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By Derrick Story | Friday, September 11, 2015

5 Tips for Shooting High-School Senior Portraits

Ashley at Julliard Park

Among the many rites of passage during the final year of high school is the senior portrait.

If your child’s school doesn’t work with a portrait company—or if you already received your kid’s portrait proofs back and don’t like them—don’t panic.

With a little prep work, you can shoot your own senior portraits, creating memorable shots with a look that’s unique to the soon-to-be graduate. Not being herded into a cattle call photo session allows for more creative expression!

Here are the five things you need to know before you shoot:

By Jeff Carlson | Friday, February 6, 2015

How to Hire a Model for a Photo Shoot

Here's how to hire a model for your photos

Have you exhausted the patience of friends and family members to act as subjects for your photo shoots?

Or maybe you’re looking to improve your portrait photography skills, experiment with new looks for your portfolio, or break into the fashion business.

If so, it might be time to hire a model.

Finding and hiring a model for the first time can be daunting. Do you go straight to a modeling agency, or reach out over social media? What can you expect to pay?

As with so many things in photography, the answer depends on scale, scope, and budget.

By Erin Manning | Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shooting Holiday Portraits Outside? Have Some FUN!


Tired of the same old ho-ho-hum holiday pictures? Want to add some pizzazz and personality to your shots? It’s easier to capture the joy of the season when you and your subjects are having fun. Use these photo tips as a guide for inspiration.

By John Derry | Saturday, November 8, 2014

Transform a Photo into a Digital Painting —as a Holiday Gift

Make a digital painting from a portrait

When it comes to giving gifts, everyone knows that a nice photographic portrait can make a great personalized present.

But I’m going to show you how to take that portrait a step further—and turn it into a painted interpretation.

By Erin Manning | Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shooting Portraits at High Noon? Don't Sweat It


Early morning and late afternoon are great times to shoot portraits outdoors. The sun is low in the sky, which results in soft, beautiful lighting.

But what if you don’t have the time or the luxury of shooting at the most beautiful time of day? Are your chances of capturing a flattering portrait—well, shot?

Not at all! It’s easy to capture great portraits at high noon. You just have to know what to look for.

By Erin Manning | Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIY Headshot Lighting Tips — from a Pro

a DIY headshot with home lighting

Let’s face it, everyone needs an attractive headshot. It’s essential for marketing yourself online. But lighting that DIY headshot can be a challenge if you’re working indoors.

A poorly lit shot can make even the most beautiful model look terrible. But what if you don’t have the budget for lighting gear? What’s a photographer to do?

Get creative!

By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photography Hacks: Make an LCD Shade, Battery Protector, and Lighting Field Kit


Problem solving is an important part of photography. Most of us have had to overcome contrasty light to capture a pleasing portrait, or work around intrusive power lines that mar an otherwise beautiful landscape.

But devising creative solutions isn’t limited to working behind the lens.

How, for example, can we compose a shot on an LCD with intense sunlight overhead causing glare on our screen? Or what’s a safe and convenient way to transport our spare batteries?

Instead of spending time and money shopping for accessories that may or may not work, why not create the solutions ourselves? After all, we’re photographers. We solve problems.

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