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What is Golden Hour?

When I first got started doing photography, I thought there was only one type of light.  There was light and there was dark and that was it.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work with and study the effects of different types of light in my images […]

Photography Tips and Tricks

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Engagement Session

Wedding season is in full swing, and that means that engagement season is here too!  I love engagement sessions for so many reasons, and always want to make sure my couples are prepared so that they can enjoy it as well.  Today I’m sharing some practical ways you can get the most out of your […]

Photography, Photography Tips and Tricks

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Tips for Keeping Kids Happy for Photos

Spring finally arrived in Syracuse this week and I could NOT be happier!  The nicer weather also means that business is picking up around here.  It’s no surprise that most people want photos when there’s actually greenery in the background!  One of the questions I get asked the most is from parents:  “What if my […]

Photography, Photography Tips and Tricks

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Three Tips for Getting Started as a Photographer

Most of you know that I started this business just over a year ago.  Well, it wasn’t very long after I launched that people started asking me for advice on how to start their own photography businesses.  I have to admit, I felt a little under-qualified to answer them at first!  Even though I’m only […]

Business, Photography Tips and Tricks

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All About the “First Look”

 Inquire with any wedding photographer nowadays and they’ll probably ask if you’re interested in doing a “First Look.”  While this idea of a First Look has been popular for a while now (probably 5-10 years), many people don’t know what it consists of or why it can be a good choice for a wedding day.  […]

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All About Props!

Today, as the title of this post suggests, I’m talking about props!  Truth be told, I love when clients integrate props into their photos!  Today I’ll share why bringing props to your session can be a good thing.  I’ll also share some examples of my favorite props from past sessions! Why they are great… The […]

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Three Things to Bring to a Winter Session

It’s February!!!  And, to me, that means that winter is nearing it’s end.  Spring will be here soon, no matter how much the weather forecast contradicts that.  But in the meantime, there is still that gorgeous winter light and beautiful snow.  For those brave enough, this can be the perfect time for a photo session!  […]

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Three Reasons to do an Engagement Session

Today I’m talking all about the engagement session!  Truth be told, I could write an entire blog series on this topic, but today I’m focusing on the “why.”   Why should you even bother having these photos taken?  Today, I’m sharing my top three reasons to do an engagement session! One:  It allows you to work […]

Engagement Session, Photography, Photography Tips and Tricks

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Shooting in Manual: Putting it All Together

We’re at the end of our series on shooting in manual mode.  Today we’re going to put what we’ve learned about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO together and learn how to create a perfect exposure.   How can you tell if your image is properly exposed? You might have noticed that the image you see […]

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Shooting in Manual: ISO

This week we are talking about the final component of the exposure triangle: ISO!  This is the third post in a series about how to shoot with your camera on manual mode.  In week one we covered aperture, followed by shutter speed in week two.  If you missed them, be sure to go back and […]

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