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Ask the Pros: the best tips for photographing a birthday party

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this month we asked them, in the spirit of CM’s 6th birthday celebration, “What are your favorite tips for photographing your own child’s birthday party?”
*image by Heather Lazark
Nicole Everson, Florida
I always shoot with my 50mm, I make sure to be set up 15(…)

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favorite 2013 photos

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the Clickin Moms forum has the best photographers out there!  We asked them for their favorite photo from 2013 and they blew us away with their images.  As much as we wanted to include them all, there just wasn’t room, but here is a taste of what they shared!

And a huge thank you to Animoto for the incredible slideshow!  Now do yourself a favor and check out the rest of the(…)

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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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what’s your biggest accomplishment

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Photography wise, what do you feel has been your biggest success this past year?”
*image by Christina Klahn
Jessica Nelson, Maryland My biggest success for 2013 was finishing all of the personal projects that I started way back in January.(…)

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best advice for photography clients

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “What is your favorite advice to offer to clients before their session?”

*image by Jenni Jones
Lisa Tichané, France
My favorite advice would be: don’t expect your children to behave or follow directions. Let them be themselves, and I will get fabulous(…)

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best photography purchases

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Other than your camera and lenses, what do you consider to be one of your best photography related purchases?”

*image by Caroline Jensen
Nicole Young, California
My best photography-related purchase (other than cameras and lenses) are my Drobos. Having photos on redundant(…)

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52 blogging ideas

by Christina Roth
Need help deciding what to blog about? Here are 52 non-session blog ideas! That’s one a week for an entire year.

I’ve included everything from sales and specials, to products and even some educational tips.

Use these ideas to craft interesting and thoughtful blog posts that your customers can connect to and watch your traffic increase! Mix these in with your session posts and clients will be back week after to week to learn more about the great products and(…)

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dana lauder 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 Dana(…)

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jump start with weddings

by Laura Novak

Many moms naturally gravitate towards portraiture since their passion for photography often begins with capturing their own children. Yet, wedding photography is also a fantastic way to explore image creation and can be more convenient and economical for mothers. I would love to share with you the three ways that you can quickly get into the lucrative wedding market while maintaining a great quality of life as a mom.

As you are just starting out in the wide, wonderful(…)

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fall mini session tips

by Alicia Gould

Setting up mini sessions doesn’t have to be stressful!  Really consider what you are offering and who you are offering it to. Answer the following questions and there should be no guessing on either side!

Who: Who is your target audience for your mini sessions?  Are you limiting who can have a mini session? Think about what is realistic, will you let a family with 5 children book a slot?  What about a newborn? A one month old?  Be specific(…)

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where do you see yourself

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “Photography wise, where do you see yourself in 5 years? What would you like to accomplish by then?”

*image by Allison McSorley
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
Wow, that is a big question and a tough one. I think, first, I would like to(…)

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how your business is like yoga photo by Elaina Blair

power yoga for your business

by Joy Vertz

*image courtesy of CMpro Elena Blair

Flexibility has never been more important in the photography industry than it is today. More competition, vendors, marketing approaches, social media outlets…you name it!

Someone recently asked me how I keep up with all the changes without going crazy. Since this is a topic that’s relevant to all photographers, I thought I’d go ahead and share my answer with all of you.

It’s just like yoga – it’s all about balance and routine.

Ok, I’m the(…)

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danika dickson 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 Danika(…)

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erin bell 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 Erin(…)

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tips for in-person sales

by Lena Antaramian
To do in-person or on-line ordering – that’s the question that many photographers find themselves asking.   Sure, on-line ordering is much easier and less time consuming; you upload a secure gallery with images from a session and then (depending on how you have it set up) you may never need to do anything for that session again.

In-person ordering, on the other hand, is a lot more involved; you need to allocate anywhere between 1 to 2 hours for(…)

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allison mcsorley 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 Allison(…)

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celeste pavlik 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 Celeste(…)

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caroline jensen 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 Caroline(…)

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who or what would you photograph

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “If you could photograph any subject, what or who would it be and why?”
 
*image by April Nienhuis
Laurie Yuenger, Illinois
I love photographing littles. Newborns, babies and toddlers are my favorite portrait subjects. If I could photograph anything I would love(…)

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katy regnier 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 Katy(…)

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beach photography tips

by Jennifer Dell
We all have locations that make our heart sing when we shoot. For me, that location is the beach. It’s where I’m the happiest and feel the most creative and connected. Since I live about an hour away from the beach I don’t get to shoot there often, so I have to make good use of my time and surroundings when I’m there. Here are a few tips to help you this summer when you hit the beach(…)

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ardelle neubert 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 Ardelle(…)

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what is creativity

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “In photography, what does it mean to be creative?”

*image by Megan Dill
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
For me, it is about trying new things and challenging myself. It is about not being complacent. I want to grow and evolve as a photographer and(…)

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indesign for album design

by Haley Lorraine

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOVE designing albums! You can review my ten step album workflow here. InDesign is my favorite album design tool, hands down!

Today I want to touch on one of the best time saving features of InDesign for designing albums – InDesign Libraries.

Libraries allow you to store objects for future use. I have a library filled with each and every album page layout I commonly use. This makes designing(…)

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my photography journey | justine knight

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational ‘my photography journey’ here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Justine Knight!
my photography journey | justine knight
I am going to be completely honest; I am really only at the beginning of my photography journey! Every week I discover more and more that I need to learn, try and master. Actually, this is one of the reasons why(…)

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creating a portfolio

by Jen Bebb
For any visual artist, putting a portfolio of work together can be a daunting task. After all, that portfolio becomes your “message to the world”, if you will and represents the way you, as an artist, wish to be received and seen.
STEP 1: PULLING PORTFOLIO IMAGES
The first step is gathering images you love, images that make you happy, images you are proud of and images you have had a lot of positive feedback about. Choose images that showcase(…)

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mom portraits

Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs; it’s a 24 hour position with incredible responsibility.  And here at Clickin Moms, we know how seriously moms take their role.  To all the mothers out there, thank you for the incredible and selfless job you do every single day!  We love you all and what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend than with some beautiful mom photos from CM members?!

Danielle ‘nellie_m’:

Kim Gasper ‘Kim’:

Fran Dellaporta ‘frandellaporta’:

Christine Lambeth ‘laneydo’:

Dalayna McKnight ‘layn’:

Lacey(…)

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my photography journey | cassandra o’leary

You love hearing how other photographers got to where they are today and this week we have another inspirational ‘my photography journey’ here for you from one of our CMpros, the incredibly talented Cassandra O’Leary!
my photography journey | cassandra o’leary
I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am to have this opportunity to share my photography journey with you as well as to share my love and appreciation of all things Clickin Moms! I have so much that I(…)

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beth wade 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 Beth(…)

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how do you assess your value as a photographer

assessing your value

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “How do you assess your value as a photographer and for what you bring to a client?”
 
*image courtesy of Lissa Chandler
Elena Blair, Washington
I assess my value based on how I feel after a shoot. If I feel like I really(…)

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