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Ever wished that you could just hang out with some of your favorite Celebrity Photogs? Tired of stalking their blogs because you just want to chill with them. Well now you can! Each month we’ll have different Celebrity Photographers floating around the forum answering your questions, giving critiques, talking about business and posting inspirational images. This month’s Celebrity Moderator the fabulous, Cris Passos of Cris Passos Photography.

crispassos-bio Cris Passos is a natural light photographer located in South Florida and specializes in newborn, babies and maternity. Since launching her business in 2011, she has rapidly gained growth and respect throughout the photography community. Cris has been featured on various well regarded blogs and photography magazines. Magical settings, golden light, hand crafted props, all set the tone for her whimsical and romantic sessions.

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I think an honest critique truly helps improve your work and master your art.

Canon 5dmiii 35mm 1.4 L for newborns 85mm 1.8 for my outdoor shots.

I remember when I was starting my business and was doing a mentoring class on editing and my mentor told me to always be consistent with my editing style.

Romantic, Whimsical and Fresh.

I find my inspiration everywhere; when I am watching my kids playing, my friends interacting with their families, reading magazines, watching tv shows and movies and of course following my favorite photographers.

I try to have a little of discipline and set time limits when checking email or making phone calls, things I can do when the kids are at school. I think is important to have quality time and make memories with my family.

Be true to yourself, work hard on finding your style and don’t follow trends as they will pass quickly.

To say “no thank you, I cannot do that”. It’s very hard for me to say no, especially to my peers. People often take advantage of my kindness and I end up in sticky situations. I’m working on being more assertive.

There is competition in every industry and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. On the positive side it makes us better at our jobs since we are constantly comparing our work to that of our colleagues and striving for that perfect shot that will impress our peers and our clients. On the other hand there are many so called “photographers” without proper training and consideration for the profession that come into the business and advertise products and services far below market price and of poor quality. These people really hinder our profession but they generally don’t stay in business for a long time. Because photography is my art I try to stand out by perfecting my signature style and doing a lot of my props and outfits, giving everything my personal touch. I think my customers really appreciate that.

Google search and Facebook.

Julie Paisley Photography, she was always very open to me and have helped me a lot during my journey, I can’t thank her enough.

Layflat books


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Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega



Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
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Today in the SPOTLIGHT is one of our new Vogue Vendors, Sondra of  Simplistic by Sondra


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Each item is hand made and unique to each photographer. It is made with organic high quality materials that can not be purchased in every day craft stores. Our popular Lush Layer line is hand dyed, hand spun, and hand knit by our staff. It is made with skin soft Australian Merino Wool. Our props are a perfect element to any newborn photograph and are reasonably priced.

I started 3 years ago with the birth of my second son. I sat at home, and was tired of watching soap opera’s when my tupperware bin full of yarn was screaming at me to tell me to make a blanket for him. It took 3 weeks and 3 pounds of yarn but I finally completed his blanket. After posting on Facebook, many of my friends began asking me for custom orders, so I started selling my items. I was working a full time job while doing Simplistic by Sondra, and it was a soul sucking job. I finally decided to jump in with both feet and focus on my babies and my business (which is one of my babies). Here I am 3 years later, and I am very blessed and extremely humbled with the decision I’ve made.

Our most popular line is the Lush Layer Line. We also have a new “The Floral Collection” which has been getting many rave reviews.

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