This week our theme was “comfy,” which was a welcome theme as many of us head into winter and colder temps. Going through these pictures made me want to curl up under a blanket myself! Take a few minutes to read the tips here on the blog, then go check out these ladies on Instagram to see more of their great work!

– Kelley K (@kelleykphoto)


Kaela wrote: This image was shot with Canon 5D iii and Sigma Art 50mm lens. It was processed in Lightroom with @smalpresets Wild 04 + Tone 2 and warmed it up a bit with the temp scale. Then i put the image in Photoshop and used curves to darken the image a bit and then used the dodge tool to brighten their faces and eyes a bit. i got them to lay down on the blanket and make silly faces and tickle one another! I got baby girl’s attention by making silly noises and singing. Lots of fun behind the scenes! I was standing above and almost behind them. I flipped the image 90 degrees clockwise after edit because i liked the vertical angle of it even though i shot it horizontally. Hope this helps!


Courtney wrote: It snowed for the first time of the season yesterday, so I loaded my husband and daughter into the car and headed to our nearby pass. I didn’t necessarily want her ski jacket in the picture so I asked my husband to wrap the two of them in a blanket and spin around. He did a couple of spins before they stopped and I captured this moment. She loves him so much, and I can see it in the way she’s looking at him. This image has become one of my favorites and I’m so honored to have you feature it. I used my 85 1.8 1/1600


Holly wrote: I freelensed this with my 85mm. I stood on a step ladder to get high enough to get this angle… but I wanted to use the 85 rather than a wider angle so I would get more compression and prettier bokeh. My biggest tip for freelensing is that you barely have to move your lens. I set my exposure with my lens attached. I shoot nikon, so I have to rig my lens to get it to stay open when detached. I do this with masking tape and tape the little lever open on the aperture ring. Once I do this, I line it back up with the dot as if I were going to attach it. I set my focus to infinity and then make tiny movements until o get that slice of focus and pretty blur! Using live view helps a lot too! I have freelensed with my 35 before and it was harder for me… but it is definitely possible. I’m much more successful with my 85!

freelensing is where you take the photo with the lens not attached to the camera. You tilt the lens subtly to get a narrow slice of focus and dreamy blur. detaching the lens all the way from the camera body. And you hold it in place and move it slightly instead of attaching it to the body.


Margaret wrote: I actually used photoshop on this one- I made a brush for the sunlight to enhance the natural sun filtering in (unless I started up my smoke machine I’m afraid you couldn’t see it in-camera) and added a little dust overlay to bring out the light’s magic ✨❤️ I also used Jessica Drossin’s “eden” overlay (I’m obsessed) and bumped the contrast a little.


Maddi wrote: Love me some sleepy babies. The back light in this photo came from her bedroom window and the rest was already pretty dark. I adjusted my blacks and shadows to bring out the moodiness. While also filling in some areas to make them darker.


Laura wrote: I love having a wide angle lens for indoor shots, especially for a bird’s eye view. This was shot with my 35mm. Our couch isn’t against a wall, so it’s easy for me to just pull up a chair behind it and snap away!
How does she achieve the muted colors?
Part of it is the preset I use (@embrace_nation ), but I also tend to dress my kids in neutral toned clothing which helps give that look. Here everyone was in white, gray, or blue. Same with the blankets.