Rustic Family Portraits by Ryan MacDonald

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Ryan says:

“The MacGillivray/MacDonald family session took place in Point Aconi, Cape Breton Island. The storm clouds were rolling in as the session started, so I knew we had a limited amount of time before the rain would start. Luckily, little Ruby was a dream to photograph…happy as a clam the entire session.”

Ryan’s Photography Tip:

I’m not much of a fan of green grass, but I love golden grass. From the end of summer through autumn, I try to use golden grass as much as possible because it always photographs warm and reflects making nice skin tones. We were on top of a giant cliff, surrounded by the Atlantic, so it was pretty cold and raining a bit.

I wanted to make sure Ruby was warm so we put her in the long grass to break some of the wind and I got down on my stomach and photographed the session from her level. The colour of the grass makes the session appear much warmer than it was.

By using your environment and surroundings, you can trick the eyes and tell a different story and turn a chilly day into a warm afternoon.

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Family on the ground.

Ryan used a Canon Mk III with a Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.

Ryan MacDonald is a Victoria, British Columbia and Nova Scotia Portrait and Wedding photographer.

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Today’s Giveaway: Annual StickyAlbums Membership!

Today’s Giveaway: Annual StickyAlbums Membership!

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StickyAlbums lets you create a digital photo album that your clients can save to their iPhones, iPads, and most Andriods!

It’s so simple that you can make a custom stickyalbum for each of your clients.

All you have to do is upload and adjust your images, customize with your own branding, and launch album to your clients

And voila! Your clients will be sharing their photos with everyone they see and doing your marketing for you.

Create StickyAlbum mobile apps and offer them as an add-on premium, part of your top packages, or as a giveaway to each of your clients. It will give you the flexibility to focus on growing referrals, revenue per client, or both.

 

To enter for a chance to win, simply use the form below. To learn more about StickyAlbums, click here.

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P.S. Want to purchase a StickyAlbums Subscription? If you’ve been thinking about it we highly suggest you do that today, because just for today, to celebrate the launch of Belovely You, Nate from StickyAlbums is giving anyone who uses the code: Belovely $40 off their purchase!

Here’s a little video from Nate about StickyAlbums and how he came up with it:  

 

Pretty cool, huh? To check out details and purchase StickyAlbums, head on over to the website and check it out. And don’t forget to use the code Belovely to get $40 off!!

 

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Today’s Giveaway: Irresistible Website!

Today’s Giveaway: Irresistible Website!

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How To Build An Absolutely Irresistible Photography Website is a workshop in e-book form that helps you turn your website from dead space into an employee that markets your business for you, and speaks directly to the clients you most want to have.

By the time you’re done with this e-book, you will have:

  • Created a full profile of your dream client, with help every step of the way
  • Completed a full blueprint of how your services meet your client’s deepest problems + needs
  • Walked through step-by-step how to take that profile and create a website that speaks directly to those deep problems and needs
  • Created a psychology-driven master plan for each page of your site

This e-Book is written by Jenika McDavitt of Psychology for Photographers, who studied psychology at Yale and who now runs her own photography business. Jenika is a great resource when it comes to learning how your clients interact with you and your website, and how and why they make various decisions.

 

To enter for a chance to win, simply use the form below. To learn more about Psychology for Photographers, click here.

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Good luck!!

 

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Today’s Giveaway: $150 Credit to put towards Legal Documents at The Law Tog!

Today’s Giveaway: $150 Credit to put towards Legal Documents at The Law Tog!

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In the World of Photography, contracts are so important for keeping you and your business safe, and setting clear guidelines with your clients about what is to be expected and how their products will be delivered.

But how do you even go about writing a contract? What if you forget something important?

Most people will recommend you purchase professionally-written contracts, but we’re going to go one step further and recommend you purchase professional photography contracts from Rachel Brenke of The Law Tog.

Rachel is a barred lawyer and a professional photographer, which makes her the perfect resource for legal contracts for your photography biz since she knows the ins-and-outs of not only the legal side of running a business, but also the business of photography.

Rachel has put together a multitude of contracts and contract packages, including:

    • Portrait Photography Agreements
    • Birth Photography Contracts
    • Boudoir Photography Contracts
    • Pet Photography Contracts
    • Senior Portraits Photography Contracts
    • Exclusivity Agreements
    • Model Releases for Adults and Minors
    • Album Design Agreements
    • And a TON more….

 

To enter for a chance to win $150 of Credit to use towards The Law Tog Legal Documents, simply use the form below. To learn more about The Law Tog and Law Tog products, click here.

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Good luck!!

 

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Today’s Giveaway: Free Editing Session!

Today’s Giveaway: Free Editing Session for up to 300 Images by Beth of Starboard Editing, LLC!

Portrait-3If you’re like most photographers, you know that editing can totally take over your life. But did you know that it can also be detrimental to your business as well?

Outsourcing your editing can be very beneficial – not only for you, but also for your business. Think about all the other things you could be doing with your time – you could do more marketing, more networking, expand your business, and overall become more profitable.

