Getting to know Joyful Moments Photography | Galloway Ohio Photographer

Getting to know Joyful Moments Photography | Galloway Ohio Photographer

Who Am I?

Hello, my name is Brittany Lytle. I am a 27 year old female, married to my best friend, and expecting my first child. Our son, Josiah James, is due in September 2017. I received my bachelors degree in science from The Ohio State University in 2012 and became a licensed and certified CT Technologist. I was employed at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 2012-2015 before I made the transition to Ohio Health’s Dublin Methodist Hospital where  I am currently employed. Oh, and I am a photographer and the owner of Joyful Moments Photography, LLC.

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What is Joyful Moments Photography?

Joyful Moments Photography is an LLC based in Galloway Ohio. It became an official business in May of 2016 but originally began in January of 2015. We specialize in maternity, newborn, and baby portraits. Our in-home studio is located in Galloway, Ohio and we also schedule outdoor sessions at parks throughout the central Ohio area.

 

What makes Joyful Moments Photography different?

I take a minimalist approach when photographing my clients. I prefer to make the photo more about the baby or child than the background or prop. While I certainly use props, I don’t like to over-do it with a lot of distracting, elaborate set-ups. I love simple, pure images that capture this very moment in your child’s life before it is gone.

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I believe in making the final image look as much as possible like the real scene that unfolds before me. While I do edit my photographs, I do not add filters and presets to my images. I don’t simply copy and paste an edit from a previous session, or apply a preset that someone else created for a photo they took. I create customized edits for each and every picture I take of your sweet newborn, toddler, or family.

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Currently, 10% of the proceeds from Joyful Moments Photography are donated to Tupelo Children’s Mansion, an orphanage and foster care center in Tupelo, Mississippi. I say, “currently” because one day I hope that percentage will be much higher. This business was created for the sole purpose of spreading joy: for each client and for the children of Tupelo Children’s Mansion. Joyful Moments Photography started as a small non-profit organization functioning through The First Apostolic Church of Dublin and it grew so much in the first year that we took the steps to become an official business. LLC or not, this business will always be centered around creating lasting memories, beautiful images, and making a difference in the lives of those it serves.

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An Adult Christmas | Dublin Ohio Photographer

Typically, as you know, I share a house update on Monday. However, not much has changed at the house over the past week. I can show you what an adult Christmas looks like when you are building a house and moving soon, though.

For Christmas, my husband and I received towels, sheets, pots and pans, and a lot of Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards. My parents also bought us a fire pit and we received a lot of candy.

So here is a photo of my adult Christmas this year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and time with your family!

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About Me Monday | Dublin, OH Photographer

My husband and I have officially decided where our next adventure will lead…Alaska.

This July, we will be visiting Alaska to see four of their national parks. It is our lifelong goal to visit all 59 of the US National Parks, so with eight parks in Alaska alone, it will take multiple trips to accomplish this.

I can’t wait to photograph Mt Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) in Denali National Park. We will also visit Kenai Fjords National Park, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Kobuk Valley National Park. We will be celebrating Independence Day in Anchorage in addition to brief stops in the cities of Fairbanks and Bettles.

This trip has involved about three years of planning and saving, so we are very excited to finally have the opportunity to go! We are also blessed to have my brother-in-law, Randy, joining us on this adventure.

Image source: http://www.denali101.com/denalinationalpark/alaska_national_parks.html

 

 


Photo Tip Tuesday | Central Ohio Photography

For the next three weeks I will be discussing the “exposure triangle.” The exposure triangle has, yep you guessed it, three parts. The three parts are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. This week I will explain aperture.

The aperture determines the amount of light received by the image sensor. It also affects the depth of field, but we will discuss that some other time.

The definition of aperture according to google is “a space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera.” Basically, you can control how much light enters your camera by selecting the size of the opening that allows light in.

The aperture size can be a bit confusing because it seems a little backwards. The smaller the number, f/1.4 for example, the bigger the opening, and the more light allowed to hit the image sensor. The bigger the number, f/16 per say, the smaller the opening, and less light allowed to enter the camera.

