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{DIY} Photography With Belle Petite Photo

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Do you like to take pictures of the kiddos, but could use some helpful tips?  Well then our next guest posting is sure not to disappoint.  Ready for the dandiness?  Here you go! 

Hi!  My name is Sarah and like many of you out there, I LOVE taking pictures! 

Especially of my husband and daughter :0)  People often ask me when I started out with photography and I tell them that I was the girl in junior high and high school that always had a camera!  Thankfully digital cameras came around so that I can now take pictures to my heart’s content without paying a fortune.  After the birth of my daughter I started taking even more pictures and before I knew it I had started a blog, Belle Petite Photo, and was taking pictures for family and friends and clients.  I still have a LONG way to go with my photography, but I’m enjoying the journey.  For those of you who are looking to take your photography up a notch, here are a few simple suggestions:

1) Take lots of pictures.  (Even very experienced photographers take a lot of pictures…it gives them options to work with after the photo shoot is done.)  Especially when you’re taking pictures of your kids in action….the more you take, the better chance you have of getting a great one!  Plus, sometimes it is fun to put a series of pictures together.

2) Try a new perspective.  Too often we document our cute-kid moments the same way every time, from above.  Try getting down on THEIR eye level or even laying on the ground to capture moments. (i.e. your infant learning how to crawl).  More interesting perspective = More interesting picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Zoom in, zoom out.  Try zooming completely out to get the whole scene then zooming in to focus in on what’s happening.  Then, try capturing the same scene from a different angle or area of the room.  Each picture will paint a different part of the story.

4) Use whatever you have.  My first few photo shoots were done with my Canon 3.2 point and shoot.  (I was a little sheepish to accept $70 for such a photo shoot, but hey…that was all I had at the time and it worked!  Don’t worry folks, I only use my Nikon DSLR for photo shoots these days :0))  If I’ve only brought our camcorder to an event I’ll take still shots with that and call it good.  Really, it doesn’t have to be an expensive piece of equipment to capture great moments :0) 

If you have a second, click here to see my blog!  If you have two more seconds, I’d love to get a comment too!  Most of my time is spent with my sweet little family, but if you do live in the St. Louis area and are interested in booking a photo shoot, I do have some available sessions.  Email me at:  bellepetitephotographie@gmail.com

Ready to be schooled?

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Ok, so I’m a huge fan of education.  Achieving it was important to me and I honestly miss being in the classroom.  What did I love about college?  Well, sure I loved taking classes in my field of study, but my most favorite classes were the extra fillers… photography classes!  It was way too fun!  One day when I have a little extra time then I’ll probably venture back into the dark room at the local college.  Until then how ever will I get my photo class fix?  Are you with me on this one? 

Well then let’s go to school… online school!

Right now you can score a deal on online photography classes from Big Picture Classes.  This 31 day workshop is normally priced at $30, but right now through Savvy Savings & Scholarships: National Edition II you can get the entire session for just $15!  Now that’s a way dandy deal!

Hurry and get this offer soon, because it ends on October 1st!

Stephanie Cotta Photography ***ENDED***

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I think that photographs are optimal in capturing precious family memories.  It’s an art that takes talent to get just the right look and feel.  I’m sure we all have pictures that we like to show off.  I’m also sure that sometimes when we show them off people just glance and then move on.  Which translates to, “Those pictures really aren’t that great”.  It’s just standard…mediocre…not stunning.  Who wants that?  Everyone definitely wants pictures that stand out.  Especially when it comes to family pictures! 

Are you from the St. Louis area or know someone who is?  Needing some new family pictures?  Well, then this next feature is for you!  Stephanie Cotta Photography is right here in St. Louis.  Her photography literally speaks for itself as she creates images that won’t merely be glanced at.  Stephanie specializes in maternity photography, but also provides newborn, child, and family portraits to her clients.  Ready to be stunned?

I think this is such a cute maternity shot!
Gorgeous set up for a gorgeous baby.
Children in action:
 
Family Moments:
Even for engagements!

Now see what I mean about great work done by Stephanie Cotta Photography?  Right now you can receive 25% off your session and a free 8×10 when you use the code “DANDY”. Offer valid through end of June ’10.  Ready to win something?

Stephanie Cotta Photography is giving away a photography session ($115 value)!  The session is a minimum sixty minutes with the photographer for a maternity, newborn, child, or family session.

***This giveaway is open to anyone, but remember that the prize must be redeemed in St. Louis.  So if you know someone in St. Louis then feel free to enter for them!***
There are lucky #7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

Entry #1: Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment.
Comment example, Dandy Smith

Entry #2: Become a follower of the Dandy Giveaway blog in the sidebar or if you are already a follower.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= dandy blog follower

Entry #3: Go to the Stephanie Cotta Photography website and tell us your favorite gallery.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= The newborn gallery makes me a little baby hungry!  🙂

Entry #4: Become a follower of the Stephanie Cotta Photography Blog or if you are already a follower there.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= stephanie cotta photography blog

Entry #5: Tell people in the St. Louis area about this giveaway, so they can enter to win!  Then tell us how you told.
Comment example, Dandy Smith=emailed, called, texted my St. Louis peeps

Entry #6: Become a fan of Stephanie Cotta Photography on Facebook or if you are already a fan.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= facebook fan

Entry #7: Become a follower of the Cotta Family Blog or if you are already a follower there.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= cotta family blog

This giveaway will be open for entries all weekend and end on Sunday (5/30) at 11:30pm EST. Be sure and check back on Monday (5/31) to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

Tina Crespo-Photographer ***ENDED***

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Unique artwork found in a home setting truly says a lot about your tastes in decorating. It adds this individual flair that can become a conversational piece or develop the theme of decor throughout. One piece of artwork can ultimately take on its own meaning and define the room. The great thing about photography as an artform is the style that can be generated and captured perfectly. Only a photographer could capture something so precise…
…and with so much detail!
This photograph is from Tina Crespo-Photographer and I think it’s amazing!
Many of the photographs found at Tina Crespo are vintage-inspired. Making the art even more so unique and special!
Are you looking to decorate with some intricate flora?