You can get out from behind the computer and back behind the camera where you belong, doing more of what you love and increasing the number of shoots you do per week, month, and year, and adding a significant amount of income to your bottom line.

 

Here are a few things that Starboard Editing’s clients had to say:

1425567_10100410517427293_300272778_n“I had finally had enough. It was busy season again, I was completely burned out, living behind my computer editing instead of enjoying time with my family. My business was supposed to be making my life better, not making me miserable.

So I finally decided to outsource my editing. My friend recommended Beth, and she has been the absolute best thing that has ever happened to my business. Not only are her fees extremely reasonable, but she matched my editing style perfectly and allowed me to focus on the thing I REALLY love – my family.

I wish I had been smart enough to outsource editing, album design, and other business tasks earlier on and saved myself the stress I had from trying to do it all myself. Beth has changed my business and changed my quality of life. I can’t recommend her enough.”

–Jamie Swanson of The Modern Tog, founder of Marketog, and Lemon Tree Photographers

 

kim-headshotPhotographers have the notion that “no one can edit their photos like they can” and I was one of them. I’m here to tell you that someone can edit your photos better than you can and Beth is that person.

Because she personalizes her editing to your specific style your photos will look like yours, only better.  From the first phone conversation she understood more about my editing style by looking over my website than I could have really put into words and consistently delivers photos that I am thrilled with.

I’m worth more behind the camera than behind a computer screen, and Beth is an integral part of me being able to do more shooting, which makes me more profitable.”

 –Kim Anderson from KB Image Photography and A Camera and a Dream

 

To enter for your chance to win 1 free editing session for up to 300 images, simply use the form below. To learn more about Starboard Editing, click here.

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Good luck!!

 

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Dramatic Couples Portraits by Richard Grainger

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Richard says:

“Gavin and Florence wanted a rural and beach shoot. We traveled south just into New South Wales to do this, at a place called Kingscliff, which holds Cabarita Beach. We spent the afternoon traveling around, chatting and exploring the different locations.

The day was dark and gloomy, and it comes off on the images – which I really like.”

Richard’s Photography Tip:

If you want your couple to be relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, you need to pull out the social skills rather than the photography prowess. It’s very important to form a connection with them if you want them to be relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.

Many times I will carpool with my clients to the locations, which is a great way to set off the conversations and ultimately start a bonding session.

It quickly makes them feel comfortable around me and most importantly, when I turn up to their wedding day they treat me like a friend rather than someone they are paying.

In the afternoon, this shoot was under a cloudy sky. It was dark and gloomy, and I loved that I could use it to bring out moods in the photos. If I’m shooting into a dark sky, I don’t mind under exposing my images to show the emotion.

If you follow this advice, you’ll form a good connection with their couple, and they will be able to ask for less and get more. The couple will feel comfortable and it will show in the images.

It can be risky underexposing into a dark sky, so it needs to be done so with care. If you can do it, it will up the mood and emotions.

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Richard used a Canon 5D3 with a Sigma 35mm, Sigma 85mm, and Canon 45 TSE lens to capture these images.

Richard Grainger is a Brisbane, Australia Wedding photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations.

 

 

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Today’s Giveaway: The Easy Peasy Master Disaster Oh S**t Kit!

Today’s Giveaway: Easy Peasy Master Disaster Oh S**t Kit!

Master-Disaster-Kit-ThumbnailThe Easy Peasy Master Disaster Oh S**t Kit is a fillable form designed for the tech-savvy as well as the tech-challenged, but mostly designed for your family if they have to access and clean up your client files in the event that you are injured or incapacitated.

The form is so simple that even your mother could easily read and understand this – even if she still uses AOL dial-up and still hand-writes her grocery lists.

It features 22 pages along with 14 pages of fillable forms that cover every aspect of your business affairs – from business basics, recurring expenses, and vendors, to a master gear list and master client list.

Why This Is Important

If you’ve hung around any photography groups or forums over the years no doubt you “know” a photographer online that you’ve never met. In fact, you may have even known them for years.  Imagine that one day you log on to find out they are gone.  This happened to the creators of this e-Book. Overnight, a twist of fate… and a photographer they interacted with on a nearly daily basis was gone.

In the months that followed photographers from her area rallied around her family helping her husband sort out contractual issues and piecing together what needed to be done.

But he knew nothing about the day-to-day running of her business.

Nothing.  He didn’t even know the password to get into her computer.

It took nearly a year to untangle where things were and who needed what, and there were several really stressful situations with clients who called not knowing the photographer had passed, angry that she had missed their event.

Imagine dealing with that as a grieving husband and dad.

 

To enter for a chance to win this e-Book, simply use the form below. To learn more about the Easy Peasy Master Disaster Oh S**t Kit, click here.

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Today’s Giveaway: Recipes That Rank

Today’s Giveaway: Recipes That Rank!

