Just because your kids are not all dressed up or their hair isn’t done just right, doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing pictures to show off!

In fact, some of my favorite pictures come from my everyday portraits of my kiddos.

Their little personalities shine through, and you can usually get better smiles when they don’t feel the pressure to “smile pretty.”

Here are a few I have taken lately.

And just remember to treat the photos like you would a photo shoot, use fun angles,

cool cropping and make sure you have great light.

I also like to make a lot of these pics black and white….they just end up looking more classic, plus if there is a little blur it doesn’t show as much in black and white ;)


Lots of love,


Oh, wait…I mean, “the rule of thirds” :)

I have learned this before…however, when I find myself with a gorgeous sunset right in front of me or an amazing ocean front view…all logic goes out the window and I find myself thinking, “oh, it is so pretty, take a picture, take a picture!”

One way to get around this, I have found, is to take the picture to full scale and crop later.

For example:

This isn’t too bad as far as the rule of thirds go…however, after some tweaking I got this:

I did nothing but crop the image into thirds…

let me show you what I mean:

When you keep your main object or objects (here I have the mountains, the dark clouds and the lighter clouds) in thirds, the picture becomes more pleasing to the eye.

So remember, try to take the picture in thirds if you can…but know that the power of cropping really is a power.  It can change the look of the picture dramatically if you don’t have time to compose it perfectly on site.

Now go out and create your pictures by thirds.

Have fun and…

…make sure you come back, as I will show you how to break the rule of thirds and still get amazing photos!

Lots of love,


  • All About Me

    Hi! I'm Niki Martins and I LOVE taking pictures.

    Why do I love taking pictures, you might ask? I'd love to tell you! Please take a moment and let me tell you why photography is my passion.
  • Utah Family Photography

    Niki Martins Photography