18 tips for photographing your family vacation
April Nienhuis

by Juliette Fradin Family vacation is one of the most important moments in the year that you want… Read More

 
why i switched to lifestyle photography
April Nienhuis

by Brittany Chandler Recently, I had a friend point out a quote from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient b… Read More

 
my photography journey | winnie bruce
April Nienhuis

by Winnie Bruce I didn’t start my photography journey with the goal for it to be what it is. I… Read More

 
Vintage Lenses: why these 3 photographers love them
April Nienhuis

by Brandy Jaggers, Jodie Carson, and Megan Dill Have you ever been curious about using non-native l… Read More

 
DIY: how to make a flower crown
April Nienhuis

by Lissa Chandler Flower Crowns! They are kind of wonderful, right? I love incorporating trends… Read More

 

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5 tips for taking outdoor self portraits

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by Alice Che

I am a huge fan of nature and I have a slight obsession with beautiful skies (it’s the dreamer in me!) so I absolutely love taking self portraits outside.

Outdoor self portraiture is one of my favorite things now, but that wasn’t always the case. I always wanted to get a photo of myself outside, because there’s no easier way to get a gorgeous setting than to turn to nature, but it took me a while to get comfortable(…)

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by Lacey Meyers

We have all heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul.

And in a photograph, eye-contact holds great power in connecting the viewer to the subject.  Sharp, intentional focus on the eyes plus lovely catchlights is a timeless combination and one that most of us set out to embrace early on in our photography.

But as my children’s photographer, I know I’m not alone in recognizing the challenge that that is time and again.  As well(…)

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by Sarah Kossuch

My journey.

Most of the time, when you read about photographers, there, at some point, was a love for photography early on. I was not one of those. To be honest, it took me a bit to sit down and really dig into my mind of when did my journey start?

I noticed my love for photography really hit home in 2004-2005. At that time my oldest son was 2-3 years old and I wanted nice pictures of him. But(…)

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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 Amy Ames sharing what she loves!
amy ames’s favorite things

1. Sunrise photos: My favorite type of photo.  It takes an act of God to get me up and moving early enough to catch these great(…)

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by Melissa Stottmann

We all have it.

The beautiful piles of artwork stashed, almost falling over, cascading all over the kitchen, leaning in the foyer, meandering around the laundry room.  Perhaps you have a bulletin board that they get tacked to occasionally or a refrigerator adorned with colorful renderings of unicorns. Each piece, well, let’s be honest, most pieces hold a special place in our hearts. I’m constantly gabbing with other moms about how we “bury” some of our precious darlings’ creations(…)

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Processing 103: Photoshop Elements is a three week online workshop focusing on PSE 11 that will help you take your images from SOOC to finished product, all in Elements.  Instructor Melissa Gibson will teach you how to begin in ACR and finish with web sharpening and printing.  From clean edits, removing distractions, to levels and tones, Elements has it all and is a powerful editing program.  PSE 103 will show you an efficient workflow and how to achieve that look(…)

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sweet tea instagram pic by j9mcc

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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a taste of summer | jennifer nobriga

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 fun and nostalgic summer photo by Jennifer Nobriga won us over. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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

To view more(…)

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Fresh Photos: fun, food, and babies

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 Dana Lauder chose the theme of ‘fresh’ and there were so many fantastic and varying images submitted.  These were a few of Dana’s favorites…

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by Marissa Gifford

When culling images from a session, I always encourage people to go through them with an open mind. I have found that sometimes an image that initially seems like a failure, destined to be deleted, can be transformed into something magical with a little creative thinking and processing.

This was the case for me recently during a self portrait session. I was using my Lensbaby Edge 80 (my lens soulmate ;) ) and had placed myself in the wrong(…)

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by Sarah Wilkerson
When you begin your photography journey, a common and effective piece of advice is to keep the light at your back when shooting.By keeping your camera between your subject and the light source, you are shooting in the same direction the light is shining, and if your subject is facing you, the light illuminates the subject from the front. If, however, you turn around and shoot a subject that is between you and the light source, now you(…)

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how aperture and distance affect depth of field

by Celeste Pavlik
One of the main things I wanted to learn when I first started snapping photos was how to make everything but my subject look blurry.

I thought if ‘I’ could do that, then my pictures would be so professional looking!!

