Check out this new promo video for Katie Hill Photography and take a glimpse behind the scenes at two different and unique family sessions, and see Katie in action! Creating this video for her was SO much FUN!
Photographers, if you're looking for an updated video to promote your brand on your website, please feel free to contact me!
Introducing The Lifestyle Collaborative
We are so excited to have launched a company with a place for lifestyle and documentary photographers to be inspired and have a place to grow.
We will be offering classes, mentoring and portfolio reviews. For more info, check us out here at The Lifestyle Collaborative!
Remember the last post about embracing imperfection? For fun, I decided to make a video too! I love this because it shares insight as to what really goes on in a scene. It allows you to take it all in and compare what you see versus what the Photographer sees. It also allows you to compare the moving elements in the video to the Photographer's final vision and still images. Showing these short clips lets viewers take it all in and it really helps to document how a moment can be captured so candidly. I also think it's important to show how with the right tools, a Photographer can make even the most mundane location seem magical.
I had a great time location scouting with my friends (Kimberly Milano Photography and Katie Hill Photography) and it was fun to capture these video clips. Take a peek at this short film and from behind the scenes and let me know what you think!
Let's talk about embracing imperfection. I had an a-ha moment recently while location scouting with some fellow photographer friends. Everything doesn't have to be technically perfect. And that's ok! Not so long ago, I would have placed at least half of the images in this blog post in my trash bin. I was shooting with a manual focus lens (my lensbaby twist 60) and it's HARD to nail focus of kids on the run. This is my newest toy and if you've been following my IG account, I've been crushing on the swirly background that it provides in the images.
Getting back to my point about imperfection, when I downloaded my images, initially I was super disappointed. I missed focus in several of them and was immediately disheartened. Then I had a complete epiphany. These photos show movement, and LIFE, and evoke emotion. Are they perfect? No. Do they give me all the FEELS? Absolutely!
Although I was shooting for fun, I think I'm going to try and incorporate more photos like this in my regular portfolio.
What do you think?
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A few curious minds have asked, so I thought I'd go ahead and write a blog post about what a Click Pro is as well as what the process entails. Let me start by saying that becoming a Click Pro has been a goal of mine for YEARS. This is a network of insanely talented women that are highly recognized and among the BEST of the best across the board in all genres of photography. When I thought about applying to be listed among such talent, I would always hesitate. "What IF I'm not good enough"? This is one of the most common debilitating thoughts that every creative I know has struggled with. To counter, I would always follow that up with "what if you ARE"? ...
So it began. I put a portfolio of 150 of my favorite and technically best images together (to be harshly judged), took a deep breath, exhaled and pressed the submit button. Then I waited. And waited and waited some more. There's an approximate two week wait period and it felt like FOREVER! Until the acceptance letter came, along with sheer joy and excitement!
I have access to awesome perks and have the opportunity to have my work published. It's also been amazing to see my work (such as the image below with the rainbow) featured among other Click Pros.
This is such a great opportunity for me and a rewarding creative outlet. The rest of the blog post contains information verbatim from the Clickin Moms website in case any other photographers would like information on where to start.
For anyone thinking of submitting in the near future, it's scary putting yourself out there, but the benefits outweigh the risk!
What is Click Pro?
Click Pro is a women’s organization of professional photographers and highly skilled artists whose work demonstrates creativity, vision, and artistic and technical excellence. From child and family photographers to wedding photographers, senior photographers, fine art photographers, and beyond, Click Pro is a community rich in talent and diversity. Our membership benefits are designed to cater to the artistic, social, and business needs of the professional photographers and artists within our community.
To be considered for membership, applicants must submit a 150 image portfolio for review.
More information on the program can be found here.
What are the benefits of being a Click Pro?