SEO-Cookbook-Thumbnail-BLYRecipes To Rank Higher has over 100 pages of knowledge and advice, helping you achieve business success through search engines. Learn 31 ingredients Google considers important, 6 tools to power your optimization efforts, and 23 recipes to rank higher.

The creator of this product, Zach Prez, has been doing Internet marketing and SEO full-time for more than 10 years, been featured in most of the sites and magazines you have probably read, and has trained hundreds of photographers on the subject.

This product also features:

  • 13 bonus videos to help you see and understand the material
  • 9 worksheets to help you brainstorm, plan, and practice the lessons
  • Free membership to Zach’s private SEO community where you can hear the latest in SEO news straight from Zach and ask search engine questions specific to your situation.

Here’s what a couple reviewers of the product had to say:

Review from SeshuLike cooking, a business needs the right ingredients to find success. Get your hands on “Recipes To Rank” to learn the different ranking factors plus yummy SEO recipes that you can quickly deploy to rank higher. This easy-to-access guide is a real boon for photographers intent on having a thriving business.

– Seshu, Tiffinbox

 

Review by Rachel BrenkeWOW! This is THE guide to understanding and implementing SEO. My favorite part are the recipes provided. 115 pages of holding my hand and literally spoon-feeding me the information. It was refreshing to be able to sit and learn without having to supplement with other sources. I strongly recommend this for business owners that are lacking on the SEO and web presence. After this book SEO will be a cakewalk!!
– Rachel Brenke, The Law Tog

 

To enter, simply use the form below. To learn more about Recipes That Rank, click here.

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Modern Senior Portraits by Dawn Attebery

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[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Dawn Attebery.

Dawn says:

“Professional makeup (and hair) makes a tremendous difference for the teenage girls, as makeup smooths out skin tones. Plus, a good makeup artist can feature the eyes, lips, or whatever is especially beautiful about the girl.

As you can see, this senior has beautiful eyes. The makeup artist and the lighting and posing highlight her eyes.

This senior came to the session with several hangers of clothing plus several accessories. I love how adding something as simple as a scarf or a hat really changes the look.”

Dawn’s Photography Tip:

I normally do an in-person consultation prior to the session, but in this case, I did not. So, to ensure the senior arrived prepared, I asked her to bring solids and colors that I knew would go with the location where we would be working.

She arrived at the location with lots of clothing and accessories to choose from. I spent maybe 5 minutes looking at everything and putting outfits together for her to wear during the session.

I made sure to mix up the accessories a bit so she could get a few different looks from the same basic outfit. Using accessories help save time because they can transform an outfit quickly without the senior having to completely change clothes.

If the photographer (or the assistant) talks to the senior ahead of time about clothing, and then looks at the clothing and makes recommendations, the photographer can recommend outfits that are flattering and fit the location they are shooting in.

Accessories can quickly change the look of an outfit and allow more options for the parent who is purchasing the senior portraits. Often, parents buy more portraits when there are more clothing options presented in the final portraits.

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Simple clothing complements the colors in the room
Pop of red brings attention to the senior
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Closeup highlights senior girl's eyes
Green scarf and hat add interest to a simple outfit
Changing angles changes the background to create a simpler image

Dawn used a Nikon D600 with a Nikkor 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 lens to capture these images.

Dawn Attebery is a Dallas, TX Senior Portraits photographer.

See more tips on Client Direction.

 

 

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Welcome to Belovely You! Win a Free Seat to Marketog!

Welcome To Belovely You!

Belovely You features the best portrait images and photography tips in the industry. Our goal is to feature, inspire, and teach photographers how to take better images.

We are so excited to launch that we’re rolling out the welcome mat with two weeks of giveaways!

Starting today, we’ll feature a new giveaway every weekday during these first few days. All of our products are completely geared towards photographers, so make sure to check back every day to see what sweet prizes we’re giving away!

Today’s Giveaway: Win a Free Spot in Marketog!

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Marketog is a 6-week online marketing course that will help you get more clients. Each week is broken down into lessons with videos, transcripts and step-by-step worksheets that go deep into the strategy behind how to get more the ideal clients who love you and won’t hesitate to pay your prices.

Hundreds of photographers have gone through the course, and have things like this to say about it:

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To enter, simply use the form below. To learn more about Marketog, click here.

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Once you’ve entered the giveaway, check out this awesome tip on lighting, or this post about editing backlit photos, or even these gorgeous images from industry leaders like Fer Juaristi. Or, send us a photo session that you would like to see featured by clicking here.

You can also head on over to our shop and check out our hand-selected list of photography products that we LOVE (and think you’ll love too).

Welcome to Belovely You! We’re so glad you’re here!

 

 

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Fun Family Portraits by Ana Pascos

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[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from .

Ana says:

“This was a truly incredible session! Originally intended to be a maternity-slash-family session, it turned out to be a super fun, tickle fest of curiosity.

Like all young children, these munchkins were much more interested in playing with their newly-discovered toys than paying attention to the camera.

But by embracing their curiosity and allowing them the freedom to be themselves, I was not only able to capture the authentic versions of their young personalities, but allowed them to have a great time doing it!”

