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are you afraid to market yourself

are you afraid to market yourself

by Frayda Breitowitz

“I’m not as good as THAT photographer.”

“People won’t like my work.”

“I’m not worth what I’m charging.”

Sound familiar? Are you afraid to put yourself out there?

These are the negative thoughts that sabotage your chances of marketing yourself effectively.

As an artist, it’s difficult not to view your work as an extension of yourself. You have so much involved emotionally, and when someone doesn’t like or value your work, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of taking it personally.(…)

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top 10 ways to rock a family photo session

top 10 ways to rock a family photo session

by Nicole Everson

10. Get to know your client and let them get to know you.
The most important part of family portraits is capturing the family’s personality. You have to get to know them. What are their interests? Does mom have any insecurity? What type of humor does dad like? Are the kids shy? Do they think farting is funny? Knowing these things will help you know how to handle your session, if mom is insecure about her double chin, then(…)

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photographing a birth

photographing a birth

by Amy Lucy Lockheart
I often refer to Clickin Moms as one giant family. It’s true! And families take pictures of one another. What better way to document a birth than to ask a fellow Clickin Mom to photograph the entire event. There have been a number of CM members who have photographed the births of fellow Clickin Moms members, myself included.

The birth of a child is an experience that you will never forget. Indeed, it is one of the most(…)

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beginnings contest winners

beginnings contest winners

The July/August issue of Click photography magazine is shipping so it’s time to announce the winners of the March/April beginnings contest!  A prize package of $4,250 in products and services from WHCC was divided among the four winners with first place receiving $2,500 package.
Theme: Beginnings
Issue: March/April 2013
Thank you to CMpros Marissa Gifford and Dana Lauder who served as contest judges!

Beth Forester, Madison, W.V. won first place:

 

Second place was awarded to Amy Kolodziej, York, S.C.:

Third place went to Christina McGuire, Novi,(…)

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make $1000 now

make $1000 now

by Kristen Kalp
We all want to grow our business revenue to some extent, but the thought of growing by leaps and bounds can be intimidating. Why not grow by $1,000 at a time? Below, seven ways to make $1,000 in your photography biz. They’re simple and quick — experience success with one and you’ll be ready to try another without any pesky fears, nagging doubts, or crazy concerns. These are baby steps!

Offer the first five people to convince their friends(…)

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interview with pam korman

interview with pam korman

Hello, May!  How lovely of you to sneak up on us like that!  Here on the Clickin Moms blog, we are going to start the month right by introducing you to a brand new CMpro of the Month, Pam Korman.  Pam is an incredible photographer and we are so excited to have her here on the CMblog to learn a little more about her!
may cmpro of the month | pam korman
by Melissa Gibson

Hello Pam! Can you start us off by(…)

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love contest winners

love contest winners

The May/June issue of Click photography magazine is ready to ship so it’s time to announce the winners of the January/February love contest!  A prize package of more than $10,000 in lab credit from Miller’s Professional Imaging was distributed among the top four finalists, and all entrants received 25 percent off a Design Market order, store.millerslab.com.

Thank you to Clickin Moms’ Pros Celeste Jones and Bre Thurston who served as the contest judges!

First Place: Danielle Andrus, Krum, Texas

Second Place: Kyla Ewert,(…)

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a day in the life | heidi adams

a day in the life | heidi adams

A Day In The Life with Heidi Adams
I am not an over achieving mom. I promise. I just ran out of cereal so…

School time for the older two.

Little bit of park time with the 3 littles before we go to the grocery store.

Grocery time!

The baby’s newest trick.

Off to the office supply store to buy daddy some pocket protectors. Not kidding.

I rarely eat  breakfast or lunch. I usually just grab snacks between the chaos. I am a bit obsessed with these(…)

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interview with celeste jones

interview with celeste jones

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is here (whether it feels like it or not) and there’s a sense of newness around.  Not only is it time for new flowers, new grass, and fresh new leaves on the tree, but it’s also time for a new CMpro of the Month, Celeste Jones!  Celeste is a long time member of Clickin Moms and a brilliantly talented photographer.  Her work is full of honesty and emotion and we are(…)

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newborns

newborns

by Beth Orey
A warm, quiet room, the soft lullaby of a white noise machine, a beautiful baby that curls up into any position and sleeps soundly, and the stunning photographer who’s making this all happen.  It’s every newborn photographers dream!  But it doesn’t always happen, unfortunately.  Sometimes we get those dream babies but (at least for me), more often than not, we have to work for it.  And even if you do get the awesome sleeper, do you really want(…)

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hospital photography

hospital photography

by Heather Meyer

My four year old daughter has spent a good amount of her life in the hospital because of a chronic life
threatening disease. As time has gone by, I have become a huge advocate of taking pictures even when the circumstances are less than happy.

