Tag Archives: professional women photographers

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

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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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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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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4 simple posing tips

by Lora Swinson
Posing your subject is an important element in photography.  There is a lot to learn when it comes to posing but I have four quick and simple tips for you!
Take That Second Glance:
When you are in the middle of a session, things can get hectic pretty quickly.  When it comes to posing, one of the biggest traits you can pick up as a photographer is to take 2 seconds and double check your pose.  Where are your subject’s(…)

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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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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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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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packaging

by Melissa Stottmann
If your business had a face what would it look like? Your brand and packaging gives your clients a look at who you are and a “face” for your business. Is your photography bold and bright? Subdued and peaceful? Fun and flirty? Get creative and use your packaging to reflect your work for your clients!
My packaging:
Prints and products need to arrive securely to my clients- this is the very first matter of importance, however, it is equally beneficial(…)

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finding your style

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 long did it take you to find your photography style and how did you get there?”

*image by Lisa Tichané
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
I think finding your style is, to some degree, an ongoing process. Each time I think I have figured(…)

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personal reflections in photos

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, “Do you find that your personal life and feelings show through in your daily photography and how?”

*image by Celeste Pavlik
Celeste Pavlik, Texas
Yes, absolutely! I find that I tend to shoot macro when I need a mental break. Macro work for(…)

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maternity photography

by Leah Cook
Recently a friend asked me for tips on shooting maternity sessions.  I started rattling off some ideas and decided to put them all in one spot.  Belly shots are some of my favorites for a lot of reasons.  They have definitely gotten a bad rap over the years and we’ve all seen the ‘what not to do’ images on those funny websites, but really they can be so beautiful.  It’s a time of anticipation, change and excitement…all of(…)

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photography changes

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, “It’s the New Year! What changes will you be making this year when it comes to your photography whether it’s business related or not?”

*image by Sarah Vaughn
Caroline Jensen, Minnesota
This year I am dipping my toes more into film and historical(…)

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one pose many ways

by Emily Potts
When I photograph sessions, I always want to ensure I create as much variety in my imagery as possible. Having a lot of different looks to show my client means that I have an increased opportunity to sell products like canvas collections and albums. Being able to maximize each pose helps me create many different looks… even if I’m working on a tight schedule. In this post, I’ll walk you through how I take one pose and use(…)

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photography resolutions

by Leah Cook
As the New Year approaches many of us start to think about resolutions, goals and areas we’d like to make changes to in our personal lives.  Let’s take that one step further and relate them to our photography!  The key (or so I’m told) to keeping resolutions is to be as specific as possible and pin point the exact spots you’re looking to improve.  This list is expansive and even a bit overwhelming.  At some point we have(…)

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what makes a successful photographer

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” her 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 your own words, what does it mean to be a successful photographer?”

*image by Pam Korman
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
To me, it means having a healthy balance of being able to photograph what you love and deliver to clients what they(…)

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staying debt free

by Melissa Koehler
Running your business with no debt allows you to have a larger profit margin, bring in more for your family and ultimately have the peace of mind that you deserve for all the hard work you put into your business.  Credit cards have become normalcy in our society, but they don’t have to be in your business (and personal life).

There is quite a bit that could be said about being debt free in your business. I’m going to(…)

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posed for success

Are you ready to learn about another one of our newest photography workshops set to debut in January?  Today Lora Swinson is here to share more about her upcoming workshop, Shooting 101: Posed for Success (teaching assistants will include Amii Wroblewski, Jennifer Dell, and Dana Tate).  You’ve asked for a class on posing and it’s finally here.  Read more below to find out exactly what Lora will cover in this awesome new workshop!
an introduction to the posed for success workshop

Posing(…)

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your photography business and building relationships

by Elena Blair
In a field that is becoming increasingly over saturated, photographers need to know the importance of clever marketing.  Since making the shift to professional photography two years ago, I have found that my relationships with businesses have been the most solid form of marketing.  These relationships have brought me clients, trade for services, and more.  In this article I am going to share with you how I have formed and maintained these relationships, and how they are mutually(…)

