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Go Karts & Instagram!

When your neighbors have go karts and there are open lots across the street… supercharged racing will ensue!!  🙂

 

These were all taken with my Canon 5DMarkIII and my Tamaron 70-200mm f/2.8… that’s how I’m able to freeze time!  But what about using your phone?  Can you capture these shots using the phone in your hand?  Maybe… the technology has come a LONG way!  You can command a camera phone better than ever, but you will still have to follow some rules of photography to make your phone pictures pop! 🙂

For instance, if you want to take better pictures of your kiddos for posting on instagram… first and for most make sure your camera phone lens is clean!  Oil and grime can collect on the lens and will make your pictures cloudy and blurry.  Clean gear does matter!

Second, look for the light!!  The definition of photography is “painting with light”… so you’ve got to figure out where the good light is!  Indirect, diffused light is hard to see at first, but it’s definitely some of the best light to play with!  Harsh sunlight will make your kiddos squint and give them super harsh shadows.   So look around… where’s the shade?  Ok good!  Now put them in the shade and try to see where the light illuminates their face (this requires both of you being flexible & moving around – you don’t want any uneven lighting/shadows/bright spots on their face).

Third, look at their eyes… do you see the little twinkle?  You are actually looking for the catchlight in their eyes (yes this is an actual photography term!).  You might have to get closer or zoom in the camera lens to see the catchlights but they make a HUGE difference.  If you are in good light and can see the catchlights in their eyes – you’ve found a sweet spot!  Without the catchlights, the eyes seem dull and lifeless in the final picture.  I generally focus on the eyes when I’m taking pictures… the more light and catchlight I can find, the better the picture! 🙂

Now quick focus on their face and click the picture before they move!!  🙂

Oh, one more thing, there is a TON of distortion that comes with these little hand-held super charged camera phones!  To reduce the effect of distortion, turn your camera sideways so it looks like more of a traditional point & shoot camera.  Not only will you have more background interest in the picture, but you will avoid some of the distortion!  Another trick is to watch the angle of your camera.  If you are standing too close and pointing the camera down at your kiddos, their heads will look way bigger then their bodies!  Although this is fun occasionally, it’s not ideal for good pictures.  Step back and keep your camera more level to get a more pleasing shot.  This holds true for videos as well… turn the phone so you have more field of view in your video!

 

Now just upload to instagram!  Hope that helps!  Happy snapping!!  🙂

 

  

 

 

 

2017 Fall Mini Sessions – now booking!

Now Booking! Fall Mini Sessions in September & October!

Fall is a great time for new family pictures!!

This year I’m offering 2 different weekends of mini sessions at 2 different locations. The sessions on September 22 & 23 will be held at Park Springs Park in Bentonville and the sessions on October 20-23 will be near Crystal Bridges along the north trail (I will send you a map once you have scheduled your session).

Limited time slots are available and shown below. Contact me on facebook, email (nicole@cmpbynicole.com), or by phone/text 479-250-6223.

15 min sessions + 6 high res files = $125 plus tax

SESSION TIME SLOTS :

>September @ Park Springs Park, Bentonville!<

9/22/17 4:40pm ==> open
9/22/17 5:00pm ==> booked!
9/22/17 5:20pm ==> open
9/22/17 5:40pm ==> open
9/22/17 6:00pm ==> open

9/23/17 8:00am ==> open
9/23/17 8:20am ==> open
9/23/17 8:40am ==> booked!
9/23/17 9:00am ==> booked!
9/23/17 9:20am ==> booked!
9/23/17 9:40am ==> booked!
9/23/17 10:00am ==> booked!

>October @ North Crystal Bridges Trail!<

10/20/17 4:40pm ==> open
10/20/17 5:00pm ==> booked!
10/20/17 5:20pm ==> booked!
10/20/17 5:40pm ==> booked!
10/20/17 6:00pm ==> booked!

