A New Take On Wedding Photography

10 insights for creating stunning art that will resonate with contemporary clients

Being a wedding photographer can be one of the most glamorous—and most stressful—jobs in the world. Depends on the day, I suppose. One thing’s for sure, when it’s all said and done, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. Think about it: We’re responsible for documenting one of the biggest days in... Read more

Starting Your Photo Business

Address these important steps and details to set a foundation for a successful studio

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 your niche. Are you going to... Read more

Milestones And New Beginnings

Use important moments in life to exercise your documentary skills

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 grandchild. Photography is one of the best ways to... Read more

Background Tricks

Five ways to better portrait backdrops

“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... Read more

Lighting For Skin Tones

How to make skin look great with subtle changes to the position and quality of the light source—whether that’s a strobe or sunlight or anything in between

There’s one thing all portrait subjects share in common: They want to look good. Young and old, men and women alike, everybody hates to see their wrinkles and blemishes on display. So learn how to light to minimize flaws and produce smooth, flattering skin tones. IT ALL STARTS IN THE CAMERA Whether you’re working with ambient light or strobes,... Read more

Travel Portraits

Breaking the ice and getting the shot

When I first started to shoot travel portraits, I was paralyzed at the thought of approaching complete strangers and taking their picture. I was convinced they’d start hurtling expletives my way the second I raised my camera. Better to hide in the bushes with a long lens and “paparazzi” the locals without them knowing. But shooting... Read more

A Parent’s Perspective

Capture authentic family portraits by finding the beauty in easily missed moments

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 to cultivate a career in photography. I reveled in capturing the... Read more

Child’s Play

How to plan for and engage kids in lively portrait sessions

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 you’re photographing. There... Read more

Seeing Life In Black & White

Create striking images with these five essential qualities of monochrome

Is black-and-white the purest form of photography? Some photographers believe so. The art of black-and-white photography removes all distractions so the strength of the composition shines through. "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." Paul Cézanne was a painter, but the... Read more

Should You Shoot In Black & White?

The short answer is no—here’s why

When you set out with the goal of making a black-and-white photo, you may be tempted simply to shoot in monochrome. Practically every digital camera provides this option, so why not simplify your postprocessing work by going grayscale from the start? 1 | You May Later Want A Color Version. If you shoot in monochrome, that’s it. There’s no... Read more

Lose The Winter Blues

10 ways to capture the unique scenes of the season

I used to dread October 1 every year. Why? Because I was living in Alaska, and that date seemed to mark the beginning of another long, cold, snowy winter. Birds had left, leaves had fallen, and temperatures had plummeted. After a frantic pace of shooting during the long summers, I reluctantly settled into photography hibernation. The winter blues had... Read more

Contemplating Black & White

Five photographers share their unique perspectives on the medium

Black-and-white photography is totally distinct from color photography. There’s a poignancy to black-and-white images that’s palpable. Maybe it’s because, when color is stripped away, so, too, are distractions. Perhaps the lack of visual interference allows other elements to take center stage. Light, shadow, texture, line and shape... Read more
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