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How one photographer is embracing her inspiration

How one photographer is embracing her inspiration

by Brittany Blake
Inspiration. (noun) “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

We’ve all felt it, right? That little spark… It can come from just about anywhere and it usually comes out of nowhere, or so it seems. I spent time over the past month overwhelmed with inspiration.

You see, I attended Click Away and spent three days with 1,000 other women who share in this medium of expression that I am absolutely addicted(…)

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5 tips for balancing photography

by Melissa Stottmann
Finding balance between my everyday life and business life can be difficult at times.

I even notice that some days I’m super efficient and others, the day slips by and I haven’t tackled any of my to-do list while “working”.  By following these tips, I’m far more productive!
1. LISTS.
I have a three part on-going list that I keep in “Notepad” on my phone.  MUST DO, SHOULD DO, EVENTUALLY DO are my sections.  Most everything starts in my “Eventually do”(…)

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maternity photos in San Diego by Sheila Clapperton

Photographer Shoot-Out: Sheila Clapperton & Lindsay Moeser

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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lifestyle pictures of girl on bed in a pink room by Brittany Chandler

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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9 ways to rock your brand experience video

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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photographer shoot-out: vironica golden and candice zugich

photographer shoot-out: vironica golden and candice zugich

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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Photographer Shoot-Out: Lissa Chandler and Lauren Harris

Photographer Shoot-Out: Lissa Chandler and Lauren Harris

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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7 things to know about press printed products

7 things to know about press printed products

by Joanne Rojcewicz
As photographers, we print lots of items for our clients and ourselves. But when they are press printed products, rather than photo prints, the choices can be confusing and overwhelming. I thought I’d share with you some basic tips and things to be aware of when ordering anything from business cards and marketing flyers to holiday cards and birth announcements.

The most important thing to know is…YOUR PRINTED PIECE WILL NEVER LOOK EXACTLY LIKE IT DOES ON SCREEN. Don’t(…)

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5 steps to help you find a perfect retail space

5 steps to help you find a perfect retail space

by Lena Antaramian
So you want to open a photography studio.

Before you call real estate agents and start checking out listings I want you to sit down and think about WHY you want a studio.  I am a bit ashamed to admit it, but I remember that when I was just starting out in this business over 5 years ago I felt that all photographers who had retail studio space had ‘made’ it in this business and that was THE reason(…)

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shoot-out | lucy and nina

shoot-out | lucy and nina

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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what is monitor calibration

what is monitor calibration

by Winnie Bruce

Just as important as it is to have good cameras, and lenses that will take beautiful photos, there are also other necessities a professional or an avid hobbyist needs to have: a monitor calibrator. After coming home from a shoot, most photographers will almost automatically plug in their camera or card to their computer to view their images. Next to purchasing that monitor or computer, and that editing software that will optimize editing, the next thing to purchase(…)

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staying alive in the colder months

staying alive in the colder months

by Courtney Dailey

So here we are, in the longest time of the year, Winter. Well, at least it seems it!  If you’re anything like me, you’re waiting for the longer days, the days at the beach and a reason to eat ice cream without guilt. But what to do in the meantime? In many markets, wintertime is also a time in which business gets a bit quiet. In my predictable market, Los Angeles, many of the shows go into Hiatus(…)

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shoot-out | krista and rachel

shoot-out | krista and rachel

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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shoot-out | hope and kelly

shoot-out | hope and kelly

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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creating the perfect bio photo

creating the perfect bio photo

by Jennifer Dell

*self portrait bio image by Jennifer Dell
As a photographer we are often asked to help a client create the perfect professional head-shot or biography photo. This is a common thing that many professionals use on a regular basis. That said, the head-shot can be a tricky beast to take on, especially if you’re a photographer. Seeing as we are constantly behind the lens we tend to get a little antsy when we are pulled out of our comfort(…)

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shooting with albums in mind

shooting with albums in mind

by Elicia Graves and Kelly Garvey

Have you ever attempted to piece together a photo album only to find that your images just aren’t working well together on the page spreads or the album does not feel cohesive?   Today I will be sharing what I have learned about photographing for albums from a personal and hobbyist perspective, and the lovely Kelly Garvey will be sharing with you from a professional point of view.

1. Photograph your intended image, then photograph a(…)

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organized and printed, your photos

organized and printed, your photos

by Beira Brown
“You must have such amazing photos of your children!” clients would say. I smiled and nodded politely but I would think, “If they only knew I haven’t printed any photos of my baby.” My personal photos were a disorganized mess and the majority were not treasured or enjoyed simply because they were not printed. At least I had them, right? Okay, let’s be honest…when was the last time that you and your family sat around your computer “ooh”’ing(…)

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shoot-out | dana and laurie

shoot-out | dana and laurie

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how.  What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves.  Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way.  Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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reaching your goals

reaching your goals

by Jennifer Jabbour

Last summer, I spent a couple months cleaning up my online portfolio, taking time to polish my photos until they had a consistent look and feel.  I even had a couple of CMpros quickly review my portfolio to point out anything I had missed.  By October, I felt I was ready to apply for CMpro. After two weeks of what seemed like forever, I spotted an email from the CMpro Application. Before I read it, I braced myself(…)

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a day in the life | pam korman

a day in the life | pam korman

A Day In The Life with Pam Korman
Boy do we love summer around our house, lots of lazy days with no schedules, no routines and late bedtimes. So image my surprise, when the weekend I picked to shoot my A Day in the Life series ended up being pretty crazy. My husband suddenly was out of town for a few days and my boys were off with friends so that just left my daughter and me. She had a two-day(…)

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