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a peek inside | megan dill

a peek inside | megan dill

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have Megan Dill.  Megan is an incredible photographer with a knack for stunning low light photography.  We are thrilled to have her on the CM team and thrilled to have her here on the CMblog today!
a peek inside | megan dill

1. Canon 5D Mark III: Oh how I love its focus system and low-light capabilities. The perfect camera.

2. Mamiya c330: First medium format(…)

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a peek inside | caroline jensen

a peek inside | caroline jensen

A Peek Inside with Caroline Jensen
Someday soon my new studio will be built and I will have a lovely and professional work station. For now I have a “floating office” which is a fancy way of saying I do most of my work on my bed or the kitchen counter and  I actually do not work at a desk! I have a neck that can’t take sitting for long periods and therefore I work with my laptop on various surfaces(…)

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a peek inside | elle walker

a peek inside | elle walker

A Peek Inside with Elle Walker

1. Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 – I’ve only had this lens for about a month, but it is becoming a fast favorite! I love it for it’s versatility in length when playing outdoors with busy kiddos.

2. Nikon D700 (gripped), with 50mm 1.4G – I love this combo!! After upgrading to full frame last year, I am loving the 50mm length so much more for indoor work.

3. Lensbaby Composer Pro – This lens never fails to get(…)

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a peek inside | sarah wilkerson

a peek inside | sarah wilkerson

A Peek Inside with Sarah Wilkerson

1. shutterbag in emerald green
This is my go-to everyday camera bag in a limited edition color made just for Clickin Moms. Watch for it in the CMstore soon!
2. starbucks coffee
It’s gear. Trust me. Couldn’t start the day without it!
3. giotto’s rocket blower
With three little boys at home, seems like there’s always crumbs or dust around. This is a necessity.

4. nikon d4
This is my primary body.
5. nikkor 45mm/2.8 tilt shift
Probably my second most used lens.
6. nikkor(…)

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Imaging USA 2013 wrap up

Imaging USA 2013 wrap up

This was our second year at Imaging USA and what a great year it was!  We had another booth this year where we were constantly busy meeting so many great new people and lots of wonderful CM members.  There were classes, get-togethers, parties, and more!  This is always one of the most fun weeks of the year for us!

While at Imaging this year, we held a launch party for one of our newest ventures, Click Magazine!  It was a night(…)

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a peek inside | lora swinson

a peek inside | lora swinson

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have Lora Swinson.
a peek inside | lora swinson

1. Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home

I have tried a few other bags that were much cuter but they never worked for me.  I started out with a bigger version of this bag and sold it for some of the ‘girly’ brands out there – I tried 2 different kinds – but just didn’t love them as(…)

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a peek inside | lynne rigby

a peek inside | lynne rigby

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have Lynne Rigby.
a peek inside | lynne rigby

1. 70-200 ƒ2.8 L IS version one

2. 24-70 ƒ2.8 L version one

3. 16-35 ƒ2.8 L

4. 100 2.8 Macro (non-L)

5. 135 ƒ2.0 L

6. 85 ƒ1.2 L

7. 85 ƒ1.8

Main body: 5D MarkIII and 50 ƒ1.4

My first “good” lens and I still use it all the time. I think about upgrading to the 50L, but I’ve heard such mixed(…)

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balancing family and business

balancing family and business

by Josh and Jenny Solar

We’ve been photographers for over seven years now. We have three kids, age 8, 6, and 4. Since we started our business after we had kids, we’ve always had to be a little creative to make it work.

The thing about working for yourself is that it’s incredibly awesome and incredibly overwhelming, all at the same time. Since we do this together, Josh and I both get to stay home with our kids. That means two parents(…)

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a peek inside | kristin ingalls

a peek inside | kristin ingalls

It’s time for another installment of our ‘peek inside’ series and today is CMmentor Kristin Ingalls!  Kristin is an incredibly talented natural light photographer who is so kind and knowledgeable.  Our photography forum wouldn’t be quite the same without Kristin and we are happy to have her here today on the blog sharing a little glimpse into her world!
a peek inside | kristin ingalls

1. Ketti camera bag – I’ve always wanted a Ketti bag, and when Clickin Moms came out(…)

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staying debt free

staying debt free

by Melissa Koehler
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).

