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girl holding a red heart pillow by Angie Kuna

10 Valentine’s Day Pictures You Need to Take

‘Tis the season for love. Valentine’s is a celebration full of hearts, chocolate, and much more and every bit of it is worth documenting. We asked the CMpros what their must-have photos for documenting their Valentine season are and boy did they dish. So read below, grab your camera, and then get to photographing this happy season!(…)

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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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kids snow tubing by Kim Hildebrand

Near or Far, 8 Ways to Photograph Your Family Adventures

I grew up in a small town in Idaho, going on numerous camping trips and family vacations.

We hardly ever flew as we couldn’t afford it, so we’d pile in the car and take a two week road trip somewhere new once a summer. Lucky for us, the family adventures didn’t end in the summer since we lived close to a plethora of mountains suited for backpacking trips, hiking, fishing, and skiing.

My love for adventure and all that comes with it(…)

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portrait of mom holding newborn by Kellie Bieser

The Top 15 Photography Tutorials from 2015

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone but it has and 2015 was a great year! Here on the CMblog we have continued to work hard in bringing you the type of tutorials and fun articles that you’re looking for. This past year was such a hit and we are excited to see what the next year brings. In celebration, we thought we’d look back on the 15 most popular tutorials from the CMblog last year!(…)

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girl jumping across benches by Gretchen Willis

The Kodak Moment: learn when to take a photo

Henri Cartier-Bresson, famous French photographer from the mid-20th century, is considered the father of candid photography. He coined the term “The Decisive Moment” to describe the exact moment in time when a photographer captures a subject and allows it to communicate its intent. In Cartier-Bresson’s words,

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.(…)

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close up family portrait by Olivia Gatti

Head Games: 6 ways to push past your photography fears

I have a big secret that I want to share.

It has been something I’ve carried since the beginning of my career, when I was green and unsure. I’ve had it when I was at the top of my game, held big titles and some prestigious awards. And when I left the field and took some time off, it was there too, like a shadow following silently behind me as a reminder. Now back in the full swing of running a business and shooting everyday for myself or clients, it has me like a prisoner.(…)

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7 month baby photo by Sarah Carlson

Your Baby’s Monthly Photos: 5 tips to keep in mind

This time 6 years ago, I was pregnant with our oldest daughter and researching countless items for our registry. Baby shopping was so much fun! One of the top things on my wish list was a set of month-by-month stickers to put on Kate’s onesie to photograph and document her growth throughout her first year.

Like many momtogs, the birth of my firstborn is what sparked my desire to learn about photography, so her monthly baby pictures were also a signpost of my progression. By month 12, I realized I needed to open the window to get some light into the room rather than using the overhead light. Not even kidding. Here are my three girls when each was 4 months old. It’s so fun to compare these side by side! I’d love to share some tips I’ve discovered along the way, and I’ve got some beautiful monthly baby photos from some of our talented CMPros to share with you as well.(…)

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girl holding a sunflower by Kara Orwig of June & Bear Photography

When Centered Compositions Aren’t As Bad as You Think

Give anyone who knows nothing about photography a camera or a phone and ask them to take a photo and he or she will generally place the subject right in the middle.

It’s our natural instinct.

But once you begin to learn about composition, you are told that centering a photograph is less appealing. And in many cases, this type of composition may not be ideal because it discourages the viewer from roaming the entire photograph. A center focal point is so heavily weighted that it draws the eye and it gets stuck there. But with careful and thoughtful planning, use of the center focal point can be taken advantage of to strengthen the image.(…)

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yellow lawn chairs on a patio by Erin Wagnild

5 ways to create memorable pictures using color

I have always been a bit obsessed with color.

I love the surge of energy I get when I have a bright red pedicure, the calmness I feel when I’m surrounded by the deep blue water of the Pacific Northwest, or how my favorite yellow sweater brings a little cheerfulness to an otherwise gloomy day. My love of color spills into my photography as well. While I can definitely appreciate a good dramatic black and white image, I usually feel something is missing in my work if I’m not using color in some way to help tell my story. Here are some of the techniques I use to create memorable images using color.(…)

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girl wearing a mask picture by Kris and Lauren Penland

5 Tips for Indoor Photography During the Dark Winter Months

Many of us find ourselves stuck inside this time of year. However, this doesn’t mean we have to fall into a creative slump. In fact, being stuck inside can be an excellent opportunity to get our creative juices flowing like they never have before. Some of my favorite images I’ve taken have been the result of gloomy weather forcing me inside. Here are some helpful tips I’ve learned along the way.(…)

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child dressed up as Captain America by Jen Bilodeau

5 tips for taking and editing emotive black and white photos

Light and shadows, and the contrasts between them, are my muses. High-contrast light is full of life and emotion… emotion that transcends that particular moment, and moves and changes as the image is absorbed by different eyes. Both light and dark work in perfect synchronicity to create a feeling that there is more to what lies within the image than what is visually present.(…)

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girl watching the ipad on a plane by Elizabeth Ordonez

How to capture your everyday while you’re traveling

I love to capture my world through photography. Sometimes that means photographing mountains or beaches, but often it means watching my two young daughters experience things for the first time. When we travel, even the most ordinary things are special to my girls because they are different from our everyday at home. I love to photograph those unique everyday moments while we we’re away.(…)

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how to light and edit a composite portrait by Lindsay Brummer

How to light and edit a composite portrait

After years of shooting kids, my own included, I have fallen in love with the composite image. I feel like it’s so hard to get everyone EXACTLY how I want them in one shot when I am working with young children. Because of the certainty that kids will be kids, I learned to master the composite image and know that I will always end up with at least one great portrait. (…)

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child running in the rain with an umbrella by Erin Hensley

6 secrets to beautifully capturing childhood

Through the many daily shooting projects I’ve tackled, I’ve discovered that my most favorite thing to capture is just raw, natural childhood. Just the everyday happenings around the house, or out and about.

Planning and posing stressed me out and we all know how much that stresses kids out. In 2011, taking sessions took a back seat and in 2012, I began my first 365 project. It was the best decision I could have made for myself as a budding photographer and artist. I discovered my love for observation, both of light and life. I’ve always been an observer, but that quality in me is the foundation of who I am as a photographer, and realizing that was a turning point for me.(…)

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dad holding newborn photo by Beth Deschamp

5 Newborn Portraits You Must Take During the First 2 Weeks

Expectant parents are commonly told to savor every single moment with their little ones, as time goes by too fast and they will grow before you know it. It’s hard to imagine them being anything but tiny when you are holding them for the first time in your arms but, in a blink of an eye, they are quickly growing and you are begging time to slow down.

Well, time sure won’t slow down, but you can freeze it in time… through photographs. And because your new baby will start changing quickly during the first two weeks after birth, you are going to want to capture that brand newness right away. Amongst those few roles of photographs that you take, be sure that you capture these five portraits during the first two weeks.(…)

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girl holding a stuffed chicken toy by Liz Behm

1,269: the story of a 6 year 365 project

What started as a way to keep my husband connected to our family while he was deployed overseas grew into a Project 365 that’s documented three new babies, two moves and five plus years of a crazy life with no sign of putting the camera down anytime soon.(…)

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photo of Michelle Turner photographing a woman holding a red umbrella with flash

This Week Only: learn for FREE!

Next week: Learn creative child/family/senior posing, location lighting, Sue Bryce and more!

Join us online next week for free live learning! Watch these amazing programs from Click Away! (…)

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