10 Things child and nature photographer April Nienhuis loves

  • Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

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Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

1. Farm animals

I never would’ve guessed in a million years that I would have farm animals. But I do and I love them. They’re so fun, cute and have such entertaining personalities.

As of right now, there are two dogs, two cats, two pigs, three goats, two mini horses, eight chickens and a hamster on the farm. I say “as of right now” because you never really know when more will be added 🙂

picture of opened cookbooks by April Nienhuis

2. Books and magazines

Books and magazines are my weakness. Even at the smallest store with the tiniest selection, I can’t help but thumb through a book or two.

And the smell of the pages? Don’t even get me started.

My favorite books are cook books, gardening and biographies. When it comes to magazines I usually choose farming, decorating and lifestyle.

I should really get a library card and start checking them out instead of always buying…

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

3. Wolf Pack presets

The Wolf Pack presets from Tribe Photo Co are seriously the BEST presets I’ve ever used. I love the colors that I get with these presets, especially the greens.

They work perfectly with how I shoot and I usually only need to make a few quick tweaks after applying them.

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

4. Plants and flowers

This is another thing I never thought I’d do, care for plants and flowers. It’s not that I never liked them, more that I didn’t have a green thumb. Or so I thought.

In the last two years my interest for botanicals has grown. After buying a ZZ Plant on a whim and not killing it, I had to give more a try.

Sure, I still lose a lot of plants but I’ve learned that I can grow things. My dream of a large garden might actually happen!

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

5. Thunderstorms

I don’t know if it’s a result of being raised in Oklahoma but man I love thunderstorms! Are my fellow Okies nodding their heads in agreement?

The smell of the rain, the sound of the thunder and the magical light when it’s all over get me every time. My home is located on top of a hill with a great view so I’ve been known to sit on my porch and watch the storms in the distance for hours.

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

6. Lensbaby Edge 50

A few months ago I switched over to a Fuji mirrorless system. When switching, I had to give up my tilt shift but it wasn’t easy. The solution? The Lensbaby Edge 50.

The Edge 50 fills my need for a slice of focus with some dreamy bokeh. I love how it adds just a little something extra to a photo without being over the top.

And the light that falls in the blurred area is just delicious!

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

7. Dynamic light

I’m a sucker for dynamic light. Even as a little girl I can remember being mesmerized by light, especially right after a thunderstorm.

As a photographer, I’ll take all the back light, light rays, bright light filter through a window I can find. If the light will be a dramatic and obvious presence in my photo then I’m going to use it!

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

8. Flea markets

In my late teens my mom started taking me with her to flea markets and antique stores. It was at this time that I started collecting vintage cameras, long before I had an interest in photography and before camera collections were cool.

Now, I’m dragging my own kids (my mom, too, of course) along to flea markets and antique stores. I love the search for a hidden treasure and thinking up ways to repurpose something, like using an old rusted chicken feeder as a plant stand.

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

9. Summer

I will take the heat of summer over the cold of winter any day of the week. My brain and body refuse to work right in the cold weather so I need summer.

Thick green grass, long days by the pool, the smell of sunscreen, flip flops… yeah, I’m 100% a summer person. Every year I welcome summer with open arms and am sad when it’s over. Thankfully, Oklahoma winters are short-lived and mild.

Related: CAPTURE SUMMER: The 10th Annual Clickin Moms Photo Hunt

Today we have April Nienhuis, Click Pro and a wonderful child and nature photographer, joining us to share just a few of her favorite things.

10. Exploring with the kids

One of my favorite things to do on a day off is to go explore something new with the kids. Of course we love vacations and traveling to locations like the ocean or the Grand Canyon but even driving an hour away to see a rose garden is fun.

We’re not constantly running out to a new place but every couple months we like to see something new. On our list this summer is the Science Museum Oklahoma, Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge and to catch a rodeo.

I also recently downloaded the TravelOK app so I can keep up with all the options here in our state.

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About the Author:

With a fondness for capturing the details in life and nature, April has been taking photographs for more than a decade. She has an extensive background in blogging, SEO, social media management and second shooting and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Her days are spent remodeling her home in rural Oklahoma, caring for her hobby farm with her firefighter/EMT husband and homeschooling their three kids.

4 Comments

  1. Amanda Jul 27 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Ahhhh! I LOVED reading this, April! I feel like I know you so much better now. I need one of those ZZ Plants – how cool is that? And I actually own hundreds of cookbooks HUNDREDS! I need must have to give them away…I really only do recipes from google searches anymore. But my local library has a great cookbook section and I’ve checked out many of them just because I love them so much. Two of my recent library check-outs were Giada’s healthier cookbook (can’t remember the name exactly, but GIADA, right? She’s amazing) and The Simple Green Smoothie book. I just enjoyed reading them. Would it be weird if I dropped off all of my cookbooks at the library and then just checked them out occasionally? I wonder if you can do that… I can’t bear the thought of getting rid of them entirely, I have some beautiful ones! Anyway, loved reading this! I’m super jealous of your farm animals!

    • April Nienhuis Aug 27 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Not weird at all, Amanda! The ones you can’t bear the thought of getting rid of entirely I would keep though. You just never know when someone won’t return a book or lose it or something.

  2. Christopher Hall Aug 24 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Loved reading this Thank You.

    My parents had chickens and the kids loved them. They were free range and went everywhere. I don’t mean around the garden. We would often have people knocking at the door to say they were in their garden. One time we even had someone say that they were in the house. After saying sorry they told me they didn’t mind as the kidscwere having so much fun. Wish I had my camera that day as unsent to collect those chickens.

    • April Nienhuis Aug 27 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I’m glad you liked this, Christopher! Chickens really are the best. I didn’t realize how much I’d love them until we got our first batch earlier this year. Everyone who comes over really enjoys them, too 🙂

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