Spring – Weekly Facebook Theme

March 29, 2015

Huge thanks to Stephanie Mason for choosing our top 10 this week!  We’re glad that we didn’t have to do the choosing in such a tough week! :)

Click here to see Stephanie’s website and here for her Facebook page.  Be sure to leave her some love!

Did you see the new week’s theme in the Week in Review?  You can get a 1 day head start to posting for the theme by checking your newsletter or Week in Review on Saturdays.

Nichole Lott Photographynicholelott

Shana Cooley Photographyshanacooley

 

Poetic Expressions Photographypoetic

 

Madame Brown Photographynoelbrown

 

Karen Osdieck Photographykarenosdiek

 

Joni Burtt Photographyjoniburtt

 

DaniPress Photographydanipress

 

Amy Schuff Photographyamyschuff

 

Amanda’s Photo Designsamandacowen

 

2B Seen Photography
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Week in Review – March 28, 2015

March 28, 2015

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This week’s theme is “water”. Post 1-2 images on our Facebook page by Friday for a chance to be featured on Sunday in the Top 10!

Let’s catch up!!


Weekly Favorite Spotlight

Beautiful image shared in our Weekly Favorite’s from Silva Photography!

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Be sure to share your Weekly Favorite on Monday’s over on our Facebook page Weekly Favorite’s status post!


This Week on the Blog

TOP 10 FACEBOOK THEME – NATURE

Check out the Top 10!

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PRODUCT REVIEW – PINHOLE PRO – GIVEAWAY!!!!

Have you heard of Pinhole Pro??  Well we have a great product review of their Panoramic Album as well as a giveaway!! Don’t miss out!
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FEATURED SESSION – SABRINA GEBHARDT PHOTOGRAPHY

Sabrina is sharing some of her beautiful and inspiring work with a lifestyle newborn session!
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SHOOTING WHAT YOU LOVE {FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER}

Check out a Q&A with ALB Photography on why she shoots what she loves!

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MARCH WEEKLY FAVORITES

We love the inspiration shared on our page each Monday for the Weekly Favorite’s.  Here are a few that caught our eye in March!

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MARCH’S CREATIVE CHALLENGE ON INSTAGRAM

A few features from our March Creative Challenge that we extended over to IG!

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Only 1 spot remains for our Inspiration on the Mountain Retreat! Check out the details HERE ! Why don’t YOU join us for a fun filled ladies weekend in the beautiful mountains of Utah!
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Have you checked out our line up of currently offered E-books? We have some great tools for your photography!!

From Pixels to Profit with The Wild Child Photography

Taking Stock: A Photographer’s Guide to Microstock Photography with Chasing Moments Photography

Videography:101 with Stacey Petersen Photography

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sally Website | Facebook | Google+ Sally Sosler is a natural light lifestyle photographer located in Orange County, New York. She is a wife and a mother to a fun-loving 6-year-old boy, a sweet 4-year-old girl, and one fur baby, a 10-year-old Siberian cat named Blitz. Sally enjoys documenting those endearing and intimate moments for her family as well as for her clients. Sally specializes in maternity, newborn, children, and family photography. In her free time, you will find Sally volunteering in her children’s classrooms as well as perusing organizing blogs and Real Simple.

March’s Creative Challenge on Instagram

March 27, 2015

Each month we challenge our forum members with a creative challenge and this month’s challenge was food.  We want to see all your food inspired images.  However, we thought it would be fun to take the challenge outside our forum and invite our Instagram followers to play along too by sharing their food inspired images with us with the hashtag #LI_FOOD.  It was so great seeing food through everyone’s eyes and how it not only nourishes our bodies but also brings people together in wonderful ways.  Here are some of my favorite images that were shared with us on Instagram.  I hope you enjoy!


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Amy Donohue is a lifestyle portrait and wedding photographer living in Central Vermont serving all of New England. She is completely self-taught and feels this drive is what keeps her continually 
experimenting with photography to find creative ways to document and express her vision. She has a one-in-a-million husband and three kids who inspire her work through their everyday adventures of living in  Vermont. She completed a 365 project in 2013 and found that she couldn’t stop so she’s on her third 365 where she shares a photo a day through her website and instagram. She is so excited to be a part of the Light Inspired team and looks forward to seeing you on Instagram where she showcases some pretty amazing images for Light Inspired.

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March Weekly Favorites

March 26, 2015

We have quite the task each month going through our weekly favorites threads on Facebook and picking out some to share with you on the blog.  Enjoy this beautiful eye candy!!

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Thread & Feather Photographythreadandfeather

Stephanie Mason Photographystaphaniemason

Sleepy Deer Photographysleepydeer

Sarah Jo Photographysarahjo

Reva Mayrevamay

Nina Grimstead Callownina

My Three Arrows Photographymythreearrows

JBalderaz Photographyjbalderaz

Karen Osdieck Photographykarenosdiek

Colleen Schwulst Photographycolleenschwar

Chelsea Marie Photographychepseaharem

Brooke Ashley Photographybrookeashleyarmendinger

Simply Gracious Photographyabbytheresa

Shooting What You Love (featured photographer)

March 25, 2015

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We are excited to share with you a talented photographer today.  Amber (with ALB Photography) is first and foremost, a proud wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She is a portrait photographer who photographs children, families, highschool seniors, and expecting mommas in the Houston, Texas area.

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Website: http://www.albphotographybyamber.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ALBPhotographySpringTX

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Q- The theme you were asked to concentrate on was “shooting only what you love the most.” Do you feel that it’s practical/profitable for a professional photographer to actually shoot only what they love the most?

