4 Tips: Ease Clients into Comfort

January 2021 issue Tech

Kesha Lambert © Kesha Lambert Photography“I’m awkward.”“I won’t know what to do.”“I’m not photogenic.”“I don’t know how to pose.”As wedding and portrait photographers, we hear statements like this often. Whether the goal is to show your client in the best, perfectly curated light or to capture an unscripted glimpse into the personality, disposition, chemistry, and intimacy of your subjects, chances are your clients will arrive to the session highly aware of... Continue Reading >

Food, a Pregnancy Story

January 2021 issue News

Maternity portraits—even those she creates—tend to portray the “fabulous side of pregnancy,” Anca Costea says. But pregnancy is not all rainbows and butterflies. “There is one side of pregnancy that I realized is not talked about much but is so intense for a pregnant woman that it stays in her memory for years after the baby is born: the craving or, in contrast, the rejection of certain foods.” It’s the theme of Costea’s humorous, Baroque-inspired series... Continue Reading >

Together Again: Portraits for Grieving Families

November 2020 issue Portrait

After Aly Elliott, M.Photog., CPP, experienced the death of her daughter Keely in 2007 and for years after, she longed to have a photograph showing all her children together, including Keely. In family portraits, she’d incorporate Keely’s memory by including a special memento like her baby blanket or teddy bear. Then she struck on the idea of creating an image that would show Keely herself. And create it she did. It was a powerful moment. “Even though I built the image, to stand back and... Continue Reading >

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 >

Beauty in the Basics: Scott Robert Lim Teaches the Fundamentals

September 2020 issue Profiles

With over 70 international photography awards to his name, Scott Robert Lim, Cr.Photog., has clearly mastered his craft. But what motivates the accomplished wedding and portrait photographer at this point in his career is less about gathering more hardware and more about sowing altruism.“I have a drive to be a better photographer but not necessarily to win another award,” Lim says. “What turns me on and makes me happy, what pushes me—the why in what I do—is that I want others to... 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 >