REDEFINE | Moody B+W Children’s Portraits featuring Sarah Landa Photography



“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it.”

Why are you passionate about this topic?

I was born and bred on BW film, I love grain and dark imagery.  All of my favorite photographers shoot this way, these are the images that move me.  Now that my main muses are my twins, I still tend to edit my work in this way.  I also live in Seattle, so there’s that.

When did you first learn this technique? Or, when did you first realize you liked this topic?

I’ve always gravitated toward the emotional impact of an image more than it’s technical perfection.  Grain and shadows help in achieving this look, so when I switched to digital, I had to learn how to recreate this look.

 What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?

You will need to know how to shoot in manual.  set your ISO for the light, your F-stop for your desired effect, and play around with the shutter speed until you are getting the correct exposure.   Usually 1 or 2 stops under will do the trick.

Invest in some good editing software and try a few presets before creating your own.  I like to do a basic S-curve in Lightroom, bring down the highlights and bring up the shadows.  Then I play around with exposure and contrast.  I bring down the blacks a bit more, add some grain and a very slight split tone.

Challenge yourself to learn new techniques.  There are tons of creative tips floating around the internet, freelensing, prisming, backlighting.  Push yourself to expand your creative vocabulary.  Keep learning.

Don’t limit yourself to golden hour shooting.  We have many months here in the PNW where we don’t see the sun for days.  You will be amazed at the richness of tones you can achieve on a gray, overcast day.

Ask your parents or grandparents for their old gear.  My husband and I have inherited all of our grandparent’s gear and there are some amazing pieces in there.  My fave is a Polaroid land camera.  The BW film has been discontinued but you can still buy it from resellers.

Learn the rules, then start breaking them like crazy.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

I wanted to acheive a certain look and I had to learn how to make the gear I had work for me.  I wasn’t in a position to buy new lenses at the drop of a hat, so learning how to shoot with what I had was essential.



Sarah is a fine art portrait and lifestyle photographer based out of Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband and muses, their 6 year old twins.Focusing on capturing the connections of everyday life, Sarah spends her non twin-rearing hours on her growing photography business,making unique images, and breaking the rules of photography along the way.

Dear Photographer feature by Stephanie Bryan

pinneabledearphotographer-srp2stephaniebryan_dearphotographer-firstphotoDear Stephanie ,
Right now you feel like your life is a whirlwind, I know. Everyone seems to be going in different directions and some days you struggle to fit everything in and make everything work. It has been a whirlwind kind of year with lots of changes and a mix of highs and lows. Balancing your role as a mother and wife, while also trying to pursue your own personal goals, has been big for you this year. You have tried really hard to fit everything in, but still sometimes feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day. You are definitely trying to make more time for yourself and follow your heart and goals, but still have those “mommy-guilt” feelings whenever you aren’t in 100% mom-mode. Most days seem both long and short…and the years, well…they just fly by. Keep trying to “enjoy” those little moments more and more because you know these days won’t last forever. Just remember…life is short and it is what you make it. You are in charge or your own happiness and joy. Enjoy every single second. It sounds silly and I know there will be plenty of times when you will want to scream at me, but trust me, your kids will be grown and gone off on their own before you turn around. Spend lots of time giggling, playing, laughing, holding, cuddling, loving and just being “present”. Find time for yourself and follow your dreams. Say “no” and maybe take a nap every once in a while. You are in charge of you and you are the only one who make your life awesome.




Stephanie is a lifestyle photographer who lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two sweet kiddos. Her passion is capturing the everyday and those little moments and details that often get overlooked. She’s slightly obsessed with coffee, paper, picnics and Instagram.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Christy Morgan Photography

pinnablebeinspiredcmp-2Is this personal work or client work?

Client work
What about this session was most memorable?

