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After a year waiting to go on vacation, the time has come. I have everything pretty much packed for my family and myself. Until I was presented what camera are you going to take with you out of the country. My first impulse was to take my fairly new Nikon D610, then the thought of something happening to it got me second guessing my first choice. The next choice was to take my smaller, not so advanced camera, the Nikon D3200. The more I thought about it, I was presented with dilemma of not being able to do much with my DSLR, like take in the water to capture my kids enjoying the beach. Then a possible solution, look for a point-and-shoot camera that can shoot in RAW. I thought, easy. Well not so much due to my time running, shopping online would be limited. So the search began. My first thought was to stick to Nikon because that is my preferred brand. As I started to look around, I didn’t find what I wanted or it was out of my budget. The more I looked the more I felt I was not going to be able to find what I was looking for, disappointment started to set in. And just then, I found a YouTube video comparing two camera, a Nikon waterproof (I can’t remember what model) and Olympus Tough Stylus T-4. When I was watching the video the question “does it have the capability to shoot in RAW?” came and the answer was “yes”. The excitement ran through me. The first thing I did was look it up on (Prime is awesome), and I found it within my budget and with 2-day shipping.

Now the next thing to do, test on my family trip to Cancun. I will post a follow-up with my review on the camera. Stay posted.

Not many people think to book a birth photographer with they are pregnant. I know I didn’t for my first child, and I wish I did. See, my husband was deployed to Afghanistan when I delivered my first son. That is not the only reason I say I wished I booked a birth photographer, I would have loved to have that moment captured and kept if for a lifetime.

Birth photographers are not common, not like portrait photographers, but does not mean they are hard to find. The field is growing quickly, and becoming more common to invite birth photographers into the delivery room. A good resource you can find a photographer is on the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, IAPBP, offers a helpful information and a list of birth photographers in you location.

Just like any other photography, each photographer has their own style and technique. When I am in birth session, I become a “fly on the wall” and just capture the beauty that is happening in front of. Birth photography foundation comes from documentary photographer, meaning not posing ever.

As life comes on and happens around us, we forget the details in experiences like birth. Birth photographer allows you document those memories for a lifetime, even if you do not to plan to share them with anyone else.

A tip before hiring a birth photographer, know they are often not inexpensive. Packages or collections can start in the hundreds to go into the thousands, but do not let that discouraged you from booking a birth photographer. A great majority of clients do not regret it.

At the end, booking a birth photographer should be exciting and not one of the things you stress over. Being pregnant can be stressful on it’s own.

If you want to read more information, feel free to visit this article.

Nichole Hanna Photography
2015 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers - First Place Winner - 28 | Triumph | © Nichole Hanna Photography


Melissa Taylor Photography

If you ask any photographer what would be one of the most asked question after booking a session, it would be “what should I wear?” I wanted to share some tips to help make that process easier for any future family portrait session.


I find it refreshing when families complement one other, but do not like twins. There are countless of images of families that are in jeans or khakis and matching shirts. If you want ageless portrait, look for clothing that coordinate with each other.


Other factor to consider is comfort. Yes, comfort. Being comfortable makes a huge difference when or if you are not so comfortable taking portraits. Which leads me to my next tip, be confident. I know sometimes it is easier said than done. For me, being comfortable and knowing who I am working with goes a long way in feel an extra bit of confident. As for the kids, allow them to be in clothing that them to be themselves.


Once you know your location of your session, it helps to kick a color palette. I find easier when you have something you can refer to help pick colors to wear. Feel free to check out Design-Seeds for more inspiration:


One other tip, do not forget the details. One example is shoes. Picking the wrong shoes and lead to distracting portraits. Another example, the accessories. I believe less is more when if comes to accessorizing your outfit.


For my last tip, have fun. When you have fun it shows and your photographer can capture that joy. This allows the photographer to take that happiness and turn it into beautiful portraits. So yes, have fun and enjoy yourself. For some people, family portraits don’t happen as often as we would like.

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