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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 expect when working with us. When you are hired for a job, …

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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 skills and feel …

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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 with our shaved ice, corndogs and handfuls of tickets for all kinds of rickety …

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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. Like you, I want to go into each and every session fully prepared and …

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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 fall… I can tell because I think this was Las Vegas and it’s …

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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 putting our creations out there for the world to see. It’s a …

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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 too many photos. There are 200 shots that you need to …

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I’ll be honest, I love to take photos with that soft, golden light that is only found early in the morning or just before sunset. The golden hour has such a magical quality to it that if I’m not careful, I could find myself stuck there, lacking the flexibility to shoot in any other type …

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Interested in the Nikon D5? Here is an all-inclusive Nikon D5 Review! I recently rented the Nikon D5 from LensProtoGo to spend a few days with the camera for two different photo shoots I had scheduled.  It was fun to really put it to the test and see how the camera performs. Now, of course, at a …

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We’ve all heard it: When it comes to business, blogging for photographers is gold. Not only is it great for SEO (search engine optimization), but your blog is a great way for your clients to share your work and your website with ALL of their friends and family. Talk about increasing your reach! I always …

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Every now and then, we run into things as photographers that can trip us up a little if we aren’t prepared. Have you ever had a client wearing glasses during your session, and the next thing you know they’re wearing sunglasses?! Transition lenses are incredibly convenient… unless you’re a photographer. If you have ever had …

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One of my favorite ways to utilize composition to make a big impact in my photos is through the use of leading lines. Leading lines are any kind of lines that are present in your photo that draw your viewer’s eyes to a specific part of the frame, most often the subject of the photo. …

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Many photographers that I know, myself included, got started with photography so that they could take pictures capturing everyday life.  Not wanting to miss a moment or milestone.  Sound familiar? If so, you probably started by aimlessly clicking the camera at your baby, your dog, your spouse or anything around you. Perhaps, you have some great …

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I will never forget the first time I had to fire a client. It was SO uncomfortable. There were warning signs from the very beginning, but being overly-optimistic and being a people-pleaser, I ignored them. I learned a hard lesson that day: If you know a client will not be a good fit for you, …

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How to Use The Radial Filter in Lightroom Today I want to discuss my all-time favorite tool in Lightroom – the radial filter. The radial filter is a tool designed to allow you to make edits to an isolated area of your image. Its functions come in handy particularly when I want to add an additional …

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When I first began taking clients, the only thing I thought about when picking out the location with my clients for their session was how the location looked. Was it eye catching? Was it pretty? And it makes sense, right? Who doesn’t want the backdrop for their photos to be gorgeous? What I didn’t realize …

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