Photography Moms!!!

Christina - posted on 11/16/2008 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Hello and Welcome!!! Please tell me a little about yourself and what type of photography your doing? If your just starting out and are looking for tips or if you have been in the business for some time now and you want to share a think or too?\n\nI can start by saying I have been in the business for 3 years so I am new and learning tons everyday. I shoot mostly wedding and I love photographing children, well mostly my own... it\'s just easier. LOL!!!\n\nI came from a Graphic Design background and I worked in the GD business for 8 years before I had my daughter Ava. It was to hard for me to go back to work so I took the plunge and stayed home raising her and shooting wedding on the weekend. I shoot with the Nikon D300 and I am looking at the D700 this spring, has anyone checked out the D700? \n\nIf your shooting a ton, and you find yourself taking forever editing your images, I can give you some tips on how to speed up the process. Using actions on your images can also be a great time saver. \n\nI can\'t wait to hear from you all!!!

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Rachel - posted on 02/20/2009

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My name is Rachel. Mom to 3. We live in Mesa, AZ
I use a Canon 20d (a lot of my photos here are with my little point and shoot) and have a couple lenses. I am hoping to upgrade lenses for sure. I want to read the boards a bit, see what others like/dislike and why. We recently moved and I am hoping to create some type of ad. (Anyone good with creating flyers?)
I would love to do on location shots. Right now, I don't have the room for a studio set up (I do, but I'd have to set it up, each time. And I'd need instructions on how to build one LOL).
I would love to generate clients, but I am honestly unsure how to do so. Right now we do not go to kids clubs or anything like that. What my ideal would be, is to be a second shooter. I know no one shoots like that, but, it would be my ideal, plus learn more from the primary person.

I am told and have been told over the years, I have talent (I am trying to get more into portrait/human photography, in the past I've done a lot of concert and scenery/wildlife type shooting {when we lived in Alaska}. Portrait is a lot different ;)

I hope to learn a lot from this group! I too would love editing tips!!

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Wendy - posted on 09/02/2012

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HI there,



My name is Wendy and I have been dabling in photography for all my life, but got really serious with it about 3 years ago. Mostly a hobbyist, with hopes of starting a business in the near future. I have done newborns, families and a few weddings. And eventually would like to focus on wedding photography. I shoot with a Canon, and really need to upgrade but $$ is holding me back right now. Just trying to improve my abilities to capture and tell a great story.



I am the mother to 6 wonderful children the youngest of which will be turning 1 this next week. I've been looking for a place to get some feedback on my images that I've been taking and hope that this will be a good start.

Amanda - posted on 03/09/2012

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Hello all, I have enjoyed photography for over 10 yrs started as a hobby taking pictures of my 3 boys and the pets but after winning first and second in a photography competition and being asked to take my friends wedding pictures I decided to start looking at starting my own business , I love taking photos of just about anything but my love and passion is wildlife/nature and views but I also take wedding Pictures,parties family portraits and pets..



I have my own photo page on facebk - " Loadsapetals Photography " by Amanda Jaynes Please feel free to visit and take a look at my pictures,

I also have a website ..

www.LoadsapetalsPhotography.yolasite.com





I use Adobe photoshop elements 9 and I use a Sony A200 with kit lens, 75-300mm zoom, 500mm tele, 800mm mirror lens and a few others I am in the process of saving up for a Nikon of some sort not decided on which one yet...

Happy snapping

Amanda xx

Lindsay - posted on 11/20/2010

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If you want to photograph children I would advice going to a SureStart Childrens Centre. My one allows me to advertise for free with them and I have had work though them and wit them. They have also organised my CRB check. I aso recommended another photographer friend to do this and she now photographs in their nursery so well worth it

Tia - posted on 11/17/2010

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Just found this wonderful group!! I am brand new to the buisness, yet have been around photography my entire life. I work with a Nikon D60, but would love a more updated model! Have set up a portable studio in my living room and have just completed my price list and am working on a contract. Any editing/contracting help would be FANTASTIC!!

Regina - posted on 10/21/2010

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I am fairly new in the business. I have tried photographing weddings, but found myself spending so much time editing that I had to stop. I love photographing children and teenagers. They are so much fun. I'm using a Nikon D50. I would love to be able to upgrade to a better Nikon but can't afford it right now. Any help with editing?

