My Messy Little Pics – Sunlight & Movement

My Messy Little Pics - Sunlight & Movement

Sunlight and Movement

This week I wanted to focus on shooting into the sun and movement. I have 3 boys and they’re always on the move! I want to be able to know my settings well enough that I can have them frozen or showing motion by my own choice. I also want to be able to control the look and feel of water or other moving objects easily.

I love photos that are shot into the sun. I want to be able to shoot into the sun and feel comfortable doing it. I’m sure that mine are not perfect right now but with some more practice I’m hoping that they will be!

Walk Behind The House

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2One day this week I took the 2 little boys for a walk behind our house. We walked the 3 acres of property that a vacant house sits on. The family that most recently lived there had made some trails around the perimeter of the property, so we were walking through the back where I shot this photo. I loved how the sun was shining between the trees and highlighting the leaves. I know that the colored orbs are probably just dust or something on my lens, but I like to believe that they’re my grandfather and cousin who are no longer with us. I don’t think that I would have done anything differently with this one.

ISO 200



Going For a Jog

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2


My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

My oldest son is really starting to get into cross-country running so I took him and a couple of his friends to a trail near our house so that they could go jog together while I walked with the two little boys. While we were walking I saw this plant in a little garden and thought that it may make for a pretty cool picture. I was right! I got right down on the ground, almost on my stomach and shot through the plant into the sun. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’m sure that we’ll probably go back again this week and I may try shooting with a higher aperture so that the clouds come in a little more clear and possibly get some rays from the sun.

ISO 100




My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

While you’re walking down the trail you have to go over a few little bridges since a river runs right through our town. I loved how the sun was shining and tried to use the bars on the bridge as a sort of natural frame. I think that the picture is ok, but I’m in love with the rays from the sun!

ISO 400



My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

This little mini waterfall is in the water from the last picture that I showed you. There is a little rustic trail that you can walk down to get closer to the water. I could still see all the boys from where I was, because it’s not far from the sidewalk at all, so I went down and really wanted to get a good picture of the water movement. I’ve wanted to get a water movement picture that wasn’t shaky or terrible looking for weeks now. This is the first time that I knew where to put my settings and I nailed it! I love how the water looks soft as it flows over the rocks. I know that it’s not the “prettiest” picture but I’m so proud of myself for knowing where to set my camera to accomplish the look that I was going for.

ISO 400



Veteran’s Day

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I took this picture after I dropped my sons friends back off at home. I had found one of those cheap little flags on a stick that you get at parades and things like that sitting in the bottom of the stroller. I went into a parking lot that faces downtown and held the flag up. The sun orbs that you see is a reflection off the windows on the top of a building. There is absolutely no editing done to this picture! I’m super thrilled with how this one turned out!

ISO 200



Nature Preserve and Arboretum

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2ISO 100     f/11     1/50

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

ISO 100    f/ 5.6     1/200

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

ISO 100     f/11     1/400

The boys and I went to a nature preserve about 30 minutes from our house on Saturday to get out of the house and go discover. We found this cool little windmill that’s next to the treehouse they have. These 3 pictures are all the same windmill, right around the same time. Our 9-year-old was also taking pictures so I didn’t take these all at the same time. I’m not a fan of the first picture, showing the movement. I don’t like the stickers that are showing and when it’s in color it’s kind of dull and just blends in with the trees in the background.

I don’t hate the second picture. I like how the color of the windmill came through and I don’t think that the composition of it is too bad. I just wish that it had better contrast in the background.

I think that the last picture is pretty cool, with the sun and the jet line in the sky. I did put a filter on it.

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

I mean… I couldn’t go an entire post without showing you at least ONE of our handsome boys! Truthfully… this was the only good picture that I got of any of them this week. They just don’t like to listen to me when I have the camera out, they think that it’s funny to make silly faces and run away from me.