Adjustments to the aperture need to be made based on your specific lighting condition. If you are photographing a subject inside, in a poorly lit room, you would want your aperture to be bigger (smaller number) to allow more light to hit the sensor. If you are outside in the bright sunlight, your aperture would need to be smaller (bigger number) so that you image won’t be over exposed.

In the next 2 weeks we will discuss shutter speed and ISO, so don’t forget to stop by.



Photo Tip Tuesday | Central Ohio Photography

Last week I briefly mentioned soft vs hard lighting as well as warm vs. cool. This week I would like to expound on that a little more. This is still just basic information but I hope it will help you understand light a little better.

What makes light hard?

To determine whether a light source is hard or soft, look at the shadows and highlights. If the shadows are too dark and the highlights are too bright, than the light is hard. Because of this, the edges between shadow and highlight will be very defined. The only time you would want to use hard light is if you are strategically trying to make a scene appear very edgy.

If the light source is small or far away (making it appear small) then the resulting light will be hard. An example of hard or harsh light is the sun.

What makes light soft?

As stated before, the best way to determine if a light is soft, is to look at the shadows. If the light is soft, you will notice less of a different between highlight and shadow. Soft light is much more flattering for portraits.

If the light source is large or close (making it appear large) then the resulting light will be soft. An example of soft light would be a large studio light with a soft box or a diffused window.

What does warm/cool light mean?

The phrase “warm light” or “cool light” refers to the color temperature of the light. Color temperatures are measured in Kelvin and can range from red, to white, to blue.

What is warm light?

A warm light would appear as a red/orange color in your photo. The sun is an example of a warm light source.

What is cool light?

Using a cool light source would result in a blue cast on your images. An example of cool light is an LED screen. You will also notice a blue cast in photographs taken in the shade or on an overcast day.


About Me Monday | Central Ohio Photographer

I figured it only seemed logical to tell you about my Thanksgiving for this week’s “About Me” blog post. I would love to tell you about a perfect Thanksgiving Day where everything went as planned but that’s just not the way things go.

First of all, Thanksgiving took place at my parent’s house where I grew up. My mother put me in charge of bringing a dessert, specifically pumpkin cupcakes. I was very excited because I love to bake and I had a recipe I had been wanting to try. So, Wednesday evening I made the cupcakes and planned to ice them with homemade cinnamon frosting on Thursday morning before heading to my parent’s home.

I woke up Thursday morning after a restless night’s sleep and decided that a pumpkin muffin was the perfect way to start Thanksgiving morning (plus it allowed me to taste test my soon-to-be pumpkin cupcakes before feeding them to my family). Let’s just say I  couldn’t even make myself finish the whole thing because it was….well, not great. It was bitter (which makes sense now because it did only called for a 1/2 cup of brown sugar), and it was dry to the point of  it sticking to the roof of my mouth. This was not the sort of dessert I wanted to feed to my family.

So, I tried to come up with a back-up plan. I could have made corn flake cookies (if you have not had one of these, your life is not complete) or I could have run to the store, picked up some canned pumpkin, and tried a different recipe. I’m awful at making decisions so I decided to text my dad to see what he would suggest……no reply. So, I texted my mom to see what she wanted me to bring instead….no reply. At this point I was getting very stressed. My husband finally woke up and I explained the issue and he wasn’t of much assistance either. I finally got ahold of my dad and all he did was tell me not to stress about it and do whatever I wanted. ugh! I just wanted someone to tell me what to do. My mom finally messaged me back and said to just pick up some cookies (by this time I would not have had time to make anything).

So, I jumped in my car to head to Kroger to look for some delicious homemade looking cookies…..my check oil light came on. Not really a big deal, I know, but if you know me at all then you know having lights on my dash and little alarms that go off DRIVE ME CRAZY! Anyway, I arrived at Kroger and again could not make a decision so I got my mom on the phone and she decided I should just get two packs of the Kroger bakery cookies (they were buy one get one free). So I got to the cash register and found out that I was paying $7 for store bought cookies that aren’t even that great. sigh!

