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Sandra Coan turned a side hustle into six figures


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© Sandra Coan Sandra CoanSandra Coan almost wasn’t the subject of this magazine feature. In fact, she almost wasn’t a professional photographer. To be more accurate, she almost didn’t continue to be a professional photographer.Like so many photographers who evolve from hobbyist to part time to full-time practice, Coan struggled mightily to make her business work. A former kindergarten teacher, she transitioned into professional photography after doing maternity portraits for... Continue Reading >

Posing families for real


4.25.2019 News

Although she had a successful photography business, Kim Hildebrand realized her client sessions were no longer bringing as much joy to her. So she took a leap, relinquishing her studio in favor of conducting sessions in clients’ homes and reducing her images per session from 500 to about 130. The strategic retool of her business has been phenomenal in terms of profitability and personal happiness.Here, Hildebrand shares advice for helping families get comfortable and find natural poses in... Continue Reading >

Kim Hildebrand found her niche in in-home family portraits


May 2019 issue Profiles

About four years ago, Kim Hildebrand ditched the safety net of her studio rental and opted to photograph clients in their homes. What made this transition a gamble is that Hildebrand is located in Seattle. The challenges inherent in the city's famously moody weather are well known, but perhaps not so famous is Seattle's residential architecture, which includes charming older homes with low ceilings and small windows.Kim Hildebrand © Kim HildebrandThe studio had been a ready alternative... Continue Reading >

Invest in durability and stability


February 2018 issue Tech

Even in these days of image stabilization and vibration reduction built into cameras, using a tripod liberates your body, freeing up energy that can be better spent paying attention to your subject, to the light, to framing and composition, and to all the small details that make or break a photo. Tripods can be heavy and bulky, but they don’t need to be. Though expensive, a good tripod is a long-term investment that pays for itself many times over years of use and abuse.Qualities to look... Continue Reading >

Weddings with a Rocky view


February 2017 issue Profiles

Darren Roberts is miles from where he started—and sometimes miles from anywhere. That’s entirely the point.Roberts, an erstwhile neuroscience student, was on the brink of a career in dentistry when he had a change of heart. “I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it,” he says. So he pulled up his roots in Saskatchewan, Canada, and relocated to Calgary, on the edge of the picturesque Canadian Rockies.Roberts enrolled in photography school, which had a heavy commercial focus. From the... Continue Reading >

Golden Hour


June 2016 issue Profiles

Kansas Pitts bottles beach vacation joyThe beach is a popular place for families to gather for their annual vacation. And Kansas Pitts, who’s based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has seen more than her share of them, happily. Her studio, which sees return clients from throughout the Southeast each year, thrives on these sun-soaked vacationers.When she started out, Pitts planned to focus on newborn photography, signing up for workshops to learn more about that niche. In the meantime, she... Continue Reading >
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