FAQ

Hello Friends.  I’ve compiled a few FAQs for you! I hope this page answers any questions you may have, but you can certainly contact me if you need additional information.

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ON PHOTOGRAPHY::

Which camera do you use? I began my photography journey with a Nikon D90 which was the perfect beginning camera for me.  It allowed me to grow in my photography skills for close to 4 years! I loved that camera body, and still do.  This year, I upgraded to a Nikon D800 as my needs changed.  A full frame body was a must for me, and my D90 was limiting a few areas I wanted to explore.

What lenses do you own and which is your favorite? I kept one of my kit lenses, Nikkor 70-300mm, and sold the other.  Prime lenses are my lenses of choice.  I own a Nikkor 85mm 1.8, Nikkor 50mm 1.4, and a Nikkor 35mm 1.8 (all G series).  I have one macro lens, the Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8 ED. I am recently a Lensbaby Composer Pro Sweet 35 Mama.  I love the Lensbaby for emotive images.  My favorite lens to keep on my camera is my 50mm.

What software do you use for editing? I use Adobe Photoshop CS5.  I also use a Wacom Bamboo tablet for precision on my skin editing, and for writing on images.  I find the tablet easier to use and less straining on my wrists than a mouse during long editing sessions.

Do you have any additional tools that help your photography? I really love using an Expodisc for getting a good custom white balance. You can read here about using an Expodisc.

I would love to hire you for a session. What should I do? Please see  Kim Cunningham Photography for details.

What are your favorite iPhone Apps for iPhotography? I use the Instagram App a good bit for ease, but I also love VSCO Cam.

Where can I find you on Instagram? @kim_littlebylittle.

 

ON BLOGGING::

How long have you been blogging? A little over 10 years!

Do you have any tips for beginning bloggers? There is so much blogging advice available these days, but I’ll share my 2 cents.  My number one piece of advice is to be yourself!  There are tons of people in the blogosphere.  Don’t worry about being like everyone else.  Just be you and blog for you.  Don’t try to copy another blogger’s voice or style.  Find your unique style so that your writing doesn’t sound forced and unnatural.  I find the best blogs to be conversational, rather than using a formal writing style.  Most of us don’t have time to read lengthy posts with huge blocks of text. Keep your posts to the point and use white space throughout your text for a visual break.  Do write well, but blog like you are having coffee with a friend.   It takes time to make friends out there.  Be friendly.  Introduce yourself to other bloggers. Relationships often begin in the comment box, so make your comments count!  Remember that you are not in a competition with other bloggers.  They are your friends, and often a great source of encouragement.  Additionally, use blogging integrity.  While it is fine and dandy to be inspired by other bloggers, you should strive for original content.  Always link back to inspired or borrowed content.   Sharp images are also something your readers value when coming to your site.  You don’t have to have the most expensive tools, but offer your readers a little eye candy when they visit your site.

Who designed your blog? Elizabeth Morton at The Mustard Ceiling has designed for me twice.  She has been wonderful!

Do you respond to comments? Yes.  I respond to each and every comment via personal email.  Some days it takes me a day or two to stay current, but I appreciate everyone who takes time to leave words of encouragement or questions. It’s often by comments and responses that friendships are born.

May I Pin images and posts from your site? Of course! My images include a mouse over Pin It button.  I only ask that you please keep my URL in your Pinning.   In other words, please link back.  Please remember that my images and blog content are copyright protected.  Any images or content used without my permission will be asked to be removed.

Do you accept guest bloggers? Sometimes.  Typically I prefer to approach others for guest blogging spots, but will consider pitches from others and brands who fit with the overall vision of my blog.  I really consider what my readers appreciate when visiting my site. It is important to me to keep this place honest.

Tell me about your blogging philosophy.  Sometimes bloggers appear to have perfect lives, with perfect kids, and all captured perfectly.  I certainly don’t have a perfect life.  I’m human and have struggles just like anyone else.  I do have a blessed life, though.  One thing traveling and living abroad has taught me is that a whole bunch of people have really hard lives.  That’s not to discount our problems, but it does shape my perspective.  I’m a big believer in finding the good and joy of life.  I choose to focus on beauty.  What you’ll find here are the real moments we celebrate.  Know that there are certainly hard days, and sometimes I will talk about those, if the stories are part of the greater good of encouraging others.

ON HOMESCHOOLING::

Why do you homeschool? If you asked me ten years ago if I desired to homeschool, my answer would have been no.  Isn’t life funny?  As we were making the move from Thailand back to the States in 2007, we had to consider our rising first grade daughter who had almost zero experience with US culture.  We spent 8 years living overseas as missionaries.  All of our 3 children were born in Bangkok.  It just seemed cruel to put our daughter in a school system 2 weeks after such a huge move.  We opted to homeschool that first year back, and it worked for us!  It is still working for us.

What curriculum do you use? We love Sonlight! We have used it for going on 7 years.  Sonlight is a literature based approach that my children and I enjoy.  Their book lists can’t be beat, in my opinion.

Do you plan to homeschool the kids through high school?  I honestly don’t know.  We are taking this commitment one year at a time and child by child.  If God leads otherwise, we will make a change. In 2015, my daughter began a hybrid school that is helping meet her high educational needs. My boys are still home with me!