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photography interview: jason watts

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an amazing California photographer, Jason Watts!
an interview with jason watts
by Megan Dill

Hello Jason! Can you please start off by telling us a little about yourself?
I am a Southern California based photographer that specializes in Portraits and Weddings.  I have a truly amazing wife of almost ten years and two boys under four.  We live near the beach and Disneyland so we are always running from(…)

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photography interview: storm and astrophotographer Mike Mezeul II

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the incredible nature and astrophotographer Mike Mezeul II!
an interview with mike mezeul II

by Megan Dill

Your portfolio is quite diverse, ranging from weddings to live concerts to the primary subject of this interview, the skies above us.  What is it about the weather that excites you?
I was always the little kid in elementary school lying on the picnic table during recess staring up at the clouds.(…)

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shoot-out | lucy and nina

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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shoot-out | krista and rachel

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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christmastime in the city

by Stacey Vukelj

Bryant Park Ice Skaters
I am a total sucker for the holidays. I love them. I love the tree, I love the lights, I love the cookies, I love shopping for presents, and even if I do feel Scrooge-ish from time to time about the cold, having an excited child keeps the mood at a pretty high level of cheer. If you find yourself in New York around this time of year, below are a few of my favorite(…)

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brooke shaden interview

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the incredible fine art photographer Brooke Shaden!  Brooke is a young and exceptional photographer and we are more than thrilled to have her here on the CMblog today!
an interview with brooke shaden
by Megan Squires

Thank you for being here with us today, Brooke!  I’d love to start off by asking what motivated you to pick up a camera and shoot originally?

Thanks for allowing me to be(…)

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shoot-out | hope and kelly

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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capturing heroes

Kelly Garvey crouches down in the field, camera in hand. She loves the way the evening sun makes the field shine. Natural lighting is what breathes life into her portraits. But today is different. Today she is capturing something with its own glow.

“Look this way,” she says to the 6-year-old boy standing a few feet away.  Jacob looks at her and smiles.

But it is not the smile of a boy struggling with Stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma; it’s the smile of(…)

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black and white photography

Who doesn’t love black and white photography?  Some may prefer color, but black and white will always have a place in the photography community.  There’s something soulful about them.  This month, we asked our forum members to share their favorite black and white images with us so we could share them with you.  These are just a few of the numerous images submitted so please visit this forum thread to see all the beauty!

‘max’:

‘carmencm’:

‘ShanWilkinson’:

‘lonerose’:

‘nellie_m’:

‘CrystalSamson’:

‘marissa_gifford’:

‘kmberd’:

‘azphotogmom’:

‘amcarlon’:

‘CherylJacobs’:

‘mickiedev’:

‘krisleah2009′:

‘klpennington’:

‘kjlryan’:

‘jessaphb’:

‘aliceche’:

‘katrinedunn’:

‘johannelila’:

Thank you to all our awesome members(…)

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jerry ghionis interview

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with one of the most glamorous wedding photographers out there, Jerry Ghionis!  Jerry is a master at photography and a multi award winner and it is a true privilege to have him here on the CMblog today!
an interview with jerry ghionis
by Elle Walker

You found photography at a very early age, 14 if I remember correctly.  How did you know that photography was where you belonged?
I was(…)

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shoot-out | dana and laurie

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how.  What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves.  Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way.  Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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volunteering for ISF

Clickin Moms are notorious for making a positive impact in their communities using their time and photography skills.  Inspiring stories of how our members invest in worthy causes encourage us all to consider what we can to make the world around us just a little bit better.  Today CMpro Beth Wade shares her experience volunteering as a photographer at a local fundraising event for children’s cancer research.  Thank you so much, Beth, for your touching behind-the-scenes perspective!
volunteering for the isabella(…)

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overcoming everyday obstacles

by Kristen Ryan
Have you ever found yourself feeling bored, frustrated or creatively challenged because you have been shooting in the same space of your home time after time, day after day, maybe even month after month? Maybe you’ve been cooped up, or you’ve had lots of rainy days, or perhaps you are like me and have several young kids that could run off in different directions making it unsafe to explore beautiful outdoor locations without assistance. Well, I definitely relate.(…)

