MY TOP 5 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR BEGINNERS!

Hello everyone, 


This is not Radi. I'm Daniela, Radi's sister and photographer. She invited me to write a guest blog post for you with my top 5 photography tips for beginner photographers.

I've been photographing my sister from the very first blog post she wrote. We've both grown creatively and artistically over the past two and a half years since fashionradi.com launched. (It's going to be 3 years in 3 months!) I have compiled 5 of my best tips for beginner photographers because I was one not too long ago. I've used my experience to talk to you about what I think can help you start and grow as an artist.

I'm excited to write for you today as well as show you some of my favorite photos I've taken! I've heard only good things about you guys, so I think this would be really fun!

Before I get into the subject of photography, I thought I'd share 5 facts about me, so you can get an idea of who's behind these words.


Here we go:
1. I DIY almost anything and everything!
2. I can live off of bread and anything that has chocolate in it!
3. I love to workout!
4. Rain is my favorite type of weather - I love the sound raindrops make against the windows, I love the smell of rain, I always go out when it's raining - I love to get super wet!
5. I'm shy and closed off in social settings.

Okay, now you share one fun fact about yourself in the comments. I want to get to know you too!

And introductions are done with. Let's get to work.

MY 5 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR BEGINNERS


1. Find what it is that you really like taking pictures of

What do you really like photographing? I can't express to you how much easier photography gets when you take pictures of things that you like taking pictures of. It's so simple! When you do what you love you can't fail!

Are you someone who likes getting close and personal with nature and her vibrant colors and beautiful textures? Are you someone who loves getting out into the city and exploring the lifestyle of its residents? Maybe you love architecture? Or you love fashion and working with people?

Whatever it is that you like to photograph, JUST DO IT! That feeling of living a moment of bliss behind the lens is really special! Do what makes you feel good on the inside because that feeling is going to inspire you to learn and further develop your skills as you progress in your photography journey, which will make that journey 100 times easier and enjoyable. Have fun!

I love photographing nature - she is so perfect. Her curves, edges, textures, colors are so inspiring. I feel like I'm meditating every time I go out into her embrace and give into the experience. Her beauty is not only a magnificent picture, but an eternal fountain of universal wisdom.


When I photograph nature it's for myself. I also love photographing food - I love making my own food and staging it all 'artistic and 5-star restaurant' like. But when I photograph my sister or any of my friends it's for them. I love looking through the lens and seeing that little adjustment I can make to accentuate my model's best features. I recently received a comment from my friend who told me that I made her feel beautiful. That's when you know what you're doing is really special. Photography is not just clicking a shutter button. Photography is emotion, excitement, inspiration.



2. Find your 'why'

Why are you doing this? What about photography makes your heart extra cheerful?

Finding why you love to do what you do really brings a whole different dimension of meaning and purpose to your life. Having a 'why' is like having a strong base for building a house; it keeps your house standing up even in the harshest weather conditions. You know that if you're having a tough day or you're experiencing creativity blocks you can overcome these setbacks because you have a reason, you have a purpose, you have something to keep you moving forward, to keep you hopeful and excited.

You can apply this principle to all areas of your life. Find a reason, a meaning and you'll always have a beam of light to guide you in the right path. Trust yourself.


Do you want to know why I photograph? Because it makes me feel like myself. I'm the one looking through the lens, choosing to capture what captures me, choosing to see things differently than what society or anyone else wants me to see. When I photograph, Daniela is Daniela - unedited, uninfluenced, free, happy.

3. Don't be too hard on yourself


When you first start photographing it can be overwhelming, especially if you're a perfectionist like me and you want to be at a professional skills level right away. All I have to say to you is don't be hard on yourself. The sooner you realize that you're learning something new and that it's going to take time to get to where you want to be, the easier it will be to move toward your goal.

Don't panic if you still don't know how to operate your camera and are feeling confused about which settings to use. Don't stress too much about using the best camera accessories like filters, lenses, tripods. As a beginner photographer focus on the very basic settings. Learn the basics first. As you start doing more photoshoots at different times of day, different locations, different themes, you'll start to develop an inner feeling for what aperture or ISO setting to use. Trust me. It's not that hard to figure out. And it's all good because you now have a 'why' which means that when you're feeling stuck or lacking motivation, you can easily overcome that road bump and be on your way again! (wink ;))


And today there's a lot of resources available to expand your knowledge on any subject you like. I personally like YouTube because it's easier for me to see how something works first. I also have photography books. You can always ask friend photographers for tips. You'll find a way if you're really serious about it. Just remember to be patient with yourself!

