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two brothers hugging picture by Celeste Pavlik

5 easy ways to photograph kids together

Often, I am asked…. How do you get all your boys to sit for you at the same time for a picture? Or how do you get them all to cooperate and look so natural? Or, I’m told, it’s so great how your boys like to be in front of the camera AND with each other!! Well, the truth is, it’s not so much that my boys like to be in front of my lens, it’s more about what ‘I do’ and ‘don’t do’ before I ever click that shutter. Seizing the opportunity to document those moments when they are being themselves; playing together, sharing a silly joke, tickling one another, and even just sharing a quiet moment is a huge part of who I am as a photographer. I want to remember and I want them to remember what it was like growing up together as brothers and friends.(…)

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picture of woman by Alice Che

9 secrets to working with dappled light

As a photographer, you hear a lot about how important it is to know how to see the light. This is absolutely, 100% true!

Much of my photography journey can be marked by how I use the light. I went through a phase of flat, even window lighting with beautiful big catchlights followed by portraits with 45 degree window lighting, then backlighting, and finally, dramatic lighting. One of the very first things I learned was to avoid dappled lighting. For a good two or three years, I avoided uneven lighting and direct sunlight at any cost. I would drape sheer curtains over my windows to diffuse the sun, I’d shoot in open shade, I’d backlight. Back in August, however, I moved to a new place and my move also coincided with the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the amazing Sarah Vaughn. And the way she used light… it was incredible and like nothing I had ever tried before! Instead of shying away from the direct sun or uneven lighting, she’d find the patches of even light and use the uneven light around it to add interest in the shadow patterns. Ever since then, I have been keeping my eye out for the interplay of light and shadows.(…)

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family picture at the lake by Elena Blair

5 family poses that always capture connection

I like to think of my posing technique as directing rather than posing. When working with families, it is important to be able to guide and direct them into pleasing poses that ultimately demonstrate the connection within their family. There is so much connection to be captured within every family. I invite you to think outside the box and beyond traditional stiff family portraits. Here are five poses that always capture connection.(…)

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woman laughing picture by Heather Lazark

5 tips for a successful photography session

If I were to summarize what is most important for me to capture with my camera in two words it’s “honest beauty”. So when I create my art it is paramount for me to communicate the authenticity of my subjects, whatever or whoever they may be. The phrase “less is more” resonates heavily with me, especially with my photography. With those concepts in mind here are five simple steps I use to help cultivate a successful photo session.(…)

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Vironica Golden

18 pictures that describe the word first to us

Last year the CMteam collaborated to begin a united introspective project and it’s something that very quickly become close to our hearts.

Each month the team were given one word to interpret in their own way using a single image. It’s been so fun and interesting watching the different variations of each word as the months have passed and the team were able to show their distinctive and unique variations of the word.

We are excited and happy to be continuing The Word Project as we roll into 2015.

To kick the year off, the CMteam came up with the word ‘First’, something that aptly brings us all into this exciting new year, where I’m sure you’ll also be seeing images from some amazing new mentors and members of the CMteam.(…)

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cell phone prints by Elicia Graves

Forget to print your photos? 5 tips to help you remember!

There was a time when I was chronically behind on printing my personal photos. There were months upon months of my children’s lives that were documented on the computer but were nowhere to be seen in print.

I had many good intentions to create a photo book of each year, but somehow they never materialized. I would get overwhelmed comparing books and book templates and reading reviews, and was left paralyzed with indecision. Meanwhile, I was still photographing my children and our lives and the images kept piling up on my hard drive. After the birth of my second child, I decided that I had to start printing my photos from that moment on, and that my system had to be simple and easy. (…)

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How to make an abstract macro photo with oil and water by Monica Wilkinson

How to make an abstract macro photo with oil and water

Want to make some abstract art?? It is easy. Let me show you how!!

For the past 3 years I have been teaching the Intro to Macro class on Clickinmoms. During each week I have a “mid-week challenge” to kind of add a little fun! These challenges are a great way to step out of the box and have a little fun shooting something you may not shoot on a normal basis or even think to try! In week one we have the oil and water challenge. This challenge is always a hit for the students so I thought I would share the tutorial with you!(…)

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CM Tutorial After copy

Before and After: a clean edit in ACR and Photoshop

Coffee with a friend. An hour absorbed in a great book. Sitting behind a glowing screen editing images. Which of these is not like the other?

