Elena Blair

family hugging and kissing portrait by Elena Blair

The 10 Most Common Photography Questions Answered

I will never forget when I was first starting out on this photography journey.

I knew I wanted to learn how to use my camera. I knew my images looked very different from the professional photographers I was following. I knew I might want to start a business, but knew very little else.

It was overwhelming, and was enough to make me want to curl up into a ball and forget about this whole photography thing! Thankfully, I found Clickin Moms and was able to get some of the toughest initial questions answered. I have searched far and wide and found ten of the most common questions asked by the new photographer. This is guaranteed to jump-start your beautiful and worthwhile journey!(…)

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family picture at the lake by Elena Blair

5 family poses that always capture connection

I like to think of my posing technique as directing rather than posing. When working with families, it is important to be able to guide and direct them into pleasing poses that ultimately demonstrate the connection within their family. There is so much connection to be captured within every family. I invite you to think outside the box and beyond traditional stiff family portraits. Here are five poses that always capture connection.(…)

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A day in the life with Seattle photographer Elena Blair

a day in the life | elena blair

A Day In The Life with Elena Blair
It is the first rainy morning this school year!  Daddy is already off to work and has a late meeting so he won’t be home until after bedtime tonight.  Bummer.  Everyone always climbs into our bed first thing.  I call it a Marlo love fest as the older two love to start their day loving on their baby sister.

Time to change the babies diaper and get her dressed.  Meanwhile, I encourage the other(…)

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elena blair’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 Elena Blair sharing what she loves!
elena blair’s favorite things

1.  Artifact Uprising soft cover books:  I am currently obsessed with these.  I have an app on my iPhone that makes making these out of my(…)

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how to photograph fine art school portraits by elena blair

how to photograph fine art school portraits

I have done many things to grow my custom portraiture business in the past four years but I would have to say that the most beneficial venture has been the launch of my Fine Art School Portrait service.

I was hugely inspired by a photographer friend of mine who lives on the other end of the country.  Many of you may have heard of her, Michelle L Morris. I took that inspiration and ran with it.  Providing Fine Art School Portraits(…)

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a peek inside | elena blair

A Peek Inside with Elena Blair
My first priority is always my family, so it works perfectly to have my office right at home.  As you can see, my office is a tiny room right off the dining room.

I can check email and do quick business or mentor work while my kids have breakfast.  In this case, they are having pancakes, in case you were wondering.  I do, however, always join them for their meals eventually.

My office is not at all(…)

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Retaining Clients When Raising Your Prices

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% since starting(…)

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How to use curves in Photoshop

Darkening the background of an image can really create depth and draw attention to the subject. I will show you a quick and easy way to darken the background of an image using curves in Photoshop.

Here is the original image with all my usual edits except the darkening of the background:

Now I will create a curves layer and bring down the midtones by grabbing the very middle of the curve and pulling down to the right bottom corner until I(…)

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photography interview with cmpro of the month Elena Blair 14

interview with elena blair

It’s June (how?!) and we’re kicking off this month on the CMblog with an interview from CMpro of the Month, Elena Blair.  We are thrilled to have Elena here sharing her beautiful work and inspiring words!
june cmpro of the month | elena blair
by Melissa Koehler

Congratulations on being this month’s CMpro of the Month, Elena!  I’d love to start your interview with you telling us a little about yourself and how you became interested in photography.

Thank you so much, I am(…)

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How to make creative headshots

I will admit it. I love head shots of children. I enjoy getting close to kids to capture all the sweet details of their faces. My clients love it too, and I aim to capture head shots during all my shoots. In addition, ninety-five percent of the time, clients buy prints of the head shot images I provide.  When you hear the phrase “head shot,” your mind may conjure a boring, stiff image. Well I am here to show you(…)

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your photography business and building relationships

In a field that is becoming increasingly over saturated, photographers need to know the importance of clever marketing.  Since making the shift to professional photography two years ago, I have found that my relationships with businesses have been the most solid form of marketing.  These relationships have brought me clients, trade for services, and more.  In this article I am going to share with you how I have formed and maintained these relationships, and how they are mutually beneficial.
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