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The Fall Wedding Season is approaching so get on your game by taking a class with the Fabulous Brandi Smyth! Brandi specializes in weddings and newborn photography. And heck every month is Newborn Season! She has been featured in many publications and online blogs such as Style Me Pretty and Southern Weddings Magazine. She is a natural light photographer that takes a simplistic approach to achieve the soft and timeless look you see in her images. Scroll on down to see her beautiful images and then just click the link to sign up for her class. You will not want to miss this one!
To benefit the member signing up. Not being honest about something will only hurt them, not better them.
Canon 5D mark II / 50mm 1.2
OVER editing … don’t do it! Just because you have 200 actions available to you doesn’t mean you should use them. Also, it is important to stay consistent with the look and feel of your images.
Simple, Soft, Warm
All over the place! Magazines, movies, tv commercials, music videos, people, locations, things … it is endless where inspiration is possible. You just have to be willing to see it.
I am a newlywed, no family of my own just yet. But I know from experience that what we do as photographers can turn into more than a full time job. With weddings on weekends, nightly shoots, daily editing and emails – it is so easy to work an 80 hour week. I have recently set myself “office hours” … I AM a business so why not act like one right?! The only time I touch my computer, edit, answer emails for anything work related is during normal business hours, Monday – Friday from 8 to 6. Once my husband is home I want to spend my time with him. I’ve learned to ask myself – whether it’s for a session, wedding, editing after hours, night time meetings … whatever it may be … If I say YES to this, what am I saying NO to? Is it having dinner with my husband? Getting to see friends that I haven’t seen in weeks? A birthday party? It is SO SO important to keep family and friends as a priority in life, after all – they drive a lot of my inspiration.
Be thorough in everything you do. Treat every client as if they were your only client. You never know who they may know or who they could refer. Word of mouth is the biggest and strongest way to advertise. You want your clients promoting you and saying awesome things about you and your work.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. And don’t judge other photographers work or compare it to your own. It isn’t healthy. Focus on YOU and you will become great at what YOU do!
I try to set myself a part in service and quality of work. From the initial first email I send down to the packaging of their print order. A lot of thought and detail go in to these things. Show appreciation – and you will get it back.
Facebook is probably my biggest form of referrals. It is a great way for me to share special offers and my work in general.
WPPI is always my favorite convention to attend. You meet so many new people and form lasting friendships and networks. Learn about new products, talk to all your favorite vendors. Go to classes and speakers – learn, play, socialize. I look forward to it every year!
ENTER YOUR BLOG POST IMAGES FOR THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THE FROG BELOW: Don’t forget to leave a comment on the other entries because that is half the fun! Also, submit your photo early since those seem to be the ones who receive the most comments.
Capturing a good image of siblings can be very difficult! But when you have a good vision and posh poses in mind you will be amazed at what you will get. Your sales will always increase when parents see a beautiful image of their children connecting, having fun or looking amazing. Who wouldn’t want a huge canvas of their own kids hanging on their wall!
Not many photographers will balance the unpredictability of children with the rapidly falling light of sunset like Sandra Bianco. Her love of photography is rivaled only by her love of kids, and mixing those two passions creates magic behind her lens.
Sandra shoots an hour before dusk with patience and precision. She maintains her subject’s innocence, capturing their beauty in its purest form. But it may be what happens after the shoot that puts Sandra in a class of her own. Her post editing techniques mix warm watercolors with hazy skies to create a dreamy and magical illusion that is reality.
She says she’s learned to stay true to herself and only photograph what she loves the most. That love is apparent in any photograph that bears the mark, “Sandra Bianco Photography”.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
Critique is a form of feedback that aims evaluation of art, on one hand, and help, on another
There is a huge part of making art that consists on improving your art. And one way of improving your art skills and understanding is through critique.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
Canon Mark iii – Favorite Lens: 70-200 2.8L
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
I would have to say cropping!
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Natural, simple, & whimsy
Inspiration for me comes from so many different avenues. I could be driving down the road and see a location in a different way, magazines, books, shopping, and of course every once in a while “Pinterest”
Best biz/photo advice?
Stay true to yourself and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Only post your best work!
What have you learned the hard way?
Pricing! If you are just starting out, set your pricing high and tell your clients that you are offering an introductory price and discount since you are new. It’s SO hard to raise your prices down the road. Being upfront about it will save you a lot of headaches & heartaches.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
I try to stay to myself and keep a low profile as much as possible. As i said earlier, keep it real and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. I am constantly trying to improve myself for “me” and not for the competition.
Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Congrats Alice Corkren! Your image is so fun that we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.
Love this image of a fun loving family! Showing the true personality of a family is a precious memory, this is why there was no way I could let it slip by without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.
Congrats again to Alice Corkren of Alice Corkren Photography! You’ve been awarded a gift certificate from one of our vendors for being selected as Chic of the Week!
Which photo of your own would you like to see featured on the site?
If you upload your favorite photos to the forum, we just might feature yours next.
There has been a camera in my hands my entire life. I love photographs and every moment of a photograph’s life. This is why I try to create images with soul, flair and a little southern charm. I want to create timeless heirlooms for my clients. The never ending support from my husband has made my career in portrait photography possible. We live in North Alabama with our dogs, chickens and are blessed with two beautiful teenage children.
This was one of the most fun I have had doing a family shoot. We did this session in the beautiful town of Canton, Mississippi. This little town is eye candy. Films such as A Time To Kill and My Dog Skip were filmed here.
The direction I gave to the older family members were to just keep their poses and let the youngest member do his thing. I didn’t expect him to start dancing!!!! I love this shot and I hope you guys do too!
I shot this with my 5D Mark II and 85mm/1.8 lens
1/1000 at f/5.0 ISO 600
What critique from Chic Critique Forum did you find helpful after sharing this image?
Chic Critique is opening so many new doors for me and my work. I am thrilled to have discovered it and being able to receive critique from industry greats is helpful beyond measure.