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Night Photography – 7 Hints for Getting the Perfect Shot

Night Photography – 7 Hints for Getting the Perfect Shot

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Taking photos at night is a unique practice filled with plenty of deep colors, exciting lighting options and the perfect balance of exposure.  While the process might take a little longer to master than traditional photography during the daylight hours or in a studio, fine-tuning your skills and taking on the never-ending quest for the perfect night shot is a mission many choose to conquer at some time in our amateur or professional photography careers.  If you’re keen to try out night photography for the first time, you might be wondering what to bring along on your shoot. Basic items...

Must-Have Photography Gear For Your Next Family Adventure

Must-Have Photography Gear For Your Next Family Adventure

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For many of us here in the midwestern United States, Memorial Day weekend signifies the shift of seasons. Pools open, temps go from mild to hot, kids are home for summer vacation, and weekends start getting filled with cookouts and vacations. For me, it is a welcomed yet chaotic time of year and this summer is no exception. We are kicking the season off with 8-days in Iceland followed by weekend trips camping with our pop-up in the caves of Kentucky, the Dunes of Indiana, the woods of Northern Wisconsin, and a few small state parks in between. As excited...

7 Tips for Dramatically Improving Your Photos

7 Tips for Dramatically Improving Your Photos

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  Whether you’re starting out in photography or you’ve been in the business for a while, you would have come across a few tricks of the trade to help make your photography sessions and shoots a little simpler and more effective. If you’re looking to dramatically improve your photos, there are some simple ways photographers can improve their results with little to no effort whatsoever, just a few simple tips. In this article, we explore how you can improve your photography results and improve your output significantly using a couple of simple hacks. 1. Turn the flash off automatic Rather...

How to Recover From a Mistake in Your Photography Business

How to Recover From a Mistake in Your Photography Business

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Even the most professional photographers on the planet occasionally screw up. Whether it’s a mistake in workflow, customer service, unmet expectations, or something completely out of our control, we’ve all been there at one point (and if you haven’t yet—just wait!). But a screw up with a client doesn’t have to screw up your entire business. In fact, if you handle the mistake properly, it can reinforce your honesty and commitment to your clients. Read on for some tips on how to handle those “uh oh” moments. Apologize The first step is obviously to admit your mistake and apologize. Time...

Mom's In The Picture: Your Beautiful Photos

Mom's In The Picture: Your Beautiful Photos

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Make a moment last forever! This week, we're challenging you to do just that. Don't wait a moment more! Come download this free gift ($39 Value) from PRETTY today!  This week we're challenging you to get in the picture!  Come learn more about this fun photo challenge within our photography community.  We've included a special gift for you there, too.  Thanks to everyone for joining in on the fun.  It's not too late!   A huge thank you to the communities at Pretty Presets for Lightroom, Pretty Actions for Photoshop and Pretty Forum for making this such a special week.   Quick...

Mom's in the Picture: Getting in the Picture with Your Grandchildren

Mom's in the Picture: Getting in the Picture with Your Grandchildren

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When preparing for this article and searching my archives I realized how rarely I’m in front of the lens.  Not just with my grandson, but in general.  Like so many other moms and grandmas, I am the one who always has the camera in hand but never remembers to stop and get into the picture with her loved ones.  What Stops Us. Many women (myself included), sometimes shy away from getting into the picture because of a bad hair day, not wearing makeup, or generally not feeling good about herself.  Friends, we have to be kind to ourselves and remember...

Mom's in the Picture: Photo Challenge

Mom's in the Picture: Photo Challenge

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We know that often times mom's are the ones TAKING the photos and not the ones IN the photos!  Our gift to you this Mother's Day is to help you get in some photos with your kids and family! We want to encourage you to put aside any self consciousness you may feel about how you look and find some ways to get in the photo with your family, kids, and husband.  These photos are gifts you will treasure now and are also gifts you are leaving behind for your children and family to cherish forever! We know this isn't...

Mom's in the Picture: Tools to Make Getting in the Photo EASY!

Mom's in the Picture: Tools to Make Getting in the Photo EASY!

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Getting in the photo can seem like a daunting task for mom's.  For many of us, there are already a few physical insecurities that are weighing on our minds when we consider getting in the photo. This post is to help make the technical part easy. Know How to Turn On Your Timer You might need your camera manual or a quick google search to find how to do this but the good news is that it is easy on most camera's. Since you are going to be in front of the camera and not behind, you need a way...

Mom's in the Picture: Keeping It Real!

Mom's in the Picture: Keeping It Real!

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I am a mom of 3. I am NOT a morning person. I don't know how to apply makeup in a correct adult technique.  I hate wearing real clothes—you know, the kind that you have to iron, or match.  I am a self proclaimed hot mess, just making it through each day.  One day when my kids are a bit older I will be able to shower and look somewhat presentable on a day to day basis, and in that time I am hoping that they will learn how to apply makeup and just do it for me, haha!  I...

Mom's in the Picture: Photographing the Fun

Mom's in the Picture: Photographing the Fun

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Have you ever gotten lost looking though old photos? Every time I sit down to clean out my hard drive or my Lightroom catalog, I get sucked walking right down memory lane. I love the photos of the kids when they were little and all the moments forgotten. It's so easy to remember moments instantly when I pass the picture. If you are anything like me you probably have about a million photos of your kids, spouse, and family, but where are the photos of you?  What's Keeping You Out of the Photo? Let me guess. You felt too heavy that...

Mom's in the Picture: Capturing Connection

Mom's in the Picture: Capturing Connection

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I’ve sat down to write this post several times. It seems that every time I do, all three of my children suddenly need me. They take turns walking into my office to give me a hug, ask for a snack, request a referee, beg to play video games and decide that now is the best time to tell me all about their Pokemon strategies… I am their mother. They are my babies. We are inherently connected. Sometimes, that connection drives me crazy!  Sometimes, but not always. Most of the time, I relish our connectedness and want proof that it exists...

Mom's in the Picture: Photographing Motherhood

Mom's in the Picture: Photographing Motherhood

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Unlike the majority of the folks in our community, I’m in the unique position in that I am not a mother, have not been a mother and, unless the medical community makes major breakthroughs in the next couple of years, will never be a mother.  That being said, I’m also in the unique position in that I don’t ever have problems being a mother that won’t get in her own photos.   Anyone else as confused as I am, yet? As a husband and a father, that also happens to run my own photography business, I’m afforded the luxury of...