basic digital photography workshop

As a professional photographer, I’m constantly gathering tips and information to improve my skills and talent as an artist. It’s taken me years to learn what I know, but I know that many of you who are reading this post just don’t have the time to sift through endless pages of tips and tricks.

So I’m creating a basic digital photography workshop just for you.

There’s no doubt that reading the camera’s manual can help you understand how it works, but some of you may wonder how professionals can create such stunning images. I remember thinking – What gear do they use to take such pretty pictures? And I gotta tell you…

“The gear won’t do the work for you.”

So, I want to take you step-by-step through taking quality images with the resources at your disposal. Even if you don’t have the latest computer software you can still create beautiful images with just your camera. The equipment you use may differ from mine, but these methods will help you achieve the beautiful photos you want straight out of camera.

This workshop is a guide for beginners. It’s purpose is to provide you with ideas to simply get you started. Over time, your process will change as you develop your own style.

What you’ll learn

1 – Exposure
 Learn about Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed to control the mood of your photos.
2 – Camera Settings
Get out of auto mode and learn about what setting is best for you.
3 – Lighting
See how to use what’s around you to get the perfect lighting.
4 – Composition
Discover techniques to make your photos stand out.

This workshop is intended to be in the Houston, TX area, but I want to know from you if you’d prefer an in-person workshop or an online 1 hour course. Let me know in the form below!







how to take better food pictures with phone

Food is one of the fastest growing categories on social media. It’s a huge business and average folks are cashing in on it. But whether you’re a professional food blogger or someone who just likes to take pictures of their latest dinner creation, you can learn how to take better food pictures with your phone.

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get business noticed

I’ve seen it way too often, people like you who have talent and are too stuck in the belief that they don’t have what it takes to be a professional so you end up giving away your skills for free. Let me tell you, if people are asking how much you charge for your work then you have what it takes to earn money doing what you like.

The truth is that entrepreneurs with years of experience never stop learning either. So, if you’re thinking of making your hobby a business (even a side one) or if your goal is to get more eyes and ears on your work I’ve put together five basic ways to get started in promoting your business.

Most of these are quite obvious, but it’s surprising how many new entrepreneurs undervalue the tools available to them for free. Some may just need a little extra help in how to use these tools better so be sure to download my free worksheets!

It takes time and commitment especially when you’re the only one running the show. Life will get in the way and at times you may feel discouraged, but when you slack off a little, take a breath and get moving again no matter how long it takes. Read more to get started…

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are you losing money by giving away photography copyrights

Recently, I had a conversation with a boutique owner that made me re-evaluate photography copyright ownership. In a previous post, What you ought to know about photography copyrights , I talk about who owns the copyright for portrait photography, but does that change when shooting fashion?

Since that conversation, I’ve done more research and even reached out to a well-known fashion photographer for his input. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned for anyone entering into a relationship with another business. Continue reading


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Nowadays everyone’s a photographer with all those fancy apps and filters. There are those that believe they might be able to make something of their talent if they just had what the pros have. But what do they have? Well, besides a good DSLR they have a GREAT lens.

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5 steps to promote your photography business for introverts
Recently, I accompanied my sister-in-law-to-be to the bridal extravaganza, an event which showcases over 400 wedding vendors. As you can imagine, it can be repetitive and overwhelming.

In a sea of competitors, one photographer really stood out to me for an unlikely reason. While many were clamoring to spark up a conversation with the bride-to-be he wasn’t doing any of that. He wasn’t in your face, didn’t sneak business cards in your bag, and he wasn’t making you second guess that photographer you thought you liked.

Nope, he wasn’t doing anything…a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.

It was painful to watch him stand there, a handsome young man, hoping for something to happen. His body language screamed introvert crying out for someone to acknowledge his presence and yet he was invisible.

This post is not a How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market (ooh, I like that idea for another post), but a more personal one for introverted creatives who need a little help.

This is going to take effort, but it’ll so be worth it.

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photography copyrights
When booking a photo session one may wonder who holds the copyright to those images. Follow along as I answer a few questions for both the photographer and the client about how this whole copyright thing works.

What this means for the Photographer


Q: Who holds the photography copyrights?
A: The creator of the images. You, the photographer, own the copyright.
Q:  Should I give the copyright to my clients along with their pictures?
A: No. By giving away the copyright you can no longer use those images for yourself. No blog posts, no promotions, no social media sharing, and no reselling of those images. You can provide them with a License for Personal Use which allows them to print the images wherever they want, but does not allow them alter the image in any way or use it for their promotional purposes.
Q: Do I need to do anything to get my images copyrighted?
A: Not necessarily. A copyright is automatic when you capture an image and a copyright symbol or registering your portrait sessions is not needed. However, this may differ for artwork where legal protection is absolutely necessary.
Q: Where can I find more information on licensing?
A: I really like the Licensing Guide by the American Society of Media Photographers. The link to their guide can be found <<<here>>>

What this means for YOU the client

Q: Can I add pretty filters and crop my images? After all, they’re my pictures.
A: No. A copyright prevents anyone other than the photographer or their company to edit any image. When you share an image on social media, some apps may crop the image for you. That kind of crop is fine, but cropping out people you’re no longer friends with is not okay. Besides, you’ve invested your time and resources on this photographer because you like their work. You might even love their work. But when you change the way the image looks it no longer reflects the style of that photographer and might even prevent them from getting new potential followers or clients because people may mistake your edit for the photographer’s. Instead of altering an image, show it proudly to your friends and let them know who the talented photographer is that took it. Referrals are the best!

Q: Can I buy the copyrights?
A: It depends on the photographer’s willingness to give up their use of your images for their promotional material and it may also cost you a pretty penny. Instead, ask for printing rights also known as License for Personal Use. This allows you to print the images wherever and how many times you like without permission from the photographer.

Q: Can I use my portraits for my business?
A: No. This is out of the scope of family or personal portraits. A license for commercial use is required from the photographer in order to use those images for your business website, flyers, brochures, etc.

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

I fell in love with photography as a teenager because I loved the art of it. As my work featured more portraiture I realized that my passion lies in the people in those images. It’s incredible the amount of men and women that don’t take compliments very well. They feel embarrassed as if they don’t deserve it. What these portraits do for a person is powerful. It’s a validating experience for both my clients and myself.

The men and women I have had the privilege of working with come with a story that has led them to a point in their lives where they can say “I’m awesome. I deserve to feel awesome.” It’s not just a pretty picture. It’s a reminder that they felt fabulous before and can feel confident again in whatever stage in life they find themselves in. I think the photo session is comparable to how a hair stylist becomes a therapist so then I become something more than a photographer and this is what I live for.

It’s as simple as that. Photography + People = Passion