because you were there, too: 16 tips for family self portraits
Sarah Wilkerson

by Sarah Wilkerson “Yes, honey, I was there, too. I was just the one taking the pictures.” I… Read More

 
back button focusing tips
April Nienhuis

by Lisa Tichané If you are an active member of the Clickin Moms photography forum, you have probabl… Read More

 
How to Create a Memorable "About Me" Page
April Nienhuis

by Megan Squires When she walked into the studio with her brand new baby in one hand and a Diet… Read More

 
tips for printing and organizing your personal pictures
April Nienhuis

by Lacey Meyers As a photographer who began as a scrapbooker, printing my images has always been… Read More

 

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capture them where they are today

8 ways to balance photography on your family vacation

how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

Each month, the CMteam is given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  This month we were given the word Mysterious, a word that can be interpreted in so many different ways.  The dictionary itself has three different definitions for it but when we think of it photographically, the definitions are much more varied.  We always look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives and we hope you enjoy these(…)

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There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? Today, CMpro Elicia Graves is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
a day in the life | elicia(…)

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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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washed with light | caroline jensen

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 quiet Lensbaby portrait by Caroline Jensen won us over. Congratulations, Caroline!

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

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by Heidi Hicks

I started my photography journey when my niece and nephew were babies. I vowed to learn how to use a camera so that when I had children of my own, they wouldn’t go months (or years in some cases) without nice pictures like my own niece and nephew.

Fast-forward seven years; my own son is two and a half (and super awesome). And while I have thousands of client images on my computer, there’s only a small folder of(…)

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Focus and clarity are critical in photography but this month’s guest judge for the Clickin Moms forum member share theme, Nina O’Connell, wanted to venture away from that and explore the abstract. We asked members to share their favorite abstract photos and Nina chose her favorites to share with you today!

Animoto video | Light Panes video style | America’s Stonehenge song by Laura Sullivan
Would you like the opportunity to be featured in next month’s photo share here on the CMblog?  Our(…)

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by Kristen Ryan
Are you going on a family vacation this summer and contemplating how to balance photography and family time?

Then I have some tips for you!

1. Choose your time wisely.

Spend your time shooting earlier in the morning or later in the day to take advantage of the best light.

2. Forget pictures for a while.

Put the camera away during the midday hours and give your family your undivided attention.

3. Find fun locations.

Seek out places that will be fun for the kids(…)

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by Jodi Arego
Photographing with Heart and Vision was born out of my consuming desire to make connections… honest connections with people, with the essence of places, and with simple, ordinary moments.

Just like you, I crave a life full of rich and meaningful experiences that touch me deeply and stir something inside my heart.  But, honestly, the ebb and flow of the responsibilities of everyday life have their way of reminding me time and time again that these life-giving experiences don’t(…)

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by Nina Mingioni

You may be seeing photographers share photos with delicious blur – they very well may have been taken with one of the many Lensbaby lenses. Whether you’ve never heard of these before, just getting started with yours, or looking for more tips on using a Lensbaby, this post is for you!

I never leave my house without one of these. It’s true – my camera bag is my purse, and even if I leave my camera at home, I(…)

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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, Julia Tulley.
a peek inside | julia tulley

I shoot primarily with my Canon 5d mark III body and use my 5d mark II as a back-up.  Yep, I’ve kept the original straps which I twist around my hand when I’m shooting (I mention this because I don’t think I know any other photographers who still have(…)

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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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home | lissa chandler

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 quiet black and white portrait by Lissa Chandler won us over. Congratulations, Lissa!

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

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by Alison Winterroth
Had you ever wished that there was a way your website could speak directly to your client?

Not just with images in a slideshow but with actual spoken words? A way to show your passion and your love for what you do, at the same time displaying how you work and building confidence in your brand?

Well, simply put, there is! Before you go any further, watch this brand experience video that we created for my business:
Alison Winterroth Photography |(…)

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by Kristin Ingalls
Siblings have a relationship like no other. They can be super close one minute and fighting the next.

Still, there is something special about the fact that they have each other. It’s only natural to want to document that special relationship in images, whether photographing your own children, as a professional for other people’s kids, or hiring someone to photograph your siblings.
Tips for photographing your own kids:
1. If you want the traditional posed, smiling picture of all your kids,(…)

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Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new 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 Kelly Rodriguez sharing what she loves!
kelly rodriguez’s favorite things

1. Fresh’s Sugar Lemon Parfum: I have LOVED this scent for years. It is perfectly fresh, clean and crisp… light and airy. I just love(…)

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by Beth Deschamp

It is no secret that I love selfies.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have a selfie or two in my gallery.  I think the reason why I love them so much is because they help to tell a story about a person and you can get a little glimpse into someone’s world, just through their selfie.  Selfies can help you tell others about you.  Who you are.  What you like to do.  Who(…)

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by Megan Cieloha
We all know that we need to get in front of the camera more often.

