Melissa Koehler

tips for sucessful mini sessions by Melissa Koehler

where to watermark

Watermarking, it’s something that we should be doing to every single image that we share online. That means facebook, blog and any other public sites. The topic of watermarking gets brought up a lot and I want to spend some time talking about the importance of watermarking your images all the time.

Let’s talk a bit about the placement of your watermark. Everyone tends to watermark their images differently, some in the corners, some at the very bottom and some in(…)

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choosing your aperture when photographing groups by Melissa Koehler

your aperture and group photos

Although I’ve been a photographer for many years now, I am proud to say that I am continually learning as an artist. When you first start out, the thrill of having someone want YOU to take their photo is amazing, isn’t it? It’s exciting preparing for that session, gathering up fun posing ideas and props. You photograph the session and it goes okay but maybe you’re still learning the ropes. We’ve all been there at one point and that brings me to the topic of this article, choosing the correct settings for your session.(…)

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keeping your photography business deft free

How to stay debt free with your photography

Running your business with no debt allows you to have a larger profit margin, bring in more for your family and ultimately have the peace of mind that you deserve for all the hard work you put into your business. Credit cards have become normalcy in our society, but they don’t have to be in your business (and personal life).(…)

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sibling photography and enforcing galleries by Melissa Koehler

ideas to help enforce client galleries

We’ve all been there before. The session was awesome, the family loves their photos, but they just won’t place their order. It’s something that I consistently see on the boards. I’m not going to talk about in person ordering because that’s a totally different, more in depth topic. I’m just going to talk about online galleries and how we can get our clients to order from them within the time frame provided.

Set expectations with your ordering process.
Making sure that you(…)

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a peek inside | melissa koehler

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have  Melissa Koehler! Melissa is a brilliant photographer from California and not only is it a treat when she posts on the photography forum but we love it when she shares her knowledge with us here on the blog too!
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My bag is a Kelly Moore Two Sues bag. I love it. It fits all my CF cards and(…)

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tips for successful mini sessions

Whether youʼre new to photography or a seasoned pro you have either heard of mini sessions or offered them yourself.  I have to be honest. I am always so curious about what other people offer for their mini sessions, why they price them the way they do, and how successful they really are.

Because of my own curiosity, I wanted to give you a little insight into my last mini session experience. If youʼre considering offering mini sessions, or changing up(…)

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workflow | one photographers method

Youʼve just had the most amazing session.  You get home to start working on your photos but then one of your kids needs something, the dog needs to be let out and the baby is crying.  Itʼs easy to get sidetracked and before you know it you come back to your photos much later than you had wanted.  If this has never happened to you, then please come to my house.

If this has happened to you, let me help with(…)

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what a typical session looks like

Have you ever wondered how other peopleʼs sessions flow? Iʼll be honest, I do. Iʼm not claiming to to be an expert in any way, but I sure am happy to share with you what one of my typical sessions look like.

One really big bit of advice that I have for anyone is, know where you are shooting.

Itʼs the same as knowing what your camera and your lenses can do for you. If you know the location, you will be(…)

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Refreshing Your Love of Photography in 2012

Happy New Year!

As 2011 rolls to an end and 2012 is quickly upon us, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Especially if that also meant that on top of getting your family ready for the holidays you were also busy photographing other people’s families.

I know for me, the beginning of the year is usually a time to relax a bit and unwind. I like to reflect on the previous year(…)

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Shooting a photo session with just one lens

When we start this fabulous journey of photography we get caught up in the hype of what camera to get and what lenses to buy. It almost becomes an obsession really. Well what happens once  you do get the camera and lenses you’ve always wanted? Or what if they just aren’t in the budget right now?

That’s okay! You can still take great pictures.

Whether you have it all, or are wanting for more equipment the key is knowing and understanding what(…)

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july cmpro of the month | melissa koehler

For our July CMpro of the Month we have the amazing Melissa Koehler.  Melissa has been a long time CM member and vendor and is always quick to provide inspiration, advice and encouragement to our members.  Her sweet personality and willingness to share with others makes her an invaluable member of our community.
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If you could take only three pieces of gear on a shoot, what would they be?
5D MKII, 50 1.2 580EXII flash(…)

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