When you’re shooting do you think about transitions? I always think about my whole session as a movie - even though it’s in stills. How am I going to bring my viewer along on the journey? Are they going to be confused or am I going to give them the images required for the whole thing to make sense. Transitions can be trick as they often require forethought and a bit of planning. You have to anticipate what’s going to happen next and be ready for the shot. - Kelly
Did you catch this week’s creativity exercise? We’re talking faceless portraits this week! The link to read all about it is up on the blog. As always, we’d love to see what you come up with! Make sure to tag us and use #unscriptedmentoring • • • • • #momswithcameras #childhoodunplugged #pixel_kids #cameramama #momtogs #our_everyday_moments #simplychildren #mom_hub #uniteinmotherhood #kidsforreal #documentyourdays #magicofchildhood #mytinymoments #subjectlight #thepursuitofjoyproject #motherhoodrising #momtog #childofig
Quick tip: Have a location that isn’t very interesting or have something you’d like to hid?? Hide behind a plant or bush and use it to frame your subject, add visual interest AND hide objects. No plant? Grab something else (or even a house plant!) and hold it in front of your lens as you shoot. - Kelly #unscriptedmentoring
“I have gained so much from Kelly & Jenny each week as they critique my work. "Critique" has never been a negative experience for me but rather an opportunity for growth. I am learning how to apply new techniques from shooting to editing and pushing my creativity each week. One of the most surprising things for me is the encouragement I receive, which is boosting my confidence and helping me to value my own work so much more." - Cheryl. 💛 //// Did you know we offer weekly photo critiques? Each week you get to submit a photo and you receive feedback Jenny and me. We dig into whatever you’re wanting feedback on - composition, editing, creativity, inspiration. We often go way deeper than the original image you submit, helping you hone your craft. As an added bonus, each week we record all critiques in your small group together, so you get to view other critiques too, which are packed with helpful info. Want to see if it’s right for you? You’re in luck as we’re offering a 2️⃣ week free trial! 🎉The link is in our bio to start your trial. If after 2 weeks you feel like we aren’t the right fit for you, there’s no hard feelings and you’re not out a single penny. - Kelly
As humans, we naturally look to faces first. We read people's expressions, we look to the eyes for strength or vulnerability, we read emotions. But what if we didn't have the face to look at? How would you tell a story without a face? This week, we're going to find out as we're going to make Faceless portraits. All the details are up on the blog, tap the link in our profile. Be sure to tag your Faceless portraits with #unscriptedmentoring so we can find you! -Jenny
Did you catch this week’s creativity exercise? The full details are in our bio - head on over to check it out. ❤️
Embrace the chaos. 😜That’s my motto when it comes to large families. Truthfully they are some of my favourite families to work with as they generally have no choice except to go with the flow. But, even through the chaos, I always work hard to make sure that I capture everyone’s unique personalities. One of my tricks, that I mentioned in our stories last week, is to make sure to get all the larger group shots out of the way at the beginning of the session. That way, if one kid (or all kids!), decide they are 100% through with sitting still, we’re all good as we already have what we need.
What photography accessory could you not live without? For me, it’s my hand straps. I could give up my neck strap in a second, but whenever I shoot without a hand strap I feel so naked. For years I used a Ciesta (and still do on my backup), but my absolute new favourite is the Clutch by @peakdesign . It attaches lickity split, adjusts so easily and feels so much nicer against my hand than leather. If you’re curious about what else is in my camera bag (which just also happens to be Peak Design), I’ve linked a blog post from a few months back in our bio that lists everything I carry with me. What’s the one accessory you couldn’t live without????
You guys it’s 4am here and I’m posting this from the car on the way to the airport for our family holiday. I had great plans of jumping onto stories yesterday to ramble about balance and trying to find it when you’re a small business owner but also a parent, but I got sidetracked doing a gazillion other things (remember the days when you only had to pack for yourself???). So here I am in the car finishing up my work and sharing a post to tell you the STRUGGLE IS REAL! Whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for awhile trying to find balance is a constant struggle. Running a business can be all consuming, with endless to-do lists, mom guilt for working instead of playing, or the opposite and feeling guilty for playing instead of working. We’re always thinking about our business, the things we want to do, the things we should be doing, the things we want to look into. I usually schedule my time out pretty well and have even gone as far as an hour by hour plan for each day (I recommend this method!) but then the busy season happens, all your newborns are born the same week, you suddenly get a bunch of emails you weren’t expecting, or it’s the week before a holiday that you don’t want to bring any work on and it feels like you’re permanently working with no balance at all. Dinner becomes a bag of crisps or whatever you can find in the cupboard, you do enough work each day just to get by and you feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. So all you entrepreneurs out there, this is me saying I get you and I feel your struggle. But the benefit is we get to manage our time however we like, we get to take holidays when we want and we get to decide when to shut off for a bit. So I’m going to go quickly finish off my other work now (cause we work when we can!) and then shut off for a bit, because we all, even us small business owners, need a break every once in a while! -Jenny
Ready to get down LOW and look up HIGH? This week’s photography creativity exercise is L I V E. 😄 Find it by clicking the link in our bio. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this week - make suer to tag us and use #unscriptedmentoring so we can find you! - Kelly
