Author Archives: Samantha Knoop

About Samantha Knoop

Samantha is a family and engagement photographer in Alberta, Canada. Her ultimate goal is to capture the authentic moments and beautiful connection between people. Her favourite childhood memories include bounding through sprinklers, being chased by the garden hose, and exploring the shallow waterways in her hometown park with her siblings; memories she hopes to capture for others one day. She can usually be found with a sugary snack in one hand, a glass of milk in the other, and lounging in comfy sweats on her downtime − or else traversing the Kananaskis & Banff mountains with her camera!

Have you ever wondered how other photographers are able to capture so many candid moments in their portrait photography? We’re about to let you in on the secret world of photography prompts, and you’re never going to look back! Everyone has a style of portrait photography that appeals to them. The amazing …

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We’ve all seen it before, a close friend or family member asks you for free photos favor:  “When you come over for Chelsea’s birthday party, can you please take a few shots of her? I’m going to be cooking on the BBQ and won’t have time to take any photos”.  Free photos …

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Have you ever been frustrated to find lens flares in your photo? Maybe it’s covering your subject’s face, or distracting from your image’s aesthetic. The good news is you can prevent this! You are in control of your camera, so you control if your image shows a lens flare. The lens flares …

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What would you do if a client asked you to capture some last photos of their dying family member? Perhaps you’ve thought about joining an organization that captures the last memories a parent has with their still born baby. We’ll share our tips for how to approach bereavement photography with empathy, respect, …

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What is bokeh, and how do you get it? You’ve heard photographers throwing that term around like everyone knows what it is, but you’re left in the dark trying to understand it. Not to worry, bokeh isn’t so mysterious once someone explains what it means which is what we’re here for. We’ll …

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Family photography might just be the most universal type of photography out there, the type of photography most widely appreciated across the world. So how do you master this photography genre? By most widely appreciated, we don’t mean everyone everywhere is going to care all of your family photography. In fact, each …

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Have you ever wondered how photographers get those gorgeous glowing outdoor portraits of their clients? You know – the ones that evoke thoughts of happy days and lazy summer evenings, using only backlight photography.  After diffused light aka cloudy days, backlight photography is one of an outdoor photographer’s best kinds of lighting. …

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Have you ever seen a tilt shift photo or video? It’s a fascinating photography niche whose effect can be achieved both with a specialized lens and during the editing process.  Seeing a tilt shift video or photo makes you feel like a giant overlooking a miniature world. Even if you’re seeing a …

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Did you recently start your photography journey and you’re not sure what to do with your camera? Welcome grasshopper, you’ve come to the right place for photography for beginners! We love your enthusiasm and drive to get better and we’re going to guide you on your journey to growing as a photographer! …

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Are you struggling to get the look you want in your camera when shooting in automatic mode? Leave all the frustration of inconsistent photos behind by working in manual mode! When you shoot in automatic mode, you often get photos that are too dark one minute and too light  the next. This …

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Are you the type of photographer that runs indoors at the first sign of rain, or the type that grabs your camera and jumps in the puddles? If you’re not already the latter you will be dying for precipitation to get rain pictures! We’ve got tips to protect your camera and take …

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What parent can resist the stunning beauty of the images created during a newborn posing photo session? Learn the basics of newborn photography here, because we all know end result is worth the work! Those chubby cheeks, and the pure serenity of a sleeping baby is irresistible. Parents go through this tricky …

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Every photographer’s worst nightmare is to find out someone has stolen your work and called it their own, and worse if they’re making money off of it. So what can you do photography copyright infringement happens to you? You can’t believe your eyes, you see your photo – one you took with …

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Do you fall into the group of people who love Instagram for your photography marketing, or run away and pretend it doesn’t exist? For those that avoid Instagram like the plague, this article is for you because we’ve got some Instagram photography apps that will make Instagram seem a little less daunting. …

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Are you confused about social media photography and how it all works? You’re not alone, this area of business in nuanced and can take a little time to understand it all. Has social media strategies got you banging your head on the table? You’ve come to the right place to get it …

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Are you struggling to get the word out about your photography business? Sometimes the excitement of starting a business doesn’t translate into clients. We’re here to help jump start your photography marketing! Congratulations on taking the big step to start your own business! It takes so much courage to go into business …

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