Announcing our 3rd Online Class at Digital Scrapper – BONUS ends Friday!

September 18th, 2013

Hi all…lots to share today! We’re excited to announce our third digital art class with Adobe training experts, Digital Scrapper: ClickArtistry – Photo Art Blends. Rachel is co-teaching with me and Kris played a technical role in video production and testing. A family labor of love for the past few months!

In the old days, creating a Polaroid transfer was cumbersome and involved messy chemicals and hit or miss luck.

But all that has changed with the digital age.


In this exciting class, we will lead you step-by-step in 10 Lessons (and 4 videos) through the process of creating unique fine art pieces out of your own photography, using our new, innovative techniques and digital art tools… without the mess, chemicals, and expense!

To Make Great Art You Need The Right Tools!

WE have included a one-of-a-kind designer art/digital tool collection that will guide you in making beautiful art with your images. It includes all-new art:

  • 18 innovative Photo Art Blends (5 styles in varying sizes)
  • 10 different Photo Transfer Edge Frames
  • 8 artistic Word Art Overlays with inspiring quotes
  • 12 custom Gradients
  • 18 Designer Textures in 3 sizes each (8×10, 12×12, and 12×18 – 56 total)

Get Inspired!

In this class you’ll have access to many examples of gorgeous photo art blends to get your creative juices flowing.

In addition, We also offer special printing tips and ideas for DIY display projects.


Here Are Just Some Of The Specific “Gems”

You’ll Discover In This Unique Class of 10 Lessons (along with 4 videos):

  • Add light leaks to your photography. It’s all the rage, and it’s very easy to do with our custom gradients!
  • Edit your photos in 3 different trendy styles: moody, vintage, and retro to use in your digital artwork and scrapbooking
  • Blend our art textures with your images for spectacular results. (Includes cool bokeh textures!)
  • Add the perfect sentiment to your photo by choosing from our word art collection.
  • Apply custom artistic edges to your photos with our frame collection. This transformation takes seconds, but it will look like you slaved over it!
  • Use our designer art to enhance traditional digital scrapbooking so that your pages stand out like a neon sign in the gallery!
  • Display your amazing new art as home decor, and create unique DIY gifts.
  • Plus you’ll be inspired by our Pinterest boards that relate to the class lessons. (You’ll get tons of ideas from this alone.)
Important Note: for those who have any of our earlier Photo Art Blends, you will be happy to know the Photo Art Blends included are all new, involving different techniques. Combined with the textures, photo transfer frames, gradients, word art, and retro photo editing tutorials, this class shares Michelle’s never-seen-before creative process from start to finish.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. This class is hosted at Digital Scrapper, not Cottage Arts. But you do NOT have to be a premier member of Digital Scrapper to sign-up for classes at Digital Scrapper.
  2. You will need to have a separate log-in for their site, as your Cottage Arts log-in does not transfer to their site.
  3. The class is self-paced with forever access. However, Rachel and I will only be in the class forum (for seven days) for this first introductory offering as part of the Bonus offering. We can be reached at any time in the future for feedback or to answer questions.
  4. Bonus art will be e-mailed separately when the class begins.

Contact us with any other questions.

Learn more about the class and Early Bird Bonus at Digital Scrapper!

P.S. This class is Self-Paced and you will always have forever access to it, but the bonuses go away on Friday, September 20, 2013 at midnight Eastern time. See Digital Scrapper owner Linda Sattgast’s testimonial, along with past students’ comments, on the Class Information Page on their site.

P.P.S. Check out our Pop Art Posters and Soulful Silhouettes forever access classes on their site, too! You can always contact us via the online classroom at any time with questions.

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Happy creating!


Panoramas: Simply Shot {how-to}

September 3rd, 2013

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Hi all! Kris here today with a fun cell phone how-to…

Without a doubt, photographers are huge winners of the smartphone competition between Apple’s iPhone (IOS), Google’s (Android), and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Just recently Nokia announced a 41 Megapixel camera on its most recent Windows phone the Lumia 1020!  Perhaps the coolest new feature these smart phone cameras and apps have is fast and simple panoramic shots.  On our recent trip to Montana, we couldn’t resist at least one panorama shot every place we went and usually more than one.

