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Truth in beauty: Portraits that test expectations and start conversations


June 2018 issue Profiles

Joy. The word jumps to mind when talking with Kahran Bethencourt, half of the powerhouse couple behind Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photography. Mere seconds into the conversation, and it’s obvious Kahran is doing what she’s meant to do. She and her husband, Regis, have traveled the world photographing children and families, using their images to celebrate tone and texture, pulling what is often marginalized into full focus. Their aim is to capture the individuality, diversity, and nuances... Continue Reading >

Wow the kids with photos made into coloring pages


May 2018 issue News

When child and family portrait photographer Melissa Klein hand delivers albums and prints to a client’s home, she adds a little something extra to the package: coloring pages and a box of crayons. She makes the coloring pages in Photoshop using photos from the session.The process is simple, she explains: Open the black-and-white or color photo in Photoshop; under Filter, go to Sketch; and under Sketch, click Photocopy. Adjust the detail and the dark and light areas a bit, and you’ll have... Continue Reading >

Authentic child portraiture, dirt and all


December 2017 issue Profiles

It’s dirty work, and there’s nothing to smile about. Such is portrait-making truth for Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, whose black-and-white fine art images of children follow a recipe: Get them dirty, tell them not to smile, and aim for authenticity. “That word ‘authentic’ resonates in everything I do,” says the Reno, Nevada-based photographer.© Pete RezacAt his Imaging USA workshop “Black-and-White Children’s Character Portraits” in Nashville, Tennessee, next month,... Continue Reading >

Pete Rezac: Anatomy of an Image


December 2017 issue Tech

© Pete RezacPhotographer: Pete Rezac, M.Photog., Cr., CPPDate: September 8, 2017Location: Pete Rezac Photography Studio, Reno, NevadaSubject: Pete Rezac’s son dressed as musician SlashCircumstances: Halloween costumeEquipment: Nikon D750 Camera, Nikon 85mm 1.4D Lens, Studio Titan camera stand, Sekonic 758dr light meter, Paul C. Buff lighting and modifiers, medium softbox key light, strip box for separation light, 20-degree grid with barn doors for background light, 60-inch... Continue Reading >

“Disastrous” Santa sessions a hit with clients


November 2017 issue Business

Jeff Roffman Taps Into a Profitable (and Hilarious) NicheFive years ago, Jeff Roffman held his first Santa day at his Atlanta studio. It was a modest event with about 15 sessions. Almost every kid cried.Chalking it up as a failed experiment, Roffman readied himself to move on when he began getting feedback from the parents. They loved the photos. In fact, about halfway through the following year, clients started asking if he was doing them again. So he did, hosting another Santa day at the... Continue Reading >

How Jeff Roffman’s hilarious Santa portraits went viral


10.25.2017 Business

Jeff Roffman’s first couple years of Santa photos were a disaster—or so he thought. After dozens of shoots, most of the images were of kids crying.So Roffman did something different. Rather than shuffling those images away as outtakes, he shared them online. After all, they were real. He dubbed the collection of photos “The Naughty List,” and put them up on his website and on social media.The parents loved them. Many of the images went viral on social media. Last year alone, Roffman... Continue Reading >

Photographer’s personal project leads to nonprofit launch


6.26.2017 News

A passionate voice“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” So says portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, when describing his inspirations for founding Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting charitable causes related to the abuse of children. Peters founded Passion Voice after traveling to Fortaleza, Brazil, with Iris Global, a Christian missionary organization.In Fortaleza, Iris operates a program aimed at breaking the cycle of... Continue Reading >

How one photographer tackled a book project


July 2017 issue Business

Tera Girardin was at a crossroads. After running her Minneapolis portrait photography business, Tera Photography, for a dozen years, she was stagnating. She wondered where she was going as an artist and if she should find a new direction.Girardin began thinking about revitalizing her passion for photography by pursuing a personal project. She wanted to separate her life’s work from her client work and refill her creative cup with a project that was just for her.© Tera GirardinA... Continue Reading >
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