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how 1 woman wrote the perfect bio and found who she is

by Kellie Bieser
Last year I launched a website for my photography.  Most important to me in this endeavor was that every aspect…the images, the fonts, the colors, the language…would be a true reflection of my voice.  So imagine my surprise when I sat down to write the “About Me” paragraph and could.not.do.it.  I spent hours upon hours writing and rewriting blurbs that could describe the “me” that I wanted to reveal to my potential clients.  And I came up empty.

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a day in the life | sarah carlson

There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? Today, CMpro Sarah Carlson is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
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wonderwall | beth mancuso

wonderwall | beth mancuso

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this stunning portrait by Beth Mancuso won us over. Congratulations, Beth!

To see more of Beth’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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Retaining Clients When Raising Your Prices

by Elena Blair

As your business grows and changes you are naturally going to have price increases.

You may have started your business charging too little so you are going through a significant price increase, or maybe you are only raising your prices by a small amount.  Perhaps you are restructuring your pricing model.  No matter what it is you are doing, it can be hard to retain old clients when you raise your prices.  I have raised my price about 500%(…)

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jennifer dell’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jennifer Dell sharing what she loves!
jennifer dell’s favorite things

Shoes. The sassier and higher the heel the better. I am relatively short, so I love to wear heels for some added height. I also(…)

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my photography journey | lissa chandler

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational photography journey here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Lissa Chandler!
my photography journey | lissa chandler

I always wanted to be a photographer.

Not just a photographer, I also wanted to be a mom and a writer and a teacher. But mostly, I wanted to be a photographer.

When I was in elementary school, my favorite afternoon activity was to(…)

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skipping rocks | anna christine

skipping rocks | anna christine

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this calming water photograph by Anna Christine won us over. Congratulations, Anna!

To see more of Anna’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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a peek inside | nina mingioni

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Nina Mingioni.
a peek inside | nina mingioni

1. Canon 24-105 f/4L: this is my one and only zoom lens. I am very much a prime shooter, but the versatility of this lens for travel cannot be beat.

2. Canon 100 f/2.8L: my first photography-related love. I love macro photography, and can’t imagine living without this lens. I(…)

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a man and his truck: danielle mcilroy’s personal photo project

Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Danielle McIlroy(…)

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cmpro of the month interview with stacey haslem

Happy Spring friends! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to April’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Stacey Haslem! And now for an enlightening interview with Stacey.
april cmpro of the month | stacey haslem
by Jodi Arego

Hi, Stacey! First of all, congratulations on being Clickin Moms’ Pro of the Month!  Can you start off by telling us a little more about yourself?
I live in Modesto, California, but I grew up in Wyoming. I remember as a child(…)

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day in the life | bre thurston

There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? Today, CMpro Bre Thurston is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
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lilac fairy | kate luber

lilac fairy | kate luber

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this stunning ballerina inspired portrait by Kate Luber won us over. Congratulations, Kate!

To see more of Kate’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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heather lazarks favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Heather Lazark sharing what she loves!
heather lazark’s favorite things
My true favorite things are the people I love and the time we spend together. But let’s face it, beyond that we all have those(…)

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peek inside | sarah carlson

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Sarah Carlson.
a peek inside | sarah carlson

Here’s my workspace! This is my grandfather’s old desk, so it has special memories for me. This area is located in my kitchen, so it’s easy for me to access it throughout the day without being away from my little girls. I keep my camera bag on the floor(…)

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my photography journey | jenni jones

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational photography journey here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Jenni Jones!
my photography journey | jenni jones

My journey really began after finishing business school in 2010 – I purchased a Nikon D90 to take with me while traveling (as a way to decorate my walls….because I was cheap).  I owned Lightroom at the time and applied some lovely(…)

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happy holi | kirsty larmour

happy holi | kirsty larmour

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this fun Holi inspired photograph by Kirsty Larmour won us over. Congratulations, Kirsty!