This post is going to focus on the Panoramic capabilities of the most recent versions of IOS (6.0) and Android (4.2). The process is so simple, you can’t help shaking your head in amazement the first time you try it. Here are the steps for both phones. If you are using an older iPhone or Android version, see the bottom of the post for third-party apps that can give you great end results, although not quite as simple to use. Again, keep in mind that you’ll need IOS 6.0 or later or Android 4.2 or later to use the approach shown in this post.


1. Open the camera app and press the Options button at the top.


2. Press the Panorama button


3. Position the camera to the left most point of the panorama shot you wish to take. If you want to pan right to left, just tap the arrow and the direction will reverse. Now Press the shutter button (camera icon) at the bottom of the screen.













4. Move (pan) the iPhone continuously and slowly to the right. Be sure to keep the arrow moving along the blue line to keep the panorama as straight as possible.


5.  Either pan for the full 240 degrees that is the default size, or press the done button when you have what you want.

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6. Here are two quick final results I got by varying where I stood and the degrees I panned.

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1. Open the standard camera app:

2. Press the camera icon  to pop-up the options, and then press on the panorama icon:
3. Now position the camera at the left or right most point of the panorama you wish to capture. You’ll be able to go either direction.

4. Press the blue capture button and the capturing process begins.  Move (pan) the camera slowly to the right or left and notice how the progress bar below the image will move as you pan. You can wait until a full 180 degree capture is made, or stop at any point by pressing the blue button.

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5. Once you stop, the panorama will begin to render. This may take a few minutes, depending on how powerful your phone is.


Here is the final image:


Add some word art 

Now you can edit the image to your liking, including the addition of word art. Here’s another example:


Still using an older smartphone?

If your smartphone is using an older operating system that doesn’t support the newest native Panorama apps, there are some really good apps that might work for you. These will work a bit differently and might not be as simple, but will still provide excellent panorama shots. A web search will find you others as well, but these seem to be amongst the most used out there.

Coming soon, I’ll show you  how Google’s “photospheres” and “tiny planets” have made the next leapfrog in panoramic technology. It is a decent bet that the next iPhone, due out this fall, will include a similar feature.

 iPhone Panorama Apps:

 Android Panorama Apps

Have fun shooting! Kris Shefveland and team

One Template = Endless Possibilities {ideas}!

August 30th, 2013

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My absolute favorite products to use when scrapbooking are templates. They’re already set up to be beautiful layouts, so all I need to add my photos and grab a kit or paper pak to match. SO simple. But the other fantastic part about them, is that you can move everything around, change the colors, add word art and additional elements, duplicate layers, remove layers, and completely transform them! That’s what our creative team did with this beautiful new set of templates made by Melinda. Introductory sale through Monday, September 2!


As you can see, just by using a different page pak, the templates take on a completely different look. So every time you use one, it’s like you have created a totally new layout. Don’t be afraid to mix and match kits to make something really unique! This first template is perfect for Project Life or Instagram photos!

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Follow us on Pinterest for more digital art  and photography tips/inspiration!


Happy creating! Michelle and team

Apartment Decorating on a Budget! {get it printed no. 22}

August 25th, 2013

For the first time since my older sister Alyssa moved out of the house for college (5 years ago), we are finally living together again! This summer we got an apartment in St. Paul, and it’s been amazing! We’ve been best friends forever, so it couldn’t be a more perfect living situation. We spend most of our time cooking with ingredients we’re growing in our garden and gathering at local farmer’s markets, reading while lounging on our thrift-store furniture, and exploring some of this beautiful city.


Our apartment was built around the 1950s, so it’s got quite a bit of character and we love it! So as I set to work decorating it (Alyssa didn’t quite inherit the creative genes in our family…just kidding Alyssa!), I thought carefully about what we had to work with and how I could get away with not spending much money. For my bedroom, I had a blue and white vintage bed spread and a wooden bed frame, so I scavenged all my belongings for blue, white, and brown items that were pretty and worked well together. It’s always a good idea when decorating to draw inspiration from a central piece in your room. Whether it’s a pillow, a painting, or a rug, it helps to have something to connect everything to.


