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OP/TECH Utility Strap™ – Sling Review

It’s hour number 3 of the event you are shooting. Your neck hurts. You have another 2 hours to go before the event is over and while you are happy that the strap that came with your camera shows the world what brand you invested in, on the inside you really want to ditch the thing. In a world of …

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Encouraging Your Child’s Love for Photography

Anyone with a child and a camera knows that children and photography just go together, whether they are in front of the camera or behind. I have yet to meet a young child who is not fascinated with photography. Here are some ways to not only foster your child’s fascination with photography, but also improve their skills and confidence as …

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Camera Settings and Basic Gear for Outdoor Sports Photography

Your child is now old enough to start playing sports.  Like any proud parent you run out to the nearest big box store and pick up the latest camera kit.  The one with the latest camera body and a couple of lenses.  You arrive at the first game with your new camera, now what? I too was once brand new …

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9 Tips for Photographing a Wedding Without Dying

Someone once asked me, “Erica, how do you shoot a wedding without absolutely dying?”  After a bit of a laugh, I realized that that is a very good question deserving of a very good answer.  My last blog post provided some very helpful tips for setting yourself up for a successful wedding experience.  This post, however, goes a little deeper.  In …

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10 Ways to Attract More Senior Portrait Customers

The business side of photography can be incredibly frustrating to folks who just entered the field in order to create great images.   The artsy creative personality who started a photography business in many cases probably didn’t spend any advance time thinking about a marketing strategy.  Most likely there is little-to-no advertising budget in your business plan for this niche …

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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 …