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A (birth)day in the life photo project by Emily Jackson

Personal Photo Project: a (birth)day in the life

One day I looked down at my sweet newborn, my firstborn baby boy, and was shocked to realize that somehow overnight he had aged to about eight months old. Except, it didn’t actually happen overnight, it just felt that way. As soon as I had children, it was like someone pushed the fast forward button on life and things started speeding by so fast. I knew I had to find some way to capture what their babyhood was like, and I wanted to tell their story, and to be able to convey to them later in life what it was like to be them, to be me, to live in our life.(…)

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editing in Photoshop screenshot from Melissa Stottmann

30 Photoshop terms and tools to get you started

Learning a few basic Photoshop tools can make a big impact on your photography post production process. If opening Photoshop makes your heart beat a little faster or induces cold sweats, then this list is for you! Here are some of the most crucial terms and tools for photographers to get started in Photoshop.(…)

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mom and dad admiring new baby by Allison Corrin

A step-by-step guide through a lifestyle newborn session

As a newborn lifestyle photographer, it is a grand privilege to be invited into the most intimate moments of tenderness and newness in a family. That being said, there are great challenges in walking into a new environment brimming with emotion and vulnerability. It takes courage to calm my own nerves and steady my eye while shooting in an honest and sensitive fashion. Through the years, I’ve developed my strategies to doing so using both technical and artistic techniques to help make sure that I am prepared and effective regardless of the scenery or dynamics.(…)

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girl kicking a soccer ball by Kristin Ingalls

11 things beginners should know about photography

Even though you are a beginner, you know you want to create beautiful images, and you want to create them starting today. It can be hard to remember that it takes time to master something new. When faced with beautiful image after beautiful image online and elsewhere, it is easy to think that there must be a shortcut, that if you get that latest piece of equipment, or you only knew some processing secret that your favorite photographers surely must know, your images will instantly be great. Those kinds of shortcuts don’t exist, but with hard work, permission to grow at your own rate, and following some of the tips below, you can become the kind of photographer you want to be.(…)

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girl looking out a window by Kristy Dooley

5 genius ways to rediscover your house with your camera

It happens every year… around February I find myself on local real estate websites dreaming of moving. I joke with my husband that it is a good thing we moved before I fell in love with photography. Otherwise, I may never have decided on a home. Don’t get me wrong, I love our house and am thankful for a comfortable place to raise my kiddos, but as a photographer I get tired of it. We spend so much time inside during the winter and it starts to feel like I’ve exhausted every possible location, window, and activity. I think it’s safe to say I’m not alone with these feelings.

This winter I challenged myself to push through the inevitable annual “rut” that comes my way mid-winter. I put together a few fun ideas for all of us to rediscover our homes, and capture some images we may never have taken otherwise.(…)

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The photography journey of South Carolina photographer Beth Wade

my photography journey | beth wade

It’s hard for me to say exactly when my photography journey began. I’ve been an artist all my life using various mediums, mainly painting and charcoal. For photography though, I took my first class in high school. We made pinhole cameras, developed our own images in a darkroom and I can remember learning about some of the basics. But it wasn’t until college that I got my first SLR. And to be honest, I didn’t use it that much because it was right at the same time that digital (point and shoot) cameras came out.(…)

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Artifact Uprising photo prints from Heather Lazark

3 suggestions on where to print your phone photos

It’s just not practical to lug around our dSLR cameras everywhere we go. But we rarely travel anywhere without our phones these days. They are like a life line to most of us. So when a spontaneous and meaningful moment arrives, we snap away with our phone. Some of my favorite images were taken from my iPhone. For quite some time I’ve been wanting to try out some of the vendors who make it easy to print from our phones or Instagram accounts. You may have some of the same questions I did. Who do I choose? And how will the print quality look? There are so many options out there…where do I start?

During the past couple months I have ordered prints from several of these companies so I can share my experiences with you. The following are my three favorite vendors so far:(…)

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Canon 45mm tilt shift lens used on a bride and groom by Lissa Chandler

3 non-traditional portrait lenses

The first time I used a Canon 35L, I felt like I had stumbled onto some kind of magic wizard sorcery.

The lens just got me!

