6 Posing Tips for Confidence-boosting Senior Sessions


Carla Lynn, CPP, sees her work as more than making senior portraits clients will love. It’s also for the purpose of confidence building. She describes her typical client as an introverted teen girl who hasn’t yet grown into her self-confidence.“My client is the shy, quiet, quirky girl who has a hard time with self-love,” says Lynn, who’s based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. “Even some of the most beautiful girls lack confidence.”© Carla LynnCoaxing... Continue Reading >

How Diaja carved a path to conceptual photography success

March 2020 issue Profiles

Unfailing confidenceCeres Henry was walking with a friend in Harlem one day three years ago when they passed by the recently opened X Gallery. Henry, artistically known as Diaja, was then a fledgling photographer and told her friend, “Let me just pop in and see.”“The curator [Lisa DuBois] was there, and I just walked up and said, How can I get my work into this gallery?” Diaja didn’t have her portfolio with her but showed DuBois some of her images on Instagram. “And she was... Continue Reading >

Photographer William Coupon’s facial obsession

March 2020 issue Profiles

This profile of world-famous portrait photog-rapher William Coupon could start with the bug story. Or maybe one of the better-known anecdotes involving some of the famous people he’s photographed over the past five decades. Like the time in 1985 when he asked Donald Trump to pose for a Manhattan, inc. magazine cover portrait holding a dove, symbolizing his desire to serve as a peace negotiator between the Israelis and the Palestinians. “He agreed—grudgingly,” says Coupon. “But then... Continue Reading >

Richard Wood’s 6 tips to improve your photography

March 2020 issue Profiles

Over the past decade, it seems like Richard Wood has won every award a New Zealand photographer can win. He’s been the New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year three times, piled up numerous district and specialty awards, and earned the distinction of Grand Master of Photography from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, just to name a few. So it’s probably no surprise that his expertise has been in high demand from other pro shooters looking to up their game. Wood... Continue Reading >

Friend to the Famous: Hernan Rodriguez’s tips for celebrity portraits

February 2020 issue Profiles

You could hear a pin drop when he entered the studio. Six feet, two inches. Two hundred-plus pounds. All muscle. No expression. “We were like, Oh my god,” says Hernan Rodriguez. It was his first session photographing former pro boxer Evander Holyfield. “He’s like this wall,” says Rodriquez. “He’s very stoic. So he’s very intimidating.”Hernan Rodriguez © Hernan RodriguezThe first 40 minutes of the session were sweat-inducing for Rodriguez, who couldn’t seem to break... Continue Reading >

Get a natural look from off-camera flash

January 2020 issue Tech

I think a lot of photographers view flash as ugly and the opposite style of natural light. The truth is flash is just light you have total control over. You can make it look as natural as you’d like while having the added benefit of that control.© Vanessa JoyThis shoot was for the cover of my upcoming book, which is about how to use off-camera flash in 32 specific scenarios. I didn’t want the cover to be an obviously flash-based image. I wanted it to emulate natural light and be an... Continue Reading >