This session! Ahhhh! Well, we live in a small town. Everyone either knows you or knows of you. I have known for several years who this woman was.. this insanely strong superhero of a Mother and Wife. I approached her a few months after they officially learned of her Husband’s diagnosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease or commonly referred to as ALS. I only knew a cliff note version of their reality, and on Mother’s Day.. I finally reached out to her- and asked her if she would allow me to capture their new way of life. Their beautiful mess. Their happiness. Their struggles. Their love.

And that’s exactly what I set out to do.

The morning I showed up on their doorstep, I was nervous. This was a day that I finally meet the most inspirational family I now call my friends. I am a lifestyle photographer, but I felt this morning in particular took it to a higher level. What can I do to do this justice? Their world has absolutely been rocked and to such an extreme that I was literally letting tears fall slowly behind that camera as I shot. Witnessing such devotion, beauty and happiness left me speechless. A day in the life with ALS. I left my heart on their doorstep that day.
Were there any hurdles?

This was a sweet family. We did all of the session inside their larger kitchen that had plenty of natural light where they spent a lot of their time. His large motorized wheelchair could squeeze ever so perfectly and snuggly through every entry to where he was still able to move among their home. I don’t think they will ever finish adjusting to the changes in their daily life, however, having faith and believing has been a huge staple. Perhaps it was the way his wife handled everything with such grace, but I felt like hurdles were nonexistent.
Your best photographer/session advice?

Pay attention. Keep shooting when they think you’re not. Don’t be afraid to show up on someones doorstep and document their life to show the world their beauty. It’s made me a better person.
What gear was used to achieve these?

Nikon D810, Sigma 35mm ART, Nikorr 50mm 1.4




Christy Morgan is a self-taught natural light photographer from the KY/OH/WV tri-state area. After years of working at a CT tech, she decided to chase her dream and capture the happiness of others through her lens. She is the wife to her devoted husband, Tim and a gorgeous baby girl, Aspen. Traveling with her family & showing her baby girl the world is at the top of her bucket list. Photography isn’t just a job for her, it’s her passion. She hopes to be able to continue to grow and evolve as a photographer and capture the memories of her community for years to come.

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Timeless Changes Top Honor and Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Rose:Life Photography


I had a great time hanging out as guest judge over the past week choosing my favorites was no easy take but here it goes….


Michèle Tremblay Photo

Oh how I love a simple photograph that makes me ask all sorts of questions. What does this bench look at? Who has been here before? What did they see? Plus the creative focal point and beautiful texture make this the kind of image I love to stare at and let my mind wander.


Bree Friesen Photography

This photo makes me anticipate the soon to come snow. I love the use of the street light and the way it makes the snow light up. Watching snow in the street light outside my front window is one of my favorite things. I also love how the girl compliments the scene and seems so quiet and contemplative.


Roots and Twigs Photography

I love sunflowers they are one of those things that are so beautiful but yet short lived. I felt like the colors and the wagon also gave this image a very timeless feel.



The viewpoint through the leaves, the soft dappled light, this beautiful young lady, there are so many reasons I love this.


Anna Bradley Photography

The light and focus of this image turn long dead leaves into a beautiful work of art. Nothing as timeless as the changing of leaves.



Moments by Mancuso

This image is my top honor for a few reasons. The timeless change of children growing up is what inspired the theme in my mind and walking is by far one of the biggest of those milestones that change a child’s world. I adore the use of light in this image and the bear in the streak of light is what did it for me! It is almost as is he is alive and I can feel his pain as baby, with new freedom, wanders right past her lifelong friend.

REDEFINE | connections Jamie Hough Photography





Why are you passionate about documenting connections?

“I don’t think we looked at you the entire session … I love that so SO much.”

Those were the words from a couple I photographed a few months ago during their in-home maternity session … words that made my heart flutter. They get it… they REALLY get it. I’ve never been a huge fan of “looking” photos … I don’t have them on my walls, and if I’m not reminded … will forget to do them at sessions. So, hearing my client’s tell me that was a turning point for me … my target client had found me, which meant my work was speaking for me.

