Tag Archives: New Jersey photographer

fall mini session tips

by Alicia Gould

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(…)

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timing your beach session

by Courtney Keim
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(…)

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a peek inside | alicia gould

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today, we have one of our new CMmentors to feature, Alicia Gould.  Alicia is an incredible photographer and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  To top it off, she’s the instructor of CMU’s upcoming online newborn photography workshop!  Enjoy your peek into Alicia’s world!
a peek inside | alicia gould
Gear images taken with my trusty Canon G12 pocket camera.

1. 24-70L : most versatile(…)

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photographing surfers

by Courtney Keim
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(…)

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get dad in the photo

by Courtney Keim
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(…)

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a day in the life | courtney keim

There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy.  They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs.  Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros?  How do they manage their time?  When do they get it all done?  You loved Sara’s ‘A Day In The Life’ post so much that we decided to make it a regular new series(…)

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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 of Courtney Keim Photography and Design.  Courtney is an on-location candid, modern portrait and wedding photographer. She specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, family, and child portraits along with photojournalistic style wedding photography. Based in Atlantic City, she serves southern New Jersey, and the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

october cmpro of the month | courtney keim
 

If you could take only(…)

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top ten list of family photography tips

by Courtney Keim

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(…)

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