Photography Blog Posts

Spring Photography Tips: How to Make the Midwest Look Pretty

For me, spring in Wisconsin is the most challenging time of year to photograph. It’s that span of time where everything’s brown, nothing is blooming yet, and things just seem plain old ugly. Here are my tried and true spring photography tips for making the Midwest look pretty this time of year.

How to Turn Boiling Water into Snow

This winter, I was determined to try this whole boiling water trick out for myself. So early one morning, Sean and I got the water ready, grabbed the camera, and headed out to the lake. Here are some tips on how you can turn boiling water into snow (and photograph it).

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Seeing the northern lights is one of the coolest life experiences out there. Here are my tips on how to photograph the northern lights.

Beginner’s Guide to ISO

ISO is one of the three main pillars of photography. I’ve created guides for aperture and shutter speed, so now check out my beginner’s guide to ISO!

My Beginner Photography Workshops

I thought I’d give you an inside look at my beginner photography workshops with a few photos I took during the last one!

Beginner’s Guide to Shutter Speed

There are three main components in order to achieve proper exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. In this beginner’s guide, I will go over shutter speed!

5 Tips for Winter Photography

It’s that time of year. Snowy trails, iced-over lakes, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are five tips for photographing this season.

A Guide to Depth of Field

Depth of field can be a tricky thing to wrap your mind around. Here I’ve laid out five tips to help understand it further.

Sunflowers at Sunrise

  Nine Acres of Heaven A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from my boyfriend with a link to a place called Pope Farm Conservancy. When I clicked on it, I saw a title that read, "Sunflower Days, August 12-20 2017". Sunflower Days?! No need to...

Five of My Favorite Shots from Iceland

1. Black Sand Beach   She dreams more often than she sleeps A post shared by Kristen (@kristenelizacarlson) on Jan 23, 2017 at 8:17pm PST 2. Standing about 10 feet away from a waterfall as powerful as Skogafoss will do two things to a person. 1) soak you completely to...

Two Days Exploring Edinburgh

We kicked off the trip with two days exploring Edinburgh, Scotland. We explored the streets, visited some pubs, saw the famous Edinburgh Castle, had a pastry in a cute Scottish cafe, and even found the street that JK Rowling used as inspiration for Diagon Alley.

A Snowy Christmas Eve

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was really lovely. One of my brothers who lives in Denver came home for the holidays. He hasn't been home in about two years so it was great to celebrate as a whole family. He brought his puppy too! On the morning of...

Icelandic Horses

"Stop the car!" My face was pressed up against the passenger window looking out towards an open field. The ponies were a multicolored blur as we sped past and my heart jumped. Icelandic horses. It was our first day on the ring road and we were heading south. I had...

Red Door Family Farm

Last Tuesday, a friend and I went out to this place called Red Door Family Farm. Here are a few photos I shot while visiting.

An Afternoon Hike

My mom and I went on an afternoon hike, took some photos, and just enjoyed the warm weather. 

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