Prime vs Zoom Lens…Which is right for you? – Knowles Photography

So when deciding on your lens PRIME vs ZOOM some questions you may want to consider are:

  • What will you be photographing most?
  • Will your subjects be close or further away?
  • Does weight matter? Will you be able to hold and stabilize a heavier lens?
  • Do you want to zoom or do you want to be the zoom?

Zoom or Prime Lens. Which lens is right for you?

Many will say a lens plays one of the most important roles in creating and capturing your picture. The lens controls the image being projected onto your camera sensor which in turns creates the final image you see on display on the back of your camera.

“SAVE ON THE CAMERA BODY & SPEND ON THE GLASS”

You may often times have heard this or read it when searching online on what to do. When you hear or see the word glass this is referring to the camera lens.

Before we jump into the two lens choices lets chat a little about the camera basics.

The numbers and letters on the side of your lens tell you all sorts of information. Most importantly your focal length and aperture.

FOCAL LENGTH allows your focal point to be wider to narrow ranges or zoomed shots. With a zoom lens you will be able to stand in one place and change the focal length by adjusting your zoom. With a prime lens you are the zoom, the focal length will always stay the same. So if you want a closer shot you will need to more closer and vice versa.

APERTURE tells the maximum amount of light that a lens can gather. 1.8 aperture means more light is coming into the lens & camera therefore you could be used in lower light situations without having to use a flash. A zoom lens aperture maximum could depend on the focal length (ie: 18-200mm & F3.5-5.6).

There is a lot to think about when choosing the right lens for you. Besides all of these topics to think about, make sure you take into account brand, price, new vs used and your camera being full frame or crop sensor.

Are you getting the most out of your DSLR camera?!  Let’s get you out of that “auto” mode. No big deal! It can be our little secret. But I have also have a secret, Ready?? Shhhh….You’re a better photographer than you think.  What’s even better is you’re a better photographer than your camera thinks you are!

Come #CLICKITWITHKNOWLESPHOTOGRAPHY !!

I can help show you how to get more from your camera and start telling it what you want your camera to do for you.

Yay!!

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

PS – In the meantime come say “Hi” on Instagram!! I’d love to see you there so I can follow your IG journey too.

The School Bus is HERE..Tips for Back to School Photos – Knowles Photography

It is that time of year again. Many of us are gearing up for the back to school season. Summer has been a blast, but it is time for school once again. You have done your back to school shopping, gotten a new backpack and lunch box, maybe some new school shoes and clothes. Now there is one last thing you must do…..capture this moment!!

It is their first day of starting a new year. Time to capture it. You may be thinking “but how?” and that my sweet friend is what I wanted to chat about today.

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Here are some fun tips to capture those memorable new chapter of our kiddos going back to school.

1. New Routine

New school year, means they are a little older and may have a new routine. Where you were once putting on their shoes for them, maybe they are doing that now. Throw on their backpack, have them sit down to put on their school shoes and capture this.

Did they fix their own breakfast? Capture them making it or even just eating a bowl of cereal at the table. Either way embrace the new routine and soak it all in with capturing the NEW.

2. Props

Moms this can be an easy excuse to get yourself something cute to use as a prop. I’m always loving a chalkboard or letter board to add some personalization to your props. These make the perfect little item to add into your picture to date it, add the grade or school they are going to, and maybe what they want to be when they grow up.

3. Emotion

Starting something new for a kiddo can be full of mixed emotions. Are they jumping up and down super excited to be going to big kid school for the first time? Are they nervous for riding the bus for the first time? Are they sad because they will miss you so much? Whatever their emotion is you can be sure you will capture it. They do not have to smile to create a moving and memorable picture that tells who they are and how they are feeling. And lets be honest, we should be capturing our own emotion too of their first day so make sure you are taking a selfie too.