Ana’s Photography Tip:

The best tip I can give to a photographer shooting young children is to just go with it!

Kids can be a bit of a challenge to pose, calm down, or made to look at the camera. But sometimes it is just as important to let them be themselves and have fun with you.

Once you interact with them and they start having a good time, the photos speak for themselves!

If you remember this tip when working with children, you’ll be able to capture authentic smiles and interactions that are precious at this age and dear to a parent’s heart.

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Ana used a Nikon d300 with a Nikon AF-S 24-70 F2.8 lens to capture these images.

Ana Pascos is a Toronto, Canada Newborn and Family photographer.

See more tips on Working with Children.

 

 

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Rainy Couples Portraits by Fer Juaristi

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Fer says:

“Shooting a session in San Francisco with crazy weather was awesome!

The couple was up for anything. I had a hard time watching trough the viewfinder because of the fog, rain & crazy wind.

I read somewhere that bad weather equals great images so we decided to go for it!”

Fer’s Photography Tip:

The best tip I can give is to never stop shooting & let the couple feel your love for photography!

Ross, the client in these photos, blogged about the experience of being on the other side of the camera.

Here’s what Ross had to say:

“Within minutes of meeting Fer you are already heavily engaged in conversation, laughing and feeling his positive energy radiant from his excitement and passion for his craft. This was our first touch point with his brand without getting to his craft. By the time we got to our first location the weather had taken a turn from bad to worse, though we went for it. Not only did I learn that Fer hadn’t done a session in the rain before, though he gave us the confidence to focus on what the session was about, that being “us” and not the surroundings.

The key points are that as a photographer, social interaction, support and motivation are just as key as your craft which lend itself to the final product. These are also add ons to the brand that you can only experience within the internal process, which add to your hidden brand culture and client excitement.”

You can read more about Ross’s thoughts as a client behind the camera in his blog post here.

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Fer used a Nikon DF with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.

Fer Juaristi is an International Destination wedding photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations.

 

 

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Emotive Children’s Portraits by Lisa Holloway

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[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from .

Lisa says:

“This was a portrait session set up to document the relationship between two identical twin girls – Zoe & Zelda. The session was shot in the beautiful old town of Jerome, Arizona as well as Red Rock Crossing in Sedona.”

Lisa’s Photography Tip:

These little girls were absolutely amazing to work with! It was such a joy to document their relationship with each other. Two things that are absolutely imperative to me in any photo session is lighting, and connecting with my subjects. Nothing can kill the feel of a portrait session faster than not taking the time to connect with or get to know your subjects, and bad, poorly thought out lighting.

In this session, I utilized a lot of back lighting to highlight the twins’ gorgeous, long red hair. You really need to wait until the last hour or so before sunset (or the first hour after sunrise) for this type of lighting to be the most effective. If you do it too early in the afternoon, you will end up with a large blown spot on top of your subject’s head as well as the dreaded raccoon eyes – shadows in the eye sockets caused by the high position of the sun. Once the sun is low enough on the horizon, back lighting can really illuminate your subject and help separate them from the background.

One problem that photographers often encounter when using back lighting is haze, or sun flare. To avoid haze, I will make sure that I am not shooting directly into the sun with my lens, and I will try to filter the light through something. In this session, I filtered it through the trees that were in the background. Sometimes, haze can add a beautiful warm glow – don’t be scared to experiment! Move around and try different vantage points and locations and see what you get!

The second thing that I think is absolutely essential in any portrait session is taking the time to develop a good rapport with your subjects. This is especially important when working with children. I cannot stress taking your time, going slow, and talking to and getting to know your littlest subjects enough – it is crucial! Don’t be afraid to leave your dignity at the door – I will do anything to get a silly smile, as well as a good serious look from the children I work with. I provide light guidance and let them do the rest. If you are patient, you are bound to get a few magical moments.

Since these were identical twin sisters, I suggested that they ‘hold hands’, ‘tell your sister a secret’ and ‘give each other a hug’….the rest was all them. I just sat back and documented their beautiful relationship with one another.

You are bound to get some well lit photos with genuine, well connected expressions.

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Lisa used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 200mm 2.0L and Canon 85mm 1.2L lens to capture these images.

Lisa Holloway is a Las Vegas, NV custom portraiture photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations, Lighting, and Working with Children.

 

 

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Beautiful Babies & Toddlers Portraits by Martie Hampton

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Martie says:

“This little blessing was an extra special session. This couple spent 3 years working to get her here. With the help of a surrogate their prayers were finally answered. She is the most beautiful, tiny girl I have come across in my studio. She has gorgeous, long lashes with a head full of dark curly hair. It was wonderful to get to capture these images for them to always cherish.”

