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Tips on How to Take Great Pictures

Hey shutterbugs! I’m Kirsten from Sweet Tea & Saving Grace. a DIY & craft blog. I have had a passion for photography for many years, but what I really love is turning ordinary moments into extraordinary photos.

Whether you shoot with a high-tech DSLR and all the lenses, or you simply use your camera phone, you can take gorgeous pictures of your everyday life that you’ll love to reflect back on year after year! I’ve put together some tips on how to take great pictures and some of my own photos to help you do just that!


“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

I couldn’t agree more. It’s easy for us to get in the habit of shooting from wherever we stand, and being content with a mediocre image. However, by simply shifting your perspective, you can turn that mediocre image into something simply stunning!

Here’s a prime example. When my daughter first received her new bow, she was anxious to shoot it, and I was anxious to get snap-happy! These two photos both capture the same event, but by shifting my perspective, the second photo makes a bigger impact.

Try shifting your perspective, moving your feet, standing above or below your subject, and experiment with different perspectives to drastically improve your everyday photography. This image of our sweet Daisy Mae shows off her fat belly and little legs, and it’s one of my favorite images of her, all because I laid on the ground and took a picture while she kissed my face.


During the summer months, it’s typical to spend a lot of time outdoors, whether at the beach or just in your own backyard. There are so many photo opportunities while outside!

The biggest tip I can offer for shooting outdoors is to take advantage of your lighting situation. It’s not always ideal – sun down low or behind a cloud, subject in the shade.

When you are having professional portraits done, it’s fine to alter your schedule, but in real life, you have to learn to use what you have. I captured the image above of my daughter and her friend playing at the beach. The sun was very bright at the time, and reflected brightly off the water, but what I got was a gorgeous silhouette of the girls on the beach.

Pay attention to the little details in nature, too. I zoomed in tight on a busy little bee using only my camera phone. Take some time to soak up what’s around you, notice the birds, the blades of grass, the way the waves tickle your toes, then capture it with a

beautiful photo.

Once you get these great outdoor shots, preserve the picture in the same place you took it with a customizable outdoor photo pillow  for the patio!


While it’s great to capture photos of your loved ones, don’t forget to get in some of the photos yourself! If you’re a parent, it’s important for your kids to be able to look back one day and see how involved you were in their childhood.

Get silly with your kids and shoot a series! My daughter and I are both big goofballs, and we love to ham it up for the camera. It makes me happy to look back at pictures of us together through the years, and a fun series of images like these are perfect for hanging on the wall!

Be willing to let go of your insecurities, too. I know as a mom this is tough for me sometimes. But whether I gain a few pounds, or my hair isn’t fixed just right, won’t really matter in the long run. What will matter is the moments I share with the people I love, living life and being in the moment.


“Life is your art.” – Ansel Adams

Life is rarely picture perfect. It’s full of messes, dirt, laundry, spills, temper tantrums, and bad hair days. Document it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Take in the smallness of your kids, the everyday silly moments, and the awe created by first time experiences. When it all comes down to it, a picture album shouldn’t just be filled with posed bodies and forced smiles, dressed in coordinating outfits.

Life is what happens between the clicks of the shutter, but it’s worth documenting, too!

Don’t forget about those little irritations. My dogs beg for food every single time I’m in the kitchen. They get underfoot and I have to step over two 100-lb labs and a basset hound to get to the fridge. It drives me nuts, but I know that one day, I’ll miss those sweet brown eyes looking up at me while I cook.

In an attempt to get Fido from begging at the kitchen counter so much, use your favorite photo to create his very own personalized photo pet placemat and bowl! That way he can hang in the kitchen eating from his own bowl rather then begging for ours.

Pouty lips, bubblegum stuck in the hair, mud tracked through the house…all of it is what makes up a life worth living….

…and worth photographing.

What will you shoot today? For the full 4-part series, “Oh Shoot! It’s Summer!”, visit Sweet Tea & Saving Grace. and come say “Hi” on Facebook. too!

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