How about some marvelous scenes?
Well, all can be found at Tina Crespo-Photographer! Including that oh so vintage feel:


LOVE these!
Ready to enter to win some unique art? The winner of this giveaway will be able to choose any one 8×8 print from Tina Crespo! ***This giveaway is open to the U.S. only***
There are 5 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 5 chances then leave 5 separate comments**

Entry #1: Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment.
Comment example, Dandy Smith

Entry #2: Become a follower of the Dandy Giveaway blog in the sidebar or if you are already a follower.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= blog follower

Entry #3: Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you told!
Comment example, Dandy Smith=emailed my friends

Entry #4: Become a fan of Tina Crespo on Facebook or if you are already a fan there.
Comment example, Dandy Smith=fan on Facebook

Entry #5: Go to Tina Crespo-Photographer and tell us your favorite photograph and why.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= I think the photographs of the vintage cameras are really cool, unique, and would look great in my office!

This giveaway will end tonight at 11:30pm EST. Be sure and check back tomorrow to see if you won!

All Hearts Photography ***ENDED***

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I think the art of photography is fabulous! I think my camera is a fabulous one. The pictures I take with it? I think are not so fabulous! 🙂 Back in my college days I did take a few black & white photography classes and fell in love with the art. However, I’m only all about taking pictures of historic architecture, landscape, etc…people pictures, not so much! The portrait assignment was in no way, shape, or form my favorite part of the class. I felt like I was never good at capturing that look in a person’s eyes or that moment in the life of a family.
Well, it’s a good thing that I was contacted by a photographer that knows her stuff! All Hearts Photography is local to the St. Louis area. However, as you will find out later in this feature (with the giveaway item) everyone from all over can enjoy the works of this great artist! Amanda took the most amazing maternity photographs of a friend of mine.
So very artsy and classy.
This girl truly has so much talent behind that lens. And she just has some amazing ideas!

At All Hearts Photography your child will definitely take center stage…
So very sweet!
Ready to schedule a photography session with All Hearts Photography? Just call Amanda at: (618) 223-1541
Now, remember how I said that even if you aren’t local to St. Louis you can have access to work from All Hearts Photography? Isn’t this photo tile pendant just so adorably precious?

That’s right you can email Amanda a photo and then order one from All Hearts Photography!
And…the winner of this giveaway will be receiving a two sided tile pendant from All Hearts Photography! A $50 value!! If the winner prefers a single sided tile then that wish will be granted! 🙂 ***This giveaway is open to entries in the U.S. only***

There are 6 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 6 chances then leave 6 separate comments**

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Entry #1: Leave your name or email address in a comment.
Comment example, Dandy Smith
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Entry #2: Become a follower of the Dandy Giveaway blog in the sidebar or if you are already a follower.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= blog follower
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Entry #3: Email, call, or text people about this giveaway, so they can enter to win!
Comment example, Dandy Smith=told my friends
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Entry #4: Become a Facebook Fan of Dandy Giveaway or if you are already a fan.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= fan of dandy!
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Entry #5: Become a follower of the All Hearts Photography blog or if you already follow there.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= all hearts blog
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Entry #6: Know someone in the St. Louis area? Well, tell them about All Hearts Photography and this giveaway! Leave a comment telling us how you told your St. Louis friend.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= I emailed my St. Louis friends!
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This giveaway will be open for entries the entire weekend and will end on Sunday, April 4th at 11:30pm EST.
Be sure and check back on Monday to see if you won!

Made By Meegz ***ENDED***

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Isn’t taking pictures fun? That’s what bloggers like to do, right? Post pictures of their family and friends on their blogs. And maybe sometimes the occasional picture of oneself. You all know it’s true! Well, I love our Digital SLR, because it’s so easy to use, takes fabulous pictures, and I can actually “see” what the picture will look like once it’s developed right then. Instant gratification! Lets face it… I hate surprises and can’t wait for anything. But what I don’t love about our camera is the boring strap that it came with. Sure it serves its purpose by keeping the camera around my neck or across my body when I’m taking pictures out and about, but it’s soooooo boring looking! This is where the shop Made By Meegz comes in. It’s the place where you can actually accessorize your SLR camera strap! Made By Meegz has these fabulous looking camera straps that are all extremely interchangeable with a quick release mechanism. How cool is that? I’m all about functionability! Don’t have a SLR camera? No problem, because Made By Meegz has you covered! There are plenty of wrist straps of the Point and Shoot variety. Even some Key Chains and Lanyards. Here, have a look at some of the great fabrics you can have as a camera strap:

Point and Shoot Straps

So many different options. You could have multiple ones to make multiple looks! And…

Made By Meegz is giving the winner of this giveaway the opportunity to pick out their very own camera strap. Gotta love when it’s winner’s choice!

There are 4 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 4 chances then leave 4 separate comments**

Entry #1: Leave your name or email address in a comment.
Comment example, Dandy Smith

Entry #2: Become a follower of the Dandy Giveaway blog in the sidebar or if you are already a follower.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= blog follower

Entry #3: Email at least 2 friends about Dandy Giveaway. Be sure and include the link so they can enter to win!
Comment example, Dandy Smith=emailed my friends

Entry #4: Tell us which camera strap you will pick if you win! Comment example, Dandy Smith= Color Pop

This giveaway will be open for entries until tonight at 11:30pm EST. Check back tomorrow to see if you won and also to see the next giveaway!

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