Afternoon Walk by Aly Dawn

I love going on walks. I started going on walks when I was pregnant with my sweet baby boy. And I’m so excited to continue my afternoon walks with my son. I love walks because they are relaxing. I love listening to the birds chirping. I love the wind on my face. There’s this one part of my neighborhood that has flowers. I’m always drawn to this spot. I love the light and I love the flowers – win win! I always forget my macro lens, though. One day I will bring it!

need some motivation to go on a walk? check out my Photo Walks : Why They Are Good For Your Photography.

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all images taken on my Nikon D610 and my Sigma 24mm lens


3 Ways to Catch Up on Blogging When You’re Behind

Yes. I admit it. I’m behind on blogging. Life happens, right? Work suddenly takes up a lot more time, taking pictures, family life, they all seem more important than blogging. Trust me. I know. I love blogging – it helps relieve stress from work. But when work is extremely stressful and time consuming and pressing, well, you know. Blogging gets pushed to the back burner. This week, I have a few pointers on keeping up to date with your blog. It doesn’t matter what kind of blog it is, photography, food, fashion, any type of blog, these three tips will help.

need some blogging ideas? check out my 100 photography blog post ideas.


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1. make time to blog

First and most obvious answer is to plan to blog. Set aside a time that will work with your busy schedule, and blog. For me, the best day is Saturday’s in the morning. I write all of my blog posts (when I’m on top of things!) that day and schedule them for the week. All I have to worry about during the week when work gets in the way is making sure they post! I also have a planner that I love to write all my notes in and blog posts ideas, I put in my planner when I have time to blog that week. It makes it so much easier.

2. have ideas ready

I think this goes hand in hand with tip number 1.  Have your blog posts ready. I love using my blog jar. It’s so easy to make (all you have to do is buy the jar and write on paper!) and it’s cute to add to your desk. On the time I have set aside, I’ll just add these ideas from my blog jar and write them down on the days that I want them to air. It’s so simple and saves me a lot of time!

3. post relevant topics

Ok. This one is important. You’re behind on blogging and you really need to post something so that you can get more traffic to your blog. I get it. But don’t make up a post just to say you blog. Blog with a purpose! Make sure your post is relevant to your blog topic. For me, relevant posts include anything photography, editing, and blogging related. I wouldn’t randomly throw in a post about fashion, because, let’s face it, you probably really don’t want to read that! I am not the best person to talk to about fashion. But, photography on the other hand, I could talk for hours about. Hence why I have a photography blog! So, if you’ve fallen behind, make sure you still blog about relevant topics to keep your blog uniform.

What are some ways you catch up when you’re really behind?

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Blog Jar : Why Your Blog Needs One

Everyone needs a blog jar. It literally takes seconds to make and only costs about $5.00 – if that! I already had a jar lying around. I use jars for different things like storing my earrings/jewelry. They’re cute and easy to use. All you need to make a blog jar a success is a jar and pieces of paper. That’s it. You have a blog jar, now stuff it with ideas! I am in love with the idea of a blog jar and I have really enjoyed using it for my blog.

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A blog jar is a jar full of blog post ideas. This is great for those days where you literally can’t think of anything to do (I know we’ve all been there!).  After you have your jar all you need is pieces of paper and blog ideas.

Need help with ideas? Check out my 100 photography blog post ideas to get you started.

Having a blog jar will be one of the best investments you can make for your blog. It will make you a better blogger and, in turn, will help make your blog more successful. I have been using my blog jar and I am in love with it. It’s so easy to sit down, pull a slip of paper out of the jar, and write that post. I absolutely love it! Here are the reasons I came up with why a blog jar is so beneficial.

you’ll never run out of ideas

This is the best part. You get to refill the jar as you go. Think of a blog post? Write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. See a list of possible blog post ideas? Write down the ones that inspire you! You have no more excuses for not blogging. And it’s so easy.

keeps your blog interesting

You never know which piece of paper you’ll pull out. It keeps your blog interesting and allows you to have more variety in your posts. All good things. You want your blog to be spontaneous yet controlled, and the blog jar is the best way to do just that!




encourages you to blog consistently

Do you ever find it hard to blog because you can’t think of anything to blog? Well, of course the blog jar would help with that! When you know you will always have something to blog about it will help you be more consistent in your blogging. Which in turn, will help you become a better blogger. Consistency is important when it comes to blogging.

it inspires you

It will help keep you inspired. Since it’s so spontaneous, you’ll have to get creative whenever you do pull out a new slip of paper. I know it’s kept me on my toes.

