30 Minutes in February: New Views

30 Minutes in February: New Views

This month has felt very chaotic while we are in the midst of selling the house we’ve called home for the last three years and the home where Elodie was born to move into a new home.  We have slowly picked out each piece of this new home and have many more finishing touches coming soon.  It is a very exciting, albeit a little bittersweet time in our lives.

This 30 minutes photography blog is a circle blog where I join other photographers from around the world in sharing a little moment of our ordinary lives.  Please be sure to see the link at the end to see what Janet Crouch did this month as well.

In our 30 minutes this month, we are taking a look at our new home in it’s somewhat raw form.  It’s not quite ready, although it will be soon.  New construction is an interesting process and this will give you a small peak into what we’ve been up to this month.

Here our daughter leads us to the front door, “Come on in!”

This is the kitchen, it’s almost completed.  The final touches will be done in the next few weeks and then we will be DIY-ing some additional upgrades as well. We plan to do an upgraded faucet and a complementary backsplash.  Open to ideas on colors that will look good, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

Have to play peek-a-boo with all these empty closets. “Is this where they keep the treats?!”

I think one of our favorite parts of this home and what we really led us to finalize our decision is these gorgeous sunsets over the lake.

Time to check out the backyard and that view.

Beautiful sunset light pours over the backyard every evening.

As new life is popping up everywhere here too.

Soon we will get to enjoy these gorgeous views daily and we are truly looking forward to it!


These photos were all taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35 mm ART lens and lightly edited in Lightroom.

Thank you so much for joining me in this month’s 30 minutes.  Be sure to check out Janet Crouch Photography for her blog on donuts and find us on Instagram to share your own daily life photography!




How to Edit Photos in Lightroom Mobile

How to Edit Photos in Lightroom Mobile

Have you ever wanted your photos of your vacation or kids to stand out a little more? Do you wish that they were a little brighter, more bold or have that “pop” that you see?

I’ll give you ten quick steps to make your photos have that bright, beautiful pop that you want! These steps are made for anyone to follow and the preset is for everyone to use. You can be a regular mom, a Disney mom or a professional photographer! These are easy to use for everyone!

Ten Steps To Better Photos Today

  1. Download Lightroom Mobile for free from your App Store. Sign up for a free account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Click on the small blue picture icon with a plus sign on the bottom right corner to add a photo to your Lightroom library.
  3. Select a photo from your photo library, then you can start editing. I recommend either starting with your favorite preset or going directly to the “Light” category on the bottom toolbar.
  4. I recommend adding a preset but you do not need to. You can get my favorite preset for free by signing up for my Newsletter here and following the instructions below to add it to your Lightroom Mobile app.
  5. Then go to “Light” / “Exposure” first and move the slider to the right or left to achieve desired brightness. I almost always prefer the slider to the right a bit for a brighter photo.
  6. Next, go to the “Color” / “Temp.” I recommend usually moving more towards the yellow side for a warmer photo as that’s my preference; however you may prefer cooler photos and then should slide to the left toward blue.
  7. For a nearly last step of editing, go to “Crop” on the toolbar. Start by straightening your photo. There is an automatic “straighten” button or you may manually rotate the image lining up the grid with the natural horizon of the photo. This may appear to only make a subtle difference at first; however, it can offer a dramatic improvement to the eye. To crop the photo, just pull a corner in and hit the checkmark to crop.  This can be helpful to get a closer look or remove unwanted crowds or blank space from corners of a photo.
  8. Tap the checkmark in the top right to save your edit in Lightroom.
  9. Click on the share button which is the second button in on the top right menu bar “Share to…” which will lead you to being able to click on the words “Share to…” and from there you can save your image by clicking “save image” or share it socially from there.
  10. Enjoy sharing your bright and beautiful photos with family and friends!

Using The Art of Adventures Free Preset, Main Street Adventures

To download my favorite preset, sign up for my newsletter, and then follow these steps to load the preset into Lightroom Mobile. You will only have to set this up once and then you will be able to use this preset – forever!

  1. After you sign up for my newsletter, the preset will be automatically sent to your inbox.
  2. Click on the “download the preset” button.
  3. This will take you to a OneDrive file which you will save by clicking on the three dots on the top left and “download.” This file may appear blank at times, do not be alarmed.
  4. Open Lightroom Mobile app.
  5. Click on “Add from Files” and add the downloaded DNG file, “Main Street Adventures,” to Lightroom Mobile.
  6. Click on the DNG file in Lightroom mobile to open it and be able to edit it.
  7. Click on the “…” in the top right. Click “Create Preset.” Name the Preset “Main Street Adventures” and add the group “The Art of Adventures Presets.” Keep all blue check marks checked. Then click on the checkmark in the top right to save the preset.
  8. Open a new photo in Lightroom Mobile and on the bottom bar scroll to the far right to find “Presets” and apply your new Main Street Adventures to your favorite photo! Follow the steps above to fine tune the adjustments to your liking.

