Creating Golden Hour Lighting on a Rainy Day

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Sean Scheidt. Sean says: “This session was a fashion editorial shot for Girls Life Magazine maybe 4 years ago now. It still remains one of my favorite and (I think) a really good teaching model as to why being able to […]

Creating Unique Wedding Reception Lighting

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Barbara Cameron. Barbara says: “Melissa and Tyler met at work and simply wanted a wedding that brought their two families together. The relationships between everyone was a high priority.” Barbara’s Photography Tip: Lighting is the key to well-composed reception shots. I […]

Tips for Urban Family Portraits

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Edyta Grazman. Edyta says: “This session was scheduled around the younger child’s 1st birthday, though I had previously photographed him when he was a newborn and when he was six months old. I love returning clients! There are so many benefits […]

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, […]

An Introduction to Light Painting

Camera: Canon EOS 40D Lens: Canon 17-50mm Focal Length: 17mm Exposure: 67s Aperture: f/4 ISO: 100 [pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Michael Newcomer. Michael says: “Throughout my life, I have taken courses on painting, drawing, stained glass and jewelry making and have always been a visually […]

Seeing Things in a New Light

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Julie Dessureault. Julie says: “Laurie and Nicolas’s story is so touching, beautiful and truthful that I wanted to share it. Laurie used to be a competitive figure skater, but lately her biggest battle has been with cancer. Her fiance Nicolas, however, […]

Changing Your Perspective Changes Everything

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Antje Egbert. Antje says: “For my studio’s first birthday I wanted to take some funny pics, so I decided to use the pompoms I created for my first test shoot exactly one year before. I asked my daughter for help, and […]

A Recipe for Soft, Natural Newborn Images

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Kelly Brown. Kelly’s Photography Tip About Soft Newborn Images: For this particular session, my clients wanted to keep it really simple and make each image purely about capturing their baby. To make sure I was able to accommodate their desires, I […]

2 Stops Below Camera Meter For Emotion

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Jason Mark Harris. Jason Mark says: “The couple is one of my previous wedding couples. I wanted to have a catch up with them, as well as, work on something a little different. So, I thought they would be perfect. We […]

Sunset Minus 2 Hours For Romantic Pictures

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Sussie Mellstedt. People are always looking for romantic pictures for inspiration.  This photographer has a great tips for creating portraits with that edge of romance. With some practice, you can make photos like these, too! Sussie says: “I was in a […]

Creative Lighting Techniques Using a Projector

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Danielle Chudolij. Photographers know that the use of creative lighting techniques can turn a normal photo session into an extraordinary one. Have you ever thought to use a projector as a photography tool? Danielle says: “For this session, I had a […]

Spotlight Lighting Effect

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Michael Tigchelaar. Michael says: “This family hired us to do a shoot on what ended up being a very cold December day. We had access to an industrial complex in our area, but were limited in terms of the variety of […]

Ensuring Proper Lighting in Client’s Home

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Karilyn Sanders. Karilyn says: “This mother contacted me about photographing her son’s Jewish bris ceremony. Unfortunately, the ceremony fell on a Saturday which meant there could be no photography. So I went to their Upper East side apartment the day before […]

Keeping Clients Confident on Cold, Cloudy Days

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Victoria Simmons. Victoria says: “Michaela’s session was a senior and dance session combo. I had worked with her in the past with dance, but was more than excited to be taking her senior photos as well. We shot the session on […]

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 Newborn Portrait Photography

Newborn portrait photography can be very rewarding – but since your subject can’t really talk to you or move on their own, it’s also a little bit different than your average portrait session. We’ve compiled our best newborn photography tips that we received in 2014 to give you an idea of some of the things […]

Why Gently Directing Your Clients is Important

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Nikki Moore. Nikki says: “David and Erin’s amazing engagement session took place near Lincoln, and I had the honor of visiting the ranch where Erin’s beloved horse live – a place that is both profoundly beautiful and deeply important to both […]

Water Droplet Portraits

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Nadia Stone. Nadia says: “We just moved into a new house with a big forest garden and  automatic sprinklers, so we decided to take advantage of our new surroundings and have some fun!” Nadia’s Photography Tip: My garden is exposed to […]

Senior Portrait Tips from Jessica Drossin

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Jessica Drossin. Jessica says: “The young woman in this session really wanted her senior portraits to be an urban session to express how much she loved visiting downtown LA.” Jessica’s Photography Tip: I’ve actually got a few different tips related to this session, […]

Adorama Lighting Sale JUST for Belovely You!

Black Friday has come early and Adorama is doing a sale on some lighting gear just for the Belovely You audience through Cyber Monday (12/1) at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Yup, that’s right. You guys are the only ones that know about it. It’s a special deal that they worked out just for us with code […]

Using Reflectors in Low Light

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Chelsee Teleha. Chelsee says: “This was my first ever styled session, featuring my good friend and coworker Paige! I took lots of time planning the poses I wanted to use, and Paige took direction really well as I posed her. My wonderful […]

Using Light and Shadows

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Melissa Jaimes. Melissa says: “This is baby Killian at one week new. I first met this family when big brother came for his newborn session less than 2 years ago. I always love when clients come back with more kiddos!” Melissa’s […]

Tips on Film Photography

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Barb Shoop. Barb says: “This submission is just a few frames of my six-year-old twins. I try to photograph them at least once a month. I can usually only shoot about one roll of film before they’re completely out of control […]

Challenge Yourself

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Brad Lovell. Brad says: “This series is from my shoot with Megan, one of my 2015 Senior Models. The majority of her shoot took place at her house here in Hendersonville, TN. We chose this location to make it more personable, […]

Editorial Athletic Senior Portraits

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from John Pyle. John says: “Kylee is a senior from Beauregard High School in Alabama and she comes to us from about an hour away. She is an amazing track and field athlete and we love and attract a lot of senior […]

Stylized Shoots in Natural Lighting

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Katie Andelman. Katie says: “This was a stylized child session, shot in Denver, Colorado. This shoot features Tutu Du Monde Dresses, and was planned in advance for Sophie.” Katie’s Photography Tip: Since stylized photography is heavily based on planning, I try […]

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 […]

When Time of Day and Mother Nature Cooperate

[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Errin Hiltbrand. Errin says: “Bill is a pilot and he and Emily fly together. And to be honest, when they first contacted me with the idea I wasn’t sure they were real – It seemed like such an ideal shoot! But […]