Martie’s Photography Tip:

To light this session, I used a 5’ x 4’ soft box placed perpendicular to the baby, shooting down the baby’s body, not up the nose. One large reflector on the opposite side of the light (parallel). Patience! Patience! Patience! Once you have a pose, get the shot and then go back and perfect it. This is the time to act like a perfectionist, wether your are one or not. Pay attention to every finger, toe, hair…

When it comes to editing, editing newborns can be a little different because they tend to have a lot of red tones in their skin. Reducing the reds (with a preset, action, or on your own) will help create that beautiful creamy look to their skin. Sharpen and Darken the eyelashes and lash line to show off those lashes. I also love to use a soft pink brush to add just a touch of color to their cheeks. This helps make for a healthy, beautiful looking baby.

By following these tips and lots of practice you will be able to produce images you and your clients will be proud to have.

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Martie used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24-70L 2.8 lens to capture these images.

Martie Hampton is a Frisco and Dallas, TX Newborn photographer.

See more tips on Editing and Lighting.

 

 

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Peaceful Babies & Toddlers Portraits by Renee Barber

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[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from .

Renee says:

“This was a newborn session with an 11-day-old little sweetie named Carter. His dad is in the Air Force and they had recently moved to the area. I did an on-location sessions for them in their home, which was beautiful. I set up while Carter’s mom nursed him. I used a one-light setup with natural light coming in from the windows close by. Carter fought sleep for a while but I soothed him until he fell asleep. Once he was out, he didn’t wake up for the entire session. He was a dream!”

Renee’s Photography Tip:

As photographers, we tend to stay constrained to studying photography books and materials. As a newborn photographer, and this is true with every type of photography, there is so much more to a session than just “taking pictures.” It is very important that we anticipate client problems and prepare for them ahead of time.

For me, soothing newborns didn’t come easy at first, even with a child of my own. Being awkward at soothing them proved stressful to me, the newborn, and the parents. I have to admit that I was less than thrilled when a local newborn photographer asked me to read “The Happiest Baby on the Block” by Dr. Harvey Karp before assisting her on a session. Surprisingly, reading it was one of the single best things I have done to improve my newborn photography.

This newborn session is the perfect example of this. Little Carter did not want to go to sleep for his parents after his mom nursed him. After I wrapped him, shushed him, and rocked him for about 10 minutes, he slept soundly for the entire session. Reading this book (and a couple others) not only helped me to better soothe newborns, it gave me confidence in what I am doing and parents now see me as a newborn expert.

Studying resources outside of the realm of photography will help you be more prepared to manage customers which will lead to smoother, less stressful sessions.

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Newborn dressed like a football
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Newborn sleeping on suitcase with hot air balloons in background

Renee used a Canon Rebel T4i with a Tamron 28-75 2.8 lens to capture these images.

Renee Barber is a Miami & Fort Lauderdale, FL Newborn and Baby photographer.

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Moody Couples Portraits by Stefan Hellberg

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Stefan says:

“Priscilla and Paul are from Hong Kong. They contacted me to document their time in Lucerne, Switzerland. We spent the day visiting some local secret spots and just roaming the streets of Old Town, Lucerne.

When I have couples visiting from far away I try to show them a good time and include some of the hidden spots only the locals know about.”

Stefan’s Photography Tip:

Make friends with your clients. If I haven’t met my clients in person before the session I always leave my cameras on my shoulders for a while. Make conversation and get to know your subjects. I don’t want to be the intimidating guy with a camera. I want them to feel comfortable with me.

Scout your locations in advance. It will make a huge difference, at lease it did for me.

A relaxed relation with your clients is important, as it will show in your imagery if they feel comfortable with you as a person.

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Up we go.

On the edge.

Forest lovers.

Stefan used a Nikon D700 and Nikon D800 with a Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.

Stefan Hellberg is a Worldwide Wedding and Editorial photographer.

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Modern Maternity Portraits by Sally Ann Field

I turned around to change my lens and look what I see? This reflection in the van was my favorite surprise of the day.

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Sally Ann says:

“While our session was most certainly a celebration of maternity and that cute little baby bump, I wanted to capture this future Mom and Dad as naturally as possible, doing what they do and going where they normally go. So a walk around their beloved neighborhood made for the perfect afternoon.”

Sally Ann’s Photography Tip:

Make it personal.

My clients are a modern, creative, non-traditional couple. Mom is a hairdresser, wigmaker and milliner. Dad is a skater, performer and actor. So it makes perfect sense to bring some of these things to the shoot. Familiar surroundings and having the board in tow immediately made the session more real. And if a photobomb happens… it happens. 😉

Talk to your clients and find out what makes them tick. The things that matter to them right now. And find a way to bring that to your session.

What I wouldn’t give to have photographs of my parents right before I was born, just hanging out and doing the stuff they loved. Kids today are so darned lucky.

A colorful cubby.

Photobomb #1

The bump.
Pretty alley.
The kiss.

Sally Ann used a Canon 5D Mark3 with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM + Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens to capture these images.

Sally Ann Field is a Los Angeles Lifestyle photographer.

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Boho Chic Glamour Portraits by Ann Bennett

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Ann says:

“I asked a gorgeous friend of mine to model for me for this “boho chic” styled session. I like to occasionally do for-fun styled sessions just to stretch my creativity and get my creative juices flowing.”

