How to take better pictures | Learning the Exposure Triangle

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How to take better pictures | Learning the Exposure Triangle

Would you believe me if I told you these pictures were taken with the same camera and the same lens? 

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No?

Welp, they were! I used a Canon 5D mark iii & an 85 mm 1.8 lens for both of these images. They were taken in the same location and edited with the same settings. 

So why do they look so different? Because my camera settings were different! This is why the person behind the camera totally matters! The image on the left is super grainy & boring while the picture on the right looks creamy and pops! 

The setting that will give you that nice blurred background, also referred to as bokeh, is your aperture (F-Stop). 

The lower the F-Stop number (like 1.8) the more blurred your background will get. Boom.  

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So why wouldn't you always have a lower F-Stop number? When you decrease the F-Stop number, a couple of things will happen that will affect your picture.  

1.  Your picture will become brighter because you are increasing the opening size, letting more light into your lens.

2. The point of focus will decrease. Meaning there will be a shallow radius of focus. If there were another person next to or behind Jonny/ Clark Kent (the focus point) they would be less in focus than Jonny in the right picture and equally in focus in the left picture. 

ISO: 250 | F 1.8 | 1/2000 sec

ISO: 6400 | F/13 | 1/2000 sec

So, now that you believe me that these were taken with the same camera, here are the camera settings I used.

I hope this was helpful! Next, I'll talk about ISO & Shutter speeds. If you have any questions at all, I'm here to help! just write your question in the comments section and I'll do my best to answer them! 

Just remember, we all start from somewhere! 

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Colleen + Clayton | Old City, Philadelphia Engagement

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Colleen + Clayton | Old City, Philadelphia Engagement

This past weekend I got to hang out with Colleen and Clayton in beautiful Old City Philadelphia! We had a lot of fun exploring the city together as we captured and celebrated their new engagement. Colleen + Clayton are getting married in Philadelphia this summer and it's where they initially met, so I thought they picked the perfect location for their engagement session! We were hoping for some snow because it was in the forecast but that's okay, their pictures still turned out to be super cute! Congratulations Colleen + Clayton! I'm soo happy for both of you!! =] 

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Alyssa + Jeff | Newlin Grist Mill Engagement

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Alyssa + Jeff | Newlin Grist Mill Engagement

I had so much fun with Alyssa + Jeff as we played around and captured some sweet love. Their love story is the cutest. They met in 5th grade and later became high school sweet hearts. While shooting their engagement session I asked them some questions and tested their love a bit. For example, “What is Alyssa’s favorite dessert?” - Potato chips! While we played in the pretty light and took some pretty pictures I got to know them and I really think these two have all of the ingredients to make for a delicious (but healthy) marriage. I can’t wait to hang out with them on their wedding day and witness the start of their new chapter as husband and wife. 

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Jess, Craig + Clara-Rose ( 3 months )

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Jess, Craig + Clara-Rose ( 3 months )

This family is just the cutest and it just got even cuter with their newest addition -3 month old, Clara-Rose! She is such a sweet baby and loves blowing bubbles with her mouth! I loved capturing such a sweet time in their lives and I'm looking forward to capturing many more milestones! =] 

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Laura + Ryan // Woodsy Autumn Wedding // Bowman's Wildflower Preserve // PA, Wedding Photographer

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Laura + Ryan // Woodsy Autumn Wedding // Bowman's Wildflower Preserve // PA, Wedding Photographer

Laura & Ryan – I just love these two! You might remember their beautiful faces from their Tyler State Park Engagement session about a year ago!  Laura & Ryan had my dream wedding with pretty light, beautiful weather, colorful leaves and flowers & the sweetest ceremony with lots of laughs and smiles as they exchanged their vows. I knew Laura & Ryan would be my new favorite when they told me they just wanted to hike in the woods on their wedding day. I hope you like their gorgeous fall wedding at Bowman's Wildflower Preserve and The Lambertville Station Inn – I had SO many favorites, it was hard to narrow down, but I did my best! <3

