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Weddings and Their Dogs

So many of us love our dogs, almost as much as we love people. So why wouldn’t you include your dog in your wedding day! Well many have. Thank you POPSUGAR for publishing some of our dogs in your publications. Enjoy more of our wedding dogs here!

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How to Organize Your Digital Photos Like a Boss

If you’re like most people, you probably have thousands of digital photos stored on a computer or hard drive but have you ever been searching for that one photo and the few minutes you thought it would take to find it turns into an hour?41249_2018.07.05_POR_Gilchrist

Top 3 tips for organizing your digital photos

Taking the time to develop a system that will help you better organize your photos will end up saving you hours in the future. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Check your camera’s settings.By making sure that your camera has the correct date and time setup, organizing your photos will be a lot easier now and in the future. With the correct dates and times in place, the right groups of photos will show up alongside each other, making it easier to save into specific folders.43835_2018.08.05_POR_Hodges
  2. Do a clean-up.If you’re generally a happy snapper, it might be time to set a few hours aside and carefully go through your photos and get rid of the images that are out of focus or aren’t of anything significant. This exercise will help you get organized and free up some space on your devices.36747_2018.03_12_POR_Grotheues
  3. Start with the year. In order to really get organized, you’re going to need to start creating some folders on your computer. Start with a folder for a specific year and create folders for each of the 12 months within it. You can now create folders within each month folder that speak to different events, vacations or impromptu pet photoshoots that took place during those months. For example, if you went on a skiing trip in January 2015, your folder structure would be: 2015 > January > Family Ski Trip. This folder structure will make it much easier to find your favorite memories.

It’s also important to download and create backups of your photos on a regular basis. You always want a second copy of your most precious memories as those photos are something that you’ll never be able to get back should your computer or hard drive crash.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Headshot on a Regular Basis

Whether you’re a business owner, blogger or you’re a regular on social media, having a really great headshot is essential. Your headshot is an excellent way to grow your personal brand and it helps your online profiles stand out from the rest.

It can, however, become quite easy to find one great headshot and keep using that same image for years, but it’s always a good idea to update your headshot on a regular basis, here’s why:36179_2018.01.31_glam_walker

  1. Your headshot should always be accurate.When someone comes across your resume or any of your online profiles, they should be seeing exactly what you look like, not what you looked like 10 years ago. Your face changes over time and it’s important for potential customers or employers to be able to recognize you when they meet you.55225_2018.12.01_por_trailheadwinter
  2. Photo styles come and go. The headshot styles that photographers were using 10 – 15 years ago are most likely no longer very flattering so by updating your headshot on a regular basis, you’ll be able to display a photo that’s fresh and modern at all times.56670_ 2019.01.15_por_murfee
  3. It helps maintain your online presence. By continuously updating your headshots online, you’ll be making sure that when someone searches for you, they’ll know exactly what you look like. If you happen to appear in the media quite often, ensuring that you have an updated headshot is even more important as you never know when someone might search for your photo online to use in an article or online feature. As you progress in your career and personal life, your style, interests and experience will change and your headshot should be adjusted to reflect this too.

Not only is a professional headshot the perfect finishing touch to your professional and personal profiles but a flattering headshot will make you feel more confident online too.

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What to Do With Your Photos Once the Holidays Are Over

If there’s one time when people take hundreds of photos, it’s during the holidays. It’s a time that’s spent with family and friends and there are so many memories to capture, but what can you do with your holiday snaps once it’s all over?

55522_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterIdeas for what to do with your photos after the holidays

  • Turn them into magnets.What better way to remember a fun moment during the holidays than by seeing it on your refrigerator every morning. Magnets also make for fun, inexpensive gifts for your loved ones.
  • Add them to a digital frame.Why choose to print one or two of your favorite holiday photos when you can loop through all of them using a digital photo frame. Another option is to create a slideshow of your holiday photos that you can use as a screensaver on your computer or even your television.
  • Create a calendar. Pick 12 of your favorite holiday photos so that you can look back on a new memory each month. Calendars also make great gifts for family members.55130_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  • Get creative with your prints.Instead of printing your photos out in the usual sizes, why not print them out as Polaroid-sized photos or Instagram strips, which you can hang from clips along a custom wire photo display.
  • Add them to custom coasters.Another great way to display a few of your fun holiday snaps is to print them on coasters. This is a great alternative to printing the photos for frames and you can still have them all over your home too.
  • Print a photo book.Instead of printing each of your photos individually, why not turn your holiday photos into a fun photo book. It’s so easy to take multiple photos using our digital cameras and smart phones but we often forget to print our photos at all. There are a number of great websites and services available that make it super easy to create a photo book that will be delivered directly to your door.

