Lisa Tichané

How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

by Lisa Tichané
Sometimes you stumble upon an image on Facebook or on your favorite blog, and the fabulous light in this image stops you in your tracks. A gorgeous golden hour shot, a stunning silhouette, or maybe a low light image with fantastic depth… And you can’t help but think, “Oh how I wish all my images would look like this!!”.

And here comes the dreadful self-doubt, again. Because let’s face it, not all our images look like that. More often(…)

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how lisa tichané defines lifestyle photography

how lisa tichané defines lifestyle photography

by Lisa Tichané
During every run of my Capturing Joy workshop, a topic seems to come up repeatedly, “How much should the photographer interfere with what is going on in a lifestyle session? If we are asking our subjects to do something for us, is that cheating? Should we catch joy when it happens organically, or is it okay to make it happen?”

To me, these questions all come down to how we define “lifestyle photography”.

I’m not pretentious enough to declare that(…)

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Workshop Preview: capturing joy

Workshop Preview: capturing joy

Do you want to capture children and family images filled with true smiles and carefree laughter?

Would you like to learn how to enhance the emotion perceived in your images to make them memorable and strong?

Would you feel happy if people smiled irresistibly when looking at your work?

If the answer is YES, then the Capturing Joy photography workshop by Lisa Tichané is the class you need!

In this workshop, you will learn how to embrace joy in lifestyle family photography. Whether you(…)

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5 ways to save your photos from disappearing forever

5 ways to save your photos from disappearing forever

by Lisa Tichané
A few months ago I was attending a dinner and the conversation came to a sad story about one of the guest’s relatives whose house had recently burnt. We all agreed about the fact that even if the most important thing was that nobody was hurt, it would be pretty traumatic to lose some of our most precious belongings. Suddenly, one of the guests asked us: “If you had two minutes to save something in your house before(…)

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Capturing Joy: a photography workshop recap

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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3 tips to capturing joyful photos

3 tips to capturing joyful photos

by Lisa Tichané
Some might say that I’m obsessed with photographing joy and laughter, and this is probably true. I guess every photographer has a topic that he or she can photograph over and over again without ever getting tired of it. This is how I feel about laughter and carefreeness. Capturing joy feeds my soul, and makes me a happier person.

This is probably why I’ve become a children’s photographer in the first place; there is something about kids’ giggles and(…)

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jump, jump!

jump, jump!

by Lisa Tichané
Whether in my personal or client images, there is nothing I enjoy more than capturing happy, funny, true-to-life moments. And one of my favorite trick to get big smiles and belly laughs during a kids photo shoot is definitely the jumping-on-the-bed one.

Let’s be honest: I actually love to jump on beds. I know, I’m 37, it should be a habit from the past, but hey… it’s fun. So if I’m breaking the rule myself, I cannot possibly forbid(…)

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personal photo project: war on seriousness

personal photo project: war on seriousness

Personal Photography Project of Lisa Tichané

war on seriousness

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
I’m a fairly cheeky girl – on good days. But as everybody else, I also have bad days, moments when I see life through dark glasses, and on those days I tend to take everything a little bit too seriously. And I hate myself when it happens. A few years ago during one of those days, I stumbled upon a picture of my(…)

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5 ways to rock your toddler session

5 ways to rock your toddler session

by Lisa Tichané
If you read photography forums, you are probably aware that toddlers are supposed to be a photographers nightmare. They don’t listen to instructions, move all the time, run away from you whenever they can, drive their parents crazy, throw your props away and will probably hate all of the brilliant ideas that you had carefully prepared when you planned the shoot.  I have to admit that every single thing in this list is true (and can be even worse(…)

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creating starbursts

creating starbursts

by Lisa Tichané
I discovered the magic of the starburst early on in my journey. It was one of my many “aha”, and being lucky to live in a very sunny part of the world, I have had many opportunities to play with it ever since.

How does it work?
The starburst effect is created by light diffraction. Even if you’re not a physicist, you can understand the mechanics behind it: when light meets an obstacle (in photography: the edges of the hole created(…)

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Back Button Focusing Tips

Back Button Focusing Tips

by Lisa Tichané
If you are an active member of the Clickin Moms photography forum, you have probably heard of it several times. When members are asked what their major AHA moment was, Back Button Focusing is often on top of the list. It was definitely one of my very own major light-bulb moment when I discovered it.
So what is back button focusing?
It’s a very simple thing that might change the clarity of your images forever.