We finally arrived at my parent’s house and I had the honor of finally taking some family photos of my sister, her husband, and their two daughters. I say finally because my family has been bugging them for a long time about getting new photos taken. Let’s just say that I do not recommend photographing your own nieces if they are as crazy as mine (see photo below). They did not want to cooperate and it took everything in me to get even a slightly good photo of them looking and semi-smiling.

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After finishing up this exhausting session I forgot to get a picture of my husband, Jay, and I together so I was super bummed.

Now it was time to head inside to see how the food prep was coming along.

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My dad is always in charge of making the gravy

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Mom’s broccoli casserole (she isn’t allowed to not make it)

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My beautiful niece eagerly awaiting the food

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The Turkey!

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Going in the oven

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Grandma and Dad working on perfecting the gravy

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My dad’s famous bread dressing

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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Everyone working hard in the kitchen (and my sister stealing a piece of dressing)

Before the feast was served my dad had a free second to take a photo of Jay and I on this festive and memorable occasion.

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After the photo and a few final touches, lunch was served. I didn’t eat a whole lot because of the whole gluten intolerance thing but everything was delicious and I cheated a little.

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My plate

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The spread & the family

After lunch my youngest niece insisted we help her save the baby pine cones so we all pitched in and saved as many as we could.

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Next my oldest niece came up with the idea that her and her sister would ride around on their bikes and their uncle Jay would have to try to catch them on foot. He not only caught her, but he also stole her bike.

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After that game concluded, we went on a quick bike ride/walk before the girls had to leave to visit more family.

For the next four hours my parents, grandparents, husband, and I played a game of dominoes. We had a lot of fun and overall it was a great day with family even though it didn’t go perfectly as planned.

 

 


Photo Challenge Friday | Central Ohio Photographer

I have decided to do a photo challenge. I am following a 30 day version I found on Pinterest but I am doing one each week instead of one each day.

There are many reasons for this photo challenge but the main one is that most professionals encourage embarking on such a journey as it helps develop several skills and improves one’s photography overall.

The first photo challenge is to take a self-portrait. This was certainly a challenge for me and it is even more difficult for me to share. I, like most females, am not entirely in love with the way I look, especially in photographs. It was also a challenge because I do not have a tripod, backdrop, or studio lighting.

This photo was taken with a colored poster board behind me (resting on a dining room chair), a window to the right of me (which needed to be diffused but I don’t currently have a means to do that), a white poster board as a reflector to my left (also sitting on a dining room chair), and since I don’t have a tripod, my husband acted as the tripod and simply held the camera for me but did not interact at all.

So here it is, my photo challenge day one self-portrait:

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Photo Tip Tuesday | Central Ohio Photography

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I will be attempting to blog more often. Every Tuesday, I will write either a tip about having your photo taken, or a tip about how to take photos. If you have topics you are interested in learning more about, please feel free to message me or leave a comment below.

Q:What time of day is best for my photo shoot?

A: The best outdoor lighting occurs during what photographers call, “The Golden Hour.” This lighting occurs about an hour before the sun sets as well as about an hour after the sun rises.

Q: What’s so great about “The Golden Hour”?

A: Golden light is soft and warm, which is exactly what we want in photographs (we can talk more about soft/harsh and warm/cool lighting in another post). This soft light can sometimes even allow you to look directly into the sun and not squint. Warm light adds an orange glow to faces and is generally more flattering for portraits. When the sun is lower in the sky, it also adds more dimension by lengthening shadows.

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Even if photos cannot be taken during “The Golden Hour”, it is best to avoid photos during mid-day, as the sun is directly overhead which causes awful shadows and lots of squinting.

So there you have it: your very first photo tip. It is best to book your session either early in the morning or late in the evening. This magical time varies from season to season, so always check with your photographer before picking a time.

-Brittany Lytle