hobbyist photographer

sister spraying sister with a water hose by Melissa Gibson

4 keys to making fun photos that will make you smile

As a mom, it seems as though I’m always wanting things ‘just so’. Clean faces, clean rooms, children who are following the rules and not climbing the walls. However, I’ve found out that breaking the rules will result in fun, happy, and joyful moments for my children as well as for myself. It’s when I’m letting go, being patient and allowing my kids to be themselves that the great images unfold.(…)

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river island picture by Jayne Cho

Why I’m happy with my gear

I’ve always loved photography. Ever since I was a kid – which was a long time ago!

So long in fact, that I remember doing an “Introduction to Photography” course by correspondence. I was about 15 at the time, and living on my family’s farm in rural Australia. Each month there was an assignment, and I would mail my image that had been developed at the local pharmacy, to the instructor in Sydney. She would then record her feedback on a(…)

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8 simple ways to balance family life with photography

8 simple ways to balance family life with photography

I am a full time hobbyist photographer.

But don’t stop reading just yet, even if you’re a working photographer actively taking clients. I wrote this for you too. :)

My job as a hobbyist may not be to go out and photograph other people’s families, but it is to photograph my own family and the things that speak to me. And I am guessing that those of you that earn an income as a photographer or work in another field or career(…)

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how aperture affects depth of field

How aperture and distance affect depth of field

One of the main things I wanted to learn when I first started snapping photos was how to make everything but my subject look blurry.

I thought if ‘I’ could do that, then my pictures would be so professional looking!!

Once I switched to manual mode, I learned quickly that if I shot a subject ‘wide open’ I could get that look I was going for. However, I also realized that only shooting wide open isn’t appropriate for every shooting scenario. Sometimes(…)

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woman sitting in chair photograph by Megan Cieloha

how to use the interval timer with your camera

by Megan Cieloha
We all know that we need to get in front of the camera more often.

Our children and other family members want to have evidence that we were at the parties, cookouts, reunions and simply present in everyday life, too. However, it can be unwieldy and limiting to hold (or quickly press and hide!) a remote while working on self portraits. Luckily, there is a simple and reliable alternative – Interval Timer Mode.

Interval timer mode is available on all(…)

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photo interview with Kristy Dooley

10 questions with photographer kristy dooley

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to May’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Kristy Dooley! And now for a fun interview with Kristy.
may cmpro of the month | kristy dooley
by Kristen Ryan

Hi Kristy! Congratulations on being May’s CMPro of the month!  First, will you tell us a little about yourself and your family?  Can you also tell us a fun or quirky thing about you unrelated(…)

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Carolyn Brandt

a day in the life | carolyn brandt

A Day In The Life with Carolyn Brandt
This is what a random Thursday looked like. Mostly routine, but some unplanned. My boy running around sans undies in the morning before preschool? Routine. A pop-in visit from my husband’s aunt and sister to teach me a couple of Belizian dishes? Definitely unplanned. But my day also consisted of a delicious lunch from a farmers market that magically appears every Thursday, the inspection and eating of amazing honey right from the honeycomb courtesy(…)

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A day in the life with Texas hobbyist photographer Sarah Carlson

a day in the life | sarah carlson

A Day In The Life with Sarah Carlson
Our Fridays are typically unscheduled for the most part. After a few days of being on-the-go, it is nice for us to have a leisurely morning. Our day starts at 7:30. Kate is already up and out of bed by the time I run upstairs with my camera, but Caroline is still stuck in her crib, so she gets the first shot of the day. She wakes up happy, as usual.

My girls aren’t huge(…)

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child photography from California hobbyist Stacey Haslem

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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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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composition tips for square format photographs by Megan Dill

tips for square composition

Square format photography seems to be all the rage, thanks in part to the popularity of Instagram and toy film cameras such as the Holga and Diana.  The 1:1 aspect ratio imparts a profound sense of simplicity and stability into images.  The viewer’s eye tends to gravitate towards the center of the frame, and takes in everything holistically instead of traveling from left to right, which is frequently the case with 35mm DSLR photographs with their 3:2 aspect ratios.  Being(…)

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shooting with albums in mind

by Elicia Graves and Kelly Garvey

Have you ever attempted to piece together a photo album only to find that your images just aren’t working well together on the page spreads or the album does not feel cohesive?   Today I will be sharing what I have learned about photographing for albums from a personal and hobbyist perspective, and the lovely Kelly Garvey will be sharing with you from a professional point of view.

1. Photograph your intended image, then photograph a(…)

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a peek inside | anne wick

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today we have Anne Wick.
a peek inside | anne wick

1. Nikon D700 – I  love this camera so much that I’ve had no desire to upgrade since I got it two years ago. I will probably use it until its last breath.

2. Nikon FM2 – My very first camera, the one that made me understand the power of connection through photography. I haven’t used it(…)

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Katrina Stewart

self portraits for the self conscious

by Katrina Stewart
As a hobbyist with limited subjects to practice on, I have found self portraiture a great way to develop and enhance my photography skills. But by far the biggest benefit of self portraiture for me has been that I have taken some beautiful portraits of me and my son together that I otherwise would never have had.

But, for the longest time, I found it incredibly uncomfortable being on the other side of the camera. For those of you(…)

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Jessica Holden

a day in the life | jessica holden

A Day In The Life with Jessica Holden
When I was first asked about doing a Day in the Life post, I was a little intimidated, partly because I just don’t consider myself a lifestyle photographer! I have a deep-seated need to control everything, and I have found that need to be at distinct odds with the concept of capturing life as it happens. ;-P My other hesitation was that my life is not terribly exciting! Ultimately, though, documenting a normal, mundane(…)

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a peek inside | stacey vukelj

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today we have Stacey Vukelj.
a peek inside | stacey vukelj
It is a little embarrassing to say this out loud, but I love options. True for clothes, true for bags, true for books, true for take-out…and true for lenses. (To be clear, not true for husbands.) So with that confession, here is a look at my gear and my workspace.

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark(…)

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learn how to take creative photographs with April Nienhuis

Why we should be more creative with our photography

Do you struggle with who you are as a photographer?  Are you afraid to be yourself with your photography even it means shooting unlike everyone else? When raising children, we teach them that who they are is good enough. Even at a young age, peer pressure is around and we never want them to conform to others in an effort to ‘fit in’. Our goal as parents is to encourage the uniqueness that we see in each of our children.(…)

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Cassandra OLeary

my photography journey | cassandra o’leary

My Photography Journey by Cassandra O’Leary
I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am to have this opportunity to share my photography journey with you as well as to share my love and appreciation of all things Clickin Moms! I have so much that I want to share that I don’t even know where to begin. So I apologize in advance because I am pretty sure that I am going to ramble and write way too much!

So let’s begin at,(…)

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Canon camera gear of photographer Celeste Pavlik

a peek inside | celeste pavlik

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today, we have new CMmentor to feature, Celeste Pavlik.  Celeste is a brilliant hobbyist photographer who with a particularly appealing approach to lighting with some of the most beautiful black and white conversions out there.  We are so excited to have her on the CMblog today and know you will be too!
a peek inside | celeste pavlik
I upgraded from the Canon 7D (which I used(…)

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how to choose the right crop for your photograph by Emma Wood

How to crop your pictures

It’s amazing how different crops can change the mood of an image or even just enhance them. By just making a few little changes, you can add a lot more impact and drama. I try as much as possible to think about cropping and where I want to place my subject within an image before I shoot. But there are times when I realize during processing, how much more powerful an image would become with a certain crop and to(…)

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