Joy of Flux: Portrait Sessions That Are All About Movement

October 2020 issue Profiles

Five years into her portrait photography career, Shalonda Chaddock had an unfortunate realization: She dreaded making family portraits. The sessions stressed her out. She describes feeling nervous by having all eyes on her and then being uncertain she knew what she was doing.  Her solution was to take a year off from family sessions to evaluate what made them so painful.© Shalonda ChaddockHer realization: People act unnatural when a camera appears, and it’s awkward for everyone... Continue Reading >

Smooth Synergy Produces Fine Art Child Portraits

September 2020 issue Profiles

They just clicked. That’s how Edmonton, Canada-based photographers Ammara Crittenden and Tamara Taylor describe their decision to join forces two years ago to form portrait studio Fox & Gem Photography.The pair first met at work a few years earlier and became fast friends. Crittenden, a family doctor, and Taylor, a pediatric nurse at the same clinic, both enjoyed photography as a pastime. But it wasn’t until they began shooting together that they discovered, as Crittenden says, “We had... Continue Reading >

Child Portrait Book Spotlights Black Beauty

September 2020 issue News

© CreativeSoulBlack hair, Black culture, and Black beauty are celebrated in the 130 child portraits that make up Kahran and Regis Bethencourt’s new book, “Glory” (St. Martin’s Press), set to release in October.The duo who run CreativeSoul Photography in Atlanta, Georgia, first garnered widespread praise for their “AfroArt” photo series, a collection of child fashion portraits that showcased the beauty of natural Black hairstyles. The portraits in “Glory” are paired with... Continue Reading >

Alison Winterroth Keeps Newborn Portraits Simple

May 2020 issue Profiles

© Alison Winterroth Photographer Alison WinterrothSometimes you dream of being a photographer your whole life. Sometimes you back into it. The latter was the case for Alison Winterroth, who fell in love with photography while making product shots of the jewelry she sold on Etsy. Jewelry making fell by the wayside when her children were born, she says. But photography became an obsession. After perfecting her craft by photographing her own kids, she opened a studio in Tampa, Florida, finding... Continue Reading >

Photographer Helps Families Smile During Coronavirus Lockdown

4.9.2020 Business

Kira Derryberry is staying connected to clients while we’re all staying home© Kira Derryberry Kira Derryberry is spreading some sunshine while also staying in touch with clients.Feeling saturated by bleak news and negative social media during the global coronavirus pandemic, Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  went in search of an antidote. She knew she wasn’t the only one looking for a bright spot in her home-bound days.Hoping to spread a little happiness, Derryberry launched the... Continue Reading >

Anatomy of an image: Flower-themed child portrait

2.25.2020 Tech

© Ceres Diaja HenryFlowers for AutumnPhotographer: Ceres “Diaja” HenryDate: May 5, 2018Location: Studio in Harlem, New YorkSubject: Autumn, Diaja’s 7-year-old niecePhotographer’s note: “For some time, I had been promising Autumn I would paint and photograph her. One day she and her mom visited me right after a photo session with a client. I had already broken down my equipment and put everything away. However, with my creative juices still flowing, I decided to fulfill... Continue Reading >