Photography Tips From The Pros – Tami Brundage

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Today we have Tami Brundage of Butterfly Kiss Photography. I met Tami about 3 years ago at a workshop with a pretty famous photographer from Australia. Tami and I hit if off right away since we both have girls (and now we both have baby boys) and we like to grow our own food =) Tami is just ray of sunshine and has a smile that lights up a room.

Be sure to check out Tami’s blog because she has a series called ‘On Display’ to help you hang up those precious photos you have sitting on the hard drive.

Here’s Tami

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Hello, I’m Tami. I am a photographic artist and owner of Butterfly Kiss Photography, specializing in newborn portraits. I use my imagination and creative heart to infuse my portraits with a sense of whimsy. I love to capture the beauty and magic of childhood for each and every family I have the opportunity to work with. 

Being a professional photographer is a dream come true for me, one that I have invested a lot of education, hard work and passion in to. I find great joy in learning and have studied with some of the best portrait photographers from around the world. I also enjoy finding vintage treasures, cooking healthy & yummy food, organic gardening, the smell of fresh cut grass, camping, road trips, scrapbooking, the beach, salted caramel, and sing-a-long music. If I had to pick a theme song for my life it would be “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. I raise a small flock of backyard chickens and would love to live on a farm someday. Right now I live with my husband, daughter Avery, and son Sawyer in a lovely small town between Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state.

Favourite Photograph


This is my own little guy, Sawyer, when he was just 7 days old. I love this photo especially because it encompasses so much of what our family is all about. My husband helped me to set the scene up in my natural light studio and the carrots we used were pulled right from our own backyard garden. The little red shovel is a vintage one we discovered at an estate sale; my daughter is always using this one when she helps me in the garden. I am so happy that my vision was brought to life with this picture. I had a friend who recently told me that she loved this picture so much because (in her own words) “its so you!”

Best Photography Tip

We get in the habit of taking our photographs from our adult perspective, straight on. For a little variety try shifting your point of view; get up high and point the camera down on your subject, or get down on your belly and shoot from baby’s eye level. You can create some really fun and unique compositions this way.


How This Image Was Made

I took this picture of a sweet 6 month old boy by first containing him in a vintage enamel bowl (babies this age are movers!), then standing over top of him with my camera pointing straight down. I made silly noises to get his attention and when he looked up I got the shot.

Doing this also created some significant depth of field between the floor and his sweet face; the blurred background brings the attention to his curious expression. I shot this image with natural light using my Nikon D700 and 50mm 1.4 lens set at ISO 400, 2.0 aperture, and 1/500 shutter speed.

Where To Find Tami

Website  /  Facebook  /  Blog

Want to be Featured?

Are you a children photographer who have some great photography tips to offer and want to share your knowledge? Email me at amy.lee (@) and we can have you featured =)

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Tami Brundage -

Thanks for featuring me Amy, it was a pleasure to write a tip for your series!

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Kim Hilliard -

Love this! A great tip indeed!