portrait photography

i, jane, have been loving my new camera and got a special opportunity to photograph lucy, annie, and kenzie today. i have gathered my favorite photography tips for photographing people and outfits.

one: get to know your model. know what makes them feel good in front of the camera. in kenzie’s case, we mastered the forced, but perfect, laugh.

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two: (editing tip) use black and white edits for the right photos. personally, photos with very dark objects, such as the wall to left, and very light objects, such as kenzie’s white shirt, make for the best black and white edits.

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three: experiment with different backgrounds. some colors show up best in front of simpler backgrounds (see below), rather than a busy green space or bright colored wall, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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…. but sometimes, the bright wall can work so, so well.

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four: find the little details. every freckle, fly-away hair, and eyelash adds to the big picture… don’t miss them !

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five: find the best pose for your models. we are big fans of hands in pockets.

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six: use props ! nothing is more fun than a big red lollipop or fun colored drink against a colorful summer outfit.

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seven: try that bold idea- like an all sky background…

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thank you lucy, annie, and kenzie !!

 

 

new cameras

both of us just recently got new cameras, and we love them !

laura wanted a compact, travel-friendly, high quality camera, so she got a sony nex 5t. i, jane, wanted a very versatile camera with many functions and options for various lenses, so i got a canon rebel t6i.

we are both big fans of our new purchases and highly recommend them.

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we are excited to be able to expand our photography skills and options. stay tuned for some great posts coming this week !

last prom!!

hello, everyone! a few weekends ago, we had so much fun dressing up for our senior prom! here’s some pictures from that lovely night:

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laura’s dress here

jane’s dress from amazon’s bridemaids dresses

 

LA for a few days

hope everyone is having a good wednesday! i am in the final push until spring break, while jane is already on her way to tokyo (more on that soon)!

i visited my sister in LA last weekend and ran into some cool stuff:

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a sprinkles cupcake atm right on usc’s campus!
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we ran into a cool art exhibit in the arts district

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enjoyed some smaller designer sales in beautiful art district buildings! check out that ceiling in the reflection of the mirror. 
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some happy balloons over a farmers market
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i fell in love with poketo!
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i mean seriously, this is too cool

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gotta love this funky place

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shirt is an old urban crop top and forever 21 jean skirt (here is it in the lighter wash)
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can’t beat that brick

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thank you, bella for having us and abby for being my travel buddy!

last night’s look

one of my favorite outfits lately:

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denim skirt, high neck shirt, booties.

get a similar look here/herehere, and here.

happy hump day friends.

weekend recap + a recipe

this weekend was filled with a variety of activities and fun.

it started with friday’s trip to canterbury park in mn for the weekly horse races. although we didn’t leave with much extra cash, it was a unique thing to do and witness.

saturday, laura got to tour the new us bank stadium !

lastly, on sunday, jane went on a long bike ride through uptown, downtown, the university of mn, and stopped at the midtown global market for thai snack.

to close, here is a yummy watermelon feta salad recipe:

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1/4 of watermelon cut into cubes

1/4 cup of feta cheese

mint leaves as desired

1/2 tbs. olive oil

salt as desired

mix and enjoy!

weekend recap

happy monday! wow. what i weekend i, jane, had !

friday: lakeside and loved it. i got to spend the day on the water and finish with a bonfire surrounded by friends and family.

saturday: i went to mpls’ basilica block party and saw phillip phillips, milky chance, and the fray. they were so amazing live. my favorite performance was the fray’s cover of kanye west’s “heartless.”

sunday: the color run (a super causal and fun 5k run/walk). find out when it comes to your city here ! and dinner with old friends.

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i’m off to philadelphia, delaware, and virginia for the week but will keep the posts coming.

hope you had a fun or relaxing (or both!) weekend. for the week ahead tune into some milky chance and soak up the sun because summer is already half way over !

life lately (june)

happy monday!

we’re ready for a full week of work, friends, and sun. life lately has been very relaxing and wonderful.

left: laura’s new case (here) that she definitely loves and recommends !

middle: this week, i (j) have been painting a few off white pieces of furniture to match the pearly whites already in my room. it has been a perfect way to catch some rays and be productive simultaneously.

right: we’ve had to say goodbye to friends as they adventure off into college. we excited for them yet sad to see them go.

get outside; happy summer!

 

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day 2 of summer

yesterday’s walk around lake harriet in minneapolis:

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laura is in these shorts (which we absolutely love!), this shirt (similar), and this striped hoodie (similar).

jane is in these shorts (similar) and this shirt (similar).

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clean the camera roll

hey, friends! sorry for the lack of posts lately… we have been very busy with school. today, laura is sharing the pictures that have been on her camera roll lately. all photos are from her vsco, check it out!

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grabbed this photo on a field trip the other day. can’t stop taking pictures of “my” city. 
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here’s a picture of jane and i from our prom a few weeks ago!
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my dress is called “velvet bodice gown” from freepeople
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another picture from new york
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finally finished my wall from floor to ceiling! that’s 75 pictures !! (from artifact uprising)
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ran a fun run downtown in march– loved the super cool views.
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sometimes i wish i had more time to read books for fun, not for school
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back from when i cut my hair! (don’t worry i donated it, i’m not one of those people who take their hair home for no reason)  i still stand by my decision but somedays i miss having long hair. 
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and here’s a throwback pic from argentina because i am really wishing i was there right now!