4. Don't buy expensive equipment just yet

As a beginner photographer I think that buying 'fancy' expensive equipment is not necessary. Focus on learning the basics. Take your time. Take it easy. Make your life simple. Invest in something more user friendly like a beginner level digital Canon or Nikon camera that's within your budget. There are so many great options out there on the market, you're going to be surprised at the quality of photography you can produce with a beginner level camera.

Can I tell you a secret? I was told once that the camera doesn't make the photo, but the photographer behind the camera. What do you see through the lens? How do you see the world? Capture that. Try different points of view. Play with composition and framing. Use your imagination. Give way to your inspiration.


You can always use editing programs like Photoshop or PicsArt to enhance and edit your photos afterwards. As you start photographing more you will also start looking into the accessories and equipment that best support your style of photography. Always make room for growth.

5. Experiment. Learn. Enjoy.


My last tip is not really a tip but a reminder.

Experiment with the different camera settings on your camera. Spend more time with your camera, go on more dates together, and soon you'll know everything about each other. Also, don't overlook mundane subjects. There is so much beauty all around, even in the places that you least expect. When you think you've seen it all, you'll realize that everything around is ever-changing if you are willing to challenge your perspective.


Learn. Be curious. Never lose that inner childish curiosity that sees the world as interesting, amusing and magical. It will show you new experiences, new colors, new views. All you have to do is be in the moment, enjoy the journey. Enjoy every moment of hardship as it will make you stronger, enjoy every moment of happiness as it will make you grateful, enjoy every moment of discovery as it will make you curious, enjoy every moment of change as it will make you grow, enjoy every moment of love as it will make you fly to wherever you want to go.


In conclusion, photography is an art of expression. Express yourself, your emotions, your challenges, your successes through the lens. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Make memories. Cherish the moment. Believe in yourself. And you'll always manifest any dream you dream!

This is what I have to say for now. I hope that you found this post helpful and engaging. Please don't hesitate to get the conversation started in the comments below - share your experiences and your thoughts. What made an impression on you?

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It was a pleasure writing for you today! Thank you for your time! 


                                                                                                                                      Be happy,

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Comments

  1. Great post, so nice and interesting.
    Have a nice day darling! ♥
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    1. I'll let my sister know that. Maybe she'll join me for another post.
      Have a nice day as well!

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  2. Great tips and advice babe!! It's always important to experiment, enjoy and learn!! <3

    XO, Jessi
    https://jmalay.com/spring-came-early/

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    1. Thanks Jessi! For sure... that's the way to grow.

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  3. Great tips!
    Have a nice week!
    Gil Zetbase

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  4. Awesome tips on photography! It can def feel overwhelming at the start and learning the basics is for sure the first step!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

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    1. Thank you! Yep, just take it one step at a time and soon you'll feel like a pro.

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  5. Your sister is SO lucky to have you as her photographer. Your pictures are some of the best in my IG feed.
    You two are a FAB team!!
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    1. Aww you're so sweet Darlene! Thank you for all your support.

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  6. Great tips and above all great pics. You are very talented and it shows. I also like photography and I will follow your advice. Bread and chocolate, really? I guess cheese can be your bread and chocolate for me. 😜
    Have a fantastic day!
    Greetings,
    Flo

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    1. Thank you so much. I will pass these sweet words to my sis. She's really the best!
      Have a fantastic day!

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  7. ;)

    Adorei essas fotografias!

    Ótima sexta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  8. Thanks for the useful tips, will take them on board!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    http://www.rosesrooftop.co.uk/

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    1. You're very welcome. I hope you found them helpful!

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  9. Hi Daniela!! Thanks for your lovely tips!
    and by the way we love the smell of the rain too! ;)
    kisses
    Agnese & Elisa
    http://desiresinstyle.com/

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    1. Hi! You're welcome!
      We need more rain frequent rain in Vegas!

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  10. You are such a great photographer Daniela!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  11. great tips hun. your photography is so beautiful xx

    http://www.elegantduchess.com/2018/01/30/3-reasons-your-wardrobe-needs-a-teddy-bear-coat/

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    1. Thank you lots. That's really sweet of you to say. <3

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    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3

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  13. Amazing post. Love it so much. xoxo Cris
    http://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/2018/02/noosa-and-byron-bay-with-dresslily.html

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  14. Great tips, and spot on!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  15. So gorgeous love it

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  16. Amaizing post!!!
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  17. Wooooow amaizing post!

    diannstyl.blogspot.com

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    1. Right!? Bravo to my sister for doing such amazing work.

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  18. Hello,

    Oh, so lovely !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr

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  19. This tips are so true. must important is to have fun! :)

    http://telltalesofdiana.org

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    1. Yes, everything begins with FUN!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Beautiful post

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  21. Fantastic post, darling! I love all the photos, so wonderful :)

    I'm photographer and you have written the best tips for this great passion!

    xoxo Radi ❤
    Melania | mimalditadulzura.com

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    1. And a big kiss for you, Daniela :)

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    2. The credit goes to my sis. She did an awesome job!
      Thank you so much Melania for the sweet words. Talk to you soon!