Before and After Main Street Adventures Preset

This specific preset is more based on outdoor photos like you will see taken on Main Street USA with buildings, shops, castles, flowers and the sky as your backdrop!

Take a look at these before and after examples!

PhotoPass Photo Before | Main Street Adventures Preset Added After

iPhone X Portrait Mode Photo Before  | Main Street Adventures Preset Added After

RAW photo from professional camera BEFORE | Main Street Adventures Preset AFTER

I hope you find these tips for using Lightroom Mobile and this free Lightroom Mobile Preset helpful! Tell me in the comments what else you’d like to know about taking and editing better photos of your family today!

Pregnancy Announcements

Pregnancy Announcements

Pregnancy Announcement Photo Sessions

When you get the news that you’re expecting a little baby, you’re sure to be filled with lots of emotions and then you’ll be excited to share the news: you’re pregnant!

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to share your pregnancy announcement with your family and friends? I have lots of ideas that will help you share this special news in a memorable way!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to schedule a pregnancy announcement?

Please feel free to reach out right away. My schedule fills up quickly and I may not be available last minute. As for what week in pregnancy, that’s totally up to you! Some families love to share immediately whereas other families wait until 12 or even 20 weeks. It’s a personal choice.

What if I have a creative idea that I haven’t seen before?

Tell me about it in an email and I’ll let you know how we can work together to make your vision come true! And if you are looking for more ideas, please feel free to let me know that too. For example, you may want to tailor it to the season or a hobby you have.

How much is a pregnancy announcement session?

I am offering a special pregnancy announcement sessions: You will receive up to a 15 minute session and 5 edited images for $75.  This can then be applied to any full maternity or newborn session. So if you are booking a maternity or newborn session with me, your announcement is FREE at booking! GIFs and videos are an additional fee. Please email for more information or with any questions.

Where are pregnancy announcements done?

I have a list of locations that are included in this price.

What should I wear?

You may have your own style already picked out, I can help you find your style or I have a small client closet.

What if something happens and I need to cancel my session?

I have a compassion clause for cancellation due to loss or you may apply the funds to a different session.

Check out this video announcement:

Are you ready to book a session? Email me at theartofadventures@gmail.com to start the booking process today!



30 Minutes in Our Life: Moving

30 Minutes in Our Life: Moving

Moving.  Moving has so many emotions attached to it.  It’s almost always bittersweet as you close one door and open another, literally.  You are moving from one place where you grew your families’ memories to a place where many new memories’ will be built.

For this move, we also get to learn from the knowledge of my husband.  He is a builder.  So our daughter gets to follow along and learn as he checks our house to make sure everything in the process is running smoothly. This month, our 30 minutes in our ordinary life was spent doing just that: our daughter exploring our new home under the supervision of my husband.  They did some quality assurance checks, checking to make sure everything looks up to standards.

Here she is checking out the upstairs with the loft and bedrooms. Yes, she’s in her ballet outfit because we came from ballet but can’t forget boots and a hard hat for safety!

She’s excited and everything looks good!  She’s planning where all of her castles are going…

Next on to check out the downstairs with the kitchen and the tile. And of course, a snack break!

Everything looks good, Dad! High five!

What tips do you have for moving with a little one? We will be moving into this house in just about a month and will be posting about our move daily over on Instagram – we’d love to have you follow along!

All photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35 mm Art lens, edited in Lightroom.

These 30 minutes in the life blogs are part of a blogging loop so be sure to check out Janet Crouch Photography today as well!



Glitter Mini Sessions

Glitter Mini Sessions

Anytime Glitter Mini Sessions


When: Anytime

Where: Park in Winter Garden, Florida 34787

What’s Included:
30 Minute Photo Session
15 Edited Digital Images
Glitter makeup done for you (optional)
Magical glitter added for final delivery (environmentally friendly)
Printing rights

Price: $150

Perfect for milestones, memories, or making someone’s day with a beautiful photo gift!
This session is designed for 1-2 people. Children, Adults, Couples, and Pets all welcome. If party is more than 2 people, please email me at theartofadventures@gmail.com with details.

Ready to book? Email me and be sure to ask how to get a $20 Print Credit!

A Joyous Morning: 30 Minutes in December

A Joyous Morning: 30 Minutes in December

This month, our 30 minutes were simple and festive. The 30 minutes it took my daughter to open her Christmas gifts is also just about the most festive thing I can think of. There’s so much joy on Christmas morning. Not because of physical gifts.  But because it’s together time; a reminder of all the magic we work hard to provide all year long, wrapped up simply and festively to celebrate the holiday season.

I’m wishing you and your family a joyous and festive holiday season and new year!

Can you tell what her two favorite gifts were?

These were all taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35 mm Art lens and edited lightly for color in Lightoom.

Please continue on in the Circle Blog by checking out Blueberry Hill Image’s Festive Five as well!

Are you interested in booking a photography session in the Winter Garden, Central Florida area? Please email me at theartofadventures@gmail.com.