How to Get the Blurry Background and Foreground

When I first started photography I knew that I wanted that blurry background and foreground in my photos. For me, I somehow understood how to do that. But as a photographer, I get asked this question a lot. A lot of people think this is done in Photoshop. Are though you can add blur to your photos in Photoshop, it …

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The Best Time of Day to Shoot

Photography has everything to do with light. So the time of day to shoot is very important. But remember, it all has to do with light. Here is how I chooses the best time of day to shoot. In the Morning The morning sunrise produces beautiful soft light and soft shadows making it very easy to take breathtaking photos. Though …

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Bring the Bare Minimum of Photo Gear to the Session

I want to be able to move around as I please and not be weighted down by a ton of photo gear. One of my pet peeves is that I do not want to be restricted in any way shape or from when I am shooting.  As much as I love the latest and greatest gadgets and photo gear, flexibility is …

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What I Would do if I had to Restart

Recently a good friend and huge inspiration, Iwona Podlasińska, one of the worlds best children photographers had her Instagram account hacked and stolen losing almost 80k followers overnight! This situation is beyond heartbreaking and one of those worst-case scenarios that got me to thinking about what I would do if I lost it all. I thought up a scenario where …

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Shooting Snow Photos

I absolutely love snow photos! Unfortunately we just don’t get very much snow here in Southr\ern Missouri.  We get some nice little snows from time to time but it is never convenient to take photos. I’m usually at work or something when it happens and by the time I get to my camera, it has melted or stopped snowing and …

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Tips and Ideas for Taking Christmas Photos

So Christmas is right around the corner, so this article is a few tips for taking Christmas photos. It’s such a wonderful time of year and a perfect time to take some magical Christmas photos! There’s so many great things you can use. Christmas tree, Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, and if you’re lucky, maybe even some snow! Decorations  With all …

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Shooting Candid Photos

When I first started photography, it was candid photos that really helped me. After I got my first camera, a Samsung NX 500, I tried to test it out be doing a little family photo session with my kids. They hated it! I was trying to pose everyone and get them to set still. After a couple of emotional brake …

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How I Pose My Subjects

For the first two years I did photography, I put almost no effort into posing my subjects. I didn’t think it was that important. But the truth is, it’s one of the most important things you can do during a photo shoot. This article won’t make you a pro at posing, but it will give you a good start. Why …

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Understanding Shutter Speed

If you are just starting photography you’re probably wondering what shutter speed is and what kind of effects you can create with it. You have to think of the shutter in terms of time. The shutter is that click you hear when you take a photo. Depending on what you have it set to, the shutter can click incredibly fast …

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Don’t Look for Location, Look for Light

I get asked how I find such amazing photo locations all the time. The truth is, I don’t look for locations as much as I look for light. The way the light effects things is absolutely remarkable. So I am very conscious about how the light effects things and where it is coming from. Here is how I look for …

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