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ask the pros: what photo gear do you want for mother’s day

ask the pros: what photo gear do you want for mother’s day

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…

What photography related item would you love to receive for Mother’s Day this year?

*image by Lisa Tichane
Mickie DeVries, Michigan
I would love to receive a fisheye lens! I think it would be so fun to use this at the beach this(…)

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

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

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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personal photo project: toys

personal photo project: toys

Personal Photography Project of Melissa Gibson

toys

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
My personal photography project revolves all around my girls’ toys.  I spend my days documenting their lives and I wanted to include all of what THEY love, not just what I love about them.  Things like their smiles, her new braces, the first day of school; all of those are important to document, but there is so much more that the girls love, too.  Just(…)

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what’s your biggest accomplishment

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

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

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

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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personal photo project: elevens sons

personal photo project: elevens sons

Personal Photography Project of Dana Lauder

eleven sons

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
My project is actually a collaboration with 5 other photographers (all CM members) called “Eleven Sons: Six Mothers Photograph Boyhood”.  I had been wanting to start a personal project for some time, especially after a workshop I took where we all started brainstorming personal projects.  None of the ideas I had at the time really compelled me to get started.  During that workshop, I(…)

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jump start with weddings

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

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

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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power yoga for your business

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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personal photo project: scriptural macro

personal photo project: scriptural macro

Personal Photography Project of Danika Dickson

scriptural macro

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
I’ve been calling my project Scriptural Macro, although it’s evolved somewhat along the way. It started unknowingly in early 2012, about two weeks in to a struggling 365 Project. I was in the middle of grad school, part time work and full time kid-chaos; so at almost midnight and I was feeling pretty desperate to get a shot. I pulled out my bible and(…)

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personal photo project: lovey project

personal photo project: lovey project

Personal Photography Project of Erin Bell

lovey project

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
Over the last 7 years of owning my studio I have worked exclusively at clients homes, parks, and beaches- really specializing in modern classic color images.  I love the work that I do for clients regularly but I’ve always had a passion for minimalistic black and white photography.  In 2012 I started a tradition where my studio does a series of simple natural light(…)

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tips for in-person sales

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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personal photo project: faceless project

personal photo project: faceless project

Personal Photography Project of Allison McSorley

faceless project

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
My personal project is about using light and context to tell a story about my subjects without the benefit of eye contact. My style is very much driven by the connections I am able to capture between my subject and the camera. I have always been drawn to portraits that use eye contact to tell a story. Because of that, direct eye contact(…)

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personal photo project: through the glass

personal photo project: through the glass

Personal Photography Project of Celeste Pavlik

through the glass

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?

My personal project is Through the Glass.  A couple years ago I discovered that there was this gorgeous yummy light in my master bath. It streams in through a large window covered with plantation shutters every afternoon. I became intrigued with capturing all my little ones in ways that were unscripted and unposed and because of that I found this location to be(…)

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personal photo project: 30 day lensbaby challenge

personal photo project: 30 day lensbaby challenge

Personal Photography Project of Caroline Jensen

30 day lensbaby challenge

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
I had wanted to play with the Lensbaby products for a very long time, many years in fact. When I got the green light to buy a large kit, I just jumped on it. I had a pretty good idea that there would be a learning curve, so I set out to give myself a thirty day challenge. It actually ended up(…)

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who or what would you photograph

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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