Mistakes to avoid in Food Photography

Food photography is one of the most rewarding types of photography. This requires attention to detail. Read more

Best practices for Taking Close Ups and Portraits: How to go about it

Close ups and macro photography are a lot of fun. Since the advent of macro lenses, more and more photographers have been adding close-ups to their repertoire of photo images. Though a professional wedding photographer might not need to take as many close-ups, they do come in rather handy when doing portraits! Read more

Tips for Capturing Beautiful Photos in Natural Lighting

The beauty of natural lighting in photography cannot be replicated. With that being said, taking striking photos in natural lighting isn’t easy. Natural lighting is fickle and as a photographer you’ll need to learn how to adapt accordingly. Read more

The Subtle Art of Positive Creativity

A cat hangs on a branch. It’s cute, it’s adorable and it’s motivating you to hang in there, baby!

Simple in concept but so effective, the inspirational cat poster was one of the best-selling posters of the era. But what made it so popular to begin with?

According to the designer of the poster himself, Victor Baldwin, the poster and the tiny cat gave solace to people everywhere, in all sorts of trouble. But if we go into the depth of it all, the truth is this; the poster of the tiny cat urging you to move on while struggling to hang on to that branch is a depiction of us all.

We’re trying in every way to forge our way ahead. And when life becomes too overwhelming and we’re not able to find the motivation to move anymore, sometimes the little things can be enough. That’s what this poster achieved. That is positive creativity.

How Do You Remain Positive when Being Creative?

Creativity itself is not limited to arts and crafts, as one would think.

It was creativity and intellect that encouraged scientists to use different methods to search for the God particle, to seek our purpose of existence in this universe and perhaps, to get that candy bar out of the wending machine. Creativity is an umbrella term for every unique idea we think and action we take.

So why not use this creativity for a positive purpose?

Now, you might scoff at the idea of being positive and creative. We live in a dog-eat-dog world and any person who doesn’t have a realistic point of view is doomed to failure. So why should you waste your time on positivity when you know things aren’t always going to go right! You just have to survive!

Thing is, you’re wrong here in perceiving positivity. Being positive is quite different from wishful thinking. Being positive and using that positivity to be creative is something different altogether. Also, you’re mistaking realism for cynicism.

The Flow of the Universe and Your Impact on it

Even if you don’t believe in energy, you cannot deny the fact that being positive and using positive phrases; even thinking positively can have a much greater impact than you think.

By focusing your determination on YES rather than NO, you’re directing yourself to struggle more and find new ways to live a better life. By using creative outlets to express a positive attitude, you’re exuding an optimistic viewpoint that affects your actions. Instead of going on damage control, you’re thinking “how can I accomplish this?” and by that you’re doing it. And if you don’t succeed, you’re using that experience to not make the same mistakes again.

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Surrounding Yourself with Positivity

Sometimes, being positive and using it as your guide can give us just what we need to move ahead.

An example is that of artist Dove Grace Quinlan. Having lived a tumultuous life, Quinlan used art as her base for expressing positivity. She created angel paintings and abstract art to define her connection with the spirits and her past experiences. Her abstract angel paintings garner a loyal fan base, because people use her art to gain inspirational and meditative focus. This is how positive creativity works.

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Whether you can gain inspiration from cat posters or paintings of newborn abstract angels, stick to something that speaks to you. Even if it’s simple in concept, give it time and let it guide you through!

Getting the Family Together for a Timeless Portrait

When it comes to family photography, the true purpose of getting a portrait done lies in the fact that you get a beautiful memoir out of the experience. There are many ways to bolster the bond you have with your family, but there’s nothing like getting a gorgeous portrait to hang up on the walls.

Whether you’re looking to add something new to the family album, or want to showcase your beautiful family as part of your home décor, getting a family portrait done by a reliable photographer is just the right answer. Read more

5 Tips to Overcome Self-Consciousness on Camera

According to research conducted on beauty anxiety by Dove, a personal care brand, 77% of women feel camera shy. They feel uncomfortable or self-conscious about the idea of having their picture taken, experiencing minimum to severe anxiety at the thought.

The research further goes on to say that 55% of women are even more camera shy now than they were ten years ago, while 41% have digitally enhanced their photos before posting them online and 63% have altogether destroyed pictures of themselves. Read more

5 Things You May Not Know About Newborn Photography

To commemorate the arrival this adorable bundle of joy, you’ve decided to book a newborn photoshoot for your little one. But you can’t help but feel overwhelmed by all the details surrounding this particular adventure.

Sure, you need to get the best newborn photographer in New York City for your money, but what about the rest of the details? Will your little one stay quiet, asleep and happy? What if they get hungry and start crying? Or worse, poop on the beanbag prop! Read more

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography: What You Need to Know

In the world of wedding photography, the photojournalistic approach appears to be a much-needed breath of fresh air. It shies away from the traditional, practiced and worn out method of calculated and stiff-looking shots, rather seeking to tell a story in photography form. Read more

5 Things You Should Ask Your Photographer Before the Shoot

Whether you’re selecting a photographer for your wedding day, for your maternity photoshoot, or for taking headshots, it’s essential that you do your research well.

To find the right photographer, you need to ask the right questions

In order to help you with your photographer hunt, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things you should ask all potential photographer candidates.

What Is Their Style and Specialization?

Each photographer has their own style, as well as a list of specializations they have the expertise for. From black and white portraits to headshots, every photographer you come across will have a particular style. You need this information to ensure whether they will be able to deliver the kind of service that you need for the kind of photography style you have in mind.

Can They Provide References and a Look at Their Portfolio?

Before you make the decision to hire someone as your photographer, take a look at their portfolio and their references. This will give you a good idea of the quality of their work, the styles they are good at, and some kind of assurance of their expertise in the industry.

What Is Their Background and Credentials?

From how long they’ve been in the industry to how many projects they’ve done, get the scoop on their prior experience as a photographer. You want to hire someone with experience, which gives you the comfort of knowing that you’re hiring a photographer who knows that they’re doing.

What Does the Fee Entail?

Get your numbers straight—how much will the photographer in question be charging you for a photoshoot? How much coverage do you get by the hour, and are there any fees for overtime? What do their price packages for different photography services entail?

Get all the relevant information on the fees structure to ensure you are hiring within your budget and won’t be getting any unpleasant surprises later.

What Is the Delivery Time for the Final Product?

Whether you’re asking them to cover an event like your wedding, or are doing a studio photoshoot for a portrait, ask them when you can expect to see the final photographs. This will give you a good idea of how long you’re going to have to wait for the final prints.

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The most important thing is to ensure that you have faith in your hired photographer on both a personal and professional level. Often, your photoshoot will be a collaboration between you and your photographer, and you want to make sure that you both are on the same wavelength.