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What's in My Camera Bag

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What's in My Camera Bag

Several people have asked me what's in my camera bag. While I had shared this not too long ago, I realized that my lenses have almost completely changed since then. So, it's time to update what's in my camera bag! camera bag, Kelly Moore, Purple Bag

The biggest change, is that I only shoot with prime lenses. While there is a big debate (which I don't wish to get in with anyone, everyone has their own preferences), I like the sharpness and wider apertures a prime lenses offers. Although I sometimes miss the ability to zoom in without moving my feet, I feel the benefits outweigh the cons of a prime lens. And, if I can count photographing with a prime lens as a workout, even better!

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1.Sigma 35mm F1.4 Lens - I did an entire post about this lens because I love it. I never thought I would love a wider lens, yet here I am, raving about it!

2.Canon 50mm F/1.4 Lens -  The nifty 50. I don't know a photographer that doesn't have one of these. This is probably on my camera most. It's also the lens I recommend to moms when they ask which they should get. We talk about it (and other lenses) in my workshop!

3.  Canon 85mm F/1.8 - My favorite lens for portraits. The bokeh it creates is beautiful without me having to be too far away.

4.Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens (not shown) - This lens isn't used as much as I would like. I love being able to shoot macro shots of newborns, and its even a decent lens for shooting portraits.

What's on my wish list? The Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens. If you're wondering what to get me for a belated birthday present, it's this lens. I recently borrowed it from a friend and fell in love! It's perfect for chasing toddlers, or capturing them without them fully knowing. And don't get me started on the bokeh. I wouldn't mind another camera bag too. I love my Kelly Moore bag, but wouldn't mind another one, like this one, for when I don't want to carry all of my lenses!*

*Neyssa*

P.S. Please note that this post contains affiliate links. Although you pay the same amount, yet I receive a small commission. I only recommend things I love!

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Learning to use a DSLR

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Learning to use a DSLR

A few weeks ago, two ladies spent the day learning to use a DSLR with me in my Photography Workshop for Moms. I admit, I wasn't sure I was up for doing a workshop so soon after having a baby. It would mean a full day away from Hudson. However, I'm so glad I did. Because was so amazing to be a part of these ladies' photography journeys. We spent the morning learning to use a DSLR by practicing skills on things around the house (like Milo's matchbox cars). Here is Heidi practicing using different apertures on these cars.

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After learning the magic formula for shooting in manual, we brought in the mammas and babies. And we had two cuties! Our first baby, was a baby girl that's just a tad older then Hudson! The ladies captured some gorgeous shots of her!

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Heidi captured this sweet moment of mom and baby. Don't you just love the light in baby girl's eyes and how mom is adoring her daughter?! What a beautiful shot! (And isn't that headband too cute?! Mom has an Etsy shop, Manda's BOWtique. Yes, I had to order a couple for my girls!)

learning to use a DSLR, Photography Workshop, Photograph every day momentsOne of the reasons I have the ladies photographing the same baby at the same time is that it forces them to think of new shots. Bri did a beautiful job capturing this moment from a different angle. I LOVE it! She shows how you don't need to see baby's face, or all of mom to know this is a special moment between mother and daughter.

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The second baby was this sweet baby boy and his mama. He started off so mellow, enjoying some snuggles with mom. Bri nailed it with this next image. Wow. Those eyes, moms soft presence, and the background that just drops off, leaving mother and child to stand out. What a shot girl!

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We gave baby boy a couple of cars to play with and we were all laughing when he put a car into his mouth and held onto it like a dog. Mom said it was something he does all the time. Bri captured this defining detail perfectly! I'm sure mom will see this image a year from now and still get a chuckle of how her boy used to hold onto his cars!

learning to use a DSLR, Photography Workshop, Photograph every day momentsWe changed up our location and to let this little guy loose to play on the bed. Heidi captured this sweet, contemplative moment. I just love how mom's hand is on his knee, showing her presence without having to fully show her. So precious!

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I'm so glad I spent the day with these ladies as they were learning to use a DLSR. They both went from shooting in auto mode, hoping for "happy accidents" to shooting in manual, capturing gorgeous photos of our baby models!

The next photography workshop won't be until this fall! If you can't wait to start learning to use your DSLR, I suggest you follow my blog for photos tips! Or gather some friends, pick a date and contact me about setting up your own private workshop this summer!

*Neyssa*

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Gift of Confidence for Mom | Snoqualmie Photography Workshop

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Gift of Confidence for Mom | Snoqualmie Photography Workshop

Give mom the gift of Confidence this Mother's Day with a seat in my May 2nd Photography Workshop. She will enjoy a day for herself as she learns how to use that fancy DSLR camera to capture what SHE wants to capture. No more "happy accidents" when taking pictures as she will learn about Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. We also talk about my favorite topics - Story Telling, and Using Light. Gift of Confidence for Mom, Mother's Day Gift, Photography Workshop for Moms with Neyssa Lee, Workshop behind the scenes

Did I mention the adorable babies and their mamas that come model for us to practice on at the end of the day?!

Gift of Confidence for Mom, Mother's Day gift Idea, Snoqualmie Photography Workshop for Women

 

There are still spots left in the May 2nd workshop! Register by this Sunday, April 19th and get 50% off a 2015 Mom and Me Mini Session! That way Mom can get in the photo and learn how to take photos too! (Remember the article on how important it is for mom to get in the photo too?!)

Ready to give mom Confidence for Mother's Day?! Click HERE to register now.

*Neyssa*

P.S. Have a group of friends that want to take the workshop together? Contact me about putting together a special date just for you and your friends (and receive a special group benefits!).

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Spring Photography Workshop | Snoqualmie DSLR Workshop

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Spring Photography Workshop | Snoqualmie DSLR Workshop

Spring Photography Workshop!

Saturday, May 16th Snoqualmie Photography Workshop

Mark your calendars for my spring photography workshop, Saturday, May 16th! Even better, save $50 by using "CAPTURE50SPRING"  at checkout when you register by Sunday, March 1st.

The spring photography workshop date makes this the perfect Mother's Day gift (hint, hint to the husbands!). Give mom a day away & learn how to use her DSLR "fancy" camera!

Spring Photography Workshop, Seattle Photo Workshop

Learn how to use your DSLR camera to capture those fleeting moments of your child's life. Forget auto mode, make your camera photograph what you want to capture.

In this full day workshop, we cover topics such as

*8 Easy Camera Settings that give results instantly

* Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

*Understanding Focus, light, and composition

Plus, we practice on live (and adorable) baby models and their mamas at the end of the day.

Learn more and see what past attendees are saying about the workshop here!

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*Neyssa*

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