Try These 10 Tips & Tricks to Make Kids Smile in Photos If you want to make kids smile quickly and easily for photos, ask them to “say cheese!”. The problem when shooting photos of kids is that, you’ll generally get phony, cheesy, unappealing smiles where they barely even look like their real selves! If […]

10 Easy Tricks to Get Real Smiles from Kids for Photos

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How to Get Started as a Pre-School Photographer

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Ahhh… preschool photography. One of my favourite genres. Whether it’s Pre-School, Pre-K, Childcare or Nursery… just like ‘big-school’ they have special photos days when you send your kids in their cutest outfits, attempt to style their hair neater than usual, and hope for the best that they stay clean and tidy for when the photographer […]

Behind The Scenes Of a Christmas Lights Photography Session Are you a Christmas lover? The excitement, the anticipation, the planning for the big day? Christmas tree fairy lights are the perfect backdrop for your holiday cards, and this tutorial will show you exactly how to make your fairy bokeh effect sparkle! As a bonus, it’s […]

Fairy Christmas Lights Bokeh Photo Tutorial

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17 Ways To Use Reflections In Your Self Portraits

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There’s no doubt that self portraiture is one of the most challenging genres of photography – nothing feels quite as vulnerable as stepping out from behind the camera and braving the other side of the lens. So if the idea of going full-face in front of the camera in a self portrait is a bit […]

Welcome to our weekly highlights reel of Featured Artists. This week’s collection showcases an incredible use of light and colour, including some really striking portraits! Congrats to our featured artists Aimee Wheeler, Ali Vrbas, Bek Alexander, Cathy Eves, Colleen E Sousa, Emily Lomax, Merissa Wakefield, Pam Gosenheimer, Teresa Souders and Tina Demasi Xx Enjoy the […]

CLG Featured Artists Reel #38 – Our Fave Grad Photos

5 Dramatic Lighting Photography Techniques

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5 Dramatic Lighting Techniques and How to Use Them When we’re new to photography, we tend to avoid dramatic lighting and instead look for flat, soft light. And why not? It’s a perfect place to start as this type of light allows you to create flattering and beautiful portraits. But flat soft light lacks depth […]

What is bokeh photography? Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image, and is made out of little circles of colour and light. Making photos more pleasing to the eye, bokeh effects can be so pretty sometimes that not only do they make gorgeous backdrops for portraits, […]

How To Shoot Beautiful Bokeh Photography

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CLG Featured Artists Reel #23 – The Grad Images We loved This Week!

Welcome to our weekly highlights reel of Featured Artists. This week’s collection of images taken by our Grads really show off their skills, with stunning use of light, colour and strong framing! Plus keep your eye out for one cute little muddy face we couldn’t go past! Congrats to our featured artists Tina Demasi, Antje […]

Black & white photography is a powerful storytelling tool. When we remove colour, it eliminates any elements that could work to detract from the main subject. In doing so, our viewer’s eye is more drawn to our portrait subject, and we can use it to reveal the soul and character of our subjects. Today we’re […]

9 Stunning Black & White Storytelling Portraits

Lifestyle vs. Documentary vs. Portrait Photography – What Is The Difference?

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Demystifying Lifestyle, Documentary & Portrait Photography I love photographing faces, and I’ve been doing it for more than a decade. When I started out, all my shots were traditional portraits. As my skills improved and I gained experience, I posed my subjects less and less. I became confident in my abilities to produce professional portrait […]