Photography

3 Tips for Better Mini Sessions

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by Sarah Petty Many photographers have tried a mini-session event. They’re a low-risk way for clients to try you out and you get exposure to new clients who you can turn into long-term portrait buyers in the future. But when mini’s go wrong, this quick money-making promotion turns into a time sucking bust. Here are…

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Importance of Scouting Locations

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“Where should we do the session?”  It’s the question you regularly get from your clients, and lately you’re feeling uninspired by your “go to” spots. It’s easy and familiar, but you feel like you’re in a creative rut. We’ve all been there! It’s easy to fall into a routine with your photo sessions, especially when…

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Capturing Christmas Lights

Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to play with capturing pretty bokeh from lights! One question I get from friends and family this time of year is how to get the Christmas lights background effect. Here’s a simple breakdown of what you need to do! First step is to set your camera in manual. If…

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10 Things Every Photographer Should Bring to a Portrait Session

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While there are the basics that you bring to every portrait session like your cameras and go to lenses, sometimes there are a few extra things you can toss in your camera bag/car to help you out in a pinch. Here are 10 things we think every portrait photographer should bring to a session: Extra…

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Last Minute Ways to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Today is the day that has had North America buzzing for weeks: The solar eclipse of 2017. This is the first time a solar eclipse has happened in the US since 1979! Many have traveled to be in the path of totality for the event, however there are many spots where you’ll see great coverage.…

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Getting Started in Film Photography

Have you been drawn to work of film photographers lately? Thinking about giving it a try? Don’t be intimidated by it! It’s actually very easy to dive in. Here are a few things to consider as you get started: 1. Equipment You don’t have to buy the most expensive film camera to get great images.…

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Back Button Focusing

You might have heard of back button focus. It’s often a lightbulb moment for new and even more seasoned photographers. I know that when I discovered it and switched, my photos completely changed. They were more often in focus, especially if I had moving subjects. Plus it gave me more freedom to recompose my images. It’s…

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6 Tips for Scouting New Session Locations

We’ve all been there. We get into a rut of going to the same old spot for all of our photo sessions. Wanting to liven up your locations? Maybe it’s time for a day of photo scouting! When you mix up your session spots, you’re giving yourself a chance to see new light and push…

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How to Create Heart Shaped Bokeh

Since today is Valentine’s Day, we thought we would share a tutorial on how to get heart shaped bokeh in your images! It’s quick, easy to make and produces some really fun images. What you need: Lens that has a wide aperture like the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 Black Paper Scissors, Xacto Knife & Tape image found…

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How to Use Flow Posing in Your Sessions

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What is “flow posing”? Flow Posing is a system that takes your couples through multiple poses in a short amount of time. This can be done with a single person, couples, families, etc. The main idea is to have a series of poses in mind so that if you ever get stuck on a pose you can easily talk…

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