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6 ways to capture a child’s personality

by Tamryn Jones

I remember when first starting out with my photography how all I wanted for an image was correct exposure and great eye contact.  Moving beyond the ‘cheese’ smile is an accomplishment in itself, but how do we go about getting that connection?
How do we capture personality and honesty?
Here are some tips I have picked up along the way.
1.  The laughter recovery.
This is a quick fix trick when I’m just not getting the shot I want.  My kids are(…)

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5 tips for incorporating dogs into your photography

by Jessica Remus
The special bond between humans and dogs goes back tens of thousands of years and with good reason. There’s nothing quite like the relationship we have with our canine companions.

For those of us that have dogs, they truly are our “furkids”. When I photograph these furry subjects, I approach it as if they were any other family member, trying to learn as much about their personality as I can and then, hopefully, capture that.

Here are 5 tips to(…)

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5 tips for photographing your baby’s first months

by Dana Lauder
There is nothing quite like the first few months in the life of a new baby.

Getting to know this new little person in your life is an amazing thing, and if you’ve been through it before, you know just how fast it goes.  They almost seem to change before your eyes.  My goal in photographing these first few months is to be able to transport myself back, to almost be able to smell that new baby smell just(…)

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To Title, or Not to Title (that is the title)

by Elle Walker
With a formal background in Speech Pathology, and a passion for language in general, I have such a fascination with verbal and non-verbal communication, and the way in which this translates into photography. This relationship is something that I explore with my students in my workshop Fine Art and Visual Expression and lately I have been thinking a lot again about how these concepts relate when giving our work a formal title.
Often when submitting our work to shows(…)

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black and white birth photo by Calgary photographer Cat McAteer

5 ways to artistically express yourself in birth photography

by Cat McAteer
It was not until I started to document births this past year that I felt like I had found my inner artist.  I still remember the moment at my fourth birth, an intense yet beautiful home birth that I realized how much space I had to create art at the same time I was capturing a family’s birth journey.

One might not expect to find a lot of room to create art when you are photographing a birth. You(…)

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7 hacks to photograph your day without losing your mind

 by Jessica Thomason
Capturing an entire Day in the Life for your family is a huge job.

You still have to parent your kids, prep meals, run errands, keep everyone alive. It’s just too much.

Ever started to pat yourself on the back for finishing a DITL only to realize it’s 10am? Yeah. Me too. But you are going to love having these memories – and so is your whole family. So check out these simple tips to make shooting your DITL as(…)

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How to build your skills and portfolio as a hobbyist

How to build your skills and portfolio as a hobbyist

**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it’s so rad that we just had to share with you, too**
by Sarah Vaughn
Skill building and portfolio building – it’s something we all do as photographers, continually. We often think of portfolio building as the sole domain of professional photographers, but the reality is that many photographers also build their skills and a body of work, shooting friends, family or acquaintances, while they still remain hobbyists.

That(…)

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Photographing Your Kids: the good, the bad, and the everyday

Photographing Your Kids: the good, the bad, and the everyday

by Felicia Chang
It wasn’t that long ago that I started my photography journey in earnest by joining Clickin Moms. I read any tutorial I could get my hands on and poured over blogs for inspiration. That’s when I first found out about the 365 project. One picture a day, for the year. No easier way to practice and improve your photography.

So I shot my family every single day. I anticipated and sometimes scheduled for at least one interesting thing to(…)

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Creativity Exercise: 5 ways to lower your artistic inhibition

by Sarah Wilkerson
This month, we’re turning our backs on critical thinking and technical precision. Please don’t think I am rejecting the merits of deliberate shooting generally; this month’s exercise is ultimately less about what you produce and more about opening yourself up to possibilities, actively experiencing the world differently, and letting intuition overtake intellect.

[caption id="attachment_38673" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Meredith Abenaim[/caption]

As the average person matures, her mind learns to ignore the irrelevant information in her environment. Being able to tune out the irrelevant(…)

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Cracking the Mr. Boring Test: getting real emotions from clients

by Olivia Gatti
When I was in graduate school for photojournalism, I had a professor who taught us one of the most valuable lessons I came away with from all my schooling. He gave each of us five minutes to take his portrait, only he wasn’t going to be himself, he was going to be Mr. I. M. Boring. It was up to us to loosen him up, light him and pose him with a clock ticking. He was the worst;(…)

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macro photography without a macro lens

macro photography without a macro lens

by Nina Mingioni

Macro photography is one of my most favorite genres of photography!

