About

Julie Gropp profile picHello! I’m so glad you’re here.

Our goal at Pixel Perfect Blogging is to help you become a better photographer. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate photographer, you can find tips and advice here to move your creativity forward.

But why should you listen to me? Let me tell you a story.

I have always loved photography. Even in middle school, before cell phones and digital cameras, I had a film camera that I loved and took everywhere. I was the friend that took pictures of the group.

When I got married and started a family, I started a family blog (on Blogger) to chronicle our lives and share photos of my kids to the relatives. This was before social media, so this blog helped me share photos easily.

While having the family blog, I also started a photography blog because I wanted to share my landscape and lifestyle photography that I was so passionate about. I got a good response and had several people tell me I should start a photography business. I took on some clients and sold some prints. I was starting slow because there was a lot of overhead and a big learning curve.

Then we had a fairly large trial in our lives: in 2014 our house burned down while we were on vacation to Texas for Spring Break. This definitely rocked our world. I quit blogging and the photography business to began to put our home back together. I had lost my computer, some camera equipment (and pretty much everything else) in the fire. We were able to rebuild (thanks to insurance) and start acquiring stuff again.

I poured myself into my photography as an outlet for my stress with the house and busy mom life. I didn’t want to take on clients and portrait work. What I really loved was landscape photography. After all, I live in the 4 corners area of the US and therefore I was 6 hours from about 10 National Parks. It is a beautiful place to live.

So I started over on my portfolio (I lost the most recent 2 years of work on my computer & back up hard drive with the fire) and started blogging again.

My first blog is Real Food Homestead, which is about our homestead in Colorado. A year later I started this blog to talk about everything photography and explore this passion even more.

What do you care about all of this?

My goal is to help you increase your photography skills. I am passionate about new photographers learning how to use their dSLR cameras and shoot in manual mode. In a sea of iPhone shooters, we want to be more intentional with our photography and share as we go along.

So let’s get started!

Julie Gropp

Here are some of our top posts to check out:

30 Basic Photography Terms for Beginners

13 Composition Rules to Take Your Photography From Boring to Striking

18 Simple Photography Tips for Beginners: What NOT to Do

9 Simple DIY Photography Background Ideas for Shooting Indoors

5 Ways to Get A Blurry Background In Your Photos

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