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6 tips for safe newborn portrait sessions


October 2016 issue Business

Newborns aren’t props. They’re delicate beings who should be treated with extreme care during a portrait session. Photographer Dani Miller offers the following advice for conducting safe baby sessions:Don’t use electric heating pads. Ever. These can easily get too hot and burn an infant. Go easy on the hot air. Keep the studio warm, but don’t overdo it. If you use a space heater, aim it away from the baby to avoid overheating. Natural is best. Keep posing natural and simple.... Continue Reading >

Should you niche? Dani Miller did and her studio thrived


October 2016 issue Profiles

About five years ago, Dani Miller was having serious doubts about the future of her studio. She’d been in business for a handful of years, experiencing moderate success by taking on just about any photo work that walked through the door. Weddings, portraits, commercial shoots—this Jane-of-all-trades would do it all.However, as she pondered her professional life, she wondered if she could keep it going. Was she too diversified in her work? Was her business model sustainable? When she... Continue Reading >

7 Drone Commandments


September 2016 issue Business

Tips for novice pilots1. Read the manual. Accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS receiver, flight controller, digital compass—these are just a few of the components that make up a drone. To ensure all that technology works in your favor, be sure you understand how to perform the required preflight calibrations.2. Think about more than just lighting. Those magic hours in the morning, evening, or on a nice overcast day provide the best lighting for your shots. But with a camera suspended possibly... Continue Reading >

10 tips: Live animal sessions with kids

May 2015 issue Business

Child portraits with bunnies, ducklings, and chicks are popular for spring and make for adorable images. But how do you run these sessions in a way that’s safe and comfortable for both animal and child? Here are 10 tips:   First and foremost, get right with the law. When you capture images of  clients with their pets, you don’t have to obtain a license. But if you’re acquiring animals specifically for sessions, you’re required under the Animal Welfare Act to obtain an animal... Continue Reading >

License yourself for live animal sessions


May 2015 issue Business

Portraits that unite children with small animals such as rabbits and ducklings are popular with clients especially during the springtime. If you're photographing a client with their own pets, you're free and clear under the law. But if you're bringing these animals into your studio for sessions, you're considered an animal exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act, which means you'll need to obtain an animal exhibitor license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Animal and Plant Health... Continue Reading >

Animals in studio


May 2015 issue Business

You can't just wing itIt’s a familiar concept for springtime photos: a child and an adorable animal in a set swathed in pastels and white, a picture of all that is innocent. It seems simple. It looks great. But do you know what you’re getting into if you decide you’d like to attempt such a promotion? Federal requirements to do this lawfully are rigid and require substantial effort and preparation by the photographer. Add possible state or local restrictions, and you can see that it’s... Continue Reading >
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