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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Wish you could nail white balance consistently? Now you can. 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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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The Photo Project: Digging Deeper When A Portrait Doesn’t Say Enough This is my son. It was taken… a year or two ago? That’s right, off the top of my head I can’t tell. He still has his baby front teeth here, that helps narrow it a bit. It was taken in the …

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5 Tips for Finding Your Confidence as a New Photographer Photography is art, like any painting or sculpture. Our photography is an expression of who we are. It is an intimate look into our vision & our emotions. With that understanding, it really isn’t any wonder that many of us feel insecure about …

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Choosing Images for a Client Gallery in Lightroom Culling a session can be one of the toughest things to master.  It’s always so hard after a session; you get home, unload the card, and marvel at all the gems you have. And, if you are like many photographers you have taken WAY …

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