a peek inside | kelly rodriguez
April Nienhuis

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have… Read More

 
The golden customer and 5 ways to keep them
April Nienhuis

by Buddie Albritton We all so often hear about the bad stories, the negative things that have happe… Read More

 
Photographing Your Kids: the good, the bad, and the everyday
April Nienhuis

by Felicia Chang It wasn’t that long ago that I started my photography journey in earnest by joinin… Read More

 
3 must-have lenses for Tamara Lackey
April Nienhuis

Sponsored by Nikon When Nikon photographer Tamara Lackey heads out on location for a family session… Read More

 
5 tips for balancing photography
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by Melissa Stottmann Finding balance between my everyday life and business life can be difficult at… Read More

 

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How to build your skills and portfolio as a hobbyist

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3 must-have lenses for Tamara Lackey

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by Meredith Novario
Carolyn Brandt, whom I love as a human most and a photographer second most, lives in LA. I live far, far away from her in Okinaway, Japan. The chances of us getting together to chum it up in person are zilch. Pretending to hang out and documenting our pretend get together seemed like the next best thing. So we did. Carolyn and her people headed to the LA Korean Festival while I and mine bee-lined it to the(…)

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How to build your skills and portfolio as a hobbyist

**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it’s so rad that we just had to share with you, too**
by Sarah Vaughn
Skill building and portfolio building – it’s something we all do as photographers, continually. We often think of portfolio building as the sole domain of professional photographers, but the reality is that many photographers also build their skills and a body of work, shooting friends, family or acquaintances, while they still remain hobbyists.

That(…)

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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 Anita Martin sharing what she loves!
anita martin’s favorite things
Hi all! Welcome to my favorite things. These are some of my most loved and most used items.

1. Vitamix: Seriously, go out right now and buy(…)

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by Brittany Blake
Inspiration. (noun) “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

We’ve all felt it, right? That little spark… It can come from just about anywhere and it usually comes out of nowhere, or so it seems. I spent time over the past month overwhelmed with inspiration.

You see, I attended Click Away and spent three days with 1,000 other women who share in this medium of expression that I am absolutely addicted(…)

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We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with famed newborn photographer, Anne Geddes!
by Alicia Gould and Jenni Jones

When you opened your first official studio in 1988, what did you envision your business would be like?
At first I was just focused on honing my skills as a photographer, but as I became more confident I gradually established some goals.  Firstly I wanted to become the most well known child photographer in my local city(…)

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It’s time for another blog post of The Word Project, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.

This month was a special one, we were given the words ‘New Beginnings’ to capture and translate as we wished, all the while keeping one of our CMteam in mind. Someone who we adore and who has had(…)

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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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because you make me free | candice zugich

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 photo by Candice Zugich won us over. Congratulations, Candice!

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

To view more images from the(…)

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5 tips for balancing photography

by Melissa Stottmann
Finding balance between my everyday life and business life can be difficult at times.

I even notice that some days I’m super efficient and others, the day slips by and I haven’t tackled any of my to-do list while “working”.  By following these tips, I’m far more productive!
1. LISTS.
I have a three part on-going list that I keep in “Notepad” on my phone.  MUST DO, SHOULD DO, EVENTUALLY DO are my sections.  Most everything starts in my “Eventually do”(…)

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3 must-have lenses for Tamara Lackey

Sponsored by Nikon
When Nikon photographer Tamara Lackey heads out on location for a family session, two lenses are almost guaranteed to be in her bag: the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G, with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II also a frequent flier. For this shoot, Tamara knew she’d be shooting both indoors and out, and these three lenses gave her the flexibility she needed.

1. If she could use only one lens…
It would be(…)

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Photographing Your Kids: the good, the bad, and the everyday

by Felicia Chang
It wasn’t that long ago that I started my photography journey in earnest by joining Clickin Moms. I read any tutorial I could get my hands on and poured over blogs for inspiration. That’s when I first found out about the 365 project. One picture a day, for the year. No easier way to practice and improve your photography.

So I shot my family every single day. I anticipated and sometimes scheduled for at least one interesting thing to(…)

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The golden customer and 5 ways to keep them

by Buddie Albritton
We all so often hear about the bad stories, the negative things that have happened with clients, and how to avoid those same mistakes, but I want to focus on those amazing clients (inner teacher in me, screaming lets focus on the positive!!).

Everyone knows the client I am talking about… the amazing client, who from the beginning are totally complimenting you, so appreciative of your time and the craft of photography. Your session is perfect, you sell a(…)

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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.

To view more 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]

[caption id=”attachment_38897″ align=”aligncenter”(…)

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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.

To view more 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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