Tag Archives: inspiration

Photographer Get Together: 6,454 miles couldn’t stop them

by Meredith Novario
Carolyn Brandt, whom I love as a human most and a photographer second most, lives in LA. I live far, far away from her in Okinaway, Japan. The chances of us getting together to chum it up in person are zilch. Pretending to hang out and documenting our pretend get together seemed like the next best thing. So we did. Carolyn and her people headed to the LA Korean Festival while I and mine bee-lined it to the(…)

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How one photographer is embracing her inspiration

by Brittany Blake
Inspiration. (noun) “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

We’ve all felt it, right? That little spark… It can come from just about anywhere and it usually comes out of nowhere, or so it seems. I spent time over the past month overwhelmed with inspiration.

You see, I attended Click Away and spent three days with 1,000 other women who share in this medium of expression that I am absolutely addicted(…)

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9 questions with photographer Anne Geddes

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with famed newborn photographer, Anne Geddes!
by Alicia Gould and Jenni Jones

When you opened your first official studio in 1988, what did you envision your business would be like?
At first I was just focused on honing my skills as a photographer, but as I became more confident I gradually established some goals.  Firstly I wanted to become the most well known child photographer in my local city(…)

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why i’m happy with my gear

by Jayne Cho

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(…)

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9 questions with photographer brian powers

9 questions with photographer brian powers

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the amazing Montana photographer, Brian Powers!
by Nina Mingioni

We always love to ask, how did you become a photographer?


For my daughter’s 4th birthday, I wanted to have her shoot with a professional photographer. He did a great job at capturing her eyes and laughter. I knew instantly I wanted to be able to capture her in that way. I purchased a low end DSLR shortly after.(…)

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dear self: a photography letter to myself 5 years ago

by Lissa Chandler
Dear Twenty-Two Year Old, Wanna-Be Photographer Me,

You’re cute. Like, really cute.

I’ll be honest, I am kind of jealous of how cute you are. Right now, five years ago to this day, you have been married for two months and five days and, this very week, your husband has bought you your very first DSLR, a Canon 40d with a 50 f/1.8 and a zoom lens you found used on Amazon for $110. You’re not sure what a 50(…)

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bedroom makeover: using photography to create wall art

by Christina Klahn
Whenever I see a blank wall, I am tempted to fill it with something as quickly as possible.

Sometimes I simply pick a few photos from my hard drive, print them large, hang them up, pat myself on the back for not procrastinating, and move on. And sometimes I plan the entire room around the photos, as was the case when I did a little makeover in my boys’ bedroom.

Our boys are seven and five and have always shared(…)

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10 questions with photographer alpana aras of storybox art

10 questions with photographer alpana aras of storybox art

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the amazing California photographer, Alpana Aras of Storybox Art!
by Elicia Graves

Hi Alpana!  I’m excited to share your work with our readers.  Could you tell us about how you got started in photography and a little bit about your business?


Following my childhood dream, I enrolled in J.J School of Art in Mumbai for my BFA in Design. While in college, I went to see an exhibit(…)

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10 questions with photographer Katy Tuttle

10 questions with photographer Katy Tuttle

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an amazing Seattle photographer, Katy Tuttle!
by Melissa Stottmann

Hi Katy! Can you tell us just a bit about yourself? Where you are from? What you love to do… etc?
Hello! I am from a very small town in Oregon. I have lived and worked in Seattle, Wa, but just recently moved with my family into the woods outside of Seattle. It is a whole different kind of(…)

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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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