The original UNmanual was released three and a half years ago and has sold close to 1000 copies.  It was more wildly successful than I could have ever imagined and hearing that it has helped so many of you capture the memories of your family so easily and effortlessly makes me so happy.  Because that’s how it should be.

It’s been quiet here on the blog not because I have nothing to share with you, but because I have been pouring myself into creating the UNmanual2.


The UNmanual2 is something I’ve been dreaming up for quite some time.  I wanted Mom*togs to be able to see how I interact with my own kids when I shoot, what the environment I shoot in looks like, and how I use light.  My kids, my house.  Nothing special or fancy, but just how I photograph my kids living their lives and doing their thing.

The UNmanual2 consists of 13 video guides and reviews all of the basics from the original UNmanual, so if you did not purchase the original UNmanual don’t worry.  The UNmanual2′s lesson based structure will ensure that you too become a master of DSLR manual shooting.  If you did purchase the original UNmanual, the basics of DSLR manual shooting will be a nice review, but I’ve also added a lot of content for those of you who have mastered the basics and are looking to take your photography to the next level.

To compliment the UNmanual2 I will be releasing the UNmanual Editing Guide next week.  It will consist of video tutorials on how I use Photoshop to enhance my images and get them to look like a better version of everyday life.

For those of you who purchase the UNmanual2 on Black Friday you will receive the UNmanual Editing Guide (priced at $149) for free the second it’s released! No code needed.  It will be added to your course page automatically!  You can register for the UNmanual2 here.

Also, I released a course on how to improve your Phonetography.  It’s completely free.  Just my little gift to you.  You can register for that course here.  

I hope you enjoy the new UNmanual as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Chicken Nuggets

I haven’t blogged much about our chickens because I kind of hated them for awhile.  Like majorly regretted the decision to get chickens because all they did was poop and run away from us.  And then they started laying eggs and they got really nice.  I didn’t think we would use too many of their eggs, but we eat all of them.  We haven’t even had extras yet to gift family or friends.  I believe three out of our four chickens are now laying.  The fourth should start laying any day now.  And that’s our second ameraucana.  I hope she lays blue or green eggs!

Brayden LOVES our chickens.  Probably because they are a living relative of dinosaurs.  We let them out to free range for a few minutes once or twice a day and he’s very protective of them.  And the only one who can get them back in their coop.  Because I’m not picking them up if I don’t have to.

*** All shots taken with Canon 5D Mark II, 35 1.4

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This shot was taken when it was practically dark out.  We were so excited about getting our first pink egg that I had to get a shot.  It was shot at F 1.4, 1/30, ISO 1600.  I’m surprised I could get Kennedy to stand still long enough to get a shot that wasn’t blurry.

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Princess Ruby

Kennedy loves Ruby’s Diner.  Kennedy loves princesses.  Whenever we go to Ruby’s she intently studies the pictures of “Princess” Ruby on the menu.  She asks so many questions about her.  Why does she have black hair?  Why she so happy?  Why she have a bow in her hair?  What flavor milkshake she carrying?  When she asked to be Princess Ruby for Halloween I was ecstatic.  Mostly because I knew it would be super fun to take pictures :)


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Harry and Hedwig

Brayden and I read the first two Harry Potter books this Summer.  He loved them, but asked to stop after book 2.  Too scary.  But not too scary to be Harry for Halloween.  The best part was that his baby cousin surprised him and dressed up as Hedwig the owl.  You can see the video on Instagram :)  Having your own real live owl is just like being Harry Potter.

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