1. Click Pro Exclusives: Deals, discounts, and gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
2. Click Pro Daily Project: The Click Pro Daily Project is almost always the first thing our new Pros sign up for. It is a great way for the world to see your images, but did you know that it is so much more than a collaborative blog? Posting on the DP offers up a myriad of opportunities that include, but are not limited to the following:
- Features in Click magazine
- Possible selection as the Daily of the Week
- Potential contact from vendors outside Click Pro (some of our Click Pros have had their DP images featured in articles, by greeting card companies, and picked up by stock agencies)
- Features on the Click , and Clickin Moms Facebook pages and Instagram
- Participation in Group Projects
- Consideration for the Canon Image of the Week
3. Complimentary subscription to Click Magazine
4. Click Pro Talent Network: opportunities for a variety of features, sponsorships, and more.
5. Image by Lens
6. Click Pro Photographers Directory
7. Membership in Clickin Moms
8. Access to private Click Pro forums and a private Click Pro Members Area
Additionally, members are also offered the following opportunities:
- Earn significant income by presenting a Click Pro Breakout Session
- Click Pro of the Month Feature, including promotion, blog interview, and paid teaching opportunity
- Session feature in Click & Company In Focus, our weekly newsletter with a subscriber base of over 61,000
- Image feature on our Facebook page with over 303,000 fans
- Image shares on the Click Magazine Facebook page with over 22,000 fans
- Write an article for the CMblog and reach over 85,000 monthly unique visitors
- Apply to join our Click Photo School staff by proposing a full online workshop
- Clickin Moms Mentor Selection (by invitation)
- Image shares on the Click & Company Instagram feed when using one of our hashtags
You can learn more about the Click Pro Benefits click here.
How to apply:
A thorough application guide can be found, here.
Applications can be submitted, here.
You can join a Click Pro prep group, ask questions, or receive general review on your portfolio, here.
If you're already on the Clickmoms Forum, send me a friend request! You'll see me posting around with this signature.
What a great summer! I'm always excited when school starts. Not about all the chauffeuring and shuffling and schedules, but YES to routines! We've become quite lazy this summer. We stay up late, we sleep in (well, as much as a four year old will allow) and make our own schedules. For the most part, we've just flown by the seat of our pants. It was a well deserved break after a long school and sports year; but like all good things, summer must come to an end.
To recap, let's see. We swam. And swam. And swam. If you missed my two blog posts with ALL of our swimming adventures, check them out here and also here. We also took a week long vacation to NC to visit family and that was awesome!
About a week ago, we decided to take a last minute weekend trip with our neighbors and go explore the JW Mariott in San Antonio. The kids LOVED the waterpark (so did we) and we had tons of fun!
Now it's the last weekend before school starts and we're scrambling to get groceries for lunches, outfits planned, backpacks and school supplies set ...
Ready or not, school, here we come!
And one last look at our summer ....
Welcome to the world, Bennett Reade Astroth! Born on August 4, 2017, weighing in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches long, please join me in welcoming my nephew to the world! As a proud new Aunt, there's a little bias going on here because he is THE cutest newborn and we're all so SMITTEN with him!
Press play on the video, turn the sound on and make sure to watch it in HD!
It's no secret that I have been a little OBSESSED with water images this summer. If you missed the first post with our underwater & poolside adventures, check them out here or come follow me on Instagram (there's no shortage of water fun)!
Truth be told, I was planning all along on writing a second blog post with more of our swimming adventures. Honestly, I didn't think it would happen THIS quickly. I have been pushing myself creatively with editing some of the underwater images and I am super excited to share them with you.
Before we get to the images, I wanted to talk a little bit about gear. Lots of people have been asking me recently about my gear, and what I use. To date, ALL of my underwater photos have been taken with my older version Go Pro Hero 4 Silver. I love this little powerhouse camera. There's a lot to be said for not using my big dslr; however, until I can get my hands on good waterproof housing, I think this camera does an amazing job.
And random disclaimer here ... my kids also love to jump in the pool with their regular clothes on. I'm still not sure if that's a little weird or not, but hey, less laundry ...