Author Archives: Michelle Kersey Photography

Illuminate Photography Class Fall 2015

Did you get a DSLR this year? Or, have you had one for a while and are tired of not knowing how to use it to it’s fullest potential?? Would you like to know how to be THE BOSS of your camera and use it to take better pictures of your family!? You’re in luck! Michelle Kersey Photography is hosting another 4 hour photography class September 19th, 2015!!

illuminate 2015 Fall

What’s Included:

  • 4 hours of instruction covering photography basics and how to shoot in manual mode
  • Light snacks and refreshments
  • One-on-one assistance throughout the class
  • A private facebook group for three months to receive continued learning, feedback, and to help each other after the class is over!

What’s Required:

  • A Digital SLR camera (DSLR)
  • A lens. The lens that came with your camera will work just fine!. If you want to take your photography up a notch, consider purchasing a “Prime” lens. A good entry level lens is a 50mm f1.8 if you’re on a limited budget. If you want to purchase a new lens before the class, we can discuss what will be best for you after registration. Otherwise, lens options and uses will be discussed during the class
  • Your cameras manual – Bonus points for those that read it before the class!

When: Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12pm to 4pm

Where: Louisville, KY – Location TBD

How Much: This class is $125 per person. The class is limited to approximately 10 people to keep the class small for better one-on-one assistance. Sign up with a friend before August 30th and you both will receive $25 off your fee!!

“Where do I sign up!?!?”
E-mail me at or through my contact page to sign up. The $125 fee is due within one week of registering. If not paid within one week, your spot will not be held. The fee is non-refundable.
After your payment is received, I will send you a link to a questionnaire to help me personalize the class to all the attendees!

Are you already comfortable shooting in Manual Mode and want to learn more?
I will be offering an intermediate level class in October which will include outdoor instruction on lighting and composition. Check back for more details!

Want to see images I’ve taken of my own kids? Check out this flickr set.

Please Note:  This class will not be covering any information on starting a photography business, advanced photography skills or editing. This class will only cover the basics of using your camera in Manual Mode to help you take better photos of your kids and family. 

Posted in Adults, Blog, Photography Class

Tips for better iPhone photos | Louisville, KY Photographer

Every trip or family event I struggle with the decision on which memory capturing device to take. My heavy professional DSLR, my little entry level DSLR, my point n shoot, or my iPhone. I recently took a mini family vacation to Kings Island and once again found myself struggling with which device to bring. While I LOVE the results I get with my DSLRs, I decided to only take my iPhone for pictures this time. I wanted to travel light and be able to quickly take a picture and pocket my phone so I could enjoy time with my family.

Here are a few tricks and tips I’ve learned over the years with using an iPhone to get great results and not just a snapshot of your family!

1) Treat it as you would a DSLR and set up the shot. This means looking for good lighting, background distractions and composing the image. If good lighting isn’t available in the spot you want to get a picture, check back later to see if the light is better!
Our first shot of the day in this spot (see end of the post) was taken early morning during bright sunlight. When we came back later in the evening, the lighting was a lot less harsh and I was able to get this image of my kids. There wasn’t a line of people when we came back, so I was able to pull my kids away from the designated spot so I could get the entire tower in the image AND have them be a larger part of the image too. The closer to your subject, the more space they’ll take up in the image.



2) Tap the screen over the subject to tell your iPhone where to focus + get exposure. If the image is still too dark, after tapping drag your finger up or down the screen to adjust the brightness.

Also, you can use the focus + exposure lock feature. If you hold your finger on the screen over the subject, the focus and exposure will lock, you can then move around the phone a little to compose the image how you’d like it to be without having to adjust the brightness again.

iphone photography tips

Left image: iPhone automatically selected the exposure
Right image: I adjusted the brightness by sliding my finger up after tapping the image to increase the brightness.


3) Use a technique called “panning” to get clear pictures of moving subjects. It’s a simple technique that relies heavily on timing, so it may take a few tries. All you need to do is follow along the movement of your subject with your camera while you take the picture.

