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5 Tips for Nailing Focus when Photographing Children

5 Tips for Nailing Focus when Photographing Children

One of the most challenging hurdles to overcome when photographing children is to make sure their portraits are actually in focus. Children tend to move around a lot, don’t sit still, and are lightening-quick. And when you’re a professional photographer, you can’t rely on luck…

Top 10 Mistakes All New Photographers Make

Top 10 Mistakes All New Photographers Make

It seems like every day there’s a new photographer in town. As a more established business (I’ve been at this since 2013 after all!), there are a few mistakes I see new photographers make over and over again. While there’s nothing wrong with trying…..

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Family Photographer

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Family Photographer

Here’s the thing, most people don’t know the options that are available when it comes to hiring a family or newborn photographer. They see a pretty family portrait their friend posts on Facebook and decide to hire that photographer for themselves…

How to Choose Frames Like a Pro

How to Choose Frames Like a Pro

This Blog post is for those clients who really prefer to frame their own prints (whether the print is through me or through another vendor) and for those who want to know more about the advantages of purchasing the frames I offer. Because when it comes to selecting frames, there are many options out there at varying price points. And while two frames might look identical, there are 4 very important things to consider when making that choice if you’d like your frame to still look good in five years…

The Advantage of Working with Different Photographers

The Advantage of Working with Different Photographers

Most of the time, people assume a few common things about photographers. One is that a photographer can photograph pretty much anything. And two, is that we’re all in competition with each other for clients. And for me at least, neither of those is true…

There's NO Monopoly on Taking Great Photos

Photographers are competitive by nature. We follow each other on Facebook, review our competitor's websites, and feel a pang of jealousy every time someone posts a beautiful photo that we didn't take. 

It is all extremely foolish.

Moms with cameras have just as much right to take the most beautiful photos of their children as we do. Other photographers, whether they're just starting out or are well-established, can capture amazing images.. and by doing so, they do not take away our ability to do the same. There is no monopoly on taking a great photo - anyone, and I mean anyone, can do it.

There is a lot of snobbery in the photography business. A lot of rampant jealousy and guarding of trade secrets. There is a belief that professional photographers do something completely magical and inaccessible to the "common folk". We fight hard for this belief - the notion that we do something that anyone else with a camera cannot. That is all bullshit. Anyone can learn to do what we do - in fact, that's how we ourselves got here. Nobody is born with the ability to pick up a camera knowing how to use it... what settings to use, how to look at light, and how to make people look pretty. Some of us are more talented than others, but in the beginning, we are encouraged more by luck than ability.

I follow several photographers who I admire. Some of them are world-famous. Some are local businesses who simply do great work. I like seeing their photographs and every time I do, I say to myself "That is AMAZING!". The fact that others are able to product gorgeous images does not diminish my abilities.. not even a bit.

I also have mom friends who have DSLRs. They take photos of their babies and children and post those gorgeous images on Facebook. It's very easy to think that they're somehow encroaching on my livelihood. But come on! I couldn't be happier to see moms documenting their little bundles of joy without the need of hiring a professional photographer (and btw, there is nothing wrong with doing so). What I want to do, instead of feeling jealous or threatened, is help them understand their camera better. Teach them what took me years (years!!) to learn so they can take even better photos of their kids.. lead them past all the technical barriers and offer straight-forward practical advice on all things photography.

I know a lot of photographers are extremely guarded with their methods. They prohibit cellphone pictures and have their clients sign contracts that forbid sharing anything they saw. I am not like that. In fact, I am really happy to answer any photography-related questions my clients feel the inclination to ask. I could spend the whole day talking about that stuff! Light, camera equipment, lenses, settings, why this one spot in your home is best for pictures.. I seriously don't mind. And I'm so happy to share my knowledge. I want all families to have better photos of their children, even if I'm not the one who took them.

So starting now, I will be offering in-person photography lessons to all the Moms and Dads in the area (Fairfield County, CT) who want to get the most out of their fancy DSLR camera. I feel like there is so much confusion about all those camera settings and features, and nothing would make me happier than having the opportunity to demystify the process of getting great photos! :D