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Using the Rule of Thirds in Photography

Using the Rule of Thirds in Photography
The Rule of Thirds is one of several guidelines for composing visual images. The rule of thirds divides an image into a 3×3 grid, created by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. This technique suggests that placing the subject or point of interest in […]

Preserving Your Images: How to Make a Photo Book

Preserving Your Images: How to Make a Photo Book

I remember being so excited to take photos and get them back from the drugstore to put them in the album as a kid. I always enjoyed looking back at them every time we put a new set of photos in. I really wanted my children to […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Sharon Westergard

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Sharon has been contributing to the group in both asking for help and more important, providing help to all the other clique-mates 🙂

Congrats Sharon! Keep […]

7 Simple Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Photos TODAY

7 Simple Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Photos TODAY
If you are anything like me, you are probably always looking for ways to improve your photos… searching to find ways to take them to the next level. Sound familiar? We jump along from webinar to webinar, blog post to blog post, in search of that perfect […]

Adding Mood and Interest to Photos with Black and White Conversion

Adding Mood and Interest to Photos with Black and White Conversion

Many times I take a photo, edit it, and it just isn’t giving me a wow factor. I can tell it looks promising but it just needs something MORE. Let’s look at these four examples and see why the black and white conversion made them stronger, […]

Beyond the Snapshot: How to Meaningfully Photograph Birthday Parties

Beyond the Snapshot: How to Meaningfully Photograph Birthday Parties

My love for photos started long before I ever even owned a DSLR camera. I have always been a “memory keeper” of sorts, documenting special moments in pictures, and reveling in the memories long after the moment was gone. Now that I’m “a photographer,” I spend much […]

How to Create a Christmas Magic Book Photo: a Step by Step Guide

How to Create a Christmas Magic Book Photo: a Step by Step Guide
Every year the holiday season brings a flurry of Christmas themed child portraits to the photography community. It’s easy to see why. Christmas is a magical time for children, and as photographers we want to capture that magic in an image that will […]

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 […]

5 Easy Steps for Organizing Your Lightroom Catalogue

5 Easy Steps for Organizing Your Lightroom Catalogue

Nothing feels better than being organized! When you have a place for everything, and put things where they belong it frees up your mind to focus on other things. At least, this is my philosophy when it comes to organizing my photos. You won’t believe how much organizing […]

How to Create Shaped Bokeh: a Festive Guide for Photographers

How to Create Shaped Bokeh: a Festive Guide for Photographers

Have you always admired those neat shots that usually appear at the holidays that give the pretty out of focus lights, referred to as BOKEH, fun shapes? If you have, I have a great, EASY tutorial for you that will send you on your way experimenting […]

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, […]

Cole’s Clique Elite Member Spotlight: Jennifer Fox

Another month of hard work (and some fun too!) over in the Cole’s Clique Elite Private Facebook group and that means another Cole’s Clique “Elite Member Spotlight” is upon us.  Since the very beginning Jennifer has been contributing to the group in both asking for help and more important, providing help to all the other clique-mates 🙂

Congrats Jennifer! Keep […]

Making the Best of What You Have – One Window 10 Ways!!!

Making the Best of What You Have – One Window 10 Ways!!!

Look at those windows right!? I know, I’m not going to lie – this is what sold us on this house last year. These are gorgeous windows and provide wonderful light! However, I quickly noticed after we moved and settled in, that because of […]

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 Photograph Your Own Kids: Preventing Photographer Kid Burnout

How to Photograph Your Own Kids: Preventing Photographer Kid Burnout
Today I’d like to address an ailment called ‘P.K.B’, or Photographer Kid Burnout. If you’ve ever tried to photograph your own kids, you may recognize the symptoms: Pouting. Screaming. Crying. Grumpy faces. Rolling eyes…. and that is just from us parents! The kids are at it […]

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 […]

Matte Effect Made Easy: How to Create a Matte Effect in Lightroom

Matte Effect Made Easy: How to Create a Matte Effect in Lightroom
Some may call it trendy, some call it their style. I find that using the matte effect is lovely, and I incorporate at least a touch of it in many of my images. It’s a great way to add style, and dimension and even evoke […]

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 […]

Why 85% of Photographers Fail & How You Can Succeed!

Why 85% of Photographers Fail & How You Can Succeed!

Well hello there new aspiring photographer! So you want to make money with your photography? That’s great…as long as you’re prepared for the bumps, peaks and valleys along the way.  In fact, did you know that 85% of photographers fail?

According to Dane Sanders in his book […]

14 Must Take Wedding Ceremony Photos!

14 Must Take Wedding Ceremony Photos!
One of the major benefits of your job as a wedding photographer is you have the opportunity to observe beautiful and special moments between loved one. The wedding ceremony, in particular, is full of emotion, excitement, and joy, but can also happen so quickly you may have to scramble to […]

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 […]

Maximizing Your Mini-Sessions: 5 Tips for Successful Mini Sessions

Maximizing Your Mini Sessions: 5 Tips for Successful Mini Sessions
Have you been eager to try mini sessions but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve been there, done that, and just didn’t have the results you were looking for? After several years of success with mini session in my own studio, I’d like to […]

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 […]

5 Tips to Overcome Photographer Self Doubt

5 Tips to Overcome Photographer Self Doubt

I believe photographer self doubt can cripple many of us. It’s always there, in the back of our minds.

Am I good enough?

Should I really call myself a photographer?

Will anyone even hire me?

Should I even charge for my work?

Will this session go ok?

Will I be able to handle the lighting, […]

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 […]

Braving the Backlight: How to Take Amazing Photos with Backlighting

Braving the Backlight: How to Take Amazing Photos with Backlighting
Golden hour backlight, my lighting soul mate. It’s warm, rich & soft. Dimensional, glowing… downright dreamy. It can be a tricky technique, and it certainly hasn’t always been my favorite. When I first started, the photos came out blurry, hazy, and overexposed. This may be what […]

9 Wedding Photography Posing Tips from Roberto Valenzuela

9 Wedding Photography Posing Tips from Roberto Valenzuela
A wedding day is full of so many challenges, many of which are completely outside of your control. Posing is not one of those. With training and practice, you can master the techniques of posing. Today, we’ve invited ShootDotEdit to help you advance your posing skills and feel confident […]