4. Backpack

I love this shot personally. It is great for so many reasons. You can capture a lot within just a few short clicks of the camera. Putting on their backpack for their first day of school…super cute. Having them turn around and looking at you over their shoulders….love love love as it truly captures them and their size (this one is great to do first and last day of school to see how much they have grown and changed throughout the school year). Plus even their personality too if they have a new backpack they picked out and want to show it off. Walking onto the bus or into school and maybe waving goodbye….all the feels.

Whether you are shooting on automatic mode {the green box setting} or using a fun Portrait preset {the lady with the hat} the most important thing is you are capturing these moments for you and your kiddos.

You maybe thinking now what? Look back at your pictures and have even more fun with ordering some prints or chatbook too. Your kids will love to look back at these photos you took and always makes a good story to share to.

Cheers Mama!! You made it through the summer. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, hot tea or go all out and get yourself a mimosa.

Yay!!

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

Maternity Gown Discount – Your local Maternity Photographer Near You – Knowles Photography

 

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Knowles Photography has a variety of maternity gowns, skirts, and accessories to help customize your maternity session for you. I try to keep different colors, fits, fabrics and accessories to ensure we will find the best gown for you and your baby bump.

Here are three of the ones offered, but make sure you check out our website’s Maternity Gown Closet as we will be constantly updating it when we have new gowns in. We currently received three new gowns but they still need to be photographed.

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Our gowns are even perfect for your newborn session too. You won’t have to worry about what to wear or bring. You can come to your newborn session in your comfy jeans or yoga pants and relax during your baby’s newborn pictures. Then when it is time for parent and family pictures with your new cute baby you can easily slip on one of our gowns or skirts that are super stretchy. You may not even have to take off your yoga pants…Winning!!

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Did you know you can even get a Maternity Gown Discount if you have envisioned a gown of your dreams or have it custom fitted to your body and color choices? By clicking the button below you can receive a discount from one of my favorite maternity gown vendors, Sew Trendy Accessories. The best thing is they even have some cocktail dresses which you could use for non-maternity too. You can have it custom fitted to your height and use it for your baby shower and then bring it to your maternity session with Knowles Photography.

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Knowles Photography is your local maternity photographer near you. We serve clients all over the Charlotte, Monroe, Marshville and surrounding Union County areas of NC.

Are you pregnant and due with a little baby? Lets start planning your sessions today. I’d love to help capture your pregnancy and baby photos.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

Top 5 Must haves for a new mom that you may not have of thought of…Love, Knowles Photography

So many people will chime in ideas of the must haves for a new mom. There are so many cool things these days to make your life easier with the transition of a new baby in to your home. You will always need the basics…stroller, car seat, crib, pack in play, diapers, wipes, teething toys, baby toys, books, swaddles, etc

But I am here to talk about five items that weren’t talked that much about but as a mom I fell in love with them. And one item I even use during my newborn sessions.

Here are my top 5 must haves for a new mom (that you may not have heard about):

  1. Baby Susher
  2.  Battery Operated Nose Sucker
  3. Nursing Top/Baby Cover
  4. Pack in Play Mattress
  5. Aquaphor

Lets dive in to each of these items for a little more detail as to why I love them.

BABY SUSHER

This is the one that I love and I also use it during newborn sessions. It is so awesome because the volume is easily adjustable. So you can start off really loud when baby is fussy then slowly turn it to reduce the volume as baby starts to calm down. It also has a timer for 15 or 30 minutes, which is great since it is battery operated and helps to prevent the batteries from dying so quickly. The sushing sound is one of the 5 S’s I talked about in an earlier blog post “The 5 S’s to help soothe a newborn“. For both my babies and all my newborns during their sessions I will shush really loud to help calm them. The sound mimics the sounds they hear in the womb so it provides comfort for them. Plus the baby susher is so easily portable.

