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Best Tips to Crushing Your Photography Business Goals

Check out the video below for all the real life situations I discussed with Amanda about busting through procrastination to crush her goals! Did you know that you too can sign up to GET COACHED!?

Best Tips to Crushing Your Photography Business Goals:

1. Understand the reasons why you might be working against yourself
In her book, ‘Better Than Before’ Gretchen Rubin teaches,“We can build habits only on the foundation of our own nature.” I hereby give you permission to STOP beating yourself up and START working with yourself instead of against yourself. Personality tests are a great way to understand yourself better so you can harness your strengths. Gretchen Rubin has a quiz that measures how people respond to expectations, and it’s fascinating! Take a quick quiz to find out why you aren’t meeting your photography goals. Get in on all the details we discussed about how this strategy can change everything for you!
2. Give Yourself Credit for Your Mad Camera Skills
We are so hard on ourselves! So often we are focused on everything we aren’t doing ‘well’ or that other photographers are doing better. We totally forget to give ourselves credit for all the amazing photographs we have already taken! Be your own biggest cheerleader! Remind your present self of all the hard things your past self has done to get you to where you are today. Get your future self’s back by doing today, what your future self will thank you for! You’ve totally got this my friend! Sometimes we can get in our own way and it’s helpful to have someone help you out a bit.
3. Don’t Stress Getting the Perfect Photo. Have Some FUN!
Start out by choosing to do something for your business that’s not your favorite thing to do, but that needs to get done. Tell yourself ‘This is going to be fun!’ and then make it so! Do what you need to do to get in the Photography Fun Zone! For me, that means when I sit down at my desk to do something that seems overwhelming, I light a candle, play my favorite instrumental jazz playlist on Amazon Music (Jazz Hangover), and put on some scented lotion I love or apply some essential oils. Doing dishes is my LEAST favorite chore. Ugggh! I would 100% rather do laundry than dishes, weird right? I am always trying to make doing dishes more fun for me. Putting on a cute apron, popping in my AirPods and listening to a book on Audible or a podcast, and buying cute dish rags are some of the things that have helped me feel like doing dishes is fun, but clearly, due to the fact that my sink is full of dishes as I write this, it’s a process! Need help to map out some ‘Fun Strategies’ to help bust through some procrastination that keeps you from achieving all of your photography dreams?
One of the things Gretchen Rubin tells readers is that the best way to achieve your dreams is to commit and to get an accountability coach to help you with the follow through. Consider sharing some of your journey with me. It’s just $15 for me to join your photography team! Finally, with a little coaching get the results you’ve been wanting – whether its becoming a better photographer, earning more in your business or just capturing your children’s childhood.

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Rebecca Franson, Camera Mama Founder

Tip of the Week

@liz.delafuente

Liz said:
First, I lowered the exposure & contrast. Then, I brought down highlights and brought up shadows and blacks. Next, I increased temperature & saturation.  I applied a slight vignette to highlight his face.  I increased textures but reduced the noise.   Next, I added a glow from Lens Distortions to give it that extra magic!  Finally, I rotated the image to the right so that you could see his expression of joy more clearly!

Tip of the Week chosen by @kelly.crews

3 Tips When Using Natural Light in Your Photos

Check out the video for all the things I discussed with Rebecca about mastering light in her photos using her Canon 6D and her 50mm 1.8 and 24-105mm.

 

3 Tips When Using Natural Light in Your Photos:

1. Learn by Using Multiple Camera Angles and Camera Shots
If you are taking a photo with your subject in front of you camera, also try taking one from the right and from the left of your subject. Notice how the lighting affects how your photo looks. Which lighting effect do you prefer? Where was the light coming from in the photo you like the best?
2. How to Find Your Photography Style

Study photos you love; your photos or photos taken by other photographers. Where is the light coming from? Is the lighting high contrast? Light and airy? After you identify what types of lighting you are drawn to, play around with different options as you are editing. See what YOU like! Experiment with curves, contrast, dodging and burning. 

3. STOP Comparing Your Photos to Other Photographers Photos

Get INSPIRED by other photographers, but avoid comparing yourself or your work to their photos. Be curious, but as soon as you feel negativity creeping in, notice what is happening and avoid going down that path. Find a photography mentor who you can talk to and get feedback from about your photos (join Camera Mama Coaching!). Having someone to discuss your work with can help you stay out of your own head. 

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Tip of the Week

@lisatichane

Lisa said:
Thank you so much for the feature @camera_mama! ❤️❤️ I have just published a new image that fits right in. 🤣🤣 My main tips about shooting messy images with kids are: 1. Ask parents’ permission first (some people are very uncomfortable with letting theirs kids be messy). 2. Wait for the very end of the session otherwise your shoot will be ruined 🤣 3. Be prepared for lots of clean up (but it is totally worth it in my opinion). ❤️❤️

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Five Strategies to to Get Better Photos of Your Toddler

Check out the video for all the things I discussed with Amanda about how to approach photographing her 15-month-old toddler. When it comes to photographing toddlers who are always on the move, it can be frustrating! I remember this stage well! But, it’s most definitely worth the effort! The photos of my children from that stage of life are TREASURES to me! Don’t give up mamas! You’ve got this, and I’m here to help YOU through Online Photography Mentoring.

