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Photographer Shoot-Out: Sheila Clapperton & Lindsay Moeser

Photographer Shoot-Out: Sheila Clapperton & Lindsay Moeser

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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11 creative photos to announce your pregancy

11 creative photos to announce your pregancy

You’re pregnant.  Congratulations!  Now what?

At every point in your pregnancy – through the morning sickness, excitement, fear, appointments, and changing hormones – you eventually want to let your family and friends know that a miniature you will be joining the world.  Using a picture to announce the big news is fun but it can be difficult to come up with an idea on how to execute the photo.  We’re helping you out and have tracked down 11 fun and creative(…)

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capture them where they are today

by Heidi Hicks

I started my photography journey when my niece and nephew were babies. I vowed to learn how to use a camera so that when I had children of my own, they wouldn’t go months (or years in some cases) without nice pictures like my own niece and nephew.

Fast-forward seven years; my own son is two and a half (and super awesome). And while I have thousands of client images on my computer, there’s only a small folder of(…)

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Trash To Treasure: finding beauty everywhere

by Lisa Benemelis
Inspiration comes in many forms, even garbage.

Have you exhausted all the shooting possibilities in and around your home?

Are you feeling uninspired? Are you looking to push yourself creatively?

I realize that many people will wince or roll their eyes when I recommend shooting garbage.  I know I probably would have prior to capturing “garbage” quite accidentally.  It forced me to think about art in a whole new way – and it also has been a very enjoyable experience!

Inspiration from(…)

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the story of Jana, Danielle, and Otis the horse

by Megan Cieloha
Every once in awhile, a special soul passes through our lives and leaves our memories enriched and our spirits stirred. Their lives impact others for the better, imparting valuable lessons and creating bonds between those that they come across. This is the story of an unforgettable horse, and the women who love him.

Otis is a 17 year old Quarter Horse whom Jana Drew and family purchased a little more than one year ago. Approximately one month after the(…)

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10 questions with photographer Ana Myer

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an amazing Maryland photographer, Ana Myer!
by Tarah Sweeney

First, I adore your work! So much beauty! As any other photographer, I love to talk gear and am curious what your favorite lens is?
First of all, Thank you so much!! It really warms up my heart when someone can identify with my work. As far as lenses, I own the 35L and the 50 1.4, they are(…)

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a new beginning: a philanthropic photo project

by Jenna Reich

‘A New Beginning’ was born from my desire to support and empower refugee women as they begin to reshape their lives and start anew.

My goal was to show the community and the world how brave and powerful these women are and how they can inspire us all. I wanted the project to be about having a voice, allowing these women to see themselves in the images with their children and focusing on their future. I felt like these(…)

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inspiration from urban exploration

by Allison Zercher

Over the years, I’ve certainly been a victim of the dreaded photography rut, a feeling that comes from some mixture of:

“I have nothing to photograph.”
“I have no one to photograph.”
“Every photo I take lacks creativity.”
“I need better equipment.”
All of the above, or some combination of countless others reasons why we doubt our work…

My personal cure for such a rut is to occasionally get into my car and take a drive with my camera in tow.  I’ll even gather(…)

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underwater photography: discovering a passion

by Ardelle Neubert

For me, this journey of discovering a passion for water photography began July 2012.

Our family was spending the day at the lake.  After swimming to a dock out in the lake my husband started throwing my oldest son into the water from the dock.  It was in that moment I captured, to this day, one of my all-time favorite images.  The feeling I get from that one image probably stems for my love of swimming as a child,(…)

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photographer shoot-out: vironica golden and candice zugich

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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Photographer Shoot-Out: Lissa Chandler and Lauren Harris

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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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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