A-   I think if you only shoot family, only weddings, only seniors, only children, then yes, you can be successful and run a profitable business. My love is maternity photography. But, there’s not many mothers who hang only pictures of themselves on the wall. So, I aim to fill the rest of their walls with photos of children and family. I want to be the whole family photographer.

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Q- Looking through your maternity gallery, the term “Mother Nature” pops to mind. How do you pick your natural locations?

A-   In the Houston vicinity, our grounds are pretty flat. There are no scenic mountains, waterfalls, etc. I drive all over town scouting out new unique locations. As you see, most of my locations are covered in weeds. I love to shoot through these weeds creating depth in my pictures.   I’m a huge fan of jumping locations during a shoot to make sure we get a nice mix for the session.

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Q- Pregnancy is such an uncomfortable time for many mothers. How do you make sure your subjects are relaxed for their session?

A-   Before a session, I will suggest the mother do anything she can to relax and feel good. For some moms, that means a prenatal massage. For others, it’s a spa day and having make up done. When they feel comfortable and beautiful, it comes through during the session. I must annoy them when I ask at least fifteen times per session if they are okay. We take a few breaks, drink water and drive around in the AC between locations.   Their safety is always the priority. I always hold their hand while getting over obstacles found in nature such as tree limbs on grounds, streams of water, etc.

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Q- Do you give your clients direction during the shoot, or, just let them do their own thing?

A-   Always. I have a full line of maternity wardrobe for the expecting mammas to pick from. Some of the dresses are tummy hugging, some are free flowing long dresses. For posing, I always keep the shoulders, belly, and legs in mind. Then, once posed, I rearrange chin, arms, and clothes. I explain that a position may feel slightly unnatural, but will show well in resulting photos. I am very touchy feely during a session, always rearranging positions and clothes. It is so much easier to get a wrinkle out before taking the picture, than to remove it in Photoshop. I always discuss the ins and outs of the session with the client beforehand.

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Q- How much processing do you typically do?

A-   I always strive to get it right in camera. When I first started out, I took horrible pictures. Of course, then, I couldn’t see it, hindsight is always 20/20. I thought Photoshop was the magical answer. So, I started studying a lot about PS, watching YouTube videos, and taking a few paid classes. One outstanding paid course is Damien Symond’s RAW class. It helped me see color. Believe it or not, your eyes have to be trained to see the color. Until you can do that, you can’t correct color issues from neon colors, or auto white balance, or green color cast (b/c I work in nature so much, I need this often).   I do consider myself a much more artistic editor. I typically edit about 25-30 photos from each session. Of those, at least 10 get heavily edited, which takes about 30 minutes per photo.

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Q- So, how did you become a professional maternity photographer?

A-   I started taking senior photos and offering free sessions. Then, people began asking if they could pay for sessions. I turned offers down until I felt confident that I could offer outstanding work. After my first model call for maternity, I was hooked. I find it to be very expressive. This momma is bringing new life into the world. And, making momma feel the most beautiful ever is so special to me. Even more exciting is when she first sees her pictures in print. Watching her face light up is what drives me to take beautiful pictures.

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Q- We had to ask, what’s in your bag?

A-   I use a Nikon D800. My lens are Nikon 28.18G, Nikon 50 1.4G, Nikon 60 2.8 Macro, Nikon 85 1.4G, and Nikon 135 2.0. Along with a SB910 flash and expo disc.

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Q- Have you ever had a negative reaction to any of the photos you have taken?

A-   Fortunately, I have been lucky. The worst reaction I have seen to my work is someone saying they didn’t understand the picture. It was a conceptual picture, so, it didn’t bother me. There was one time, when I first started getting more serious about my photos, I liked to add a lot of “fake” elements to my pictures such as birds, globes, etc. Someone sent me an anonymous email that pretty much said I need to stick to photography and not graphic art. It mentioned how photography isn’t meant to have digitally added items. It was actually pretty mean, but I can’t remember the details, so it must not have hurt me too much. Regardless, to this day, I will still add a bird or reindeer to a picture. It’s childlike and fun and doesn’t hurt anyone. So, I see no reason to avoid playing around with pictures.

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Q- What are your goals as a photographer?

A-   My goal is to provide the best quality that I can to my clients. I’m creating art for them to proudly hang on their walls. The photos are meant to be shown. I want them to look at those pictures daily and remember that moment in time. I have an 8ft display in my living room of my family and every time I look at it I smile. That is my goal for all of my clients. For now, I do not see photography as my full time “job.” Photography allows me to be creative and I use it as an outlet. I only accept up to four sessions per month so that I can dedicate the time each one creative and successful.

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Q- Give us one tip for up-and-coming photographers, please.

A-   Oh gosh, there’s so much to learn. It can be intimidating. I would say ask for lots of CC (constructive criticism). There are dozens of Facebook groups set up for just this.   Take the CC and improve upon what others are saying. Don’t be argumentative or defensive. Most people are nice and have a good heart and give honest opinions.

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amyvecchioFamilies, babies, and children are what make Amy’s heart sing. She catches the divine in the ordinary using natural light and everyday settings. Amy’s style is pretty simple. It’s a dab of traditional mixed with modern lifestyle portraiture, indoors and out. She strives to capture a child’s spirit and a family’s personality, even if that’s not traditional smiles. She wants to photograph families in real life, not something that was imagined or ‘created’…to not just tell a story or get a certain ‘shot’, but to tell your story though a collection of photographs, capturing all the joy that fills your soul. Amy resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Outside of photography, her life is full of faith, family, fashion, food, and all sorts of DIY projects.

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