It forces me to slow down and appreciate all the tiny little details of ordinary, every day objects, their gorgeous shape and divine texture. Undoubtedly, a macro lens is the best way to shoot macro. However, if you are not sure if macro is for you and want to try it out, or if a dedicated macro lens is not in your budget, other options are available.

Let’s weigh(…)

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8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

by Elizabeth Alexander

If you’re like me, and love to shoot outdoors in pretty nature spots, there are a few tips to bear in mind to keep you and your clients (especially all the sweet little children you’ll be photographing) safe

1. Find a good safe location.

When looking for a good spot to shoot, I always try to find a nearby community park, nature park, or public preserve.  Do a Google Earth search of your town and see what public parks pop(…)

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3 tips to bring emotion into your pictures

by Kristy Dooley
I recently spent some time flipping through photo albums with my girls.
It’s always fun to hear the excitement in their voices when they come across an image they love and together we decided on some favorites.  For me I noticed my favorites are the ones that not only bring me back to a specific moment, but that evoke a certain feeling.  Images that not only remind me of how something was but how it felt.
Would you like to(…)

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one for the bucket list: how to photograph the northern lights

one for the bucket list: how to photograph the northern lights

by Christal Houghtelling

On Christmas night I stood next to my car in -40 degree temperatures outside of Denali National Park trying to capture the perfect photo of the Northern Lights.

Why?

Because photographing the northern lights is addictive, magical, and so much fun. It was also on my bucket list, and it’s probably on yours as well. The dancing lights can be fleeting, so I want to give you some tips on how to get it right the first time.

Protecting your camera:

Taking(…)

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how to setup and use lightroom export presets

by Mickie DeVries
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?

Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos.  I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings.  It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for(…)

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editing by mood and vision

editing by mood and vision

by Sarah Vaughn
Editing photos is a funny process.

Each one of us could take an image into Lightroom or Photoshop and we would each come up with a different end result. That individual vision of an image – for shooting or for editing – is part of what makes us special as photographers.

When I first started out, editing was an exciting and creative process. Unfortunately, I got a little too excited and creative – as I discovered the heady thrill of(…)

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8 simple ways to balance family life with photography

by Celeste Pavlik

I am a full time hobbyist photographer.

But don’t stop reading just yet, even if you’re a working photographer actively taking clients. I wrote this for you too. :)

My job as a hobbyist may not be to go out and photograph other people’s families, but it is to photograph my own family and the things that speak to me. And I am guessing that those of you that earn an income as a photographer or work in another field(…)

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5 tips for taking photos at the fair

5 tips for taking photos at the fair

by Brittany Chandler
Cotton candy, funnel cakes, deep fried anything, scream inducing rides, fits of giggles, and prizes larger than your head… the fair is coming!

With carnival season approaching, I thought it would be fun to give some pointers for those of you who will be braving the trip with your camera. These tips will work whether you are photographing clients, your family, or loading up on stock images for your portfolio. All images were taken with my Canon 28mm 1.8.
1.(…)

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culling and editing to enhance your story

by Meredith Novario
When I see a story unfolding in front of me I shoot first and ask questions later.

I let the story do its thing and decide afterwards (in Lightroom) which image packs the biggest narrative punch.

Lastly, I edit to emphasize the story.

For example, I recently went out to lunch with two of my people, Joe and Josie. As we sat ordering, whistling, and waiting for our burgers, my husband and daughter were, fortunately for me, bored. I love how(…)

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5 tips for taking outdoor self portraits

5 tips for taking outdoor self portraits

by Alice Che

I am a huge fan of nature and I have a slight obsession with beautiful skies (it’s the dreamer in me!) so I absolutely love taking self portraits outside.

Outdoor self portraiture is one of my favorite things now, but that wasn’t always the case. I always wanted to get a photo of myself outside, because there’s no easier way to get a gorgeous setting than to turn to nature, but it took me a while to get comfortable(…)

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7 reasons to avoid eye contact in your photos

7 reasons to avoid eye contact in your photos

by Lacey Meyers

We have all heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul.

