Betsy Davis

About Betsy Davis

Betsy Davis is a wife, mom, and portrait photographer living in northwestern Missouri. She is the owner and principle photographer of Betsy Davis Photography. Her love of photography was born out of a lifelong passion for documenting memories, and is rivaled by an (almost) equal love for good coffee and sunny weather. Stay connected with Betsy through her website, Facebook and Instagram pages!

My Simple Trick to Fix Under Eye Circles in Lightroom

My Simple Trick to Fix Under Eye Circles in Lightroom
It’s not uncommon to have a photo that needs some touch up due to under eye circles, or dark circles under the client’s eye. There are several ways to edit something like this, and today I’m going to show you my favorite, quick method.

My Easy Fix
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No Excuses: How to Make Any Location Work for You!

No Excuses: How to Make Any Location Work for You!
We arrived to the wedding venue, and to put it briefly, we were quite underwhelmed. It was one of those locations full of tile from the 1990s, furniture to match, and a bridal room that doubled as a storage closet. Right away, we began racking our […]

Digital Noise: What is it & How to Correct It

Digital Noise: What Is It & How to Correct It
Have you seen the term “noise” thrown around and wondered what exactly it is? Or maybe you’ve noticed that some of your images aren’t as crisp and clear as you want them to be, and almost have a grainy appearance to them. Digital noise could be […]

Should You Work for Free? A Lesson for Every Photographer

Should You Work for Free? A Lesson for Every Photographer
At some point or another, if you own a nice camera and have at least minimal skill using it, the time will come (and probably more than once): Someone will ask you to work for free. Or maybe no one will ask you, but you’ll find […]

Finding the Light, Part 6: Using Creative Light Sources

Finding the Light, Part 6: Using Creative Light Sources
One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, we are going to […]

Selecting Photos for a Blog: 3 Easy Tips to Making Your Images Work For You

Selecting Photos for a Blog: 3 Easy Tips to Making Your Images Work For You
I love putting together a blog post after a photo session! I really enjoy going through the images and selecting which pictures to include and thinking over the details of the session. But sometimes it can be challenging to know which […]

Finding the Light, Part 5: 3 Ways to Use Window Light

Finding the Light, Part 5: 3 Ways to Use Window Light
One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, we are […]

4 Reasons Why You Need a Website for Your Photography Business

4 Reasons Why You Need a Website for Your Photography Business
For the majority of photographers, having a website will be a crucial element to having a successful business. Having a place where you can visually display your work is key to your photography business. There are a few reasons why having a website is critical […]

How I Dramatically Reduced my Editing Time (Without Touching the Computer)

How I Dramatically Reduced my Editing Time (Without Touching the Computer)
Time is valuable. So much so that we often hear people say that time is money. This couldn’t be more true. Think about the choices we have with our time: We can spend it with the people we love… We can spend it doing things we […]

Finding the Light, Part 4: How to Shoot in Harsh Light

Finding the Light, Part 4: How to Shoot in Harsh Light
One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, we are […]

How to Find Your Style: 5 Tips for Every Photographer

How to Find Your Style: 5 Tips for Every Photographer
It’s one of the most common questions new photographers have. When starting out, we’ve all asked, we’ve all wondered: How do I find my style? At the heart of this question is a deep desire to find our place in this industry. In a profession that is so […]

Depth of Field, Bokeh and Compression: What’s the Difference?

Depth of Field, Bokeh and Compression: What’s the Difference?
We talked recently about some tried and true methods to get that envy-worthy background blur in your photos, and since then I have seen a lot of the same questions popping up. Achieving background blur is based on a variety of factors. With so much at play, […]

Finding the Light, Part 3: Shooting the Golden Hour

Finding the Light, Part 3: Shooting the Golden Hour
One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, we are going to […]

Best Portrait Lens on a Budget: 5 ways the 85mm f1.8 Delivers!

Best Portrait Lens on a Budget: 5 ways the 85mm f1.8 Delivers!
If you are making your way into the photography industry, chances are you are looking to get killer photos of your clients while building your business on a budget. And who can blame you? We want our clients to look their best and we don’t […]

How to Fix an Underexposed Photo in Lightroom

How to Fix an Underexposed Photo in Lightroom
Last week, we talked about how to correct an overexposed image in Lightroom, where I showed you the quick and easy methods I use to recover information from overexposure. Today, we are going to visit the other side of the spectrum and talk about underexposure, and how you can […]