With so many fun and creative ways to display and enjoy your holiday photos, there’s no longer any excuse for them to sit in a folder on your computer.

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What to Bring Along to Your Child’s First Photo Session

If you’ve recently booked a photo shoot with a professional photographer, there are a few things that you might want to consider bringing with you to the shoot.  Some parents might wonder why they should be the ones to bring stuff along. They’re the customer right?

The truth is, you’re hiring a photographer to do what they do best, take amazing photos, and there are some things that even the best studios won’t have available to you.

55591_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterHere are a few things that you should consider bringing along to your child’s photo shoot if you want the best possible photos:

  1. Whether you’re bringing several children along to the photo shoot or you would like to fit in a few shots of you and your spouse alone, you want to keep your child occupied when they aren’t in front of the camera and toys are the best way to do this.
  2. A good book.Is there a specific book that your child simply loves? Bring it along to the session to either read to them while they’re being photographed or to read to a child that isn’t being photographed at that time. Your bedtime routine is so special but you never really get photos of it so this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.55176_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  3. Their favorite stuffed animal.Every child has that one stuffed animal that they take everywhere and even though it might be looking a little worse for wear, that stuffed animal plays a big role in your child’s life. One of the best parts about taking photos is that it captures a specific moment in time and that raggedy old bear is going to make for heartwarming photos years from now.
  4. Additional outfits.If you have a young child in the house, you’ll understand how quickly an outfit can get ruined. The last thing you want to worry about on the day of your photo shoot is whether your child is going to ruin their outfit before or during the shoot, which is why it’s always a great idea to bring an extra change of clothing just in case. It will really help with your nerves too.

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Convincing Your Spouse to Invest in a Family Photo Session

All too often, men will do something just to make their wives happy and photo sessions can fall into this category.

Most men don’t really enjoy having their photos taken, which is why you need to focus on what they do enjoy if you want to convince them that a family photo shoot is a good idea.

55406_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterJot down a few things that your spouse really loves to do in his spare time or things he enjoys doing with you and your children. Playing a game of baseball, visiting an amusement park or tossing a Frisbee around in the back yard are just a few examples of things your husband would rather be doing than posing in an outfit that you chose for him and staring at a camera for an hour or two.

So how do you bring up the topic of a family photo shoot without getting a giant sigh in return?

The key is to think more about playing and having fun and less about posing.

53916_2018.09.24_POR_VerdecchiaBy setting up a more activity-based family photo shoot, you’ll have a better chance of convincing your spouse that it’s a great idea. Plus, at the end of your photo session, you’ll have everyone smiling and saying how fun the morning or afternoon was.

If posed shots are important to you, spend time taking a few with your kids and then give them a turn to play around and have fun with dad. These sincere moments make for some of the best photos and they’re incredibly fun for photographers to capture too.

Ensure that whatever activity you choose it makes everyone feel at ease, even if this means having a playful picnic in the garden. Remember that there’s no formula for the perfect portrait and trying to achieve this perfection usually just stresses everyone out.  It’s best to plan something that everyone in your family will feel comfortable with.

Focus on the fun and your photographer will take care of the rest.

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How Moms Can Feel More Confident in Photos

Moms always do a fantastic job of documenting the lives of their children all the way from birth to college.

You only have to look at a mother’s social media pages to see how much they cherish the big and small moments in their children’s lives. Every milestone is important to them.

Moms are no strangers to scrapbooking, blogging and documenting their child’s special moments, but the problem is that they often leave themselves out of their collection of photos.

55717_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterMany times moms will ask to be left out of photos when they bring their children through for a shoot. If they do decide that they want to be in the photos, they’ll usually book the shoot months in advance so that they can lose any extra weight.

Every mom should be in more photos with her children and every mom deserves to feel good about the way she looks in those photos. Here are a few tips to help moms look fabulous in all future photos.

Keep that smile natural.There’s nothing more beautiful than a natural smile or laugh so do what it takes to smile as sincerely as possible. Bring someone along to tell you a few jokes to put you at ease if need be but don’t force that smile.

55722_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterAngle your body.It’s time to put all those yoga classes to good use. In order to make your hips look narrower and your shoulders wider, aim to position your body at a ninety-degree angle from the photographer. Now, simply turn your hips towards the camera and square your shoulders.

Use your children as props. Many women really can’t stand looking at themselves in photos and if this is the case for you, get your children to stand or sit in front of you to avoid being the main focus in the photos.

Keep that chin down.Unfortunately, sticking your chin in the air doesn’t make for flattering photos. By keeping your chin down, you’ll create shadows and contours that will compliment your face. If you’re worried about having a double chin, lean forward slightly to prevent this from happening.