Ann’s Photography Tip:

Most of these images are shot “back lit” with the sun behind the subject. Shooting back lit tends to wash out the background when you properly expose for the subject’s face. To bring back some richness to the background of a back lit photo, I use a multiply adjustment layer in Photoshop with an inverted mask and “paint” richness back into the background.

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Boho chic styled session

Ann used a Nikon D3x with a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.

Ann Bennett is a Northeast Oklahoma Portrait photographer.

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Elegant Senior Portraits by Britt Lanicek

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Britt says:

“This session featured Alisa, a local high school senior with artistic sensibilities and a wide array of interests. I like to customize each session to fit the client’s preferences and vibe. Alisa’s style swung in a multitude of directions, so her session incorporated a number of settings and looks. Most important to this girl was the inclusion of her beloved bird, Jose, so we brought him into the studio for a short set. The images with Jose are among my favorites of the year.”

Britt’s Photography Tip:

I feel that a session should reflect who a person is and incorporate elements that are important to them – especially for seniors. In this particular session, Alisa wanted to show the many facets of herself through her wardrobe, locations, and with the inclusion of her bird, Jose, who is especially dear to her heart.

Because the logistics around a set with Jose brought limitations, we ended up breaking Alisa’s session into two days – one at the studio with the bird, and a second set for downtown/outdoors images with a number of different looks.

Providing some flexibility in scheduling made a huge difference in what we were able to include in Alisa’s session, and the end results were stellar. The client was extremely happy and I will be doing additional work with her in the coming weeks.

Customization of your client’s session may require additional flexibility, and perhaps a bit more time, but the end result will be a much happier client who will sing your praises to everyone they know! I have already had several referrals from this family, and will be working with this senior again very soon.
Wildflower Senior Portraits at Van Buren State Park by Britt Lanicek Photography
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Modern Senior Portraits in Findlay Ohio by Britt Lanicek Photography

Britt used a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens to capture these images.

Britt Lanicek is a Fostoria, OH photographer who specializes in senior portraits and glamour photography.

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Decadent Glamour Portraits by Britt Lanicek

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Britt says:

“This amazing session features Lucy, a local high school student. Lucy shares my affinity for vintage glam and found this awesome dress – the perfect combination of Gatsby cool with a modern punch of color. Love, love, love this girl’s look! We put pin curls in her gorgeous curly dark hair, and splashes of diamond accessories everywhere. Honestly, I could shoot these vintage styled portraits every day and not get tired of it, and does Lucy ever deliver!”

Britt’s Photography Tip:

Aside from the killer wardrobe and styling, the dramatic lighting and contrast were essential to this set. Once I knew what Lucy’s dress looked like, I chose a starkly contrasting backdrop and set it up in the room in my studio that has blackout curtains.

To control the light and provide some deep shadowing with which to enhance the heavy feel of these images, I drew the blackout curtains almost closed, and positioned Lucy at the edge of the light stream.

I did not employ supplemental lighting here, as I wanted to use the dim lighting and slight grain produced by my chosen settings to enhance the vintage vibe. By using a shallow depth of field, I was able to create a sense of soft dreaminess that played well with the subdued lighting. I love how these elements combine and contrast with the vibrant, sunny color of her dress.

Lucy herself was positioned in a manner that put her curvy figure at its best advantage. We played up her shapely legs in the pull back shot by letting them drape over the side of the chair, and shot from above in other images to both elongate her neck and reveal her attractive decolletage. By stretching her out across her chair, we were able to slim her petite, curvy figure and give an air of poise and delicacy.

I spent some time talking through Lucy’s preferences and sensitivities, and then worked through each pose with her as we went (demonstrating where necessary) to help Lucy feel at ease and understand clearly how I wanted her to position herself.

Putting forethought into each session to ensure that wardrobe, accessories, hair and makeup, lighting, and backdrops all work together to evoke the intended vibe will make a huge difference in your end results. It also pays to think about preferred lenses and camera settings that will best produce the desired effect.

During the session, I recommend spending some time talking your client through each set, showing them how you want them to move, explaining why certain poses or movements are more flattering than others (taking their body type into consideration). This is huge in terms of putting them at ease and for getting the results you want. You will get your best images from a client who is comfortable with you and has a clear idea of what you need from them.

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Gatsby Styled Vintage Glamour
Gatsby Styled Vintage Glamour
Gatsby Styled Vintage Glamour
Gatsby Styled Vintage Glamour
Gatsby Styled Vintage Glamour

Britt used a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens to capture these images.

Britt Lanicek is a Fostoria, OH photographer who specializes in senior portraits and glamour photography.

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Modern Senior Portraits by Dani Pfarr

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Dani says:

“This was a super fun Senior Session that I took in American Village here on Okinawa, Japan. It was definitely a more challenging shoot as American Village (AmiVil) is always very busy and crowded. And this day was no exception. It certainly stretched my comfort zone quite a bit as we hunted for the “perfect place” to get that shot in. We ended up taking pictures in front of dumpsters, bar windows, and in the middle of the street to create the look that we were going for. I think that in the end it was definitely worth it.”