When you auto-focus with your DSLR default(…)

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blogging and seo | the secret power of long tail

blogging and seo | the secret power of long tail

by Lisa Tichane

When I decided to work seriously on my SEO, I did some research and decided that my goal was to rank as high as possible as “child photographer” and “baby photographer” in my area. I worked on a few other key words such as “family photographer” and “newborn photographer” as well.  After many months of working on it and blogging regularly, I was proud to show up on Google’s first page for these expressions but a few of(…)

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top 20 business tips from the cm newsletter

top 20 business tips from the cm newsletter

by Lisa Tichane
It’s Summer! Can you feel the energy in the air? It’s the perfect moment to think about how to take your photography business to the next level!  Every week, the CM Post brings to its readers – amongst other amazing information – one simple but powerful business tip to speed up their success. Here is a selection of our favorite ones from the past few months.

*image by April Nienhuis
General Business Tips

1. Keep in mind that you and your(…)

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a peek inside | lisa tichane

a peek inside | lisa tichane

A Peek Inside with Lisa Tichane

1. Photojojo SLR Camera bag (not sold anymore but this bag is almost identical).  I feel ashamed to show it because it’s not anything to be really proud about, but this bag says a lot about me. I am so not a girly girl, I like simple things, so when choosing a camera bag practicality is always my 1st concern. But I also like bright, fun colors, so this bag was made for me (even(…)

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6 tips for photographing newborns with siblings

6 tips for photographing newborns with siblings

by Lisa Tichané
When it comes to photographing newborns, my heart definitely goes to natural, unposed images. So I am always thrilled when a client contacts me for a newborn shoot and mentions that there will be siblings involved as capturing interaction and emotion is my  absolute favorite thing.
But a session photographing a brand new big brother or sister comes with its own set of challenges so you need to be well prepared.
Here are some tips that really help me make(…)

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Playing With Paparazzi Presets

Playing With Paparazzi Presets

by Lisa Tichané
When it comes to post-processing, I used to pride myself on NOT using actions or presets.
I love to control my editing process and you can’t control what you don’t understand, so I learnt how to achieve the looks I want all by myself. And I am glad I did.
But one day I volunteered to be a tester for the CM Paparazzi Presets, the second edition with 15 presets and I was hooked!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe(…)

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How to Lower the Opacity of a Lightroom Preset

How to Lower the Opacity of a Lightroom Preset

by Lisa Tichané
When I get to the point in editing where I am choosing an editing style for a session, I mainly lean towards clean post processing. I don’t use a lot of actions in Photoshop, but when I do, I find myself lowering the opacity in order to soften the effect. I like a bit of  “pop” as a finishing touch, but not something overly strong or creative.
The day I discovered Lightroom, I instantly fell in love with this(…)

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taking your kids on a photo walk

taking your kids on a photo walk

by Lisa Tichané
The Clickin Walk is finally happening, and our amazing Clickin Walk leaders are working hard to prepare any last minute details to their routes, in many different places worldwide!

I will be lucky enough to join my fellow European photographer friends for a fantastic walk in Prague! I just can’t wait to be there. Due to my traveling a distance to attend the Walk, I will be leaving my kids at home with their father and I have to(…)

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Preserving Your Memories

Preserving Your Memories

by Lisa Tichané
When I was born, my mother bought a notebook.

In this notebook, she wrote random things about me. Milestones, first words, silly quotes, favorite things to do or eat, what made me laugh or cry.  It’s nothing fancy, just a few sentences, facts and quotes. But this notebook is probably my most treasured possession. It is my childhood wrapped up in paper and binding.   All the little things that made my world at that time of which I have(…)

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so you think you can’t have a home studio?

so you think you can’t have a home studio?

by Lisa Tichané

I wish I had a real natural light studio. Oh, what a dream!  I can see it clearly in my head – gorgeous wooden floor, plain white walls, huge windows with loads of daylight flooding in…

It’s not that I can’t work without a studio. I mainly shoot outdoors or at my client’s homes.  But for cold winter days or the occasional rainy day or when the parents can’t use their own home for a session a natural light(…)

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