He actually climbed up in this tree and did this pose kind of joking but I told him to stay there and not move lol. I think that it turned out really well! The only editing that I did to this one was the “auto enhance”. Man… I’m going to need an entire wall for their open houses!

ISO 200

f/ 5.6



I hope that you enjoyed seeing my progress this week and were inspired to go out and shoot in manual mode!

I just wanted to let you know that these have very little editing. Any editing that I do, I use PicMonkey because it’s free!

I also want you to know that I’d love to see your photos on Instagram! Just use #mymessylittlepics

As I said last week… I would love any comments, constructive criticism or helpful hints!

My Messy Little Pics – Week 1

My Messy Little Pics - Week 1

Finding My Passion

I really want to share my journey in photography with all of you. I plan on sharing the pics that I’ve taken each week and what I’ve learned.

I’ve never known what my “passion” was, other than being a mother. I have always envied those people who knew what theirs was because I wanted to have that one thing in my life outside of my family that I wanted to know more about and learn as much as I could. I’ve finally realized that it’s been right in front of my face! I’ve always loved to take pictures but never really thought about doing it professionally or learning how to make my photos better. I took pictures to document me and my family’s life and that was all.

I now have a completely new perspective. I want to take photos that are beautiful, that speak to other people outside of my family. I find myself wanting to go outside and bring my camera with me every day. I see the world around me in a different way now. Things that I thought were ugly and annoying are now beautiful because I can picture them through my camera lens. Seeing things through a camera in completely different from how I see them with my eyes. It’s very therapeutic for me in many ways. I love it and I can’t get enough of it. I feel like a sponge soaking up as much knowledge as possible now. I’m currently learning on my own, but I plan on trying to take classes at some point.

Why Did I Wait So long?

Last year for my 30th birthday my husband and parents all got me a DSLR camera to take nice pictures for the blog. My iPhone photos just weren’t cutting it anymore. Once I had the camera our youngest son started moving around and I had to be constantly watching him. I couldn’t just set him in the pack n play anymore while I worked on the blog. Needless to say, I didn’t do much blogging for a long time so I didn’t use my camera.

The camera didn’t get much use for a while because I wasn’t used to taking it with me and I would forget it all the time. We had a family reunion for my husband’s side of the family that you can read about here and I remembered to take my camera. I was dubbed the photographer for the weekend and I loved it! That’s when it all started. I started looking on the internet about self-taught photography and the #1 thing that I saw was that I needed to take my camera off of Auto Mode. It was extremely scary, it was like a foreign language to me and I didn’t want to mess up this expensive camera that my family purchased for me.

The 2nd thing that I saw the most was that the best way to learn how to use your camera in manual mode is to just use it, and it use it a lot! Practice is the best way to figure it out, so that’s what I did. I would print out things that I found on Pinterest and keep them with me as references but I finally figured it out. I’m still learning but I can proudly say that I very rarely use the auto mode on my camera now. It’s been a couple of months since I said no to auto. It gets a bit easier each time that use my camera but I still have a long way to go.

My Messy Little Pic Collection

This week I’m going to show you some of my favorite pics that I’ve taken over the past month or two. Some of these were taken in auto mode but the majority of them were taken in manual. When I took these my focus was learning manual mode, which I’m still practicing, but I’m also starting to throw lighting in there. None of these have much editing done to them at all. I plan on playing around with some of them and doing some subtle editing but I really haven’t even gotten into learning that yet. Baby steps!

My Messy Little Pics - Week 1I took this photo of our 3-year-old at the family reunion. He had just woken up from his nap and was sitting on the steps waiting to go for a ride on the horses! This was taken in auto mode.

ISO 1000      f/5.6      1/500

My Messy Little Pics - Week 1This was a spur of the moment photo shoot! I wanted to practice so I called my dads girlfriend and we took the boys to the apple orchard near the house. Don’t worry, she’s right to the side of the picture next to the baby. I get a lot of “wow, how did you get them to do that and all look the same way?” My answer is… I was at the right place at the right time. I took 2 photos of them like this and 1 of them they all just happened to be looking the same way. I may have asked our oldest son to look at the baby, but I don’t think that I did. This was the first good photo that I took in manual mode!

