by Georgia Nelson
Rules! Yay! Wait, why should I care?
So what exactly is composition? To put it simply, it is all of the elements of your photograph that make it stand out, that draw the viewer in, and engages them emotionally in your work. Positioning, framing, lighting, the background, movement, and more all help tell your story. With portraits, there are some very basic rules that should not be broken, because it can confuse the viewer. Portraits are a whole ‘nother(…)
by Georgia Nelson
by Jodi Arego
If you’re anything like me, and my guess is that you are, you’ve probably gone through a period (or several periods!) of struggle and doubt in your photography journey. After learning the basics and getting to a point where we are consistently producing technically sound images, we often look over the body of our work and feel, well, blah about the whole thing. Mastering the basics is no small feat, and in the process of focusing on concrete(…)
There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? Today, CMpro Beth Orey is giving you a peek inside a day in her life!
a day in the life | beth(…)
Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this gorgeous maternity portrait by Jenni Jones won us over. Congratulations, Jenni!
To see more of Jenni’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.
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Having your own office space, whether in a full on studio building or nestled in a corner of your home, is exciting and helps to nurture creativity and productivity. We thought it would be fun to show off the spaces of CM forum members to help inspire you when it comes to your own office areas. Today, we’re going to start off with CMpro Shalonda Chaddock of Chubby Cheek Photography.
office space | shalonda chaddock
So when we moved last year I(…)
Kelly Garvey crouches down in the field, camera in hand. She loves the way the evening sun makes the field shine. Natural lighting is what breathes life into her portraits. But today is different. Today she is capturing something with its own glow.
“Look this way,” she says to the 6-year-old boy standing a few feet away. Jacob looks at her and smiles.
But it is not the smile of a boy struggling with Stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma; it’s the smile of(…)
by Jenni Jones
I am not going to lie, I spend a ton of time preparing for a newborn session. My goal is to keep everything cohesive, so regardless of the images a client chooses to display in their home, they will all go well together – AND – everything will match the color palette of their home.
My preparation begins long before the session even starts – in fact, it starts with the first inquiry. When a potential client emails me,(…)
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(…)
by Jodi Arego
High school seniors can make the most fun clients to photograph! They’ve hit the age when they really care about how they look in pictures, and for the most part, this totally works to your advantage as they are highly motivated to follow your lead and open up to your ideas. YOU are their authority on how to look awesome in their photos, and as such they are going to look to you to have their back in(…)
There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy. They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs. Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros? How do they manage their time? When do they get it all done? You loved Sara’s ‘A Day In The Life’ post so much that we decided to make it a regular new series(…)
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(…)
It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have new CMmentor to feature, Celeste Pavlik. Celeste is a brilliant hobbyist photographer who with a particularly appealing approach to lighting with some of the most beautiful black and white conversions out there. We are so excited to have her on the CMblog today and know you will be too!
a peek inside | celeste pavlik
I upgraded from the Canon 7D (which I used(…)
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 Liz Labianca!
my photography journey | liz labianca
As I sit here thinking about the last 19 months as a photographer, I am hard pressed to say that there isn’t one thing that I would do differently—and that is a BIG statement since I pretty much did everything that(…)
by Jennifer Dell
Burnout. We all face it at some point in our life. In photography, it can ebb and flow until you don’t want to pick up your camera. Ever. I can only speak from experience, but I know that every December, after the craziness of fall, the last thing I want to do is take another picture. I struggle with this at other times during the year, but I think that the winter is by far the worst. Not(…)
by Celeste Pavlik
It wasn’t too long ago that I would seek out perfectly even, perfectly bright and perfectly direct light. I quickly realized how much this style of shooting, while it isn’t wrong in any way, just wasn’t me. I love capturing my subjects in pockets of light and indirect light, especially indoors. What this means to me is finding light that gently meets the shadows on my subject. Give me that and I’m a happy girl!
I think most of(…)
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(…)
February is here and that means it’s time for another CMpro of the Month. This month, we are thrilled to have Texas photographer Jennifer Dell as the CMpro of the Month! Jennifer is a wildly talented, natural light children’s photographer. We love that we got to see inside her head a bit with this interview and, of course, to see all her gorgeous work here!
february cmpro of the month | jennifer dell
interview by Melissa Koehler
You’ve always had an interest in(…)
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(…)
by Jennifer Dell
Sometimes liquifying an image in a subtle way can make a big difference and may help if you accidentally catch the wrong angle when photographing your subject. The secret to liquifying successfully is to use it in moderation and not to alter how a person looks. Here’s a quick look on how to use this powerful Photoshop tool!
Thank you Jennifer for this great tutorial! What a great trick to have on hand!
Jennifer Dell, Texas
Website | Blog |(…)
by Ann Westerman
Lately I have been loving to shoot images specifically for processing in black and white. I love my black and whites to have good tonal range and a lot of contrast. What I mean by good tonal range is I want my image to have deep shadows, a range of mid-tones and some bright highlights and I usually want those bright highlights to fall on my subject. I love for my subject’s face to have shadows, mid-tones and(…)
by Sara Seeton
When you’re a photographer, sometimes the last thing you want to do is pull out the camera and take photos for YOU. It’s sad, but very true. You spend the entire weekend shooting sessions, then all week sitting at the computer editing. The thought of pulling out the gear, wrangling up the kids and wrestling with them trying to get them to cooperate does not sound overly exciting. And then because you overshoot like me (for every great(…)
“What lens should I use for ‘x’ shoot”? is a common question on the CM photography forum. What’s the difference? Our super fabulous new CMmentor Leah Cook is blogging for us today to help you through the decision process. Thank you, Leah!
choosing your lens | what’s the difference?
by Leah Cook
It’s a big question. With so many choices out there, what lens should you choose and when? This isn’t intended to add to the Canon vs. Nikon debate or even persuade you(…)
We will be interviewing a different CMPro member every month so we can all get to know them better – so exciting! First up for the month of March is the lovely and talented Amii Wroblewski. Amii is a longtime CM member and has always been so sweet, helpful and willing to share – we love that about her!
march cmpro of the month | amii wroblewski
What gear do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II.