Starting Your Photo Business

Address these important steps and details to set a foundation for a successful studio
By William Sawalich
There's more to running a successful photography business than making great pictures. Lots of folks make great pictures—it's the ones who understand how to run a business that make it work for the long haul. Here's a primer of business basics if you're thinking about setting up shop. 1. Identify…

Milestones And New Beginnings

Use important moments in life to exercise your documentary skills
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
Milestones are those important moments in life that mark the passage of time. While these occasions can be very personal, some of them are universal, such as birth, a child's first steps and first words, the first day of school, the first kiss, graduation, first job, marriage, first child and…

Background Tricks

Five ways to better portrait backdrops
By Wes Pitts
"Watch your background!" is one of the first lessons to learn as a photographer, and it's an essential tip for portraiture. Clean and simple is generally best; cluttered backgrounds distract from your subject. That doesn't mean your portrait backgrounds need to be stark and uninteresting. With enough lens blur—achieved in-camera…

A Parent’s Perspective

Capture authentic family portraits by finding the beauty in easily missed moments
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
I began my career as a portrait photographer before my career as a parent, but even then, children were always my favorite subject. To me, everything about children is poetic, and using my camera to frame each lilting and lyrical detail is what ignited my interest and fueled my passion…

Indoor Light Portraits

Capturing everyday life with beautiful light in the home
Text & Photography By Me Ra Koh
Whether you're a beginner or an aspiring pro, do you ever have this sinking feeling that all your photos are starting to look the same? You've taken your clients to the same park two dozen times. You've set your families up in the same poses again and again. The creativity…

Child’s Play

How to plan for and engage kids in lively portrait sessions
Text & Photography By Shannon Sewell
Kids can be your cutest, most animated, uninhibited and fun subjects to photograph. They can also be the most distracted, emotionally charged, quick-moving and difficult. So, how do you plan for the latter while creating the former? Successful children's photography relies heavily on being able to connect with the child…
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