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What is the Best Lens for Portrait Photography?

By Steve Russell Sometimes it’s fun to write articles about a subject that doesn’t have a “one right answer.” Not only does it make me really think about the subject before I start writing but it’s also usually somewhat controversial and garners a lot of comments. So for this subject please put in your “two […]

Building a Photography Studio

By Steve Russell You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t been writing. Well, maybe not, but I haven’t had an article here for the last three weeks or so. And the reason is that we’ve been in the process of moving from Florida back to Texas. Still not settled in and […]

Studio Backdrops/Backgrounds

By Steve Russell When you look at most professional portraits you might think that the photographer had a really nice studio in a room of their home or even a really nice space in an office building or a retail building. The truth is that most photographers have their studios in old warehouses, garages of […]

Your Weekend Project – Portraits Without Faces

The art of capturing a person’s portrait without including their face is gaining popularity in lifestyle photography. I see it quite often in family portraiture and wedding photography as well. It’s a fun way to include aspects of your subject’s personality that isn’t immediately apparent in their smile. This New Year’s weekend, I encourage you […]

Portraits of Love Project – A Great Cause

Portraits of Love is a project coordinated yearly by the PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association (PMDA) and offers families of deployed military personnel free portraits for the holiday season. Portraits of Love offers professional photographers and portrait studios an opportunity to use their talents and resources to show their appreciation for our military personnel serving […]

Review – Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Scott Kelby Training seminar called Light It Shoot It Retouch It Live. It was almost eight hours of very interesting, well presented information and demonstration about studio photography. Whether or not you’re interested in studio photography I highly recommend you attend this seminar if you possibly can. […]

5 Tips to Magnetic Engagement Sessions

Today we are fortunate to feature a guest post from an excellent and very well known portrait and wedding photographer located in San Francisco, California and New York City – Catherine Hall. Her skills, passion and experiences with photography are what many of us aspire to. Catherine is there. If you want to learn more […]

Photographing Life Stages

One of the primary reasons that we pick up a camera is to record life events and life stages. Photographing people who are in their infancy, adolescence, prime, and old age present opportunities to capture beautiful, memorable moments specific to each age. As the photographer, we wish to be prepared for any given circumstance so […]

Studio Session -Technical Aspects

By Steve Russell Two weeks ago I posted an article on my first studio session. One post to the article and a few emails and comments from friends asked for more of the technical side of the session and I decided it was a fair request. However, before I go on, let me stress that […]

First Time Studio Session

By Steve Russell Not too long ago a friend asked me how someone became a professional photographer and it reminded me of a very old joke about a tourist asking a New Yorker how to get to Carnegie Hall. The answer was, “Practice, practice, practice.” I think that answer applies to photography as well. I […]

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