The Weekend Update: Oct 17

© Elizabeth Pfaff // featured on Everything Bloom

via Elizabeth Pfaff

· Struggling to maintain being productive while working from home? We love the idea of using the Breaktime App to remind us to step away!

· If you’ve got time to kill this weekend, consider watching this masterclass on understanding composition that will take you far beyond the rule of thirds.

· The specific times in the day when your kids need you to disconnect from tech.

· “Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life.”

· Custom exposure for your iPhone camera is finally the real deal! Set exposure, shutter speed, white balance and more with Manual.

· The holiday rush is a’coming! Get prepared with our tips for combating marathon editing.

· A Secret of Adulthood: The things that go wrong often make the best memories.

· There is nothing quite as energizing to the creative brain as a change in environment and the extreme colors of autumn foliage ranks in our tops. Take note of this U.S. when and where Fall foliage map to find out when the peak hits your area!

· Skip the pumpkin, carve a pineapple.

· To celebrate Friday, here is Carlton doing the Carlton.

Enjoy the sweater weather and take it easy on yourself this weekend! xo

Session Spotlight | Emily Mitchell

Here at Bloom, we love fall!  The crisp cool evenings, the piles of crunchy leaves and the smattering of pumpkins on doorsteps all signal the changing of seasons.  Fall just wouldn’t be the same without apples!  Emily Mitchell, in her beautiful documentary style, submitted this session at an orchard.  We can just smell the delicious scent of those freshly picked apples.  Here’s what she had to say:

My husband and I are constantly going on some adventure or another, and we have since we were dating in college, whether rock climbing, scuba diving, or traveling. Now that we have children, our adventures are scaled back a bit, but the magical part is that they show you the magic of the little things all over again, and I constantly have the opportunity to be amazed. When I’m not photographing my family’s expressions and connections, that is, when I see they’re involved in something, I like to document their world from their perspective, in details and down-low shots. The past couple months, I’ve also been fascinated in capturing textures to create a more authentic experience. The apple orchard was just 60 minutes on a cloudy day, but I loved every magical minute. I also challenged myself to not take multiple shots of everything, but to make a decision and take no more than 2 to get it right. Limiting myself makes me think before I click, makes me make more purposeful decisions on artistic use of exposure, and keeps my head in the game playing with my kids and talking to my husband.
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You can see more of Emily’s photography and film work here:  Website //  FB // Twitter // Pinterest // flickr

Behind The Lens: Prepping for Marathon Editing

Over the years, our forum threads have grown chock full of tips and tricks from our experienced community members and thankfully they are often responsible for helping to get one another out of various jams. We got to thinking that there have been far too many gems of advice to not pay it forward, right?

‘Round here we like to think of this new featured post, Behind the Lens, as our version of “take a penny, leave a penny”. We pitched a question to our members and gathered our favorites from the forum to share with you! Our hopes are that you can take a tip for yourself and maybe pay it forward by leaving one in the comments below for those who read next.

With the holiday inquiries lining up, this month we’re collecting your best practices on getting through marathon editing sessions. Keep your head in the game and read up on how your peers are getting down to business!

How to prep for marathon editing sessions // The Bloom Forum

Music (currently The Last Bison- I absolutely love them!) and some warm tea (I’m loving pumpkin spice brulee from Teavana right now). Close out the internet and throw on some leggings, do some stretches and get to it!

- Hannah Mayo | Hannah Mayo Photography

Like many of you, distractions are the number one killer when it comes to productivity.
1. So, I always edit at night with only a single desk lap on. During the day, with everything lit up, it causes the eyes to wonder to much.
2. I have created a “Editing” playlist on Spotify, which I add to through out my day with songs that are good background music.
3. I work in phases. I never try to complete a session in one sitting. I find that my creativity starts to take a back seat when I am getting tired.
4. Work with a defined budgeted time frame. So, I try to complete each session or wedding within a fix time. So, for every hour I photograph, I give myself 35 mins of editing. This helps me stay focus and not get caught up in the “editing weeds”.

- Jason Watts | Jason Watts Photography

I pop in a Harry Potter movie. LOL!! I’m not sure how it started but for some reason with HP playing, I can edit entire sessions within the movie timeframe. And only HP movies work. I can now basically recite all of them word for word.

- Brenda Acuncius | Brenda Acuncius Photography

Coffeeeeeeee! For sure. And I’m super distractible so no music or tv. And I turn off my wifi on both my computer and phone… I have no self control.

- Cara Harrison | Mischief and Laughs Photography

I am a highly distracted editor and don’t ever finish everything in one sitting. I do run actions on pre-lightroom edited images in Photoshop and come back to fine tuning the images after a walk!

- Alpana Aras-King | Storybox Art

We’re sure you’ll be utilizing those tips as the holiday sessions roll in! Two heads are always better than one so c’mon…tell us how do you blast through when the editing piles up?