BATTERY OPERATED NOSE SUCKER

So when I had my first baby we started with the regular nose sucker bulb. That lasted one time before we switched to the nose freeda. Which I will be honest takes some mental adjustment as you are sucking the boogers out yourself. Then!! I learned about a batter operated nose sucker!! And let me tell you this is my new favorite especially for when they have those colds where their mucus is thick. This sucker works great and it has a clear compartment that you can see easily how much you are getting out of your little one to help them be able to breathe better. It is super easy and quick to clean.

NURSING TOP/BABY COVER

When I had my two little ones I used a more traditional nursing cover, but now they have some really cute trendy ones that I love. They are super functional where they can be used for multiple purposes….a nursing cover when you pull it down, a scarf when you keep it scrunched up around your neck, or put it over your carseat as a cover to prevent people from touching your little one if not desired as well as blocking the sun or wind.

PACK IN PLAY MATTRESS

OMG have you ever actual felt the pack in play “mattress” that comes in the pack in plays. It is so freaking hard!!! No wonder my kids never slept well on it until I learned about the pack in play mattress. It is about an inch and half thick and still pretty firm, but not HARD. It is very comparable to an infant crib mattress. It makes traveling with a little one or toddler so much better because they can sleep more comfortably. This is one item I usually buy all my friends because it is not something that you would think about but definitely something you would get a lot of use out of for traveling or even having a place for your little one to sleep downstairs or at family’s house for those visits that fall during nap times.

AQUAPHOR

I was actually introduced to this in college by one of my classmates. Since then I have found it to be more and more useful with having kids. I keep one in my purse, my car, nightstand, kids room and bathroom. It is everywhere and easily accessible. It is so great for dry skin. You can use it on your skin or chapped lips. I use it for diaper rash or preventing diaper rash when your little one might be sick because virus poops usually always result in a bad diaper rash so as soon as they show the first sign of it I would put it on each diaper change to help prevent from a diaper rash. I mean it is bad enough when they get sick then to add diaper rash on top of it….sad. It also makes a great mixing agent with essential oils. My favorite is for lavender oil and aquaphor. I learned this combo when I burnt myself and put this on it and the next day you couldn’t even tell I had a burn.

I love to learn about new gadgets and what not that comes out. So if you have a cool item, tip or trick please share it with me. Send me an email at amanda@amandaknowlesphotography.com . I can’t wait to hear from everyone on their favorites too.

Hugs,

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

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Knowles Photography is your local maternity, newborn and family photographer near you. I serve the Charlotte, Monroe, Marvin and Union County surrounding areas for my clients. I would love to capture your family photos, cute baby bump photo, and newborn baby photos. Browse my current work on my website or social media.

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Family Session Sneak Peek – Your Local Family Photographer with Knowles Photography

It is always so much fun meeting a new family to capture their updated family photo. This session was different as they had family in town for a celebration and I was able to go over to get some updated family photos in their large group setting as well as individual families. It was a great time getting everyone to laugh and enjoy this fun time together.

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Then we had to take a short break as we waited for the sun to set a little more so they were blasted with it in their faces. Sooooo while we waited I took my client and her hubby to do some pictures of just the two of them. They hadn’t had pictures done of just the two of them since their wedding day. So it was fun to help them get some new and fun updated ones.

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If you are in need of a new family photo, I would love to help. Lets start planning your session today. I am your local family photographer that specializes in Maternity, Newborn and Family Photography. Lets have some fun and capture these moments together. Hop over to my website to view my work. As well as I would love for you to follow my social media accounts to see the most recent work and follow along with me in all my adventures.

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Email: Amanda@AmandaKnowlesPhotography.com

Website: www.amandaknowlesphotography.com

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Baby Bradley From Maternity to Fresh 48 to Newborn Session with Knowles Photography

I love when I get the opportunity to capture the entire little ones journey from them being inside their mama’s belly at their Maternity Session to being born with a Fresh 48 Session to their Newborn Session. I was fortunate enough for just that with this little man.

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At Knowles Photography I offer a variety of gowns and skirts to my clients. Check out my client closet over on my website. Interested in getting your own maternity gown or maybe one specifically to your size and color choice? Click the button below to find a gown for you and get a discount too!

