I recently started the task of scanning all of my Grandma’s old slides and pictures to keep a digital copy. She has boxes and boxes of them. I went to visit Grandma over easter and as usual brought my camera along to snap a few pictures, I even took a new self portrait in the little mirrors in her foyer. Little did I know that I was replicating (almost exactly) what my mother had done a mere 30 years ago.

Below are the images side by side, I found my mom’s image in a bunch of slides I was scanning and gasped (literally) as I had just edited mine. There have been many times when I think that me and my mom are completely different people, but this just shows that two people can be much more alike than they think:)

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  • sharon - April 18, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    that’s pretty darn cool (same mirror and everything)!

  • Kerry - April 20, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Whoa – that is pretty crazy. Very cool though :)

  • Jordan - June 20, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    the only difference is the brand, Canon VS Nikon. haha

There are times when getting the shot means throwing all the “rules” out the window but most of the time moving around to manipulate the lighting is necessary. This brings us to…

Tip #4: Lighting…

Photography is all about lighting and finding the best light is key to getting amazing images. I typically don’t use studio lighting or flashes unless it’s absolutely necessary so I will be focusing on natural light. For most photographs you want soft lighting, basically you don’t want harsh shadows on your subject. To avoid shadows make sure that there are no bright sunbeams shining onto your subject. When you are outdoors find some open shade instead of direct sunlight, this will make a world of difference in your final images :)

The following is a picture from a recent teen session. I took this image in open shade with the light coming in from her left, because the lighting is soft there aren’t any harsh shadows on her face and that allows us to focus on those beautiful eyes!

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As much as I adore photographing newborns, I always like to take a little detour and photograph someone completely different to keep those creative juices flowing. This time around I got to photograph this stunning teen…I really don’t have words for how happy these images make me so I’m just going to get to the good stuff….

Without further ado, the lovely K…

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  • CHRIS! - April 10, 2009 - 1:00 am

    Looks amazing!!!

  • Kelsey - April 10, 2009 - 10:29 am

    wow, these look great!
    thanks so much Nik, i had tons of fun.
    your an amazing photographer. ♥

  • Dorothy - April 10, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Stunning pictures Nik …your as beautiful as ever K!

  • Randy - April 10, 2009 - 6:29 pm

    Wow is right Kels! Beautiful subject therefore beautiful pictures. Amazing work once again Nikki!

  • jean - April 11, 2009 - 11:17 am

    You have managed to bring out the beauty of another one of my girls. Niki keep up the good work

  • Linda - April 11, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Great pictures Nikki. Your entire portfolio is amazing. You certainly have a talent!! Take it to the limit!!

I recently got the chance to photograph this adorable little peanut. Little M was not to keen on falling asleep but after a lot of feeding, rocking, and shooshing his mommy got him into a nice deep sleep. I spent over 4 hours with this sweetie and loved every minute of it, he’s such a charmer! Thanks so much for having me over M and J, it was so great to meet you guys and I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

Without further ado, meet little M…

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  • sharon - April 4, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    what a cutie pie!

  • Julie Shaw - April 5, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Nicole – I love the sneak peek pictures!! I can’t wait to see the rest of them. We appreciated all of your patience during the photo shoot! You are very talented!

  • Kerry - April 5, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    So cute – great shots Nik!!

  • Shari - April 5, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Fantastic pictures! He’s a cutie!!

  • Darlene Browning - April 5, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    What a beautiful baby! These pictures are just wonderful!

  • Karen - April 5, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    So adorable! I can’t wait to see all the other pictures of my gorgeous nephew!!!

  • Anthony - April 5, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Good boy. Great pictures!!!!!!

  • rob mailloux - April 5, 2009 - 7:19 pm

    Hey Mike and Julie,
    Those are great photos. What a cute little guy. Very excited for the two of you.

    Uncle Rob

  • Tara - April 5, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Hi guys, Mr.M is beautiful! I can’t wait to meet him! XO

  • Barbie Madigan - April 5, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    He is pulling at my heart strings in these pictures, he is unbelieveably adorable. I am so happy for all of you. Hope we can get together soon. LOVE Barbie, Sean and Kennedy XO

  • Dawn - April 6, 2009 - 7:40 am

    He is absolutely adorable! What beautiful pictures!

  • Paula Albiani - April 6, 2009 - 7:41 am

    The pics turned out great! He is so cute. Love Aunt Paula, Uncle Steve, and cousin Carter.

  • Michael - April 6, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Thanks Nicole. Thanks for being so patient with Matthew and for taking such great pictures!

  • Elizabeth - April 6, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    Hi Mike and Julie! Matthew is totally adorable. Love the photos – thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see you all and I hope you’re all doing well. Love from Elizabeth, Micah, and Christopher

  • papa Paull - April 6, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    A new bundle of joy for all of us…boy…what a beauty.Congratulations Mike and Julie

  • Brenda - April 6, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    What a beautiful and great baby.Congratulations to both of you.

  • Uncle Stevie - April 6, 2009 - 7:24 pm

    What a man!

  • Brenda - April 7, 2009 - 5:32 am

    Great looking baby.Can’t wait to hold him again.Congratulations to both of you.

  • Monique Boudreau - April 7, 2009 - 11:14 am

    What absolutely gorgeous pictures. I love them all, what great memories to have. Love Monique and Shane

  • Shane Farrell - April 7, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    Congrats guys!!! We love the pictures, we might do the same when our baby is born. Shane and Monique

  • Michele Cassio - April 7, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Congratulations Mike & Julie…these pictures are priceless. Hope you are well and can’t wait to see you!! Love, Michele xo

  • Vald - April 14, 2009 - 10:52 am

    These pics are amazing. Helps when you have great models to work with such as Matthew and Julie

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  • Anna Peter - April 14, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    Well Matthew is very handsome boy. Mom is looking good!
    Love Aunt Anna

  • Reni - April 17, 2009 - 6:10 am

    Great photos!Can’t wait to meet Matthew. Congrats Mike and Julie!