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A day in the life with Michigan photographer Nikki Vassallo

a day in the life | nikki vassallo

Let life be an adventure. Live your life to the fullest, unfettered by fear of the ghosts and goblins of what might occur. Calamity and death happen as well to those who hide from life as to those who squeeze every drop of zest from it.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was hoping for a normal day to happen to shoot my day in the life but quickly realized that normal days don’t come around very often. I also kept waiting for my house to be spotless and my children to be perfectly dressed and perfectly well behaved. And, well, I would be waiting forever for that to happen. As a freelance retouching artist my work schedule has been pretty inconsistent lately and I haven’t known when or where I will be working day to day. So I randomly picked a day to shoot…the magical day of Monday, April 6. The first day of our spring break and a day with my husband home from work. We had decided to forgo the 20 hour drive to Florida like most of the Michigan residents do this time of year and have a week long staycation instead. We had no set plans and it seems like days like these end up being the best adventure and make the most memories.

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macro photo by Nina Mingioni

22 Ordinary Objects that turned into Extraordinary Art

As many women, I originally turned to photography to be able to capture the lives of my kids. As many photographers, I quickly grew frustrated with their unwillingness to cooperate while I was trying to hone my skills.

After a year of serious shooting, I realized that while I now could create great photos of my kids, photography to me was so much more. It taught me to see things I have never seen before: light wrapping around the objects, shadows encroaching on the light, and the beauty of details. Photography taught me to live in the moment, and appreciate the art of the everyday. Seeing harmonious compositions, leading lines, light, shadows, and reflections comes with practice and definitely takes a conscious effort.

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A (birth)day in the life photo project by Emily Jackson

Personal Photo Project: a (birth)day in the life

One day I looked down at my sweet newborn, my firstborn baby boy, and was shocked to realize that somehow overnight he had aged to about eight months old. Except, it didn’t actually happen overnight, it just felt that way. As soon as I had children, it was like someone pushed the fast forward button on life and things started speeding by so fast. I knew I had to find some way to capture what their babyhood was like, and I wanted to tell their story, and to be able to convey to them later in life what it was like to be them, to be me, to live in our life.

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editing in Photoshop screenshot from Melissa Stottmann

30 Photoshop terms and tools to get you started

Learning a few basic Photoshop tools can make a big impact on your photography post production process. If opening Photoshop makes your heart beat a little faster or induces cold sweats, then this list is for you! Here are some of the most crucial terms and tools for photographers to get started in Photoshop.

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mom and dad admiring new baby by Allison Corrin

A step-by-step guide through a lifestyle newborn session

As a newborn lifestyle photographer, it is a grand privilege to be invited into the most intimate moments of tenderness and newness in a family. That being said, there are great challenges in walking into a new environment brimming with emotion and vulnerability. It takes courage to calm my own nerves and steady my eye while shooting in an honest and sensitive fashion. Through the years, I’ve developed my strategies to doing so using both technical and artistic techniques to help make sure that I am prepared and effective regardless of the scenery or dynamics.

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Bonnie Hussey

30 pictures that beautifully illustrate the word new

One of our favorite posts here on the Clickin Moms blog each month is this one, the monthly member share. We love throwing a theme out to the forum members and seeing how they interpret it. This month, guest judge Samantha Covert chose the theme of ‘New’ and there were so many fantastic images submitted. Enjoy…

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