wedding photographer

childrens photography by Rachel Nielsen

Specializing in photography, is it for you?

There was a defining moment for me that made my decision to specialize in wedding photography.  I literally felt like I was being hit over the head with ‘this is what you need to do!’, but before I get to that moment, I want to tell you what led to that decision. Then I will talk about how that decision came about for me and how to decide for yourself if specializing is right for you.

I started out like most(…)

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3 top ways to jump start with weddings by photographer Laura Novak

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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photography interview with wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis

jerry ghionis interview

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with one of the most glamorous wedding photographers out there, Jerry Ghionis!  Jerry is a master at photography and a multi award winner and it is a true privilege to have him here on the CMblog today!
an interview with jerry ghionis
by Elle Walker

You found photography at a very early age, 14 if I remember correctly.  How did you know that photography was where you belonged?
I was(…)

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why do you need an engagement session

importance of engagement photos

by Lee Ann Norris

Do you remember as a kid getting your pictures awkwardly taken at school?  You would have a slightly crooked smile with a deer in the headlights look.  And looking back you think if they had just talked to me, and gotten to know a little about me I would have looked like a happy kid instead of the one who wasn’t sure what was really going on.  It would have taken a little bit more time, but(…)

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wedding ceremony perspectives

by Alexis Rebenstein

The ceremony can be the most nerve wracking part of a wedding day for a photographer.  Tons of pressure to capture every important moment in a short time frame, no control over lighting and placement of subjects, no do-overs, and of course despite all that, the images have to look beautiful and dreamy and effortless.

Luckily, many of you are like me and thrive on a challenge, so here are 3 key ideas to think about that will allow you(…)

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tips for photographing weddings by Lee Ann Norris

how to get into wedding photography

by Lee Ann Norris

When I started my photography business back in 2007 I proclaimed loudly, strongly and with great confidence I was not ever going to shoot a wedding.  In fact, I was going to shoot babies, kids, and families.  But weddings, I would never shoot a wedding.  It was too stressful, you only had one shot, and I never wanted someone to look back and think my wedding pictures suck.  I am laid-back and chill, weddings weren’t for me. (…)

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couple photography by Chloe Ramirez

november cmpro of the month | chloe ramirez

Hello November!  How did you show up so soon?  The seasons are changing, the holiday decor is appearing in the stores (way too early if you ask me!), and pumpkin spice lattes are being talked about everywhere.  There’s also a new CMpro of the Month to introduce you to…Chloe Ramirez!  Chloe is such an incredible photographer who has a true gift for photographing couples.  I had the privilege of interviewing her for our photography blog and I am thrilled to(…)

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culling | to keep or not to keep

Have you ever thought about the importance of proper culling? As photographers, we are often most concerned with obtaining correct focus, color, light, composition, good creativity, etc. Once we get back to our computers, we concentrate on a lot of things, but one of the most important things to consider is how well you are selecting which images to show to clients and which images to put on your blog or website. Personally, I have about a 1/4 “keeper” rate.(…)

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black and white lifestyle car photography by Kellie Penn

a day in the life | kellie penn

A Day In The Life with Kellie Penn
The tardy bell rings for school at 7:45 so our day begins pretty early! None of us are morning people so it’s a challenge!  After a quick breakfast of Pop tarts (don’t judge!) Mason and Millie brushed their teeth (not sure why she’s making such a grumpy face in her picture…I wasn’t lying about not being morning people), grabbed their backpacks, and ran out the door for school.

In a rare turn of events, Madden(…)

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april cmpro of the month | bre thurston

It’s April (how?) and we are excited to introduce you to the newest cmpro of the month, the highly talented Bre Thurston!  The CMteam got the opportunity to meet Bre at WPPI this year and let me tell you, she is just as sweet and kind in person as she is on the board.  We are thrilled to have her as the pro of the month and keep your eyes out later in the month for a little something special(…)

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