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How to Photograph Laughter
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Someone

once asked, “How do you get your clients to LAUGH?!”. This is a great question because I often forget that this doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some newer photographers are nervous when they shoot and so being “funny” and “engaging” with their clients doesn’t come naturally at first. I think there are several variants that come into play when it comes to photographers photographing GENUINE laughs. There isn’t a magic formula or an “easy button” for this and every couple is different. However, I do think that EVERY photographer HAS to be personable. This is non-negotiable. If you’re a wedding and/or portrait photographer and

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What Your Composition & Your Camera Bag have in Common
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You may

think I’m completely crazy after reading this post…. but that’s ok. You won’t be alone. Michael was a little unsure about this one! :) A lot of people have commented and asked about how I set up composition in my images. I wish I had an easy button for this but I think seeing composition is something that just comes naturally to some people. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some tricks for improving your eye. When I first started, my images weren’t well composed. They weren’t awful, but they definitely had PLENTY of useless negative space and crooked horizon lines.

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How I Learned Photography
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I had

a nice camera for YEARS! It was a DSLR back when they weren’t super affordable and not everyone had one. I would take pictures ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. I paid $1200 for this camera with my graduation money and I just knew that if I paid that type of money, I would take AMAZING pictures…. instantly. That’s how it works right?! Right. Nope. Not even close. I would snap away at EVERY event in college. Cookouts, parties, concerts, sports games, volleyball tournaments… you name it, I was there with my SUPER NICE CAMERA! I would take hundreds and then no one would see them until I spent time making them look extra awesome in iPhoto. People praised me for my skills. Was I really good?

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The Signs of Professionalism
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Sometimes

people ask me what it means to be a PROFESSIONAL photographer. Like, when do you go from being a young person that knows how to shoot manually and who gets paid for work to a PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. Is there a program to do or a badge you can wear?! haha I have no CLUE when I became a “professional”… and to be honest, I don’t think this is a title that you obtain at one moment. I think there could be a dozen blog posts written about what makes one a “professional” shooter. Today I’m just going to offer a few thoughts on the subject!

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How To Shoot Your Sister's Wedding
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As soon

as I shared that my sister was engaged, the “Are you shooting her wedding?!” questions started pouring in. It’s a tricky situation to have a family member or best friend getting married when you’re heavily involved in the wedding industry. I was a bridesmaid AND a photographer twice for two of my college roommates’ weddings and it was such an honor to have two important roles on their wedding days… however, it’s also one of the most challenging balancing acts!! After I shot those two weddings, I remember telling my sister that one day when it was time for her to get married, I didn’t want to shoot her wedding

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