Why You Need Professional Pictures of Your Children | Farmington, NM Photographer

To say that I am passionate about professional photography is an understatement. I am obsessed!

This passion started when I was a child. My mom would drag my dad and my eight siblings all throughout my childhood to Durango for professional family portraits at Andy’s. You can tell what was and is important to my mom: her family.

Then my passion grew when I gave birth to my firstborn.

I wanted to capture those sweet, fleeting moments of having a newborn.

All of those pictures are so precious to me, especially as each year passes!

Below, I give you three reasons why professional photography of your children and family are so important.

3 Reasons Why You Need Professional Pictures

  1. You forget. You forget how fast they grow up when you are in the thick of parenting, covered in their body fluids (e.g. exploding diapers and spit-up), and are surrounded by them 24/7. You think that you will always remember their baby smiles and tiny toes and fingers. But you forget. So professional pictures are a way to capture them so you can remember.
  2. So your children can see how beautiful they are. My children play hard – which usually means that they are covered in dirt, sweat, and their hair is a crazy mess. I find that my kids, especially my girls, need visual reminders of how beautiful they are. This also gives them greater self-confidence. It’s not that outer beauty is where their worth is at (not at all), but sometimes children need an outward reminder of their great inner and outward beauty.
  3. So you can see how beautiful they are. This is important. I have a picture of my children on my dresser. When I wake up, I see a strong visual reminder of what is more valuable and important to me than anything in this world. The portrait is also a reminder of why I do what I do; I’m a stay-at-home mom. Plus, it’s proof that all five kids can look presentable at the same time – a miracle!

Conclusion

You’ll never regret spending the money on having beautiful, professional pictures taken of your children. I will repeat what I always write at the end of each blog post. Those pictures will capture your heart, your most precious moments, and your legacy. That is priceless.

Zia Photography is a fine art photographer in Farmington, New Mexico. I specialize in motherhood, babies, and families. I would love to help document your heart, your most precious memories, and your legacy! Please contact me here or call me @ 505-634-9495 I look forward to hearing from you!

My Exact Lighting Equipment | Farmington, NM Photographer

You would like to explore studio lighting but it confuses you like mad because of the myriad of options and brands. Where do you start? What is the best brand? Do I need one light, two, or three? Do I need a reflector?

Well I’ve got you covered friend!

I was so incredibly frustrated too. I tried to learn studio lighting by myself by watching hours and hours of YouTube videos – YouTube has all the answers right? I decided that YouTube left me more confused because everyone has a different way of doing things.

Professional Help

So I decided that I needed help from a professional children’s photographer. I paid for a workshop from an incredible photographer who shoots for Zulily.com.

That was the best decision I had made.

Conclusion

Today, I will share with you the exact equipment that I use and what I was trained on.

I hope this takes all the confusion out of studio lighting for you!

This is my exact one light set-up . I don’t use a reflector though.
This is my light, the AlienBees b400.
13-foot Air-Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand
Soft Silver PLM™ Umbrellas, 64 inch The black cord that you see connects the b400 to your camera. It is included so there is no extra purchase.
PLM White Front Diffusion Fabric, the white fabric cover that slips over the PLM
Hot shoe adapter. I didn’t want to spend $300 on wireless receivers like the PocketWizard. So I bought the hot shoe adapter. It’s about $15. It syncs your camera to the b400 through the sync cord that you see hanging out from the b400 above.

Zia Photography is a fine art photographer in Farmington, New Mexico. I specialize in motherhood, babies, and families. I would love to help document your heart, your most precious memories, and your legacy! Please contact me here or call me @ 505-634-9495 I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

What I Enjoy Least About Being A Photographer | Farmington, NM Family Photographer

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Wishing for snow in July:)

Friday, Yay-day’s Tip for Photographers

This is a little glimpse about the backend of owning your photography business.

1-What aspect of being a full time photographer do you enjoy the least? -from the blog of Taylor Kinzie Photography

When I decided I wanted to be a photographer I kind of envisioned this amazingly glamorous life where I get to travel and take pretty pictures for a living. And, to some extent, I get to travel and take pretty pictures a lot of the time. What I didn’t anticipate though was the tireless amount of energy put into actually running a business. It’s not always glamorous.

