Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

Finding the Light, Part 2: Using Shadows and Light for Dramatic Portraits One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, …

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Finding the Light, Part 1: Using Natural Light to Create Standout Photos One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding …

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6 Photo Composition Tips to Enhance Your Images We spend a lot of time talking about how to get technically perfect photo, but there is more to a great image than technicalities. A technically flawless photo doesn’t matter as much to a client if the photo isn’t INTERESTING, so let’s chat a …

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How to Get a Blurred Background in Your Photos, Without Shooting Wide Open! We chatted recently about how to master shooting wide open, and I wanted to follow up that post with more discussion on achieving a nice blurred background, or bokeh, in your photos. Who doesn’t love it? It’s that creamy …

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3 Easy Tips for Taking Indoor Photos If you’ve ever shot photos indoors, you know how tricky it can be. The lighting can be inadequate, and a decent backdrop can be hard to come by. If the nuances of shooting inside have you avoiding it altogether, today is the day that changes! …

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Are you struggling getting sharp photos when shooting wide open? There are several reasons you might choose to take photos with your aperture open as far as it will go, or as it’s affectionately referred to in the photography world, “shooting wide open.” One trademark of a professional portrait is that nice creamy, …

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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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