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tips for running fall mini photo sessions by Alicia Gould

Tips for your fall mini session

Setting up mini sessions doesn’t have to be stressful!  Really consider what you are offering and who you are offering it to. Answer the following questions and there should be no guessing on either side!

Who: Who is your target audience for your mini sessions?  Are you limiting who can have a mini session? Think about what is realistic, will you let a family with 5 children book a slot?  What about a newborn? A one month old?  Be specific in your(…)

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How to time your beach session

Summer season is in full swing and for me, it means a plethora of beach sessions.  Most inquiries always include the conversation about children, napping, dinner and the perfect time for a session.  While, in an ideal case, I can tell a client that I ONLY will shoot an hour to an hour and a half before sunset, that may not always be conducive to everyone’s schedules.  Flexibility is key in both times and the sessions itself.

I limit my times(…)

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a peek inside | alicia gould

A Peek Inside with Alicia Gould
Gear images taken with my trusty Canon G12 pocket camera.

1. 24-70L : most versatile lens for me, used for indoor family images

2. 135L : my go to lens for outdoor sessions

3. 100mm f/2.8 macro : nature and newborns

4. 35L : every single newborn session is done with this lens

5. 85L : great lens for outdoors

6. Lensbaby : great creative lens, still experimenting!

7. Canon 5d mark III : my everyday camera

8. Canon 5d mark II : my(…)

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tips for photographing surfing by Courtney Keim

How to photograph surfers

I think of the last eight vacations that we took, 99% of them has revolved around my husband’s love of surfing. I really can’t complain though since we’ve hit two islands in Hawaii and Costa Rica most recently.  I tell myself every time that I will pack my equipment and get some photos of him surfing but I’ve realized that the prime time he surfs, I’m usually staring at my eyelids or am taking photos of my kids on the(…)

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How to get Dad into the photograph

I think I always had this idea of dads and family portraits.  I think it started when I was young.  It’s not that my dad was not there.  He just was not in the photos.  He always told me it was the memories not the photo.  Then I married my husband.  And unfortunately, he is seriously just as bad when it comes to family portrait time.  To him, he’d rather be subjected to anything torture-filled if it meant avoiding being(…)

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working at a New Jersey high school

a day in the life | courtney keim

A Day In The Life with Courtney Keim
Every morning I wake up before 5 to head out to Crossfit.  So often I want to roll over and go back to sleep but it’s literally the only part of the day that I get to be out and do something I love ALONE.  I have to be out of the house by 5:20 to make sure I make it to my 5:30 am class.  Any later, I won’t make it.

I get home(…)

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october cmpro of the month | courtney keim

It’s that time again!  Time for another one of our amazing CMpros of the month!  For October we have the awesome Courtney Keim.  Courtney is an on-location candid, modern portrait and wedding photographer.

october cmpro of the month | courtney keim

If you could take only three pieces of gear on a shoot, what would they be?
My Canon 5d Mark II, my 85 1.2L (or 70-200 2.8L – depending on the session and subjects) and my 7 million Crumpler (it keeps out(…)

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Top 10 list of family photography tips

1. Get to know your client ahead of time so you know what they expect.
I always send out a questionnaire to the family ahead of time.  I not only survey them on their personalities, etc. but also the poses they are looking for.  I let them know that while I have certain ones that I will use, there could be photos that spotlight relationships you do not want to miss but did not know exist.   Who would know that little(…)

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