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10 Creative DIY Portrait Photography Backdrops – on a BUDGET!

Perfect weather during the golden hour is great for outdoor portraits, however, it is not always practical.  The time will come when you are forced to do portraits inside and you might not have any idea where to start.  What are you supposed to do if you don’t have any professional backdrops?  This article will show you that you don’t need …

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Ring Shots: Tips for Photographing Wedding Rings

Photographing wedding rings is one of my favorite parts of a wedding day.  It’s my chance to sneak away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding and create something truly epic and creative for my clients.  Whether I’m catching things on fire, getting in touch with my inner pre-teen girl with sparkles, or hunting down the special elements that make up a …

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From Start to Finish: A One-Hour Family Portrait Session Timeline

If you’re just starting your family portrait photography business and want to know what to actually do for the hour you’re with the family who graciously asked you to take their yearly portraits, then I have your answer. When you’re working with families–especially those with little kids–how you spend your first hour-session with them can make or break a long-term …

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11 Must Have Photography Items that Won’t Break the Bank

There are a lot of articles with suggestions for gadgets to buy yourself or gifts to buy your friends and significant others that are interested in photography, but a lot of them are filled with inexpensive gadgets and novelties that are, admittedly, very neat, but aren’t really what you (or they) need. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some …

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Copyright Nightmare: Taking photos of people with tattoos

An emerging but largely unsettled issue in copyright in the United States regards photographers taking pictures of people with tattoos and then selling the image.  The problem is that the tattoo artist designed and has some copyright protection over the design, and you using that design in the photo may be a violation of copyright in some situations. Most photographers …

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Five Ideas for Making Fall Portraits Unique

When I think of fall, my mind is filled with images of brightly-colored leaves, baskets of apples, warm scarves, carved pumpkins, and crisp morning air. Fall is a great time to take portraits, but sometimes creating unique photos can be challenging. Here are five ideas to help you capture extraordinary images during your next fall portrait session. 1. LOCATION, LOCATION, …