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Want to learn how to take better pics? Need help getting more clients? Here you will find photography tutorials, business advice, pro tips, and photoshop lessons for advanced business owners, beginner hobbyists and everyone in between. Stick around for informative photography posts on a wide range of topics. We pinky promise this is where it’s at.

watch with brown leather band by Amy Schuff

An introvert’s 5 step guide to photography sessions

There’s a misconception when it comes to viewing photographers, that they are a generalized bunch of loud, boisterous, eccentric, extroverted people. I’m here to let you in on a little secret. We’re not all extroverts, in fact, I’d be willing to bet that out of all the photographers you knew, the majority of us would come out on the introverted side of things.(…)

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sister spraying sister with a water hose by Melissa Gibson

4 keys to making fun photos that will make you smile

As a mom, it seems as though I’m always wanting things ‘just so’. Clean faces, clean rooms, children who are following the rules and not climbing the walls. However, I’ve found out that breaking the rules will result in fun, happy, and joyful moments for my children as well as for myself. It’s when I’m letting go, being patient and allowing my kids to be themselves that the great images unfold.(…)

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two brothers standing in the light by Meredith Novario

Snapshot vs Good Photograph: 7 photographers weigh in

What’s the difference between a snapshot and a good photograph?

No photographer rolls out of bed hoping to take crappy pictures. Rather we all hope to take spectacular photographs. What usually happens rests somewhere in between the two extremes. How we define the crappy versus the spectacular varies based on our intent, experience or what we had for breakfast. We don’t all see things the same way, thank goodness. The world is better off for it. While there needn’t be rigid, uncompromising definitions of what is lousy and what is solid photography, it’s worth pondering how we draw these boundaries in our own work. Seven photographers, including myself, set out to answer this question in an effort to give shape to the divide between a snapshot and a good photograph.(…)

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olympus camera by Brittany Chandler

5 unexpected places to find inspiration

As a photographer, I am never short on finding inspiring and beautiful photos that make me want to take my camera out. Thanks to the Internet, and better yet, Pinterest, my newsfeeds are filled to the brim with my photog crushes’ original artwork. But when I’m feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, or tired of shooting the same subject day in and day out, I am usually at a loss of how to get out of this rut and shoot something new. That is, until I decided to start looking outside of the photography industry itself. This world is filled with unimaginable beauty, and one doesn’t have to look far to find a small piece of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing again. Here are my five tried and true places to find inspiration outside of the photography industry.(…)

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mom sitting in a bay window holding baby by Beth Ann Fricker

3 questions that will help you create natural newborn photos

Over a year ago, one newborn session completely changed my thinking about how I approach newborn photography.

The parents asked if I would take a photo of the dad feeding the baby in the kitchen. It wasn’t a place I would normally seek out but I obliged since it was important to them to document this moment. At the time, I would seek out rooms with what I thought had the best light in the house and control the posing of the parents. But this moment made me wonder what else I was missing out on at my sessions. It became important to me to figure out how to photograph more natural moments for these new families and make the experience more client-centered. I wanted clients to look back on their photographs and be drawn to the memories at that moment like the one of him feeding his son in the kitchen nook.(…)

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family hugging photo by Ava Hristova

5 basic SEO tips for your photography website

It happens every time: a big smile lands on my face as I read an email from a new client saying that from all the photographer portfolios they’ve looked at they love my work and already feel connected to me through my website. Hey: a little ego boost never hurts, right?

As much as I love seeing past client rave about their experience with me, it’s re-affirming when I get a new inquiry talk about my website and finding me through a Google search – it’s that little pat on the back I need for investing the time in keeping up with my website and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).(…)

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magical by Kristen Ryan

How to photograph the sunset

Have you ever photographed an unbelievable sunset and uploaded your image only to discover that it fails to capture the beauty of the sky you witnessed in person? Capturing the colors and details of a sunset is not as easy as it may look. Here are some tips to help you photograph your next sunset with confidence.(…)

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back to school photo by Tiffany Kelly 1

5 easy ways to photograph back-to-school memories

It’s almost time for school to start! Who is rejoicing with me?! My daughter adores pre-school and I miss our little school-day routine. I’m so excited for her to get back to school with her friends and I can’t wait to see what she learns this year. Let’s chat about five easy and fun ways to document this joyous back-to-school time! (…)

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photo of a kids hands by Jo Lien

5 secrets to being happy with your photography

Of all the photographers in the CM community, I am probably the last who should be offering advice on how to be happy with your photography. I love making images, but in my five years as a serious photographer, the creative highs have almost always been followed by periods of anxiety and self-doubt. During these times, I can only see the weaknesses in my work — either it’s too sentimental, or it’s not emotional enough. It’s too tidy, then it’s too messy. It’s odd; no, it’s cliche. (…)

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self portrait of woman and tattoo with wedding ring by Jessica Lutz

5 self portrait ideas for people who hate taking their picture

Self Portraits hold a special place in my heart when it comes to my own personal journey with photography because it was literally what I shot to learn photography and find/use my voice. I’m also a pretty introvert person so shooting myself came easier to me than shooting others. They are also a whole lot of fun, especially once you get past the not wanting to be on the other side of the camera part.

So, here are 5 self portrait Ideas for people who hate to be in front of the camera!(…)

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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). (…)

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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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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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