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my photography journey | samantha covert

My Photography Journey by Samantha Covert

My photography journey began in 2008, when my husband gifted me my first DSLR (a Nikon D40) just before our wedding.  I had no idea how to adjust any of the dials, but was happy that even in auto mode my images were better than those I took with my little point and shoot.

My interest and motivation for capturing images really ramped up after my first child was born in 2009.

I became quite photo-crazed soon after his(…)

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10 questions with photographer Marissa Gifford

10 questions with photographer Marissa Gifford

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to October’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Marissa Gifford! And now for a fun interview with Marissa!
october cmpro of the month | marissa gifford

by Megan Dill

Congratulations on being October’s CMpro of the month, Marissa! Can you please start off by telling us a little about yourself? Also, do you have any special talents unrelated to photography?
Hi there and thanks for having(…)

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Motif #1: a photographer’s new perspective

by Meredith Abenaim
See that little red fishing shack?

That’s called Motif #1 – because it’s the most painted building by artists in America.

Motif #1 is situated on Bradley Warf in Rockport, Massachusetts just about one hour north of Boston.  The little fishing village along Cape Ann is rich with art galleries, to-die-for New England seafood, cozy beaches, stunning ocean views and a vibrant and committed arts community of all mediums.  Remember the 2009 Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds film, The Proposal? (…)

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photography conference packing list: your free downloadable

With Click Away fast approaching, everyone is frantically trying to think of what they need to pack!  How many outfits, shoes, etc.? What gear should I bring? Don’t forget the gum, snacks, band aids!
We created a general packing list that is good, not only for Click Away, but just about any photography conference you attend. Best part? It’s a printable!  Go ahead and download the PDF here and print it out to help you with your packing!
We are hoping this(…)

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9 questions with photographer Ardelle Neubert

9 questions with photographer Ardelle Neubert

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to September’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Ardelle Neubert! And now for a fun interview with Ardelle!
september cmpro of the month | ardelle neubert

by Kristin Dokoza

Hi Ardelle, I’m so excited for you. Congratulations on being CMpro of the month! We would love to hear more about you and your family.
Thank you so much Kristin!  It is such honour to be Clickin(…)

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my photography journey | sarah kossuch

my photography journey | sarah kossuch

My Photography Journey by Sarah Kossuch

My journey.

Most of the time, when you read about photographers, there, at some point, was a love for photography early on. I was not one of those. To be honest, it took me a bit to sit down and really dig into my mind of when did my journey start?

I noticed my love for photography really hit home in 2004-2005. At that time my oldest son was 2-3 years old and I wanted nice pictures of(…)

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how aperture and distance affect depth of field

how aperture and distance affect depth of field

by Celeste Pavlik
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(…)

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my photography journey | winnie bruce

my photography journey | winnie bruce

My Photography Journey by Winnie Bruce

I didn’t start my photography journey with the goal for it to be what it is. I guess that is the beauty of life though. We are brought to different avenues, and then we make choices of what eventually would be best for us.

In the summer of 2008, my best friend Bruce, who’s a chef, brought over a Canon Rebel XSi to our house. We chatted about how he was going to take the camera to(…)

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12 questions with photographer Alice Che

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to August’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Alice Che! And now for a fun interview with Alice!
august cmpro of the month | alice che

by Megan Cieloha

Congratulations on being chosen as CM Pro of the Month, Alice! Will you start by telling us a little about yourself? Career outside of photography, best childhood memory and highest item on your current lifetime bucket(…)

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photographing with heart and vision: a workshop recap

by Jodi Arego
Photographing with Heart and Vision was born out of my consuming desire to make connections… honest connections with people, with the essence of places, and with simple, ordinary moments.

Just like you, I crave a life full of rich and meaningful experiences that touch me deeply and stir something inside my heart.  But, honestly, the ebb and flow of the responsibilities of everyday life have their way of reminding me time and time again that these life-giving experiences don’t(…)

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my photography journey | alana rasbach

My Photography Journey by Alana Rasbach

I feel as though I need to have a polished journey in order to write this–one that has resulted in me feeling satisfied with my work as a photographer. But I don’t. I think I am just at the beginning of my journey as an artist.
(This is me with my camera, 11 years old)
I received my first camera when I was 9 or 10 years old. It was a film Kodak instamatic. My older sister(…)

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10 questions with photographer liz labianca

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to July’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Liz Labianca! And now for a fun interview with Liz!
july cmpro of the month | liz labianca

by Sarah Carlson

Hi, Liz! We’re so thrilled to see you as July’s CMpro of the month! We would love to hear all about you and your family.
Thank you so much! What an incredible honor to be CMpro of(…)

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my photography journey | jennifer jabbour

My Photography Journey by Jennifer Jabbour

As a little girl, I was always creating something. My favorite gifts were always new art supplies. In elementary, our school competed against other schools across the state in several categories, one being art. I submitted some pencil drawings, water color and oil paintings, and won several awards!

As a mother, my love for the visual arts was crowded out by lack of time and space. It’s been at least 10 years since I’ve seriously attempted to(…)

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my photography journey | jo lien

My Photography Journey by Jo Lien

I got my first camera — a pink and purple LeClic that I won selling Girl Scout cookies — in 1987.  I was in the fifth grade.  It shot 110 film cartridges, and I wanted nothing more than to sling it around my neck and take “pretty pictures.”  At Girl Scout camp that summer, I probably shot as many frames of the lake and as I did frames of my friends  — you know, CALENDAR stuff.