43768_2018.08.05_POR_HodgesTone down your outfit.A busy outfit is not the best route to go if you’re looking to go unnoticed in a photo. Keep your clothing simple in order to hide anything that you don’t want to draw attention to. You can also opt for black and white photos if you really want to take the attention away from specific details.

Use natural lighting. Forget the camera flash and opt to have your photos taken in a room where there’s tons of natural light. It makes for amazing photos.

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How to Make Your Family Photo Session One to Remember

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  1. Plan it out.The one thing that every family photo session needs is a plan. What you’re going to wear, where the photo session will take place and how you’d potentially like to pose are all details you should discuss with your photographer ahead of time. It’s important to be flexible though to avoid any frustration on the day of the shoot. Your family’s session should be less about getting the perfect shot and more about enjoying the moment and making new memories together.

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  1. Keep it light and fun.People playing, letting go and having a giggle make for some of the best photos so make your family shoot a fun event that will leave everyone feeling happy and content. If you want to change things up a bit, bring along a few props such as glasses, balloons or toys to add that element of fun to your photos. An added bonus is that bringing some props along such as toys can keep your younger family members busy while their siblings are being photographed. You know what makes your family light up so find ways to incorporate those interests into your shoot.

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  1. Leave your expectations at the door. The perfect family photo session that you have in your head might not be what plays out on the day of the session, so it’s best to let go of any expectations that you might have. Instead, focus on relaxing and having fun and let your photographer do what they do best.

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  1. Everyone has a part to play.In order to make your shoot seem less like a chore and more like a fun family event, get your entire family involved. Ask for everyone’s input when it comes to clothing, locations, props and poses. Give each family member an opportunity to speak and take a vote on the best ideas. When family members, especially children, are able to give their input, they’ll end up being a lot more cooperative on the day of the shoot.

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Tips for Capturing Picture Perfect Graduation Shots

Your school years are filled with so many milestones and are years that you will never get back again. As a parent, you want to capture every single one of your child’s achievements, from kindergarten right through to college. A graduation is especially important as it signifies a new stage in your child’s life.

Below are a few tips to help you capture the best possible graduation photos, photos that you can look back on with admiration years from now.52283_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot

  1. Embrace the lead-up

The moments leading up to the graduation ceremony are the best time to capture a few shots of your graduate. Grab some photos of them in their gown and hat and in their graduation outfit too. You can also take some close ups of the outfit, gown, and hat on their own. Since the actual graduation ceremony will be quite busy, take this time to shoot a few family pictures too.

  1. Don’t forget their friends

While the graduation ceremony is all about your child’s achievements, their friends have played an incredibly important part in their life up until this point. Being able to look back on and remember their friends, school and favorite hangout spots is something that your child will really appreciate later on in life so take a few group shots around the school to commemorate this milestone.

  1. Experiment with angles and your zoom

Aim to take a variety of different photos on the day by experimenting with your camera’s zoom and various angles ahead of time.

If you want to get a good shot of your child walking across the stage on the day, set your camera up for continuous shooting so that you have a better chance of getting the perfect photo. It’s also always great to get a shot of the entire graduating class so take the time to learn how to take shots with a wide angle before graduation day.

School and college is such an integral part of everyone’s life, which is why it’s so important to make the extra effort to capture these moments and milestones, whether it’s for yourself or your own child.

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Professional Photo Tips for Every Season

Every season has its own unique beauty, from the golden leaves of autumn and the blossoms in spring to the white landscapes in winter and the green grass and blues skies in summer. Every season offers so many wonderful photo opportunities so it helps to know how to take the best photos at any time of the year.

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Use the best possible lighting for your photos

Taking advantage of seasonal beauty means most of your photos will be shot outside, which means you should plan your shoots around the sun if you really want the best results.

By keeping track of the sun’s schedule for the day, you can ensure that you’ll have the best natural lighting. Natural lighting will add more depth to your photos and if you take advantage of the Golden Hour you’ll automatically highlight your subject’s best features.

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Spend time thinking about your outfits

To make it easier to pick outfits for your shoot, choose a color scheme instead of trying to get everyone to wear matching outfits. A color scheme makes it much easier for everyone to look coordinated without looking exactly the same. Stay away from the latest trends. Opting to wear trendy outfits could backfire when those clothing items are no longer fashionable a few years from now so instead; go with colors and items that are timeless.

It’s also best to stay away from outfits that are really busy and will distract from the people in the photos.

