UNmanual2

The original UNmanual was released three and a half years ago and has sold close to 1000 copies.  It was more wildly successful than I could have ever imagined and hearing that it has helped so many of you capture the memories of your family so easily and effortlessly makes me so happy.  Because that’s how it should be.

It’s been quiet here on the blog not because I have nothing to share with you, but because I have been pouring myself into creating the UNmanual2.

 

The UNmanual2 is something I’ve been dreaming up for quite some time.  I wanted Mom*togs to be able to see how I interact with my own kids when I shoot, what the environment I shoot in looks like, and how I use light.  My kids, my house.  Nothing special or fancy, but just how I photograph my kids living their lives and doing their thing.

The UNmanual2 consists of 13 video guides and reviews all of the basics from the original UNmanual, so if you did not purchase the original UNmanual don’t worry.  The UNmanual2′s lesson based structure will ensure that you too become a master of DSLR manual shooting.  If you did purchase the original UNmanual, the basics of DSLR manual shooting will be a nice review, but I’ve also added a lot of content for those of you who have mastered the basics and are looking to take your photography to the next level.

To compliment the UNmanual2 I will be releasing the UNmanual Editing Guide next week.  It will consist of video tutorials on how I use Photoshop to enhance my images and get them to look like a better version of everyday life.

For those of you who purchase the UNmanual2 on Black Friday you will receive the UNmanual Editing Guide (priced at $149) for free the second it’s released! No code needed.  It will be added to your course page automatically!  You can register for the UNmanual2 here.

Also, I released a course on how to improve your Phonetography.  It’s completely free.  Just my little gift to you.  You can register for that course here.  

I hope you enjoy the new UNmanual as much as I enjoyed creating it!

How to Pick Your Family Photographer

Below is a post I wrote for my favorite lab, Mpix.  To read the full article click on over to their blog!

With so many family photographers out there it can be overwhelming to find the right one for your family.  And, typically, it’s a big investment.  So to help in your quest to find the perfect photographer match, here are some tips I’ve come up with after 8 years of experiences, both as a professional photographer and as a photography client.

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1) The best place to start is with referrals from friends.  Referrals are great when searching for a photographer because your friend will already have gone through the entire process.  Ask your friend if they were happy with the way the photographer interacted with their family.  Did they get their images when promised?  How was the quality of their gallery?  And the most important question, would they use their photographer again?  Someone who has gone through the entire process with a photographer will be able to gauge the experience from start to finish.

That being said, don’t use a photographer just because your friend did.  Your needs could be different.  Which leads me to point two…

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2) Not all photographers are created equal. They typically have a unique style and one or two specialties. Look at their body of work and gauge whether or not their style matches what you are looking for. Don’t pick a photographer who focuses on candid images if you want all posed images.  Do you want a big, extended family portrait?  Then you probably don’t want to pick a photographer whose website only displays newborn work.  Pick a photographer who specializes in what you want done.  If you don’t, you could be disappointed with your images and the photographer will probably end up frustrated that you are asking for something they just don’t typically do.  You want a photographer who is excited to photograph the needs of your family!  I know my pictures are better when I am passionate about what I am photographing and I don’t just feel like I was hired because I have a camera and can get the job done.

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