My(…)

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10 questions with photographer Kellie Bieser

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to June’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Kellie Bieser! And now for a fun interview with Kellie!
june cmpro of the month | kellie bieser
by Melissa Stottmann

Hey, Kellie! I’m thrilled to see you as Pro of the Month. Congratulations! So, now we want to know all about you and your family… Spill it!
Hi!  I am thrilled to be here as Pro of(…)

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my photography journey | alicia gould

My Photography Journey by Alicia Gould
August 2006: YAY my daughter was born! My husband got me a canon Rebel XT that year and I became obsessed. Shooting on auto with my pop up flash blew my point and shoot out of the water.  I took this image of my daughter and actually asked my professional photographer if she could do me a huge favor and put this image on those cool round edged wallets for me… she did, bless her!

2007 was(…)

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getting through photographic ruts with introspection

by Sarah Lalone
Something drew us all to photography, and that something is rooted really deep.

We can accept that as true and not linger on it: inside everyone who has bothered to learn photography is a strong motivation… even if we can’t give that motivation a name or even understand what it is yet.  I’m going to come back to this again because this initial motivation is going to save us from feeling adrift later on.

It seems like we all go(…)

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my photography journey | katie woodard

My Photography Journey by Katie Woodard

Thank you so much for stopping by! Here is a look at my long, goofy and very rewarding photography journey.

I grew up in North Carolina and my mom took tons of photos. I remember several times, not wanting my photo taken “again”. But she did an amazing job of capturing my childhood and I am so grateful that she did. There is a small chance I had Photographer’s Child Syndrome, at a very early age…what do(…)

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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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newborns, learn how to photograph them

by Alicia Gould
Newborns are pure…

innocent…

fragile…

beautiful…

There is something that twinkles in a newborn photographer’s eye when you ask them what they love about capturing newborns.  If you can’t see their eyes, you can feel it through their words and images.  Newborns are not easy!  The sessions are longer and require more physical work from the photographer.  You need to train your eye to find pockets of light and recognize flattering compositions. It requires a great deal of patience you didn’t know was(…)

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my photography journey | elizabeth blank

My Photography Journey by Elizabeth Blank

I can honestly date my love of photography back to the late 1980′s when my aunt and uncle gave me my very first camera for Christmas – the beautiful, hot pink Le Clic that only took disc film. I loved that camera with every fiber of my being and adored capturing moments through its lens.

After that camera bit the dust, I moved onto the Polaroid i-Zone and the Canon PowerShot. Did I know anything about shooting in(…)

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Workshop Preview: photographing your family’s everyday

Photographing Your Family’s Everyday, Extraordinary Day, and Everything in Between is an online photo workshop from Melissa Stottmann that hits on each area of your life and days. Our lives have so many facets and to classify the why and how we take images to capture those facets can have so many different approaches.

This class is not a “lifestyle” photography class, but instead we are going to look at how to define and combine documentary, lifestyle, and posed images and use(…)

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Capturing Joy: a photography workshop recap

by Lisa Tichané
When I created the Capturing Joy photography workshop, I was expecting it to be a joyful experience in itself. Of course we were going to work (sometimes hard!) on how to make these authentic happy pictures happen, but the very first goal of this workshop was to reconnect to our inner joy, in order to ooze happiness so irresistibly that our subjects simply couldn’t resist.

I was both exicted and scared when the first run started – excited to(…)

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my photography journey | lissa chandler

My Photography Journey by Lissa Chandler

I always wanted to be a photographer.

Not just a photographer, I also wanted to be a mom and a writer and a teacher. But mostly, I wanted to be a photographer.

When I was in elementary school, my favorite afternoon activity was to lie down on the floor on my stomach and shuffle through all of the photographs in my mom’s old photo albums and boxes. It didn’t matter who the photographs were of – my mother,(…)

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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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my photography journey | jenni jones

My Photography Journey by Jenni Jones

My journey really began after finishing business school in 2010 – I purchased a Nikon D90 to take with me while traveling (as a way to decorate my walls….because I was cheap).  I owned Lightroom at the time and applied some lovely presets – therefore…I was an amazing photographer. LOL!

Towards the end of the year, a friend asked me to take maternity and newborn photos…it was at that moment I learned what being truly obsessed with(…)

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Birthday Week Celebration: the 10 best photography tutorials

Did you know that we have well over 300 photography tutorials archived here on the CMblog?  That’s a lot of info to learn right there!  We thought it’d be fun to share with you the top 10 tutorials in the history of the blog here with you.  Let the count down begin!

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10. Top 10 List For Photographing Families
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9. How To Photograph Your Christmas Morning
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8. Back Button Focusing Made Simple
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7. Creative Wall Displays:(…)

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my photography journey | kristy dooley

My Photography Journey by Kristy Dooley
When I was pregnant with our second daughter I remember telling my husband, “I really wish I had studied photography in college.”  Photography had always been an interest of mine and as a new mom I was all too aware of how quickly time passes.   He encouraged me to purchase a DSLR and pursue it further and I’m so glad he did. As soon as my Rebel t2i arrived I started shooting daily and I haven’t(…)

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cmpro of the month interview with mickie devries

Happy March friends! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to March’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Mickie DeVries! And now for an enlightening interview with Mickie.
march cmpro of the month | mickie devries
by Nina O’Connell

Hi, Mickie! Congratulations on being Clickin Moms’ Pro of the Month! Can you start off by telling us a little more about yourself?
Thanks so much for having me as the Pro of the Month, I’m very excited and honored.  I’m a(…)

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Profoto B1 product review

by Michelle Turner
I had the opportunity to shoot with a pre-production model of the Profoto B1, a new cordless, battery-powered off camera flash from Profoto.  There is a lot to get excited about when looking at this new light, and I had a few weeks to put it through its paces in some complex situations.

The B1 is a new off camera flash from B1, and there are a few things that set it apart from the competition.  Why would you(…)

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