 

Camera Mama’s Top 5 Tips for Photographing Your Toddler:

1. Manage your own photography expectations.
If you get ONE usable photo, that’s a total win! Don’t focus on the 129 photos that didn’t work out, focus on the one that DID! I believe that that life is 50/50. Half full of good stuff, half full of other stuff– on a good day! Some days are 80/20 and some days are 25/75. You win some, you lose some! If you use the 50/50  rule to apply to photography, photographing your OWN child who is a TODDLER would be more like 20/80! If you go into the situation thinking, hey, I’m just going to try this and have fun with it; if it works out how you envisioned, major bonus! 
2. Begin photo sessions with the end in mind.

This sage wisdom hails from the late author Stephen Covey and it applies to photography in a BIG way!  Ask yourself, what you want to DO with the photos you take? Are you going to print a huge canvas for your home? Print dozens of 4X6’s and send them to the grandparents? Create a yearly album? Create a custom birthday thank you note? Make a calendar? The possibilities are endless! Whatever you do, remember to PRINT some of your images! If you have a plan for what you want to do with your photos, that helps create some parameters for yourself. When my kids were toddlers, my big yearly photo goal was to create a calendar. That meant I needed 4 solo photos of each of my two kids and 4 photos with both of them in it that I absolutely loved. Twelve photos. Boom! That seems pretty doable right? Sometimes even that number of photos seemed like a stretch! Ultimately, having a goal for what I was going to DO with my photos helped me focus on creating something meaningful to me and not worry about if EVERY photo I took was ‘calendar-worthy’ because that, my friends, is a recipe for discouragement!

3. Best lighting happens close to a window.
This simple and practical piece of advice is something I wish someone would have told me back in the day! Actually, I probably did know this, my brain was probably just too sleep deprived to remember it in the moment! Can you relate? For daytime, indoor photos, turn off the lights in your home and get right next to the window. This will help with white balance, depth, focus, and maybe even provide a temporary distraction for you toddler so he or she will stay still for a few seconds!
              4. Plan photo opts in advance.

          If you really want to capture the photo magic of a certain daily routine or tradition, write down your idea, and plan it out in advance. For example, if you wanted to capture your toddler helping you decorate cookies,                 don’t do it when you are in a rush to go somewhere, have extra kids over, or if you had a particularly sleepless night. And, this is important, remember that it’s most likely that things won’t go as planned! Decide             to have fun no matter what, and if your photos don’t turn out how you were hoping, not to worry, you will still be creating a beautiful memory, and you can always give it a go another time! There will also be lots             of times you will reach for your camera or phone to spontaneously capture a moment, but planning ahead, especially for photos of toddlers, can sometimes be just the ticket to making your vision come to life!

             5. Don’t compare yourself to other photographers.

          Do you live in a magical woodland on the beach with majestic mountains in your backyard? Me neither. Is your house perfectly decorated and clean? Ummmm, if you answer yes to this and have a toddler, that                might be a bit worrisome! I don’t have any toddlers and my house NEVER falls in that category! I know you already know this, but if you’re like me, I need frequent reminders to guard against the comparison                  trap! Notice I said to ‘guard against’. It is human nature to compare ourselves to others. Start by trying to become aware of when you start having negative self-talk as a result of comparing yourself to others. Can            you identify any patterns? A few years ago I noticed that me looking at photos from people with minimalist photos in white houses with white clothes with everything in the frame perfectly on trend, were the                   precursors to negative dialogue in my head. So, I unfollowed a bunch of accounts! You really do have to GUARD against comparison, because once you’re stuck in the spiral it’s a pretty tough war to wage. If you               do find yourself in the spiral of comparison, just having that awareness is the first step to avoiding it next time. It’s a constant battle for us humans! Give yourself permission to take a social media break when you           need one and SEEK OUT photographers who embrace the messy and magical reality of REAL LIFE! 

 

 

Mom’s in the Picture: Photo Challenge

If there’s one time period that is most challenging for getting in the frame with your child, I dare say it might be when you have a toddler. Do it anyway. Make it happen. You can do it and you will thank your sleep-deprived former self in years to come! If you post these photos on Instagram, be sure to use our special #getin52 hashtag!

 

 

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Camera Mama Premium, The Photography Coaching Program, is designed to give you personalized help on your photography journey. It’s a safe space to learn and grow at your own pace whether you are developing your style, developing your business, or wanting to put your big camera to better use. 

Here are some ideas of what topics you could ask about in a Coaching Session…

  • Feedback on photos
  • Business Questions & Feedback on Pricing
  • Photo Editing (I can even join your computer and edit a photo for you on your computer if all the technology stars are aligned!)
  • Random Photography Question

I can’t wait to help you with your questions! 