To my surprise I had a lot more to work with than I thought, and my findings all happened to have something else in common. Birds. I had found a painting I had made a few years ago of a bluebird on a page from an old dictionary, a handmade dream-catcher with teal blue feathers and wooden beads, an antique license plate with eagle symbols from Alaska  (my mom’s birth place), and a wooden pair of birds that I had recently acquired at a garage sale. To go along with these was a clay cross I got in Guatemala and a handmade driftwood jewelry hanger. All that was missing was a large central piece that would bring it all together. I already had a really pretty faux wood frame, I just needed the right something to put in it: a layout my mom had made fit the scheme very nicely, so I had it printed to fit the frame and hung it up. The rest of my found objects were then dispersed around the frame (I changed my mind many times) and attached to the wall.

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In the dining/living room of the apartment, there’s a little nook where we put the kitchen table and there is a huge open wall that was just begging me to do something with it. Since large scale prints are expensive, I thought of a more frugal way to go about it. I’ve been collecting old records for a couple of years, never really having a plan for them, I just love the covers. So with the help of some handy little 3M poster strips, I hung the record covers along with some plain records in a 3×4 rectangular collage on the wall. This could easily be replicated with 12×12 layouts as well. It was super fun and easy, anyone could do it!

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Stay tuned for more of my apartment decorating adventures and make sure you stop by our DIY photo displays board on Pinterest for more creative and thrifty ideas on how to show off your art!


Happy printing! Rachel and team

Crazy for Circles {inspiration}

August 3rd, 2013

SO. I have a confession. I’m a little obsessed with circles. And by a little, I mean A LOT. Just look at my Instagram feed


There’s just something about them. They’re playful, fun, and we see them everywhere. In the moon and stars; in stop lights and car tires; in plates and bowls; in cookies and pies (those are the best circles, right??); and in camera lenses.

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This week we had a Crazy for Circles Challenge for our creative team. They could use any of the products in our store to make circular themed layouts and show off their photos! One of our newest products allowed for some very creative works of art to be made. This really awesome kit comes with a tutorial PDF on how to use these templates and recreate the effects used in some of the examples shown here. It’s fun and addicting to see what different blending techniques can achieve! Check out our Click.Artistry ShapeBlends and see what I mean!


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Our new Be Bold papers & alphaset helped form these lovely circle layouts…layout details in our gallery here.

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Circles are fabulous things to draw inspiration from. All around us there are so many forms of art that contain circles: from quilts, watercolors, and photography, to sculptures, jewelry, and even furniture. Search your world for all things circle and make something beautiful! PS…if you can’t get enough of these circles, you have to see our Crazy for Circles pinboard on Pinterest!!!


Happy creating! Rachel and team

Capturing the Everyday with your Mobile Device {fave iPhone apps & new art}

July 18th, 2013

Lots to share today! We just released 6 fun new everyday products (our newsletter with sale goes out Friday morning – check your inbox!), and the team’s been busy showcasing their summer memories with them.

One main reason most of us scrapbook is to remember the daily happenings in our lives…those little things that make our life ‘our life.’ Like what games we enjoy, what restaurants we like to go to, what activities our kids are in, how we spend our time, our hobbies, and on and on. Our mobile devices are with us when we are living out these moments and they make capturing them slick and easy.

With my iPhone 5 I use Camera+ as my camera app of choice. It allows me to select separate focus and exposure points via touch screen. Awesome! Our favorite go-to apps for editing on the iPhone and Rachel’s iPod Touch are Mextures, VSCO Cam, Snapseed, and PicTapGo. And then we use Dropbox or email to get the images onto our computer where we can play with them and our art.

Here Rachel shares snippets of her week using her iPod shots blended with our newest Click.Masks 40.

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She gave the two layouts’ photos more depth using Snapseed’s Tilt Shift function (a type of selective focus blur effect mimicking a shallow depth of field). This works for these images since they were all shot at eye level and have a foreground and background. Here one before and after:


Here’s how to achieve the effect in in Snapseed:

Open Snapseed app (available for Apple or Android)

Open photo

Scroll along bottom and select Tilt-Shift button


Four horizontal lines will appear. The blurred section will be between the two centermost lines. To increase this space, press two fingers on screen and spread them outward. Press Apply when satisfied. Note: you can rotate the lines to rotate the direction of the blur, as well.


