11 Tips to Improve Your Photography TODAY! How to get better photos with any camera.

Want to take better photos, like, NOW? And how about doing that without having to dig into technical settings? Even better, what if you could do all that, without needing any new gear – using whatever camera you currently own (even a smartphone?). Cool beans, right?

Today I’m going to give you 11 super-practical tips to make that happen. These are the suggestions that I’d give to someone who just picked up a camera and wants some rocking shots. BUT DON’T RUN OFF! Even if you’re more experienced with photography, these are ideas that are easy to forget, and we could all use the reminder every now and then! Let’s go!

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How To Take Your Own Family Portraits

There are times when it’s really handy to take a group self-portrait, and with a few simple tips, it’s easy to do too!

Over the years we’ve done quite a few self-portrait sessions, when we travel or for things like holiday cards. We even photographed our own wedding! (But that’s a story for another post…) Through it all we’ve learned how to get great results, and make the whole process easier and more fun.

So in this post I’ll share how we went about taking some family self-portraits during a recent vacation to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai, and some tips you can use to take your own family photos!

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Stress-Free Posing: Newborn Posing Edition

When we were first asked to shoot a newborn session, I panicked. I had no clue how to get those floppy  newborn heads to balance ever so perfectly on their tiny little fists. And what kind of basket is the right basket for a newborn? I had no idea. What to do??

Since I was totally useless when it came to traditional newborn posing, I had to came up with a different strategy. And, as usual, I wanted it to be as easy and stress free as possible. I searched high and low for the right props to solve my posing woes.

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Stress-Free Posing: Family Edition


This article is totally different than the other ones in our Stress Free Posing series. And there’s one big huge caveat.

So first, why it’s different.

Well, from our experience, shooting kids is not the same as shooting adults. Grown ups will just do whatever you say. It’s easy.

With kids? Not so much. A different approach is required.

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Stress-Free Posing: Sitting Edition

Alrighty! Last time on Stress Free Posing we went through some standing poses for a couple, now let’s take a peek at some easy ways to create natural sitting poses.

The basic idea here is the same: start with one option, then make small changes to the way they’re sitting, looking at each other, and holding each other. Excellent variety + minimal work = maximum fun.

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Stress-Free Posing: Standing Edition

Posing can be a stressful task. You have a million things going through your mind during a photoshoot: light, camera settings, interacting with the client. Then you have to come up with interesting and flattering poses for each and every shot! Yikes!

Or, posing can be easy. True story! You don’t have to stress. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to memorize a million poses. You don’t even have to change things up that much to get variety!

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