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.I'm Koren! I'm a wife, mother and documentary style photographer all combined into one person. I am passionate about my family, encouraging others, documenting genuine moments that tell beautiful stories and capturing timeless images along the way. Here is where I share my latest work, peeks into my life and resources on how to take your storytelling photography to the next level

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Best of my 365 Project

 

Earlier this week was the year anniversary of getting my camera and the completion of my first ever 365 days project. In honor of all my hard work, I decided to choose my favorite photo from each month. 

 Girl standing outside holding a flower.

December 2016

One of the very first photos I took with my DLSR camera and one of my favorites. A few things come to mind looking at this:

  1. My gosh, how my daughter has changed.
  2. If I were to make any changes to this photo, I would increase the contrast.
  3. I loved documentary from the start, but didn't know it yet.
 Baby sleeping on a blanket.j

January 2017

I staged this photo, so I have no real memory attached this this. I only remember cleaning his bed and wanting a photo. I still like it though, mostly because I love my son in all his tiny-ness. 

 Two kids sleeping on a bed.

February 2017 

Ahh... There's that documentary style sneaking up on me again. I remember folding clothes while my kids watched My Little Pony on the bed.I remember thinking it was so quiet and looked up to find them both fast asleep.

Technically looking at the photo I can see my preference has started to show but my lighting still had room to grow. 

 A mother kissing her baby.

March 2017

Posing again but it's kinda hard not to when doing a self portrait.

 Little girl standing in her mother's wedding dress

April 2017

I'm gonna say this is 75% Documentary. I made the decision to go outside and take the photo but everything else was my daughter's choice. That joy is real, she had the idea to wear the dress, she found it in the closet and really wanted to put it on. She was so excited. 

 A dog licking a boy's face.

May 2017

THIS ONE WAS SO HARD!

I didn't metered for the light correctly, so the highlights were blown out so bad. This took so much work to fix. I later learned that 1) there was an easier way to meter for the light and 2) there was a much easier way to bring down the highlights. It's one of my favorite mostly because I can see so much growth in my work. 

 Girl playing in the sprinkler.

July 2017

I miss summer.

 A girl and a dog sitting on the couch.

July 2017

I can see a tremendous amount of growth in my work since this photo. 

 A little girl looking off camera with wild bed head.

august 2017

Ameera before 8AM. This is one of my favorites from this year. I love the light (finally starting to get spot metering down :D) and her crazy wild hair! Makes my heart melt.

 Back of a little girls head, focusing on the tiny red curls in her hair.

September 2017 

This is when I really started to understand my love for documentary. I started to take photos based around meaning vs what I thought other's would find pretty. I have a few photos of Ameera's tiny red curls now.

 A man holding his son in the grocery store.

October 2017

One of my absolute favorite photos I've taken all year. I talked before about how I love photographing my family's intimate interactions in a public setting. You can check out my blog on it here.

 Little boy with juice all over his face.

November 2017

Another one of my favorites. I am finally starting to master spot metering and I love the black and white conversion. This compared to my first photo above is a true testament to just how much I've learned this year.

I had lots of fun looking back at these photos. Not only is it a great reminder of how far I've come but it's also an encouragement for me to push forward. I'm excited to see what the next year brings as I get ready to start another 365 day project.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my post! Click here if you are interested in more fun family photo ideas. If you are interested in having a documentary photo session of your family you can contact me through email or facebook.

 Koren Smith Photography
 

Koren Smith Photography is a Documentary Family Photographer based in BellevueNE. She specializes in taking natural, unprompted, and unposed photos centered around your family's unique life experiences. From birth to teens, she's focused on documenting your family's real-life moments every step of the way.

 WELCOME TO MY BLOG  I'm Koren! I'm a wife, mother and documentary style photographer all combined into one person. I am passionate about my family, encouraging others, documenting genuine moments that tell beautiful stories and capturing timeless images along the way. Here is where I share my latest work, peeks into my life and resources on how to take your storytelling photography to the next level.

WELCOME TO MY BLOG

I'm Koren! I'm a wife, mother and documentary style photographer all combined into one person. I am passionate about my family, encouraging others, documenting genuine moments that tell beautiful stories and capturing timeless images along the way. Here is where I share my latest work, peeks into my life and resources on how to take your storytelling photography to the next level.

 
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