I have talked to many moms who are afraid to take pictures of their children when they are sad, hurting, experiencing serious illness or injury, or if they are hooked up to tubes or machines.(…)

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a day in the life | caroline jensen

a day in the life | caroline jensen

A Day In The Life with Caroline Jensen
I have to admit that our lives aren’t that interesting anymore. After moving for the military 17 times since 2002 we kind of like boring now. We spend most of the time on our farm where we homeschool, garden and play.
Here is a typical day for the Jensen house! The only thing missing is about three dozen images of me shooting pictures and camping out at the computer catching up at Clickin Moms.

Caroline,(…)

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iPhoneography tips

iPhoneography tips

Are you enjoying the CM birthday party this week?  The festivities are in full swing everywhere you can find us whether it be the forum, facebook, instagram, or here on the blog!  Do you follow CM on Instagram?  We’re having a party there as well with birthday related CMglimpse prompts and random drawings each day with prizes for those who tag their images with #cmis5!  Head on over and participate but first, read up on these great iPhoneography tips from(…)

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a day in the life | kat stewart

a day in the life | kat stewart

A Day In The Life with Kat Stewart
So unless l am being super lazy, l start the day with a quick shower after which l kiss goodbye to any personal time/space until about 7.30pm.

My son is our alarm clock. Thankfully he is a champion sleeper and we are not usually up before 8am (please don’t hate me, if it helps, l seem to need about 9 hours sleep to function like a normal human being). We usually have some playtime(…)

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interview with stacey vukelj

interview with stacey vukelj

I’m not quite sure how it’s possible but it’s already March and that means there’s a new CMpro of the Month to introduce you too, Stacey Vukelj!  Stacey may be a New York lawyer but she also has a passion for street photography.  She’s crazy talented at her passion and we are so pleased to have her here today sharing her thoughts with us and giving us a taste of what’s to come!
march cmpro of the month | stacey vukelj
by(…)

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thankfulness contest winners

thankfulness contest winners

Did you join us for our very first Click Magazine contest?  Have you anxiously been waiting to see who the Thankfulness winners are?  Your wait is over and we have the winners here for you now!

First Place: Blair Colby, Palm Harbor, Fla.
Caption: “The greatest hero I never knew was the organ donor who saved my son’s life.”

Second Place: Lacey Butler, Spring, Texas
Caption: “I’m thankful for loving son and husband.”

Third Place: Stacy Jacob, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Caption: “This moment is one to(…)

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a day in the life | anne wick

a day in the life | anne wick

A Day In The Life with Anne Wick
Today, the day I photographed this, is Saturday. On the weekends, we like to sleep in… as much as our cats and our daughter will let us. This morning, these two came meowing and knocking at our door around 9, which is a reasonable time.

On our way downstairs to get breakfast, we meet the second feline member of the family, just being his cute and fluffy self.

I cannot function before I’ve had my(…)

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a day in the life | allison zercher

a day in the life | allison zercher

A Day In The Life with Allison Zercher

Allison Zercher, California
CM Mentor
website | facebook | pinterest | instagram | daily project
As a self proclaimed happy hobbyist, Allison minimally explored photography in her college years but didn’t get serious about it until 2004. Since then, she has completed several 365 projects and enjoys documenting her family, husband and two daughters, with a lifestyle approach. Ideally her days would be spent with friends and family, coffee, chips and salsa, and of course her(…)

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working around the clutter

working around the clutter

by Narelle Bailey
Have you ever caught yourself thinking “I could make great images if only my home looked like it came right out of Pinterest”? I know I have.  There are times when I have felt like my favorite photographers (especially the lifestyle ones) must all have beautiful homes with high ceilings, great big windows with magnificent light everywhere.  Most of all they must have absolutely no mess or clutter.  How else can their photographs look so good?

I thought about(…)

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photography changes

photography changes

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “It’s the New Year! What changes will you be making this year when it comes to your photography whether it’s business related or not?”

*image by Sarah Vaughn
Caroline Jensen, Minnesota
This year I am dipping my toes more into film and historical(…)

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