What I love most about stripping away the colour from an image, is that you are instantly drawn to the emotion, connection and story within the image. There is a timeless, nostalgic and moody quality to black and whites that can't always be achieved in colour. What about you, what do you love most about black and white photography? . . . . #unscriptedmentoring #cameramama #clickinmoms
Have you seen this week’s creativity exercise yet? It’s all about shooting for black and whites, tap the link in our profile for the full exercise. We’ve shared lots of our black and whites here and on the blog and we’d love to see yours! Please keep tagging #unscriptedmentoring so we can ogle over your images!😊 -Jenny . . . #cameramama #clickinmoms #clickitupanotch
Hello Friends! Following on from Kelly’s introduction yesterday, it’s my turn to say Hi! I’m Jenny from @jennyrusbyphotography, the other half of @unscriptedmentoring with Kelly from @fiddleleafphoto. Here’s 5 random facts about me you never knew you wanted to know: 1️⃣For a reason unknown to me, I’ve been a lover of sheep for a long time and one of my most favourite memories is running thru a beautiful field full of sheep all around me in New Zealand. 2️⃣I have a slight obsession photographing the colour red. I did it so often that people stated to ask if I dressed my kids in red on purpose. At the time I did it subconsciously, but now I definitely do it on purpose! 3️⃣ After watching the movie Space Camp as a kid, I was desperate to go and become an astronaut. I watched the movie on repeat and I may have developed a little crush on Tate Donavan!😍 4️⃣ Until we moved into our house we built 2 years ago, I moved house (and a few times countries) every year since I was 18 and left home for college, so some might call me a Pro-Mover! This is home now! 5️⃣ my first DSLR was a Nikon D40. She was a joint present for my husband and myself that we bought ourselves so we could take good pictures on our honeymoon...which we did all on Auto🤦🏼♀️! As my interest in photography grew, she quickly became ‘my’ camera. She is a beast of a camera that went everywhere with me and I knew her inside and out! When it was time to upgrade, I couldn’t bare to sell her so she still sits pride of place on my desk. Your turn! I’d love to get to know more about you so please share a fun fact or two.😊 . . . #unscriptedmentoring #cameramama #clickinmoms
Helloooo! Thought it was time I popped out from behind the screen to let you know a little bit about me! I’m Kelly Marleau, one half of the duo behind Unscripted (with my partner in crime, @jennyrusbyphotography). My main gig@is over at @fiddleleafphoto 🙂 How about we do this in random photography facts??? 1. I have a massive fear of changing lenses. I’m talking heart palpitations. I am sure that every time I take that lens off the most massive wind storm is going to come my way and blow all sorts of crap into my sensor. 2. Somewhat related to above, but also for so many more reasons that my irrational fear, I was a one lens shooter for over 3 years. All I had was my trusty Nikon 24-70 and I boy did I love that thing! She’s still my go-to lens for most client work and if I’m in my house, but I now also have a 24mm that is much lighter for on the go (and a Fuji x100T that does not get enough love!). 3. I bought my first DSLR 7 years ago because I was writing a home decor blog and needed to be able to take better photos of my DIY projects. 4. At least one camera sits on my kitchen counter 95% of the time that I’m home. I have it out and ready, although lately I am going through a bit of a rut with my personal work - That happens from time to time and over the years I’ve gotten better and just riding it out. 5. For most of my life I was going to be a teacher. Then, in some weird twist of events, I ended up finishing university with a degree in Canadian Studies. When I stop and think about it, it still makes very little sense to me. So, I ended up working in HR for 10+ years before figuring out that I needed more creativity in my life. The fact that I’m able to share my photography knowledge through this outlet and teach what I know makes me feel like that love for teaching has come back full circle. Now it’s your turn! Tell me your one photography fear....is it lenses like me? Or something else? Memory cards? freezing up a session? falling off a stool in front of a client? 🙋🏻♀️DO tell....
We’re talking black and white this week. I’m a massive fan of black and white, and although the light generally dictates if I’m going to convert an image or not, one of the added bonuses of black and white is the ability to hide stuff in the shadows. You can do this in colour too, but it looks much more natural in black and white. In this example, there was a diaper box in the left hand corner. I probably could spend time cloning it out, but I knew I was going to convert this image anyhow so I used radiant and graduated filters to darken the shadows in that corner and hide it! Swipe to see the SOOC. - Kelly
How do you cull your images? I use a super simply system in Lightroom, but I always start from the last frame of the session (or day) and work backwards. For years I’d start at the beginning, and then realized that my best work is generally at the end, so it made more sense to start there and work backwards. Doing it this way makes it way faster plus it makes me feel better about my work as generally the last frame of a certain scene is the best one as I take the safe shot and then continually try and make it better. You? Do you have a tried and true method? - Kelly
It’s Black and White Week Friends! If you struggle to see in black and white we’ve got you covered in this week’s creativity exercise and the latest tutorial, tap the link in our bio for all the details. I’m a HUGE lover of black and whites and can’t wait to see the images you make, so please keep tagging #unscriptedmentoring so we can show you some love!😊 -Jenny
Have you seen this week’s creativity exercise? It’s all about editing one image multiple ways, pop over to our blog for all the details (link in our profile). For my share this week I dug into my archives to revisit and edit this maternity image. We’d love to see your edits too so please keep tagging #unscriptedmentoring! - Jenny . . . . . #clickinmoms #clickitupanotch