And in a photograph, eye-contact holds great power in connecting the viewer to the subject.  Sharp, intentional focus on the eyes plus lovely catchlights is a timeless combination and one that most of us set out to embrace early on in our photography.

But as my children’s photographer, I know I’m not alone in recognizing the challenge that that is time and again.  As well(…)

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DIY: creating wall art with your kids artwork

DIY: creating wall art with your kids artwork

by Melissa Stottmann

We all have it.

The beautiful piles of artwork stashed, almost falling over, cascading all over the kitchen, leaning in the foyer, meandering around the laundry room.  Perhaps you have a bulletin board that they get tacked to occasionally or a refrigerator adorned with colorful renderings of unicorns. Each piece, well, let’s be honest, most pieces hold a special place in our hearts. I’m constantly gabbing with other moms about how we “bury” some of our precious darlings’ creations(…)

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Before and After: a photoshop edit by Marissa Gifford

by Marissa Gifford

When culling images from a session, I always encourage people to go through them with an open mind. I have found that sometimes an image that initially seems like a failure, destined to be deleted, can be transformed into something magical with a little creative thinking and processing.

This was the case for me recently during a self portrait session. I was using my Lensbaby Edge 80 (my lens soulmate ;) ) and had placed myself in the wrong(…)

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creativity exercise: 6 new ways to approach backlighting

by Sarah Wilkerson
When you begin your photography journey, a common and effective piece of advice is to keep the light at your back when shooting.By keeping your camera between your subject and the light source, you are shooting in the same direction the light is shining, and if your subject is facing you, the light illuminates the subject from the front. If, however, you turn around and shoot a subject that is between you and the light source, now you(…)

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how aperture and distance affect depth of field

how aperture and distance affect depth of field

by Celeste Pavlik
One of the main things I wanted to learn when I first started snapping photos was how to make everything but my subject look blurry.

I thought if ‘I’ could do that, then my pictures would be so professional looking!!

Once I switched to manual mode, I learned quickly that if I shot a subject ‘wide open’ I could get that look I was going for. However, I also realized that only shooting wide open isn’t appropriate for every shooting(…)

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why i switched to lifestyle photography

why i switched to lifestyle photography

by Brittany Chandler
Recently, I had a friend point out a quote from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient book that Taoists follow.
“Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone”.
Taoists believe in allowing life to take it’s natural course. They believed you never had to force anything, but to let things fall into place. I did not realize how much this way of thinking would ring(…)

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Vintage Lenses: why these 3 photographers love them

by Brandy Jaggers, Jodie Carson, and Megan Dill
Have you ever been curious about using non-native lenses on a modern day camera? Brandy Jaggers, Jodie Carson, and Megan Dill are here today to share their love of vintage glass!
Brandy Jaggers:
I have to admit…I have a bit of an obsession with vintage lenses. There’s just something magical about the images captured with old glass. I’ve been collecting vintage lenses for my Fuji X-E1 for the last year and actually prefer to shoot(…)

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18 tips for photographing your family vacation

18 tips for photographing your family vacation

by Juliette Fradin

Family vacation is one of the most important moments in the year that you want to remember with photographs.

It’s a great time to document your family story because you are all together, you have fun, you visit new places, and you have time. Preserving those memories is a great thing for the older and younger kids too, to know what they were a part of! And how fun is it to look at the photo album and retrieve(…)

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how to make location scouting fun by geocaching with your kids

how to make location scouting fun by geocaching with your kids

by Mickie DeVries
What is Geocaching you might ask?

Well, in the simplest of terms it’s a treasure hunt.  Yep, you heard me right, treasure!! Who doesn’t love treasure?!

Let me tell you my children love treasure, and they love the search for it almost as much.  I love that I can get outside with my children for a fun activity that involves exercise, and an awesome opportunity to location scout while still incorporating fun.  Now let me tell you more about geocaching(…)

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capture them where they are today

by Heidi Hicks

I started my photography journey when my niece and nephew were babies. I vowed to learn how to use a camera so that when I had children of my own, they wouldn’t go months (or years in some cases) without nice pictures like my own niece and nephew.

Fast-forward seven years; my own son is two and a half (and super awesome). And while I have thousands of client images on my computer, there’s only a small folder of(…)

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