Betsy Davis

About Betsy Davis

Betsy Davis is a wife, mom, and portrait photographer living in northwestern Missouri. She is the owner and principle photographer of Betsy Davis Photography. Her love of photography was born out of a lifelong passion for documenting memories, and is rivaled by an (almost) equal love for good coffee and sunny weather. Stay connected with Betsy through her website, Facebook and Instagram pages!

Photo Projects and the Photographer: Are They Worth It?

Photo Projects and the Photographer: Are They Worth It?
If you’ve been around the photography community for long, you have probably seen a wide variety of photography projects out there. Photo projects range in structure from submitting images daily to weekly, or even just following a certain theme for a given time period.  It can be […]

4 Tips for Taking Photos in Cold Weather

4 Tips for Taking Photos in Cold Weather
With winter upon many of us, questions are beginning to come about taking photos in the cold weather. While it’s true that for most of us, business slows down in the colder months and we find ourselves with less work than the rest of the year, winter can still […]

When We Fail: 4 Tips to Recover from Failure as a Photographer

When We Fail: 4 Tips to Recover from Failure as a Photographer
It happens to all of us. It can be painful. Maybe even embarrassing. It’s definitely not something we love to talk about… but we should. At some point, each of us will face some sort of failure as a photographer. It might be big, […]

What to Say When a Client Asks for the RAW Files

What to Say When a Client Asks for the RAW Files
I see this question a lot: My client is asking for the RAW files from their session, what do I say? This can be a hot topic, and everyone comes down somewhere differently on this one. Just do a quick search on any forum, or […]

How to Mirror a Background in Photoshop

How to Mirror a Background in Photoshop
Mirroring a background is a neat little Photoshop trick that can come in really handy. I have used this method to remove unwanted parts of an image, or to just add some interest to a photo. With a powerful tool like Photoshop, there is always more than one way […]

The Photographer’s Off Season: 4 Things to Do When Business is Slow

The Photographer’s Off Season: 4 Things to Do When Business is Slow
Winter can mean slower business for many of us, especially wedding and natural light, non-studio photographers. And even more so for those of us who live in regions with cold weather. The inquiries are slower to roll in and for a period of time, […]

Ready for Anything: The Importance of Being Prepared as a Photographer

Ready for Anything: The Importance of Being Prepared as a Photographer
I will never forget the day my biggest fear as a photographer was realized. It was gut-wrenching. And as much as I had feared this happening, there was nothing that could prepare me for the unfathomable sickness I would feel in the pit of my […]

Low-Light Weddings: How to Shoot in a Dark Church

Low-Light Weddings: How to Shoot in a Dark Church
One of the common questions I hear floating around is how to take good photos in a dark church. As photographers, we frequently have a lot of creative freedom with where we photograph our subjects, but weddings are the exception. When you are photographing a wedding, you […]

Canon 50mm f/1.2L Lens Review: a Hands On Practical Review

Canon 50mm f/1.2L Lens Review: a Hands On Practical Review

I love 50mm lenses, mostly for their versatile and natural focal length. Whether you are shooting portraits, smaller details, lifestyle, or just looking for a good every day lens, you really can’t beat the focal length of a 50mm. I recently had the opportunity to rent […]

How to Nail White Balance Every Time: Discovering the ExpoDisc

How to Nail White Balance Every Time: Discovering the ExpoDisc
I’m going to be honest with you. When it comes to White Balance, I have always been one to shoot in Auto White Balance (AWB) mode and “fix it later.” “It’s such a quick, easy fix in post-processing,” I told myself. Until it wasn’t. I’ve begun […]

The Happy Client: 4 Tips for Managing Client Expectations

The Happy Client: 4 Tips for Managing Client Expectations
Some of the most challenging client situations we run into as photographers can be avoided. Most of them stem from unmet client expectations. As the photographer, it is our job to manage our client’s expectations to ensure they know exactly what they can expect when working with […]

How a Carnival Worker Challenged me to Be a Better Photographer

How a Carnival Worker Challenged me to Be a Better Photographer
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our family to a local Fall Festival. What started out as a typical fun day with our family very quickly took shape as a huge lesson for me. As we strolled along with our shaved ice, […]

How to Prepare for a Photo Session in 4 Simple Steps

How to Prepare for a Photo Session in 4 Simple Steps
I don’t know about you, but I still get butterflies before my photo sessions. Thankfully, the butterflies have become more from excitement than from nerves as they used to be, but they can still throw me “off” if I’m not careful. Like you, I want […]

How to Take Photos with Overcast Skies

How to Take Photos with Overcast Skies
I’ll be honest, I love to take photos with that soft, golden light that is only found early in the morning or just before sunset. The golden hour has such a magical quality to it that if I’m not careful, I could find myself stuck there, lacking the flexibility […]

