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boy covering his face picture by Celeste Pavlik

7 ideas to make photo shoots fun for kids

Typically when I shoot it’s for a few reasons: to fulfill an artistic need, possibly creating something that’s new to me, to create a new piece of work for my portfolio, or to add to the growing collection of documenting the lives of my children and our family. I would say over 90% of my work includes my children. So any reason I can come up with to make it fun for my children to be photographed, then I’m happy, and they’re happy.(…)

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Alicia Gould 8

5 things the pros do before every photo session

The night before every session, I start my mental checklist: check-in with my clients, charge my batteries, format my memory cards and pack my bags. As a newborn photographer, packing my bags has a million lists under it as well: beanbag, blankets, wraps, props, noise machine, space heater and anything else that the parents requested. After seven years, it’s become second nature but I still find myself sitting in the car running through that list one more time before I pull out of the drive way. Creating a routine before your sessions will help save time and keep you organized.(…)

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macro photo by Nina Mingioni

22 Ordinary Objects that turned into Extraordinary Art

As many women, I originally turned to photography to be able to capture the lives of my kids. As many photographers, I quickly grew frustrated with their unwillingness to cooperate while I was trying to hone my skills.

After a year of serious shooting, I realized that while I now could create great photos of my kids, photography to me was so much more. It taught me to see things I have never seen before: light wrapping around the objects, shadows encroaching on the light, and the beauty of details. Photography taught me to live in the moment, and appreciate the art of the everyday. Seeing harmonious compositions, leading lines, light, shadows, and reflections comes with practice and definitely takes a conscious effort.(…)

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editing in Photoshop screenshot from Melissa Stottmann

30 Photoshop terms and tools to get you started

Learning a few basic Photoshop tools can make a big impact on your photography post production process. If opening Photoshop makes your heart beat a little faster or induces cold sweats, then this list is for you! Here are some of the most crucial terms and tools for photographers to get started in Photoshop.(…)

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girl kicking a soccer ball by Kristin Ingalls

11 things beginners should know about photography

Even though you are a beginner, you know you want to create beautiful images, and you want to create them starting today. It can be hard to remember that it takes time to master something new. When faced with beautiful image after beautiful image online and elsewhere, it is easy to think that there must be a shortcut, that if you get that latest piece of equipment, or you only knew some processing secret that your favorite photographers surely must know, your images will instantly be great. Those kinds of shortcuts don’t exist, but with hard work, permission to grow at your own rate, and following some of the tips below, you can become the kind of photographer you want to be.(…)

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girl looking out a window by Kristy Dooley

5 genius ways to rediscover your house with your camera

It happens every year… around February I find myself on local real estate websites dreaming of moving. I joke with my husband that it is a good thing we moved before I fell in love with photography. Otherwise, I may never have decided on a home. Don’t get me wrong, I love our house and am thankful for a comfortable place to raise my kiddos, but as a photographer I get tired of it. We spend so much time inside during the winter and it starts to feel like I’ve exhausted every possible location, window, and activity. I think it’s safe to say I’m not alone with these feelings.

This winter I challenged myself to push through the inevitable annual “rut” that comes my way mid-winter. I put together a few fun ideas for all of us to rediscover our homes, and capture some images we may never have taken otherwise.(…)

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Artifact Uprising photo prints from Heather Lazark

3 suggestions on where to print your phone photos

It’s just not practical to lug around our dSLR cameras everywhere we go. But we rarely travel anywhere without our phones these days. They are like a life line to most of us. So when a spontaneous and meaningful moment arrives, we snap away with our phone. Some of my favorite images were taken from my iPhone. For quite some time I’ve been wanting to try out some of the vendors who make it easy to print from our phones or Instagram accounts. You may have some of the same questions I did. Who do I choose? And how will the print quality look? There are so many options out there…where do I start?

During the past couple months I have ordered prints from several of these companies so I can share my experiences with you. The following are my three favorite vendors so far:(…)

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Canon 45mm tilt shift lens used on a bride and groom by Lissa Chandler

3 non-traditional portrait lenses

The first time I used a Canon 35L, I felt like I had stumbled onto some kind of magic wizard sorcery.

The lens just got me!

