Oh my gracious guys, we got back from California a week ago and I'm still trying to catch up, whew. I'm excited and exhausted, that's a thing, right? I'm really looking forward to 2017. 2016 was a bit of a rough year for Tyler and I. Between moving, building furniture, traveling, building businessees, and everything else in between I ended 2016 a little weary. I'm trusting that Jesus has big things in store for 2017 and I can't wait to watch them unfold. 

Let's talk a little bit about Christmas and a little bit about beautiful indoor light. A part of our Christmas tradition is that Tyler and I spend Christmas morning with my mom. We all wake up and cook Christmas breakfast together and I'm always in charge of making the waffles, it's tradition guys. ;) On this particular Christmas morning the lighting was perfect. We sat down for Christmas and I was pouring blueberry syrup over my waffles when Tyler said, "do you want to take a picture of that?" Everything in the picture was working, lets do a session break down. 


Let's talk about the light. The lighting in this photo worked so well because it was soft light. My mom has two full walls just of windows in her kitchen. The light that comes in through the windows can sometimes be too bright or hash. My mom also has cream curtains in her kitchen and when the curtains are closed and the sun is out, the light is perfect and soft. 

Another great thing about this soft light is that it was two directional, making the light more even. If there was only one wall of windows I would have probably been shooting backlit, but both windows created more even light. 

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Another thing that works for these photos is the staging and composition. I feel that is was kind of accidental, but when things are working we just go with it, right? ;) Something I really love in photos is layering and creating depth. Both of those things can be found in these photos. There is the fruit, the waffles, the syrup, and all the different layers in the dishes. Sometimes adding layers can happen by accident, other times it takes more work. I did a few shoots this past week and I was struggling. I was working on my staging and composition and things just weren't coming together. When I found myself struggling I know I just need to keep practicing. 


Guys, I'm slowly getting back into business mode, but it has taken far longer then I anticipated. How has your 2017 started? What are your goals for this year? xoxo. Samantha