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  22. Very nice post and beautiful photos. I like it!

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  23. I definatelly like photo with you! ;)
    xoxo

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  24. I loved this post! Ben and I are really trying to get better at photos, but it's a little overwhelming at times! Having a why is so huge, and so is being easy on yourself. Practice makes perfect.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with your photography and remember to have fun capturing whatever makes your heart smile.
      Thanks for being here!

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  25. Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing them!
    Victoria-Maria xx || Vidcaria

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  26. Great tips! Thank you for sharing!

    http://violettedaily.com

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  27. Ahh this is amazing! Thank you so much!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  28. Hi Daniela! (And hi Radi, I imagine you'll also read the comments), so good to see this kind of content in the blog too, 'cause we always see the pretty picture on Instagram or in the blogs and we don't think about the amount of work a simple image could represent (I'm also aware of this as a graphic designer).

    The cool part about photography is that there are many tips to improve the tactic and practice makes perfect. I'm currently trying to explore more with materials, editing tools and poses but is a long way to go.

    Thanks for sharing these tips and see you in the next post :D

    Pablo
    HEY FUNGI 

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  29. Hi Daniela nice meeting you, thanks for your tips! I find them very helpful indeed!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger
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    1. So great to meet you as well! That means a lot, thank you!!!

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  30. I really love this post, great tips dear

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  31. Thanks for sharing those tips! I always love seeing whats the thought process behind other people's photography style!

    -Didier
    www.didieryhc.com

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so happy to share them all with you.

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  32. Wonderful tips Dear:) great post:)
    kisses

    http://irreplaceable-fashion.blogspot.com

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  33. Thanks for your tips, Daniela! They are really helpful especially for a new blogger like myself. My boyfriend takes all of my photos but he is really not into it so I need to be both - in front of the camera and behind it :D

    XX- Kristina | https://afairytaleofmyown.com

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  34. great tips. thanks for sharing ^^~
    torichux3.blogspot.com

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  35. Great tips! I totally agree with point 4 - it's not the best idea to invest in expensive products in the beginning :)

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    1. You can always invest in more expensive products along the way as you start growing your photography skills.

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  36. I have to say that you are a good photographer. Nice pistures and this post :) I'm in shock that you like rain, seriously you should live in the UK :D hahaha I love sun and hate rain or wind.
    Two things about me: shy in public and I love food.
    Have a good day !

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    1. Thank you so much! I love the rain... my sister and I even have a tradition to go running in the rain (whenever it rains here in Vegas).
      Thanks for sharing a bit more about yourself. So nice to meet you!

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  37. I couldn't agree more. It's who is behind the lens that makes for beautiful photos. These are some great tips. I've been struggling with my own journey and progress lately. Still trying to find my voice, but I guess I'll never find it until I keep practicing.

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. You got this! Just keep your head up and make small steps toward progress.
      Thank you for your sincere comment.

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  38. Thanks a lot :D

    I'm totally agree with you my dear! So cool tips!

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  39. such a great post - a lot of awesome tips :-)

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  40. i love photograph! Thanks for share this
    xo http://diadebrilho.com

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    1. Yay, always so nice to meet fellow photography lovers.

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  41. The nature clichés are just incredible !
    Thanks for theses tips;
    I always look forward to improve my photography skills.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  42. Great tips, I agree with you
    www.alessandrastyle.com

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  43. I feel closer to your tips and that's how I feel. I'm going to be more focused on how I feel and why I photograph instead of pay too much attention to the equipment. Thank you!
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    1. You're focused on the right thing. Good luck, have fun and enjoy taking photos.

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  44. This is really a creative post, I need to share this to my photographer and your sister does an amazing Job photographing you.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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    1. Thank you so much and thank you for sharing.
      Talk to you soon!

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  45. Awe loved this post girly! I definitely need to learn how to be less hard on myself with my photography and realize that everyone grows and learns differently!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

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    1. That's something we all need to overcome. Sometimes I catch myself being hard on myself for not capturing what I have pictured in my mind.

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  46. Beautiful post Dear.
    I m following you 😍

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  47. beautiful blog! I really like how you write
    and what you give photos. wonderful!
    I have a question, you will agree to follow for follow?
    I like to be in touch with inspirational blogs.
    Greetings from Poland!
    ayuna-chan.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much!
      Sure! I'm already following your lovely blog.
      Keep in touch!