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reaching your goals

by Jennifer Jabbour

Last summer, I spent a couple months cleaning up my online portfolio, taking time to polish my photos until they had a consistent look and feel.  I even had a couple of CMpros quickly review my portfolio to point out anything I had missed.  By October, I felt I was ready to apply for CMpro. After two weeks of what seemed like forever, I spotted an email from the CMpro Application. Before I read it, I braced myself(…)

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the friendly photographer

by Emily Krbec

*image by Carol Lynn of Freckle Face Photography
The photography world is a fascinating thing to be a part of. Each person is on their own unique journey, exploring the world around them with camera in hand. As exciting and satisfying as this journey can be, it can also be challenging, discouraging, and even lonely at times. I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how each of us can take on the role of “The Friendly Photographer” and(…)

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shoot-out | heather and kelly

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how.  What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves.  Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way.  Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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interview with melissa stottmann

Another month is here and that means it’s time for another CMpro of the Month.  For July, we are happy to announce that the wonderfully talented Melissa Stottmann is that CMpro!  Please take a moment and enjoy her beautiful work and the inspiring words she has left here for you!
july cmpro of the month | melissa stottmann
by Kristin Ingalls

Hi, Melissa. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about you. To start, can you tell us a little bit about(…)

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social media breaks

by Dana Lauder, Jo Lien, and Sarah Lalone

*image by Dana Lauder
The Backstory:

Dana, Sarah, and I all joined Clickin Moms around the same time, but it took us a little while for our friendship to form. Dana and I had infant sons born within months of one another, and I remember feeling a sense of kinship commiserating about how our post-baby hair growth was giving us fits. My first memory of Sarah was reading a thread she had started about some(…)

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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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my photography journey | justine knight

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational ‘my photography journey’ here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Justine Knight!
my photography journey | justine knight
I am going to be completely honest; I am really only at the beginning of my photography journey! Every week I discover more and more that I need to learn, try and master. Actually, this is one of the reasons why(…)

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elicia graves 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?  First up is Elicia Graves sharing what she loves!
elicia graves’ favorite things

1. The mocha at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley – This little cafe is such a happy place and not only do they use organic, local(…)

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mom portraits

Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs; it’s a 24 hour position with incredible responsibility.  And here at Clickin Moms, we know how seriously moms take their role.  To all the mothers out there, thank you for the incredible and selfless job you do every single day!  We love you all and what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend than with some beautiful mom photos from CM members?!

Danielle ‘nellie_m’:

Kim Gasper ‘Kim’:

Fran Dellaporta ‘frandellaporta’:

Christine Lambeth ‘laneydo’:

Dalayna McKnight ‘layn’:

Lacey(…)

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creative photography

by April Nienhuis

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(…)

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my photography journey | cassandra o’leary

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational ‘my photography journey’ here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Cassandra O’Leary!
my photography journey | 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(…)

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shoot-out | celeste and melissa

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how.  What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves.  Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way.  Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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my photography journey | liz labianca

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational ‘my photography journey’ here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Liz Labianca!
my photography journey | liz labianca
As I sit here thinking about the last 19 months as a photographer, I am hard pressed to say that there isn’t one thing that I would do differently—and  that is a BIG statement since I pretty much did everything that(…)

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a day in the life | heidi adams

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?  You loved Sara’s ‘A Day In The Life’ post so much that we decided to make it a regular new series(…)

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packaging

by Melissa Stottmann
If your business had a face what would it look like? Your brand and packaging gives your clients a look at who you are and a “face” for your business. Is your photography bold and bright? Subdued and peaceful? Fun and flirty? Get creative and use your packaging to reflect your work for your clients!
My packaging:
Prints and products need to arrive securely to my clients- this is the very first matter of importance, however, it is equally beneficial(…)

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get your groove back

by Jennifer Dell

Burnout. We all face it at some point in our life. In photography, it can ebb and flow until you don’t want to pick up your camera. Ever. I can only speak from experience, but I know that every December, after the craziness of fall, the last thing I want to do is take another picture. I struggle with this at other times during the year, but I think that the winter is by far the worst. Not(…)

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shoot-out | bre and chloe

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how.  What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves.  Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way.  Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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