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Ask the Pros: the best tips for photographing a birthday party

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this month we asked them, in the spirit of CM’s 6th birthday celebration, “What are your favorite tips for photographing your own child’s birthday party?”
*image by Heather Lazark
Nicole Everson, Florida
I always shoot with my 50mm, I make sure to be set up 15(…)

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what’s your biggest accomplishment

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Photography wise, what do you feel has been your biggest success this past year?”
*image by Christina Klahn
Jessica Nelson, Maryland My biggest success for 2013 was finishing all of the personal projects that I started way back in January.(…)

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best advice for photography clients

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “What is your favorite advice to offer to clients before their session?”

*image by Jenni Jones
Lisa Tichané, France
My favorite advice would be: don’t expect your children to behave or follow directions. Let them be themselves, and I will get fabulous(…)

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best photography purchases

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Other than your camera and lenses, what do you consider to be one of your best photography related purchases?”

*image by Caroline Jensen
Nicole Young, California
My best photography-related purchase (other than cameras and lenses) are my Drobos. Having photos on redundant(…)

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where do you see yourself

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Photography wise, where do you see yourself in 5 years? What would you like to accomplish by then?”

*image by Allison McSorley
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
Wow, that is a big question and a tough one. I think, first, I would like to(…)

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who or what would you photograph

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “If you could photograph any subject, what or who would it be and why?”
 
*image by April Nienhuis
Laurie Yuenger, Illinois
I love photographing littles. Newborns, babies and toddlers are my favorite portrait subjects. If I could photograph anything I would love(…)

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what is creativity

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “In photography, what does it mean to be creative?”

*image by Megan Dill
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
For me, it is about trying new things and challenging myself. It is about not being complacent. I want to grow and evolve as a photographer and(…)

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how do you assess your value as a photographer

assessing your value

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “How do you assess your value as a photographer and for what you bring to a client?”
 
*image courtesy of Lissa Chandler
Elena Blair, Washington
I assess my value based on how I feel after a shoot. If I feel like I really(…)

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finding your style

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “How long did it take you to find your photography style and how did you get there?”

*image by Lisa Tichané
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
I think finding your style is, to some degree, an ongoing process. Each time I think I have figured(…)

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personal reflections in photos

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Do you find that your personal life and feelings show through in your daily photography and how?”

*image by Celeste Pavlik
Celeste Pavlik, Texas
Yes, absolutely! I find that I tend to shoot macro when I need a mental break. Macro work for(…)

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photography changes

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “It’s the New Year! What changes will you be making this year when it comes to your photography whether it’s business related or not?”

*image by Sarah Vaughn
Caroline Jensen, Minnesota
This year I am dipping my toes more into film and historical(…)

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what makes a successful photographer

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” her on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “In your own words, what does it mean to be a successful photographer?”

*image by Pam Korman
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
To me, it means having a healthy balance of being able to photograph what you love and deliver to clients what they(…)

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ask a cmpro | how do you set your white balance

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” her on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “What method do you use for setting your white balance in camera and why does that method work for you?”

*image by Lora Swinson
Beth Orey, Texas
I use Kelvin for my white balance. I always prefer warmer images and can usually just(…)

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ask a cmpro | the best photography advice you’ve received

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “We’ve asked before what tips you would offer to a new photographer but this time we’re wondering what the best advice you received was when you first got started in photography?”
 
*image by Caroline Jensen
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
Don’t sell myself short. I was priced way too low(…)

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ask a cmpro | how to handle the busy season

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “what is your best advice for handling the busy fall photography season?”
 *image courtesy Leah Cook
Leslie Densford, North Carolina
Stay organized! I have a monthly binder that keeps me sane in the “busy season!” Each client gets their own folder that contains any paperwork pertaining to their session(…)

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ask a cmpro | where do you turn for inspiration

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “Where do you turn for inspiration and how/why does it inspire you: other photographers, movies, your family, etc.?”
ask a cmpro | where do you turn for inspiration

*inspiring images by CM members on pinterest
Leslie Densford, Florida
I am inspired by so many things – gorgeous light, color, design,(…)

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ask a cmpro | what is the hardest part about owning your own business

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “For you, what has been the hardest part about owning your own business and how have you worked through it? ”
ask a cmpro | what is the hardest part about owning your own business

*image copyright Jennifer Dell
Kate Parker, Georgia
For me, there are a bunch of hard(…)

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ask a cmpro | when did you call yourself a photographer

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “At what point in your photography journey did you start calling yourself a photographer? Why did you decide you could call yourself a photographer at that time?”
ask a cmpro | when did you call yourself a photographer

*image provided by Leah Cook
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
I hate to(…)

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ask a cmpro | how long does it take you to edit

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “How long does it take you to edit a typical session? Did it take you long to develop a good workflow to help with your editing times?”