Dani’s Photography Tip:

I absolutely LOVE strong color in an image. To me it just adds a depth of richness and realism that is sometimes hard to translate into a picture. To achieve that color-saturated look that I crave while not being too “contrasty”, I use Levels.

It is extremely simple but makes a world of difference. First you’ll want to start out with a nice clean edit. Next, open up a new Levels adjustment layer. If you’ve never seen or used Levels before then prepare to be addicted! The resulting pop-up box is your Photoshop Histogram. You’ll see five different sliders with numbers underneath them. The top three control your shadows, mid tones, and highlights from left to right respectively.

To give your image that slight punch of color, darken up the shadows and the mid tones a little bit. I usually slide them to the right by about 10. Now do the opposite for your highlights. Again, I usually slide it by about 10 but this time to the left.

Finally, on the bottom output sliders, I move each one towards the middle by about 5. Please keep in mind that these are set to my specific taste and you can feel free to vary the numbers to suit your look and/or style.

Now you’ll see that the colors are definitely more noticeable, but you may have also gotten some unwanted results on your clients skin/hair. So what you’ll need to do now is add a photo mask over that layer and use the black paint brush to remove the effect from where you don’t want it.

This will give you pictures with colors that pop and images that come alive off of the screen! This is a great way for getting some drama into backlit images as well if there is more haze than you would prefer.

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Perfect Attitude
This is actually a dumpster by a construction site.

Even a dumpster can be pretty when photographed properly.

Dani used a Canon 60D and Canon 6D with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and a Canon 100mm macro lens to capture these images.

Dani Pfarr is an Okinawa, Japan Senior Portraits and Models photographer.

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Lighthearted Couples Portraits by Andy Stenz

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Andy says:

“These are from the engagement session I shot for Kelly and David, a wedding couple for 2014.

We shot in a city park in Milwaukee on a beautiful fall day.

Kelly and David both have style (more so than I do) and love to laugh. They are comfortable in front of the camera and aren’t afraid to show their emotions.”

Andy’s Photography Tip:

Engagement sessions are a great chance to let your clients get comfortable with me and the camera; and for me to get comfortable with them.

Each couple is a little different in how they relate to each other, what they find funny, and how they like to express their love physically.

I spend a lot of time observing them and how they interact. I try to stay pretty light-hearted for the first half of the session, until I know I have their trust.

I’ll give them questions about the other person and it’s not always the answer that makes a good photo, it’s the response from the other person. But don’t be too quick to laugh along with them if something is funny, keep your eye behind the camera ready to capture what might be a great laugh.

Being attentive, remaining ready for the reaction, and helping to stir the pot a bit (with questions or invitations from the Beloved Technique, which work well with my personality and my approach to couples) will help prepare you to capture moments that your clients will remember years from now.

One of my favorite comments was when a couple saw their album design from the engagement session and the gal said, “I remember what he was whispering into my ear then to make me laugh.” I don’t know what it was, but it’s a memory for her and the photo enhances that memory and her feelings of being loved.

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Andy used a Nikon D3S with a Sigma 35, 50 and 85 (all 1.4) lens to capture these images.

Andy Stenz is a Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin Weddings and Portraits photographer.

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Modern Family Portraits by Sally Ann Field

On the bridge.

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Sally Ann says:

“Three sisters wanted to give the gift of family photographs to their parents.”

Sally Ann’s Photography Tip:

Know your location inside and out.

When first discussing this session with my friend/client Elizabeth, she mentioned a new park that might be a fun location for her extended family shoot. Google confirmed this location looked pretty cool, but for me, a scouting trip is mandatory. I visited the park a week before on the same day and time we would be shooting.

Fairly easy parking, not too crowded, and gorgeous light at that time of day. Check, check and check! I took some test shots and worked in some of the fun and modern features of the park. After reviewing my test shots I was even more excited for the shoot.

This was the largest family I had ever photographed so having a plan made all the difference. Going in, I had a shot list in my head so we moved from one shot to the next very easily, which left plenty of time for spontaneous shots as well. Of course, playground breaks to keep the kids (small and large) happy were also part of the plan. Thanks to scouting, this session was a walk in the park.

A smooth and relaxed session makes everyone happy.
On the playground.

In the sky.
The kiss.

Sally Ann used a Canon 5D Mark3 with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens to capture these images.

Sally Ann Field is a Los Angeles Lifestyle photographer.

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Beautiful Couples Portraits by Natalie Champa Jennings

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Natalie says:

“This session is a gorgeous anniversary session in Minneapolis, MN. The couple wanted to celebrate their one year anniversary with a series of outdoor portraits near the Mississippi River – a stunning shoreline dotted with recreational areas and parks throughout Minnesota.”

Natalie’s Photography Tip:

There were a few components that made this session beautiful and successful.

First, the time of day. We shot around sunset on a semi-hazy day which provided the perfect light filter and quality.