There is quite a bit that could be said about being debt free in your business. I’m going to(…)

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a peek inside | emma wood

a peek inside | emma wood

A Peek Inside with Emma Wood
I don’t have an enormous amount of gear, but I do use and utilize everything that I have.  My office space is pretty basic, and since we’re renting at the moment, it’s not easy to make a space your own.  But I have all that I need and it’s my own little corner of the house.
My gear:

1.  Nikon D700 with my 50mm 1.4D attached:  (Instagram picture, since I don’t have a back up camera)  I’m(…)

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a peek inside | megan squires

a peek inside | megan squires

It’s time for another installment of our ‘peek inside’ series and today is CM mentor Megan Squires!  Megan is an extraordinary newborn photographer and a published author.  She’s incredibly talented and she’s also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Enjoy your peek inside of Megan’s world!
a peek inside | megan squires

1. Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

2. Nikon 85mm f/1.4D

3. Nikon 105mm f/2.8G

4. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G

5. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G

6. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

7. Nikon D4 (Nikon D700 for backup)

8. My camera(…)

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how to get into wedding photography

how to get into wedding photography

by Lee Ann Norris

When I started my photography business back in 2007 I proclaimed loudly, strongly and with great confidence I was not ever going to shoot a wedding.  In fact, I was going to shoot babies, kids, and families.  But weddings, I would never shoot a wedding.  It was too stressful, you only had one shot, and I never wanted someone to look back and think my wedding pictures suck.  I am laid-back and chill, weddings weren’t for me. (…)

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fisheye fun for photographers

fisheye fun for photographers

by Kelly Garvey
I have a list of “fun stuff” that I think about buying when I have extra work money. The list is full of things that are not necessities and that probably wouldn’t help my business but would be so much fun to have! The “fun stuff” helps inspire me when I need it and can even help pull me out of a rut.

One of my favorite fun purchases ever was the 16mm fisheye lens. I bought it over(…)

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balancing family life with your photography business part 1

balancing family life with your photography business part 1

by Josh and Jenny Solar

On any given Wednesday morning, you’ll find me rushing around the kitchen like a madwoman…packing two healthy lunches, signing kindergarten permission slips, filling up water bottles and snack packs, and pleading with my kiddos to eat a little more breakfast. My husband Josh is filling bowls with oatmeal or cheerios and making sure the kids are dressed. Now, if this mental picture makes you believe that we’ve got our act together and we have it all(…)

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street photography and the law: 7 things you need to know

street photography and the law: 7 things you need to know

Venturing out onto the streets with your camera can be an intimidating prospect. Beyond the anxiety that people often feel about photographing strangers (or even being observed by strangers while shooting), many photographers aren’t quite sure what their rights and responsibilities are when engaging in street photography. While specific regulations vary nationwide, let’s take a look at some general standards for street photography in the United States.

1. Model releases are generally not required…
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about(…)

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a day in the life | mandy haber

a day in the life | mandy haber

A Day In The Life with Mandy Haber
I was kind of afraid to do a ‘day in the life’ feature for Clickin Moms because honestly, our lives are pretty uneventful! I could just never find the right day to document. And then Hurricane Isaac came along. I thought it would be interesting to show we prepared for a tropical system. For a little while, we thought Isaac was going to come straight at us. So we took all necessary precautions(…)

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september cmpro of the month | tiffany bender

september cmpro of the month | tiffany bender

September has arrived!  For some of us that means we’re dreaming of boots, sweaters, and warm cozy nights with a crackling fire in our future while others are looking forward to green grass, gentle rains, flowers, and flip flops that come with the beginning of spring.  Here at CM, that means we’re thrilled to introduce the newest CMpro of the Month, Tiffany Bender of Munchkins and Mohawks!  We had the privilege of meeting Tiffany at Imaging USA this past January(…)

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ask a cmpro | where do you turn for inspiration

ask a cmpro | where do you turn for inspiration

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “Where do you turn for inspiration and how/why does it inspire you: other photographers, movies, your family, etc.?”
ask a cmpro | where do you turn for inspiration

*inspiring images by CM members on pinterest
Leslie Densford, Florida
I am inspired by so many things – gorgeous light, color, design,(…)

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cmglimpse | an instagram project

cmglimpse | an instagram project

by Leah Cook
Have you discovered the wonderful world of Instagram and the fun new challenge of CMglimpse?  It’s a fabulous way to get a peek inside all of our members’ lives!  The great thing about CMglimpse is that the ‘theme’ of the day is set, so you don’t even have to decide about what to shoot…just find a way to post what you can, however creative or straightforward it might be.  Shooting daily with a ‘big camera’ can sometimes be(…)

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