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10 Unique Wedding Photo Poses & Ideas

By at March 28, 2014 | 6:37 pm

Bride & Groom Kiss in Grass

Looking for some inspiration and guidance on unique wedding photo poses and ideas for must-haves? We've gathered together 10 of our favorite unique wedding photo poses that are not only cute, but will most definitely set your photos apart from the rest. 1. Hold an ampersand sign between the two of you for a cute engagement pose. Photo by Kimberly Jarman 2. Groom

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‘Up’ Inspired Shoot-Couple celebrates 61 years

By at January 3, 2014 | 5:24 pm

Up Inspired Photo Shoot

We just had to share this special and meaningful photo shoot by Cambria Grace Photography! Donald and Dorothy Lutz were married 61 years ago, and to celebrate they decided on a beautiful anniversary photo shoot inspired by the Disney movie “Up”. The shoot took place on Boston’s Old Northern Avenue Bridge, chosen for its industrial look. “They were

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Happy Thanksgiving!

By at December 27, 2013 | 7:40 pm

Happy Bride & Groom

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! To our readers, members, and friends, we are so thankful, honored, and grateful to have your support. As we celebrate this holiday we'll raise our glasses to you, hope you eat lots of great food, spend quality time with your family, and travel safely! And remember, "Gratitude is the smile of love". We hope to

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Photography Workflow – How to Cut Production Time by 50%

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Like most photographers, I like to play around and constantly explore Photoshop. Each time you use it, it seems like you discover some new trick or wonderful way of accomplishing something quicker than before. But I'm a businessman too, so I need to be careful about how much time I'm spending in front of the computer. The more time I spend there, the less I have for

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Photography Lighting – The Importance of Contrast For Great Shots

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:41 pm

The primary purpose of a photography lighting system or kit is to illuminate a subject to allow proper image capture or to achieve the desired effect. The proper illumination of a subject or a product being photographed is one of the most important details in the production of high quality photography. Photographers can utilize a wide variety of lighting devices for

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Photography Ideas to Inspire You

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

Last week on my way into town traveling 70 mph I saw what I thought was a photograph. I was even compelled enough to turn around to get another look to see if it was indeed something worth recording. Someone had plowed their field and the snow had not melted in the bottoms of the rows. These created dark and light patterns in the field that I thought were

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Steps a Professional Photographer Can Take to Effectively Manage Digital Photos

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:11 pm

With the increased use of digital photography over film photography, photographers have found themselves managing terabytes of information. Managing this information effectively has become one of the keys to running a successful photography business. This article offers some suggestion on managing this data in an effective, efficient manner. Use an offsite location

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Photoshop Action Can Save Money

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:12 am

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the phrase time is money, but as a small business owner that phrase takes on a whole new meaning. After I photograph an all day wedding or spend two hours with a new engaged couple, my work has just begun. I still have several hours of editing, resizing, uploading, and tagging to do. I know that the amount of time that I spend on a

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Prospecting Strategies That Work for Photographers

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:06 am

When it comes to lead generation, there are two important ways to go about it:  Marketing and Prospecting Strategies. To break it down for you, Marketing strategies are the process of advertising your business in print, TV, Internet, Direct Mail, etc to generate a response from someone. Prospecting strategies are the face to face, voice to voice process of

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Responding to Online Inquiries to Increase Conversion Rates

By at August 19, 2013 | 12:58 am

Ok, so you've listed your business with multiple websites and associations to increase conversion rates. You've added contact forms to your websites and blogs. You've even setup Facebook and LinkedIn online profiles. And then it starts happening. You actually begin to get inquires for your services! So what do you do now? After all the time and money you've spent on your

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7 Must-Remember Wedding Photography Tips

By at August 19, 2013 | 12:54 am

Every bride wants her wedding day to be special, no matter what the budget might be for the actual event. And every wedding photographer has horror stories of photo shoots gone horribly wrong. Thanks to them, these seven must-remember wedding photography tips will help you be the photographer who adds to the occasion and makes it memorable. Make a list of must-have

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Stepping up your Game for a Great Wedding Day

By at August 19, 2013 | 12:50 am

The professional wedding photographer is much more than the person behind the camera! With the digital revolution in full swing, anyone can take a picture. The professional is there to record the usual and customary, the spontaneous, and create the artful photographs that will be treasured for a lifetime. An experienced professional should have a calming effect on the

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Two Camera Lenses, 6 Reasons to Own Them

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:25 pm

Given the current state of technology, a case could be made that a photographer could exist today with only two camera lenses - a wide angle to moderate zoom, and a short tele to long tele zoom. That would be a mistake. For as good and flexible as today's zoom lenses are, there are some compelling reasons to choose fixed focal length lenses on occasion. I'll admit, 90

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Fun and Unusual Wedding Photography Tips

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:18 pm

Today's wedding photography has license to be a little more artistic and free than it did in 1974. Gone are the stock standard bride and groom and in-laws shot, to be replaced with rich hues, fantastic contemporary poses and the candid storyboard of the wedding day. Every wedding photographer has their own particular style, from fun to candid, romantic to girly or

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Grow Your Business by Asking for Help!