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How sweet is his matching hat and swaddle for his stay at the hospital?? I just adore it!!

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He has the sweetest parents and an awesome big sister who loves him so much already. I cannot wait to continue to watch these two grow up together.

I am in love with all of his sessions that I wanted to share some with you too. Warning he is so cute….it may make your ovaries to want a little one too. lol I just love babies and I am so thankful I get to get some baby snuggles on during my newborn sessions. It is truly my happy place. I love capturing these memories and their tiny features to cherish for years to come.

Take a peek at the last one too. His daddy loves Christmas so we did a special holiday set up just for him.

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I’d love to help plan your Maternity, Newborn & Fresh 48 sessions. Contact me today on the website and we can start planning your sessions today. I can’t wait for my next baby snuggle session.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography 

Knowles Photography serves the Charlotte, Monroe, Marshville, NC and surrounding areas of Union County. We specialize in Maternity, Newborn, and Family Photography. We would love to capture your next pregnancy photos and newborn family photos to give you that cute family photo you have been wanting.

Baby Charlie’s Newborn Session – Charlotte Monroe Marshville NC Baby Photographer – Knowles Photography

Please help me welcome Baby Charlie to our big world. I love that newborns always remind us of the little things in life. Every time I photograph a newborn I am in aw of how tiny and precious they are, but more so that amazing journey a women goes through to becoming a mom throughout her pregnancy. Moms are strong and push through the pains of labor and delivery.

This little one came early and surprised her parents that she was ready to meet her Mommy and Daddy sooner than expected. She turned out to be one of the most beautiful and precious perfect little baby. And let me tell you PINK her definitely her color. She totally rocked her session. I wanted to share a little with you.

 

 

Here are a few more pictures I thought we too cute not to share 🙂

 

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I’d love to help plan your Maternity, Newborn & Fresh 48 sessions. Contact me today on the website and we can start planning your sessions today. I can’t wait for my next baby snuggle session.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

Your DSLR Shopping Guide with Knowles Photography

Your guide to purchasing a new DSLR Camera or Lens

By – Knowles Photography

 

Investing in your first DSLR camera can a little bit overwhelming! Where do you even start? How do you know what’s the best to get? What do those some of these letters and numbers even mean? It’s like a whole new language to you.  Well, don’t worry, I am here to help get you started!

Take a few minutes to check out all the tips that I have to help you make that next big investment into the right camera for you!

Here are the questions I might ask myself when looking to buy a new camera. Don’t worry I will go into each one in more detail for you below.

  1. Who am I buying the camera for and what are their needs?
  2. How much am I willing to spend?
  3. What brand do I want?
  4. Where do I want to shop?
  5. What lens do I need?

Scroll down and lets break down each question in more detail to help get you the answers you need for your own shopping needs.

 

WHO AM I BUYING THE CAMERA FOR & WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS?

Knowing who you are buying for is the first place to start. Are you buying for yourself or someone else? What are their needs or what will they mostly be using the camera for? Will it be for family portraits, landscape from their travels, their cute puppy, their baby’s first milestone of crawling, or maybe their kids sporting events. Knowing these answers and keeping them in mind when answering the next questions will help determine those answers as well.

 

HOW MUCH AM I WILLING TO SPEND?

An entry level camera can start around $400 and it goes straight up from there. Some of the top professional level cameras can be upwards of $3000 for just the body!! You will want to leave yourself a cushion to factor in other items and accessories you may need for your new camera such as memory cards, a padded camera bag, extra batteries and lens, warranty and taxes depending on where you are shopping.

 

WHAT BRAND DO I WANT?

There will always be this big debate in the photography world with Canon vs Nikon. As for me I am a Canon person, but that is because my first camera was Canon and I never had issues so no need to change something that wasn’t broken. I have good photography friends that use Nikon. Both are great big name and trusted brands. I do not think you can go wrong with either. Plus sticking with one of these two could make it easier for you too. There are many resources out there to help you if needed.  If you are not sure which one is right for you, this blog does a great job comparing the two brands.

