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girl napping after a busy weekend by April Nienhuis

14 secrets to taking amazing photos of your kids sleeping

For the first two years of his life, my son refused to sleep.

When his little sister came along when he was two and a half and I got past the groggy newborn stage, I had a new found appreciate for nap-time. I can still remember the first time all three kids napped at the same time – ahhhh! From that point on, whenever any of my kids would fall asleep, I photographed it. I think I had a fear that they would never nap again so I had to document it while I could :) Five years after my youngest was born, I’ve picked up a few tricks and methods that I follow when photographing my children sleeping and I’m going to share them all with you.(…)

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Clouds over a housing edition by Meredith Abenaim

A Photography Education, Netflix Style

Between my two years of formal photography classes in the late ‘90s and discovering the world of online photography education, I often joked that I was teaching myself photography “Good Will Hunting style.” That is, an education that cost “a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library,” to quote Will. Except that I’ve racked up way more than a buck fifty in fines. I still love the library, but I also adore documentaries. So when I unexpectedly unearthed a bounty on Netflix — a photography documentary library of rental options — I took a book break and watched. And then experimented with self-created photography exercises derived from some of the films (think Henri Cartier-Bresson “decisive moment” practicing). Like Will said, “How do you like them apples?”(…)

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baby sitting on a bed by Dana Lauder

5 ways to make the most of the natural light in your house

When I first moved into my new home just over a year ago, I was excited about the opportunity to shoot in a new spot, but that excitement quickly vanished as I figured out that, on the surface, the light in my new home was anything but ideal. I spent a good portion of the spring and summer shooting daily, often outdoors. Fall came and I stopped picking up my camera, shooting only once every week or two, and mostly outside the house. I quickly got bored of my go-to spot in the house (the master bedroom). In January I decided to challenge myself to do a 365, and quite honestly, I wasn’t sure I would make it through the winter with the boring, less-than-ideal light that I had to work with inside my home. It was a particularly cold winter, and with two young children, we spent a good portion of our time indoors. I quickly learned that I was going to make it through my 365, I would have to learn to make the most of the light in my house. With the cooler months approaching, I wanted to share some of the ways I did just that.(…)

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final edited black and white picture by Cynthia Dawson

A classic black and white photo in 5 easy steps with Photoshop

There are two things that I am obsessed with…light and shadows. I strive to seek out light each and everyday and in finding the light I often find shadows. This way of shooting is what made me fall in love with classic, deep black and white conversions. I love how converting an image this way gives you so much tonal range. The eye isn’t just looking at black and white but the many, many shades of gray in between. Here are the steps I take to get a classic conversion. (…)

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baby portrait by Heather Mohr Photography

6 ways to photograph a newborn after the first 10 days

When I began photographing newborns, I spent endless hours soaking up every bit of information I could find on how to do it effectively. I learned and lived by the rules, which was an important first step in my journey. Rules certainly have their place, as they create a safe place to explore new territory and learn. Yet, as we grow, inching our way closer and closer to the boundaries of the rules that have been set, sometimes those very rules that shelter us can thwart our progress. At that point, it’s time to examine the rules, determining whether it makes sense to alter some of the rules, or even abandon them entirely. How and when is up to each individual person to decide.(…)

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black and white portrait of two sisters by Piper Anne Photography

Meeting Them on Their Terms: photographing older kids

My photography journey (specifically my time as a Clickin Mom) has been challenging to the extent that my kids were a little older when I got serious about photography and I was constantly discouraged by two facts. #1, it seemed everyone was posting carefree, fun and playful images of their babies and toddlers and my older kids just weren’t so playful or cute and easy to photograph and #2, I was overwhelmed with the feeling I had already missed my chance to capture my children’s childhood in a beautiful way. Once I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and instead embrace where we were as a family, I was able to notice the beauty in their “older kid” life. Not necessarily in the happy, playful moments (although we have those too), but also in the moody and quiet moments.(…)

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7 Boy in soft window light by photographer Megan Cieloha

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Light Well

The basics of using light well are universal to photography; they apply equally well to those photographers shooting on automatic or to those working in manual mode. Learning to see and utilize light is one of the most important keys to creating the images that you envision. These are a few simple dos and don’ts that will help capture the power of light.(…)

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girl playing in the water sprinkler by Krista Campbell

7 secrets to amazing photos in, around, and under the water

I love everything about summer: the warm sunshine, sun-kissed skin, gentle breezes, bright colors, cool treats, and refreshing water of any kind! I love to capture the essence of summer with photos in, around, and under the water. The pool, beach, water park, or even your yard is the perfect location to photograph the joys of summertime.

