a day in the life | elizabeth blank
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A Day In The Life with Elizabeth Blank I initially chose Saturday, September 13th as my "day" becau… Read More

 
dear self: a photography letter to myself 5 years ago
April Nienhuis

by Lissa Chandler Dear Twenty-Two Year Old, Wanna-Be Photographer Me, You're cute. Like, really… Read More

 
9 questions with photographer brian powers
April Nienhuis

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the amazing M… Read More

 
product review: fundy album software
April Nienhuis

Have you been eyeballing a new photography product? Would you like to hear a Pro's opinion on the pr… Read More

 
why i'm happy with my gear
April Nienhuis

by Jayne Cho I’ve always loved photography. Ever since I was a kid - which was a long time ago!… Read More

 

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a peek inside | kelly rodriguez

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest team members to feature, Kelly Rodriguez.
a peek inside | kelly rodriguez

Hi! I’m so excited to give you a little peek into my little workspace and at my gear (…pretty minimalist gear).

Okay, so my workspace is pretty new and a little bland right now. We just moved up to NYC (Queens to be exact) this summer from Miami, FL(…)

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A Day In The Life with Lisa Benemelis
My day begins at 5:15 in the morning even though it is my birthday and I would much rather hang out in bed a little longer.  I face the day with a hot cup of coffee and 15 minutes of peace and quite before heading out to meet my oldest daughter at the trail for a long run.

My two daughters and I are training for the Women’s Nike Half Marathon that we will(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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patches of light on a dreary day | katrina baker

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this black and white image by Katrina Baker won us over. Congratulations, Katrina!

To see more of Katrina’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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by Jayne Cho

I’ve always loved photography. Ever since I was a kid – which was a long time ago!

So long in fact, that I remember doing an “Introduction to Photography” course by correspondence. I was about 15 at the time, and living on my family’s farm in rural Australia. Each month there was an assignment, and I would mail my image that had been developed at the local pharmacy, to the instructor in Sydney. She would then record her feedback(…)

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One of our favorite posts here on the Clickin Moms blog each month is this one, the monthly member share.  We love throwing a theme out to the forum members and seeing how they interpret it.  This month, guest judge Jo Lien chose the theme of ‘science’ and there were so many fantastic and varying images submitted.  These were a few of Jo’s favorites…

[caption id="attachment_38895" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Jennifer Southard – lovingmoments[/caption] [caption id="attachment_38896" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Carolyn Brandt – carmarie[/caption]

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Have you been eyeballing a new photography product? Would you like to hear a Pro’s opinion on the product prior to purchasing? We have a new series for you, Click It and Pick It, where the CMpros will be reviewing several of the most talked about photo products! In this installment of the Click It and Pick It series, CMpro Katie Woodard takes the Fundy Software for a spin.
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How long did it take to get the product?
Fundy Album Builder(…)

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9 questions with photographer brian powers

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the amazing Montana photographer, Brian Powers!
by Nina Mingioni

We always love to ask, how did you become a photographer?


For my daughter’s 4th birthday, I wanted to have her shoot with a professional photographer. He did a great job at capturing her eyes and laughter. I knew instantly I wanted to be able to capture her in that way. I purchased a low end DSLR shortly after.(…)

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by Lissa Chandler
Dear Twenty-Two Year Old, Wanna-Be Photographer Me,

You’re cute. Like, really cute.

I’ll be honest, I am kind of jealous of how cute you are. Right now, five years ago to this day, you have been married for two months and five days and, this very week, your husband has bought you your very first DSLR, a Canon 40d with a 50 f/1.8 and a zoom lens you found used on Amazon for $110. You’re not sure what a 50(…)

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A Day In The Life with Elizabeth Blank
I initially chose Saturday, September 13th as my “day” because that was the day that I was traveling home from Click Away and, in my mind, it was going to be a calm day of travel filled with amazing architecture, interesting light and composition, and the comforts of home at the end of a long day. Well, isn’t it funny how our perception can be so different from actual reality? In reality, my(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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magic school bus | beth mancuso

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this incredible school morning photo by Beth Mancuso won us over. Congratulations, Beth!

To see more of Beth’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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by Lisa Tichané
During every run of my Capturing Joy workshop, a topic seems to come up repeatedly, “How much should the photographer interfere with what is going on in a lifestyle session? If we are asking our subjects to do something for us, is that cheating? Should we catch joy when it happens organically, or is it okay to make it happen?”

