Tips & Tutorials

How photographing movement can completely change the mood of your images

Capturing motion in an image can completely change the look and feel. Whether it's a still subject with a motion-blurred background, a quick action frozen in time or the flowing of water, photographing movement can enhance the story you're trying [...]

By |2020-09-04T10:35:57-04:00September 7th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

Here’s why a smartphone 365 project is the perfect way to document everyday life

As the end of 2018 approached, I was wrapping up my fifth DSLR 365 project and I was convinced that it would be my last. I just didn’t have it in me to do another. My son — once my [...]

By |2020-09-01T10:06:20-04:00September 1st, 2020|Smartphone, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

My 5-step approach to crafting lifestyle business portraits with personality

What comes to mind when you think of business portraits? Stuffy suits, crossed arms, and bland backdrops are typical, but I’m working to help change that. Lifestyle business portraits are the antidote! So how can you create business portraits that [...]

By |2020-08-28T11:57:56-04:00August 28th, 2020|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Photos from above: get a fresh perspective with a top-down point of view

Shooting from above your subjects can give you a fresh perspective of your world, no matter how limited the scenery below. Whether you’re shooting with a phone, a DSLR, or a drone, there’s so much detail to be seen [...]

By |2020-08-04T11:49:47-04:00August 14th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Mother mermaid: how to get started with underwater maternity photos

Editor's note: Here's how photographer Sophia Costa began developing her skills in underwater photography, and how she eventually grew her business to offer underwater maternity photos in Hawaii.  I feel the water enveloping my body, muffling my senses. Holding [...]

By |2020-08-04T11:21:05-04:00August 10th, 2020|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

IPS: A photographer’s guide to in-person and virtual sales without a studio

It seems most photographers know the acronym IPS, or in-person sales — high-profile photographers champion the process and share their wins on social media. But still, many photographers choose to sell digital files online only. Does IPS really work for [...]

By |2020-08-04T17:30:55-04:00August 4th, 2020|Business, Tips & Tutorials|4 Comments

Full sun: 8 techniques for taking advantage of hard light

Summer equals fun in the sun, right?! We’ll be enjoying the outdoors and wanting to capture the good times taking place. My main subjects are my kids. We go outside at midday most days, and I’ll photograph them lying in [...]

By |2020-08-03T16:56:41-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

5 Reasons black and white photos are perfect for summer, plus watch me edit (video)

Summertime is full of color, so it's natural that our photos of summer are bright and colorful, too. But, sometimes black and white photos can be the perfect way to bring out all the little details of your summer story [...]

By |2020-07-29T09:53:59-04:00July 29th, 2020|Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|2 Comments

6 Ways to create beautiful photos in small spaces or dark apartments

During this strange and unique time of being quarantined in our homes, some photographers might feel discouraged — especially those who work with clients or are strictly outdoor photographers — but this is a great time to utilize whatever space [...]

By |2020-07-23T11:29:25-04:00July 27th, 2020|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to use photography for painting, and why you should

I am an avid painter, drawer and now photographer who first picked up a camera as a tool to create more works of art. But what I've found is that I can actually use photography for painting and that my [...]

By |2020-07-21T11:30:49-04:00July 20th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

5 Secrets to powerful and dynamic flat-lay photos

There are secrets to creating dynamic flat-lay photos. When you’re struck by a frame picturing objects shot from above, take a moment to analyze what makes the image compelling. At first, the elements might seem to be scattered haphazardly, but [...]

By |2020-07-09T11:32:54-04:00July 9th, 2020|Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

Portrait lighting: 5 ideas to transform an ordinary portrait into something extra

The effect of various lighting on the human face is absolutely fascinating to me. Once I began to understand light, every portrait I captured was infused with meaning. Now I make it a habit to ask myself how the [...]

By |2020-06-17T13:29:30-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

Why postpartum photography is so different from traditional newborn photography

As photographers, our job is to tell a story. What we choose to document is a personal, passion-driven preference unique to each of us. For me, I’ve always wanted to document motherhood — the raw, the intimate, and the honest [...]

By |2020-06-18T15:18:52-04:00June 18th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Couple goals: how to style for unforgettable couple photos

I believe in the art of storytelling through vivid, gorgeous photos that show more than beautiful faces and styled props. I want my couple photos to tell a story that makes you feel every emotion as if you were [...]

By |2020-06-18T10:25:05-04:00June 18th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

A creative approach to 30 days of family documentary photography during COVID-19

Taking images of your family everyday for 30 days is a challenge all on its own. Pair that with being stuck at home in quarantine for all 30 of those days and things get down right interesting. This is how [...]

By |2020-05-15T12:59:09-04:00May 15th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

What’s a travel photographer to do during a global shutdown? This.

Last year I logged more than 20 thousand miles between work and family trips. As a culture, lifestyle and travel photographer, my bags are literally always packed. In fact, I have packing my travel photography gear down to a science. [...]

By |2020-05-05T11:12:53-04:00May 5th, 2020|Business, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

5 Inspired ways to photograph your new normal amid the Coronavirus pandemic

A chalk rainbow colors a driveway. Neighbors wave to each other from across the street. Children recite the ABCs as they wash their hands before dinner. These everyday moments seem ordinary, but through the lens of what's happening at this [...]

By |2020-05-01T13:13:37-04:00April 27th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|4 Comments