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a peek inside | megan squires

It’s time for another installment of our ‘peek inside’ series and today is CMmentor Megan Squires!  Megan is the instructor for CM’s online photography workshop Natural Light With Atmosphere, an extraordinary newborn photographer, and a published author.  She’s incredibly talented and she’s also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Enjoy your peek inside of Megan’s world!
a peek inside | megan squires

1. Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

2. Nikon 85mm f/1.4D

3. Nikon 105mm f/2.8G

4. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G

5. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G

6. Nikon(…)

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ten step album design workflow

by Haley Lorraine

I LOVE designing albums. I LOVE telling a story with photographs. I LOVE when my clients walk away from their session with a stunning book filled with their beautiful photographs.

Albums can add quite a bit of profitability to your business if you price them right and design them quickly, efficiently and without errors. I want to share how I create my albums and how I have built in steps along the way to increase efficiency and reduce the(…)

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a video photoshop tutorial: before and after in CS6

by Lisa Harrison
So are you still undecided about making the jump to Adobe Photoshop CS6? Go for it!  You’ll love it! If you’re familiar with CS4 or CS5, you really won’t have much of a learning curve at all. The main thing that is different is how the adjustment panel works. You still have an adjustment panel but you now have a Properties Panel where you make changes to your chosen adjustment. You still choose your adjustments from the adjustment(…)

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it’s finally here! | Click magazine is on its way

 by Cameron Bishopp Davis | Click Editor in Chief
*cover image by Emma Wood
One of the big moments for me in the planning of Click came in the form of a girl crush.

It was an unseasonably hot (even for Atlanta) afternoon in June, and we were grateful to be indoors for a website planning meeting. The designer sitting across the table from me was talking about the photographer who’d been capturing images of her two sons since infancy. “I have such(…)

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ideas to help enforce client galleries

by Melissa Koehler

We’ve all been there before. The session was awesome, the family loves their photos, but they just won’t place their order. It’s something that I consistently see on the boards. I’m not going to talk about in person ordering because that’s a totally different, more in depth topic. I’m just going to talk about online galleries and how we can get our clients to order from them within the time frame provided.
Set expectations with your ordering process.
Making sure that you and your(…)

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what does it take to operate a valued photography business

by Jennifer Dell

I see the issue of value and photography come up quite often with photographer friends and on the CM photography forum. A photographer gets an email in response to their pricing either before or after a session and the client is asking for a discount or to barter for services already rendered. Sometimes the prospective client demands to know why their pricing is set at a certain price point which often leaves us feeling deflated and undervalued. I(…)

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beautiful beach photography | a cm member picture share

Ahh, the beach!  The texture of the sand, the sound of crashing waves, the fun to be had there; there’s just something magical about the shore that draws people to it in all corners of the world.  For many of us, summertime wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the coast somewhere and a few Clickin Moms are even lucky enough to call the beach home.  Whether you’re taking pictures of your own family, doing a client session, or photographing(…)

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how to get rich colors and tones when editing

by Lora Swinson
This is a little effect that I love to use on some of my images if I feel they are a little flat.  It is similar to The Orton Effect, but I’ve changed a few of the blending modes to switch it up a little bit.  I like rich colors and tones and this helps me bring my style out more.  It works on some images better than others, but when it works, it’s magical!

1. After doing my(…)

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the crop tool exposed

The crop tool seems simple enough right?  Yeah, I thought so too.  No need to fret though because CMU Instructor and Photoshop mastermind Lisa Harrison is here to reveal all the secrets of the crop tool in Photoshop CS6.  She has created an eye opening video to show all of you the ins and outs and dirty little secrets that you didn’t know about the crop tool!
the crop tool exposed
by Lisa Harrison

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!  Have you(…)

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