The Histogram Explained: Using a Histogram & What it Means

The Histogram Explained: Using a Histogram & What it Means
One of the most valuable tools, but perhaps one of the most misunderstood, is your camera’s histogram. Histo-what? We aren’t talking about Instagram’s cousin here. If you’ve been confused by that fancy chart they call a histogram, you’re in the right place! In this tutorial, we […]

Finding the Light, Part 2: Using Shadows and Light for Dramatic Portraits

Finding the Light, Part 2: Using Shadows and Light for Dramatic Portraits
One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, we […]

How to Fix an Overexposed Photo in Lightroom

How to Fix an Overexposed Photo in Lightroom
It can be so frustrating: You snap the “perfect” shot and beam momentarily with pride, and then you look at the back of your camera and you see it. That white glow, the sure sign that the moment you thought you’d captured so perfectly may actually be lost: overexposure. […]

How to Transform Your Photos by Cropping

How to Transform Your Photos by Cropping
I typically try to get my photos “right” in camera. I try to really think about what I want the end result to be, and shoot with that in mind. But occasionally, I will shoot an image, and as I begin the editing process, I will begin to see […]

6 Photo Composition Tips to Enhance Your Images

6 Photo Composition Tips to Enhance Your Images
We spend a lot of time talking about how to get technically perfect photo, but there is more to a great image than technicalities. A technically flawless photo doesn’t matter as much to a client if the photo isn’t INTERESTING, so let’s chat a little today about how […]

How to Get a Blurred Background in Your Photos, Without Shooting Wide Open!

How to Get a Blurred Background in Your Photos, Without Shooting Wide Open!
We chatted recently about how to master shooting wide open, and I wanted to follow up that post with more discussion on achieving a nice blurred background, or bokeh, in your photos. Who doesn’t love it? It’s that creamy background that really separates […]

Growing Your Photography Business on a Budget

Growing Your Photography Business on a Budget
One of the things that gets under my skin more than anything is stumbling upon articles insinuating that a new photographer must spend top dollar and go into inordinate amounts of debt in able to be considered a “real” photographer. As if the amount of money invested is what […]

Simple Tips for Successfully Building Your Photography Portfolio

Simple Tips for Successfully Building Your Photography Portfolio
The early days of building your dream as a photographer are so exciting! You are working hard to master your craft, and chances are, people are beginning to ask you if you’re planning to make a business of your photography. There are a lot of steps involved in this […]

Not Good Enough: Disbanding the Lie and Growing as a Photographer

Not Good Enough: Disbanding the Lie and Growing as a Photographer
We don’t talk about it much, but we’ve all been there: the doubt, the discouragement, the hidden, quiet thoughts rooted in the fear that we are not good enough. “Am I good enough to be a photographer?” “Do I have what it takes to be […]

3 Easy Tips for Taking Indoor Photos

3 Easy Tips for Taking Indoor Photos
If you’ve ever shot photos indoors, you know how tricky it can be. The lighting can be inadequate, and a decent backdrop can be hard to come by. If the nuances of shooting inside have you avoiding it altogether, today is the day that changes! Whether you’re wanting to […]

5 Tips for Getting Sharp Photos When Shooting Wide Open

5 Tips for Getting Sharp Photos When Shooting Wide Open
There are several reasons you might choose to take photos with your aperture open as far as it will go, or as it’s affectionately referred to in the photography world, “shooting wide open.” One trademark of a professional portrait is that nice creamy, smooth background that […]

6 Tips for Capturing Better Photos in the Snow!

6 Tips for Capturing Better Photos in the Snow!
Winter is upon us, and for many of us, that means SNOW. I love the challenge of taking photos in the snow: The scene is entirely different than what I work with the rest of the year, and it compels me to stretch my creativity and my […]

Unlocking Authentic Expressions From Kids in Your Family Sessions

Unlocking Authentic Expressions From Kids in Your Family Sessions

Let’s be honest: Family pictures can be STRESSFUL for the entire family. We’ve all been there, on the other side of the lens. As the parent, you’ve spent hours picking out the perfect coordinating outfits, you’ve stressed about the weather and location, you’ve scoured Pinterest for ideas […]

How to Photograph Christmas Morning With You in the Frame!

How to Photograph Christmas Morning With You in the Frame!
Because my heart for photography started with my desire to document everyday memories, it’s no surprise that I LOVE taking Christmas morning photos! But since we have had kids, I have found myself more and more aware of the fact that, most of the time, I […]

Telling a Better Story through Lifestyle Photography

Telling a Better Story through Lifestyle Photography
There is a lot of buzz in the photography world about how to capture genuine smiles and expressions from your clients. Capturing authentic connection is one of the things that can separate a good photo from a great one, and is something I plan to write about soon. But […]