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:43 pm

We all have two jobs. First is the specific skill or trade we perform and second we all need to be great lead generators. In this section we will discuss lead generating techniques and ideas to help grow your business and allow you to practice what you love doing. One great lead generating tip we've learned about that is very low cost, but effective is to grow your

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Photographers Benefit by Creating a Timeline

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:14 pm

Every time I am hired to shoot a wedding, I will create a timeline for the big day. As the photographer I have learned through trial and error how difficult it can be to think and change gears when things go wrong if I never had a plan A to begin with! You might think having a timeline hinders spontaneity, however I would argue that having a clear plan frees my mind

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Photographers & Videographers; helping them work well together

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:13 pm

Have you ever tried to make dinner, and someone keeps coming in and eats your ingredients before you can put the recipe together? I can make great pasta, but if someone keeps eating the sauce before I can pour it on the noodles, you won't be impressed. This is what happens when a photographer and videographer don't work well together. Neither profession is

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Photography Lighting Techniques & Tips

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

As wedding traditions evolve, more and more photographers find themselves shooting in less than optimal lighting conditions. Those 'safely lit' church ceremonies are moving outdoors into the harsh sun. Or brides will shift from an afternoon wedding to a romantic evening ceremony at sunset. And it's not like we can tell the bride "Yes I know that romantic evening ceremony

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Gmails Promotions Tab Can Hurt You

By at July 25, 2013 | 11:54 am

Last week Google rolled out some big changes to Gmail. They've created a new category tab structure in your Gmail account that separates your emails into 3 categories: Primary, Social, and Promotions. If you send out marketing or newsletters through email, Gmails Promotions Tab can hurt you. This is what Gmail Tabs look like How Gmails Promotions Tab Can Hurt You Gmail

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Honeymoon Photography – A New Phenomenon

By at December 11, 2012 | 11:13 am

Honeymoon Photography is a new upcoming phenomenon. As couples begin to choose more out of the norm locations (or luxury honeymoon locales) this becomes increasing important to document. This is the couples chance to forever seal their wedding year glamour and turn it to printable legend. It is certainly not every day or even every year you can take such an elaborately

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Hipstamatic iPhone Wedding Photos – An Entire Wedding Day Captured

By at December 5, 2012 | 1:27 pm

Capture hipstamatic iPhone wedding photos for an entire wedding day? That's the unique opportunity that member Marc Sadowski came accross on a craigslist ad. Katie and RT, this adorable couple, were looking for a photographer to shoot their wedding specifically with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. If you're not yet aware of what this cool app does, the hipstamatic

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Mounting Off Camera Flash – Best Methods

By at July 16, 2012 | 10:13 am

Gary Fong, professional photographer and developer of cool photography tools demonstrates how to convert a tripod and umbrella hot-shoe holder into a much more sturdy, and faster-to-use lightstand for mounting off camera

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How to get MORE Referrals from your Brides

By at July 16, 2012 | 10:08 am

Noticed that we've been adding bride focused articles on wedding planning and inspiration? Get more referrals from your brides by forwarding our articles to your current brides to help them with their wedding, and more importantly, build and sustain your relationship with them. Most wedding professionals do not have regular contact with their clients between the time

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Embrace a Farmer’s Market Mentality to Succeed in Business

By at July 15, 2012 | 10:27 am

Earlier today, we took a detour by the farmer’s market … incidentally one of my favorite things to do … and it dawned on me that there are easily 4 things that we can all learn from a farmer’s market to enhance and succeed in business... Embrace your own personality/individuality I know that I say this repeatedly, but a lot of people still don’t get it.

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Wedding Photo Tips Refresher: A Practical Field Guide by Robbie Gantt

By at April 25, 2012 | 8:56 pm

Wedding Photo Tips Refresher: A Practical Field Guide by Robbie Gantt. As professional photographers we are all lured by the siren's song on the latest and greatest equipment. It is very easy to get caught up in all the new gear and incredible products that are available in our ever-evolving industry. I'm just as guilty as the next shooter who drools over the latest

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The Pre-Event Checklist For Photographers

By at April 25, 2012 | 11:48 am

The pre-event checklist for photographers is the most important form a professional photographer can have, not only to diligently monitor the safe acquisition of digital image files, but to show no lack of diligence in a

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Still Using a Flash Website? Then Kiss Those Pinterest Leads Goodbye

By at March 14, 2012 | 11:41 am

It's all the rage. According to Tech Crunch, Pinterest is the fastest growing stand-alone website in history and your brides are on there daily, finding inspiration, bookmarking favorite vendors and creating vision boards for their weddings. Unfortunately, as long as you're settling for an outdated flash website, you may never find your photography portfolio appearing on

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5 Steps To Close the Deal with Brides

By at February 16, 2012 | 2:25 pm

OMG, wedding season is about to be in full swing. Don't have the calendar all booked up yet? Well, you're in luck. I find that Feb/March is the best times to book up those last minute wedding planning brides! Having steady inquiries coming in but just can't seal the deal? No worries. Here are my top 5 steps to close the deal with brides. 1. Stay in Constant

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More Updates & Improvements to Help You Book More Brides

By at February 16, 2012 | 2:25 pm

2012 is off to a great year! We've already announced our new State-Featured advertising options to give you the choice of increased visibility on our main state pages. This month we're excited to announce our new home page layout, site navigation and Bride 1st focus to help you book more brides. Our new layout takes full advantage of the latest trends in web design, and

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Are You Losing Quality When Converting Images to Black and White?

By at February 15, 2012 | 10:27 am

Are You Losing Quality When Converting Images to Black and White? Gary Fong explains why preserving midrange tones is important for the highest quality when converting color digital images to black and white. He shows how much information is lost with the common "desaturation" method and capture in BxW mode provided by most digital

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