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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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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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Birthday Week Celebration: outtakes, readers choice

In one of our many games on the Clickin Moms photography forum in celebration of Birthday Week, we asked members to share their funniest session outtakes and boy did they!  We’ve managed to narrow it down to 9 hilarious photos but we need your help in choosing a winner (there will actually be TWO winners).  Can you tell us which one is your favorite?

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So what’s you’re favorite outtake shown above? 

And don’t forget that we’re giving away prizes each day(…)

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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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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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my photography journey | beth orey

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 Beth Orey!
my photography journey | beth orey

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved photography. I’ve always been drawn to pictures and the creation of art. I rocked it with my mom’s Polaroid way back when! But it never even crossed my mind so long ago to(…)

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photography with depth: including foreground

by Lissa Chandler
Stale.

It’s kind of a biting word isn’t it? To say that something is stale? It’s true sometimes though! Sometimes bread goes stale. Sometimes writing goes stale. Sometimes relationships go stale. And sometimes? Our photography goes stale, too.

As photographers, we look at so many images, made both by ourselves and by our peers. Sometimes we study these images for hours and other times we just see them in passing, but the image are always there. Because of this, sometimes(…)

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my photography journey | jessica holden

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 Jessica Holden!
my photography journey | jessica holden

I have loved photography since I was a little girl. My Grandpa was colorblind, but he drew exquisite charcoal drawings of the sun streaming through redwood forests, and I yearned to create art that was half as beautiful as his. My first(…)

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top 13 from 2013 tutorials

We can hardly believe that 2013 has come and gone!  2013 was a great year and we’re beyond excited for the surprises we have in store for 2014.  Once again, the CMblog has had a year full of amazing content and just in case you missed it, below are the 13 most popular tutorials from the past year!
top 13 from 2013
13. The Unconventional Self Portrait by Sarah Wilkerson

12. Easy Backlighting Tips by Michael Kormos

11. Organizing Your Client Workflow by Winnie(…)

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my photography journey | kristen ryan

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 Kristen Ryan!
my photography journey | kristen ryan

Thank you to Clickin Moms for sharing my photography journey here on the blog. I am honored to have this opportunity as I have learned so much through the wonderful women and wealth of knowledge within this forum.

My true photography learning journey(…)

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my photography journey | melissa stottmann

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 Melissa Stottmann!
my photography journey | melissa stottmann

Pictures have always been really important to me, whether it was a boy I liked, friends on a field trip, or pictures of my family, I simply loved to take pictures. Holiday gifts were almost always a picture (usually taken from a(…)

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my photography journey | elicia graves

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 Elicia Graves!
my photography journey | elicia graves
My photography journey began in high school when I bought a little Canon Rebel film camera with my Christmas money one year.  I didn’t really know what I was doing at the time, but I enjoyed shooting rolls of black and white(…)

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working in a small location

by Rachael Boer
As on-location photographers, we often find ourselves shooting in locations that are less than ideal. There is no way to control the size of our clients’ homes, layout of the rooms, or the natural lighting that occurs at different times of day. It’s essential to know how to make the most out of a less-than-ideal situation so you can still deliver beautiful photographs for your clients no matter what.

Last year I was in a client’s home to photograph(…)

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celeste jones’ photography journey

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 Celeste Jones!
my photography journey | celeste jones
I’ve always been the picture taker in the family. You know, the person who always has the camera at the parties and barbeque’s! I remember the day I got my Pentax K2000 in the mail. Don’t ask me why I decided to(…)

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tracy heyman’s photography journey

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 Tracy Heyman!
my photography journey | tracy heyman
First of all, I’m so excited and honored to be able to share my photography journey here at Clickin Moms.  I owe so much of my growth as a photographer to this place!

My story is like so many others.  My love of(…)

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megan dill’s photography journey

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 Megan Dill!
my photography journey | megan dill

My photography journey began in late 2007 when I first picked up a DSLR.  I shot in full auto with my kit lens and a nifty fifty for a little over a year before enrolling in an evening course at a local(…)

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mandy haber’s photography journey

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 Mandy Haber!
my photography journey | mandy haber

My photography journey actually started a LONG time ago. When I was in high school. I was working at County Seat – do y’all remember that store – and Wolf Camera was just around the corner in the mall. I would go(…)

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my photography journey | sarah vaughn

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 Sarah Vaughn!
my photography journey | sarah vaughn
I knew I wanted to be a photographer the first time I picked up an SLR. Time stopped and I lost myself in the world behind the lens. My best friend’s dad had a fancy camera, so we borrowed it to play(…)

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my photography journey | lisa benemelis

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 Lisa Benemelis!
my photography journey | lisa benemelis
I would like to start by saying thank you Clickin Moms for giving me the opportunity to share my journey today on the blog.  It is an honor to have been asked and I am very excited to share with you all.

