My January in Pictures | Lifestyle Photography | Whitehall, MI

Each month, I’ll be rounding up my favorite images from my personal stash to share with you all. I have a lot of momtogs who take my classes to learn how to take better pictures of their families so I thought it might be helpful or inspiring if I share images each month from my “mom” perspective. I’ll also share camera settings for each image as that can be helpful for those learning how to shoot in aperture priority, shutter priority, or full manual mode. Whether you’re shooting in full auto or full manual, with a DSLR or a cell phone, the images you capture of your loved ones in your day to day lives will be the most cherished images you possess so start clicking!

January, January, January. This was kind of a blah month for me. I didn’t pull out my camera much. The weather was blah and uninspiring. I’ve been busy doing the whole organizing and purging thing that usually comes with the new year which, let’s be honest, is super boring and uninspiring.

Finally, about a week ago, the weather got a little bit nicer and lifted everyone’s spirits. It kind of felt like spring break for a day or two. I took Amelia out for her first photo walk with a big girl camera. She’s been playing around with my old backup camera in the house so I thought it would be fun to go for a little photo walk at the lighthouse. It’s so much fun watching her take pictures but it’s even more fun to scroll through the camera roll and see things from her perspective.
Kids LOVE photography. It’s such a great way for them to tap into their creative side and explore the world around them. For anyone who is interested, I’m planning a fun photo walk for families over spring break and can’t wait to share the details with you all! It’s going to be tons of fun!!

Canon 6D, Tamron 35mm, f/2.0, 1/400 sec., ISO 100


We love going for hikes and snowshoe adventures when we get a big fresh snow. January wasn’t very snowy but finally, in the last few days of the month, the snow arrived and it was so pretty! We headed to our favorite little spot at the state park. I hiked, Amelia snowshoed. Of course, she always likes to be the leader :) We met lots of new doggy friends along the way and had fun tromping through the snow and shaking all the snow off the branches onto each other.

Canon 6D, Tamron 35mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec., ISO 200


Canon 6D, Tamron 35mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec., ISO 160


I always love a good shot of eyelashes but snowflakes on lashes is even better! If you want a little photo challenge for the coming month, photograph some lashes :) Get a little bit above your subject, use a wider aperture to draw more attention to those tiny details, and grab focus on those lashes! It might take some practice to get the focus just right but it will be so worth it when you get the perfect shot!

Canon 6D, Tamron 35mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec., ISO 320


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