Once I switched to manual mode, I learned quickly that if I shot a subject ‘wide open’ I could get that look I was going for. However, I also realized that only shooting wide open isn’t appropriate for every shooting(…)

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A Day In The Life with Ardelle Neubert
Summer holidays mean more time with my boys (Coen and Jarett), summer heat (plus no snow, yeah) and spending our days in the beautiful mountain valley of Columbia Valley, BC. This was also a long weekend so hubby joined us, we got 5 whole days with dad, double yeah!

Starting my day at sunrise to go for a run.

Home for breakfast and a tea.

Jarett wasn’t too happy with my breakfast choice of oatmeal with(…)

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sunset over the waves instagram pic by maliagolden

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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house of sand and fog | heather pich

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 stunning landscape photo by Heather Pich won us over. Congratulations, Heather!

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

To view more images from(…)

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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, Jenni Jones.
a peek inside | jenni jones

So…this is my office. I love having a space dedicated to getting work done (also – that means I can claim it as a tax deduction…which I am all for). I tend to browse and do non-work related stuff on my iPad while I sit at my dining(…)

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why i switched to lifestyle photography

by Brittany Chandler
Recently, I had a friend point out a quote from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient book that Taoists follow.
“Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone”.
Taoists believe in allowing life to take it’s natural course. They believed you never had to force anything, but to let things fall into place. I did not realize how much this way of thinking would ring(…)

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my photography journey | winnie bruce

by Winnie Bruce

I didn’t start my photography journey with the goal for it to be what it is. I guess that is the beauty of life though. We are brought to different avenues, and then we make choices of what eventually would be best for us.

In the summer of 2008, my best friend Bruce, who’s a chef, brought over a Canon Rebel XSi to our house. We chatted about how he was going to take the camera to trips he(…)

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DIY: how to make a flower crown

by Lissa Chandler
Flower Crowns!
They are kind of wonderful, right?

I love incorporating trends into my photographs and, right now, I am loving this trend. I often tell my husband that I think of flower crowns like I think of Marie Antoinette’s hair- they just get bigger and bigger and, eventually, they are going to die out. But! Right now! They are all over the place and I am loving every second of their time in the spotlight.

So! Let’s recap!
To make a(…)

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by Brandy Jaggers, Jodie Carson, and Megan Dill
Have you ever been curious about using non-native lenses on a modern day camera? Brandy Jaggers, Jodie Carson, and Megan Dill are here today to share their love of vintage glass!
Brandy Jaggers:
I have to admit…I have a bit of an obsession with vintage lenses. There’s just something magical about the images captured with old glass. I’ve been collecting vintage lenses for my Fuji X-E1 for the last year and actually prefer to shoot(…)

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18 tips for photographing your family vacation

by Juliette Fradin

Family vacation is one of the most important moments in the year that you want to remember with photographs.

It’s a great time to document your family story because you are all together, you have fun, you visit new places, and you have time. Preserving those memories is a great thing for the older and younger kids too, to know what they were a part of! And how fun is it to look at the photo album and retrieve(…)

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CMglimpse instagram project prompt list for august 3

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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wave break | liz labianca

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 water image by Liz LaBianca won us over. Congratulations, Liz!

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

To view more images from(…)

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by Caroline Jensen
The brush tool is one of the most powerful tools in Lightroom.

Today, I am going to show you four ways to smooth skin.

My son has agreed to let us use his image. I think it is really helpful to see the results on a teenage boy because natural results are so important to them.  I did not remove any blemishes prior to adding the skin smoothing. The results will be more effective with a little use of the(…)

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Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to August’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Alice Che! And now for a fun interview with Alice!
august cmpro of the month | alice che

by Megan Cieloha

Congratulations on being chosen as CM Pro of the Month, Alice! Will you start by telling us a little about yourself? Career outside of photography, best childhood memory and highest item on your current lifetime bucket(…)

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a day in the life | sarah kossuch

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 Sarah Kossuch is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
a day in the life | sarah(…)

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by Elena Blair

I have done many things to grow my custom portraiture business in the past four years but I would have to say that the most beneficial venture has been the launch of my Fine Art School Portrait service.

I was hugely inspired by a photographer friend of mine who lives on the other end of the country.  Many of you may have heard of her, Michelle L Morris. I took that inspiration and ran with it.  Providing Fine Art(…)

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11 creative photos to announce your pregancy

You’re pregnant.  Congratulations!  Now what?

At every point in your pregnancy – through the morning sickness, excitement, fear, appointments, and changing hormones – you eventually want to let your family and friends know that a miniature you will be joining the world.  Using a picture to announce the big news is fun but it can be difficult to come up with an idea on how to execute the photo.  We’re helping you out and have tracked down 11 fun and creative(…)

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