 

Vendors :

Flowers: Pod Shop | Makeup: Anna Skavronsky of  Anna Sky Beauty & Liz Huffer | Hair: Jessica Colella | Cake: Cia Bella | Band : The Kenny Johnson Trio | Second Shooter: Lisamarie

 

 

 

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Maura's 1st birthday \\ Valley Forge National Park, PA Photographer

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Maura's 1st birthday \\ Valley Forge National Park, PA Photographer

The last time I took photos of Maura, she was 3 weeks old. She was adorable then, but I swear she just keeps getting cuter and cuter. Maura is such a happy baby, she's so expressive and loves to smile. She also loves cheerios and her sock monkey. This baby girl brightened my whole day and I'm missing her so much already. I can't wait to take more pictures of this beautiful family - Julia, Wes & Maura you are my favorite. 

 

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Sweater Weather Styled Shoot | Sam & Maddi

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Sweater Weather Styled Shoot | Sam & Maddi

Sam & Maddi's Sweater Weather Styled shoot by Dear Sweetheart Events  & Hope Taylor was super comfy, cozy and cute! This shoot was filled with so many fall favorites like pumpkins, apple cider donuts, blankets and topped off with some pretty golden hour. These girls were so fun to shoot because they totally owned the camera, even if at times it felt like the paparazzi was following them around. I'm super excited to show these pretty girls off!!

P.S. Special shout out to these vendors for making this styled shoot so pretty!

 

  • Hair & Makeup | Hello Darling Beauty |@hellodarlingbeauty 
  • Wardrobe | Monkee's of Fredericksburg |@fredmonkees
  • Studio Space | Snapspace Studios 
  • Fall Decor | Dear Sweetheart Events| @dearsweetheartevents 
  • Calligraphy | The Littlest Paperie | @thelittlestpap
  • Workshop teacher & Coordinator| Hope Taylor | @hopetaylorphotography
 
 
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Hope Taylor Senior Workshop

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Hope Taylor Senior Workshop

Last week I arrived in Fredericksburg, Virginia where I got to meet the lovely Hope Taylor & made 11 new photographer friends who were all so sweet. A lot of them had such a southern charm and hospitality about them, I fell in love with them and their accents so fast. I am one of those people who always tries to talk in a southern acc- actually any accent really because I just love them; but didn't actually bring it out during this occasion which was probably good judgment. One time I pretended to be British to an English guy at a bar and when he asked where I was from, I said "Liverpool" where he then replied "Oh ya? Then why do you have a London accent?" I'm pretty sure he stopped talking to me after that.  

One of my favorite parts about attending workshops is meeting new people who share your same passions and understand all of the struggles and wins when it comes to running a business. 

This all day workshop involved so much good food like Chick - fil- a and cupycakes for lunch and the biggest box of pizza I've ever seen for dinner. (It took 2 plates to eat one slice of this pizza!) but it was probably the most delicious slice of pizza I've ever had.

When we weren't eating we were learning and shooting. We went over everything from business to camera settings, posing, lighting and editing! Hope's studio is so stinken cute. She has it decorated so comfy and chic. It's basically any girls dream closet! Just take a look for yourself.  

 

These are some of the pretty girls I got to shoot along side of at the workshop! They're all so adorable and sweet! 

Lindsay 

Lindsay 

Heather 

Heather 

Michelle 

Michelle 

Baylee

Baylee

Gina 

Gina 

Alexa 

Alexa 

Angel 

Angel 

Melynda 

Melynda 

Amanda 

Amanda 

Check out the first styled shoot from the workshop HERE. =]

 

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HTP Senior Workshop | Alyssa

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HTP Senior Workshop | Alyssa

Alyssa was such a sweetie to work with. Her plans after graduation are to go to college for event planning which fits her personality perfectly. She loves organizing and is so put together for just a senior!  Who knows? Maybe one day we'll get to work a wedding together! 