When there’s a lot of light, you might not need to use panning as the shutter speed the camera selects will be enough to stop the motion. However, in low light, it can be a great asset! I didn’t need to use it while my kids were on the swing this time (left image). But, years ago I used panning to get a shot of my family on a similar ride that wasn’t a complete blur (right image).

iPhone Panning


4) Change your angle. You can completely change the feel of an image by changing your viewing angle. Taking pictures of multiple angles also helps tell the story of your adventures!




Don’t be afraid of trying new angles to get the shot. For the right Eiffel Tower image, I was basically on the ground, with my phone upside down, angled up so that I could get the top of the tower in the picture while my kids played around. I’m certain I looked a little crazy down there, but it was worth it.


5) Zoom in. When my kids rode this roller coaster, I positioned myself to where I could zoom in and out to capture the whole thing. This allowed me to get a variety of images to show their experience and capture their expressions as they got closer to me.

iphone photography tips

Side note: When you want to take a detail shot of something very up close, zoom in! This works great for pictures of flowers, bugs, jewelry, etc.


6) Turn off the flash. When it’s getting dark, use natural light to capture the emotion and avoid the “deer in headlights” look.
For the left image there was light from a ride to the left, helping illuminate my family while allowing the glow from the glow sticks to take precedence. The middle image I took during the fireworks show. I loved my daughters little hands holding her glow wand. For the right image I looked around for an area with a lot of light to get our family picture. The nearby carousel was the perfect light source! So we walked over and asked a stranger to take our picture with us facing the light.



7) Act natural and capture your surroundings. When taking pictures of your family or kids, do not ask them to look and smile for every picture. They will quickly tire of that. Instead, try capturing them in the moment. Or you could take a picture of your surroundings to capture what they saw. This will tell the story of your trip so much more than a “say cheese” picture.



8) Don’t be afraid to process iPhone images. When  you get home and you’re a tiny bit disappointed that an image is a little dark, do not despair! Pull the image into the editing software of your choice (I LOVE Lightroom) and polish off the image a little as needed.


Ahhh, much better. Just had to increase the exposure a little and brighten the shadows. If you practice tip #2 then you wouldn’t need to do this!

I also loved the image of my kids in front of the eiffel tower so much, but there were a lot of distractions with people passing by. If you have kids, you might know that their patience has a limit when it comes to pictures. Thankfully I snapped a few and was able to merge some together to get a cleaner shot that is now a framer.



What was your favorite tip? Do you have any other tips you’ve learned? Sound off in the comments!

Posted in Adults, Blog, Children, Family, Personal

Glancy Maternity Portraits | Louisville, KY Photographer

There are times when I’m beyond grateful for being a photographer. Being able to capture this gorgeous pregnant momma and her son before they relocated to California was one of those. You see, this is a military family. I know first hand how difficult life is for families in the military, my husband was in the Navy for six years and through one pregnancy and childbirth. I know that you don’t get to see your loved one much, which is especially hard during a pregnancy and early childhood. So, to be able to freeze this moment for them… this moment right before their family grows… yep, that fills up my happy cup.

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Posted in Blog, Children, Family, Maternity

Baby Girl W | Lifestyle Newborn Portraits | Louisville, KY Photographer

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”

I don’t think I could adore this family and this session any more. From beginning to end, the love that was evident just cut straight to my heart. I honestly have no words other than “Thank you.” Thank you for letting me in and allowing me to capture with my camera what your heart feels. Your family is so beautiful.

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Clickin Walk | Louisville, KY Photography


Mark your calendars! This year’s Clickin Walk is coming up soon!! It will be April 26th at 3pm!

Sign up for this FREE event and join local photographers on a photo walk around downtown Louisville! All skill levels are encouraged to come! From Hobbyist to Pro, we will love to have you walk with us!
After the walk, we’ll head across the river to Rocky’s for dinner and the opportunity to capture the Louisville Skyline from Indiana!

To sign up for the Clickin Walk, head on over to the Clickin Moms website:

Louisville KY | Photo Walk | Michelle Kersey Photography

Louisville KY | Photo Walk | Michelle Kersey Photography

Louisville KY | Photo Walk | Michelle Kersey Photography

Posted in Adults, Blog, Personal