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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week is this great portrait that was taken by Reggie Bridges with HR1 Photography

HR1 Photography is a a partnership formed by two cousins, Reggie and Harvey, that had a common vision to form a client friendly photography business focusing on weddings, events and portraiture. Be sure to check out HR1 Photography on their website at www.hr1photography.com or on Instagram

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Different Types Of Emotions To Capture During A Lifestyle Portrait Session

When you are taking a lifestyle portrait session, you want to capture all the different emotions those family members can feel around each other. Emotion is everything in photos and if someone has hired you to shoot a photo session for them, whether it be in their home, at your studio or another location, they want you to capture great emotions so they get to take home some amazing photos. 

Many time you will find that if you go to the clients home to take the photos, it is typically a much more relaxed session because they are in their own environment that they are comfortable in and familiar with. 

When thinking of emotion in photos, you may automatically think about happiness. When you pose for a photo, you are typically told to smile for the camera. But keep in mind that there are many other emotions you can capture in the photos that will make for some amazing photos that your client is sure to love. And if you capture a variety of different emotions during the photo session, the client will have a variety of different types of shots to choose from - and you never know which one will be their favorite! 

So, what are the different types of emotions you want to be on the lookout for during a photo session? We are going to list out these different emotions for you... these come straight from The Lifestyle Portrait Guide offered at Photographer Candy


This is the main emotion that you think of when taking photos. People want to look back on their family photos and remember the happy and good times. Those times when everyone was smiling and happy. It is a very important thing to be sure and capture in a lifestyle portrait session.


Taking that happiness to the next level is laughter. It is so fun to capture a family or couple laughing naturally together. We are not talking about staged laughing that looks fake... real laughter. Perhaps it is a child doing a funny face that the parents love or the couple tickling each other.... whatever they do naturally to make each other laugh is fun to capture. 


Some of the best photos are when no one is posed and everyone is being totally natural. When the clients are not aware of the camera being on them you can get some of the best photos that are totally raw and real life.


See if you can capture the clients in a more serious way... if you can capture it the right way, this could make for a very powerful photo.


Excitement is a fun human emotion... who does not love to be excited about something?!? A great type of session where a couple would be expressing emotion is during a gender reveal session or an engagement session.


Tears are a unique thing to photograph. Whether you capture tears of joy or ones of sadness, both of those when taken right will pull at the heart strings. 


Always try and find the love shared between the clients in every single session you photograph. Whether it is a family where you can capture the love shared between the parents and children, a couple who is excited about their upcoming wedding or new parents staring lovingly at their new baby, love is such a special emotion that every client will want you to capture.  

If you take lifestyle portraits regularly or you are looking to break into that industry, you need to get your hands on The Lifestyle Portrait Guide that is a collaboration between Jordan Parks Photography and BP4U Photography Resources. This 126-page guide answers all the questions you need to know about lifestyle photography while talking about scouting locations, emotion, equipment, mastering light, post processing tips and so much more! 

Get this guide today for a sale price of $19.00 (regularly $199) on Photographer Candy! 




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2 Ways To Keep Everyone Relaxed During a Family Portrait Session

It is very special to be able to capture photos of a family together in a gorgeous portrait. Knowing that these photos will be showcased throughout their home and looked at for years to come is so meaningful and most likely a large reason you love doing what you do. You have photographed a time in this families life that they want to remember forever that shows the love and special bond that they share.

While at their portrait session, giving the family fun ways to pose and to best capture their personality and love can be difficult if you have some that hate to be photographed. The Posing Workflow For Family Portraits, a guide that is a collaboration between Nicole Speer Photography and BP4U, has some great tips from a professional photographer on how to keep your clients relaxed and happy during their portrait session. Today, we want to share 2 tips that come directly from the guide. 


1. Move Around

When you are doing posed shots, remember that people tend to be a little more stiff. Even though you want to get posed shots, it is good to try and get them family moving around, walking or even interacting with each other while you snap photos. Having them move around, talk to one another, walk hand in hand or even laughing together can help the shots be much more candid and will in turn look less stiff and planned. 

Photo credit: Nicole Speer Photography

Photo credit: Nicole Speer Photography

2. Keep Your Conversation Going

Talking to your clients are a good way to keep them distracted from the fact they are posing for photos. Tell a silly story that you know the children will love, or some fun jokes that you know. If everyone is enjoying the time, it will keep things looking more natural and will keep your clients relaxed. As you talk together, just be sure to keep snapping those photos, because you never know when you will get the most perfect shot. 

Photo credit: Nicole Speer Photography

Photo credit: Nicole Speer Photography


If you love the tips we have provided here, you have to purchase "Posing Workflow For Family Portraits" today! This guide is regularly $199.99, but right now you can get it at a 90% discount for only $19.99.  This is a 152-page guide along with 64 posing cards so you can take your tips on the go! 





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2 Great Ideas To Use When Taking Family Portraits

Are you a portrait photographer who loves capturing amazing photos of families? It is a wonderful thing to photograph the love and special bond that a family shares. Finding fun ways to pose and capture their personality and love is awesome and Learning The Basics of Family Photography, a guide by Kimberly Reid Photography and BP4U has so many great posing tips and ideas for photographers just like you to use when you are photographing a family.  

In our post today, we want to share with you 2 great ideas that you can use when taking family portraits. We hope these will give you some great new ideas that help you to keep your photos fresh with different and unique poses. Enjoy! 



1. Use Props To Bring Spice To The Photos

Using props is fun for a family to do and the prop can be anything... the possibilities are endless! Talk to the family beforehand and see what it is that they love. Do they have a sport that they all enjoy to play together or a car that would be fun to include? It could even be something simple like bringing along a picnic blanket and basket so they can relax and have a picnic while taking their photos. 

2. Capture Their Silhouette

If you are doing the family photo shoot during the time of a sunset, try and plan to capture a silhouette of the family together. Seeing them stand together holding hands or looking at one another can be stunning and make for a wonderful portrait. Kimberly Reid mentions in the guide that in order to get a good silhouette shot, its important to have a blank canvas behind your subjects. One good way to do this is to get on the ground and shoot them up, so the sky is your canvas. 

If you love the tips we have provided here, you have to purchase "Learning the Basics of Family Photography" today! With special code FAMILY100 you can save $100 (regularly $149.99) and you will get a 55-page guide for posing families and children along with 35 posing cards so you can take your tips on the go! 





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