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June 24, 2021

Chian O'Connor

As Abbie’s daddy took his place for hist first look with his daughter, I and backed away to set my camera. As I looked up, he was already wiping his eyes. The sun was bright, it was a hot summer day, but the fact was- he was about to see his little girl as a […]

May 28, 2021

Chian O'Connor

I have had the privilege of photographing a lot of seniors through the years. Every. Single. Time, I am impressed with the vision, tenacity and character of the young people that I get to meet. Living in the time of a global pandemic has certainly changed the face of what being a high school senior […]

January 21, 2021

Chian O'Connor

Are you tired of blue skin tones and your images just lacking that certain something? Read on to learn how using Kelvin for your white balance can up-level your images! Good morning from the snowy state of Montana! I am sitting here this morning wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket with snow falling outside and […]

January 12, 2021

Chian O'Connor

Introduction (Total reading time: 8 minutes ) In my last post, we talked about the benefits of using manual mode over auto modes. Great. But, how do you do that? Exposure triangle, bokeh, F/stop, Aperture, shutter speed, motion blur, etc, it can be so overwhelming!! There are so many articles out there that break all […]

December 30, 2020

Chian O'Connor

What Is The Difference Between Manual Mode and Auto Modes On A DLSR? For many of us, getting a DSLR is a big step. It may be the first time you’ve seen the mysterious “M” on the selection dial of you camera.  You’ve heard of that before, and you hear everyone say to “Just use […]

December 6, 2020

Chian O'Connor

FLASH   Off-Camera Flash. Artificial light. Any derivative of the word. Flash is dreaded word for nearly every natural light photographer. It evokes images of people being hit in the face by a bright light with dark, dramatic backgrounds.  Or of people backed by a setting sun, only to be oddly illuminated from the front, […]

October 30, 2020

Chian O'Connor

We have known Emmy since she was a little girl, so when her mom messaged me to ask about her senior pictures, it took me a second! There’s no way that Emmy needs senior photos already!!! But alas, I am getting older and people are growing up on me. lol. So, we talked about her […]

October 27, 2020

Chian O'Connor

From the first few minutes of meeting a couple for the first time, sometimes even from our first inquiry, I can tell that we are going be a great fit. This was especially true with Ben and Abbie! I had been visiting with them for a couple months about their engagement session, and when we […]

October 13, 2020

Chian O'Connor

When trying to decide what to write about this wonderful family session with SCOTT and Stephanie, there was really only one option. Usually, I like to focus on the family, and the values they have- what binds them together and makes them unique from others. However, anyone who knows the McGowan family already knows how […]

October 13, 2020

Chian O'Connor

We have been friends with the Charter families, and their respective families, for years. So when we started talking about doing an extended family session in Billings, I was so excited and looked forward to it for weeks!! I am so happy that we were able to capture this weekend for them, especially considering the […]

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