Posts from Category: "Photography Tips & Tricks"

Mastering Family Portrait Part II: How to Deal with Clients

So you had your pre-shoot consultation, and you’re ready to go. You get to your location, and the family are all there on time, in happy moods, excited to shoot, and looking great.

Photo by Barbara Stitzer

Photo by Barbara Stitzer

Except for that toddler who just wouldn’t go down for his nap. (Note: NEVER shoot a toddler during his naptime…EVER!!!) Or that grandfather who doesn’t want to walk all the way over to that perfect location that you spent hours scouting, the teen aged boy who hates you on sight, and, Oh, right, Bessie just broke her arm yesterday…hmmm, a little daunting, but you can get through it, I promise. Read more…

Mastering Family Photography: What You Need to Get Started

One thing that I shoot my fair share of is family pictures. I love the family dynamic so much: the “over primpers”, the “get me out of here’s”, the “I’ll be in the picture, but I’m going to ruin every single shot”, the “smile or I’ll beat the snot out of you later’s” and the “gee, we’ve known that we were going to do this months in advance, but we just rolled out of bed so here we are in our pajama’s ” types recur no matter what the social or economic dynamic. That’s why shooting family photos is so much fun, but can be a little scary if you aren’t used to doing it.

In this first of a multi-part series, I will give you tips on taking a family shoot from nightmare to dreamland. Read more…

How to Capture Perfect Selfie: 10 Tips for Amateurs and PROs

There is no wrong way to capture a selfie. The selfie is a way of self-expression and the artistic choices vary as much as faces themselves. “Selfie” was named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the year for 2013, and it’s defined as a photo taken of oneself and shared on social media.

Photo by VIKTOR HANACEK

Photo by VIKTOR HANACEK

Taking selfies is a fun way to show your personality, confidence and fashion sense. Everyone takes selfies from presidents to Oscar winners. Read more…

How to Photograph Teenagers: a Kick-ass Guide

Whether it’s for a magazine beauty and fashion spread, senior pictures, or my daughters and their friends just dressing up and having fun, teenagers are up for absolutely anything, which makes them my favorite subjects to photograph.

Photo by Barbara Stitzer

Photo by Barbara Stitzer

Stand fully dressed under a freezing cold waterfall while hanging ten off a surfboard and holding a drooling English Bulldog? “Sure!” Go to a skate park and enlist 20 strangers on sticks to roll in a circle, and drag the shutter so that everything blurs out but the model? “Awesome!” Read more…

20 Reasons Why I Won’t Cover Fashion Week for Free (But I Would for Expenses)

London Fashion Week just wrapped up, and a lot of the people I follow on social media were there, taking over brands’ social media accounts, taking pictures, looking good. I spent most of the past four days sitting around at home with absolutely no plans to go anywhere, and I think if you’d touched me, my relief would have actually rubbed off on you. It was that strong.

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Photo by Lix Hewett

I had some leads for this weekend, mainly to work as a street-style photographer. I’m not much of a fashionista, and I didn’t want to throw myself to the wolves, so to speak. I spent a little while contacting people who were looking for photographers for their websites or publications. I don’t have much to show, so it was bound to be a bit of a crapshoot, but I did get some responses. Read more…

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