I’ve always thought it’s pretty sick and twisted to require a creatively minded individual, like most photographers, to be really great at business. This is an aspect of my career as a photographer that I’ve had to kind of learn along the way. Honestly, sitting down to go through things like bookkeeping, invoicing, taxes, permitting, and licenses is like pulling teeth for me. I feel like a little kid sitting at a desk in school and looking longingly out the window just wanting to go outside and play.

Here’s the thing though…sitting down to do what you need to do in order to run a profitable and successful business is crucial to being able to keep living this dream. Having a keen business sense is what ultimately sets the dreamers apart from the doers and the hobbyists from the photographers who can make a living doing what they love. -Taylor Kenzie

I couldn’t have written that better!

I’m a creative and I’ve never been organized! If I could just take beautiful pictures all day, I would be the happiest girl! But running a business requires me to use my left side of the brain. That hurts!

You see, taking pictures is only 20% of what I do. The other 80% is posting to social media accounts for my marketing, updating my blog for more exposure, designing flyers, learning Photoshop to design the flyers, meeting business owners to ask them if they will distribute the flyers, and the list goes on and on.

Conclusion

I hope that you follow your passion for photography. Don’t let the business side bog you down. Create systems or find someone that will help you with the business side. Once you have those in place or a friend to help, it gets easier. Thanks for reading!

Zia Photography is a fine art children and family photographer in Farmington, NM. I would love to document your most precious memories. 634-9495

The Mindset That Will Cripple You | Farmington, NM Family Photographer

Family Portrait

Photography Tip for Photographers

The mind is a powerful thing. It has been tripping me up lately! So when I feel completely down, Michael Hyatt usually gives me the best advice right when I need it. He talks about the mindset that will limit your future. This post comes completely from him.

A few weeks ago, I wrote that I hit my financial goal. Yay! I was exhilarated and then I fell into a panic. I didn’t have any clients booked for July! Nothing, zilch, nada. My mind started to think things like:

What if no one books me for July?

What if no one books me ever?

What if I can’t duplicate my success?

What if I’m always going to struggle? I’m never going to make a go with photography.

Then I listened to Michael Hyatt’s podcast. He said that our beliefs can really limit us and our potential. Instead of thinking that our future is over, he said that we should think that the best is yet to come. We need to have an abundance mindset.

That totally shifted my mindset and put me at ease. I have a huge passion for documenting what is most important and I don’t want to give that up. I just need to keep hustling and then people will hire me. The best is yet to come.

I hope this post helps if you are a new photographer. I hope that you will have an abundance mindset. Thanks for reading!

Zia Photography is a fine art photographer in Farmington, NM and has a passion for documenting families. Please call me to book your session. 634-9495

 

Are Professional Portraits For Your Vanity??? | Farmington, NM Photographer

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Friday Yay-Day’s Photography Tip for Families

Why do you hire a professional photographer?

Here are some reasons why I strongly believe professional portraits are still invaluable. (Hint: Those reasons have nothing to do with having pretty pictures for social media accounts or a way to show off a facade of a well-manicured family.)

  1. It’s all in the details: light, clothing, and location. Photographers are trained in those details so that you will have beautiful photos of what is most beautiful: family!
  2. So your children can see how beautiful they are. My children play hard – which usually means that they are covered in dirt, sweat, and their hair is a crazy mess. I find that my kids, especially my girls, need visual reminders of how beautiful they are. That also gives them greater self-confidence. It’s not that outer beauty is where their worth is at, but it reminds them of their great inner beauty and strength.
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    Professional portrait.
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    My daughter’s usual attire and picture of everyday life. Both pictures are precious to me.
  3. So you can see how beautiful they are. This is important. I have a picture of my children on my dresser. When I wake up, I see a strong visual reminder of what is more valuable and important to me than anything in this world. The portrait is also a reminder of why I do what I do; I’m a stay-at-home mom. Plus, it’s proof that all five kids can look presentable at the same time – a miracle!

Conclusion

I became a photographer because I believe in the power of family and marriage. I believe that those two gifts from God allow us to have the greatest happiness in this life. The beauty is already there. I’m just there to capture it with my training.

Thanks so much for reading!

Zia Photography is a professional photographer in Farmington, NM who specializes in family and children portraiture.