Our children and other family members want to have evidence that we were at the parties, cookouts, reunions and simply present in everyday life, too. However, it can be unwieldy and limiting to hold (or quickly press and hide!) a remote while working on self portraits. Luckily, there is a simple and reliable alternative – Interval Timer Mode.

Interval timer mode is available on all(…)

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Do you want to capture children and family images filled with true smiles and carefree laughter?

Would you like to learn how to enhance the emotion perceived in your images to make them memorable and strong?

Would you feel happy if people smiled irresistibly when looking at your work?

If the answer is YES, then the Capturing Joy photography workshop by Lisa Tichané is the class you need!

In this workshop, you will learn how to embrace joy in lifestyle family photography. Whether you(…)

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by Lisa Benemelis
Inspiration comes in many forms, even garbage.

Have you exhausted all the shooting possibilities in and around your home?

Are you feeling uninspired? Are you looking to push yourself creatively?

I realize that many people will wince or roll their eyes when I recommend shooting garbage.  I know I probably would have prior to capturing “garbage” quite accidentally.  It forced me to think about art in a whole new way – and it also has been a very enjoyable experience!

Inspiration from(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible! Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo after another. You need to see them so we’re going to be showcasing just a few of our favorites from the week here on the CMblog each week!

shuttersnapper:

sloaneyt:

picsbypattyb:

wifemamafoodie:

bethadilly:

megandill:

scooterdetweiler:

kirafaris:

mrsmunguia5:

thefrontportch:

jennblake:

inloveness:

emily_veldman:

Would you like to participate in next weeks list? Here it is and you’ll just follow the prompts and then(…)

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a special place | ginger unzueta

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 gorgeous ocean scene portrait by Ginger Unzueta won us over. Congratulations, Ginger!

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

To view more images(…)

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Fine art photographer and Click Away presenter Cole Thompson has always preferred black-and-white; it’s how he “sees” as an artist. This summer, Cole shared his vision with Click Magazine (“Vision Quest,” July-August issue) and generously added some advice on creating your own high-impact black-and-white images. – Susan Brinkley

There’s all the difference in the world between a black-and-white image created in the camera or simply de-saturated, and an image that you’ve planned and processed as a black-and-white expression of your art.

First,(…)

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(aka “The Unplanned Diptych”)
by Sarah Wilkerson

Rather than focusing on technique or compositional principles, this month’s assignment is an exercise in observation, conceptualization, and execution. We’re going to capture a pair of images, and the key to making the most of the exercise is that you not plan too much. Be patient, embrace the process, and permit yourself to be receptive to where your art leads you. You do not have to complete the whole exercise at once and can do(…)

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You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational photography journey here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Alana Rasbach!

I feel as though I need to have a polished journey in order to write this–one that has resulted in me feeling satisfied with my work as a photographer. But I don’t. I think I am just at the beginning of my journey as an artist.
(This is(…)

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VOICE, our first-ever digital print competition.  We received over 8,000 entries and were blown away by the caliber of work.  With 14 categories, the VOICE judging panel selected the 268 images that encapsulate the spirit of this special collection – vision, originality, inspiration, creativity and overall excellence.

It is our honor to announce the 14 best in category selections:

Beautiful Light Best in Category: Dusty Evening – Ashley Carlon
Connection Best in Category: Brothers – Ashley Carlon
Composition & Design Best in Category: Wild(…)

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by Megan Cieloha
Every once in awhile, a special soul passes through our lives and leaves our memories enriched and our spirits stirred. Their lives impact others for the better, imparting valuable lessons and creating bonds between those that they come across. This is the story of an unforgettable horse, and the women who love him.

Otis is a 17 year old Quarter Horse whom Jana Drew and family purchased a little more than one year ago. Approximately one month after the(…)

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It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Lissa Chandler.
a peek inside | lissa chandler

My Favorite Setup, Canon 5d Mark III and 35L:  Before we get started with my crazy list of lenses, I had to give a little shoutout to my Mark III and 35L.
The Mark III is, hands down, my camera soul-mate – something about the colors, the focal points, the(…)

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