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beira brown’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Beira Brown sharing what she loves!
beira brown’s favorite things

1. Gardening: There’s nothing like the fullness of flavor and satisfaction from a homegrown tomato (or any other garden vegetable).  My mom has gardened since(…)

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jennifer jabbour’s personal project

Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Jennifer Jabbour(…)

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Workshop Preview: photographing your familys everyday

Photographing Your Family’s Everyday, Extraordinary Day, and Everything in Between is an online photo workshop from Melissa Stottmann that hits on each area of your life and days. Our lives have so many facets and to classify the why and how we take images to capture those facets can have so many different approaches.

This class is not a “lifestyle” photography class, but instead we are going to look at how to define and combine documentary, lifestyle, and posed images and use(…)

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a day in the life | sarah carlson

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? Today, CMpro Sarah Carlson is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
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Retaining Clients When Raising Your Prices

by Elena Blair

As your business grows and changes you are naturally going to have price increases.

You may have started your business charging too little so you are going through a significant price increase, or maybe you are only raising your prices by a small amount.  Perhaps you are restructuring your pricing model.  No matter what it is you are doing, it can be hard to retain old clients when you raise your prices.  I have raised my price about 500%(…)

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jennifer dell’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jennifer Dell sharing what she loves!
jennifer dell’s favorite things

Shoes. The sassier and higher the heel the better. I am relatively short, so I love to wear heels for some added height. I also(…)

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a man and his truck: danielle mcilroy’s personal photo project

Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Danielle McIlroy(…)

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the word project: reality

This is our second blog post, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.
We’re keeping it real this month.  The CMteam has dug deep with some personal and introspective images that include the bittersweet beauty, and the familiarity of their daily lives.  Our word was ‘reality’.
Allison McSorley:

Amy Lucy Lockheart:

April Nienhuis:

Caroline Jensen:

Celeste Pavlik:

Emma Wood:

Heather Lazark:

Jenni Jones:

Jodi(…)

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Birthday Week Celebration: throwback thursday contest

The ‘CM is 6!’ celebrations continue and today we’re going to honor Throwback Thursday by sharing some CMteam members at the age of 6.  Fun right?!  We want to see if you can pair the 6 year old with the right team member.  Need some help?  Dig through the team page to see if you can find any clues!

[fourcol_one]1 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]2 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]3 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]4 [/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]5 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]6 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]7 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]8 [/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]9 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]10[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]11[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]12[/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]13[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]14[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]15[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]16[/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]17[/fourcol_one](…)

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a guide for developing a cohesive body of work

by Kristin Ingalls

Photography is a journey. There is no finish line. As long as we continue to take pictures, our body of work is going to evolve and change over time. That is to be expected and part of the beauty of this medium we all love. When we first start this journey we are often carefree, happy and oblivious about the images we are taking. Then we learn. We grow. We experiment. We find ourselves doing a bit of(…)

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the word project: hope

Sometimes it does the heart good to come together and share a mutual appreciation for something really special with a group of friends.  It’s not always easy finding the time in hectic lives to pursue our loves and dreams, so we’ve decided to keep things simple, authentic and fun as well as encouraging each other to pick up our camera from time to time.

The CMteam is excited to announce our very first collaborative project, The Word.  Each month, members of(…)

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Profoto B1 product review

by Michelle Turner
I had the opportunity to shoot with a pre-production model of the Profoto B1, a new cordless, battery-powered off camera flash from Profoto.  There is a lot to get excited about when looking at this new light, and I had a few weeks to put it through its paces in some complex situations.

 

The B1 is a new off camera flash from B1, and there are a few things that set it apart from the competition.  Why would you(…)

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what is dynamic range

by Elicia Graves
Understanding dynamic range and how it relates to cameras and photography will enable you to make educated exposure related decisions.  The technical details concerning dynamic range are rather complex, so for simplicity’s sake, today’s discussion will be kept at a higher level and we won’t delve into the photons and pixels science.

It isn’t easy for electronic devices like digital cameras to realize the complete dynamic range experienced by humans. That said, the human eye has to adjust to(…)

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love letters: melissa stottmann’s person photography project

Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Melissa Stottmann(…)

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atmosphere: a surrounding influence or environment

Natural Light with Atmosphere. That must be a course all on Mother Nature right? The wind, rain, sleet and snow. How to shoot when it’s raining cats and dogs. How to photograph your children during those stormy winter days. How to tackle the outdoor elements that might otherwise hinder your perfect vision for a sunny day shot.

“That’s not the class for me,” you might think. “It never snows here. Hardly even rains. A workshop on weather wouldn’t be the right(…)

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photography with depth: including foreground

by Lissa Chandler
Stale.

