Get Better Pictures - Naomi Maya

Got a Camera? Let's use it!

It doesn't matter if you take photos with your iPhone, a point-and-shoot, or an expensive SRL. There's more to an image than the gear used to create it.

Some of the photos I treasure the most are of my children, and were taken with my cell phone. For me, what makes a photo good is the moment it captures, the connection with the viewer, the composition, the lighting, and the feeling you get when you look at it. That’s what will make you want to look at it over and over.

Yes, there are some advantages of big professional cameras, but they have disadvantages too. Like, they are too big to fit in your bag, so you don’t carry them around. Life keeps happening, and your camera isn’t there… but your phone is. So let’s take advantage of the devices/gear/cameras we have and use all the time, and make the most of them.

I believe everyone has a little bit (or a lot!) of an urge to take beautiful photos. We want to document our lives and share what is special to us with those around us. The photographs we create are a beautiful souvenir of our adventures, our family and of course, our everyday life.

Anyone can become a better photographer... it doesn't mean you have to do it professionally, it just means that you really love taking photos and want to document, remember and share your story.

Everyone has a story to tell! Let’s get started! 

Shooting with my Nikon FM2 film camera, circa 1980 (*the camera, not the photo!)


Photo Galleries

Wedding & Photography How-To Books

- Where Beautiful Photos Are Created -

Click on cover for more information on each book.

The Art of Photography Simplified is a reference book on basic photography. It’s for anyone who wants to improve their skills, professional or not. It's an all-in-one guide to quickly learning to see things from a camera's perspective in order to intentionally create more artful images.

And since I love capturing true love stories, the next two are focused on weddings...

Planning a Picture-Perfect Wedding is a book written for couples who are on a budget planning their wedding. It will help them make sure they get beautiful photographs even though they might not be hiring a professional photographer. It focuses on the setup and arrangement of the day so that it looks good from a camera’s perspective.

Shooting Your Best Friend's Wedding is written for people who have been asked to shoot a friend or family member's wedding, but aren't professional photographers (yet!?). In addition to knowing how to take a great photo, it's important to know what to expect in a wedding, and how to approach the photos with an overall plan for "getting all the shots".

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