Roadside Families – Pay It Forward Project

March 12, 2010

Photographers, one question: How often do you and your immediate family get your portraits taken? Probably like most, not that often. I photograph families every single day of the week and I rarely get our family photos taken.

A while back, I ran across a site called Roadside Families and it is still going strong. The premise behind this amazing site is photographers photograph others and their families but rarely find the time or opportunity to photograph their own families. So, you get your family photographed by another photographer and then you do the favor for someone else by doing the same exact thing.

Roadside Families is the creation of forward thinking photographers, John Michael and Dalisa Cooper of AltF.coM. They have a long history of bringing creativity and ingenuity to portrait photography and the photographic community.

So, if you are a photographer and want family portraits and want to help other photographers make memories of their families, then Roadside Families is for you and you should get involved. Just go to the Join In Page to find out how to join and what to do next.


Create Pictures that Bring Tears of Joy – Tips for photographing kids

March 10, 2010

There are lots of tips and tutorials out there on the web and books that discuss how to get children to smile and how to interact with them. So trying to figure out which ones are great and worth discussing here on this site can be a challenge. I photograph kids everyday and have done so for over ten years. But I even found this next article very helpful: Child Photo Tips

The site it’s on is Best Family Photography Tips. It has tons of helpful tips and little filler. It’s really jammed packed with good, condensed info that is helpful even to the most experienced photographer. It serves as a great source of reminder and of course learning for anyone else wanting to improve their family photography


PortraitTutor.com – Posing guide website

March 10, 2010

One thing that many beginning photographers have issues with is posing their subjects. As far as that goes, even photographers who’ve been doing this for a while can get stumped on posing their subjects.

I found a great resource called PortraitTutor.com which has some helpful information on basic portrait information and some posing ideas. However, they sell a posing guide of over a thousand poses for all types of subjects. These poses are both traditional and contemporary.

This looks interesting enough to invest in. I think that many photographers get stuck and with a resource like this, coming up with new and unique looking images would really help them expand their abilities and skills.


BlogsofPhotogs.com – Discover New Photographers!

March 2, 2010

Today we’re checking out a magnificent site called BlogsofPhotogs.com

Mary Hanson is the voice behind this great resource for finding new photographers.

The premise behind this site is showcasing the work of photographers and their blogs. I love it as it shows great work from photographers who you may never find otherwise.

Many of these photographers are up and comers. Many are women. Many are natural light photographers. Many photograph children and families and pets. Especially if this kind of photography interests you or you do this kind of work, I would highly suggests checking it out and even subscribing.

Mary gives her thoughts on each blog and photographer and explains why she thinks their so great. I think as a photographer herself who does the kind of work, for the most part, she does a great job of helping her readers that probably appeal to them as well.

Mary also occasionally offers freebies on her site which makes her site even more appealing. Basically it’s stuff like layers and templates for cards which look great and work good for making your customers even happier with stuff you get to offer them.

Overall, it’s a pretty simple and straightforward site with not a lot to offer in terms of variety, however what it does offer, it offers it very well and makes it a standard in my mind for showcasing portrait photographers blogs.

To get featured on her site, submit your blog to her and she may put it up there. I’m sure with the popularity of her site, she probably gets lots of requests, but you never know. I’ve found many photographers through her site that I’ve gone to their site to check out their work. It’s a great resource and I think it’s a benefit to all photographers who check it out.