#MoodMonday – Refresh and Unwind Photography

I’ve been seeing some posts on Instagram where someone will dedicate a day out of the week to posting a mood board or inspiration board. I thought YES, this would be so much fun and it’ll keep me on track with taking photos more frequently. Being a full time student and working when I’m not at school makes it difficult to take photos during the day, missing the natural light. With that said- here’s my first #MoodMonday. 🙂 BTW there are affiliate links in this post~ read more about them here.

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The Photos

Let me start off by saying thank you to my love, Pat, for dealing with my “WAIT YOU NEED TO PULL OVER RIGHT NOW” moments. We were driving to one of our favorite beaches after taking the pup for a walk when we happened upon this clearing with the sun just starting to set. Below is the result of one of those “PLEASE PULL OVER I’LL BE QUICK” moments, (little did he know quick meant almost 200 images later) and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.


The Process

The photos were developed in Adobe Lightroom CC and fine tuned in Adobe Photoshop CC. Being a #MoodMonday, found below is the photograph taken with a select few colors I found in the image that definitely describe my week perfectly. I love my purples (my favorite color is wisteria after all) and deep reds/pinks and it definitely gives this photo just what it needs. The original photograph came out very warm and filled with rich yellows (found above) which I loved but felt like it was missing something: colors! Keeping the warmth from the original photo and adding some reds and purples is just what it needed.

The Mood Board

#917b90, #b96b78, #894850, #965c74, #3c2c36

Posted are only a few of my favorites from the many photos that I took. The mood I’ve chosen for this week, from these colors, is very mellow and cozy. Being that these colors are a mix of reds and blues, we’re in between hot and cold which I’d say is pretty cozy. My favorite part about this set is the very subtle bokeh effect caused from the sun glare. To me, bokeh can make such a difference in photography. I especially find myself using bokeh in the background of portrait photography, it’s more interesting than just a blur.

The Camera & Settings

Basic camera info can be found on my Resources Page
Focal Length: 220.0 mm
Aperture: ƒ/5.0
Exposure Time: 1/800
ISO: 400

I’m going to be playing around with the layout of #MoodMonday posts for the future. It’s exciting to finally be sharing my photography that’s in some way useful to other photographers. There is some VERY big news that I can’t exactly share yet, but it’s an amazing opportunity. I’m really looking forward to sharing this with you so keep an eye out! Don’t worry, I won’t let you miss it. 😉

If you have other questions regarding how I took what, please leave a comment below or email me! I’m happy to help.

  1. Angel says:

    I love the idea of mood monday! And I really like your blog, it’s so clean and pleasing to the eyes!

  2. Beautiful! Love how you did the lighting, it looks so peaceful. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I was worried at first being that the sun was behind the subject, but I’m lucky that they weren’t just silhouettes. They almost look like they’re glowing! 🙂

  3. OMG I have those Wait and pull over moment all the time! I see so many photographic moments on a daily basis.

  4. So I thought, what would be my mood looking at your picture and what would be my mood be if I had been sitting in that field looking at that actual wheat field. I think the picture makes me wanderlust but the actual place would have been more of a lazy relaxing mood while sitting in silence, which is very hard for me if you must know.

  5. Brittany says:

    I loved the pictures! Learning about the camera was cool.

  6. Marisa says:

    Im so glad you shared this. Ive n
    Been looking for camera tips!

  7. Sheri says:

    Wow, you did a great job with these. I love how different moods and feelings can be captured through pictures like these. As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.

  8. Anna says:

    These are amazing photo. You did a great job. Amazing mood. I love everything about this.

  9. This is great I’m looking forward to reading these on Mondays! Love it different moods are always captured through pictures ❤

  10. Victoria says:

    Great job with the post. I like the idea of mood monday but i think i feel a similar way everyday. I definitely love the idea of different colors for different moods.

  11. Kusum says:

    Beautiful photos and I love the concept! That mood board is so inspiring.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  12. Really great post girl. I’m new in the pro photographer world, so everything you shared was valuable knowledge. I love the idea of Mood Monday. Might have to join the posse on IG next week. 🙂

  13. your photos are so beautiful! i wish I had the eye for photography, but it has never been my strong point.

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! It takes some practice for sure, I’ve always had a love for photography but it’s definitely something I’ve trained myself to see over the years.

  14. AMRITA BASU says:

    It’s so nice of you wrote the exact camera settings. This could be helpful.Really lover the radiance the photos emit

  15. Chante says:

    Love the moods great job

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