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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Growing Your Photography Business on a Budget One of the things that gets under my skin more than anything is stumbling upon articles insinuating that a new photographer must spend top dollar and go into inordinate amounts of debt in able to be considered a “real” photographer. As if the amount of …

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Are you ready to take your photography business to the next level? Are you excited to show potential clients what you can do and grab their attention? Here are some simple, yet very important steps toward achieving your goals of becoming a professional photographer. How to Make a Photography Portfolio – 10 …

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Not Good Enough: Disbanding the Lie and Growing as a Photographer We don’t talk about it much, but we’ve all been there: the doubt, the discouragement, the hidden, quiet thoughts rooted in the fear that we are not good enough. “Am I good enough to be a photographer?” “Do I have what …

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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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How In Person Sales Drastically Changed my Portrait Photography Business Note from Cole – the tutorial & photographs are written / provided from Twyla Dawn Photography. I am sure by now lots of you have seen and heard the term IPS thrown around quite a bit in groups and discussions. IPS is In …

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Need Help Understanding Exactly What You Need to Know about Buying a Speedlight? Once upon a time if you wanted an external flash for your camera then your choice was simple.  You would pay a small fortune for the manufacturer’s own brand.  The end. Nowadays though, the amount of choice on the …

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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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