My Photography

I love photography.

I love taking pictures of my children, nature, random inanimate objects around my house, and other families and children.

In late November 2009 I bought my first DSLR Camera (a Nikon D3000) and really started playing around with my love of photography. I am self-taught in the ways of shooting exclusively in Manual and in Photoshop Elements editing. In June 2011 I decided I wasn’t busy enough already, and started my portrait photography business, Faces You Love Photography.

In February 2012 I upgraded my camera, to a Nikon D7000. I loved that camera, but when a sweet deal for the full-frame D600 came along in late December 2012, I had to go for it! The D600 and an assortment of lenses is now what I shoot with, both at home and professionally.

I’m always happy to answer photography related questions, and would love to even blog the answers more often if there’s an interest. If you have a question, ask it in a comment here on the blog or shoot me an e-mail!

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  • Loan Kline

    Hi Helen,
    I am also a mother of triplet boys who just turn 1. I enjoy reading your blog. Love all the adventures and ideas. Thanks for posting. I am also a photographer enthusiast. I have a Nikon D7000 and i definately do not use it as much as i should. How do you find time to take pictures? I too would like to learn about Photoshop but it seems too daunting. Last question- i love that your boys love reading but it’s really hard for me read to my 3 when they are all climbing on top of each other to grab the book from me. When did yours stop doing that and would “share” the book?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Loan,

      My camera goes virtually everywhere with me, so I think that’s been key. Being able to just grab it and snap a picture at a moments notice has really improved my skills over the years! As for Photoshop, I use just Photoshop Elements right now, and I feel like I’m always learning new things that can be done with it! One book that has really helped is mentioned at the end of this post:

      Reading and not climbing? Well, sometimes we still have issues, BUT I would say pretty early one (18 months maybe?) we would always pick out three books, that way they could all take turns sitting on my lap while I read. It’s not perfect, but it works most of the time!ReplyCancel

      • Loan Kline

        Thanks Helen. You’re a mommy rock star! p.s we took the boys to the zoo this past weekend, and people thought they were a part of the exhibit (taking pictures, didn’t pet them; thank God!). Irritated my husband to no end. I just had to laugh. Thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

        • Laughing will get you through all that – your husband will learn that eventually 🙂ReplyCancel

  • deana

    hi there, I love your blog and often read up on your latest adventures. I am the mommy of three year old twins and can often relate your your hectic life 🙂 Just wondering how you like your 35mm f/1.8 lens? I am really interested in photography and starting to learn a lot about my nikon D90. I am in the market for a fixed lens and wasn’t sure if I should go for a 35mm or a 50mm. what is the difference in perspective? are you happy with your 35mm?

    Thanks so much,

    • Hey Deanna,

      I love my 35mm! I bought it over 2 years ago and it almost never leaves my camera. That being said, I’m now toying with renting an 85mm this summer to see if that should be my next buy.

      The 35mm will give you a similar look that a 50mm gives you on a full frame sensor. (You and I have crop frame sensor cameras.) Full frame shooters often love the 50mm, which is partly why I went with the 35mm! Your biggest thing with going with a 50mm will be how much of the scene you can fit into your frame. In my small house, a 50mm would be frustrating, for example.

      I also borrowed a 35mm from a friend before I bought mine, so I knew it was going to give me the look I liked and wanted! See if you can find a friend to borrow from for a day or two, or if all else fails you could rent one!ReplyCancel