ISO 100      f/4.5      1/80

My Messy Little Pics - Week 1We had just gotten a couple of loads of firewood and I stacked it up on the porch. I was on the phone outside talking to my mom and actually said “I have to let you go, I’m looking at my awesome stacking job and I think that it’ll make a really good background, I need to get my camera and take some pictures of the boys” lol. So, we had another impromptu photo shoot! I had a few good shots but this was one of the favorites on my Instagram. This was shot in manual mode.

ISO 6400    f/7.1     1/60

My Messy Little Pics -Week 1

I love this photo for multiple reasons. It symbolizes the day that my perspective changed. I say that it’s the day I started seeing things around me through a camera lens. This old rusty truck and many others like it sit in the yard of the empty house behind ours. For years it has done nothing but irritate me and make me feel like I live by a junkyard. One day, after I picked our son up from school, I decided to drive back there and see if there was anything that I could take pictures of while the 2 little dudes were sleeping. I found a few things and then got back in the truck to head up to the house and that’s what I saw this truck and the pretty colored trees behind it (that you can’t even see in this photo lol). I didn’t see a broken down POS anymore, I saw potential for a really cool photo. When I took this, I looked at the screen and knew instantly that my settings were right and it was an awesome shot lol. This was in manual mode.

ISO 200      f/5.6       1/80

My Messy Little Pics -Week 1

It was a beautiful fall day so I decided to take the boys to the county park and take some pictures while they played in the leaves. I was able to get quite a few good photos so I decided that it would be better to create a collage. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this. The boys found a couple of girls who were making a big leaf pile and asked if they could play too, they had a blast! I wish that I could put which settings I used but they’re all different. We did a lot of moving around so I used a lot of different settings. They were all taken in manual mode though!

My Messy Little Pics -Week 1

Talk about spur of the moment and seeing things through a camera lens! I was pulling out of my driveway to take our son to school in the morning  and thought, “man that frost looks really pretty”, that’d be a cool picture! Normally I hate seeing frost, it means that it’s going to be getting cold out and snow. My perspective has changed though and I didn’t think about the cold or snow, I thought about the beauty and capturing it. I thought about it the 15-20 minutes there and back. I ran into the house and grabbed my camera, told the 2 little dudes to watch me out the front window and got down as low as I could to the ground and shot a few pictures from different angles. This was the best one of the 5-6 that I took. It has gotten a lot of love on my Instagram, waaaay more than I ever would have thought that it would! Once again, shot in manual mode.

ISO 3200      f/5.6      1/1000

My Messy Little Pics -Week 1

My mom and I took a little girls trip to a park that I was thinking about taking my cousin’s family photos at so that I could scope it out and get some idea for places to shoot. We walked down to a little fenced in deck on the water. I got down low and took a photo through the fence, I think that my mom thought that I was crazy until she saw what it looked like. I was reading about “natural frames” and lines, I thought that this was kind of cool. When I look at it now I probably would adjust it a little differently so that it’s brighter but I’m still pretty happy with the composition of it. Shot in manual mode.

ISO 400      f/5.6      1/30My Messy Little Pics -Week 1

This is one of my favorite black and white photos. We were at my husbands grandfathers house. We were out in his barn and he was helping us make this little dudes bulldozer costume. The boys had a few cars with them to keep them busy so when I looked over and saw them playing in the saw dust my initial reaction was to get them out of it, but I stopped myself because they were being quiet and playing. I grabbed my camera and this was one of the photos that I got. I love how you can really see the saw dust on his pant leg in the black and white. Shot in manual mode.

ISO 1600      f/5.6      1/40


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I hope that you enjoyed looking at my photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them! I can’t wait to share my progress with you all. I would love any comments, constructive criticism or helpful hints! I’m just trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible and become the best that I can be.



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