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Beginners Luck: The First Photos I Ever Took

According to my “life plan” of ten years ago, today I should be a college music professor or half way to becoming famous as a music composer. Funny how life has a way of not turning out the way you planned. Instead of spending yesterday morning composing the next hit show on Broadway, I spent […]

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How to capture rich blue skies

I want to remember: Watching him run carefree through the sunset with two balloons tagging behind like eager friends. He proudly introduced me to each of them when he arrived home, and with great loyalty brought them along on every adventure and outing for several days. How they didn’t pop or float away to the […]

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How Shooting LESS Can Make You A Better Photographer

Shooting less can make you a better photographer? The idea may sound counter-productive, especially given the lovely 10,000 hr. rule for mastery. I’m excited to share two of my favorite people today whom I believe have completely transformed their work by “shooting less”. Sarah Allred: “I restricted myself to 60 photos PER SESSION, total.” I […]

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Delicious Tips for Photographing Food

Whether you are an exclusive food photographer or not, you likely won’t escape the inevitable opportunity to photograph people with food or food details in your photo journey. To get even better at this unique subject myself, I asked 3 expert food photographers to share one tip for getting the perfect food shot and was […]

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My Confession for Anti-Enlargement Photography

When I first joined the photography industry several years ago there was such a push towards large canvas wall galleries. I admit with all my heart that there is something simply stunning about seeing a large photograph. It can be a show stopper. But as I prepare to move to a new house I must […]

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How to Have an Abundant Valentines Day

My Personal Confession: I spent plenty of years with total apathy towards Valentines Day. As I look back on it, I realize now that this was because I really treated the holiday all about ME and scarcity. I wasn’t the girl with a secret admirer, I rarely had a boyfriend in the picture, and I’m […]

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What To Do With Video Snippets

We all have them… Those short 5-60 second clips on our phones or cameras of total randomness recorded in our life. But what do you do with those? The typical life of those small clips involves getting buried in a phone, or if its lucky it gets downloaded to another storage area. Maybe some even […]

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No Stress Approach to Event Photography

Part of my life is missing. October-December 2012 to be exact. I just finished printing my Blurb Family Photo Album for 2012 (yes, a year late!) and despite the 240+ pages and hundreds of photographs of our year, there is an entire quarter of time missing. Obviously, I must have been too stressed or overwhelmed […]

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How To Get Family Photos With Natural Emotion

Stress. Uncooperative people. Maybe a threat or bribe here or there… If you’ve ever had the experience of trying to take your own family photos for a holiday card or even just the sake of getting something documented, you may have run into a few frustrations through the experience. I wholeheartedly support hiring a pro […]

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Tips For Great Halloween Photos

This was a fabulous segment that I did for Studio 5 last year, but the tips are still relevant today. I hope it helps you create some amazing photos for Halloween! Still, my favorite tip will always be to take the Halloween photos on a different day. I stand by that advice with all the […]

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