Lindsay - posted on 10/12/2010

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hello. i just found this community. I have been a photographer for almost 8 years but only working for myself since the start of this year. I photograph people and pets. (www.envisionphotographers.com) I have a mobile studio but also do on location work like weddings (www.envisionwedding.com) or kids at the park etc. I have just started doing the Open uni's digital editing course which is really helping me as up til now i have always used film, even for my weddings. I am currently using a sony A230 camera and really love it, the only problem is the flash is a bit rubbish but nevermind i guess can always buy a unit :)
it would be great to swap tips etc. for example through recent research i discovered theres a grat demand for 'makeover' photoshoots at a good price, so i have found a nice pair of ladies who do hair and make up to work with me to offer this service direct at the customers home :) we have already had one bokoing since this was first offered 2 weeks ago and have some more for the prom season next year :D without the research i would have never have thought of this

Karen - posted on 10/08/2010

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I would LOVE to hear more about actions. YES!!!! I spend way too much time editing!

April - posted on 09/20/2010

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Hello Everyone! My name is April, I have been doing photography as a hobby for many years. Recently have taken it to the next level. I have just started my busines approximately 3 months ago, let me just say I have been working at a steady pace. I love to shoot children, but I also do Engagements, Parties, Babies, Maternity, well just about anything..LOL. I worked at an elementary school as an Interpreter for the Deaf for 10 plus years until I had my son. My husband I decided for me to stay at home with him until he is school age. I did this with my two older daughters, which are both in high school now. I shoot with three different types of cameras now. I started with a film camera (which is still my favorite) its a Minolta Maxxum 5000. I also have a FujiFilm FinePix S1Pro, and my newest to the group Pentax K-x. Of course I am always editing my pictures, Christina I would love to learn how to do them faster. When you have a little one sitting on the computer editing is not what they want you to be doing. Can't wait to hear back from you.

April
April Dawn Photography
aprildawnphotographty.blogspot.com
april dawn photography on facebook

Cathy - posted on 09/14/2010

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Hi. *Waves to the other Aussie mums*

I work as a wedding and portrait photographer and have been doing that for the last 5 years (as well as being a very busy single mum).

I use Canon gear (7D & 40D plus a nice variety of lenses - 70-200L f4, 17-50 f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 100mm f2.8macro, 10-20mm and an asortment of other bits and pieces)

I absolutely LOVE my job, and although it's hard to juggle work and parenting two preschoolers, I wouldn't change a thing. I also photograph anything and everything during my spare time - from industrial and architecture through to macro and sports. Photography has opened up my eyes in the most amazing way to the incredible world that's right outside my door.

You're very welcome to pop over to my website for a look www.cathymiddleton.com.au

Cheers everyone :)

Amy - posted on 08/09/2010

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Hi! I first learned to use an SLR about 15 years ago but only picked it up again in the last 9 months or so when I got my first DSLR. I have been taking it more seriously in the last 3-4 months and I'm trying to build a portfolio (and may or may not go into business down the track). I mainly shoot children and babies.

I'd love to learn more about post processing (lightroom and/or photoshop) as I feel this area lets me down a bit as I still have so much to learn. Also, need to speed up/ make my post process more consistent.

Lucy - posted on 06/12/2010

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(Julie Guzy
26 Dec. 2009, 6:16 pm ComplimentAdd to CircleSend Message Block user .Hello. I have been taking photographs for many years now. Took some classes at a local community college and also did the online cours through NYI. I do not do a lot right now, but dable a little in portraits for friends and have done a few weddings. I am a SAHM and would love to get into doing more photography but am not sure how to get started. I have two little ones under 2 and my husband is active duty AF getting ready to deploy soon and will be gone for 4 months. I have some home studio equipment..ie lights and backdrops and I shoot with a Nikon D50. I really would like to start doing ALL the photos of my girls, but I am having trouble getting the lighting right. So any help with that would be great. After taking the pictures, they look good when viewed on the computer but when printed they come out too dark. Anyway, any tips anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.)