That’s it! Press save. Share to your desktop via preferred method (Dropbox, email, etc).

With this next layout, she captured a fun birthday meal at a local eatery. Since it was shot from above, everything is on the same plane and a Tilt Shift effect would not be recommended. Another great everyday design element is to take photos of road signs, city signs, restaurant logos/menus and use them on your pages.


While on our recent vacation to Montana, we made fast friends with the neighboring horses. I always had my iPhone with me when going for walks and this beauty, in particular, loved posing! A quick moody edit in VSCO Cam and the photo was ready for making a poster. For a unique design twist, I layered our new Everyday Art Journal Cards 2 all over the landscape background, using Multiply blend mode within Adobe Photoshop Elements (Photoshop and Corel Paint Shop Pro would give same results). It gives a fun patchwork texture effect without being overpowering.


Here are how some of the layers are stacked and blended (click to enlarge):


Rikki loves using our Scrap.Templates and Scrap.Frames with her iPhone/ Instagram shots to quickly share her everyday moments. She says she is now completely addicted to Instagram!

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These are just a few of the ways our mobile devices and apps make everyday digital scrapbooking even more fun!

And see our Everyday gallery for layout details and more of our newest inspiration by the team!


Happy creating! Michelle and team

Adding Blue Sky to Cloudy Photos {how-to}

July 8th, 2013

Happy summer all! We are just back from our fabulous photography road trip to Montana and are so excited to share the photos with you over the next few weeks, along with tips and tricks to make the most of your vacation images. Between Philip, Kris, and I we captured 4000 images with our Canon 7D, Canon S95 point and shoot, iPhone 5, iPad 4, Android HTC Sensation, Lumix DMC-FZ8 point and shoot, and Sony Cybershot DSC-F707 (with infrared filters). Wow, did we shoot!

Today, I want to share a trick I use on so many of my edits, especially when shooting on a drab cloudy day. Just adding this pop of blue adds a ‘happy’ feel to your shots. Quickly done in any image editor that has the gradient tool, we’ll be showing steps using Photoshop Elements. The key is to keep it subtle. Enjoy!

  1. Open your image in Photoshop Elements. sky0
  2. Add a new layer (Layer>New>Layer). sky1
  3. Select your sky color for the foreground color chip. Lately I’ve been liking a retro soft aqua, but this is totally your preference. One idea is to find a sky color you like and sample that color using the color picker tool. My color for this image is b2e72f. sky2
  4. Select the gradient tool on the Tool Bar.
  5. In the top Tool Options bar, choose the type of gradient from the drop down. This technique uses the Foreground to Transparent (second from left on top row). sky3
  6. Now for the only tricky part (once you get the hang of it, it will come naturally). With your mouse or pen tool, click down at top top center of the image, drag straight downward just to a bit below where the sky should end and release mouse or pen. If it doesn’t look right simply undo (and try again). If it’s too intense we can fix that in the next step. sky4
  7. Change blend mode of this sky layer to darken to help it blend into anything not sky (like the mountains in my case). sky5
  8. Adjust opacity for realism (mine looked best at about 77%). sky6
  9. Practice and experiment with different sky colors. Magenta tones are awesome for sunsets. Here’s the final again…

And…watch for our next post celebrating the iPhone 5′s super slick panorama feature (click to view large)!


Happy shooting! Michelle and team

Let Music Guide Your He{art}

July 6th, 2013

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Music is a source of inspiration for so many people. It can be uplifting, calming, energizing, and thought provoking. All music is an art form, from classical to hard rock and everything in between. So whatever music gets you in the mood is probably also inspirational in some way. For me, it’s a mix of folk and pop music. Artists such as Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, and Ingrid Michaelson could keep me going for days.

