I am by no means a professional photographer–I don’t claim to be. I’ve never even taken a class and I’ve only barely started fiddling with my manual settings on my DSLR. However, I do like to take pictures and be creative. But I never thought I’d ever be doing a newborn photo session for someone else!
*All pictures are posted WITH parental consent!*
Did you know you don’t have to own Adobe Photoshop to have great quality pictures for your blog or Instagram? It’s true! All my photos are taken myself and edited with BeFunky. I’ve even used BeFunky to make my pinnable images!
BeFunky allows me to edit my photos professionally without having to break the bank with Adobe programs or hiring someone to do it for me.
This is why we didn’t want a Christmas baby–money, money, money, money. Ha. So, I decided to stretch my photography skills a bit and DIY Evelyn’s newborn photos.
When Rhys was born, we had a unique opportunity to work with a local photographer who was just beginning her business. So, we got 10 photos for free in exchange for a review and social media shoutouts. I was so grateful, since I didn’t have a DSLR nor photography skills. However, looking back, I’m not the happiest with the quality nor style of the pictures. Since then, I’ve gotten a DSLR and grained some skill. So, I decided to scour Pinterest for advice and tips and attempt them myself.
They aren’t perfect, and Evelyn wasn’t very cooperative–she didn’t sleep very soundly nor stayed in the positions I arranged her in. But, I’m proud of myself and my efforts. I did them on my bed, next to our large open window, with a white bed sheet and pillows in the back to hold the sheet up.
Wow! The year is already a 1/4 of the way done!
I decided that this year, my word would be motivation, so I’m trying to keep that in mind each month.
March’s goal was to Improve My Health.
Here is how I did with my subgoals:
– Run and exercise at least 5 times a week
For the most part, I was able to exercise at least 4 times a week. And, I went running more than I have in the past year, probably! It felt so good to go running again, even though my pace has definitely slackened!
– Try new types of exercise, such as kickboxing or yoga
We actually did a free trial of Daily Burn. So, we did a lot of core workouts, some shotukan and kickboxing. It was quite fun!
– No sugar this month (I’ve done this for 3 years, I just didn’t do it last year since I was pregnant)
We did pretty good on this. We did get a pie shake on the 14th to celebrate Pie Day. Since my husband is a statistician, it is a required holiday… Then we did well until this past weekend because we were at my parents house and didn’t want to be rude and refuse the dessert they specially made since we were visiting.
– Try 1 new veggie recipe
I didn’t try a new recipe, but I did make us some old veggie recipes.
– Try 1 paleo recipe
I didn’t try a paleo recipe.
– 1 green smoothie a week
We had one smoothie, but then we got on a Greek yogurt and granola fix, so we had a ton of that instead.
However, I do have to say that a success helping to create and host the Get Fit Thursdays linkup series! I would seriously suggest you join us!
April–Learn My Camera
I got a Canon E05 T5 Rebel for Christimas. I have been typically using the default lense on automatic. But, I want to be a better photographer. I want to be able to use both lenses I have and different settings on my camera. I also want to be able to do better at editing my photos and create a big group of stock photos.
– Participate in (or even create!) a photo-a-day linkup on Instagram
– Do a fashion-post with my own photo skills
– Read all the manuals and watch all the instruction videos for my camera
– Learn some photography skills
– Explore picmonkey more and do the free-month trial
What are you going to work on this month? What is your motivation for that?