Tips & Tutorials

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

10 Tips to slay work-life balance for busy photography business owners

Running a photography business seemed a whole lot simpler at the very beginning. Anyone relate? Becoming busier with more clients is such an exhilarating feeling because it means people like your work and want YOU! It’s such an honor [...]

By |2019-08-14T10:27:41-04:00August 19th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

Self-portraits made easy: 5 Simple steps for amazing photos of YOU

As photographers, we tend to be comfortable behind the camera, observing others and catching everyday moments of grace. Turning the camera on one’s self — not so comfortable. For one thing, photographing yourself in an actual, premeditated self-portrait requires a [...]

By |2019-08-14T10:14:36-04:00August 15th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|2 Comments

Make your photos POP! 3 Ways to use color in photography

I LOVE using color in photography, and there is no time like summer to find it everywhere around you! Colorful photos are so much fun to look at and create. I'm always on the lookout for a great colorful scene [...]

By |2019-08-08T08:37:45-04:00August 8th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

Light tamer: how to use harsh light to create dramatic photos

We all love the golden early-morning and late-day light in our photographs, and actively seek it out. Backlit, sun-drenched images are gorgeous. The fleeting window of opportunity for capturing it makes this dreamy and hence all the more precious. “Ideal”? [...]

By |2019-07-30T09:25:30-04:00August 1st, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

What lies beneath: How to master underwater photography

Underwater photography, even to the seasoned pro, can feel complicated and foreign in this entirely new realm. You know your dry-land gear so well, but now you’ve got to incorporate such rarefied tools as ports and underwater housing. It can [...]

By |2019-07-10T10:35:19-04:00July 25th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

100 Outrageously fun summer photo session ideas to try

Photo by Monica Carlson The summer months offer up countless opportunities to infuse your lifestyle sessions — with clients or your own brood — with color, whimsy and pure joy. To help get your creative juices flowing, we're offering [...]

By |2019-07-07T16:02:23-04:00July 7th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

The ultimate guide to photographing fireworks like a pro

Feature photo by Jessie Nelson It's no wonder that we, as photographers, feel drawn to photograph fireworks. Not only are they beautiful with a touch of magic, but they give us that nostalgic feeling of childhood wonder and remind [...]

By |2019-06-28T08:22:14-04:00June 28th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

How to photograph sparklers: 5 creative techniques pros use

Feature photo by Kristen Ryan Photographing sparklers is a great way to add a little touch of magic to any picture. We asked five pro photographers to share their expert advice on using sparklers for photography. You're gonna love these [...]

By |2019-06-27T07:12:01-04:00June 27th, 2019|Tips & Tutorials|1 Comment

12 Clever backlighting techniques for more creative photos

There's nothing like backlighting to get your creative photography juices flowing. Ever since I first picked up my camera, the magical look of backlighting has drawn me in over and over again. And, while I love a great golden-hour sunset, [...]

By |2019-06-17T15:25:01-04:00June 17th, 2019|Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|5 Comments

How I found my unique photography style by doing these 5 things

In these days of social media overload, it's easy for photographers to become discouraged or to think that we can’t possibly create something as good as the imagery in our feeds. As artists, we may begin to feel as though [...]

By |2019-06-10T16:03:10-04:00June 10th, 2019|Business, Inspiration, Tips & Tutorials|12 Comments

6 Tips to take the worry (and blurry) out of extended family photo sessions

“Give me all the extended family photo sessions!” said no photographer ever. Let’s face it, photographing large groups can be a struggle. Not because we don’t absolutely love our clients and their great big families, but because there are so [...]

By |2019-06-03T16:02:12-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|3 Comments

3 Quick and easy steps to creating safe newborn composite photos

Newborn photography has experienced a surge of creative developments over the last few years. Styles range from simple and beautiful lifestyle photos to elaborate and colorful stunners. In every newborn session, safety must always be the most important consideration. With [...]

By |2019-05-21T09:08:04-04:00May 30th, 2019|Business, Tips & Tutorials|0 Comments

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|7 Comments