10/21/17 8:00am ==> booked!
10/21/17 8:20am ==> booked!
10/21/17 8:40am ==> booked!
10/21/17 9:00am ==> booked!
10/21/17 9:20am ==> booked!
10/21/17 9:40am ==> booked!
10/21/17 10:00am ==> booked!

10/22/17 4:40pm ==> booked!
10/22/17 5:00pm ==> booked!
10/22/17 5:20pm ==> booked!
10/22/17 5:40pm ==> booked!
10/22/17 6:00pm ==> booked!

Spring Mini Sessions – 2017

Happy Spring everyone!  I’m super excited to announce I’m now booking spring mini sessions for 2017!!  Sessions will be held at Park Springs Park on April 21 & 22, 2017.  Time slots are limited so contact me today!

15 min. session + 6 high res files (with photo release) = $125 plus tax!!!

Click  >here<  to view my Facebook event information to see which slots are still available.

Signup by contacting me at 479-250-6223 or nicole@cmpbynicole (or click the contact button up ^ there and it will take you to my contact form!).

Hope to see you there!!

NWA Photographer, Capture Me Photography, Spring Mini Sessions

2017 Spring Mini Sessions by Capture Me Photography by Nicole

Fall Mini Sessions are back!!

These time slots are filling up quickly so contact me today to reserve yours! 🙂

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2015 Fall Mini Sessions

It’s that time of year again to be thinking about Christmas cards & Christmas presents and you know what that means – new family pictures!!

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I’m excited to announce my fall mini session event on October 10 & 11, 2015!  These will be 15 minute, on location sessions and include 8 high resolution files (yes, with photo release for printing up to 8×10 in size!) for $125 plus tax.

Contact me today – payment is required to make your reservation.   Sign-ups are limited so don’t wait!  I will be posting a sign-up link this week and finalizing the location.   Time slots will be from 8:00 am until 10:30 am on 10/10 and then from 4:30pm until 6:30pm on 10/11.   I can be reached via email at nicole@cmpbynicole.com or via phone/text at 479-250-6223.

 

Happy early fall y’all!! 🙂

 

 

CMP Spring Mini Sessions

Hi Everyone!

I’m super excited to announce 2 different UPCOMING events for Capture Me Photography.  First up are {micro} mini sessions out at Little Giggles in Bentonville.  These are short & sweet indoor sessions with an Easter themed backdrop and props.  It is $20 for the session and first file and $15 for each additional files (plus tax).  Here’s the link to the signup genius : http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4CA5AD23A64-little

 

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Up next are longer mini sessions (20 mins) at Park Springs Park in Bentonville.  Session fee includes 20 minutes of photography and all the processed high resolution files (10+ files) for $125 plus tax!!  Whether you need new family pictures or just want some new fun pictures of your kids, these sessions are perfect!   Here’s the sign-up genius link for the 20 min sessions : http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4ca5ad23a64-spring

 

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Registrations are now open and spots are limited, so signup today!!  See y’all soon! 🙂

New Pricing Special!

 

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I just published new pricing here for Capture Me Photography and I wanted to announce a new special…

 

If you book a session before 1/31/2015, you can still take advantage of the 2014 pricing.  Since the 2014 pricing is now taken down I’m going to leave it below.  Book now!!  Note : Session must be booked before 1/31/15 and take place by 4/30/2015.

 

2014 Pricing :

  • Mini Session – $85
  • Classic Session  – $150 (note extended & newborn were at this pricing)
  • Bump & Baby – $250
  • Wedding Package – $1500
  • Birth Photograph  – $350

2014 Product Pricing :

  •  4×6 – $5
  • 5×10 – $10
  • 8×10 – $20
  • 11×14 – $45 print;  $85 canvas
  • 16×24  – $75 print;  $125 canvas
  • 10×20 storyboard – $35.00 print;  $70 canvas
  • Mini Session DVD – $100
  • Classic Session DVD – $200
  • Bump & Baby DVD – $340

 

 

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