What I Do Before Every Shoot | Photography Tip | Farmington, NM Photographer

1-year-old portrait

There is something I do before every photography shoot that sets me up for success. It also calms my nerves and helps with my confidence. I pray.

It is not lost on me that my clients trust me to document their stages in life and what is most meaningful and important to them – their families. Photography is not a necessity; it’s a luxury. When moms and dads spend money on portraits, they want beautiful pictures of their families because that is what is most beautiful. I don’t want to let them down.

So I pray. I pray that the weather will cooperate. I pray that I can photograph genuine emotions and connections. I pray that I will remember the correct technical settings on my camera.

Why I Pray

I pray because my God has never failed me.

My God has blessed me when my husband and I didn’t know how we could afford groceries when we were broke college students. He saw us through a lawsuit that was prolonged for almost three years. Paying the lawyer drained us of our income and we didn’t know how we could pay for our mortgage, birthday and Christmas presents, and basic necessities.

But God is so good. He provided miracles for us. I have seen too many miracles in my life to ever deny Him.

I know that I can pray to receive His divine help.

Tonight

I have a maternity shoot tonight. Besides recharging my camera battery and looking up maternity poses, I will be praying for His help.

I hope this photography tip helps!

I know that I told you that I would post a tip every Friday but I’m a creative. I’ve never stuck to a schedule in my life:) I will post on Friday but it will be something different each time. Thanks so much for reading!

I love to capture families and their love for each other! If you would like me document your family, please give me a call! Families are my jam! I live and work in Farmington, NM. 634-9495 -Best, Lynne

What to do when you want to quit | Farmington, NM Photographer

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Since I have opened my photography business, I have wanted to quit a thousand times over!!!

This is what is flowing through my brain:

“Nobody is calling me to document their most precious memories! How do I advertise myself? I am so painfully shy. It hurts to post my work on Facebook because it feels like I’m showing off. I don’t feel like I’m there yet – my images aren’t at the quality that I would like them to be. I’m still struggling with my editing. How do I get people to call me!”

The list goes on and on! I want it to stop! I want to quit!

What I Do When I Feel Painfully Discouraged

I start reading blog posts from fellow photographers who have traveled the same path of discouragement and of new beginnings.

Here is what Jasmine Star wrote recently on her blog, jasminestar.com.

Dear Me,

Here’s a reminder of just how awesome/awful newness feels.  The start of something new always sounds like a great idea, but when you begin the work, it’s messy, sticky, and leaves your heart feeling chafed (kind of like the first time you shaved your armpits using your dad’s old razor…it hurt).

In case you’re tempted to forget the pubescent emotions of starting a new business, here’s a few reminders:

-Waking up every day at 4 a.m. to write.  Every.  Single.  Day.

-Breaking out into cold sweats at the thought of being so vulnerable, so publicly.

-Quitting at least 173 times (then talking yourself back into it).

-Believing you had a break-through at midnight, only to later wake up later and read non-sensical notes written at midnight.

-Learning to drink coffee.

-Admitting you need help.

-Admitting you’re wrong.

-Admitting you have a hard time admitting.

-Feeling gaping holes of loneliness, like a canon shot through your belly.

-Crying from the weight of it all.

Please check out her blog to read the rest of the post.

Keep On Keeping On

At the end of the blog post, Jasmine Star writes that you don’t give up because you feel like this is what you are called to do.

I feel like the Lord has led me on this path to document what is most beautiful and joyful in this life: families. That is what keeps me going.

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Conclusion

It would be so easy to quit. But if you feel like this is what you are called to do, keep on keeping on! Pursue your dreams and keep doing the work.

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This is the Friday, Yay-day photography tip! If you would like me to document your family, please call me at 634-9495. I live and work in Farmington, NM. Best, Lynne

Mastin Labs – The Good, Bad, and Ugly | Farmington, NM Photographer

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If you ask this girl a question, she’ll blow you a raspberry. This girl is too funny! Red Leaf preset with some tweaks.

Friday, Yay-day!

I am changing things up a little around here! Friday is going to be the day I post about my photography tips and tricks about starting a photography business and still learning my way through branding, marketing, and the technical side of the camera. I hope that through my writing, I can help a fellow photographer in his/her journey. Cheers to Friday!

Mastin Labs Presets

Let’s talk about Mastin Labs. All the ads for Mastin Labs are gorgeous! I love the light and airy images of film.

