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ask the pros: what photo gear do you want for mother’s day

ask the pros: what photo gear do you want for mother’s day

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…

What photography related item would you love to receive for Mother’s Day this year?

*image by Lisa Tichane
Mickie DeVries, Michigan
I would love to receive a fisheye lens! I think it would be so fun to use this at the beach this(…)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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assessing your value

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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