I(…)

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my photography journey | stacey vukelj

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 Stacey Vukelj!
my photography journey | stacey vukelj
I have always loved taking pictures. I have photo albums dating back to elementary school and as I got older, I could often be found hogging the camera on family vacations. My album-making days came to a screeching halt following the receipt(…)

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4 simple posing tips

by Lora Swinson
Posing your subject is an important element in photography.  There is a lot to learn when it comes to posing but I have four quick and simple tips for you!
Take That Second Glance:
When you are in the middle of a session, things can get hectic pretty quickly.  When it comes to posing, one of the biggest traits you can pick up as a photographer is to take 2 seconds and double check your pose.  Where are your subject’s(…)

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my photography journey | adele humphries

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 Adele Humphries!

my photography journey | adele humphries
Unlike many of my fellow photography friends, my desire to learn more about photography didn’t start with the birth of my first child. I had no time to shower, sleep or eat let alone think about mastering the art of photography! And(…)

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matte processing in PSE

by Erin Peloquin
Using Photoshop Elements to create a matte effect is a creative enhancement that can change the tone of your photo beautifully.  The key to a good matte look is to start with a bright, clean edit.  Then add extra contrast and saturation so that the matte look doesn’t drain the photo of all its impact.

All creative edits should start with a clean edit as a foundation and the photo above needed contrast and brightening before anything else.  Two(…)

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my photography journey | emma wood

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 Emma Wood!
my photography journey | emma wood
It began long before I even knew it began.  My love for images and photography, so deep seeded that I see now it probably couldn’t have been any other way.  I used to spend hours flicking through images that my parents had taken(…)

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bathroom photography

by Stacey Haslem

Not too long ago, I was looking through all my images. As I continued to go through images taken over the last few years, I couldn’t help but notice all the images that originated in the bathroom. I had a beautiful collection of memories and stages of my little girl.
When approaching any image, whether it be in the bathroom or not, I always think about what it is I actually want to capture. Is there something in particular(…)

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newborns

by Beth Orey
A warm, quiet room, the soft lullaby of a white noise machine, a beautiful baby that curls up into any position and sleeps soundly, and the stunning photographer who’s making this all happen.  It’s every newborn photographers dream!  But it doesn’t always happen, unfortunately.  Sometimes we get those dream babies but (at least for me), more often than not, we have to work for it.  And even if you do get the awesome sleeper, do you really want(…)

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posing babies

by Jennifer Dell
Ah, six month olds…my most favorite age to photograph. I love it when my littlest of clients starts to sit on their own and truly take in the world around them. They are usually very curious, happy and easy to work with. I honestly cannot think of a reason not to love photographing a baby at this age!  While they are sitting on their own and a few may be getting ready to crawl, a baby this age(…)

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overcast shooting

by Kristin Ingalls
When shooting portraits on an overcast day, the sky can act like a giant soft box creating soft, even light. You generally don’t have to worry about bright sunshine making your subject squint, dappled light coming through trees, or harsh shadows on your subjects. However, because this giant softbox is positioned directly overhead, it can be hard to have anything other than flat lighting, catchlights can be hard to come by, and portraits can sometimes seem flat and boring.
1. Try shooting from(…)

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successful center compositions

By Adele Humphries
Are you a rule-follower?  I am.

I get anxious even bending the rules – social or actual.  So no-one is more surprised than me to see that I have embraced the dreaded center composition in my personal style.  I had always understood this to be a big photography no-no so I avoided it at all costs, believing it to be a lazy, unimaginative and visually less pleasing method of composition.

Then, last Christmas, my husband surprised me with a 35mm(…)

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working around the clutter

by Narelle Bailey
Have you ever caught yourself thinking “I could make great images if only my home looked like it came right out of Pinterest”? I know I have.  There are times when I have felt like my favorite photographers (especially the lifestyle ones) must all have beautiful homes with high ceilings, great big windows with magnificent light everywhere.  Most of all they must have absolutely no mess or clutter.  How else can their photographs look so good?

I thought about(…)

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