Blogging for Photographers: 4 Tips for Staying on Top of Client Blogs

Blogging for Photographers: 4 Tips for Staying on Top of Client Blogs
We’ve all heard it: When it comes to business, blogging for photographers is gold. Not only is it great for SEO (search engine optimization), but your blog is a great way for your clients to share your work and your website with ALL of […]

How to Edit Transition Lenses in Lightroom

How to Edit Transition Lenses in Lightroom
Every now and then, we run into things as photographers that can trip us up a little if we aren’t prepared. Have you ever had a client wearing glasses during your session, and the next thing you know they’re wearing sunglasses?! Transition lenses are incredibly convenient… unless you’re a […]

How to Use Leading Lines for Better Photos

How to Use Leading Lines for Better Photos
One of my favorite ways to utilize composition to make a big impact in my photos is through the use of leading lines. Leading lines are any kind of lines that are present in your photo that draw your viewer’s eyes to a specific part of the frame, […]

Difficult Client Situations: 3 Photography Clients to Avoid

Difficult Client Situations: 3 Photography Clients to Avoid
I will never forget the first time I had to fire a client. It was SO uncomfortable. There were warning signs from the very beginning, but being overly-optimistic and being a people-pleaser, I ignored them. I learned a hard lesson that day: If you know a client will […]

Choosing a Photo Session Location: 3 Things to Look For

Choosing a Photo Session Location: 3 Things to Look For
When I first began taking clients, the only thing I thought about when picking out the location with my clients for their session was how the location looked. Was it eye catching? Was it pretty? And it makes sense, right? Who doesn’t want the backdrop for […]

5 Tips on How to Avoid Photographer Burnout

5 Tips on How to Avoid Photographer Burnout
It can happen to all of us. Questioning what we do, whether or not this is the career for us, whether we are good enough, or even if we want to continue pursuing our photography career. It doesn’t help that in photography, the seasons of work seem to […]

3 Surprising Results from Shooting Every Day

3 Surprising Results from Shooting Every Day
I used to wait to pick up my camera until I wanted to shoot, or until I had something to shoot, or until I had time. Let’s face it: there are days I just don’t want to pick up my camera. And some days, the desire is there, but […]

How to do a Head Swap in Photoshop

How to do a Head Swap in Photoshop
I’m mostly a Lightroom girl, but every now and then there are things I need to do that make Photoshop a must-have. One of those things is doing a head swap. Every now and then, I run into a situation where I have an image I love, but […]

Getting in the Frame: How to Take a Self Portrait

Getting in the Frame: How to Take a Self Portrait
As the one behind the camera, chances are, you aren’t in photos very often. But it can be so rewarding to actually be in the frame… to not just capture the memories, but to be in them, too. That is precisely why I decided to learn […]

4 Tricks on How to Get Catchlights with Natural Light

4 Tricks on How to Get Catchlights with Natural Light
The next time you look at a portrait, take notice of the subject’s eyes. If the photographer has done a good job of lighting the subject, you will notice that the eyes are illuminated and have life in them. See those bright eyes? They sparkle. Those […]

The #1 Key to Ensure You Stand Out in the Photography Business

The #1 Key to Ensure You Stand Out in the Photography Business
It seems like everyone has a camera these days. And with such a wealth of information on the internet, learning how to use it has never been easier! It’s a double-edged sword, because while we have droves of information and know-how at our very fingertips, […]

Managing Your Photography Workflow: 3 Quick Tips

Managing Your Photography Workflow: 3 Quick Tips
It’s that time of year, photographers: Busy season is upon us. At one time, this season filled me with equal parts excitement and dread. Could I manage it all? What if I dropped the ball? How would I keep everything straight? I have a lot on my plate besides […]

My Simple Trick to Fix Under Eye Circles in Lightroom

My Simple Trick to Fix Under Eye Circles in Lightroom
It’s not uncommon to have a photo that needs some touch up due to under eye circles, or dark circles under the client’s eye. There are several ways to edit something like this, and today I’m going to show you my favorite, quick method.

My Easy Fix
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No Excuses: How to Make Any Location Work for You!

No Excuses: How to Make Any Location Work for You!
We arrived to the wedding venue, and to put it briefly, we were quite underwhelmed. It was one of those locations full of tile from the 1990s, furniture to match, and a bridal room that doubled as a storage closet. Right away, we began racking our […]

Digital Noise: What is it & How to Correct It

Digital Noise: What Is It & How to Correct It
Have you seen the term “noise” thrown around and wondered what exactly it is? Or maybe you’ve noticed that some of your images aren’t as crisp and clear as you want them to be, and almost have a grainy appearance to them. Digital noise could be […]

Should You Work for Free? A Lesson for Every Photographer

Should You Work for Free? A Lesson for Every Photographer
At some point or another, if you own a nice camera and have at least minimal skill using it, the time will come (and probably more than once): Someone will ask you to work for free. Or maybe no one will ask you, but you’ll find […]