Photography & Blogging

Photography & Blogging


When I started blogging a little over a year ago, I always wanted to be able to combine my love of photography with the written word. I feel like a good picture can bring words to life and vice versa. Now, I’m a professional photographer so the picture part I have down pretty well, the writing part however continues to be a working progress.

With that being said, I thought I would offer up my professional opinion on what makes a good photograph GREAT.


This is probably the biggest misconception when it comes to taking great photographs. Most people believe they need to have the most expensive cameras with the most expensive lenses. In actual fact you really don’t. The invention of the smartphone has put camera photography on the back burner. Most mobile phones now come with excellent photo-taking capabilities and if used properly, they can produce quality imagery. However, being a photographer, I obviously prefer to use my camera whenever I have the chance. If you can afford to splash out on more expensive equipment then you definitely won’t be sorry you did.


You need to know what you’re trying to achieve when you take a picture. Are you looking to capture something more natural and candid, or are you wanting to focus on a specific person/product??? Either way, the most important aspect of achieving perfect photography is LIGHT.

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

Natural light is by far the best type of lighting to work with. Using artificial lighting is difficult as it can often create harsh shadows in your pictures, whereas natural light is often diffused and creates a much more appealing look. This is particularly important for beauty bloggers who want to be able to photograph beauty products and show their true colours and tones.


I tend to keep my images as natural as possible, only really ever adjusting the brightness and contrast settings. This is a personal preference of course, and you are free to edit your images however you please. Just be aware that the more changes you make to an image, the more the quality of that image deteriorates. My recommendation for photography editing software is Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop. If however you are not in a position to pay for your software then there are loads of different apps available to choose from that do a great job. My personal favourite is Aviary. It’s great for adjusting all the different aspects of your photograph and takes mere moments.


Practice makes perfect and this is especially true for photography. The more you play with your camera (whether that’s an actual camera or your smartphone) the better you’ll get. Take pictures at every opportunity and you will soon begin to find the process becomes easier and more efficient. Perhaps you’ll even develop a style of photography that sets you apart from everybody else.

“When you are not practising, someone else is getting better.” – Allen Iverson


The most important message I wanted to get across in this post is that you should enjoy perfecting your photography. It’s an opportunity to capture and store away precious moments in your life that you might otherwise have forgotten. It’s a way of sharing your view of the world with others. Really it’s an art form, and everyone has a different eye for what looks good to them. Just enjoy it and let it happen in it’s own time. Some of the best photographs I’ve seen are just simple and fuss-free. That’s what you’re aiming for.

Oh and if you’re interested in my style then click here and here for some of my previous photography posts.

D x






  1. 2nd June 2018 / 5:25 am

    Great advice, I go with the “natural” way as I’m the world worse photographer and I can make anyone or anything look bad. Unfortunately 😉

    • The Preemie Mummy
      2nd June 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you lovely! 😀 I’m sure you’re not anywhere near as bad as you think you are… In fact I love the photos that you’ve posted on your blog. Especially the one with you & the camel! 😀 xxx

      • 2nd June 2018 / 4:19 pm

        Thanks 💋 It’s a great picture because someone else took it 😉

        • The Preemie Mummy
          2nd June 2018 / 5:02 pm

          HAHAHAHAHA! xxx

  2. 2nd June 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’m a writer but aspiring photographer. I find myself on these amazing adventures that need to be captured with both words as well as photos. I need to purchase a camera instead of using my Samsung 8. But, this made me feel better. I’m practicing! Thank you.

    • The Preemie Mummy
      2nd June 2018 / 5:19 pm

      So glad you found the post helpful and encouraging lovely. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. You will do great because of your determination. 😀 x

  3. 14th June 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Great post. I agree that you don’t need a super expensive camera to take good pictures. I love using my smartphone to snap pictures throughout the day. Sure, I may need to take 6 different shots of the same thing just to get the right one, but it’s a learning experience. My husband is really good at taking pictures on his phone. We can take the exact same picture and his always look better, haha. So sometimes I rely on him to get that “perfect” shot for me.

    • The Preemie Mummy
      14th June 2018 / 6:42 pm

      That’s even better though coz then you’re halving the work! You do the writing and Hubby takes the pics! XxxX

  4. 28th June 2018 / 10:12 am

    Thanks for revealing your ideas on this blog. Professional photography is an attractive career option for anyone interested in the creative arts. As well as being a way to make a living doing something you love, average salaries for professional photographers mean it can be rewarding

    • The Preemie Mummy
      6th August 2018 / 10:41 am

      You’re a sweetheart! Thank you ♥ And right back atcha… Your pics are goals!!! x

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