Image credit: ©2015 Kristen Alise Photography

Newborn photography has become very popular in recent years, and in that genre, there have been many trends. Styles range from simple and minimalistic, to highly stylized with props and backdrops. Most recently, I have noticed a trend with flags being used to wrap up or hold newborns. This is very popular with families in the […]

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Renee Robyn

Renee Robyn is a pretty freakin awesome and inspiring person that is out to show how beautiful the world can be– I’m pretty sure that’s what you just learned in the video, that is if you weren’t distracted by SmugMug’s gorgeous cinematic display of her and her work. But besides being awesome at what she does, […]

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I suspect a lot of photographers can relate to the scenario of arriving on location with your camera but without much certainty about what to do with it. This happens to me a lot. It’s not like we always have the luxury of having every frame mapped out before we even arrive. Sometimes, there is […]

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© 2015 Nicole S. Young - All Rights Reserved

Photographers are a very fickle bunch. In many ways, we can be supportive, kind, and well-intentioned towards other photographers. I like to think that we all want to help others succeed and enjoy themselves, but unfortunately, not everyone has the same approach. Photographers are competitive. I totally get it. And very few will say what they really are […]

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© 2013 Nicole S. Young - All Rights Reserved

As we progress as photographic artists, one of the most difficult things to master is the editing process. By “editing” I am not referring to post-processing, but rather the selection process of what photos we like and will print, add to our portfolio, or share online. Being a good editor means we recognize the good […]

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Feature image metadata: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 6 sec at f/16, ISO 100 (6-stop ND filter used for long-exposure) The simple act of creating art is oftentimes all that I need to get through the day.  Even with the other crafty things I do, such as ceramics, the pure motion of […]

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Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.

-Matt Hardy