For Photographers, Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 23, 2022

A Photographer’s Ultimate Wedding Checklist

L'auberge Del Mar luxury wedding at night required advanced planning to execute perfectly.

In today’s post, I’m going to share my Luxury Wedding Photographer‘s Ultimate Wedding Checklist. Do you ever wonder how a photographer prepares for a wedding? Obviously, As a Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer, I don’t just wake up on a given wedding day morning and hope everything goes perfectly. There is a lot of time, energy,…

Documentary, For Photographers

May 12, 2022

How to Create Animated Gifs with Engagement Photos

This illustrates how to create animated gifs showing a young couple kissing during golden hour.

How to Create Animated Gifs: Animate via Photoshop Layers Today I want to talk about How to Create Animated Gifs that I recently have run on Instagram and on the blog. I open up all the images that have been sized and ready for my gif. In bridge I go to tools down to Photoshop…

For Photographers

May 1, 2022

Photo Editing Best Practices

Today I want to spill all my secrets about photo editing best practices. For all you photographers out there, listen up! I hope you use these tips and tricks to refine your processes, improve your workflow, and edit photos better. If you’re not a professional photographer, a lot of these photo editing best practices will…

Fine Art, For Photographers

April 27, 2022

How Lighting Affects Pictures

luxury wedding rings in dark lighting

Have you ever wondered how lighting affects pictures? By adjusting shutter speeds, apertures, and film speed, you can create dramatically different pictures of the same subject. Here is an example to show you exactly what I mean. Take the scroll arrow on the comparison below and slide it back and forth. This is the exact…

For Photographers

April 24, 2022

Photography Tools vs Technique

Photography Tools vs Technique is explained using this image of a sexy blonde model wearing only a sweater.

When I was speaking to Ellie’s Digital Photography Class I was asked about the importance of Photography Tools vs Technique. It’s actually a very fascinating and provocative question in photography. I’m happy to share my thoughts about it here for you. What Photography Tools Actually Do First, let me say that a camera is essentially…

For Photographers

April 6, 2022

The Domino Effect in Photography, and Starting Over

Domino effect for photographers - a man sands before a small domino, leading to increasingly taller dominos

While the Domino Effect is already somewhat known thanks to TikTok and Ted talks, today I’m relating it to the world of photography. Hi everyone! I’m so happy you’re here. Quick question: have you been reading this blog for weeks? Months? or Years? If it’s weeks or months, welcome! I’m very thankful for you. I…

For Photographers

March 31, 2022

World Backup Day is Today!

Benfield Family Photos in Paris at the Eiffel Tower

Top 3 Tips for Safely Storing Your Photos Happy World Backup Day, y’all! I know, it seems like everything has its own day now; however, this is actually an important thing to talk about because I hear horror stories of data loss. So, I thought I would share my favorite tips for keeping your photos…

For Fun, For Photographers, Model Portraits

March 17, 2022

Editing Before and After: Two Looks

Editing before and after image of sexy black model wearing no bra and denim shirt

I love editing before and after photos. Most photographers don’t love editing. It’s the “drudgery work” that often lacks sexiness. It’s busywork. But not for me! I find it so fascinating that I can change the look and feel and vibe of an image by playing around with the photo’s raw settings. I’m very curious…

For Fun, For Photographers, Model Portraits

March 14, 2022

When Will I Use Math in Photography?

Will I Use Math in Photography to capture milky waterfalls? yes! Here is an example of my wife standing at the foot of a waterfall showing motion in the water using a slow shutter speed.

International Day of Mathematics When Will I Use Math in Photography: kids often wonder if they are going to use math in their career. No doubt, I’ve never used Base 8 mathematics (remember that?!), but I’ve used just about every other bit of mathematics in my photography career. That’s right… I use math in photography.…

For Photographers, Personal

March 13, 2022

Spinning Plates, Getting Organized, and Self-Respect: Sunday Superthoughts

I’ll admit, I’m not very good at what I’m talking about today… Can I admit something? I’ve been having a really challenging time getting ahead of the game this year. I’ve never, ever had a problem with procrastination. If you watch me on a normal day, you’ll quickly see that I’m happiest when creating. Furthermore,…

For Photographers

March 2, 2022

Why is Cropping Important?

NWA Model Photographer captured black and white of model wearing only a suit jacket (nude underneath)

Cropping is important for a lot of reasons. First of all, cropping eliminates distractions that lurk in the backgrounds of photos. Electric outlets, telephone poles, and other distracting objects can detract from the main subject of the photo. So, cropping them out is usually a good idea. Also, cropping can add impact to a photo.…

For Photographers

March 1, 2022

Adobe Creative Cloud Express

Quickly and easily make standout content from thousands of beautiful templates with the all-new Adobe Creative Cloud Express. Available on web and mobile.

For the DIY designers out there, Adobe announced a new tool recently! Adobe Creative Cloud Express is live and ready for action. Formerly Spark, which probably means nothing to you, the Adobe app has branded. Have you heard of Canva? The answer is probably yes. Just think that Adobe Creative Cloud Express is a lot…

For Photographers

February 19, 2022

Where to Buy Camera Gear? My top 5 camera stores

photographing shooting models in front of colorful motel doors in palm springs ca

Ever wonder Where to Buy Camera Gear? I’ve been a professional photographer for more than a decade and over that time, I’ve purchased new and used camera gear. I’ve rented, traded, traded up, and bought just about every piece of camera equipment you can imagine, and I have the best knowledge on where to get…

For Photographers

January 21, 2022

Importance of Staying Inspired

bridal magazines used for a photographer's inspiration before a wedding day

While having dinner at the Mid-America Club last night, we picked up a couple Chicago wedding magazines on our way into the restaurant. I love flipping through pages in magazines, and even though I’m “doing research” it never feels like work when I flip through wedding mags. I believe staying inspired keeps you fresh. That…

For Photographers, Personal

January 16, 2022

Best Friend Weekend in Maryland 🎉

Hey friends! I’m writing the blog from a new state today: Maryland! Each year, my best photo friends meet in a city somewhere across the country to laugh, chat, eat good food, and spend quality time together. Past trips have been in Vegas, Nashville, San Antonio, NY, and last year was Boston. This year, we…