I love playing dress up with Olivia for photos! My family just shakes their head but I love it, and so does she. I fell in love with photography when we started collaborating with brands on Instagram. They send us products, and we take photos for them to use for their social media and website. It can get overwhelming at times, but it’s a lot of fun! Plus, Olivia gets some pretty stuff. We’re working on getting Solomon involved, but he’s not as willing to pose for mom haha.

I started learning photography through photo shoots with Olivia modeling clothing from small shops. While playing around with different angles, lighting and locations, my photos of her have slowly started to improve!

This photo is shot in what is called depth of field. That’s when the camera focuses on a subject, and blurs the rest of the elements in the photo. I shot this in Auto mode, so the camera did it for me. You can create your own depth of field in Manual mode as well. I have been trying this recently, but I’m still getting blurry photos! I know it takes a lot of practice to get the hang of it.

She’s modeling a handmade knit bonnet from Etsy shop, Henn’s Nest. I absolutely love handmade items, and was super excited to get this in the mail! It’s also starting to cool down in Florida, so it came just in time. The pretty linen dress is from The Dress Shop and adorable platinum mary janes are from Freshly Picked.

There are two different types of depth of field: shallow and deep. Shallow is when the background of a photo is slightly out of focus. Deep is when is the background is more blurry. To get more deep depth of field, place your subject as far from the background elements as you can to get the blurry effect. You’ll notice the blurry background in this photo, as Olivia is a good distance from what is blurred out.

How you adjust your aperture and zoom (or focal length) will also determine your depth of field. I usually zoom in as close as I can and adjust my physical distance from Olivia when I’m taking photos of her. This usually gets the ideal depth of field. Make sense?

Have you been practicing depth of field shots lately? Share your tips with me in the comments!