Posts Tagged rachel devine

Home Sick

My little girl has the flu this week so she is at home, resting.

Just to annoy her (not intentionally, but she hates posing for photos unless its the spinning ones)  I asked if I could take some pictures of her.

I wanted to try one of the techniques from Rachel Devine’s E-book Click, which was to practice side lighting, and a serious pose.

She wasn’t keen on the idea.




It wasn’t true side lighting as I also had a window behind my head that I couldn’t cover, so I will have to try a different window if I want to get that shadowed look on one half of her face.

Images shot at Aperture: 4.0, Shutter: 320, ISO 250 on Aperture Priority mode.

Nicole Loves

After writing about one of my inspirations Rachel Devine the other day, I thought I would do a post on a few of my loves, long time loves, and new loves, some photography related some not.

A new love…

Dear Photograph a tumbler blog dedicated to old photographs being re photographed at the same original location, it is fantastic and I hope I can dig up an old photo and have a go at it myself.

An old love….

Molly Flanagan Photography


I discovered Molly on flickr a few years ago now and have been following her blog and flickr stream since, she is a mother of three from South Carolina, she photographs in exactly the style I love, unobtrusive, natural family portraiture.

A new love…

Tim Coulson Photography

I only discovered Tim’s photography recently and bookmarked him and added his blog to my reader immediately, his photography style is so unique, it is like he is in your home, a fly on the wall,  families being families, going about their daily duties.

An old love…


I went to college with Photobat, I knew him then as Wombat, his nickname, which is how his business came about.  I didn’t know him all that well, but well enough to chat to in the street.  I have had Photobat take our family portraits twice now,  I love his style,  again natural family portraits, no fake posed shots, just naturally captured images.  He also has the cutest little baby! Photobat is also re-branding and I am looking forward to seeing his new look.

and a  non photography related love…

Gavin DeGraw’s new album Sweeter I have loved Gavin since One Tree Hill first featured his song, and look forward to every new release.

Oh and something else I love
Crawling? Away
What are your loves? Got any for me to check out?


Click! How to take Gorgeous Photos of Kids – An e-book you need to read

I first discovered Rachel’s photography on Flickr. I was instantly inspired by her photography of her family, I watched with intrigue her journey from one child to three, her daily life captured so beautifully.
photo jojo

who am i kidding?  i am no newborn photographer and well, these are my here you have it, the announcement photo.
Her eldest daughter a similar age to my son also kept me watching, and reading, then I discovered her blog, and read with even more details about her life and business as a commercial kid photographer.
clean and tired

As soon as I heard Rachel was releasing a book (two books actually) I was excited. Who wouldn’t want to learn some tips from a pro? And even though I have learnt a fair bit about photographing children with my own three, there is always new tips and techniques to learn.

So as soon as the link was posted for the release of Rachel’s e-book Click! How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Kids- I ordered a copy, and instantly began to read.

gemma's class bear came home, but gemma was busy so he ate with the twins
It is beautifully presented, full of images, tips, and project ideas to inspire and push your photography further. I am really looking forward to trying some of the  project ideas.

It is not just for people who know what they are doing with a camera but helps you learn how to use the settings to your advantage.

It is broken up into 7 different chapters.

  • Think – a challenge to rethink how you approach photographing kids
  • Prepare – some of the practical things to consider before you start shooting including gear, settings, exposure, styling, light, composition, color and more
  • Smile – tips and tricks on working with kids
  • Refine – post-production, editing, printing and sharing your images
  • Research – seeking new inspiration and styles (includes project ideas to try)
  • Push – 7 photo setups you can try to help you push your own boundaries
  • Look – case studies, interviews and photos with 5 amazing kids photographers

they did this, if just for a moment.
So I would encourage anyone who wants to take better photos of their children to go get a copy, It is available at a spceial price of $19.99 – normally $29.99
(until 19 October)
DPS is also giving away a camera to one person that buys the e-book!! (worth over $1000 a Canon T3i and

Rachel also runs a blog with her friend Peta Mazey called Beyond Snapshots where they run classes and mentoring in photography.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post, this is my true and honest opinion.