Guest Blogger- The Paper Mama

3 Jun

I hope you have been enjoying guest blogger week here at Life With Rylie. I have loved having all these lovely ladies take over my space for the week! I will be back on Sunday for an airport edition of Steppin’ Out!

Over the last few months I have enjoyed getting to know the The Paper Mama. I was inspired by her to take better pictures and even enter a few of her photo challenges. She is an amazing photographer and just so happens to be my roomie at Blog Her!! I can’t wait to hang out and get to know her even more! Make sure you visit her blog and if you love cute little girls and great photographs you will love her space!

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Take better photos. Starting now!

First off… I just need to point out: I’m not a professional photographer. 🙂 I just have a wonderful passion for it. I LOVE it. I’ve always loved it… but, I didn’t really start loving it until recently. When I had my baby, Ruari, I REALLY wanted to be able to take nice photos of her. But… I felt like I didn’t have the equipment or know-how to do it.


When I started my blog, over a year ago, all I had was a point and shoot and just my basic knowledge of Photoshop (I owned Photoshop CS3, but only knew the basics of how to use it). I felt like there was absolutely NO way I’d ever be able to take any photos that I was proud of. But, I didn’t let that hold me back. I started participating in a TON of photo challenges… I mean a TON! The I Heart Faces photo challenge was actually the first challenge I joined. From that point on… I was hooked!


I learned SO much in the first 3 months of blogging about my camera than I did in the previous 3 years I had owned it! I learned how to work my point and shoot so it worked for me. I only ever had it set in Macro mode (because my photos came out clearer in that mode) and I also learned how to focus on exactly what I wanted (which is kind of hard with an auto-focus point and shoot).

With all my practice in the photo challenges… I began to feel like I needed to graduate from my point and shoot. I saved and was able to purchase my Canon Rebel Xsi. I LOVE it. It’s not top of the line or super fancy… but, it was perfect for the stage I was in. Having NO idea how to even turn on my camera (Ok, I knew how to do that… that’s it) I read up on a ton of online tutorials and took a basics to DSLR class with Simplicity. AND… off I went… getting to know my camera.


From the beginning I have only shot my DSLR photos in manual. I knew the only way I’d learn was to just go for it. So I did. And, I’ve learned. AND, I’m still learning. Every time I shoot photos I learn something new. I read tutorials. I google. I practice. I take at least one photo everyday. I love it. I love learning more about photography.

So, what’s the point of all my rambling? Well… I’m trying to tell you to practice with your camera and just go for it. Shoot in manual. Read tutorials. Join those photo challenges. Your photography will improve!

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4 Responses to “Guest Blogger- The Paper Mama”

  1. Faith June 3, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Great post & beautiful pics. Thanks for the shout-out 🙂

  2. Carol June 3, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Love me some Paper mama! Her photo challenges were the first ones I ever entered. I really want to know how you got so up-to-snuff with PS! This is where I’m sooo lost and stuck. I know my camera, I shoot manually, but when it comes to giving my photos that added something – I’m lost in PS. Tips on that would be appreciated 🙂

  3. Alexandra June 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Do you think I can really learn to take such awesome photos for my blog????

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