Tuesday’s Tip: The Not-So-Glamorous Moments {Indianapolis Portrait Photographer}

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s tip is a tip for life overall- a quote to lean into…to soak in.  It is my heart’s desire.  Some days I live into it.  Some days I don’t do so well.  But thankfully God knows my heart…and my heart yearns for it.

For me, photography helps me to enjoy every little thing, to see beauty amidst the ashes, to dance in the rain of life.  It opens my eyes to see.  After reading Ann Voskamp’s book “One Thousand Gifts” I am even more convinced that giving thanks to God amidst the crap of this world is the key to joy.  God is worthy of our thanks.  The fire refines us.  Through the difficulties and hardship, He redefines us and we become whole.  My journey of seeking to dance in the rain is a beautiful ongoing journey of seeking joy in the midst of suffering and giving thanks to God because in this space I need Him.  I yearn for Him.  I realize I can’t live this life on my own strength.  Thank you Meghan Matt for profound words that ties my heart into one beautiful quote!  It’s so easy to have joy when things are good and beautiful, but the challenge to have joy and to en-joy when things are bad, ugly, and not-so-glamorous is one to seek towards.  My days are still challenging since my husband’s accident (almost 4 years ago), but my heart desires this path…the gratitude journey that births joy.


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Tuesday’s Tip: Think Before You Click {Indianapolis Portrait Photographer & Instructor}

Do you feel a little hesitant to shoot in manual mode?  Forget all the numbers and what they do?  Here’s a little cheat sheet for you!  I kinda sorta LOVE that it has a little girl with an umbrella in the corner. 🙂

If you are interested in taking a DSLR class (A.K.A. Say NO to Auto!!), please contact me (Jill) at raindancerstudios@gmail.com.  I may offer another one in July if I have a few more people who are interested!  Blessings to you and yours!


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Tuesday’s Tip: Get Skilled! {Indianapolis Portrait Photographer}

Good morning, friends!  Here’s a few opportunities for those of you who want to learn more about photography!

1.  Check out Creative Live!  They have a speed lighting workshop coming up online this Friday and Saturday.  Click here for more details!  I love the Creative Live stuff.  If you watch it live, it’s free.  There are rewatch opportunities at 8pm, but if you can’t watch either, you can buy it cheap!  Check the course calendar for other opportunities!

2.  Groupon has a deal going on for a 4 week online photography class.  Not sure how good the class is (I know nothing about it!), but feel free to check it out.  For $29, it’s not a bad deal.  Click here for more details!

3.  Contact me if you’re interested in learning to use your DSLR camera or learning how to use Lightroom!  I don’t have another class date set since I just held one this past weekend, yet, but I will once I have enough interest from others!

4.  Check out Indy Photo Coach for other classes.

Happy Tuesday!!


Tuesday’s Tip: 2 + 1 = 3

Happy Tuesday!  Here’s 3 goodies for you this week!

2 inspiration blogs for those of you who enjoy photography + 1 word of encouragement for ANYone and EVERYone = 3 new things to check out!!!


1. Here’s a Dad’s artistic photo journal of his 2 daughters (with the massive use of Photoshop editing!!)  He’s so creative!!!!  //kristinandkayla.blogspot.com/

2. Here’s a photography resource!  Each month they issue an online magazine for photographers.  Check it out!  http://www.lemonadeandlenses.com/

3. Here’s a blog post about the “reward” of conformity.  http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/the-reward-for-conformity-is-that-everyone-likes-you-but-yourself/


***Stay tuned this upcoming week for more blog posts with spring photos…and my secret Easter project!!! 🙂

Tuesday’s Tip: If you LOVE photography, you must get…

…a photography journal to keep track of all the good stuff you learn about photography!

Happy Tuesday!  Today I highly recommend starting a photography journal to write down ideas, websites, products you like, and insight you learn from blogs or classes you take.  It’s a great way to store all the good stuff in one location.  I have learned from experience over the past 3 years and have had to recently upgrade to a new journal.   I started one years ago, but it had no organization to it and it quickly became difficult for me to find things.  Eeek!  Everything was everywhere!!  So, I bought a new cute notebook with 4 colored sections that are easily identifiable.  I use it constantly!  It’s SOOOO nice to have a go to book for all my info.  I love having this reference tool and it’s even more helpful now that I have some organization to it!  I still need to filter through my old one and add things from it into the newer one.  Maybe some day. 🙂

Here’s how I break down my 4 sections:

Blue– resources/websites/product info I want to remember

Red– new ideas that pop into my head for my business, photo sessions, location ideas, etc.  it’s my creative spot

Grey– random info & insight gathered from online and other sources

Green– class and workshop notes

If you haven’t started one…you should!  If you have any other ideas to share for organizing all that knowledge out there, please leave a comment!!!

Tuesday’s Tip: Morning Pages & The Artist’s Way

Now introducing…my new morning ritual.  It is SO good for the soul!  I’ve always enjoyed journaling, but this is a new way to journal that I hadn’t tried before.  It is a practice introduced by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way.  I just bought this book and it seems to be fabulous.  It opens with the idea of doing a practice called “Morning Pages.”  The idea is to write 3 pages of random thoughts and feelings every day…to release the junk in your head…to “teach the logic brain to stand aside and let the artist brain play.”  It can be fragmented thoughts, repetitive, negative, and even sound silly.  Julia Cameron says, “All that angry, whiny, petty stuff that you write down in the morning stands between you and your creativity.  Worrying about the job, laundry, the weird look someone gave you- the stuff eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days.”

In the end, the pages unblock the creativity inside and allow for inner strength to be revealed.  We all have a Censor…it is the part of our “leftover survival brain.”  It keeps us safe.  We use it for self-protection, but it hinders our ability to create and risk.  The Morning Pages is a practice of meditation that gives us insight so that we can change.  It alters our brain hemisphere, lowers stress, provides us with creative insights, and helps us to free our minds so that we can connect with our creative source.  This process helps us to discover our own identity and connect to our inner power source, which gives us power to chance and grow.  It helps us to move beyond our own criticism and our feelings of not doing enough.

I’m really excited about starting this new practice.  I find myself intertwining prayer with it constantly and allowing myself to explore whatever comes out.  I hope you find it useful, too.  Even if you don’t ever read the book, you should try doing Morning Pages!  Release your inner creativity and become more of who you were intended to be!

Bonus Tuesday Tip- SUPER Cheap & Chic Frames

I just discovered this today and had to share!! 🙂  This company sells very chic frames either painted or unfinished.  The good news is that 5×7 and 8×10 unfinished frames can be bought for about $20!   I’ve never seen this style of frames available unfinished…makes it a MUCH cheaper decorating options!!  Check them out on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/people/ShapedExpressions.  Grab some paint and some cute pictures to post on your wall!!  Ready, set, go! 🙂