I loved the focal length and I loved the bokeh and I loved the wide aperture and, honestly, I couldn’t have loved it more even if it had been painted pink and covered in glitter (and I really like the color pink and glitter, too). I know that this sounds a little fangirl-ish but, out of all of the lenses I had ever used, none of them had ever spoken to me the way the 35L did. It just felt right when I looked through the viewfinder and, when I fell in love with that lens, I fell hard.(…)

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photo of boy sleeping with dreamlight lights by Vironica Golden

5 tips for photographing your sleeping child

I’ve been photographing my son almost daily since the day he was born and completed 2 project 365s since then. Sometime during my first project 365 I started exploring sleeping photos because let’s face it, some days it’s just impossible to pick up the camera during the day. Late last year when he started to run away from my camera I decided to give him a break and did a 2-week sleeping project.

Here are some tips I’ve found helpful when photographing my sleeping child:(…)

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two girls hugging in a field by Sally Kate Photography

Making friends and forming a local photography group

Sometimes, though, after noting the glazed-over expression in our husband’s faces at the mention of bokeh, or the look of horror on our kids’ faces when we drive by a spot that has “pretty light,” we long for a little snippet of the wider community of Clickin Moms to be right there, in the flesh. People who get excited about f-stops and golden hour and back-button focus. We need to talk shop. And we need it, stat. We need a little Clickin Moms right in our own hometown.(…)

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creative Nikon lenses

a peek inside | kellie bieser

I am a little weird and I personify all of my gear. It helps me choose exactly what I need in any given situation as each lens plays a special role in my work. All together it is like a girls’ night at Taylor Swift’s house…just a little quieter and less glamorous ;).(…)

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before and after edit in ACR and Photoshop by Marissa Gifford

Before and After: a backlit edit in ACR and Photoshop

I love doing before and after videos, but sometimes I get bored looking at my own work over and over. So for this video, I decided to chose an image from a fellow Clickin Mom to edit instead!

I love this adorable shot from Montreal portrait photographer Anda Panciuk. This sweet moment seems so girly and typical of childhood, and I love the way she’s lost in the moment playing with her skirt. In ACR, I increased exposure and contrast, straightened the image and warmed up the white balance. Then in Photoshop I cropped, blew out the windows completely, added contrast and added a few subtle tones to enhance an already beautiful image. Watch the video to see the steps I took to achieve this look!(…)

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close up portrait of boy in the falling snow by Celeste Pavlik

7 ways to photograph one child

I worry. I fret. Time. It is passing much too swiftly.

Disquieted. A quick, yet recognizable hard pound of a few heart beats as I allow my mind to linger and to dwell on the reality. That moment when I realize my little loves, my muses, my children, are not so little any more. I see them every day. Yet, when I finally lay my head down at night, too often my heart aches and I feel as though I have neglected to truly ‘see’ them. Individually. Free of their own inhibitions.(…)

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cupcake with a strawberry on top by Kristy Dooley

3 tips for photographing cake and other sweet treats

One of my favorite parts of holidays, parties, and celebrations are the cakes and sweet treats. While I do enjoy a nice slice of cake or pie, what I like even more is photographing the goodies. There is something surprisingly therapeutic about food photography. A still subject is great for experimentation and practice within your work. Whether you purchase or bake the treats for your next celebration, I’d love to encourage you all to take a few minutes to photograph them before taking that first bite. Here are a few tips to get you started…(…)

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Canon camera and lenses of photographer Liz Behm

a peek inside | liz behm

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest team members to feature, Liz Behm.
a peek inside | liz behm

I am not in business anymore and am currently a mostly happy hobbyist, homeschooling my oldest two of five kids. I’ve been shooting a project 365 for each of the last 6 years, though blogging it all sometimes gets put on the back burner. I don’t need a work space as much as I once did, but I do love having a dedicated spot to sit and work on my photos.(…)

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child holding her winning contest photo

How I connected with my daughter through photography

My children have grown up in front of my camera. They have said “cheese,” they have held ridiculous props to humor me, they have endured the dreaded, “I didn’t quite get it, can we do that again?” pleas from me, all in the name of their dear mother’s hobbyist-ism. They have done their part to help their mama grow in her own photography, and then some. They have been patient. They have been my muses.(…)

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young girl sitting on the floor by Allison McSorley

6 secrets to more compelling photos

Someone once said that the best camera is the one you have with you. Whether you’re shooting with an old school point-and-shoot camera or a fancy new dSLR though, there are some universal techniques to keep in mind that will help you create more interesting and visually pleasing photographs.(…)

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