To me, these questions all come down to how we define “lifestyle photography”.

I’m not pretentious enough to declare that(…)

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In March of 2013, a group of CM members who all live relatively near Mill Creek, WA (that’s just a little bit north of Seattle!) decided to meet up on a location scout. It was a gorgeous spring day at an amazing field nearby us all. We instantly clicked and felt friendships forming while we photographed the field and each other’s children. We knew we had to meet up again and soon.
The Photographers (from L-R):  Brigette Rebol, Emi Halvorson, Lexie(…)

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My Photography Journey by Samantha Covert

My photography journey began in 2008, when my husband gifted me my first DSLR (a Nikon D40) just before our wedding.  I had no idea how to adjust any of the dials, but was happy that even in auto mode my images were better than those I took with my little point and shoot.

My interest and motivation for capturing images really ramped up after my first child was born in 2009.

I became quite photo-crazed soon after his(…)

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Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Laurie Yuenger sharing what she loves!
laurie yuenger’s favorite things

1. Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8:  My go to lens.  This beast rarely leaves my camera.  I love stepping back and giving people space, plus I love the(…)

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Diaries of a Daily Photo Project: 3 years later

by Marie Masse
I’ve lost count at the number of times I’ve said to myself,

“I should have stood over there.”
“Why didn’t I bring my ISO down?! That could have been a canvas worthy shot!”
“Hello, crooked! Now if I crop it, I will cut off her head. What, was this my first day on the job?”
“I wish my photos looked like…”

When I started my photo project of my daughter in 2011, my goal was to take a “good” photo of her once(…)

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by Sarah Wilkerson
This month, we’re turning our backs on critical thinking and technical precision. Please don’t think I am rejecting the merits of deliberate shooting generally; this month’s exercise is ultimately less about what you produce and more about opening yourself up to possibilities, actively experiencing the world differently, and letting intuition overtake intellect.

[caption id="attachment_38673" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Meredith Abenaim[/caption]

As the average person matures, her mind learns to ignore the irrelevant information in her environment. Being able to tune out the irrelevant(…)

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by Mickie DeVries

Often, before I ever pick up my camera, I know how I will process the resulting image, and this image here is an example of that.

My daughter was playing outside this summer and came to the door covered head to toe in dirt and grime.  Before I let her come in for a shower, I grabbed my camera and had her sit in front of my open garage just inside the shade so that the sunlight would light(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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The Bride’s Cottage | Kim Peterson

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this beautiful cottage image by Kim Peterson won us over. Congratulations, Kim!

To see more of Kim’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

To view more images from(…)

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by Olivia Gatti
When I was in graduate school for photojournalism, I had a professor who taught us one of the most valuable lessons I came away with from all my schooling. He gave each of us five minutes to take his portrait, only he wasn’t going to be himself, he was going to be Mr. I. M. Boring. It was up to us to loosen him up, light him and pose him with a clock ticking. He was the worst;(…)

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by Celeste Pavlik
If you are an ACR and Photoshop user, then this video is for you! And if you’re a Lightroom user feel free to watch, because many things in ACR are also things you can do in Lightroom such as split toning, hsl panel, and the tone curve.

This is an example of a clean, color edit on a picture taken outdoors.  I used a Canon 5D Mark III and a Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Double Glass Optic.  I(…)

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10 questions with photographer Marissa Gifford

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to October’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Marissa Gifford! And now for a fun interview with Marissa!
october cmpro of the month | marissa gifford

by Megan Dill

Congratulations on being October’s CMpro of the month, Marissa! Can you please start off by telling us a little about yourself? Also, do you have any special talents unrelated to photography?
Hi there and thanks for having(…)

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by Meredith Abenaim
See that little red fishing shack?

That’s called Motif #1 – because it’s the most painted building by artists in America.

Motif #1 is situated on Bradley Warf in Rockport, Massachusetts just about one hour north of Boston.  The little fishing village along Cape Ann is rich with art galleries, to-die-for New England seafood, cozy beaches, stunning ocean views and a vibrant and committed arts community of all mediums.  Remember the 2009 Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds film, The Proposal? (…)

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A Day In The Life with Elena Blair
It is the first rainy morning this school year!  Daddy is already off to work and has a late meeting so he won’t be home until after bedtime tonight.  Bummer.  Everyone always climbs into our bed first thing.  I call it a Marlo love fest as the older two love to start their day loving on their baby sister.

Time to change the babies diaper and get her dressed.  Meanwhile, I encourage the other(…)

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