My biggest wish in life is that I had photographs like the ones I create for my clients … photographs that showcase the connection I share with MY littles. Time passes us by far too quickly … in a blink, my girls are nearing 13 & 11. Yes, they’re still little … and I’m working diligently to create photographs of us merely existing and enjoying our time together from here on out, but I find myself longing for the sleepless nights with a toddler and wee little babe, one more game of Candyland, baking together … when a step stool was still required and the messes were ginormous, and falling asleep whilst reading to them. I yearn for visual documentation of the memories we’ve made over the last 13 years, and how our connections with one another have been altered by time, because at some point … my memory is going to fail me. And, since I’ve always been the one behind the camera, my littles will have countless photographs of themselves … showcasing the connection they share with one another, other family members, and so on … but I’ll be missing. And when I’m gone … the visuals they’ll have to remind them are so few and far between. That hurts. SO bad. I can’t even …

When did you first learn this technique? Or, when did you first realize you liked this topic?

A few years ago, I thought to myself … I can’t redo life’s seasons with my littles, but I CAN create those photographs for other families! And so, that’s what I set out to do. I let go of all my preconceived notions of what people want, and opted to shoot from my soul … never having a plan in mind for what I’ll create, but always seeking truths, raw emotions, and strong connections. In doing so, I’ve found that I’m better able to tune in to my clients … I watch them, listen to their stories … read their body language, and talk with them. I use the light to create imagery that speaks … to the mood, the climate in the room, the emotion, the relationships & connections shared, and the season of life their in. There’s something so much more happening than “just” a photo session … we’re connecting … we’re sharing … we’re creating.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?

The best advice I could give …

1. Shoot what feeds your soul. If it doesn’t, move on.

2. Shoot as many different relationships as you can! Singles, lovers, new parents, parents who’ve been around the block a few times, kids with their parents, children together, friends … I learn something new each time, and find a new appreciation for life & love with every person I photograph.

3. You don’t need a plan. I don’t EVER have a plan, and that works for me. I don’t want to go in and create specificity … I read a situation, and document what I see as it unfolds before me. Step back and observe … wait … and photograph what moves you.

4. Watch the light, use the light!! I used have one way to shoot – backlight. Once I let go of that ridiculous idea, I found that I could shape it to help people see what I did … shape it in ways that would help emphasize a mood … emotion … connection.

5. A college professor once told me, “Not every shot you take will be magic, not every shot will be clean – that’s normal!” That made a huge difference for me … realizing that I don’t have to … that I can’t … make magic every time, with every family, at every shoot … and, that’s OK. Just keep on giving your all!

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?
Ooooh, two huge challenges 1 — I’m soooo awkward and shy! In the past, I could go a whole shoot and not say much. I’m an observer … so, learning to vocalize and/or step in to show them what I wanted or needed from them during a sesh was tough! And 2, letting go – of perfection and having a plan. When I did let go, and found my voice … that’s when I found where I was supposed to be … I’ll never look back.0w6a16960w6a19180w6a20750w6a59040w6a68570w6a73070w6a8403

Last, but not least; include a small bio and social media links

Hi friends, I’m Jaime Hough — mum of 2, traveling documentary & portrait photographer, based in Ankeny/Des Moines, Iowa, homeschooler, seeker of raw connections and authenticity, lover of life, iced tea, good books & great adventures.

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ART | regardless featuring @lauries_little_ones


This special feature is to showcase those excelling at creating some extraordinary art with their phones.

