Introducing…. our new logo!!!

 

Without further adieu….

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Introducing our new logo! Isn’t she stunning?? We think so. What this little lady represents for us, and for our brand is so much! She is our inner child, wild, free, inspired by our own children, nature, imagination, stories of old and so much more. When we decided to go through the process of re-branding we had no idea that it would be brand therapy in a way. The process was an awesome experience and through it I think we actually learned a lot about ourselves. Re-branding was all Kim’s idea… I wasn’t sure we needed it, I thought our logo was okay, but I am so happy we did it! I would have never in a million years come up with this idea, but it is totally “us”.

We had a couple of options on our design but this was the one for sure. It was funny because I didn’t tell Kim, but I thought she looked like my Charlotte. Kim later told me that she wondered if the designer had been inspired by a picture of Ansley. I love that we saw our kids, and even ourselves in this logo. We will be doing some revamping of this blog (images and logo!) as well as our packaging, facebook page, business cards, signage… the list is kinda long. The more I look at “her” the more I get excited about the future of The Wild Child Photography. Her face isn’t one that you will forget and that’s exactly what we wanted.

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  • April 1, 2014 - 12:28 am

    Renee - Ribbons of Red - You girls are the best! I LOVED working with you, and this project will forever be one of my favorites!!! I know the logo will serve you well, and I can’t wait to see what you do with her!!!ReplyCancel

Longing for spring…

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This time of year is always so bla… We wait and wait for warm, and then it’s -20 again… and I want to cry!  We are longing for the newness and freshness of spring…. We are ready to dig in the garden, play with the pony and goat, and build a chicken coop! (for real):)It’s depressing to be indoors and outside chores are pretty miserable when the wind slaps your face every time you walk outside.

There’s a little miracle  happening though in our mud room. Tomatoes and broccoli plants are growing! The baby green plants make me so happy! This kids and I rush to look and see how much they have grown daily. Life. There it is… a promise too, that spring is so near. Soon these little guys will be in the garden. (I am ready to plant more too!! Flowers and herbs are next!)RU4A5783

Isn’t God awesome? We long for spring, for signs of life, and he gives them to us. Very small glimpses at first, then in bursting colors of green grass and flowing trees and plants. It’s an amazing sight every single year.  Life, after the death…. what a beautiful personification spring time is to Jesus life and death here on earth.RU4A5760RU4A5756RU4A5766And these onions sit and wait, along with all the other seeds I probably purchased way too many of… I admit… I went overboard… I hope I can keep up with the weeds this year!RU4A5775“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3

Phoneography

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I love my DSLR (the big camera), I keep in arms reach most everyday but for those quick spontaneous moments especially when we are out and about, I sooo love having my iPhone handy. It’s funny… sometimes when other mom’s bring their DSLR along, there I am, with my iPhone. Wait, aren’t you a photographer?? Yep, and I love Phoneography.  Don’t misunderstand… my big fancy camera is great, and I know how to use it. In no way does my phone replace my professional camera, but knowing how to use a camera and some basic tips can take your phoneography up a few notches.  Smart phone, or (heavy) DSLR, there are ways to take great pictures with both.

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Look for the light. Your phone can take a pretty fast picture in natural daylight. The less light available the slower your phone camera’s picture will be, because it is trying to allow enough light in the lens to take a pic. You can still take low-light pictures, but having a light source will make your image soooooo much better (natural or artificial!). Always have your subject turn towards the window or other light source if you are photographing their face. It makes a big difference in the image quality! Play with the light too! Sometimes I want the subject to be a silhouette against my background so I tap the screen where I want the phone camera to read the light and my subject becomes dark against a pretty sky. The less light you have available  the grainier or blurrier your image will be. It can become tough to hold your hands still enough to take a good picture, and I don’t typically carry an iPhone tripod around so always always think about the light.

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Change your angle! Get down low, or shoot from above. phones are small and  light! Get moving around to find the best angles.

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Composition is key! Just like with any ol’ camera composition is one of the keys to a great image. Negative space can make an image more dramatic and lead you to your subject. Leading lines also can draw your attention to your main focal point. Try using the rule of thirds or completely centering your subject.Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 3.41.29 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-28 at 3.33.44 PM

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Photograph those details. Life is in the details… I love nothing more then little hands reading a book, tiny tomato plants promising that spring is coming, a lock of hair on a baby’s forehead after a bath. These are the moments that really take your breath away in years to come. You won’t regret taking detail shots. Smartphones actually are pretty awesome at getting super close up shots with amazing clarity.

Photograph daily details too… a trip to the grocery store, a letter to the tooth fairy, bubble baths, holding hands on a date. Sometimes the daily routine is so routine that we forget to capture these special details of life.

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Selfies… I guess I am pretty shameless about getting selfies with my kids, friends, and a great new pair of glasses. I firmly believe we need to not just record life around us, but us too. Most phones have a handy-dandy flip the camera around option. Use it!! You can also hand the phone over to a friend! The great thing about phone cameras is everyone knows how to take a picture with one… tap the screen silly willy. :)No duck faces though, they are just not that flattering.:)Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.34.37 PM

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yep, like this duck face…. it seemed like a good idea at the time…

Some great apps that I use daily are pictapgo, (for shooting and editing) instagram,(mostly for sharing) and vscocam.(shooting and editing) There are many many more great phone apps, but these are what I mostly love using. You can print iphone pics too! I need to do this again soon! I bet I have a few hundred prints to make. Lots of companies print square format prints like instagram users take as well as magnets (I have a lot of these!) jewelry, photo albums and other keepsake and gift ideas.

I might over do it… I shoot a lot, but it’s my life journal, and I love looking back through the last few years of my iphone pics already.

I hope these tips were helpful! Keep on shooting friends! Oh, I’d love to follow you on instagram. Leave your user name in the comments section, or just follow me amy_cyphers and I’ll follow you back! Kim’s on there too.. follow her at Photowildchild

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Big family groups use to really really really freak us out…{yes that is a LOT of “really’s”!} There was always someone not looking at the camera, or blinking, or someone that moved that I didn’t see move and usually a kid that won’t listen and everyone looks at the kid instead of the camera. Then the people standing behind me start yelling or making ridiculous noises and the whole large group looks at the weirdos behind me. When we try to redirect and the baby starts to cry… Then I get home and realize after 3-5 head swaps that I might have a good image… We hate head swapping… it is a lot of work!  And then they might buy a few 8×10′s… yeah, it wasn’t really worth the hours.  I usually turn down large groups for this reason.

These days, we actually love large groups and families! Instead of lining everyone up for a shot we might get lucky at catching or we might not, we use our friend Photoshop. Groups are divided up in to smaller groups and we have all eyes on us in the final product. What we end up creating is a beautiful panoramic print or canvas for the wall. This is definitely an heirloom photograph that will be treasured for generations. It’s funny how many people ask me after seeing images like the one below “How did you get them all to look at you?” or say “Wow your studio must be huge!”…. naaaa, we just know our software.:)

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