Another thing I would say to consider when deciding which camera might be best for you is reading some of the reviews. Reviews can give you an honest opinion on the camera from a consumers perspective. There can be minor differences in prices and between models. So I’d say do your homework and read through some reviews.

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WHERE DO I WANT TO SHOP?

There are so many places you can shop these days and lots of places online. So be careful when you are shopping online you want to make sure you aren’t just getting the best deal but also the best product that comes along with it. For your first DSLR I would recommend sticking with more known retailers. Make sure you compare your prices with what is included in the price too!! You can also check the refurbished category too for possible savings.

Here are some of the recommended places I would take a look at for buying your camera:

 

WHAT LENS DO I NEED?

If you purchase a bundle deal it will most likely come with your basic kit lens, which to be honest will be good for most of your everyday photography needs as you will be able to zoom some, do portraits, and landscape. If you are looking to add another lens to your bag and starting your photography business I would recommend the 50mm 1.8 lens. It is a great entry level lens and it has a nickname in the photography world as the “Nifty Fifty” as it is a super great investment and great price to go with it.

If you are looking to take pictures from farther away for maybe sports or traveling I would maybe look into a longer zoom lens that goes up to 200mm or 300mm.

 

ARE YOU READY TO START TAKING BETTER PHOTOS?

If you are ready to start taking better photos with your new camera and see what else you can do with your camera, I’d love to help guide you through our DSLR 101 Workshop. It is launching in January 2019 and it will be an in person 2 hour workshop to allow you hands on with your camera during the entire class. You will get to practice what is taught and put it into action right away. I would love to help you take control of your camera. So come #ClickItWithKP at your DSLR 101 Workshop.

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Amanda @ Knowles Photography

 

Knowles Photography specializes in maternity, newborn and family photography servicing the Charlotte, Monroe and Marshville NC surrounding areas.

Cozy Holiday Session – Sneak Peek – Monroe Charlotte Marshville NC Photographer

I could’t resist posting a few quick sneak peeks from this family’s session.

I love when I get the opportunity to see my little newborn buddies grow up. I feel like it wasn’t too long ago when we photographed his newborn session. Want to go back through memory lane with me? Hop on back in time with me by seeing his newborn pictures HERE.

This little man has grown so much! I even brought the same chair back that we used in his newborn session, BUT you will have to wait and see the final reveal for that cuteness. 🙂

I was even more excited to photograph his whole family this time. I had a blast and cannot wait to finish editing the rest of them to share with his family.

Looking forward to his sitter session next. Yay!!

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Ready to get updated family pictures for your family? Contact me today and we can start planning your next family or milestone session.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

World Pregnancy Day – May 7th – Monroe Charlotte Marshville NC Maternity Photographer

World Pregnancy Day – May 7th

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So many things are celebrated or have their own special day. I love that they have now created a World Pregnancy Day. Lets be honest. It does all start in the womb. Moms go through a long process of creating and protecting this new life about to make their entrance into our big world.

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This day should be a day to remember how you came into this world called life. I love that World Pregnancy day is closely surrounding the other similar important days.

5th May – World Midwifery Day

7th May – World Pregnancy Day

the second Sunday of May – World Mother’s Day

15th May – World Family Day

towards the end of May – World Week of Respect for Childbirth

1st June – World Children’s Day

You can find more information here on how they chose this date and came up with World Pregnancy Day.

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Pregnancy plays such an important role in many of these days otherwise they wouldn’t be celebrated.

To all of you who have experienced some or all of what pregnancy has to offer, each experience is truly unique no matter how long the length of time. It is truly something one can always remember.

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I’d love to help celebrate this day with many of you beautiful pregnant mamas. Lets capture this memorable journey together to always have something to reflect back on during your pregnancy.

 

Amanda @ Knowles Photography