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Use a checklist

In order to eliminate any stress on the day of the shoot, put a helpful checklist together that includes your outfits, props and the time and location of your shoot. If you’re working with a photographer, provide them with your ideas for poses, locations and outfit changes ahead of time so that everyone is on the same page about what needs to happen on the day.

A checklist ensures that everything runs on time and that everyone is relaxed and enjoys the experience.

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Simple is better

When it comes to creating great photos, the key is not to overdo it. This goes for everything from your outfit and your props to your background and your smiles. Being with a simple portrait to capture the beauty of the season, the more natural the better. You may find that the more basic shots make for the best prints because sometimes a busy photo takes away from the main focus of the photo.

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Take time to choose the right background

Make a decision on the kind of background you’d like to have ahead of your shoot. You can choose to use a natural background that offers natural light or you can choose to incorporate props. Remember to check that your background won’t clash with your outfit. Your background plays an important part in the overall shot but it’s important that it doesn’t detract from the focus of the photo.

Working with the seasons will always leave you with beautiful photos, timeless photos that you you’ll be proud to display in your home. Getting the basics right is all you need to create the best possible photos at any time of the year.

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Why Photography Is the Perfect Gift for Any Occasion

What do you give someone who has everything? What’s the perfect gift your loved one will cherish for years to come? There’s a lot of thought that goes into choosing any gift whether it’s for a birthday, graduation, anniversary or the holidays. Most gifts have a limited shelf life and will usually get placed in the back of a cupboard once the novelty has worn off but photography is not one of these gifts.

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Why Give the Gift of Photography?

  • It’s Unique.

A photography session is unique to each person who steps into a studio and each image is one of a kind too. Photography tells a story. Each image depicts a special moment in time and is a gift that will take you back to that moment time and time again. Whether it’s a photography session, picture album or a special picture in a beautiful frame, photography is one of the gifts that can be thoughtful and unique to each individual.

  • It’s a classic gift.

Unlike the latest fashion or tech trends, photographs are something you will treasure for years to come.  Photographs will never go out of style and in fact, will become more valuable with each coming year.

52355_2018.09.20_POR_BrillhartNot only are the images cherished for years but the memories these images bring about will also be cherished. From recalling the good times had with loved ones to the laughs you had with your photographer during your photo session each image will bring about a memory that will always put a smile on their face.

  • You don’t have to wrap it!

Not everyone can wrap a gift like a pro and having to find the perfect paper can be a hassle. When you give the gift of a photography session you don’t have to worry about finding the tape or scissors. Most photographers will have gift cards available that are ready to go in a nice envelopes.

Photography is personal and special and with the help of a professional photographer, you can give a gift that will last for years to come.

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Professional Tips for Capturing Amazing Holiday Photos

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Christmas, Thanksgiving, the 4thof July, these are all holidays that you spend with your family and loved ones. These special holidays are filled with food, laughter, games and love, which is why it’s the perfect time to take some beautiful photos that you can print and display in your home or in an album.

Below are a few tips to help you take great shots at your next family gathering.

  1. Make your photos interesting

Straight lines make for boring photos, especially when it comes to people. If you’re shooting a large group, try using a staircase to break up a large group of adults. Children can stand in front of the adults in order to make it easier to fit everyone into the shot. You can also bring some color and fun to your photos by incorporating holiday-themed props such as a backdrop in green, red and white for Christmas, flags and hats for 4thof July or Thanksgiving themed photo booth props such as beards or turkey drumsticks.55254_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter

  1. Don’t forget to incorporate candid and natural looking shots too

The best photos are the ones that come to life when you look at them. You can capture such photos by simply allowing individual personalities to shine through by taking candid and natural looking photos along with your posed shots. Get everyone to loosen up by taking a few funny shots of people jumping or making funny faces, both kids and adults always enjoy this.

You should also have your camera ready to take shots of people busy in the kitchen, laughing at the dinner table or kids kicking a ball around outside. These photos are great because they’re truly capturing a moment in time.31292_2017.10.15_POR_Brody

  1. Wait until the Golden Hour to take outdoor photos

The Golden Hour refers to the time of day when the sun is at its lowest point. It starts around 20 minutes before sunset and lasts up until about 20 minutes after sunset.

This golden lighting offers a softer light, which means:

  • It creates softer looking skin, brighter eyes, and sparkling smiles
  • It adds more dimension to your photos
  • There won’t be any squinting eyes because it’s too bright outside

Shooting your family and friends during Golden Hour also makes everything seem a lot warmer, which emphasizes the warmth and love you have for each other.

Holidays are the one time that it’s easy to get your family and friends in one place and it’s a time when people are relaxed and joyful so take this opportunity to capture some amazing photos that you can treasure for years to come.

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