Why do you love to utilize your phone to capture these images?
You will never see me without my phone in hand, or very close by. Ironically, I dislike actually talking on the phone, but I use my iPhone 6 throughout the day to capture sweet, candid moments of childhood. I work out of our home 2 days per week, but I am home with my children the rest of the time. Some may think that always being home with kids may not make for the best of photo opportunities, but I’ve come to discover magic in the mundane and I work to capture it.
Has your phone helped spark more creativity onto other type of work?
Yes! As much as I enjoy capturing our everyday moments, my love of mobile photography has sparked a desire in me to write about my experience for various photography forums and I look forward to sharing tips and inspiration with others. I have also partnered with some cool brands and small shops which has been interesting and fun!
Where does your inspiration come from?
Instagram inspires me. Instagram also intimidates me, but for the most part, I find a great deal of inspiration as I scroll through my feed. My interest in photography developed initially once I became a mother. It wasn’t until I was expecting my third baby that I was introduced to the world of Instagram. This exposure sparked a new passion within me. I became deeply inspired by other mothers who seemed to have an exceptional ability to capture their everyday lives in a beautiful, magical way. This is when I began to look at photography differently and focused on the simple, daily documentation of our days.
Can you share some tips to achieving your style of art?
First of all, if you plan on primarily using a mobile device to take high quality photos, I strongly suggest that you photograph your subjects in plenty of natural light. Our window shades and blinds are always fully open to allow for as much natural light to stream into our home as possible. I’ve experimented with taking photos at various times of the day throughout our home. It’s been so interesting to see how light greatly impacts each image. You will come to see that the light from even rainy or overcast days lends itself to great iPhone captures.
Secondly, as much as I love natural light conditions, it is also fun to experiment with what I call “creative light” situations. I’ve begun taking note of shadows and directional light. I will draw all of the shades in a room except for one to see how the light plays against my subject. Unfortunately, I am reluctant to post these images to Instagram for fear of interfering with my “aesthetic” but I do hope to become more comfortable with this over time.

Another thing that has helped me in terms of developing my style of art is the fact that I am very consistent with what I tend to photograph as well as the environment in which I photograph my subjects. For me, it is less about choosing the same filters and presets, but more about the fact that I take lots of images at our home. It’s always the same environment, rooms, colors, décor, etc. which creates a uniform feel or style.
Finally, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned when photographing my kids is that while there are tons of fancy cameras and editing apps that can help us attain great images, I think it’s important to remember that there is beauty in every moment. Even the difficult ones. Challenge yourself to see beyond the moment, and then capture that. This should be carefree and fun. I love my iPhone because it’s just always there. I’m able to pick it up and snap a quick photo in literally seconds. And sometimes that’s all that we have. These precious moments with our kids are fleeting and I truly use my iPhone to document the moments that conjure the most emotion within me. My advice is to keep it fun! As long as you have fun with the art of photography, your images will always be perfect.

What are your favorite communities on Instagram so that we can also follow?

It is hard to answer this question, as there are so many inspirational and supportive communities on Instagram! I have come to love the forums that encourage exchanges of information so that we can all learn and grow from one another. The accounts I am sure to check in on regularly are: @dear_photographer, @camera_mama, @momtog, @mobile_snaps_collaborative and @clickinmoms.

What gear do you use?

I use an iPhone 6 for all of my photos but I can’t wait to upgrade to the iPhone 7 Plus!

What are your favorite editing apps and why?
I enjoy experimenting with various editing apps. My current favorite go-to editing application is the @VSCO Cam app. The @VSCO Cam app is available for free and it comes with many free filters and presets to add to your images. You can also crop, straighten and fully adjust your photos using this app; it’s been a game changer for me and I can’t say enough good things about it! Another editing app that I’ve come to love is Snapseed. I typically use Snapseed to edit my outdoor shots. Snapseed is a very powerful, yet user-friendly editing tool with endless possibilities. I tend to apply a Glamour Glow overlay to some of my outdoor images to add that special, more finished touch. I also like to use PicsArt from time to time, primarily for the cloning functionality it offers. If there is a distracting element in an image, I will use PicsArt to remove the distraction from the shot which has been invaluable.img_6744img_6194img_2511img_2508img_2506img_2501img_2498

10 Facts with Facebook Guest Judge 11/21-11/27 | Rose:Life Photography


Hello there, I’m Lauren of Rose:Life Photography. I am an indefinite photographer in Wisconsin, who will capture whatever moves me including but not limited to nature, portraits, live music, conceptual fine art, or lifestyle documentary images of my little tribe.