*image/screenshot courtesy of Courtney Keim
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
A typical session editing time can take me anywhere from less than an(…)

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ask a cmpro | why join advanced organizations

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “Why do you choose to join CMpro and other application based organizations for advanced photographers?”

 

Bre Thurston, California
First and foremost, for the challenge. Once you get to a place in your photography journey where you are taking consistently solid technical images, you have to force yourself to(…)

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ask a cmpro | what is your favorite background

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “Whether you shoot in a studio or on location, what is your favorite background/location and why? ”

*images by Jessica Gwozdz, Courtney Keim, and Monica Wilkinson
Bre Thurston, California
I’m a sucker for places like the beach, an open field, or the desert. I love unobstructed light. Any place(…)

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ask a cmpro | what is your favorite picture

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “What is your favorite image that you’ve ever taken and what is it that you love so dearly about that image?”

Kate Parker, Georgia
I have this image in a huge frame in our entryway. I love it that much.  I love the clouds, I love remembering that(…)

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ask a cmpro | what editing software do you use

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “What editing software do you use and why? ”

Lightroom screenshot from April Nienhuis
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
I am a Photoshop girl all the way.  Adjustments in ACR and then tweaks in Photoshop.  Learning Lightroom is on my list of to-dos and am thinking Lynne’s workshop may be(…)

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ask a cmpro | when and why did you become a photographer

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “When and why did you become a photographer?”

image by Sarah Wilkerson
Stacie Turner
I was handed a film SLR before I hit puberty. My mother and step-father had a 1-hour photo business that also did custom darkroom work and I grew up in a house with film chemicals(…)

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ask a cmpro | what kind of website do you have?

CMmentor, April Nienhuis has been gathering some questions for our CMpros from the CM community.  It’s so interesting to see the different responses and the thought processes that go into the choices they make.  This week we’re asking “There are multiple options regarding how photographers display their work online. Do you have a blogsite or traditional website portfolio and why?”

portfolio of Carrie Anne Miranda

Stacie Turner
I have a traditional portfolio site, though I used Wordpress to build it so it lives(…)

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ask a cmpro | what has been your biggest source of photography based education?

CMmentor, April Nienhuis has been gathering some questions for our CMpros from the CM community.  It’s so interesting to see the different responses and the thought processes that go into the choices they make.  This week we’re asking “What has been your biggest source of photography based education: college, books, internet, forums, workshops, conventions, etc.?”

Image courtesy of Sarah Wilkerson
 
Courtney Keim

I have two … but they are related. I have found out of everything the support of fellow photographers who have(…)

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ask a cmpro | how do you keep organized for tax time?

CMmentor, April Nienhuis has been gathering some questions for our CMpros from the CM community.  It’s so interesting to see the different responses and the thought processes that go into the choices they make.   Being that tax time is fast approaching, this week we asked the question “What are your methods for keeping your business income, receipts, etc. in order throughout the year?”

Jaclyn Michele
I could never quite get the hang of Quickbooks, so I use the BizBooks Excel spreadsheet from(…)

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Ask a CMpro | What Personal Projects Are Pushing You Creatively?

CMadmin, April Nienhuis has been gathering some questions for our CMpros from the CM community.  It’s so interesting to see the different responses and the thought processes that go into the choices they make.   This week we asked the question “What kind of personal projects have you done or plan to do in order to challenge yourself and push your creativity?”

 Image courtesy of April Nienhuis
Ask a CMpro | What Personal Projects Are Pushing You Creatively?
Emma Wood

Apart from posting in(…)

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Ask a CMpro | What Are Your Goals For 2012?

Our very own CMadmin, April Nienhuis has been gathering some questions for our CMpros from the CM community.  It’s so interesting to see the different responses and the thought processes that go into the choices they make.  This week we asked the question “Whether in your business or photography, what are your goals for the new year?”

Image courtesy of Jessica Gwozdz
Ask a CMpro | What Are Your Goals For 2012?
Bre Thurston
My goal for 2012 is to fully transition into the(…)

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Ask a CMpro | Your Most Effective Form of Marketing?

Our very own CMadmin, April Nienhuis has been gathering some questions for our CMpros from the CM community.  It’s so interesting to see the different responses and the thought processes that go into the choices they make.   This week we asked the question “What has been your most effective form of marketing? Word of mouth, Google, Facebook, flyers, etc?”
Ask a CMpro | Your Most Effective Form of Marketing?

Image courtesy of Amii Wroblewski
Amber Scruggs

Good web presence and word of mouth! a(…)

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