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newborn portrait with crochet bonnet by Dana Lauder

5 tips for photographing your baby’s first months

There is nothing quite like the first few months in the life of a new baby.

Getting to know this new little person in your life is an amazing thing, and if you’ve been through it before, you know just how fast it goes.  They almost seem to change before your eyes.  My goal in photographing these first few months is to be able to transport myself back, to almost be able to smell that new baby smell just by looking(…)

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black and white birth photo by Calgary photographer Cat McAteer

5 ways to artistically express yourself in birth photography

by Cat McAteer
It was not until I started to document births this past year that I felt like I had found my inner artist.  I still remember the moment at my fourth birth, an intense yet beautiful home birth that I realized how much space I had to create art at the same time I was capturing a family’s birth journey.

One might not expect to find a lot of room to create art when you are photographing a birth. You(…)

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yellow leather ketti bag from the Clickin Moms store

10 tips for traveling with your camera equipment

Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or a business trip (Click Away anyone?), if you decide to bring your camera equipment with you here are a few helpful tips.
1. Use a well padded camera bag.
I use a bag that is sturdy and well padded for my camera equipment. I don’t like to draw attention to the fact that I’m carrying camera equipment with me because I don’t want to attract any unwanted attention from potential thieves. I use my Jen(…)

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photography interview with December CMpro of the Month Dana Lauder

interview with dana lauder

Huge congratulations to December’s CMpro of the Month, the incredibly talented Dana Lauder!  Let’s kick this month off with an interview with Dana!
december cmpro of the month | dana lauder
by Marissa Gifford

Hi, Dana! Thank you so much for being with us here today.  I’d love to start off by hearing more about yourself?
Well, I’m 33 years old and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, 2 year old son and 2 cats. I’m a chemical engineer by trade, and(…)

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Emily Krbec

the friendly photographer

by Emily Krbec

*image by Carol Lynn of Freckle Face Photography
The photography world is a fascinating thing to be a part of. Each person is on their own unique journey, exploring the world around them with camera in hand. As exciting and satisfying as this journey can be, it can also be challenging, discouraging, and even lonely at times. I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how each of us can take on the role of “The Friendly Photographer” and(…)

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Jaime Profeta

why use a polarizer

by Jaime Profeta
Polarizing filters are a magical thing! With the advent of digital photography and computerized post-processing, software is now able to recreate many of the effects that creative filters were used for in the past. However, polarizers are one of the few types of filters whose effects cannot be recreated in post-processing. Polarizers change the light coming into the camera and can do some pretty amazing things!

The most common use of polarizing filters is to remove glare from water(…)

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Millers Professional Imaging

indesign for album design

by Haley Lorraine

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOVE designing albums! You can review my ten step album workflow here. InDesign is my favorite album design tool, hands down!

Today I want to touch on one of the best time saving features of InDesign for designing albums – InDesign Libraries.

Libraries allow you to store objects for future use. I have a library filled with each and every album page layout I commonly use. This makes designing(…)

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Jen Bebb 2

4 steps to putting a photography portfolio together

For any visual artist, putting a portfolio of work together can be a daunting task. After all, that portfolio becomes your “message to the world”, if you will and represents the way you, as an artist, wish to be received and seen.
The first step is gathering images you love, images that make you happy, images you are proud of and images you have had a lot of positive feedback about. Choose images that showcase your abilities(…)

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personal project of hearts by Carol Swaitkewich

personal photo project: hearts

Personal Photography Project of Carol Swaitkewich


What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?

For me this turned into a project within a project :)
In January I committed to a 365 project with a few photography friends. Honestly, I was scared. I tried one before with my dog Ruby Tuesday and I made it to day 135. 

While I didn’t succeed with that challenge I am so grateful for those images, so it really wasn’t a failure. That challenge and those images are(…)

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How to photograph winter landscapes

by Jaime Profeta
Much of the northern hemisphere is still blanketed by a layer of snow. Despite the fact that I too grumble about the cold weather and look at my summer photos dreaming longingly of warmer days, winter truly is a beautiful time! I decided to take a day to go out and shoot the landscape around me and use it as an opportunity to share some tips to help you go out and capture some of the wintery vistas(…)

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How to take portraits in the snow

by Carol Swaitkewich
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada or Winterpeg as we are affectionately called. It snows. A lot. It’s also cold. Like REALLY cold. For 5 months of the year we are surrounded by white and ice. If I wanted to take pictures I needed to learn how to shoot in the cold and snow fast!

The 3 main problems I found shooting in the snow are flat lighting, exposure issues, (blown out or grey looking snow), white balance issues(…)

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thrifting | how to shop for the perfect photography props

by Emily Krbec
When I’m in need of a new prop the first place I head to is my local thrift store. Not only is it easy on the wallet, thrift store shopping is also extremely satisfying. It can be really fun hunting for gems, searching for pre-loved items that can be re-purposed into fabulous props! It requires you to get a little creative and a little crafty too. Shopping at thrift stores will offer you some really unique items that you’ll be(…)

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a day in the life | carol swaitkewich

A Day In The Life with Carol Swaitkewich
I love taking my girls out and doing “photoshoots”.  And they love it too, as long as they get to pick the outfits. Planning a theme with props and wardrobe and a great location. But there is something so much more meaningful to me about “everyday” images. I love the realness and the memories I know they will evoke in the future. I love the perfectly imperfect ones with their hair all knotted and(…)

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Simple high key lighting tips

I get asked a lot about my lighting sets ups, specifically high key lighting set ups.  There are a few different ways to achieve a nice high key image done with studio lighting and natural light. I will tell you, I always try to make sure my exposure is near perfect in camera and try not to resort to photoshop to fix my backgrounds.  I want to keep this as simple as possible for all of you who would like(…)

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