Tips & Tutorials

The perfect newborn photography posing flow for stress-free studio sessions

I’ve been photographing newborns for ten years and have been doing posed newborn portraiture for about nine of those. Over this time, I’ve developed a standard newborn posing flow to help keep my studio sessions moving along while photographing the [...]

By |2019-03-15T09:52:51-04:00March 21st, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to attract your ideal photography clients? Make it personal.

If you want to attract your ideal clients — the ones you totally vibe with and want to chat with for hours after the photo session ends — then you need to be putting yourself out there. Yep, that's right, [...]

By |2019-03-15T10:25:54-04:00March 18th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

6 Important elements in minimalist photography, and why they work

I love storytelling images filled with emotive details, yet I’m equally fond of images that, with barely anything in the frame at all, make a soul-stinging impact on the viewer. Such is the evocative power of the art of minimalism. [...]

By |2019-03-08T09:13:57-04:00March 8th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

19 Food styling secrets: Go behind the scenes with a pro food photographer

Food photography is more than just taking a pretty picture of something edible. Good food photography tells a story and brings recipes to life. Pictures of food can make the viewer relive a memory, remember how something smells, or anticipate [...]

By |2019-03-05T09:49:22-04:00March 5th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Want to rock your phone camera like a pro? 10 mobile photography tips you need

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to use mobile photography to capture life’s moments. I love that my smartphone camera is so lightweight and easy to use, and that I can pick it up and put it down [...]

By |2019-02-25T16:31:02-04:00February 25th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|6 Comments

Tax secrets every photographer needs to learn

Tax time can be intimidating for a photography business owner. We want to be sure we are following complex regulations properly, all while minimizing our tax burden as much as possible. Knowing the basics and being prepared can take a [...]

By |2019-02-21T08:42:56-04:00February 21st, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

How to create a full newborn gallery with just two poses

Newborn photography has taken the world by storm over the last ten years, and it only continues to grow in popularity. From full service studios and posed sessions, to lifestyle newborn sessions in clients’ homes, there is something within this [...]

By |2019-02-19T08:04:23-04:00February 18th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

Pro inspo tips: 14 Ways colorful doors will make your photos pop

Feature photo by Shilpa Harolikar Colorful doors are a photographer's best friend. They can add a pop of color on a drab day, frame your subject beautifully or be used as a storytelling element to draw the viewer in. They can [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:27:58-04:00February 14th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

Storytelling through video fusion: 5 Helpful tips for photographers

There’s nothing quite like video for storytelling and memory keeping. The ability to fully capture moments and sound in a way that transports us to another time and place is magical. That said, I'm a photographer at heart. I enjoy [...]

By |2019-02-09T11:18:02-04:00February 11th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

3 Ingredients for soul-stirring, emotive black-and-white photography

I adore black and white photography. This quote by Walt Whitman sums it up perfectly for me: “What I like about black and white photographs is that they’re more like reading the book than seeing the movie.” Black and white [...]

By |2019-02-06T16:05:07-04:00February 7th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|14 Comments

5 Game-changing tips for photographing children with special needs and their families

One of the greatest joys of my life is being able to photograph children and families with special needs. These sessions sometimes include extra challenges, but the rewards make it 100 percent worthwhile. And, the truth is that these special [...]

By |2019-01-31T10:31:53-04:00January 31st, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|13 Comments

2 Exercises to seek and develop your unique point of view

Have I seen something like this before? How much did it influence my vision? Am I presenting my own voice, or is my work derivative? If there’s nothing new under the sun, how can I have something original to say? [...]

By |2019-01-31T12:13:04-04:00January 28th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Print lab showdown: Pro vs. consumer… what’s the difference?

OK, so you're ready to print your photos but you're overwhelmed by the options available. Kiosks, online printers, your local big box store, professional print labs... Does it really make that much of a difference where you choose to print your [...]

By |2019-01-25T11:26:57-04:00January 24th, 2019|Products & Gear, Tips & Tutorials|14 Comments

Just say NO to cheese: 3 Simple ways to get natural smiles in photos every single time

Just about anyone can identify when a loved one is faking a smile — or faking any emotion for that matter. But did you know that 60 percent of the time the general population can distinguish between a fake and a [...]

By |2019-01-19T10:42:17-04:00January 21st, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

8 Seriously creative ways to infuse your everyday images with humor

I am primarily a documentary photographer with a passion for capturing daily life with my husband, two crazy boys, and starved-for-attention dogs. I have always had a passion for shooting the mundane in new and interesting ways. The heart of [...]

By |2019-01-15T11:56:07-04:00January 17th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

4 Smart ways clients can help you improve your photography business

As photographers, we talk about sending out pre-session questionnaires and preparing our clients before their sessions. But what about after the session is complete and the photos are delivered? How many of us actually follow up with our clients to [...]

By |2019-01-15T11:24:38-04:00January 15th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

How I edit newborn skin for a perfectly natural look every time

Every single parent who walks into my photography studio is completely enamored with their newborn. As the mother of three kids myself, I can attest to the fact that all babies are perfect just the way they are. So, as [...]

By |2019-01-10T14:40:09-04:00January 10th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

A pro’s guide to prepping your digital images to print (and sell!) beautifully

I print many of my digital photos and display them all over my home and office. I highly encourage my photography clients to print their photos as well. However, as a part-time photographer who works full-time in a different profession, [...]

By |2019-01-24T10:01:23-04:00January 9th, 2019|Business, Products & Gear, Tips & Tutorials|4 Comments