I loved the focal length and I loved the bokeh and I loved the wide aperture and, honestly, I couldn’t have loved it more even if it had been painted pink and covered in glitter (and I really like the color pink and glitter, too). I know that this sounds a little fangirl-ish but, out of all of the lenses I had ever used, none of them had ever spoken to me the way the 35L did. It just felt right when I looked through the viewfinder and, when I fell in love with that lens, I fell hard.(…)

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photo of boy sleeping with dreamlight lights by Vironica Golden

5 tips for photographing your sleeping child

I’ve been photographing my son almost daily since the day he was born and completed 2 project 365s since then. Sometime during my first project 365 I started exploring sleeping photos because let’s face it, some days it’s just impossible to pick up the camera during the day. Late last year when he started to run away from my camera I decided to give him a break and did a 2-week sleeping project.

Here are some tips I’ve found helpful when photographing my sleeping child:(…)

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Michelle Turner’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, 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 Michelle Turner sharing what she loves!(…)

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boy holding an umbrella with beautiful fall trees by Angela Ross

Hit the Road: using our street to capture where we live

I like our house. I feel we’ve outgrown it some since having a child (and all the toys that come with one). But we love our neighborhood. So, we stay put.

We are a front yard kind of neighborhood and it’s that very reason that I discovered using my street for so many of my personal shots. It’s pretty rare that I even ever take my son into our backyard for photos because i love using our street so much. Here are all the reasons I love to include our street in my images:(…)

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two girls hugging in a field by Sally Kate Photography

Making friends and forming a local photography group

Sometimes, though, after noting the glazed-over expression in our husband’s faces at the mention of bokeh, or the look of horror on our kids’ faces when we drive by a spot that has “pretty light,” we long for a little snippet of the wider community of Clickin Moms to be right there, in the flesh. People who get excited about f-stops and golden hour and back-button focus. We need to talk shop. And we need it, stat. We need a little Clickin Moms right in our own hometown.(…)

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selfie pose modifying your selfie pose by Alise Kowalski

5 steps to loving yourself(ie)

See what I did there?

This blog post is mostly about how to create self-portraits that you will love and love the way you look in them but it is also, and this is no small component of loving images of yourself, about loving yourself. And it only requires five steps! So, lace up those sneakers, ladies, we’re hitting the path to loving yourself(ie). Oh yeah, that’s twice. Nailed it.(…)

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creative Nikon lenses

a peek inside | kellie bieser

I am a little weird and I personify all of my gear. It helps me choose exactly what I need in any given situation as each lens plays a special role in my work. All together it is like a girls’ night at Taylor Swift’s house…just a little quieter and less glamorous ;).(…)

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before and after edit in ACR and Photoshop by Marissa Gifford

Before and After: a backlit edit in ACR and Photoshop

I love doing before and after videos, but sometimes I get bored looking at my own work over and over. So for this video, I decided to chose an image from a fellow Clickin Mom to edit instead!

I love this adorable shot from Montreal portrait photographer Anda Panciuk. This sweet moment seems so girly and typical of childhood, and I love the way she’s lost in the moment playing with her skirt. In ACR, I increased exposure and contrast, straightened the image and warmed up the white balance. Then in Photoshop I cropped, blew out the windows completely, added contrast and added a few subtle tones to enhance an already beautiful image. Watch the video to see the steps I took to achieve this look!(…)

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The photography journey of California photographer Vironica Golden

my photography journey | vironica golden

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved visual arts. As a little girl I was always making something or drawing something. Growing up in Indonesia where a degree in arts is not very lucrative and parents are a big influence in choosing your career path, my mother steered me towards getting a degree in accounting. I moved to the United States for college in 1995. A year into college I decided to switch my major to graphic/packaging design that was more in line with my interest as a child.(…)

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close up portrait of boy in the falling snow by Celeste Pavlik

7 ways to photograph one child

I worry. I fret. Time. It is passing much too swiftly.

Disquieted. A quick, yet recognizable hard pound of a few heart beats as I allow my mind to linger and to dwell on the reality. That moment when I realize my little loves, my muses, my children, are not so little any more. I see them every day. Yet, when I finally lay my head down at night, too often my heart aches and I feel as though I have neglected to truly ‘see’ them. Individually. Free of their own inhibitions.(…)

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