10 Tips to Awesome PHONE Photos (PLUS a free ebook!)

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I know, I know…here I am, a professional photographer, encouraging you how to use your phone camera. Let me explain myself…I love using my digital SLR camera to capture stunning, gorgeous, breathtaking images. SLR cameras are an amazing tool and I get mine out at least weekly, if not daily. However, if I’m being truthful I find my SLR to be big, clunky, and kind of a pain to carry around with me everywhere I go. I use to carry my cumbersome SLR with me at all times capturing almost every single moment of our lives. Until about a year and a half ago. Until I got an iPhone 5. All of a sudden my life changed. I had a super portable camera that I carried with me at all times AND I could edit my photos AND I could publish them pretty much instantaneously. Wow. Do I think my phone camera can completely replace my SLR camera? Heavens no. [Read More…]

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3 Secrets to Better Family Photos

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Hey there! It’s Katie, from Key to Pictures, and I’m excited to share my 3 juicy secrets to better family photography with you. But first I need to share some equally juicy and exciting…. Here it is: I was a terrible photographer. Really. If all of my early photos were not in a storage unit in Denver, I would post them so you could see that I’m indeed telling the truth. However, I’m not ashamed of my unsightly pictures because we ALL have to start somewhere. Every single one of us has to start at the beginning. I used to get terribly frustrated because I knew what I wanted my pictures to look like but I JUST COULDN’T MANIPULATE MY CAMERA TO CREATE IT. So the question is… if I had to start all over again would I change anything? My answer is simply “no”. Because of my struggle and my frustration I learned on my own how to take [Read More…]

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How To Make Eyes Sparkle: Photography Contributor Katie

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We are so excited to welcome Katie from Key to Pictures.  Katie will be joining us once a month sharing photography tips and tricks.  She also has many amazing photography books and some online classes.  Make sure you check them out.  I have really enjoyed them and they have helped me develop my talents. Hi there, I’m Katie! I’m a wife and a mom… who also happens to a professional photographer. One of my favorite quotes is by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He said, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.” Creating has always been a driving force in my life. It brings me immense pleasure to make something out of nothing. The joy of combining my thoughts and ideas with material objects to produce something of beauty is hard for me to [Read More…]

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