Week in Review – April 18, 2015

April 18, 2015

Good morning!

Time to start your weekend off with a quick round up so that you don’t miss a thing!

Are you still thinking about what to ask for Mother’s Day? Why not treat yourself and book our LAST SPOT to the Inspiration on the Mountain Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah! Join in for a long weekend with like-minded photographers – May 1st – May 4th! Check out the details HERE !

This week’s theme is “pink”. Post 1-2 images on our Facebook page by Friday for a chance to be featured on Sunday in the Top 10!  I can’t wait to see all things pink!

Let’s catch up with blog for this week!

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Weekly Favorite Spotlight
Take a look at those beautiful little toes! Thank you for sharing your image on the Weekly Favorites post this week Erika Chrystal Photography!

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Share your Weekly Favorite with us each Monday over on our Facebook page Weekly Favorite’s status post!


This Week on the Blog

TOP 10 FACEBOOK THEME – FOOLS        

Check out the Top 10!

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5 TIPS FOR BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY
Are you thinking about dipping your toes in Birth Photography?  Stacey shares some of her tips on the blog!
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APRIL WEEKLY FAVORITES
We love seeing what you are shooting in our Weekly Favorites share on Monday, here are just a few of our favorites for the first half of April!

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.

Featured Photographer – Beth Deschamp

April 17, 2015

Today we have a fun feature on Beth Deschamp, also known as Beth A-Dilly.  Her work is extremely recognizable and awesome we we’re excited to learn a little more about her and see some eye candy!  I also just found out that Beth is now a contributor on Click It Up a Notch.  Congrats!  Now, for the good stuff:

When I first picked up a camera, my goal was to simply document my life, travels, and every other moment in between!  I wanted to have photographs to look back on, as a way of freezing every moment and memory.  I have always had this vision of my future children stumbling across a box of my photographs, carefully looking at each one, and learning a little bit more about me.  Whether they are laughing at my fashion choices or just getting a glimpse of what my every day looked like, I love the idea that photographs can accompany the stories I have about my life.

 

When my husband took a new job, I was blessed with the opportunity to stay home and, before long, I was picking up my camera more and more every day.  In the beginning I never dreamed of going into business, but six months after purchasing my first DSLR, I decided to be brave and applied for my business license.  To this day, going into business was the best decision I have ever made and it has been a beautiful ride!  I am so thankful every day that I decided to be brave, follow my dream, and created {beth} a-dilly photography!

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I love everything about photography.  The way a photograph captures genuine emotion.  The way a photograph can press pause on life.  I love that photographs are something that can be cherished forever and that they hold memories.  These are the things that I think about when I am professionally photographing clients.  And there is nothing better than watching a client react to seeing their collection of photographs for the first time.  It is in those moments of seeing how happy my photographs make others feel that I know I am doing what I was called to do.  It makes all of the endless photo editing marathons totally worth it!

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When I am not photographing for clients with my Nikon D610 and Nikon D600, I am passionate about photographing my everyday.  I find myself very inspired to get creative when photographing my everyday and make ordinary tasks like grocery shopping or walking the dog look extraordinary.  I love trying to depict ordinary tasks in fun ways, whether it is through playing with perspective or composition.  I am very inspired to find the beauty in all of the little details that make up everyday life.

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In 2014, I completed my very first 365 photography project and it was the best thing I have ever done for my photography.  Throughout the year, I began to notice how much my photography was improving just by picking up my camera every single day to take one picture.  By the end of the year, my photography skills had grown in ways that I never could have imagined.  I was thinking about lines, lighting, composition, and texture in every photo I was taking.  I even made a photo book of all 365 photos after I completed the project and looking back through all of my photographs, it is amazing to see how much I improved in one year.  I found myself inspired, more than ever, to continue photographing every day and to encourage other photographers to join me!

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As I was noticing what my 365 photography project was doing for my photography, I became passionate about encouraging other photographers to take this challenge.  While driving home from the grocery store last winter, I had an idea. I had an idea that would encourage other photographers to pick up their cameras every single day for one year.  It was on that day that I created >>the bethadilly challenge<<, a daily photo challenge that inspires photographers to take one photo every single day for one year by using a daily photo prompt.

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On January 1, 2015, I launched #thebethadillychallenge on Instagram and Facebook and began a community of encouragement and inspiration for photographers, whether they be professionals or hobbyists!  Everyone is welcome!  Every month I post a list of monthly prompts on my blog, www.bethadilly.com and I have fun using the prompts as well to inspire my own daily photo as I work towards completing my second 365 photography project this year!

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When I am not holding my camera, I am typing away on my laptop!  I love to write about photography and share my photography journey with others.  When I first started out, I had no idea what aperture meant or how important white balance was.  I was always reading and learning about photography, which eventually turned into writing and teaching about photography.  I love to help others learn a little bit more about photography as I share my photography journey on my blog!

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To follow along with me on my journey with photography, be sure to join me on Instagram and Facebook!  And to learn more about what is in my camera bag, check out my post about my photography gear!   I would be happy to have you!

