How To Be A Photographer and A Wife On Our Family Outings

Since we have been spending so much time together lately in places I just have to photograph I have come up with a list of ways to be a photographer and a wife while out exploring.

1. Set aside enough time and plan ahead. 
If there are shots I know I would like to get while we are out I make sure that we have enough time set aside. There are a few reasons why this is necessary. One being, I don't want to rush my shots and my creative process if I do not have to. Another reason, I don't want my husband to feel like I don't value our time and our schedule.

2. Balance shooting photographs and making memories
As much as I love to always have a camera in my hand, I'm sure my husband doesn't enjoy talking to a lens and I'm almost positive he doesn't want to kiss a lens. I'll have to ask him. There are times when I just have to put down the camera and hold his hand, take in the moment and just live.

3. Match your photo taking timing
You might not know this but I actually started taking photographs because my husband was very into it. (I'll have to tell that story at some point.) Because of this and because we have camera's so readily available on our phone's these days, it isn't unlikely to catch him also snapping pictures. These are times that I utilize to shoot photos.

4. Take photos of one another
This may be unique to our relationship, since Jordan loves photographs as well, but often times I'll hand him my camera and let him click away. We love to teach each other things we have learned about photography. What I love about this is that we will actually have some photos on outings that I am in.

5. K(no)w when to stop
Though we both love to take pictures, we aren't necessarily in love with being in photos. Naturally, I love taking pictures of Jordan because I think he is the cutest thing on the planet, but that doesn't mean he loves me taking pictures of him. When I ask Jord to take a picture and he gives me that look, I know to stop. Side note: He rarely tells me no and if he does then it's usually after I have plenty and am being more a photographer than a wife. I try not to get offended, I'm not perfect at that, because I don't always want my picture taken either.

Hope you have a great weekend. Wonder where we are going this weekend?

Very interesting map shows the top brands from each state. I know people like their Coke but I would rather have Chic-Fil-A from Georgia any day. 


One of the best gifts I've ever received was from my Papa recently. 

Little did I know that he too, was a photographer, during World War II. I couldn't believe it when he offered me his old kit and started telling me all about shooting for the military. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

Not to mention, the kit he gave me was insane. It included 40 year old rolls of film, a Petri 35mm camera, an old sekonic, several lenses, and even an old flash like you see here

What a sweet Papa I have. 

Yesterday we went down to church in Arlington to meet up with some friends and it was one of the most beautiful and quaint church buildings I've ever seen. We only took instagrams of that. Bummer.

Afterwards, we had some time to kill before dinner and so we decided, since we haven't been yet, to go walk around the Arlington National Cemetery before dinner. It was absolutely mind-blowing to come to the reality of just how many American's have died for our freedoms.

When we were walking back to the car, we just had to stop for a second and stop for the flowers. Pretty, pretty. 

One of my favorite things about Jordan is how much he makes me laugh and how much of a big kid he still is. I know it's something our kids will love one day as much as I do. I am amazed everyday at the man I married and how perfect he is for me. He is just simply the best.

Hope you guys have a lovely weekend! We have no idea what's in store yet but I can't help thinking I will be posting more pictures from DC on Monday. :)

During the months after our miscarriage I didn't want to talk about it with more than a handful of people. It's so weird to think about all of the things we are doing this summer and imagining being pregnant. It still hurts badly but I can definitely talk about it now without feeling like I have an elephant sitting on my heart. Which led me to the topic of things that someone who just had a miscarriage doesn't want to here. 

So I just wrote out all of the things not to say and I felt so bad about it. So I'm just going to write out what I think are good responses and some that I got. I realize that people just want to comfort you. They don't want to hurt your feelings. They just don't know what to say. And I think that's the point. There is nothing you can say. Absolutely nothing. Except I'm sorry that happened. Because the only thing that is going to make someone who had a miscarriage feel better is time. Time is what it took to talk about it. Time is what it took to feel like I could breathe. Time is what it took so I could see another pregnant woman and not feel jealous. And I'm not proud to admit that. But it is the truth. 

We just had to go back. I knew we would. 

DC. I think we're in love with you. I know we have only had two dates but I think it's getting serious.

Just kidding. Kind of.

This time we went with some of the friends we have made through Jordan's internship at John Hopkins and spent most of the day at the Eastern Market and in Georgetown. Also, of course, since I was outnumbered 5 to 1 by scientists we spent a lot of time at the Museum of Natural History.

My favorite parts of DC from this trip were all of the colorful town homes that line the streets. I absolutely loved the set from above that are painted red, white, and blue. 

We happened upon the most awesome bookstore that was closing right when as we found it. Bummer. But I was amazed at how books filled in the windows. I have got to get inside if we go again.

When we hit the Virginia state line, we decided it might be time to turn around. I think we walked forever but would have definitely kept going. And no blisters this time but even more walking than the last. 

I think we'll do it again.

PS.  Is Dunder Mifflin a real store? We found this outside of that cute bookstore.

We spent some time around Baltimore over the weekend and decided to go down along the Inner Harbor. 

There were outdoor bands performing, people everywhere waiting for the Orioles/Boston baseball game to start and a really wonderful exhibit for the people from Baltimore who were lost in 9/11. 

The highlight for us had to be the huge Barnes & Nobles at the edge of the harbor. We sat in there for quite some time. I caught up on photography magazines that are sitting in the mailbox back in Charleston and Jord spent his time reading the tenth book in the series he has been working on for quite some time, The Wheel of Time. 

Overall it was just nice to have some time to relax together and explore. 


Have a good weekend friends!

I think we are going to be making our way back down to DC. I wasn't kidding when I said we enjoyed it!

Don't ask me why but I felt like making and sharing a preset today. I am not one to use presets myself but I know some people really like them -- so why not.

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One million bones on the National Mall for genocide. Very Cool.

Look at that phoneography stance. 

We traveled down to DC this weekend from Baltimore and boy was it a good time.

It was tons of fun seeing some of the sites and exhibits that I have missed in the past and since Jordan had never been to DC we had a lot of fun just walking aimlessly around. When we got back to the car at the end of the day we realized there was still so much we wanted to see. Needless to say, we already have another trip down in the works. Especially since we found out we have a lot of friends who are in town for the summer who are in the area.

The best part of the day was spending time together because Jord is gone all day at work during the week. This is something I'm not really used to. When we are back home in Charleston the college classes I teach are usually an hour or two in class lectures/lab and the rest of the time is spent working from home. His school schedule is very sporadic as well so we often get to eat lunch together or spend the afternoon at home.

I definitely think I chose the wrong shoes for the trip because I have a ridiculous amount of blisters on my feet from how much we walked. I will spare you the pictures of those but lets just say my feet haven't hurt or looked this bad since I was in dance rehearsals everyday.

But blisters aside, we are in love with The District as the locals call it. There were times when I caught myself thinking we could totally live here and I was stunned when those words came out of Jordan's mouth.

I'm turning my husband into a city boy as hard and as fast as I can.

If you want to see more photos you can visit our instagrams @jenna_miller_photos & @bow_tied_pharmer.