If you are still having this problem, It sounds like your monitor is not calibrated to your printer. I'm not the best expert at telling you how to calibrate it. You can buy a tool that calibrates it for you. If you don't want to do that, you can always set your monitor settings to the default settings and pay a lab to color correct your prints for you. Hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2009

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Hello my name is Amanda, I have been in the business for almost 2 years now..and I am looking into starting my own business..I love taking pictures..I do mostly Wedding Photography, and children..lol I do take alot of my own kids. I have a 21 month old and a 2 month old...so I am pretty darn busy! its hard to take time to edit pictures. I shoot with a Cannon Rebel XSI...any tips would be helpful! Nice to meet people with in the same business as me! :)

Julie - posted on 12/26/2009

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Hello. I have been taking photographs for many years now. Took some classes at a local community college and also did the online cours through NYI. I do not do a lot right now, but dable a little in portraits for friends and have done a few weddings. I am a SAHM and would love to get into doing more photography but am not sure how to get started. I have two little ones under 2 and my husband is active duty AF getting ready to deploy soon and will be gone for 4 months. I have some home studio equipment..ie lights and backdrops and I shoot with a Nikon D50. I really would like to start doing ALL the photos of my girls, but I am having trouble getting the lighting right. So any help with that would be great. After taking the pictures, they look good when viewed on the computer but when printed they come out too dark. Anyway, any tips anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Kimberly - posted on 12/19/2009

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I also too did a friends wedding this summer at the beach. They turned out wonderful but I did not have the editing software to make all her blemishes go away. But she still liked them I think. My hubby has bought me a Canon T1i for Christmas plus photoshop. So after the 25th I get to have fun and play. I was also nervous doing my friends wedding but all went well. Funny how it seems most are doing photography to stay home with their kids. But I am getting back into it because my kids are growing up and now I have time to devote to this business.

Danielle - posted on 12/19/2009

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I have always been interested in photography but buying a digital camera just before my son was born (now three) got me really into how to take a nice picture. In January of this year my sister asked me to take her wedding pictures in August, fearing I would mess them up completely I asked my Stay at Home Mom's Group to let me practice on them all summer before the wedding. I ended up liking it so much that I could not imagine having to stop taking pictures of people! My sister loved the wedding pictures and I am now addicted to capturing beautiful expressions.

Chantelle - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hi I'm new to this group, my name is Chantelle and I just started learning photography in March of 2009 and since started my business, I love shooting children and newborns

Kimberly - posted on 11/08/2009

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I am encouraged by everyones posts. I too love photography. My goal is to someday have my own business. Everyone tells me I have talent, all self taught. But I just don't know where to begin and it is too late for me to attend a photography school.

Melissa - posted on 09/20/2009

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Hi, my name is Melissa. Until recently photography has only been a love and hobby of mine. After being told that I should start a business by many of my friends I have started working towards this goal.



I got my first DSLR-Nikon D60, almost a year ago. I quickly discovered that it would be in my best interest to upgrade to at least the D90. Oh, how I love it! I am learning every day. I recently joined NAPP, Kelby Training and plan on buying LightRoom2 in the next 24 days, lol. (when my trial expires). I have PSE7 for editing, which I might or might not upgrade to CS4.



I know I have a long way to go before I would even think of myself as a Professional Photographer. I am currently taking pictures of friends and family in order to gain experience and build a portfolio.



I would love to hear any advice from all of you who have an established business and I look forward to getting to know you all better!



~Melissa

Kobe - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi fellow Aussie Kim :) I bought my frist SLR last year...got right into it because I love to take photos but then have kinda lost interest. I've run out of things in my backyard to take and my photos never look as good as others :( I dont really want to ever be responsible for takng photos of someones big day or something like that...that scares me...what if I stuff up rofl. But tkaing portraits and macro shots are my passion.


I'm currently trying to collect ideas for my own business involving photography and I really need to larn how to make the most of my camera (Pentax K200 with an extra Tamron macro lens!) and learn little more about Photoshop. I fiddle around a little with it but can never remember what Ive done.


If you guys could take a look at my RedBubble page I would appreciate some feedback (im not looking for sales btw)





Hope to get some great info and freidnships from this group!!


Kobe xxx





hrmmm...it seems red bubble is down at the moment. Although they have a rather interesting video of Mr Squiggle up rofl....yay for an aussie kids show!!! My red bubble is under BellaMia I think...otherwise ill come and post it later



EDIT: ok so it's up and running now...so feel free to have a looky :)

http://www.redbubble.com/people/bellamia

Regina - posted on 04/22/2009

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Hi, my name is Gina and I've been in photography professionally for about 3 years now, but was photographing as a hobby before. I have recently started my own photography biz and am learning. I am trying to find ways to attract clients that doesn't cost a lot because we really don't have the money to advertise on a major scale. I'm a Nikon girl because I like the shape of the pixels. I researched the manufactureres and talked to several people and the most common thought was the pixel shape that Nikon uses. Because Nikon uses a hexagon, they match really well when you enlarge you pictures that you don't have as many white (noise) spots as you do with other cameras.



