mother, it exploded again and now I feel blessed to photograph other families along with my own.

If you have followed my photography at all, you may know that some of my absolute favorite moments are moms look at their child with that look of awe. You know what I am talking about! I shared a few of those my favorites on my Facebook Page today. I wanted to share a few personal photographs of my family, ones with that same look of love.

If you are signed up for my newsletter, you know that I gave away a mother and child session this month, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to photograph this family. Check back soon to see those images! Thank you for stopping by!

These are a few old photographs taken by other people, but I just adore the look of love on my mom’s face and on my face…

that’s me!

oldphotoIMG_1196And here is a self portrait I took, one of my all time favorites of my kids and I…KatieAndKids

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  • […] you all had a great Mother’s Day! I shared some photos of my family here. After the big snow this past weekend in Flagstaff (yes in May!), it looks like it will be a nice […]ReplyCancel

  • Danelle - May 12, 2015 - 8:16 pm

    Great pictures from your family! I too love the look that mother’s give while gazing at their children. Priceless!ReplyCancel

I always hear that the best camera to have is the one you have with you. I adore my Nikon DSLR cameras so much. They can do so much and if you know how to use them, you can have it do exactly what your vision is. But they are not very portable! And lots of people don’t have one of these cameras. But most people have a smart phone camera with then all the time! I wanted to share a few things I love about my iPhone6 camera.

1) This can apply to all photography, use negative space! I love using negative space to emphasize the smallness of your subject. Keep in mind with your iPhone, you can touch the screen to choose your focus point.

Katie Woodard Iphone photography2) Put your subject against a contrasting background, to help your subject stand out…Katie Woodard Iphone photography3) Frame your subject! Keep in mind when you are composing your image to look for environmental features that will frame your subject.Katie Woodard Iphone photography4) Here is my favorite tip, when you turn the camera on and touch the screen, this focus box pops up. Touch the screen where you want to focus. Then take a look at the small sun to the right of the box. You can move this up and down the change the exposure. This is fun in situations like the last photo, where there are bright spots and shadows. It the final photo with the dog in the light, I lowered the ‘sun’ to lower the exposure to create a spotlight effect. Play around with it!Katie Woodard Iphone photographyKatie Woodard Iphone photography

5) This one is a little different, I love to play around with out of focus images. I use the app VSCO, which has a special function to create intentional out of focus images.Katie Woodard Iphone photographyPlease contact me to book your newborn or family session!

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  • Lori - May 9, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    Great tips, Katie! These are fantastic phone captures. I especially like the use of light and focus/exposure on the dog image. :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 9, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Wow these are great! I love the chandelier hanging fro the tree!ReplyCancel

  • Danelle - May 9, 2015 - 7:40 pm

    Great tips! Love your images.ReplyCancel

Imagine being on a river trip in the Grand Canyon, arriving at one of the biggest rapids in the Grand Canyon (Crystal Rapid if you are familiar with this river), another river company is flagging your trip down, because one of their boats is stuck in the middle of the rapid!

As a river guide, this is a pretty interesting situation, and as passenger on your 1st trip down the river, I bet it is even more interesting! We ended up helping out the other trip, the stuck boat had to stay put for a while, but everyone was fine. But what a memorable 1st river trip! This is where I 1st met the beautiful mom in these photographs, many years ago.

The beautiful mom and I ended up worked as river guides in the Grand Canyon together. After that 1st crazy river trip she fell for Arizona and moved to Page, and we started working together in the Grand Canyon.  We both later ended up south of Page here in Flagstaff, and I love seeing her and her family grow! This guys is almost 1 year old!

I was lucky enough to photograph this sweet boy as a newborn, and before that when mom was pregnant. Now he is almost 1 and as cute as ever!

Thank you for allowing me to capture you family at this special time in your lives! Here are a few favorites…Flagstaff AZ Baby PhotographerThere is nothing sweeter than baby and mommy kisses…Flagstaff Baby PhotographyPerfect little toes…Flagstaff Baby Details PhotographyFlagstaff Toddler Baby PhotographyMother Child Photographer Flagstaff AZAll kids love blocks…Baby Toes Flagstaff PhotographerThat face!Flagstaff Baby Photographer

 

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  • Lisa Tichané - May 11, 2015 - 5:30 am

    Awwwwww! Is there anything sweeter than a 1-year-old? His smile is infectious, and I love the connections you’ve captured! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Bartlett - May 12, 2015 - 5:55 am

    lovely pictures, particularly the first one, what a cracker!ReplyCancel

  • BobbiJo - May 14, 2015 - 3:54 pm

    great story to go along with great images!ReplyCancel

  • kelly garvey - May 14, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Such sweet details! Wow love these!ReplyCancel