Second, the colors the couple decided to wear, along with their props, fit very well with the neutral tones found in nature at sunset.

Third, the couple was very comfortable in front of the camera and took direction easily without showing discomfort. This provided the shoot with a very natural feel.

Depending on what you’re looking for, following this tip should give you a warm relaxed, and natural set of images.

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Sunset by river
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picnic portrait

Natalie used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 35mm 1.4L lens and a Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens to capture these images.

Natalie Champa Jennings is a Minnesota Destination Wedding and Portrait photographer.

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Lovable Family Portraits by Tricia Schumacher

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Tricia says:

“Like most woman and photographers I do not usually enjoy being in front of the camera. This session is very special to me because it is a “selfie” session. This is my family! This session was shot with a tripod and the timer on my D600. It was a beautiful snowy day. We suspected that despite the long winter, this would probably be the last good snow fall. I did not tell my family until right before we walked out the door. I set up my camera, laid out everyone’s clothes, and made a plan before I even told them. Once I told them, they were dressed and out the door to our backyard. The entire session took less than 10 min. I am thrilled with the genuine smiles from my boys. I am so happy I took the risk to get in front of the camera. When I see these images I do not think about my flaws but about the joy on my boys faces and the feeling of love. Isn’t that what it is all about anyway?”

Tricia’s Photography Tip:

The first tip for a family “selfie” is to set up all technical aspects before you bring in your family. The shorter the better so try to keep the entire session less than 10 min.

The second tip is in the processing. For these winter photos, I wanted to enhance the winter feel of the background but still have the subjects be crisp and bright. I created a duplicate layer and then opened levels. I brought the black down then brushed that layer off the subjects. I flattened, created another duplicate layer. I then made a contrast brightness layer. I increased the contrast slightly and then brushed that layer off the background.

If you follow these tips you will have images where the subject pops off the page.

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mother and sons
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Tricia used a Nikon D600 with a Tamron 70-200 lens to capture these images.

Tricia Schumacher is a DeKalb-Sycamore, IL Newborn, and Children, and Family Portrait photographer.

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Whimsical Toddler Portraits by Tricia Schumacher

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Tricia says:

“This session was very special because this little guy was a newborn client. I have been able to watch him grow up. It had just rained and it was still a very overcast day. I was disappointed because I really wanted a bright back lit session. I was more than thrilled with how this session turned out. The trees and flowers in my outdoor studio really had a chance to shine and added color and pop to this session.”

Tricia’s Photography Tip:

I really love photos that incorporate the environment. I especially love the color and texture that plants and flowers can add. My tip is to make your own backdrops by planting flowers around your yard or in planters. Pay attention to how the light falls in your back yard and plant flowers that would add color and dimension to the background of your images. If you do not have a large space you can plant flowers in planters and then place them where you need them. I also love to cut the flowers and use them as props.

By using the tips above, you will be able to add color and interest to your images, and you will have fresh flowers that you can use as props to add a fresh unique touch to your images.

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one year old boy with sun flowers
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one year cake smash

Tricia used a Nikon D600 with a Nikkor 85mm lens to capture these images.

Tricia Schumacher is a DeKalb-Sycamore, IL Children, Newborn, and Family Portrait photographer.

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Emotional Children’s Portraits by Ann Bennett

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Ann says:

“This is a very special and unique “session” because it is from a mission trip I took to Africa in 2012. I went with a local (Oklahoma) organization called Project Hope Worldwide as a volunteer photographer. My job was to get images for their website and promotional material. I really enjoyed taking pictures of all the beautiful and happy children in their orphanage, but the most profound experience I had was taking pictures of the children on the orphanage’s waiting list. These children were orphans waiting to be sponsored (and just so everyone knows, all of the children pictured have now been sponsored and are healthy and happy!!)”

Ann’s Photography Tip:

These images are meant to make a big impact on the viewer and evoke emotion and move the viewer to want to make a difference in the lives of these children and children like them. To achieve a more intense and dramatic look, use a high-contrast black and white to keep the focus entirely on the subject and not on the colors in the background. Highly emotional images are often more dramatic in black and white.

Ugandan orphan girl outside a mud hut

African orphan boy and his emaciated dog
Young orphan sisters in Uganda
Orphan boy laying in his sister's lap
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Ann used a Nikon D3x with a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 and Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to capture these images.

Ann Bennett is a Northeast Oklahoma Portrait photographer.

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Gorgeous Glamour Portraits by Molly Keyser

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Molly says:

“This beautiful family of ladies wanted to do a photo shoot of the three of them as a Christmas gift. The three had a fabulous afternoon with girl time- enjoying professional hair and makeup services, laughing, joking, and enjoying each other’s company. It was such a fun glamour-girl photo shoot!”

Molly’s Photography Tip:

Chat with your clients while they’re prepping for the shoot so that they feel comfortable with you and are able to open up during the photo shoot.

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Molly Keyser is a Eau Claire, WI Women’s Portraits photographer.

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