Capturing Impeccable Headshots -- Valuable Secrets to Know

Headshots are a critical piece of many professional’s PR packets. A dynamic headshot for models, actors,

and other performance professionals may very well be the difference between acquiring the gig or not.

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Complete Guide to Basic Photography Classes--Limited Availability

Did you get a new DSLR camera for Christmas?  Or have you had a big fancy camera for months (or, gasp, YEARS) and you still don't know how to really use it?  Maybe you have been trying to take great pictures of your babies, your toddlers, your child's birthday parties and sports events but they end up dark, blurry, or otherwise not how you imagined.  It has happened to the best of us.

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Lightroom Hack: Video Tutorial for Creamy Beautiful Skin Tones

You have added all of your favorite presets and the image looks just how you want it, but the skin tone is either too orange, too blown out, or something is just off. Here is a quick series of tips for getting that creamy skin tone in Lightroom without using brushes or editing in Photoshop. These are some of my favorite skin tips!

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15 Proven Wardrobe Tips that Guarantee Success in Family Photos

Coordinating outfits can be the most fun part of getting your family portraits taken, or it can be the biggest headache.  I personally love the puzzle of coordinating everyone (though no one in my family appreciates my efforts on this...and often times I will buy something--for my boys in particular--that is worn JUST for the family photo and never worn again.  Totally worth it, IMHO).

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Essentialism: Quotes I Don't Want to Forget Tomorrow

You already know how much I love this Essentialism book by Greg McKeown.  Unfortunately, however, I have a little bit of short-term memory loss when it comes to self-help books.  I think "Ah HAH! This is so brilliant!  This is life changing material right here!" And then it leaves my mind completely. 

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Leaving The Country: Travel Checklist For a Costa Rica Vacation

Remember how I don't like to go anywhere farther away than Target?  

Lest, you think I am just one of those moms of four kids who works out and then doesn't shower for three hours while taking care of "just one more thing" (Give a Mouse a Cookie...) at the expense of all house cleaning, laundry and food prep, I am flying to COSTA RICA next week!  All. By. Myself.  

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Goals, Goals, Goals (Accountability Required)

As I am progressing with my new business model and writing more, and getting more involved in social media, Pinterest, personal marketing, etc. I start to lose sight of my original goal of focusing on what I am learning in Essentialism.  Where are my focus efforts the most important? 

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Before and After: Photoshop Tutorial on Digital Backgrounds

The videos from yesterday did not disappoint.  I think this is an edit even someone fairly new to Photoshop could tackle.  I did not use the magic wand tool as was suggested in the Phlearn video just b/c I am more comfortable with the Quick Selection Tool.  I did use the Refinement Brush for the wisps of hair as was suggested and otherwise followed the tutorials as outlined.

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Series Part 3: Senior Boy 10 Tips To Look Your Best (Even if You Are a Hater)

Okay Fellas, I get it.  You hate having your picture taken. You can pretend you don’t care, go on, keep pretending. I promise your secret is safe with me.  HOWEVER, you will look back on these pictures for the next 20 plus years, and since you have to do it, let’s go ahead and DO THIS RIGHT. 

Here are 10 tips to keep Mom happy and not bring total shame to your wife and children in the years to come (since we know you obvs don’t care…wink wink).

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Series Part 1: Senior Boy Tips for Success with Difficult Teens

Seniors are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  Usually, they are excited and willing to participate in all of my crazy (innovative!) posing positions.  However, occasionally you get the wild card kid who REALLY hates having their picture taken.  This is part 1 of my series of tips for successfully photographing the less-than-enthusiastic teen client.  

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