To celebrate our love of tunes, we just released That’s My Jam Elements & Papers:

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A very fun trend that is happening in the social media world, is sharing lyrics. Whether it’s tweeting them, adding them to Instagram photos, pinning them, or posting them on Facebook, they’re just about everywhere. If you haven’t noticed, just look around and you will start to see them all over the place.


There is a super easy-to-use iPhone app called Over that allows you to choose unique fonts to write on your photos with (for mobile devices). It’s 99 cents, and definitely worth it. But there are plenty of good apps out there that offer similar services for free (such as Phonto for both Android and iPhone), just without as many cute fonts and graphics. Either way, I love to see the creative ways people are using typography in their photos, and my favorite things to write about are music lyrics. There is always a great lyric for basically every situation, so it’s versatile and quite addicting!! Remember to credit artist and use only for personal use.


And of course, lyrics are a great way to express emotion and interest in your scrapbook pages and other digital art. Sometimes a song can bring back memories of a certain time, event, or person, and what better way to hold on to that memory than scrap it?! Other things that lyrics complement well are everyday layouts about the music phase your going through, a concert you attended, or even just to scrap about your absolute favorite band. Here’s a layout I made a while back that features the lyrics to Hey Soul Sister by Train. It was a song I listened to over and over again and felt very connected to. So when I hear that song, it reminds of that time in my life.

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And lyrics aren’t always necessary to create a music-themed layout. Rikki Donovan kept a record of the songs played at a concert she went to in Munich. Playlists are a great thing to scrap about because when you look back, you can remember certain songs that were specific to a period of time.

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Using these fun cassette tapes from our That’s My Jam element pak, you can feature an album that you love in a creative way, like I did with the following page. (I love the Great Gatsby soundtrack that came out recently. I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m just dying to!!)

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Adding a lot of words to a layout can be difficult because it can sometimes look too cluttered. So I’ve compiled this list of free fonts that work well when filling a page with words, such as lyrics. All free for personal use at dafont.


Our creative team came up with more creative ways to use music in art…enjoy!

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Our 7 new releases are on sale through Monday, along with a great sale (newsletter goes out Sunday morning; free sign-up here). – Rachel and team

Summer Shooting and Scrapping {ideas}

June 22nd, 2013

Summer is a cherished season here in Minnesota. After nine months of winter (I’m not kidding this year!) we soak up every last bit of sunshine we can. And it is the perfect time to make memories, which of course must be scrapbooked!! Simple, yet awesome, moments can be made into lasting works of art to display in your home, or share on social media (hello Facebook). So here are just a few ideas of what you can be photographing and scrapbooking right now!

Take in a sporting event (or participate in one!). Baseball is the definition of summer here in the United States. Take your family to a ball game (local, pro, kids) and don’t forget to get a great shot of the field (as well as some of you and your pals enjoying the event). Soccer, rugby, softball, running, bike racing, and swimming are some other great sports to photograph. Great action; great colors! The latest craze here is The Color Run…runners get splashed with crazy-cool colored powder as they cross the finish line. So much fun!!!! And so healthy. We want to find one this summer to do!

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Visit a park.  Local, regional, state, national – any or all of the above. They are perfect for picnics, family photos, reunions, hikes, everything! So pack the car and get on your way to nearest (or farthest) park you can find! Photograph the natural environment unique to the area.

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Take a walk. Such an easy and fun way to fit some activity in your day, as well as smell that sweet summer air. Don’t forget the camera for some really cool nature shots or candids.

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Make wall art. Here’s a seriously spectacular piece of art made by creative team member Marie. She shares with us below how she brought this collage together showcasing her unique landscape photo. Simple and beautiful What better way to spend a rainy summer day!

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“For this image I opened the layered ShapeBlends #01 and selected a few random squares with the magic wand tool. I then created a new layer with those squares. I changed the opacity of that to about 60%. Using the rest of the ShapeBlends I made a clipping mask of the photo. Merging them all together gave me a nice range of color blocks to add my title to.” – Marie

Celebrate your vacation memories! Cell phone cameras are becoming high quality tools, are with you at all times, and allow you to focus more on the fun and less on the technical aspect of photography. I shot this pretty landscape of the Missouri River with my cell phone on our road trip last summer to Arizona. See our Let us be Adventurers pinboard for fabulous travel photography inspiration!

