How to Identify Your Ideal Client and Speak Their Language

Today’s article is from Kristin Milito. Kristin says: As photographers, we work endlessly to market ourselves, spread our name, and consistently book clients. Still, our marketing efforts are futile if we are spending our time and effort speaking a language our ideal client doesn’t understand. So, if you are going to do all that hard work, […]

Off Camera Flash Tutorial

Lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Focal Length: 85mm Shutter Speed: 1/50 Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 160 [pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”] For this tutorial, the photographer recommends the following equipment: Camera and lens of your choice (this photographer used a Nikon D800 with varying lenses, including a Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens, […]

Rock What Ya Got!

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”] Beginner and professional photographer alike are always looking for ways to reduce their budgets. Here are some clever photography ideas from one of our readers that can help you not only learn, but also minimize your expenses while doing it. I often have people […]

Every Day One Month A Year

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”] Parents wish they had more pictures of their kids other than school pictures and the holidays.  This photographer has come up with a clever plan of action to get those photos taken. Designate a photography month, then every day (for that month) snap photos […]

Creating Composite Images

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this awesome photography tutorial on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Shannon Jilge. When working with clients that are difficult to give direction to, you may need to what are called composite images. Shannon has some great ideas how to achieve this result! Shannon says: A composite image is final image […]

What to Consider When Creating a Promotional Video

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this awesome photography tutorial on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Dawn Attebery. Suggested: Creating a promotional video for your studio is becoming one of the newest trends for photographers. Not only are they a great marketing and promotional tool, but they also give your potential clients a great idea of […]

Belovely You 2014 Best Tips on Lighting Pt. I

We had some great portrait tips come in this year. So many, in fact, that we decided to split them into two separate articles. The best tips on lighting are going to be shared with you to make your portraits even better! Today’s article will focus on different lighting situations and some nifty lighting miscellany, […]

2014 Best Tips on Working With Children

Children’s photography can be a really fun time – they’re adorable, and energetic. But getting them to cooperate for you can present a challenge that you don’t get when photographing other age groups. Working with children can be a good experience for everyone involved with these tips. In this article we’ve compiled our best tips […]

Engagement Sessions – From Before the Session to After

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this awesome photography tutorial on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Namita Azad. Engagement sessions is a fun trend that allows couples to share their engagement announcement to their friends and family. This photography tends to be the most fun because the couple is there to have a good time. Namita […]

The Secret to Shooting Hybrid (Film + Digital)

Shooting both film and digital images at the same time is tricky, and many photographers avoid it because it’s difficult to get the digital images to consistently match the film images, and vice versa. Film + digital makes an effective hybrid. How I Pull Off Film + Digital Images The secret to shooting hybrid (film […]

The Finishing Touches Tutorial

Putting the finishing touches on an image often includes skin smoothing and retouching, and really gives your photos that clean, finished look. It is the finishing touches that makes each portrait perfect. But there are other Photoshop techniques you can use that really take your your images to the next level and give your senior portraits a […]

Five Great Tips for Better Portraits Outside

When it comes to photography, it is great to know tips for better portraits – especially outside. When taking photos outdoors, there are many logistics to work out. And sometimes, you need to wait hours for the perfect shot! I’ve been a professional photographer for over 15 years. In that time I have been lucky […]

The Dress Shot

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Lindsay Adler. Some of the best artistic photographs involve dresses. The dress shot has become a niche of portrait photos with some amazing results! Lindsay says: “When I was first trying to create striking creative images, attaining beautiful wardrobe was always […]

5 Things to do Before you Respond to that Angry Email

And BAM. There it is. That angry email, that nasty, accusatory email from a client. Maybe you suspected it might come, maybe it came out of the blue but now what? 1. Step away from the angry email. Many people have a knee-jerk reaction to defend themselves when they receive emails that are accusatory or […]

Simulating Golden Sunlight with Speedlights

Today’s tutorial is from the wonderful Andy Lim. Within the world of photography, speedlights give portrait photographs that professional, polished look when used correctly. Here are some tips to use speedlights to your advantage when working with clients. How To Use Speedlights Effectively Here is a list of equipment you will need to complete this […]

Alexis Lawson’s Glamour Photography Sessions

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Alexis Lawson. When doing glamour photography sessions, it is a good idea if your client is relaxed.  Part of the allure of glamour photography is that is looks natural and artistic at the same time. Alexis says: “I recently photographed Maggie, […]

Newborn Lighting Tutorial

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this awesome photography tutorial on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Keely Julson. Getting the perfect newborn photos is critical for your clients. These photographs are very prized, and if done well, your reputation for a newborn photographer will spread. Keely says: I’m going to discuss one lighting technique that you […]

Newborn Safety Tips Tutorial, Part II

This article is the second half of a tutorial on infant safety during Newborn and Infant photography sessions. To read the first half of the article, click here.  The second half of the article is based around infant posing and safety during posing, and is written by the same author as the first half of […]

Newborn Safety Tutorial, Part I

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this awesome photography tutorial on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Anya Wait. Anya is a Madison, Wisconsin and Brooklyn, New York Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Baby, and Family photographer. She’s had years of experience working with newborns, and has written a two-part series on Newborn Safety just for Belovely You. Newborn safety is […]

How to Successfully Prep a Couple for an Engagement Session

Whether you incorporate engagement sessions into your wedding packages or offer them as an a la carte option, preparing your clients for the session by explaining the process is a great way to build trust for the session that leads naturally into established trust on the wedding day. I find that giving the clients “homework” […]

How to Replicate Softbox Light by Scott Wyden Kivowitz

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this awesome photography tutorial on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s tutorial is from Scott Wyden Kivowitz. A softbox light is used by many professional photographers, and it can be very expensive. These tips allow you to create the look without killing your budget. Scott says: “If you’re like me then you enjoy soft […]