It’s kind of a biting word isn’t it? To say that something is stale? It’s true sometimes though! Sometimes bread goes stale. Sometimes writing goes stale. Sometimes relationships go stale. And sometimes? Our photography goes stale, too.

As photographers, we look at so many images, made both by ourselves and by our peers. Sometimes we study these images for hours and other times we just see them in passing, but the image are always there. Because of this, sometimes(…)

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iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures

by Caroline Jensen
Hi everyone! I love to create arty images for my home and sometimes I just really prefer to work on my mobile devices. I go through spurts with iPhone photography. Recently, I decided to work on capturing landscapes and landmarks around my rural home.

I have been blown away by the new apps that are available too! Many are rather over-the-top when used as is, but the app, Superimpose, has been really helpful for toning down the effects by(…)

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5 simple tips to get rid of glasses glare in portraits

by Melissa Stottmann
About two years ago, my three year old daughter began having eye issues and it turned out that she needed glasses.  All of my studying and learning to find “good” light wasn’t always applicable when attempting to avoid the dreaded glasses glare.  I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way and today I’m going to share them with you.
Attempt to Avoid the Glare:
1. Angles.

It’s all the light and your subject’s angle to that light.  I always aim(…)

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cmpro of the month interview with lissa chandler

Happy February friends! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to February’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Lissa Chandler! And now for an enlightening interview with Lissa.
february cmpro of the month | lissa chandler
by Megan Cieloha

A warm congratulations to you on Pro of the Month, Lissa! We’d love to hear a little about what brought you to this point in your photography journey. How did you get started and how did you end up where you(…)

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tips to get great skin tones

by Kristin Ingalls
Who doesn’t want the people in their images to look healthy and vibrant? Getting skin tones correct is a great start towards this goal. However, getting skin tones in your portraits to be correct and consistent isn’t as easy as it might seem. Paying attention to the light and white balance before you ever snap the shutter can go a long ways towards making that goal easier and to cutting down on your editing time.

1. Pay attention to the(…)

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a day in the life | kristen ryan

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? Today, CMpro Kristen Ryan is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
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uncover your voice

by Jodi Arego
If you’re anything like me, and my guess is that you are, you’ve probably gone through a period (or several periods!) of struggle and doubt in your photography journey.  After learning the basics and getting to a point where we are consistently producing technically sound images, we often look over the body of our work and feel, well, blah about the whole thing.  Mastering the basics is no small feat, and in the process of focusing on concrete(…)

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a day in the life | jackie jean

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? Today, CMpro Jackie Jean is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
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beyond the rule of thirds

by Celeste Pavlik

As photographers, we work so hard at mastering compositional basics that once we come to the realization that this particular aspect of photography has become an unconscious conscious decision in our shooting, it may be a bit scary to take the leap of breaking the rules. Some of us may even wonder ‘why break the rules’ or ‘how to break the rules’?

For me, I began exploring my desire to move beyond the rule of thirds when I started(…)

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megan dills personal project

Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Megan Dill(…)

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peek inside | melissa stottmann

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside, and today we have CMmentor Melissa Stottmann.
a peek inside | melissa stottmann

First up… The Cameras

1. Nikon D800 (my newest addition): This baby is about a month old now. I purchased it refurbished and the video on it is fantastic.  I still need to pick up some larger memory cards because the files are much too large for my small CF 4gb cards.

2. Nikon F100  (Film(…)

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embracing dusk and beyond

by Sarah Vaughn
As the days get shorter and the light turns low, photographers who value the light above all else, often find it hard to maintain photography momentum. Busy days and early nights means that many days I’m just finishing up homework with the kids when I look out the window and realize that I’ve missed the sunset. Yet again.

But just because the light is waning does not mean we have to forgo our photography fix. Many of us have(…)

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interview with megan dill

Happy New Year friends!  Let’s start this year off with a huge congratulations to January’s CMpro of the Month, the incredibly talented Megan Dill! Let’s kick this year off with an interview with Megan!
january cmpro of the month | megan dill

by Elicia Graves

Hi Megan!  A big congrats to you on being January’s CMpro of the month.  Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your photographic journey?
Hello, and thank you so much!  This is such a huge honor for(…)

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melissa gibsons personal project

Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer.  Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone.  And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?!  In this new series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project.  Today we are excited to have Melissa(…)

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peek inside | elicia graves

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today, we have one of our newest CMmentors to feature, Elicia Graves.
a peek inside | elicia graves

1. ONA Venice bag: I love the beautiful leather on this bag.  It protects my camera and I appreciate the fact that it zips on top to hide my gear.  I generally use this bag when I’m taking my camera and a single lens.

2.  Tenba Backpack: I store my(…)

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