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Lighting For Boudoir Photography

Hi There!  I just found this great article on lighting for boudoir photography and wanted to share.  Here’s a snippet:

The one type of photo session where I work the most at getting my lighting just right, is with a boudoir session.  I find these intimate photo sessions quite a challenge.  I have to get a variety of looks in a short time.  For this I have to not only concentrate on posing and angles but also concentrate on the lighting.  On top of that, I have to make sure my model or client is comfortable and relaxed at all times.  The session has to be fun and really show her off at her best.

I bring a variety of lighting equipment to these shoots – speedlights to be used on camera, and as a softbox setup.  I also favour  video lights.

But I keep the equipment portable and compact and easy to set up .. which means that I mostly use available light where I can.   By closely looking at the direction of the various light sources in a room, I can position my subject in relation to the light (eg, a window), or simply move the light source if it is a bedside table lamp.

Click here for the full article, and for more info on marketing for boudoir photography, click here.

Q and A With Shuttermom: Get more photography clients

The other day, I asked for you to comment and leave suggestions as to what kinds of things you’d like to read about on the Shuttermom blog.  Here is the first question that I’m answering having to do with finding more clients for your photography business.  Hope this helps, and be sure to join in with over 400 other photographers at for more photography business tips and coaching.  Thanks!

Q:  I would love to see some help on finding new clients. Thanks for all the great info so far =)

A:  Start with who you know.  Everyone has some sort of “in” with a particular group.  For example, your co-workers (who need business portraits and family portraits), the parents and kids from your child’s school (who need family portraits, kid’s portraits and senior/teen portraits), people from your church (more of the same), the bakery or local coffee shop or restaurant where you are known as a “regular” (who may need promotional food photography), Your doctor or dentist (who needs business portraits and pictures for their website) etc.  You get the idea.

EVERYONE you know should know about your photography business.  They should all have a copy of your business card (or a magnet to stick on their refrigerator).  They should be on your mailing list.  They should be on your email list.  People you already know and have a relationship with are much more likely to do business with you than with someone they don’t know.  Whenever they think about photography, they should think of you.

Think about a group that you have an “in” with.  Make it a goal this month to get to know some of the people in this group and tell them about your photography.  Give them a business card magnet to stick on the fridge.  Get them to sign up for your email list.  Get them on your mailing list.  Run a “special” for the people in the group (a group discount or a free 8×10 with their session, etc.).  Trust me, once one or two people in the group use your services, they will start talking about you to others in the group (as well as showing off their portraits), and you will start getting more calls.

The other side of this coin is the people you DON’T know.  You should always have business cards with you.  Every time you meet someone, try ending your conversation with this:  “By the way, I’m a professional photographer.  Keep me in mind if you need any photography services.”  And hand them your card or magnet.  You never know when they will say, “Oh!  I’ve been thinking about having a family portrait done,” or something similar.  This gives you the opening to talk more about your business and set an appointment with the person.  Don’t be shy…just try it!

I’ve used for my business cards and magnets and have been pleased with the results.  Of course, it goes without saying (although I’m saying it anyway):  your business card should contain one or two of your best images, along with your phone number, website address, and email address.

Have a suggestion or question for Shuttermom?  Be sure to post it in the “Suggestion Box” at the top left of this page.  Thanks!

More to come!

Senior girl portrait session

Hi There!  It is a dreary, rainy day here in Arizona (rare, indeed!).  I’ve been working on getting month 12 (can you believe its been a whole year?) membership info up on Shuttermom University and it is all ready to go.  I found this video of a senior portrait session and thought you might find it useful.  Enjoy the video, and stop by for more portrait photography business tips.  See you there!

Photography Business Goes Splat

Photographer Meg Wachter dumped different types of goo on each of her friend’s heads and then photographed the results to promote her photography business.  If you have kids of a certain age, this will remind you of Nickelodian’s green goo.  For the full article (with pictures), click on the link below:

Interview with photographer Jasmine Star


One of my wonderful facebook friends pointed me to this and I wanted to share.  Jasmine Star is an international wedding photographer based in Orange County, California. In this interview, Jasmine discusses some of her favorite wedding images.  Enjoy the interview, and I’ll see you over at for more photography business coaching.

Facebook ‘fan page’ fans business for this photographer

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From the article:

If you own a business or manage a non-profit, take advantage of the popularity of Facebook – a social networking Web site with more than 300 million users – to create a Facebook fan page.

While Facebook’s primary function is to help individuals connect with one another, the site also allows entities to create fan pages across a range of spectrums. Users can log in and see updates from friends and fan sites.

“It’s a great way of marketing and staying in front of my customers,” said Heather Lussier of Heather Lussier Photography in Los Altos. “Clients love it – they can share photos with friends. And I can generate more business by posting promotions. It’s a free, fun and easy way to reach people.”

Read the full article about Facebook fan pages here

Enjoy the article, and I’ll see you over at for more photography business tips and coaching.

Dog Photographer - Literally

Exhibit features pictures taken by late Australian shepherd

A show in the works for a year, and featuring images from one of the world’s greatest dog photographers, opens Friday at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery, but the artist won’t ever see it.

He died Sept. 13, at the age of 13.

When we say “dog photographer,” we mean it. Cyrus was an Australian shepherd who took pictures.

To read the full article about Cyrus and his photography, click here.

Interview with Kevin Kubota

Hi There!

Hope you enjoy this video interview with Kevin Kubota (in two parts). Find out how he got started with his business and what else he’s up to. After the video, I’ll see you over at for more photography business tips and coaching!

Urban Engagement Session

Hi There!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I wanted to share a great engagement session video I found from photographer Armin.  After the video, come on over and join us on for more photography business tips and coaching.  See you there!

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Grungy Background

Hi There!

Hope all of you here in the U.S had a great Thanksgiving!  Here is a helpful PhotoShop tutorial on how to create a grungy background.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you over at for more info on how to boost your photography business!

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