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From Crosseyed to Butterflies: How to turn an unique capture into an unforgettable image

compositing newborn Nov 22, 2016

What happens when the baby you are photographing notices her own nose and crosses her eyes in the picture? Well, if you are Britany Denoncour you take the cross-eyed picture as the perfect opportunity to create a whimsical, one-of-a-kind image. Britney specializes in newborn and baby photography, and she caused quite a sensation when she posted a creative composite image in our Compositing Facebook Group of baby Mariah checking out a butterfly sitting at the tip of her nose.  

Sometimes the most unlikely photos can make the best subjects for a composite image. With a little imagination, Britany was able to turn a silly, and somewhat blooper photo, into an unforgettable image that delights everyone who see it.

Britany suggests swaddling babies before laying them down in position to be photographed. To recreate Britany’s image, you can try placing a toy directly in front of the baby’s nose and slowly bringing it closer and then pulling it away a few times to...

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3 Mistakes Photographers Make and How to Avoid Them

photography Nov 10, 2016

As a photographer, I've made a number of mistakes. Years later, I still mess up but it's a good thing because I'm still a photographer and I'm still learning. 

If you don't mess up, then you aren't working hard enough. If you aren't pushing yourself to your limits and seeing what you're capable of, you're simply playing it safe.

Our mistakes matter less than we think. A bad photo session doesn't define our careers. You've probably found typos in my emails but that doesn't mean it's the end for me. I'm writing this because there are actually four specific mistakes photographers make over and over that actually can bring things to a screeching halt. Luckily, they can easily be remedied and it's up to use to make them or not. So if you find your self doing any of these three, here's what you can do instead.

1. Don't have a niche

The first thing you were probably told was to have a niche before you start. It was probably prefaced with things like "Just shoot everything" and then...

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01: How to find your photographic niche: Interview with Carrie Ann Grippo-Pike

photography podcast Nov 08, 2016

How to Find your Photographic Niche: Carrie Ann Grippo-Pike

 While many photographers pick up cameras later in life and try to find a way to transition towards a full time photography career, Carrie was born with a camera in hand and majored in photography, and started her business after graduating from college. 

She was immediately hired as a full-time Staff Photojournalist at her local newspaper and worked there for 14 years before leaving to dedicate 100% of her time to her own photography business.

Carrie made the transition as physical newspapers were being replaced by all things digital. She made the decision to quit before they had the opportunity to be laid off.

After 500 people were laid off from from the station, she knew she had made the right decision. After success with portraiture she found her calling photographing wildlife. That quickly turned into requests for digital backgrounds and unique wildlife photos. 

Does this sound like your story?

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Best editing tip I've ever heard

photoshop Nov 03, 2016

You've probably figured out by now that I love editing and Photoshop is a big part of my life. I know most of my readers do also. The unfortunate reality is that we all spend too much time doing it when we should be spending more time building our business.

I think it's safe to say there's a lot of photographers out there who wish they could develop a consistent style and cut down on their time behind the computer. If this isn't you, then I understand. Feel free to skip this post and get back to your day. If this is you though, sit tight. 

Photographers always ask me what advice I have for them to either get started with Photoshop or how to become better. I honestly believe it comes down to this: Just sit down and edit. Practice.

It isn't more complicated or mystical than that. It is an art, but it's a craft that can be practiced by anyone if they're willing to learn.

You may disagree, but this is my experience as a coach and educator. I want to focus on what...

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Fantasy Photoshoot for Two Young Sisters

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I always like to speak with my clients before each photo session to get an idea of what they are looking for and how we can work together to create amazing memories for their family.

For this session, the parents let me know that they wanted a shoot of their 2 young daughters with a combination of traditional images (both together and individual) as well as a composite for each child.

We spoke first about the traditional images. I always like to ask parents questions such as what color palate they have in their home (which helps with outfit suggestions) as well as where they would like to hang the images, so that we can discuss size as well as groupings. This way, I can keep it in mind while shooting, what types of posing/scenery etc I will be doing. For example some parents may want to fill their space with one large canvas of all of the children, or prefer smaller images grouped together. If they prefer the grouping, then I will be sure to shoot each child in a similar pose with...

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