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Valentines Sessions – Feel the Love

I’m a big holiday person.  I love every holiday and the excuse to decorate and craft and celebrate with my little ones.  Christmas is a biggie in our house, and who doesn’t love Easter?  However right smack in between there is a little day all hearts and flowers and pretty paper things that just makes my heart go pitter patter.  Valentines Day. A few years back I decided that I really wanted to make this perhaps slightly lesser celebrated holiday part of my business plan.  As a family photographer who’s main focus is not on mini sessions, but on full.. - Continue Reading

How to Survive Your First Wedding Consultation

As small business owners, our business and our personal identity are endlessly linked. There’s no big corporate logo to hide behind and no sales or public relations team to handle all your interactions with clients. It’s just you out there, trying to make a good impression. Being that consultations are the most common path to booking weddings, it’s crucial that you handle each one with confidence, ease, and a whole lot of charm. From start to finish, here are some tips for surviving your first wedding consultation. Where to Meet               You don’t need a.. - Continue Reading

3 Free Valentine's Day Cards

I'm so excited to share these Valentine cards with you!  You can download it below and update it with your pictures and text. Enjoy and hope this helps with your Valentine sessions!  Thank you for being here. A few things to know...  1. You will need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements!   2. Don't have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements?  I know a lovely and talented designer who will customize them for you and your business for $7.  You can pay for her to customize it here.  Her name is Lisa and she is a very sweet lady!  3. If you are new to.. - Continue Reading

Tips for Organizing your Presets

I recently redid the way I organized my presets.  And when I say recently, I mean yesterday.  As I was organizing mine, I thought I would share some tips for organizing or RE-organizing your Lightroom Presets just in case yours are as big a mess as mine were! First Things First Before I went ahead and started reorganizing/moving around/deleting my presets, I made DOUBLE SURE that I had my original presets backed up somewhere. I mean DOUBLE SURE!   If you don’t have them backed up anywhere right now, check out this post about backing up presets, or follow these.. - Continue Reading

5 Posing Solutions for Every Photographer

In the past, before my sessions, I would look for fun poses that fit my client.  I would then get to the session and remember about 20% of them.  I finally started writing down different ideas to carry with me.  However, not everything can be solved by writing it down.  What happens when your clients picks a location that doesn't inspire you?  Or what if you client wants to take their pictures out on main street and you have to work with the public, too. I'm hoping these posing guide ideas and solutions will be helpful to you this year... - Continue Reading

5 Photography Tips for Beginners: Part Two

The world of digital photography is vast and exciting, but if you are new to photography, your camera manual alone may seem overwhelming, much less all of the information you’ll find online about digital photography. Here are a few tips to consider when you are new to photography.  Click here to view the first 5 tips! 6. Photograph Your Surroundings This idea relates back to carrying your camera everywhere, but instead of becoming aware of how to operate your camera, as photographers, we need to learn how to understand our surroundings. We need to develop a certain awareness of things.. - Continue Reading

5 Photography Tips for Beginners

The world of digital photography is vast and exciting, but if you are new to photography, your camera manual alone may seem overwhelming, much less all of the information you’ll find online about digital photography. Here are a few tips to consider when you are new to photography. 1. Take Your Camera Everywhere The more you use your camera, the better you will understand its modes, functions, and all of the amazing things it can do! When the camera is new, it may seem cumbersome, and it may also take you a bit of time to learn how to adjust.. - Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Choose Brushes Whenever Possible

Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush is an invaluable tool that I use all the time.  Can you believe that at one time Lightroom didn’t have it? Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush is the best way to avoid taking photo into Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  And if that isn’t enough, these 3 reasons should make you want to pull out the Adjustment Brush whenever you possibly can! 1. You Can Be Specific There are times that I want to apply changes to the entire photo that I am working on.  But there are even more times that I want changes to just affect a certain.. - Continue Reading

Sassy Spaces Giveaway!

We don't want you to miss out on an amazing giveaway going on at Sassy Spaces!  You may be familiar with Terry from Sassy Designs.  Well, the same amazing woman is behind Sassy Spaces and has a huge prize to give away.  Don't miss out on this opportunity. The giveaway is running through January 31, 2014. And, there are $3,000 in prizes up for grabs including new backdrops, a custom branding package, and keys to the Sassy Shop. Also for the month of January I am offering FREE U.S. Shipping OR 25% off any purchase at http://sassy-spaces.com.   FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING  If you're.. - Continue Reading

Getting Started with Off-Camera Flash: Part Two

In my previous post, I showed you the equipment you would need for a basic lighting setup using your Speedlight and Cactus Triggers. For this post, I will show you how to get everything in place before you begin shooting. Now, this is a tutorial on the absolute basics of getting your flash and triggers set up. I definitely encourage you to read the manuals on both your triggers and your flash, as well!   Attach one of the triggers (it does not matter which one) to the flash hot shoe mount on your light stand. In the meantime, make.. - Continue Reading

Getting Started with Off-Camera Flash

When I first became interested in experimenting with off-camera flash, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of information I found online, and didn’t even know where to begin! While off-camera flash techniques are many and varied, I thought I would share the way in which I put together my first studio lighting setup, in the hopes that it will help some of you figure out how to go about creating your own set up.  Like I said, there are plenty of options out there, but this is a good solution if you already have a flash for your camera... - Continue Reading

12 Free Digital Papers for Valentine's Day

I realize this is a little soon, but I just had to share them with you now.  February is just around the corner and I thought you may be able to use these for something fun! Valentine's Day gives us a great opportunity to remind those closest to us just how much we appreciate them.  What a great opportunity for me to remind YOU how much I appreciate you. Thank you for being a faithful follower of the Pretty Presets blog.  I am so thankful you are here.   I hope you enjoy this exclusive set of 12 digital papers,.. - Continue Reading