Welcome to Motherly's Photography Class, brought to you ?FREE? for the month of May from the photo pros at Chatbooks, who print your Instagram, Facebook and camera roll pics automatically for only $8/ book. ?

Something that is in every picture you take is a background.

In this lesson, I'll be showing you how to think about + use the background in your photography—so we'll have you decluttering, setting up and cropping areas to create fantastic and stunning pictures. (Psst—so much that goes into a great photo like getting the background + crop right, so don't worry if you don't have a “perfect" space for a pic.)

In fact, I'll teach you how to use the simple spaces inside your home to set up and capture images of your children.

Action Step:

Look around your home and find the open spaces that you could use to take a picture of your child. This could be a single color wall, a textured wall, or something you could lay on the ground as a background: a comforter, throw or even a soft rug.

Your class lessons—

Lesson 1: Let there be light
Lesson 2: Background matters
Lesson 3: Styling your photos like a pro
Lesson 4: Get in the picture, mama!
Lesson 5: Action shots of baby, toddler + kids
Lesson 6: Edit those pics
Lesson 7: Backing up your photos
Lesson 8: Printing your photos
Lesson 9: Maternity photography mini-class
Lesson 10: Newborn photography mini-class
Lesson 11: Family photography mini-class

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Another week has come and gone—and while there's still a chill in the air and (quite possibly), January is finally coming to an end. How did your first month of the new decade go, Mama?

It's okay if 2020 hasn't been your year so far, because there are still 11 months left to go to make 2020 the #yearofthemother in your own life. If your New Year's resolution is already old news, set a new goal for yourself and catch up on some of the new stories taking over the internet.

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