In this video tutorial, I want to show how easy and quick a clean edit can be. Whether you’re a working pro or a happy hobbyist (or some combination of the two, like me!), there’s really no reason to trade living your life for hours sitting at the computer to post-process your images.(…)

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yawning baby by Kellie Bieser

11 pictures to take of your baby in the first month

You just had a baby, and whether you are inspired to pick-up that fancy camera for the first time or you are a seasoned pro, chances are you want to take a gazillion pictures of this new little soul who has just entered your world. Baby Bieser number four arrived this year and I know exactly how you feel. I also know that you are tired, overwhelmed, hormonal, and scatterbrained (at least I hope I am not the only one!).

I am here to help you out! Here is a list of 11 shots to get during baby’s first month of life. Check these off your list and you will be off to a great start documenting your new arrival.(…)

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newborn yawning photo by Alicia Gould

4 ways to prepare for a newborn session

I’m a list maker and planner.

When we go to Disney, I’ve made our lunch reservations 6 months in advance and know what our route will be through each park. If I forget my grocery list at home, I’m guaranteed to forget something so why should my newborn sessions be any different? Since I’m so focused on the details during the session, preparing makes me feel more in control. In the heat (literally 80 degree heat) of a newborn session with a baby crying, it’s really easy to forget what you wanted to do! On the flip side, if you have an extremely sleepy baby and you run through your regular poses, sometimes you can draw a blank on what to do next.(…)

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Example photo of full frame vs crop sensor crop by Jessica Nelson

What the crop? Full frame and crop sensors explained.

As with many photographers, I started my interest in digital photography with a smaller and less expensive camera. I wanted to dabble without spending a ton of money. So in 2007 I bought the Canon 30D. I knew this camera was a crop sensor, or APS-C, when I bought it and I learned how to adjust the focal lengths of my lenses to make it work for me.

Let’s start with the basics, what is the sensor?(…)

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7 cures for the photographer blues

Let’s face it. The longer you make images, the harder it becomes to feel creative, and that leads to boredom and sometimes sadness. What used to send chills of excitement up your spine, now may make you feel a bit ‘meh’ about the whole thing. Ruts are just part of life and they are actually a good thing because they spur on growth. The true benefit comes when you jump over the hurdle and find the inspiration on the other side.(…)

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close up of desktop of photographer Melissa Stottmann 10

DIY desk for 2 people

When we moved into our home we knew that eventually the front formal “living room” would serve us better as an office type of space. After living in our home and having a single small desk for 3 years, we knew it was time to create something that could be functional for both of us.
After researching for quite a while, we saw this DIY desk tutorial and knew it could work for us with a few tweaks. We measured the wall (11 feet, 10 inches across) and considered what cabinets to purchase. A small roadblock was realizing that using cabinets would be taller than a typical desk and after finding counter height chairs, we forged ahead!(…)

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Jennifer Nobriga 5

Meet our 10 new Mentors!

We have so many exciting things planned for the Clickin Moms community this year, and the absolute best way to kick things off is by by announcing the incredible, talented photographers who have just joined the CMteam as Mentors. Please join us in congratulating the following women who inspire and help our community so much:(…)

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8 ways to successfully grow your Instagram by April Nienhuis

8 ways to successfully grow your Instagram

Whether you’re running a full time business or just wanting to get your work out there to others, Instagram is a great and underutilized tool.

Instagram is by far my favorite social media outlet. I started using it personally just over 4 years ago (my first photo there was of my almost 5 year old toddling across the living room) and part of my focus at Clickin Moms has been curating the Instagram account for about 2 years now. I’ve learned a few things along the way and I’m excited to share them with you today!(…)

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Art journal with a cup of coffee photo by Jodi Arego

The 1 best thing you can do for your art in the new year

So, it’s been a fanciful month and a half filled to the brim with lights and baking and parties and gifts and crafting and holiday cheer. Our bellies are full. And our hearts are fuller. Now that we’ve gingerly packed up our decorations and are making our way out of the end-of-year-post-holiday crazies, if you’re like me, you dream of a fresh start to a new year that somehow looks much simpler than these last few weeks have been. (…)

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5 tell-tale signs it's time for a new camera by Meredith Novario

5 tell-tale signs it’s time for a new camera

As fun as it is to fantasize about getting a new camera body, it isn’t always, or even often, the most practical course of action. Since photography is a wildly expensive pursuit, we need reason on our side before throwing cash at a new camera body. Give your daydreams a bowl of popcorn and a seat on the couch while we talk reason at the grown-up table.

You really, truly may need a new camera body. If you are hankering for one just because the newest models look “better”, bigger, or more professional then consider these signs to decide whether or not the time is right for a new camera. (…)

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The photography journey of Mississippi photographer Liz Behm

my photography journey | liz behm

My journey begins like many other moms. In 2008, I was a new mom and I was so frustrated at always “missing the shot”. I had thousands of blurry, boring snapshots of my son and no real understanding of what it took to get the shots I was drooling over.(…)

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