Aug 2014 12

There is an  excitement building as kids across the country start to gear up for going back to school. It’s a fun and exhilarating time in your child’s life. Before the memories of these days pass away, why not take a little time and get creative with capturing this important stage in your child’s life? Here are five ideas to get you started.

1. The Iconic School Bus

There is something about seeing the iconic yellow bus pull up to the school to deliver the kids. Before your little one gets on the bus, take a moment to snap a picture of him/her in front of the door. They won’t always ride the bus, before you know it they’ll be driving their own cars so getting this iconic image is important in keeping the memories.


2. Back to Friends

Now that school is back in session, they’ll be spending a lot more time with their friends. Friendships change throughout the years for your child. So getting a quick snap of your child with his/her best friends at this moment in time is precious. Have all of  them pose with their new planners or backpacks. You could also take them to the play equipment in the school yard for a quick picture.



3.  Set the Scene

If you have some time before school starts, why not get a little creative with some back to school props? Chalkboards, books and school supplies are all perfect to set up the scene. Then have a little fun with the props and your child.  You can spell out your child’s age or grade on the chalkboard. You could have them with their books and or their back packs ready to go. The ideas are infinite. Here is a quick glimpse at  a stylized shoot I did for this occasion.







4.  The Stuff

Sometimes the stuff is just as important as the day. Try to get some close ups of the back to school supplies that are sharpened and new. It won’t last long,  so try getting a quick picture of them before they are put to good use.  Also, snap an image of their back to school outfit. I remember as a kid how important is was to have everything just perfect including the new shoes. These are all very important to the child on the first day of school.



 5. The Classroom

When they first start school, often their feet barely hit the floor when they sit at their desk. As they grow older, they can barely fit into their school desks. It’s this passage of time which is so endearing. Why not see if you can sneak into the classroom early and snap an image of your child in their desk?  Another great idea, is to get an image of him/her meeting their teacher for the first time.



What are some of your favorite ways to photograph your children going back to school?

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Images from Shutterstock for editorial purposes and Studio 32 Photography



Aug 2014 07

Summer is drawing to a close and school is just starting to rev up for your children. Before the warm summer sun fades, why not make a summer memory photo book? Your photo books do not have to be about lavish summer vacations with your children, instead they can be about the simplicity about being a kid and enjoying the summer months.

This time in your child’s life is fleeting, make sure to capture all of those moments that make a kid grateful to be a kid. I chose the template Summer Nights”  to come up with a few suggestions. This template is bright and fun and there is a lot you can do with it.

When you think about your child’s summer, think about  the little things like jumping rope. It’s simple but a big accomplishment when they learn how to do it.


This is one of my favorites and may be hard to photograph. However, I have been catching lightning bugs with my kids for years. It never gets old and the delight never fades.summer2

There are many firsts during the summers. Has your child made a lemonade stand? Document this milestone with them posing by the stand. Don’t forget to get close ups of everything involved from the lemons to the signs to the pitcher. It all makes for great memories.summer3

Finally, what is summer without playdates? Your child and their childhood friends are at a great bonding stage in their lives. Most of us still have childhood friends that hold a special place in our hearts. Capture them at this stage and the fun they have together.summer4

These are just a few ideas on how to capture and keep summer memories for your children. If you have any ideas please comment below, we’d love to hear them.

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Images courtesy of Shutterstock for editorial purposes



Aug 2014 06

This year’s design trend is color blocking. If you have never heard of color blocking, it is simply a design style that pairs big blocks of colors together for a colorful, bright look. It is fashionable right now from everything from clothing to home decor.   We have an easy way you can add this to your home with our canvases.  Below are four easy steps to get you started.

1. Choose your image

2. Choose your size


3. Pick “Color” framing 

4. Pick your color that will hi-light/enhance the image.


5. Order and enjoy – the sides will add punch to the canvas.



If you have any color blocking ideas with our products you’d like to share, feel free to email and we’d be glad to showcase them.

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

Aug 2014 05

Say  it isn’t so! The summer is already winding down and we haven’t even hit the beach yet. Now is the time to grab your camera and hit the sand and surf.  Before you get frustrated with the harsh light that often occurs at the beach, we have a few tips for you to make your pictures a little more lovely.

1.  Don’t Shy Away from the Sun

Obviously, going to the beach when the sun is not mid-day is preferable. However, it shouldn’t stop you from getting great pictures of people.  There are a few ways to cheat the sun and get great shots.  Have your subjects wear sunglasses and get that beautiful sunlight  on their skin. It will come out nice and bright with tones that can give great contrast.   You can also have them face sideways so they are not staring directly into the sun.


2. Silhouette

Now try the opposite of our first tip.  This is a little more structured though on getting the right image. Go low so you can get a lot of the sky in – after all this should fill most of your frame to make the most of the image. Next, expose for the sky not your subject. Then check your histogram to make sure that it is not overexposed. Also, also when photographing silhouettes, make sure your there is separation between your subjects. Otherwise, it will look like a black blob and you won’t be able to change that in post.


3. Sunflare

I like to think of sunflare as the best of both worlds – bright sun and silhouette.  Obviously, the best time for this type of photograph is when the sun is lower in the sky. You want that warm, glowing light that happens right before sunset.  You’ll be shooting into the sun so start at a lower ISO like 100. Cameras have a hard time focusing when you are shooting into the sun, so find something to focus on such as your subject’s hair, etc. Your camera needs something to grab on to to focus. Then experiment, this really is about what works best. Typically, start with a shutter speed of 1/125 and work your way up to see how much light you want in or don’t want in the photo.



4. Reflection

You have the perfect mirror in front of you, the water. Try photographing your subject where you include the reflection in the water. Obviously, calm waters are best suited for this type of photograph. It doesn’t have to be a perfect reflection, sometimes abstract makes it more interesting.  Try different angles to get the best reflection.  Also, reflection on wet sand is marvelous for a softer  look.




5.  Have fun with Summer Props

From sunglasses to surfboards to everything in between, summer props are bold and bright. You can add a lot of color to your images by including some of these bright props into your photos. A pop of color to offset the blue sky and blue water is the perfect way to add interest to your image.beachphotography3


If you have any suggestions on photographing people at the beach, please share them with us and leave a comment below.

-written by Libby for Adoramapix

-imagery by Shutterstock for editorial purposes


Aug 2014 05

In the last chapter of our 5 Common Photography Mistakes series, we take a look at a major pitfall, imitating others. Finding your path and vision in photography takes time. For many just starting out, it’s easier just to take a look at other’s websites and start to imitate what has already been done. This is the hardest lesson to learn.  What you need to remember is that you have your own unique ideas and vision and finding it will take some time.

Inspiration can be found in anything from movies to paintings to nature. It’s all around you.

For example, I have always loved the painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais. It has inspired many artists and photographers. I wanted to do my own spin on it with my daughter.



Courtney Slazinik of Click it Up a Notch, talks to us about imitation versus inspiration and how to break through to find your own vision.


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