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Carly Bish

I have another photographer for all of you. Carly Bish is a photographer living in Seattle. She started her career one day when a friend asked her to take pictures for her wedding. After doing a few more weddings, Carly realized she really enjoyed it. Good thing too because she’s great!

What I love about Carly is that her pictures are unique. She also is great at capturing emotions in her pictures. You can also tell that she builds connections with her models because they always look to genuine.

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And follow her on twitter:!/carlybish

Zempel Photography

Normally I wouldn’t promote other local photography, but Zempel Photography is just so good I can’t help it. I don’t know what it is, but their pictures always look great. I know quite a few people who have gotten their senior pictures done by this couple, and they just amaze me.

Zempel Photography is a family owned and operated photography studio in Pine Island, MN. Check them out on facebook:

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My Trip to Duluth

As many of you know I recently went on a trip to Duluth, Minnesota with 3 of my best friends from high school. We went June 1-4, and I’m finally sharing our trip with you (Sorry it took me so long).

We’ll start with day one. Seems like a good idea. :)

June 1

We left Amanda’s house early in the morning after packing up all our things in the back of Ashley’s truck. The ride seemed to go by quickly as we shared stories of things that happened with us in the past year. Before we knew it, we were at Canal Park. This is where the famous lift bridge is.

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Choose Props for your Senior Portrait Wisely

I recently read a column in the Rochester Post-Bulletin by Steve Lange about picking props for your senior portraits. He tells his horror story of a photo session gone wrong. His parents mentioned to the photographer he liked “Miami Vice,” U2, and sailboat racing. The next thing he knew, the photographer was asking him to pose like the “Miami Vice” characters with boats. Lange describes this experience as embarrassing.

 Lange’s point is to be careful about your props. Don’t bring things that are going to make you want to hide your pictures later. Props aren’t bad as long as they reflect who you really are. Some props appropriate for senior pictures include, but aren’t limited to, your nice sports car or pickup truck, an instrument you enjoy playing, equipment from sports you play, or apparel from prom, FFA, etc.

 Now, I like to consider myself a nice photographer. I will ask your interest, but I won’t make you pose like the characters on your favorite TV show. That would be a nightmare! 

Lindsey Mills Photography

One day while browsing Pinterest I came across an engagement picture where the background consisted of a herd of cattle. I instantly fell in love. Basically if you want me to like anything throw some cows or anything cowboy related and I’m on board! But that can be dangerous, so I decided I’d better check out this photographer and see if she’s good without the cows. She is!

Lindsey Mills started Lindsey Mills Photography in October of 2008. She opened her studio in Myrtle Beach in November of 2010. She mostly shoots newborns, children, couples, and brides.

Please check out her blog and like her on facebook!

Nature Photography Contest

Burrard-Lucas Photography is holding a nature photo contest with a deadline on December 31. To be eligible for the contest you must be a member of their Facebook Community. All you have to do it like them here

What’s the prize?

The grand prize winner receives the chance to win a Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR camera and a 16x24 framed picture of your winning shot.

The two runner-ups will receive 16x24 prints unframed.

Go check it out!

Tips for Doing Make-up for Photographs

This is the season for senior and wedding pictures. You always want to look great in your pictures, so here are a few tips for doing your make-up for photographs because I want to make sure my clients love how they look.

1. Use matte colors - Matte colors won’t reflect light which makes them easier to photograph.

2. Fill in your brows - Your eyes and face will look more complete if your brows look polished. This especially goes for blondes.

3. Make-up will photograph two shades lighter - Make-up doesn’t look as bright in photos. Do your blush, eyes, and lip color a little more vibrant than usual.

4. Use powder - It’ll help you to not look shiny in pictures.

5. Wear false lashes

6. Apply your make-up in natural light - This gives you the best idea of what your make-up actually looks like.

7. Wax - Make-up doesn’t like peach fuzz. Make sure to wax at least 48 hours before your pictures to give time for swelling to go down.

8. Wear lip gloss - Lip gloss helps lips to look full and plump in pictures.

9. Wear black mascara - When it comes to pictures, black mascara looks good on everybody. It brings out your eyes more than brown.

I hope these tips help you to look the best in your pictures! :)

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Amanda, I totally agree! That would be so much fun and great practice! 

How to Find Your Passion

Imagine getting out of bed in the morning and being excited to go to work. Imagine wanting to stay a few extra hours at your job to finish a project. Imagine loving what you do! Wouldn’t that be great? If you find your passion, this could be a possibility for you, and there are many things you can do to find your passion.

1. Is there something you already love doing? For me it’s photography and writing. There is a great opportunity to make this into a job. I aspire to be a photojournalist at the very least. Get yourself known and work hard. Remember: it’s not what you know but who you know. Also, research to see if you can make money from your hobby.

2. What do you spend most of your time reading about? I read a lot. I’ve became an avid newspaper reader. Also, my favorite books have been ones about photography and investigative journalism. Things you like to read about can give you an idea of what your passion is.

3. Brainstorm. If you can’t think of anything right away, keep a sheet a paper and jot down ideas as they come to you. Look around your room, on your computer, and your living space to grab inspiration.

4. Ask around. Ask others what there passions are. Asking other can help you find your passion.

5. Don’t quit your job just yet. Try your passion before you quit your current job and make sure you can survive off it. It’s alright if you need to keep your job it’s find. As an anti- wall street protester, I believe we still need people to work those blue collar jobs. While they might not fulfill your passion, they are what keeps the economy together, but I won’t get too into that…

6. Practice Practice Practice! You need to keep your skills sharp. Spend some time improving.

7. Never quit trying. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!

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