Tips & Tutorials

All the feels: How to photograph a military homecoming like a pro

I am never fully prepared for photographing a military homecoming. It's that moment of emotional impact when the planes buzz overhead and the families realize that it's really happening. It's FINALLY the big day. Their loved one is coming [...]

By |2019-05-19T09:51:56-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

Modern headshots: 10 ways to create corporate portraits that aren’t boring

As a brand photographer, I’m often hired to take headshots. The word “headshots” may put you in mind of your dad’s LinkedIn photo: suit and tie, looking directly into the camera, solid white or gray backdrop behind him. But, sister, [...]

By |2019-05-16T09:32:10-04:00May 16th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

12 Newborn photography safety tips every pro photographer should know

Newborn safety applies to every photographer in every genre. Even though lifestyle newborn photography is safe in the way it emphasizes poses that are natural for infants, there are precautions lifestyle photographers need to take to ensure the baby’s wellbeing [...]

By |2019-05-03T09:13:40-04:00May 6th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The fresh 48: Everything you need to know about hospital newborn photography

Hospital newborn sessions — commonly called "fresh 48 newborn sessions” since they take place within 48 hours after delivery — are some of my favorite newborn photo sessions to shoot. There is something magical about meeting a brand new baby, [...]

By |2019-04-24T09:06:36-04:00April 25th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

The best photo storage and backup options for photographers, from a tech pro

As an IT professional and a photographer, I want to tell you that storing and backing up your photos is a big deal. I grew up around computers and spent seven years working in information security before leaving to help [...]

By |2019-04-16T13:13:39-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials, Uncategorized|4 Comments

10 Steps to making your blog post popular… because otherwise, what’s the point?

A well-written, informative blog article with eye-catching images just isn’t enough to make an impression these days. Even the very best content can be overlooked because of our visual numbness in the world of scrolling. To get your blog post [...]

By |2019-04-10T11:34:04-04:00April 15th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

8 Easy tips for building an unforgettable Instagram feed

I don’t know about you, but Instagram is my happy place in the world of social media. For photographers, what could be better? It's a pretty place to display your work and join a community of support with fellow photographers. [...]

By |2019-04-10T18:44:05-04:00April 10th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|18 Comments

Why you should be using flash outdoors: 5 Incredibly simple ways to create huge impact

Like most photographers, I'm obsessed with the light around me — be it the sun, the moon or the stars. But, I want to talk about why I'm also in love with the humble little flash in my camera bag. [...]

By |2019-04-04T10:53:12-04:00April 4th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|37 Comments

5 simple tips to creating minimalist child photography

I adore minimalist photography. The lines, color, texture and negative space that characterize this genre of photography really speak to me. I also find it to be a calming artistic outlet amidst the chaos that is life with three young [...]

By |2019-04-01T08:54:45-04:00April 1st, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|12 Comments

Make artificial light look like natural light: Photographing with the Profoto A1 (Video)

It wasn’t that long ago that I proudly declared myself an “exclusively natural light photographer” to anyone who was listening. And there’s nothing wrong with that. The sun is beautiful and I am glad it exists! But the problem [...]

By |2019-03-24T18:14:55-04:00March 28th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

The perfect newborn photography posing flow for stress-free studio sessions

I’ve been photographing newborns for ten years and have been doing posed newborn portraiture for about nine of those. Over this time, I’ve developed a standard newborn posing flow to help keep my studio sessions moving along while photographing the [...]

By |2019-03-15T09:52:51-04:00March 21st, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to attract your ideal photography clients? Make it personal.

If you want to attract your ideal clients — the ones you totally vibe with and want to chat with for hours after the photo session ends — then you need to be putting yourself out there. Yep, that's right, [...]

By |2019-03-15T10:25:54-04:00March 18th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

6 Important elements in minimalist photography, and why they work

I love storytelling images filled with emotive details, yet I’m equally fond of images that, with barely anything in the frame at all, make a soul-stinging impact on the viewer. Such is the evocative power of the art of minimalism. [...]

By |2019-03-08T09:13:57-04:00March 8th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

19 Food styling secrets: Go behind the scenes with a pro food photographer

Food photography is more than just taking a pretty picture of something edible. Good food photography tells a story and brings recipes to life. Pictures of food can make the viewer relive a memory, remember how something smells, or anticipate [...]

By |2019-03-05T09:49:22-04:00March 5th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Want to rock your phone camera like a pro? 10 mobile photography tips you need

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to use mobile photography to capture life’s moments. I love that my smartphone camera is so lightweight and easy to use, and that I can pick it up and put it down [...]

By |2019-02-25T16:31:02-04:00February 25th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|6 Comments

Tax secrets every photographer needs to learn

Tax time can be intimidating for a photography business owner. We want to be sure we are following complex regulations properly, all while minimizing our tax burden as much as possible. Knowing the basics and being prepared can take a [...]

By |2019-02-21T08:42:56-04:00February 21st, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

How to create a full newborn gallery with just two poses

Newborn photography has taken the world by storm over the last ten years, and it only continues to grow in popularity. From full service studios and posed sessions, to lifestyle newborn sessions in clients’ homes, there is something within this [...]

By |2019-02-19T08:04:23-04:00February 18th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

Pro inspo tips: 14 Ways colorful doors will make your photos pop

Feature photo by Shilpa Harolikar Colorful doors are a photographer's best friend. They can add a pop of color on a drab day, frame your subject beautifully or be used as a storytelling element to draw the viewer in. They can [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:27:58-04:00February 14th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment