Tips & Tutorials

Why taking a break from photography can be good for you

Taking a break from photography isn't a popular idea. We are bombarded with advice on how to shoot daily and find time in our hectic lives to make room for photography. We're told to pick up our cameras even when [...]

By |2020-02-13T09:15:40-05:00February 17th, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freelensing basics: 7 important elements to creating that magical look

Feature photo by Anna Rasmussen For me, freelensing is about the feeling and the creativity of playing with both light and blurriness to achieve a certain level of magic. My first attempts at freelensing were nothing more than lucky shots [...]

By |2020-01-31T11:13:27-05:00January 31st, 2020|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to break out of a creative rut: 10 photographers share their best advice

Feature photo by Jyotsna Bhamidipati You accept that there are feasts and seasons in all of life, so it’s only natural for your creative urge to estivate now and then. But what if when now and then threatens to become [...]

By |2020-01-22T08:55:49-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

What not to wear for photos (and what to wear instead)

What to wear for a photo session can be a daunting decision for anyone. And, let's be honest, knowing what NOT to wear for photos is just as important as knowing what works. As a photographer, you want to help [...]

By |2020-01-20T09:23:03-05:00January 20th, 2020|Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The struggle is real: How letting go of perfect can help you photograph what matters

Photographing struggle or difficulty can help us, as photographers, deepen our own understanding of our subject's experience. Through our lens, we can gain a more clear perspective on what the other person is truly going through. And when our subject [...]

By |2019-12-17T10:20:43-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|4 Comments

The surprising key to unlocking your unique photographic style

So many photographers struggle to find their voice, their unique photographic style. Would you laugh if I told you that the secret to finding it is in the planning? Any photographer can tell you that at some point in her [...]

By |2019-12-11T10:55:43-05:00December 10th, 2019|Inspiration, Sponsored, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Seeing square: 5 Tips for mobile photography composition

As a child of the ’70s, I learned to take pictures with our family’s Kodak Instamatic, peering at the world through the square viewfinder. My love affair with the 1:1 aspect ratio began when I was 7. Decades later and [...]

By |2020-01-10T14:00:35-05:00December 5th, 2019|Smartphone, Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|0 Comments

11 Photographer-approved kids’ pajamas for holiday photo sessions

Feature photo by Celia Sloan. Little girl's pajamas are from Hanna Andersson The holidays are filled with color casts (hello, red and green!), opportunities for blown highlights (so. much. white.), and challenging indoor low-light situations. Top that off with the [...]

By |2019-12-04T10:31:56-05:00December 4th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Mobile photo editing tips for the on-the-go photographer

My love of mobile photography blossomed during last year’s whirlwind trip to Boston for a wedding. I settled in for my flight home, finally able to peek at the weekend’s photos. Swiping through them, I marked my favorites, and spent [...]

By |2020-01-10T14:02:31-05:00November 11th, 2019|Smartphone, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

5 Secret ingredients for amazing food photography

Who doesn't love looking through enticing food photography on Pinterest or while browsing recipes? But there's a lot of thought that goes into creating a gorgeous food photo that sells. Lucky for us, we have Shell Royster, an award-winning food [...]

By |2019-11-04T13:24:46-05:00November 4th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The 10 most emotional wedding photos every couple wants

Weddings are one of the most challenging and rewarding genres of photography. You need to arrive at the wedding location ready to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments as they happen in front of you. This means meeting unexpected challenges, like tough lighting [...]

By |2019-10-31T11:18:46-04:00October 31st, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

10 Halloween photo tips for scary good images

Feature photo by Mickie DeVries Halloween is one of the most photo-worthy holidays all year. Between pumpkin patches, adorably spooky costumes, rich fall colors and tons of fun props, Halloween is a photographer's dream. Plus, it might be one of [...]

By |2019-10-17T13:29:38-04:00October 17th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

How to photograph shy kids (and introverted parents) naturally

If you photograph children, you know you are going to meet children a range of comfort levels and personalities. Most photographers (myself included) want to capture unbridled, authentic joy in our family photo sessions, especially when it comes to our [...]

By |2019-10-08T10:55:15-04:00October 9th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to build a powerful photography portfolio that showcases your best work

Putting together a photography portfolio that’s an honest representation of your skills and voice as a photographer is a completely worthwhile exercise. It can be incredibly gratifying to produce a set of images you’re proud of, but the highlight of [...]

By |2019-11-13T11:22:30-05:00October 7th, 2019|Sponsored, Tips & Tutorials|6 Comments

How to buy a camera: a shopping guide for photographers at any level

Feature photo by Karlee Hooper So you’re in the market for a new camera? Eeeee! So exciting! But, the choices can be overwhelming as you scroll through the endless options. Should you choose DSLR or mirrorless? Full frame or crop? [...]

By |2019-10-04T09:19:11-04:00October 4th, 2019|Must-Haves, Products & Gear, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

The key to photographing twin seniors: balancing their bond and individuality

Words and photos by Shey Detterline A high school senior session is not just about the images, it’s also a celebration of a senior's identity, their past, and their wide-open future. When I'm lucky enough to photograph twin seniors, my [...]

By |2019-09-23T13:35:43-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to photograph dramatic skies with perfect exposure every time

I have always been a sucker for a dramatic sky! I love calm morning sunrises, vibrant sunsets, mid-day blue skies, and stormy clouds all the same. Anytime I catch a glimpse of a pretty sky, I’m quick to grab my [...]

By |2019-09-16T09:51:19-04:00September 16th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|32 Comments

8 Simple projects to inspire your mobile photography

Feature photo by Angela Ross The best camera is the one you have in your hand as the moment unfolds. Most of the time, that's going to be your phone camera, right? But mobile photography isn't just about convenience anymore. [...]

By |2020-01-10T14:07:03-05:00September 2nd, 2019|Inspiration, Smartphone, Tips & Tutorials|4 Comments