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two girls hugging in a field by Sally Kate Photography

Making friends and forming a local photography group

Sometimes, though, after noting the glazed-over expression in our husband’s faces at the mention of bokeh, or the look of horror on our kids’ faces when we drive by a spot that has “pretty light,” we long for a little snippet of the wider community of Clickin Moms to be right there, in the flesh. People who get excited about f-stops and golden hour and back-button focus. We need to talk shop. And we need it, stat. We need a little Clickin Moms right in our own hometown.(…)

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newborn portrait by Texas photographer Jenni Jones

The gear that turns my vision into reality

There are things you just expect from your gear: that your lenses will focus, that they’ll attain apertures that deliver the impact of depth of field, that they’re tack-sharp — you know, table stakes. But then there’s the intangible, the hard-to-put-your-finger-on-it “thing” – the way your equipment renders an image, the way it handles depth of field, tonality, and light – that makes a camera and lens more desirable than any other.(…)

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girl drinking from teacup photo by Buddie Albritton

The golden customer and 5 ways to keep them

by Buddie Albritton
We all so often hear about the bad stories, the negative things that have happened with clients, and how to avoid those same mistakes, but I want to focus on those amazing clients (inner teacher in me, screaming lets focus on the positive!!).

Everyone knows the client I am talking about… the amazing client, who from the beginning are totally complimenting you, so appreciative of your time and the craft of photography. Your session is perfect, you sell a(…)

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before and after of boys room makeover

Bedroom Makeover: using photography to create wall art

Whenever I see a blank wall, I am tempted to fill it with something as quickly as possible.

Sometimes I simply pick a few photos from my hard drive, print them large, hang them up, pat myself on the back for not procrastinating, and move on. And sometimes I plan the entire room around the photos, as was the case when I did a little makeover in my boys’ bedroom.

Our boys are seven and five and have always shared a room;(…)

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curly haired girl in wildflower field photo by Eliz Alex Photography

8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

If you’re like me, and love to shoot outdoors in pretty nature spots, there are a few tips to bear in mind to keep you and your clients (especially all the sweet little children you’ll be photographing) safe.

1. Find a good safe location.

When looking for a good spot to shoot, I always try to find a nearby community park, nature park, or public preserve.  Do a Google Earth search of your town and see what public parks pop up in(…)

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miscellaneous items in Jenni Jones camera bag

a peek inside | jenni jones

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest team members to feature, Jenni Jones.
a peek inside | jenni jones

So…this is my office. I love having a space dedicated to getting work done (also – that means I can claim it as a tax deduction…which I am all for). I tend to browse and do non-work related stuff on my iPad while I sit at my dining(…)

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photographing with heart and vision online workshop alumni photo by Kristina Hetling

photographing with heart and vision: a workshop recap

Photographing with Heart and Vision was born out of my consuming desire to make connections… honest connections with people, with the essence of places, and with simple, ordinary moments.

Just like you, I crave a life full of rich and meaningful experiences that touch me deeply and stir something inside my heart.  But, honestly, the ebb and flow of the responsibilities of everyday life have their way of reminding me time and time again that these life-giving experiences don’t always just(…)

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photography interview with July CMpro of the Month Liz Labianca

10 questions with photographer liz labianca

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to July’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Liz Labianca! And now for a fun interview with Liz!
july cmpro of the month | liz labianca

by Sarah Carlson

Hi, Liz! We’re so thrilled to see you as July’s CMpro of the month! We would love to hear all about you and your family.
Thank you so much! What an incredible honor to be CMpro of(…)

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5 tips to get natural poses from seniors

5 tips to achieve natural looking poses from seniors

Oh how I love working with senior girls!  The clothes, the make-up, the fact that they actually WANT to have their photos taken… in my book, spending time with a senior and her mom for her portrait session is like a fun filled 2 hour playdate.

Of course these teens want to have amazing photos, so they’ll do pretty much anything you ask of them.  But even though they’re excited and will totally cooperate for you, sometimes they cooperate just a(…)

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A day in the life with Texas hobbyist photographer Sarah Carlson

a day in the life | sarah carlson

A Day In The Life with Sarah Carlson
Our Fridays are typically unscheduled for the most part. After a few days of being on-the-go, it is nice for us to have a leisurely morning. Our day starts at 7:30. Kate is already up and out of bed by the time I run upstairs with my camera, but Caroline is still stuck in her crib, so she gets the first shot of the day. She wakes up happy, as usual.

My girls aren’t huge(…)

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sparkly Jimmy Choos picture by Jennifer Dell

Jennifer Dell’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jennifer Dell sharing what she loves!
jennifer dell’s favorite things

Shoes. The sassier and higher the heel the better. I am relatively short, so I love to wear heels for some added height. I also love(…)

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peek inside | sarah carlson

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Sarah Carlson.
a peek inside | sarah carlson

Here’s my workspace! This is my grandfather’s old desk, so it has special memories for me. This area is located in my kitchen, so it’s easy for me to access it throughout the day without being away from my little girls. I keep my camera bag on the floor(…)

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newborn portrait by Texas photographer Jenni Jones

my photography journey | jenni jones

My Photography Journey by Jenni Jones

My journey really began after finishing business school in 2010 – I purchased a Nikon D90 to take with me while traveling (as a way to decorate my walls….because I was cheap).  I owned Lightroom at the time and applied some lovely presets – therefore…I was an amazing photographer. LOL!

Towards the end of the year, a friend asked me to take maternity and newborn photos…it was at that moment I learned what being truly obsessed with(…)

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rules of portrait composition tutorial by Georgia Nelson 4

6 rules of portrait composition

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 animal that(…)

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uncover your voice

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 things like(…)

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Beth Orey

a day in the life | beth orey

A Day In The Life with Beth Orey
My days aren’t exciting to the outside world…I pack my daughter off to school before the sun is up and I stay at home with my son.  I run my business on the side and work when I can.  I try to spend as much time as possible with my little ones before they aren’t little anymore and be present with my husband as much as possible when he’s at home with us.  And(…)

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beautiful maternity photograph by Jenni Jones

love and light | daily of the week

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.

To view more images from(…)

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desk area of photographer Shalonda Chaddock of Chubby Cheek Photography

office space | shalonda chaddock

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(…)

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donating your photography to the Magic Hour Foundation

capturing heroes

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(…)

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tips for coordinating newborn sessions by Jenni Jones

coordinating your newborn session

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, one of(…)

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