Like a lot of others I started my photography journey very young but I became completely obsessed with the art around the age of 15. I worked in Sales and Labs at local camera stores starting at age 16 and ending when I became pregnant with my first baby in 2006. Investing a small inheritance from my late grandfather in 2010 towards a new camera and upgrading from a Nikon D70 purchased in 2005 to a Nikon D5000 I started shooting portraits as a way to pay for my photography (because we all know it’s not cheap!) Over the course of 5 years I made enough to reach my equipment goals and now my main bag now contains a Nikon D610, Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.4,  Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and Nikon S910 Speedlight.  (My two main bags are both custom creations from Porteen Gear that I adore!)

At the beginning of 2016, I decided to quit the portrait business game. I have done a few session with clients that I have been capturing yearly for the past 5 years because at this point they are like family and I can’t bring myself to give their beautiful faces over to someone else’s camera, but other than that I have spent the past year rediscovering what I really love about photography. I am thrilled to be the guest judge this week on Dear Photographer!


10 Fun Facts about Me

  1. I got married at the age of 20. My Dog, Lady, was my maid of honor! We celebrated 11 years in August and have created 3 super awesome small humans in that time.
  2. We are homeschooling our kids. In September, I bought a 4’x6’ Magnetic White Board that takes up our entire kitchen wall!
  3. When I become interested in something I become obsessive and attempt to obtain as much knowledge as I possibly can on the topic. Homeschooling and photography top that list as the things I have continued to fixate on for years.
  4. I DO NOT LIKE ANYTHING COFFEE!!! Not the smell or the taste! I do however LOVE tea and cannot start my day without at least one cup of English breakfast tea. I also collect teapots!
  5. Music! It is the only thing that maintains my sanity most days. I have music playing constantly! My Pandora shuffle is heavy on Blues and Bluegrass these days. I love live music. I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing local music scene and try to get my introverted self out to support as much as I can.
  6. Pie! Give me all the Pie! If it is cherry pie I’m not sharing!
  7. I have a love of things with blue roses on them.
  8. We have a hedgehog his name is Steve.
  9. My daughter is a bookworm and we find it pretty cool that Laura Ingalls Wilders Grandmother is buried in the cemetery up the road in our little unincorporated town.
  10. After disbanding my portrait business I deleted my portfolio website and decided to start a blog which I have yet to really do anything with because I just can’t convince myself that anybody cares about what I would have to share. I’ve had a hard time coming up with 10 facts to share!



While attempting to come up with a theme for this Thanksgiving week words like “Tradition” and “Timeless” came to mind. But I feel like everything is changing.  My youngest, pictured above, is about to turn three in January. He is still usually running around in a diaper with his “paci” in his mouth. This image, from a trip to our local children’s museum this past week, is the first photograph that grabs me and makes me feel like the fact that he is no longer a baby is undeniable no matter how hard I try to avoid it. This trip he even asked to use the potty and stayed dry the entire day!  My oldest is heading into double digits in a few weeks and signs of transformation have already begun. She is already able to wear some of my clothes! I have spent the last year rearranging my priorities and changing habits. 2016 has been a year of change.

The world outside my door seems to be shifting just as quickly. It’s been a year filled with so many social advances and revelations. The reality of the violence and crime we as humans are capable of have hit closer to home. Two weeks ago those of us in America voted and whatever your opinion on the matter there is no negating the results of our election will equal change.

I have always found refuge and reassurance in music. The legendary Bob Dylan has been quoted as saying “There is nothing so stable as change”, he created a timeless tune with “The Times they are a Changing”. Change is inevitable we can choose to fear it or embrace it. I personally have grown to find comfort in change and tend to subconsciously stir things up when I feel life growing stagnant.

As I pondered my topic ideas more I realized that was it. I want to see your interpretations of “Timeless Changes”. Things that have remained forever changing throughout history.