Thanks for all you input and if you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to let me know. I have a myspace for my website right now. The URL is www.myspace.com/gigispreciousmoments. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Renee - posted on 04/21/2009

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Hi, my name is Renee. I'm a wife to an active Sailor and mom of 3. I have been in biz for over 3 years, but have had a camera in my hand all my life. I am a Canon girl, just happened to be what I started with when I went digital and just got so used to it that I didn't want to learn anything else. I work with newborns and children mostly. I work from home with a little in-home studio but I also do on-location, but try to stay home as much as possible to stay home with the kiddos (youngest just turn 1).

Kim - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hi

I am so excited to find this group.

I have a wedding/portrait (anything else that comes up) studio in Sydney, Australia.

It opened 6 months ago, and business s improving daily.

Previous to my studio www.elseephotography.com.au is my website if you are interested, I have been working from home. I have completed my diploma of photography, at Ultimo TAFE ( technical college for non Aussies).

I shoot with a 20D manly, and love to mix up studio, and location work.

Thats me in a nutshell



Kim

Becky - posted on 04/08/2009

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HI, I just found this community and have already learned lots looking at everyone's websites.  Awesome work out there.  I have my own business--Virtual Tour Photography by Becky.  Have been doing that for a little over two years now.  I take pics of inside and outside of houses, make the virtual tours where you pan around the room, and keep a handful of realtor's websites up to date.  I started carrying my camera around with me almost everywhere I go and love to take pics of my daughter's and the beauty God has created.  I have started to get a lot of comments on the photos I have taken lately and am thinking when we move I might want to do more than just house pics (although it gives me an excuse to look at houses in all price ranges which is a blast) rather than trying to find new realtors to work with in a new city.  (My husband is due for a promotion that means moving from the middle of Missouri to the KC area).  Any and all ideas and tips are more than welcome and it has been great to get new ideas and feedback by reading these posts.  Moms sure are awesome!  It is amazing what we can do when we set our minds to it!

Andrea-Brittany - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hi Christina. I'm new to the forum and relatively new to the business (2 years), although it has always been a hobby. I am a natural light lifestyle photographer and specialize in babies, kids, and expecting couples. I put the business on hold for the past year to deal with marital issues, but now I am a single mom of 3 and I'm ready to start rebuilding. I shoot on location only and am very specialized... not for everyone. Here is a link to my website... The Art of Life Photography . If you have any feedback, tips, suggestions or just want to chat please feel free to contact me. I look forward to getting to know all of you!






Brittany

Deborah - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi there. Just found this group! I've been a professional photographer for about 13 years now, been concentrating on babies since 2005 and taught in academia for many years prior (SUNY Buffalo, Medaille College, Monmouth University) and was the Dept Chair at the Art Institute of NYC. I use the 1DS MK III and a variety of prime lenses. Check out my website!

Shelly - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi Christina, 



I am self taught (well that's an ongoing process) and have been in business for almost 3 yrs, taking mainly kids/babies - but boy does it make me clucky. I have 8mth old girl and nearly 3yr old boy.  Only just starting to build up a good portfolio now and often learnt the long and hard way. I use lightroom and now that i've figured out how to do it, it saves me heaps of time. 

Jamie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi! I love on location although I do have a studio. I photograph mostly maternity, newborn, children, family and high school seniors. I do not like weddings at all. I share studio space with wonderful wedding photogs so I leave that to them. I've been photographing portraits for about 5 years and in business for 2 years. I really love what I do. Definitely found my place in life.



Tami - This summer I just purchased the 5D, you've got to get it if you're serious. It was worth every penny! The noise is almost nothing, the color is amamzing, I just can't say enough. Now I want the Mark II. I can't imagine the difference. ( I have a 10D and a 20D also)

Tami - posted on 11/16/2008

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any tips for editing would be wonderful. I shoot with a Canon 10D and do a lot of on location shooting with natural light. I've just started but graduated with BFA from Emily Carr Institute in 2002. I think this will be a great place to share ideas and tips

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