Rebecca Franson, Camera Mama Founder

3 Tips for Getting Sharp Photos

Check out the video for all the things I discussed with Monica about
how to make her photos SHARPER! Having ‘soft’, not-sharp images
can be so frustrating! I remember feeling super frustrated about
sharpness issues when I was starting out, and I think it’s one of the top
things that holds people back from charging for their photography. I
would love to help you figure it out if you are having an issue with this!

 

Here are my top three tips for getting sharp photos:

1. Is your lens calibrated?
If not, take it to a reputable camera store and get it calibrated(should cost around $35 dollars). Knowing if your lens is calibrated may also reveal that a lens is not sharp. Cheaper lenses, like the 50mm 1.8 (around $125), are what I call ‘disposable lenses’. These lenses are total game changers, and an awesome and affordable starter lens, but after a few years, it won’t be sharp anymore and there’s not anything you can do to fix it. The quality, longevity, and price of a lens has a lot to do  with the quality of materials used to construct the lens. In the case of the inexpensive 50mm 1.8, the lens is plastic. On the other hand, a lens in the Canon ‘L Series’ is  constructed with top quality glass. Bottom line: If there is something wrong with your lens, nothing you do will make your images sharp until you fix the lens or get a new one. Shortcut solution: To determine if a faulty lens is your issue, see if you have the same problem with a different lens.
 
2. What shutter speed are you using?

My recommendation is to shoot at 1/200 sec or faster at all times and at 1/500 sec or faster when photographing running children.

3. Switch your mode setting to ‘single shooting’.
There are times when I use the ‘high speed continuous’ mode, but mostly just for jumping photos.
I know I say this all the time, but I just LOVE the opportunity to help the
members of our coaching community with their photography
questions! Thank you so much for being here! I know I sound like a
broken record sometimes, but I just love that technology (Zoom!)
allows us to connect from literally all over the world!

 

Growing a small side photography business

During this coaching sesh I spoke with coaching clients from Ohio,
Canada, and Georgia. I also realized that Amanie and Alicia have
something in common…they are both small business owners who want
to take better photos of their products. who DON’T do photography for
a business. Many of the members of Camera Mama Coaching have side
photography businesses, but during this session I realized that many
people with side businesses that have nothing to do with photography,
could really benefit from joining this coaching program.

 

From 50 photo followers to 5,000 in a few months

For example, when Amanie joined Camera Mama Coaching a few
months ago, she had less than 50 followers and now she’s almost to
5K!!! That is INSANE! I was able to help her with some direction and
confidence with her Instagram feed and photos, and guess what?
Amanie takes all her photos with her phone! Pretty amazing right?! You
can check out her feed here:
see how great things are going for her! Sometimes you just need a
coach! & I LOVE being her photo coach!
I have had several previous coaching sessions with Amanie and this
time we talked about how she is looking to expand her photography
skills from overhead flat lays to home interiors. She shared that she
had attempted to take some non-overhead shots but that she was not
happy with the way they turned out. She didn’t feel like they fit the
look she was going for and the vibe of her Instagram feed. I gave her
some homework so that next time we chat I can look at some of the
photos she has taken that she is not happy with, and some photos from
influencers that she does like, so that we can close the gap between
the two.

Making photos look sharper

I also got the opportunity to coach Monica for the first time. You can
check out her website at: www.lightandlenses.com. One of the things
that was really bothering her, was that sometimes her photos were not
looking as sharp as she thought they should. This is a very common
question and I asked her a bunch of questions to figure out what was
going on and how it could be fixed. The solution we came up with was
for her to change the mode setting on her camera from ‘high speed
continuous’ to ‘single shooting’. Sometimes the simplest thing can
make the biggest difference! Monica had been racking her brain and
looking at all sorts of other things that could possibly be causing her
images to not be super sharp, but as we looked into each possibility,
this simple mode change, a 2 second fix, was my diagnosis.

 

Tethering a Mac Laptop to a Canon Rebel T5

I also spoke with Alicia briefly about an issue she was having with
tethering her Mac laptop to her Canon Rebel T5. Her new laptop was
not ‘recognizing’ her camera. She ended up trouble shooting this issue
and figuring it out by messing with the settings. If you are having this
issue my recommendation would be to call Apple since it seems to be
an issue that happened after purchasing her new computer. During our
Zoom Coaching call, I got to take a peek at Alicia’s studio. So fabulous!
I loved her blue wall and her logo on the wall and the stacks of
beautiful fabrics! And I’m super excited about the face masks and
bowtie she is custom making for me! Check out her website:

 

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Camera Mama Premium, The Photography Coaching Program, is designed to give you personalized help on your photography journey. It’s a safe space to learn and grow at your own pace whether you are developing your style, developing your business, or wanting to put your big camera to better use. 

Here are some ideas of what topics you could ask about in a Coaching Session…

  • Feedback on photos
  • Business Questions & Feedback on Pricing
  • Photo Editing (I can even join your computer and edit a photo for you on your computer if all the technology stars are aligned!)
  • Random Photography Question

I can’t wait to help you with your questions! 

Rebecca Franson, Camera Mama Founder