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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.

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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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8 ways to balance photography on your family vacation

by Kristen Ryan
Are you going on a family vacation this summer and contemplating how to balance photography and family time?

Then I have some tips for you!

1. Choose your time wisely.

Spend your time shooting earlier in the morning or later in the day to take advantage of the best light.

2. Forget pictures for a while.

Put the camera away during the midday hours and give your family your undivided attention.

3. Find fun locations.

Seek out places that will be fun for the kids(…)

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how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

by Nina Mingioni

You may be seeing photographers share photos with delicious blur – they very well may have been taken with one of the many Lensbaby lenses. Whether you’ve never heard of these before, just getting started with yours, or looking for more tips on using a Lensbaby, this post is for you!

I never leave my house without one of these. It’s true – my camera bag is my purse, and even if I leave my camera at home, I(…)

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9 ways to rock your brand experience video

by Alison Winterroth
Had you ever wished that there was a way your website could speak directly to your client?

Not just with images in a slideshow but with actual spoken words? A way to show your passion and your love for what you do, at the same time displaying how you work and building confidence in your brand?

Well, simply put, there is! Before you go any further, watch this brand experience video that we created for my business:
Alison Winterroth Photography |(…)

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10 easy tips for sibling photos

by Kristin Ingalls
Siblings have a relationship like no other. They can be super close one minute and fighting the next.

Still, there is something special about the fact that they have each other. It’s only natural to want to document that special relationship in images, whether photographing your own children, as a professional for other people’s kids, or hiring someone to photograph your siblings.
Tips for photographing your own kids:
1. If you want the traditional posed, smiling picture of all your kids,(…)

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how to use the interval timer with your camera

by Megan Cieloha
We all know that we need to get in front of the camera more often.

Our children and other family members want to have evidence that we were at the parties, cookouts, reunions and simply present in everyday life, too. However, it can be unwieldy and limiting to hold (or quickly press and hide!) a remote while working on self portraits. Luckily, there is a simple and reliable alternative – Interval Timer Mode.

Interval timer mode is available on all(…)

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Trash To Treasure: finding beauty everywhere

by Lisa Benemelis
Inspiration comes in many forms, even garbage.

Have you exhausted all the shooting possibilities in and around your home?

Are you feeling uninspired? Are you looking to push yourself creatively?

I realize that many people will wince or roll their eyes when I recommend shooting garbage.  I know I probably would have prior to capturing “garbage” quite accidentally.  It forced me to think about art in a whole new way – and it also has been a very enjoyable experience!

Inspiration from(…)

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Creativity Exercise: 4 steps to break out of your rut

(aka “The Unplanned Diptych”)
by Sarah Wilkerson

Rather than focusing on technique or compositional principles, this month’s assignment is an exercise in observation, conceptualization, and execution. We’re going to capture a pair of images, and the key to making the most of the exercise is that you not plan too much. Be patient, embrace the process, and permit yourself to be receptive to where your art leads you. You do not have to complete the whole exercise at once and can do(…)

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5 ideas for creative fireworks photos

by April Nienhuis

Warm sun on my shoulders, the smell of the grill, cold green grass between my toes, and the laughter of excited children all scream 4th of July to me.  Oh yeah, and fireworks too!  Fireworks are beautiful to watch and fun to photograph (am I the only one that loves the smell of them too?).  In the past, we’ve shared the basic techniques for photographing fireworks and today I want to encourage you to have some creative fun(…)

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5 tips to achieve natural looking poses from seniors

by Jodi Arego

Oh how I love working with senior girls!  The clothes, the make-up, the fact that they actually WANT to have their photos taken… in my book, spending time with a senior and her mom for her portrait session is like a fun filled 2 hour playdate.

Of course these teens want to have amazing photos, so they’ll do pretty much anything you ask of them.  But even though they’re excited and will totally cooperate for you, sometimes they cooperate(…)

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10 tips for traveling with your camera equipment

by Jen Cooke
Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or a business trip (Click Away anyone?), if you decide to bring your camera equipment with you here are a few helpful tips.
1. Use a well padded camera bag.
I use a bag that is sturdy and well padded for my camera equipment. I don’t like to draw attention to the fact that I’m carrying camera equipment with me because I don’t want to attract any unwanted attention from potential thieves. I(…)

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creatively capturing couples: 5 tips for thinking outside the box

by Danielle Hatcher
Staying creative when photographing couples is tough.

On the one hand, when compared to photographing young children, it’s nice to have subjects who willingly stay where you place them.  But on the other hand, what do you do after you’ve captured the safe, stand-and-smile-for-the-camera shots?  Don’t get me wrong!  Everyone loves the classic “prom pose” shown below.  Especially when you’ve got light as gorgeous as this…

But let’s talk a bit about thinking outside the box when it comes to(…)

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Move It: Summer Murdock’s secret for authentic photos

by Summer Murdock
As photographers, our goal is to make compelling images right? Images that make people stop, look a bit longer,and feel something.

So how do we do that?

There are a few elements that make an amazing image. Those things are interesting light, composition, and authentic emotion. You hear and read a lot about compositional rules and how to use light effectively. These topics are a little easier to give concrete tips about. It is harder to describe how to create(…)

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5 ways to save your photos from disappearing forever

by Lisa Tichané
A few months ago I was attending a dinner and the conversation came to a sad story about one of the guest’s relatives whose house had recently burnt. We all agreed about the fact that even if the most important thing was that nobody was hurt, it would be pretty traumatic to lose some of our most precious belongings. Suddenly, one of the guests asked us: “If you had two minutes to save something in your house before(…)

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how to get a high-key photo without studio lighting

by Crystal Samson
Have you ever wanted to make a high-key headshot, but don’t have studio lighting, or enough equipment to pull it off?

If you have a window, or even just a bright sky, you can!  No fancy lights to learn…just a simple reflector (if you want, you can even do it without a reflector) and a bright light source behind your subject is all you need.

Place your subject in front of a bright window, the less distractions the better.  Blinds,(…)

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inspiration from urban exploration

by Allison Zercher

Over the years, I’ve certainly been a victim of the dreaded photography rut, a feeling that comes from some mixture of:

“I have nothing to photograph.”
“I have no one to photograph.”
“Every photo I take lacks creativity.”
“I need better equipment.”
All of the above, or some combination of countless others reasons why we doubt our work…

My personal cure for such a rut is to occasionally get into my car and take a drive with my camera in tow.  I’ll even gather(…)

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3 inspiring tips from an experienced 365er

by Roxanne Bryant
365:  A year-long journey in erasing fear, making mistakes, and creating art.

It is a distinctly great challenge to pick up your camera and shoot every single day for one year.  When I decided to begin a 365 project, I had no idea how the journey would stretch me.  For most of my life, I had been making art in the constraints of a very tight box.  Folded upon myself, I was fearful of everything – mistakes, judgment, taking(…)

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