Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

My 3 Step Guide to Capturing Lightning Photos Lightning, it’s one of the most intense forms of power that Mother Nature can produce other than your tornadoes and hurricanes. It flashes the earth almost 1.4 billion times per year all over the world, and it is just waiting to be photographed! In …

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Photographing Children – A Guide To Capturing Organic Joy From Our Tiny Subjects As a family photographer there are very few things that make me happier than feedback from a parent telling me I did a perfect job of capturing their child’s personality. The main reason I approach my family sessions with …

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   Getting Started With Off Camera Flash Photography Do the words “off camera flash” fill you with dread and terror? Many photographers, especially amateurs and those loyal to natural lighting, typically steer clear from flash photography of any sort due to its perceived complexities. However, once you start to learn the basics …

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  7 Simple Posing Tips for More Natural Looking Photos Are you finding yourself at shoots ripping your hair out trying to figure out how to pose your clients in a way that looks flattering and natural? Posing your clients can be a real stress point for not only you but your subjects …

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6 Tips for Capturing Better Photos in the Snow! Winter is upon us, and for many of us, that means SNOW. I love the challenge of taking photos in the snow: The scene is entirely different than what I work with the rest of the year, and it compels me to stretch …

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Unlocking Authentic Expressions From Kids in Your Family Sessions Let’s be honest: Family pictures can be STRESSFUL for the entire family. We’ve all been there, on the other side of the lens. As the parent, you’ve spent hours picking out the perfect coordinating outfits, you’ve stressed about the weather and location, you’ve …

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How to Photograph Christmas Morning With You in the Frame! Because my heart for photography started with my desire to document everyday memories, it’s no surprise that I LOVE taking Christmas morning photos! But since we have had kids, I have found myself more and more aware of the fact that, most …

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Telling a Better Story through Lifestyle Photography There is a lot of buzz in the photography world about how to capture genuine smiles and expressions from your clients. Capturing authentic connection is one of the things that can separate a good photo from a great one, and is something I plan to …

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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding White Balance! If you find understanding white balance to be a mysterious concept, you are not alone. Many do. The numbers and settings used in setting white balance can be a little confusing if you aren’t familiar with them. In addition, white balance is not something we …

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Natural Light Photography Tips for In-Home Sessions! Want to know how to pick the perfect spot to take a great picture in your home ?  Every home is a little different but one thing you can always count on, is that every house has windows! And natural window light is our friend! …

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Tips for Taking Better Holiday Photos! The Daunting Christmas Card! To take your own photos or hire a professional? Christmas Season is just around the corner and that always brings up the option to send out Christmas Cards – which can be a total chore if you do not know how to …

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8 Tips for Photographing Kids! Photographing children can be hilarious and meaningful. Other times it can be like trying to bottle feed an angry octopus. It takes patience, skill and a bit of creativity. Here are some tips and tricks to capturing the moment….as quickly as possible. Have Everyone Prepared Before the …

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Wondering why you should use back button focus? Back button focus usually confuses photographers at first but once they “get it”, they love it! If there is anything I wish I had known sooner in my journey as a photographer, it would be this one simple thing: Back Button Focus. This has …

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Night Photography Tips! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or on one other than the third from the sun, you’ve probably noticed an influx of night time / astronomy shots on social media this week. This weekend awed night watchers and photographers with a stunning view of a “super moon eclipse”, …

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The Basics of Aperture Size There are many functions that modern cameras have.  But some of the old ideas that modern cameras can’t do away with are your aperture, your shutter speed and your ISO (i.e. sensitivity of the film to light or in digital cameras your sensor’s sensitivity to light). These …

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The Magic of Slow Shutter Speeds We often spend so much time making sure that our shutter speeds are fast enough to avoid camera shake or blur from movement, that it might sound odd to talk about improving your photos by slowing down the shutter speed. But that’s exactly what we’re going …

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