5/25/12

Guest Post & Giveaway: Laura from Our Reflection

Hello! I’m Laura from Our Reflection. I’m super excited about being a guest today. 

A little about me: I’m a full-time working mom of two amazing daughters and an admirable, encouraging husband who are my life. I am, regrettably, a bit addicted to social media. I have a constant connection to Facebook and Twitter wherever I am. I love Starbucks, the colors pink and yellow, mountain biking, and listening to the piano. My new addition seems to be blogging!
When I’m not working my 8-5 or being “mommy”, I’m a lifestyle photographer based out of Monterey, California. In my mind, I am ALWAYS thinking about photography. It never ends. My brain takes snapshots everywhere I go. My photographic passion is people. Couples, families, and children. Nothing brings me more joy than capturing those unforgettable moments that will be treasured for a lifetime. Check out my photography page by clicking here.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my fav's and helpful tips when taking portraits.

1) Time of day. It's all about lighting. The best pictures will be taken the 2 hours after sunrise and the 2 hours prior to sunset. This gives everyone that natural "glow."
2) Don't go crazy buying expensive equipment, but do invest in a DSLR camera. They're not to expensive these days and worth every penny. {I'm a Canon girl myself.}
3) Keep your camera with you at all times. I'm one for spontaneous photos. The ones unplanned are always the best.

4) What should I wear in my portrait? I get asked this question all the time. The clothes a person wears has a big impact on the end result of the photo. They need to be comfortable. If they feel awkward in their outfit or environment, you won't capture them looking like themselves.
5) Don't be afraid to experiment. If you're using a digital camera, the cost of errors are free. Go crazy - you might end up with one you really love.

I hope this helps you feel more comfortable with your camera. I love questions or comments so please feel free to drop me an email. 

Laura Hernandez Photography

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Not only is Laura nice enough to share her amazing photo tips with you...she is also giving away a Spa Kit to one lucky reader!!  Who wouldn't want to win one of these? 
Just enter the Rafflecopter widget below.  The giveaway will end on May 29th...good luck and I hope you enjoy Laura's blog as much as I do!
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23 comments:

  1. I need a spa kit because... well honestly, I need to become spa-licious!

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  2. Oh I would love to win that spa kit, I am in need of a pampering session. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. Two little boys with lots of energy wear this mommy out---enough said!

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    1. I hear ya! Thanks so much for entering!

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  4. After a long week at work this spa kit would be amazing!!

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  5. Love your wonderful blog. Thanks for looking me up and leaving a beautiful comment and becoming a follower. I did the same. Have a good weekend.

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  6. After a long day at work a spa kit is a MUST have! :)

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  7. I'd like to win cause I am on my feet all day and would love to relax with this!

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  8. You have a lovely blog! Thank you so much for visiting today and following.I am your new follower!

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  9. Hi!! I am you newest follower from Therapy 4 roses! I need a spa kit, because I have been taking care of my daughter with an arm cast and my mom with a leg cast!!!

    Thank you for visiting and following me!!

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    1. Dang, it does sound like you need it! Good luck and thanks for entering :)

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  10. Hi Jenny, photo tips are always great. It's always nice to have reminders of the basics of good natural lighting. Thanks for stopping by Quirky Vistas and following. Come back by tomorrow and see what I did with that "Rascal" of a bedside table. Those were just the before shots. I'm now following!
    Liz

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  11. Jenny, Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! I'm loving your blog and can't wait to explore more! I'm now following you!! Have a great weekend!

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  12. Would love to win the spa kit - everyone needs a little R&R! :)

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  13. Hey gals!!! Thanks so much for visiting!!! Looks like your blog has lots of fun going on!!!I'm your newest follower!!! And...I wouldn't mind the spa kit...moving to another state soon, so sure would be fun to pamper myself after a long day of moving! :)

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  14. A fantastic introduction to a lovely blog (great tips) - and yours is pretty special too! I shall definitely be back, and look forward to exploring more about you!
    Paula x

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  15. I need that spa kit because... well frankly, who doesn't?? :-)

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  16. I love Laura's blog, and this is a giveaway I would LOVE to win! Fingers crossed!

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  17. I think it would be great to have a spa kit to pamper myself a little. who wouldn't want that?

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  18. Great blog and great giveaway, that spa kit looks lovely and I hope I win!!

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  19. Hey there Laura!! Thanks for a chance to win the spa package :) Your photographs are beautiful!!

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  20. Hi, thanks for great and helpful tips, and a great giveaway! I'd love to win it for my mother's birthday, she really deserves it :)

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