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Facebook Weekly Favorites

April 16, 2015

Last month it was so hard to narrow down our weekly favorites share, so we decided to feature images twice this month!  So if you’ve submitted an image in April, check below to see if you were featured.  Be sure to share your weekly favorites with us on Facebook in the comments of the image call-out and we’ll be doing another round of features on April 30th.

Amy Salessi Photographyamysalessi

Ashley Marston Photographyashleymarston

Moments Captured by Cyndi Greenwaltcapturedbycyndi

Face This World Photographyfacethisworld

Jessie Bennett Photographyjessie

Danielle Hunter Photographydaniellehunter

Melissa Hines Photographymelissahines

Mitzi Emig Photographymitziemig

Sophia Joy Photographysophiajoy

Steph Barcenas Photographystephbarcenas

A Stitch in Time Photography
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Susan Scott Photographysusan

5 Tips for Birth Photography

April 14, 2015

Is birth photography becoming a hit in your area?  Or is it still viewed as “weird”?  In my area, birth photography is growing by leaps and bounds, so I thought we should talk about 5 tips for when you get called to photograph one of the most intimate experiences.

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1. If you say you’re going to be there… be there.

I can’t stress enough how important this is.  If you put yourself out there to be a birth photographer, you are agreeing to be on call 24/7 for up to 3-4 weeks.  Yes, that might mean you miss out on a family birthday party.  You might get called in on Christmas morning.  You might get called in a 3:00am.  If you say you’re going to be there… be there.  And while you’re at it, keep your phone charged and handy all the time! wanttoprint-(1)

2. Have a reliable backup photographer

  • Car crash or otherwise physically unable to perform.
  • Out of town funeral.
  • Contagious sickness.

Those are pretty much the only reasons that I would ever miss a birth.  You may have a list of a few instances that you are just not willing to miss.  If you don’t, take some time to think about that.  Make your clients aware of any circumstances that might arise that would render you using a backup photographer, and be sure to state those clearly in your contract.  Be sure that your backup photographer has a similar style.  Have a contract with that backup photographer stating details such as who will edit, what the pay is, how images can be used, etc.wanttoprint3

3. Have reliable backup gear

“Ma’am, could you please stick that baby back in?  My camera died mid push and I missed it.”

Nope.  Not happening!  Along with weddings, births are truly a once in a lifetime experience.  I would venture to say even more so.  To be 110% prepared is absolutely vital during a birth.  Having reliable backup gear can save your butt if your shutter goes out, you drop a lens, etc.  If you can’t afford a 2nd full frame body, at least get a crop.  If you can’t afford a 2nd 35mm 1.4, at least get a backup nifty fifty.  It’s the simple things like this that can save you from disappointing your clients, not getting the shot, and in terrible circumstances- save you from a lawsuit.SPP_1023

4. Match the laboring mom’s mood

If she’s happy and talkative to you, be happy and talkative to her.  During a birth I am never the one to start a conversation.  If they want to talk, then that’s totally fine.  I’ll indulge in whatever the mom wants!  But when things get serious, you need to get serious.  That means zero talking when she’s silent and seriously try to blend into the wall.

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The medical staff, whether it be OB, Midwife, Nurse, or Doula, can make a HUGE impact on your birth photographs.  It’s important when you arrive that you introduce yourself and let them know that you are not there to get in the way.  When they know that you are a professional doing something that you’ve done time and time again, they are more willing to maybe step to the side slightly more so you have a better angle.  Or to allow you to get that one clear photograph of the baby before he’s bundled up in the blanket again.

It is also extremely important to understand that the mom’s safety is #1 over photographs.  If/when that blue button is pushed, you move out of the way as fast as you can and let the nurses do their job.  If you are respectful of their space and job, they will be respectful of yours.

 

There are my top 5 tips for birth photography.  Do you have any more to add? Let us know in the comments!

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stacey-petersen-photography (1)Stacey Petersen

Owner

Stacey is a birth photographer and videographer in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She has a super supportive husband of 8 years and an adorable 4 and 2 year old boy and finally a baby girl.  She has been in the photography business since 2006 and started originally as a wedding photographer.  Since then, she has shifted her focus to births and videography as well as teaching other photographers about her passions.  She loves the online community of Light Inspired so much that she became the owner in early 2014.  Some of her favorite things: Nikons, pizza, scalding hot baths, colored skinny jeans, baking, and her husbands comfy hoodies.

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Fools – Weekly Facebook Theme

April 12, 2015

Thanks to all who participated in the theme last week of “fools”.  It was a tricky one, but I love the creativity of the submissions!  Our next theme is “growth”.  Be sure to post 1-2 images on our Facebook wall for a chance to be featured.

Captured by Carrie Photographycarrie

Catherine Jeter Photographycatherinejeter

Chrissy Ray Photographychrissyray

Danielle Wedge Photographydaniellewedge

Holly Nicole Photographyhollynicole

Karen Osdieck Photographykarenosdiek

KRJ Photographykrj

Michelle Warren Photographymichellewarren

mQn Photographymqnn

Olson Photographyolsonphotography