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  48. Great tips! Yes photography is trial and error but you always learn and so much easier today then it was back in the day when people had to use film, chemicals and a dark room.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. You're so right Allie. We have it so much easier now!!!

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  49. These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing as a guest writer

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  50. These are some really great tips! some rules to live by :))

    - Marina

    https://waitmarinawho.blogspot.tw/2018/02/neon-jungle.html

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  51. Thanks for your tips Daniela, you take great pictures, that's the truth, it's all about experimenting.

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  52. Hi girls, thanks for the amazing tips! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

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  53. I definitely need help with this! Thanks for the tips
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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    1. I really hope you found this post useful!!!

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  54. Amazing post...thanku for sharing this lovely post with us....we are waiting for your another write up..
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  55. very beautiful pictures dear! i love it!
    have a nice day!
    Serena
    glameglitter.blogspot.com

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  56. I loved the post and will be visiting you often. Many kisses
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    1. That's so sweet! See you in the next post :)

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  57. lovely tips! i especially like the saying of how the camera doesn't make the picture but the photographer, because that is definitely something i've always believed! xx

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  58. amazing post honey!
    and really beautyfull photos :)
    kisses from Poland :*

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  59. Amazing photos.
    Nice poste.
    Kisses.
    https://vinteedoisdemaio.blogspot.com.br/

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  60. Amazing post. Thanks for you tips. I like it! :)

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  61. I loved this tips! Great ones, for sure. Thank your sister for this :)
    And thank you so so much for your comment!
    xoxo

    Automatic Destiny

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    1. I promise I will!
      You're welcome. Thank you for your comment.

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  62. So cool tips,

    Kisses
    http://www.pimentadeacucar.com

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  63. Great tips Daniela. Your photography is so beautiful.
    Kisses!

    galerafashion.com

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  64. Great tips! I love to take pictures of nature too. Your photos are wonderful!

    Beijos/Kisses.

    Anete Oliveira
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    1. Nature always inspires me. I love being surrounded by it!
      Big Thank You!

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  65. the first three photos I like the most 😍
    in this orange dress you look phenomenally chic elegant😘😍
    Regards
    Lili

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    1. Thank you! This dress reminds me of summer and gets me so excited. I can't wait to wear it again!

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  66. Adorei as suas dicas.
    Gosto muito de fotografia e queria aprender a tirar fotos bonitas como as suas!
    Beijos
    Lily’s Nail
    Instagram @lilys_nail_

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  67. These are all really good tips! Everyday we can learn something new :)
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | DIY & Lifestyle Blog

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  68. Great post, I like it :) I love your blog :)

    new post
    http://mensfashionobsession.com/

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  69. Buenísimos los consejos, le paso el post a mi marido/fotógrafo para que lo lea.

    Te dejo mi último post, abrigo de neopreno
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  70. Such amazing tips, and not being hard on yourself is such a great tip! Your photography is incredible and I enjoyed reading this post :) <3

    Serene xoxox

    http://www.iamserenel.com

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  71. Lovely post! I loovee your blog!
    Following you, follow back!

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    1. Awww thanks!
      Sure will! Heading to your blog right now.

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  72. Hi Daniela! These are all great tips, thanks for sharing them! Discovering what you love photographing the most is brilliant advice as then the whole process becomes ten times for enjoyable :)

    ps. I'm also a fan of anything and everything that include chocolate! haha

    aglassofice.com x

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  73. Perfect advices, I realy enjoy the reading!;-)

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  74. Lindo óculos!
    bjs
    http://pinkbelezura.com/

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  75. So a sweet post, Radi, I didn't know that you are shy... :)
    Baci!

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  76. Oh wow, you are clearly very good at what you are doing!!

    -Kati
    Almost Stylish

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    1. That's so nice of you to say Kati, thank you!

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  77. These tips very much are valuable! It's nice you're providing content to help others.



    Funmi xx
    http://funmialabi.co.uk

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  78. Que fotos mais liindas! <3
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    1. Que amable. Gracias bonita!
      Feliz dia!

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  79. These are amazing photography tips! I'm all about tip #5! Thanks for sharing :) x Vivian

    www.viviantse.net

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  80. such great tips babe!
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

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  81. great tips, girls, you're making a terrific team together
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    1. As they say, "two is better than one" hahaha
      Thank you from both of us!

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  82. Great post! Amazing and useful tips
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  83. This is gorgeous photogrpahy you have here dear. Really great tips, and I couldnt agree more on 3 and 4. Too many times we think we're not good enough, and so we tend to splurge on expensive items, thinking it will make our photos better, when all it takes is practice and more practice, and of course, a little patience. Skill takes time. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica! You're so right. Everything takes time and with lots of practice you'll sure get there.
      Hope you have an amazing day!

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