  • Hair & Makeup | Hello Darling Beauty |@hellodarlingbeauty
  • Wardrobe | Monkee's of Fredericksburg |@fredmonkees
  • Studio Space | Snapspace Studios 
  • Model | Alyssa | @hopetaylorseniors
  • Workshop teacher & Coordniator | Hope Taylor | @hopetaylorphotography
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Matt & Honglei's Brooklyn Bridge Proposal

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Matt & Honglei's Brooklyn Bridge Proposal

Matt & Honglei's Brooklyn Bridge Proposal was one of the sweetest moments I ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I feel soo honored Matt chose me to capture one of the most pivotal moments in their lives. Matt threw around a couple of location ideas to me and he ended up deciding on the Brooklyn Bridge...on the coldest day of the year but I'm so glad he did even if  my fingers were in extreme danger in the shooting of this proposal. I couldn't have picked a more memorable and pretty place to pop his sweet, sweet question. 

Matt and Honglei, Congratulations!! You two are so cute and hopefully, we can do this photo thing again on warmer days! 

xoxo, 

Lexy

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spoiler alert: SHE SAID YES!

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Cris + Tiffany's Beach Engagement \\ Asbury Park, NJ Wedding Photographer

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Cris + Tiffany's Beach Engagement \\ Asbury Park, NJ Wedding Photographer

My couples inspire me every day when it comes to love because relationships are hard. Choosing someone every day for the rest of your life is the biggest commitment and honestly, me being a single person - it's something that scares me. I know my couples are choosing each other not because they're perfect but because they're able to see through their imperfections. Your relationships aren't perfect. In fact, on the way down Cris and Tiffany were giving me some insight on how they knew they were ready to be committed for life; and what was so refreshing was they didn't just talk about all of the things that were perfect. What stood out to me was the things that were not so perfect but they still chose to love anyway. 

These pictures are important because I know that every relationship will go through bumps and your engagement is so special and so exciting. It's probably one of the happiest points in your relationship because it's so crazy-amazing that you both are choosing to do life together. I want my couples to be able to look back on these pictures on the rocky days and remember how much love they have for each other and why they said yes to forever in the first place. 

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ASHLEY LARGESSE WORKSHOP STOWE, VT

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ASHLEY LARGESSE WORKSHOP STOWE, VT

Before this workshop the only thing I knew about Vermont was maple syrup. After the 9 hour drive up to Vermont and getting to shoot along side so many talented and creative business owners, I learned Vermont was about a lot more than just maple syrup. Vermont is one of the prettiest places I've ever seen. It's surrounded by beauty everywhere you turn. So many mountains and trees and prettiness. I learned that one day I will most likely have a house there. I learned that I'm in my zone when I'm surrounded by beauty and my dream weddings to shoot are all about being around people that love and appreciate natures beauty just as much as I do! :)

Photographer & Teacher: @ashleylargesse | Venue: @edsonhillvt | Floral Design: @jaysonmunndesign | Stationery: @christa_alexandra | Dress: @everthinebridal | Hair: @kerryarmstrongformalhairdesign | Makeup: @jenniferperelliemakeup | Rentals: @vermonttent | Calligraphy: @dancing.ink | Jewelry: @ederajewelry | Giveaways: @farmhousegroupevents | Giveaways: @etceteraeventcompany

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Morgan's 27!

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Morgan's 27!

Morgan turned 27! 

I wanted this shoot to be the essence of Morgan. What is a Morgan? That's a complex question with a complex answer - but to sum her up - I'd have to say she's a lover of anything involving grass stains and knee scrapes, ray bans and suntans, candy cigarettes and the color blue, 

If I had to describe Morgan 20 years ago, I'd probably have the same answer. Morgan is older and wiser than me by 10 short days and ever since we were little we were rolling down hills, spinning in circles till we were too dizzy to stand and fighting over who got the blue crayon in the box. Fast forward 20 years and not much has changed. Morgan is still such a beautiful soul.