You will be so amazed the different posts you’ll be able to write now that you have a blog jar. Plus, they’re really cute. I hope this inspires you to create your own blog jar and to blog more consistently! Have a blog post that could be added to the jar? Post it in the comments below, I’d love to hear all about it.


100 Photography Blog Post Ideas

I know we’ve all had those days where we just can’t think of anything to blog about! I just recently had one of those days. Your photography blog is a place for you to share your insights into photography and to inspire others. But there are just some days where we sit staring at the computer unable to come up with anything good. Well, let me help you out. Keep this list handy for those days that you just can’t think of anything to write about.


100 Photography Blog Post Ideas

1. How you learned manual mode

2. Review a product you love and use

3. Share a photography secret that helps you

4. Share photography books you’ve read

5. How you edit your photos

6. A list post (could be anything!)

7. Your best photography purchase

8. Your worst photography purchase

9. Tips for framing your subject

10. Tips to get genuine smiles

11. Your favorite editing software and why

12. Tips for macro photography

13. What photography bag you use to carry your gear

14. What photography gear you put in your photography bag!

15. Tips on getting started blogging

16. A tutorial or how-to post

17. Share some before/after edits in a post

18. An interview with a photographer you admire

19. An open letter

20. A guest post

21. Tips for photographing food

22. Tips for using window light

23. Tips for shooting backlight

24. A photography struggle

25. Tips for photographing kids

26. What is your go to lens

27. Free-lensing and how you do it

28. Your favorite time of day to photograph

29. Blog a session

30. Personal Projects

31. Your favorite camera accessories

32. Why you started photography

33. How you take self portraits

34. Tips on photographing your vacation

35. Tips for using shutter speed

36. How to photograph older kids

37. RAW vs JPEG

38. Your biggest photography achievement

39. Share what photographers inspire you and why

40. Tips on capturing your pets

41. Photograph a step by step process like a craft or recipe

42. Tips for creating depth in your photos

43. Tips for using a tripod/your favorite tripod

44. Tips for photographing the full sun

45. Mistakes we all share as beginner photographers

46. Things you wish you knew when you started photography

47. The best thing you’ve ever done for your photography

48. Photograph one subject from a variety of angles

49. Crop vs Full Frame sensors

50. Your photography workflow

51. A family photo session checklist

52. Ways to strengthen your instagram game

53. Tips for building your portfolio

54. Tips for photographing a newborn

55. Tips for posing

56. Tips on how to use exposure to match the mood

57. Your daily shooting routine

58. Product photography tips

59. Share how you got a shot (with pullbacks)

60. Tips for shooting out of focus shots

61. Share how you capture personality

62. Tips for composition

63. Your favorite photography apps

64. Tips for capturing a variety of photos at a photoshoot

65. What lens do you recommend buying first?

66. How to get out of a photography rut

67. How you found your photography style

68. Photography project ideas

69. Tips for completing a 365

70. A day in the life post

71. Tips for taking your own family portraits

72. What you do when you’re behind on editing

73. Tips for street photography

74. Tips for travel photography

75. Gift ideas for photographers

76. How you capture movement in your photography

77. What monitor calibration do you use and why

78. How you portray emotion in your images

79. Tips for taking candid shots

80. Tips for achieving proper exposure

81. Tips for documentary photography

82. How setting goals makes you a better photographer

83. How to dress for a photoshoot

84. How you choose the photos you edit

85. How to start a photography business

86. Your photography workspace

87. Share your favorite photographs and why you love them

88. Tips for setting your ISO

89. How you stay inspired with your photography

90. Your favorite aperture and why you use it

91. Tips for achieving white balance

92. Tips for including color in your photographs

93. How you look for light

94. Your favorite photography resources and/or website

95. Your favorite time of day to edit

96. Where you want your photography to be in 5 years

97. Color vs b&w photography

98. Interpret song lyrics through your photographs

99. Your photography story

100. Photograph the seasons

The list of photography blog posts are endless! But hopefully these 100 will help get you started blogging. Have any blog post ideas? Be sure to comment about them, especially if you’d like me to write a post about it in the future!