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Bringing Out The Beauty Of The Everyday

Bringing Out The Beauty Of The Everyday

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I cannot say that I have fully mastered the lifestyle secrets for photographing my clients, but I have figured out how to create beautiful everyday lifestyle photos and self-portraits. Those moments when you are cooking with your kids and think, “I would love someone to photograph this.” Maybe you're reading a story to your children, laughing with them, enjoying a quiet book, or watching your children joyfully enjoying a beautiful day. Lifestyle photography brings out the beauty in the everyday, mundane things. That is why I LOVE it. And guess what? It is possible. When you catch yourself in those...

It's All In The Light: 5 Tips To Mastering Light Today

It's All In The Light: 5 Tips To Mastering Light Today

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One of the most important aspects of any photo is LIGHTING. Get this wrong, and you could ruin a photograph. Get this right, and it can take your photography to another level. With that said: lighting can be complicated. Here are some things I have learned about lighting.  1. Avoid sun spots. In harsh midday sun, try to avoid the shadows of leaves and trees and the sun splotches on clothing and faces. Try to find a fully-shaded area where your subject is completely covered in shade. 2. Check all angles. There are all kinds of tricks you can use to...

6 Tips For Photographing Children

6 Tips For Photographing Children

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Having six children, I feel that I have somewhat mastered this area of photography.  Children's photography is not easy. Telling a child how to stand, where to put their hands, which way to look...it is not for the faint of heart. My children have learned that their mom is a photographer and taking photos is just not optional...it is required. And daily. Yes, I take several photos every single day. This not only allows me to have memories of each day but also gives me a lot of practice. I find the more I practice, the better each photo becomes....

Where Do I Find The Best Deal For Digital Camera And Lenses?

Where Do I Find The Best Deal For Digital Camera And Lenses?

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We were headed to Scottsdale and I was debating on whether or not to bring my camera, that felt like a 20-pound carry-on camera bag.  I decided last minute to go ahead and rent the Canon 5D Mark IV and 70-200mm lens from Camera Lens Rentals. I asked that the rental be sent to a UPS store (one of many) in Scottsdale. This allowed me to travel light and also gave me the opportunity to try out the new Canon 5D Mark IV, too. Well, I was sold!  I currently have the Canon 5K Mark III and have loved it....

Looking to Your Own Work for Inspiration

Looking to Your Own Work for Inspiration

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I sat at my desk and did something I haven’t done in a long while. I started looking back through my older work. Not last year’s work, or even the year before that. No, these were images from six years ago that haven’t seen the light of day in at least five years. These images flooded my screen and brought tears to my eyes. I was immediately struck by the emotion in the images. No, they weren’t technically perfect. I had only just purchased Lightroom and begun my foray into editing. But still, they captivated me.  And in that moment...

Find FRESH Inspiration for Your Photography

Find FRESH Inspiration for Your Photography

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Where We Began For most of us we began our photography journey as a hobby, a side job, or just for love of it. Many of us decided to turn this love into a real job. Some of the first advice we may have received was to figure out what our market and area call for and to really specialize in one aspect of photography. We may even get to the point where we turn down jobs that are not our “specialty”.  I do agree that as a business you do have to carve out your spot and really show potential clients a...

4 Tips for Shooting in Harsh Light

4 Tips for Shooting in Harsh Light

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While many of us love shooting in the soft light of late afternoon (and early morning!) we may often find ourselves shooting in harsh lighting conditions. If you find yourself in a situation with less than "ideal" light, here are some tips to help you make the most of it: WARM IT UP All too often, shooting in harsh light can result in washed out skin tones and surroundings. Adding some warmth in post-processing can help relieve some of the washed out tones, but keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so start off small and work...

10 Steps to Planning a Styled Shoot

10 Steps to Planning a Styled Shoot

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Planning a styled shoot with other local businesses or vendors is a great way to express your creativity, network with other business owners, get some recognition for your own business, and practice your photography skills. But even the smallest of styled shoots need an organized leader to bring it all together. Here are some helpful steps to take your shoot from idea to execution. 1. Come Up With an Idea Having a good idea or theme is the foundation of a successful styled shoot. You want to choose something that’s unique (at least to the viewership you’re aiming for), something...

10 Confessions of a Seasoned Photographer

10 Confessions of a Seasoned Photographer

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  I need to share these thoughts and actions with you.  Why?  Because you’re going to understand.  Only fellow photographers will understand the depth of my guilt and the ways in which I’ve been wrong.  I only ask this of you-don’t judge me.  At some point, you have either done one of these or you will do one of these.  My hope is that you never will.  But if you do, just know that someone else has been there and feels your pain.  Okay, I’m ready now. My TEN Confessions 1. I Shot in Auto Mode When I first went...

Editing Recipe: Recreate the Look of Film Using the Clean & Creative Advanced Workflow

Editing Recipe: Recreate the Look of Film Using the Clean & Creative Advanced Workflow

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Recreating the look of film in digital photography is quite the trend at the moment! Many photographers edit in a style that replicates the look of film photos that have been printed and have aged over time. The thing is, when the photos were first printed, though, they didn't have the green and magenta shifts that have become so popular when recreating a "vintage" look in digital photography. I have written several tutorials over the years that address how to get that faded/distressed photo look, but today I want to talk about how to replicate the look of film straight...

6 Tips for Photographing Unruly Children

6 Tips for Photographing Unruly Children

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If you have ever photographed children, then you know that their moods can be unpredictable and change on a dime.  They may come to the shoot upset or just be having a difficult day.  Whatever the scenario, here are few quick tips to help you overcome some of the difficulties you might face when photographing children. 1.  Good Old-Fashioned Bribery Bring candy! Keep a jar of the clear and yellow gummy bears with you at all shoots involving children. Remove the green and red ones because they stain the lips and tongue. As soon as you meet the kids, give them...

3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Photography On a Shoestring Budget

3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Photography On a Shoestring Budget

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Some of our readers have asked us to write a post on how you can enjoy photography on a small budget, so I wanted to put together a post with some of my own suggestions because I have been there, done that (still doing it, to be honest). When I first got into photography, I had very little money to spend on anything besides my initial DSLR purchase. You often hear photographers, both professionals and amateurs touting the, "spend the extra money, you won't be sorry" mantra when it comes to gear, but the truth of the matter is, not...