Mastin Labs tells consumers that they can finally achieve that look through their presets.

It that true?

My Experience with Mastin Labs

My favorite photographers are film photographers. Of course, I want to replicate that look because I absolutely love it!

I finally bought the Mastin Labs presets. The cost was $107. Finally, I could achieve that look because I was not achieving it through my shooting style.

I was so excited to apply the preset!

I did it! Then I was really disappointed and my suspicions were confirmed. As you can see in the photograph below, the preset actually made the photo look worse.

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The original photo. Straight out of the camera. Underexposed but not too bad of a picture.
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Photo with the applied Mastin Labs Lightroom preset. Portra 400.

My Letter to a Film Photographer

I have been wanting so badly to achieve the film look that I actually wrote an email to a highly successful film photographer. This was before I bought the Mastin Labs presets.

I didn’t expect her to reply to my email. Wow, I was surprised when she replied back.

I asked her how she achieved her look and what presets she used.

This was her answer: It’s not so much about the post-processing as it is about shooting wide open, using fast shutter speeds, and using a low ISO.

My Review of Mastin Labs

The photographer was right! I applied the preset and the photograph looked worse. I intentionally used an underexposed picture to show you that a preset can’t fix a photograph.

That was an expensive to learn: Get it right in the camera first.

Presets can only enhance a photo but not change it. I assumed all of my photos were going to be light and airy because of a preset.

Conclusion

I didn’t have the money for a Pentax film camera so I thought the Mastin Labs Lightroom presets were the way to go. It wasn’t.

Getting it right in the camera will always be the first approach.

I’ll do another review of Mastin Labs when I change my shooting style to match film.

Thanks for reading!
I am a photographer that lives and works in Farmington, NM. I love to capture families and their connections so that you can have tangible documents that will be enjoyed now and for generations to come. If you would like me to document your family, please give me a call at 634-9495. Thanks!

 

#1 Tip on Improving Your Photography Skills

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I’m going to give you my BEST tip on improving your photography skills! Whether you are always taking pictures from your phone, you want to take better pictures of your children, or you have a fancy DSLR, or you want to up your photography game, this tip is for you.

“Honey, I have watched a THOUSAND YouTube videos. I can’t go any further with my photography until I take this $1500 workshop. I NEED $1500!!”

This is how my husband responded to me: “Just start taking pictures. Every. Single. Day.”

My reply: “It’s not that easy! I really need to go to a workshop!!”

Taking Pictures Daily

I didn’t have $1500. I finally took the advice from another photographer who sold online workshops. She said that nothing replaced the act of just taking photos.

So I started taking photos and found out that my husband was right!

My #1 tip is to pick up your camera and take pictures daily. It doesn’t have to be many. Just a few.

Taking a Million Bad Photos

By taking pictures daily, you’ll take a million bad photos. When you take that many bad photos, you will find out what you don’t like and what you like. Then your photography will grow by leaps and bounds. Then you will start to take pictures that will be immortalized by you and your family. You will have captured your family memories in the most beautiful way. That picture of my daughter using a toilet plunger as a walking stick – priceless! But since I am more familiar with light and using my manual mode, the picture is a beautiful document.

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Cheesy smile. How do I get real smiles? What are the best posing angles?
Cheesy smile. How do I get real smiles? What are the best posing angles?
“Please don’t take my picture again!”

Tips for iPhone Users

You don’t need to know what aperture priority is to take awesome photos. There is a wonderful mom in Farmington who is a lifestyle Instagram photographer – Jessie Pennington (only a mere 10,700 followers). She only uses her phone – no flash or fancy Canon Rebel. Her secret is that she uses a great natural light source like a window. So start taking pictures. Find out which light is best for those phone pictures.

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This boy and his donut! Lover of all donuts. This was taken in front on my living room window.

Conclusion

So there you have it. I have given you my greatest advice on becoming a better photographer. I know will become a mad/awesome photographer with this simple advice.

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There’s a more natural smile and a pose that is more flattering.
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A real smile and no photobomb. Although I really like the one with the photobomb (my niece)! My niece is lively and crazy funny to be around!
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1st year portrait. I think Sienna started smiling when I started hitting myself with stuffed animals. She thought that was hilarious.