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Enjoy more of the team’s summer scraps in the gallery and the newest products in the shop.

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Our newsletter goes out Sunday morning, with our sale on sports, masculine, and summer kits plus 5 new products through Monday, June 24, 2013. Enjoy!

And if you need a little more summer color in your life, peruse our color love pinboard on Pinterest! It’ll brighten your day, promise ;)


Happy creating! Michelle and team

Tips for taking self-portraits {ideas}

June 9th, 2013

You know what I’m not a fan of? Selfies. AKA self-portraits taken by 12-year-old girls in the bathroom with their duck-face on. I just have never had the urge to take a picture of myself in a poorly lit room with the possibility of a toilet being in the background. So basically the whole self-portrait concept has been slightly tainted with this distasteful approach that is taking over the social-media world. But, when I got an Instagram account, I needed a profile picture to display, and I wanted to take it with my Ipod touch. This put me in quite the dilemma. I HAD to take a selfie. Bummer.

I thought about it and tried different angles and poses, but nothing came off as artistic or sincere. So I went about it a different way, and I came out with this photograph:


Not exactly the traditional “selfie” but there’s something about it that stuck. Here is a list of the steps I took to get a shot that I actually loved.

1. Make a mental list of your favorite features.

Not to be confused with “best” features. This can be hard, especially for those of us who are a little (or a lot) self-conscious. But it was a really interesting exercise, and it ended up working out for me. So really think about what you like about yourself. Note: it doesn’t necessarily have to be what others say they like about you. For me, it was my lips. Weird, I know. There is just something about them I personally like. I also was a having a good hair day, so I guess that helps :P This step is really important because you have to be positive! None of that “I hate my chin,” or “my nose is too big,” etc. Self-love is the best way to take a winning self-portrait. The next image is an edit I did in the app Snapseed.


2. Lighting is key.

Using flash with self portraits is often a no-no. Please don’t use it, especially not in the mirror of a department store restroom. Seriously. Natural light is almost always best, as I’m sure most of you already know. Turn your face toward the light, it will help keep your eyes from falling into shadow and looking like black holes. However, natural light isn’t always necessary, if you have some nice warm lights in your house or studio, you can make good use of them too. Just don’t let the light be so bright that your features are blown out.

Here’s another photo I took recently at a park near the Mississippi River (edited in the app PicTapGo). I was sitting on a fallen tree that was hanging out over the water (don’t worry, it was totally safe! I think…). Maybe it was because I was walking on the wild side, but I wanted to capture an image of myself at that moment. That leads me to next tip.


3. Get yourself in a good mood!

Try it! Take a photo of yourself on a day when it’s gloomy, you’re overloaded with work, and a headache is creeping up on you. Then take one when the sun is shining, you’re feeling relaxed, and you just won the lottery! WOO! I guarantee you will end up liking the photo of you in a great mood better than the one where you were feeling down.

What I really like about the last photo, is that I was carefree, and my hair was doing this funky thing that I was kind of into. Between getting my face in focus, keeping the hair out of my eyes, and just feeling good about the photo, about a dozen photos were taken before I got this one. (I made the following layout with this photo using this week’s new art in the shop.)


4. Have someone else shoot your portrait or use a tripod with a self-timer.

For Mom, Dad is her walking tripod. She sets the camera settings, works on the pose, composition, and lighting and has Dad shoot away. Here’s my recent favorite of hers, as it also tells a story of their recent sunny trip to Arizona. Good shot, Dad!


5. Be patient.

Taking a self-portrait is a journey. You will see new things in yourself and hopefully learn to appreciate your own unique beauty all the more. Experiment with different lighting, facial expressions, outfits, hairstyles, moods, everything! Don’t be too critical of yourself and have fun, because you most likely won’t like the photos if you are constantly finding all of the flaws. Now go out there and take that selfie! But please, no toilets! ;)

Happy shooting! Rachel

P.S. Want to see some stunning portraits? Look through our Soft and Beautiful pinboard on Pinterest for breathtaking beauty (many are professional shots or self portraits using a tripod/self-timer). Love!

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