To see more of Kirsty’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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Birthday Week Celebration: the 10 best photography tutorials

Did you know that we have well over 300 photography tutorials archived here on the CMblog?  That’s a lot of info to learn right there!  We thought it’d be fun to share with you the top 10 tutorials in the history of the blog here with you.  Let the count down begin!

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10. Top 10 List For Photographing Families
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9. How To Photograph Your Christmas Morning
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8. Back Button Focusing Made Simple
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7. Creative Wall Displays:(…)

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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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child dipping her hands in water picture by Emma Wood

water color | emma wood

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this gorgeous photo of her daughter with water by Emma Wood won us over. Congratulations, Emma!

To see more of Emma’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.
To(…)

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how i unknowingly captured my battle with depression

by Shannon Wilkinson

In the fall of 2010, I began to notice that I wasn’t quite myself. I was sad and weepy. I was quick to anger or snap judgments and I was having a difficult time finding joy in life. I found it harder to get out of bed in the morning and difficult to fall asleep at night. And while I knew what was going on in my head, I couldn’t bring myself to believe it was serious enough(…)

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my photography journey | kristy dooley

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational photography journey here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Kristy Dooley!
my photography journey | kristy dooley
When I was pregnant with our second daughter I remember telling my husband, “I really wish I had studied photography in college.”  Photography had always been an interest of mine and as a new mom I was all too aware of(…)

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fog | suzie ziemke

fog | suzie ziemke

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this stunning beach portrait by Suzie Ziemke won us over. Congratulations, Suzie!

To see more of Suzie’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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a day in the life | laurie yuenger

There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? Today, CMpro Laurie Yuenger is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
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jennifer jabbour’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jennifer Jabbour sharing what she loves!
jennifer jabbour’s favorite things

1.  Arizona:  Yes, it’s true that I’m a San Diego girl through and through, but a couple years ago, we started talking about getting some(…)

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5 steps to help you find a perfect retail space

by Lena Antaramian
So you want to open a photography studio.

Before you call real estate agents and start checking out listings I want you to sit down and think about WHY you want a studio.  I am a bit ashamed to admit it, but I remember that when I was just starting out in this business over 5 years ago I felt that all photographers who had retail studio space had ‘made’ it in this business and that was THE reason(…)

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peek inside | sarah lalone

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Sarah Lalone.
a peek inside | sarah lalone

1. Canon 100mm f/2.8L:  I just firmly believe that a macro lens must always be in my arsenal but I will be honest and say that I DON’T SHOOT MACRO.  So basically I just like to keep this lens around because it’s a great portrait lens and it’s sharper(…)

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cmpro of the month interview with mickie devries

Happy March friends! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to March’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Mickie DeVries! And now for an enlightening interview with Mickie.
march cmpro of the month | mickie devries
by Nina O’Connell

Hi, Mickie! Congratulations on being Clickin Moms’ Pro of the Month! Can you start off by telling us a little more about yourself?
Thanks so much for having me as the Pro of the Month, I’m very excited and honored.  I’m a(…)

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true love | dana lauder

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this precious newborn photo by Dana Lauder won us over. Congratulations, Dana!

To see more of Dana’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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a guide for developing a cohesive body of work

by Kristin Ingalls

Photography is a journey. There is no finish line. As long as we continue to take pictures, our body of work is going to evolve and change over time. That is to be expected and part of the beauty of this medium we all love. When we first start this journey we are often carefree, happy and oblivious about the images we are taking. Then we learn. We grow. We experiment. We find ourselves doing a bit of(…)

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Profoto B1 product review

by Michelle Turner
I had the opportunity to shoot with a pre-production model of the Profoto B1, a new cordless, battery-powered off camera flash from Profoto.  There is a lot to get excited about when looking at this new light, and I had a few weeks to put it through its paces in some complex situations.

 

The B1 is a new off camera flash from B1, and there are a few things that set it apart from the competition.  Why would you(…)

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