My gift to Morgan was that she could look back on these pictures and remember that she's still that same little kid on the inside who just loves playing outside, soaking up the sun and being a total goofball. I wanted her to see how beautiful she is through my eyes and my lens so on those days when we don't really feel like ourselves she can take a glimpse back in time and remember at the core of her being, this is who she is, this is who she wants to be and this is why she is so so loved. 

Happy birthday Morgan! I love you

xoxo

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Austin's 1st Birthday

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Austin's 1st Birthday

Baby Austin just turned 1 and to celebrate Charlotte and Chris were surprised with a photoshoot from their sweet friends! It makes my heart soo so happy knowing they will get to cherish these photos forever and ever; and I just couldn't be happier with how they came out. Austin was such a cutie and he loved nothing more than to be as high as he could get on his daddy's shoulders, so it was no surprised that when I tried to get him to sit down on the ground, he wanted none of that. 

I had such a fun time with this one and I loved the location Charlotte chose, the Race Street Pier in Philadelphia. This might be my new favorite spot in Philly even! 

Charlotte and Chris, thank you so much for letting me shoot you guys :) Austin, Happy birthday little dude!! 

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Laura & Ryan's Winter Giveaway - Tyler State Park

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Laura & Ryan's Winter Giveaway - Tyler State Park

Laura & Ryan were randomly selected for the free winter photoshoot giveaway and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to shoot!  This was the first time meeting them, and I knew right away that I wanted to be their new best friend. They were so fun to work with and so easy to shoot because of their sweet, sweet love for one another but I secretly think they could both be models. We hopped around to several different locations within Tyler Park, but hey let me just show you instead! Caution: Be advised, cuteness overload to come. 

xoxo, 

Lexy 

 

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Love Affair Workshop: Part I

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Love Affair Workshop: Part I

I attended a workshop hosted by my favorite photographer, Lauren Fair at her farm in Pennsylvania. This day was an absolute dream come true. It was full of sunshine, rain, networking, learning and most importantly growing. I fell even more in love with the idea of being able to have my own business while making people feel so special and beautiful at the same time. I learned so much about posing, lighting and everything involved with being a girl boss.  I would have been happy leaving with just the knowledge I had soaked up in the first part of that day, little did I know there would be an entire production set up with hand-lettered backdrops, vintage couches, the prettiest flowers I ever saw, and the most beautiful inside-out wedding cake! Everything was so well thought out and planned. This day changed my life, and made me a better person, photographer and business lady. I'm so thrilled with these images! I can't thank you enough Lauren + Tim!

xoxo 

 

p.s. Thank you as well to: @oleanderfloral for the amazing floral arrangements, @maggpievintage for all of the lovely props, @dolcevitadesserts for the prettiest naked cake @lovelybride for letting us play dress up, @sandpiperandco for the beautiful hand-lettered backdrop and stationary, @truebeautymarks for the most beautifully natural makeup that tied the whole look together and of course the best models I could have asked for, Andrea and Jeremiah because of their real life love for each other and his sick nasty man bun. :) 

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Lauryn + KC's Wedding

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Lauryn + KC's Wedding

Lauryn + KC's wedding day was absolutely perfect. It was filled with so many smiles, laughs and happy tears. There was so much love to capture, it was like a photographer's playground. I am so honored that I was able to be apart of such an important day in their lives. I wish you two nothing but the happiest of days together! 

xoxo

 

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Lauryn + KC's Engagement Photoshoot

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Lauryn + KC's Engagement Photoshoot

Lauryn + KC are one of the cutest couples I have ever met.  They have that best friend kind of love. They're so silly and carefree when they're together and it just makes my face and my heart  smile. 

I just LOVED the location they picked to take their engagement pictures. Not only was the Ambler Theater gorgeous, but it also took them back to where it all started. They now live together with the two most adorable kitties Parmesan & Gouda.

Lauryn and KC I can't wait to be back in June shooting one of the most important and special days of your life. It truly is an honor. 

 

 

 

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