Here are seven secrets to capture amazing summer photographs in, around, and under the water.(…)

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a la carte portrait prices

Business Basics: making the necessary changes

Design Aglow founder Lena Hyde kicks off the Clickin Moms “Business Basics” series, which we hope will inspire you to set up a sustainable studio with long-term success. Whether you’re just starting out, shoot part time or are an experienced pro, we hope you’ll enjoy these suggestions and ideas for your business!(…)

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engagement photo in a yard by Sonia Bourdon

9 tips to help you scout and choose locations

I used to be envious of those photographers who live by the desert and have those incredible location spots just down their backyard. I used to convince myself that their photos were amazing because they lived in such wonderful places, and that I could not ever have these types of images for myself. I certainly don’t live in the desert, by the ocean or in the beautiful mountains, but I realize now that it was a great excuse for not trying hard enough. I surprise myself in discovering that beauty can be everywhere if you dare to look closely and carefully. Now that I’ve opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and opportunities that surround me, I feel a lot more confident when it’s time to scout for locations, because I know what to look for. There are beautiful little gems hidden everywhere all around us, wherever we may live. I’m happy to share my tips with you today and hopefully help you find the best locations for your photos.(…)

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street wall art by 37° North

Personal Photo Project: 37° North

37°N is a collaboration between Jayne Cho and Laura Beth Davidson, who live on opposite sides of the world (Jayne in South Korea; Laura Beth in Tennessee in the US). We each take photos of the everyday world around us, then we bring the shots together, add a little post-processing magic, and create composite photographs that show the similarities and differences in our lives and environments.

The nature of this project means that we contribute equally, but the original inspiration for 37° North goes to Laura Beth.(…)

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mom breasteeding newborn and holding big brother by Lisa Tichane of Tout Petit Pixel

4 fresh perspectives on lifestyle newborn photography

You have probably heard many times already that lifestyle newborn photography is THE new way to photograph newborns if you are a modern photographer.

Let’s face it: lifestyle is a trend, and as any new trend it might last… or not. And even if it lasts, it doesn’t mean that the market for other types of newborn photography will disappear. The variety of tastes and styles will remain!

So today I’m not here to explain why lifestyle newborn photography is the IT thing. I’m just trying to offer a new perspective, based on several years of practice, which might convince you to embrace this shooting style just because it feels right for YOU, and not because it’s what the cool girls are doing.

Let’s consider a few things you might not have heard yet about shooting newborns in a lifestyle way:(…)

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boy swimming by Ardelle Neubert of Lifeflicks Photography

4 easy ways to capture the seasons in your photos

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a part of the world where we experience all four seasons. We generally have four seasons but sometimes they seem to overlap, not always being so obvious. To be even more specific, our spring and fall can look a lot like winter, cleverly disguised with snow. So what I’m really trying to say is, our winters can seem really long. Yet with some seasons seeming short in comparison to others, we still experience all four glorious seasons. Winter is not my personal favourite but even it can be glorious sometimes. I watch the same space transform January through to December. The cycle of all four seasons are some of the worlds most spectacular changes to be witnessed by our eyes. But what is even more awesome than witnessing it is capturing it.(…)

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water hose fun by Lisa Rappa

Fun and easy ways to take photos in the summer

Fall and spring are often considered the popular “photo seasons” where I live and I would assume in most places as well. This is for obvious reasons including nice weather and the beautiful colors of flowers and fall leaves making for easy, natural backdrops. Summer seems to get a bad rep though. Especially if you live in “Hotlanta” where summers reach temperatures up to the 100s and aren’t just hot, but humid too, resulting in a lot of sweating, or as us southern gals prefer to call it, “glistening.”(…)

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beach photo of boy standing with driftwood by Lacey Meyers

6 ways to keep traditions alive when capturing family events

How long does it take for a yearly event to become a tradition? Two years? Maybe ten? What is it called after 85? I’d say it goes beyond a tradition and is something in and of itself to be celebrated. However, after 8-decades, the focus of my family’s Fourth of July reunion isn’t glorifying that it is still going strong after all this time … the focus has always remained the same … freedom and family.(…)

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Creative-Perspective-on-Child-Painting-and-Paint-Splatter-by-Rebecca-Farren

Creativity Exercise: 10 Tips for Creative Overhead Shooting

This month’s creativity challenge is all about changing your perspective. Approaching a subject from all sides, far, near, overhead, and beneath is a wonderful way to explore light, angles, composition, and qualities of your subject you might otherwise have missed. This month, however, we are going to focus strictly on overhead shooting, from the extreme birds-eye view to a simple standing position with the camera pointed downward.(…)

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How to edit backlit photos in Lightroom by Cate Wnek

How to edit backlit photos in Lightroom

Light lovers, gather around! Don’t you just love dreamy, hazy backlit images? I do, it’s one of my favorites! Angling the camera toward the sun about a half an hour before it sets lets in so much yummy light . Often in this case, images can be a bit too flooded with light, causing important detail and vibrance to wash away. In processing these images, my primary goal is to add back richness in the tones with blacks. Usually my hazy SOOCs are peachy and creamy, which is lovely, but a bit washed out. It’s not as simple as adjusting white balance and contrast in the LR panel. Rather, I do a series of steps in LR with Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks and the HSL panel to accomplish a deeply toned final image.(…)

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fun-groomsmen-photos-by-Bobbi-Jo-Stuart-of-Love-Bee-Photography

4 tips for posing men

I always get a little nervous when I have to pose male clients. As a wedding photographer I realized I had to get over that quickly as half of my clients are male! Over time I discovered a few go-to poses that worked every time.

When posing male subjects you want to remember a couple things. (…)

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