By Nicole Klingler and Chantri Keele of True Atelier, Teaching Tuesday Contributors
Lately, we have been intent on capturing the little things that our children do day to day. The things that may seem small to the average spectator. As a result, these small things have turned into big and memorable moments for us as mothers! We often feel some guilt and regret when we reminisce about our earlier business years. Those years with our children passed so quickly, we nearly missed them. As photographers, we were so busy capturing images of other people’s children that we rarely picked up the camera to document our own children’s lives. We just knew it to be ‘that’ many more photos to download and edit! Right? So the small moments passed us by and all we have now is the yearning to go back, just to capture those special moments that we thought we would always remember. We thought wrong.
The good news is, we have made a change. If you are struggling now, as we did, you can too! We can all start today to redirected our attention. Family first and business second. Lets put the focus on our family in an effort to create a legacy of timeless images we and our children can have forever.
Remember your baby playing with his favorite toy? Or when he watched his stuffed puppy (who happened to be his best friend) as he made his rounds in the washing machine? I will now…
Remember that age when your daughter was totally in love with her mini la-la loopsy set and you sat down with her that one morning on the kitchen floor and played too? I will now…
Remember that night of frustration as you helped your struggling child with his mountain of homework? That huge stack from when your son was sick with pneumonia and missed school for an entire week? I will now…
The last time we talked we shared with you the ins-and-outs of our studio space. Among other things, we touched base on our basic studio equipment. While we couldn’t run our business without that equipment, we have grown quite fond of some other products that we have been using at home to take beautiful, in the moment snap-shots of our most prized possessions… our children.
So without further adieu, our list…
1.) Remote Trigger $40
2.) Video Light $35
3.) Tripods $20-$50
4.) Small Reflector - $15-$50
5.) 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens - $149
The functions and purposes for these ’5 must have items’ are fairly self-explanatory when it comes to why they help us capture great ‘at home’ moments. However, we will briefly explain;
The remote trigger allows us to be in the image, not just behind the camera. This helps us document our lives as mothers. The Video light provides a great fill light to our images. We have found that mounting these on a tripod is really quite helpful. It’s a continuous light that you can power up or down to suit your surrounding lighting conditions. We suggest purchasing 2 tripods, one for your DSLR and one for your video light. Your camera, mounted on a tripod and used in conjunction with your remote trigger aid in being an active participant. Of course, we all know why a small reflector would be useful! Not only do we use ours to bounce light from our ceilings or windows, but we also use the white side often for a clean backdrop of sorts by propping it against something that is behind our subject. (so as not to see the dishes in the sink! ;) And finally, we have fallen in love the 40mm pancake lens! It’s a perfect focal length, it’s super light and compact, and very sharp! The best part is that it’s only $150! Which we’d also like to point out, is the most expensive thing on this list!!
Adding these items to your bag won’t break the bank, but will help to fill your life with memories. Not only that, but you learn to take better images in general and in the most difficult of circumstances as well. It truly is rewarding!
Happy Tuesday Friends!
~Chantri & Nicole
Nicole Klingler and Chantri Keele are Idaho based, national wedding and portrait photographers with an affinity for all things styled and editorial. Their work has been featured on popular photography resources like SENIOROLOGIE and LEMONADE & LENSES, as well as in print in CHIC MAGAZINE, the IDAHO WEDDING GUIDE, and IDAHO WEDDINGS magazine. Nicole and Chantri love sharing what they have learned with other photographers in the industry through blogging and classes. Check them out at www.blog.trueatelier.com , through their other social media platforms like instagram or facebook, or visit them at their studio in the historic downtown of Idaho Falls.