Your Facebook photos are finally going to look good…Introducing the awesome world of .JPEGmini!

I have been on a mission to find a way to make my Facebook’s image uploads look good. I have tried everything. Finally, I threw up my hands and I asked my tribe if they knew of ANYTHING a photographer could do to make them look better and then LAHHHH!!!! My friend, Suellen Cook drops me … Continue reading Your Facebook photos are finally going to look good…Introducing the awesome world of .JPEGmini!

April Featured Photographer: My interview with FineArtChildPhotog.com

I had the wonderful honor of being chosen as this month’s featured photographer for Fine Art Children’s Photography. This is a wonderful website and a great resource of tutorials and information geared specifically to children’s photography. I highly recommend them. FineArtChildPhotog.com This months featured photographer is Caroline Rutland of Caroline Rutland Photography in Nashville, TN Not only does Caroline … Continue reading April Featured Photographer: My interview with FineArtChildPhotog.com

Free Stock Saturday! Into the woods we go!

Location. Location. Location. Locations play a huge role in conceptual portraiture. The setting for the concept is integral to the story. I’ve had quite a few story images that, had I not had the perfect location, the story would have fallen flat on its face.  Any photographer who has tried scouting locations will tell you, scouting takes a LOT of time. Taking that time may not be … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Into the woods we go!

9 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry

This is one of the best, easiest, most concise video’s on composition I’ve seen to date. It was just too good not to share forward. This video was originally created and published by The Cooperative of Photography. By the way: If you have not started following their online photography community site I cannot recommend it any more … Continue reading 9 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry

Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Have you ever noticed, when editing images, once you apply effect after effect, add some layers, maybe apply a lens flare, a few textures, a gradient map, a few photo filters, apply some overlays… Shew! All this effect stacking will “build up”, causing a haze over your image. Layering a lot of effects can flatten out your image’s black/white points making everything look really dull. Sometimes … Continue reading Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!

One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!

Contract Agreements: A show of respect and unwavering dedication to your craft…

Did you know the most respectful act you can perform toward your clients is to draw up a contract agreement? There isn’t any higher compliment. By putting a contract into place you are essentially saying to your client, “I care so much about your business and your happiness with my service that I want to make sure nothing … Continue reading Contract Agreements: A show of respect and unwavering dedication to your craft…

Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

As a newbie artist  just learning to navigate the world of Photoshop there will come a time when you realize two indisputable facts.  1. Photoshop files can get HUGE and 2. They are huge because they contain a mind-boggling amount of layers. Juggling layers can make  workflow really difficult. Photoshop has found a way to help with that, however. I love that this software program … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

Conceptual Portraiture Workshop in June! Registration is open!

I have a few seats left for the workshop in June! Reserve your spot today! This workshop will not be Photoshop intensive. Instead, this will be geared toward learning the creative process, workflow, and touch on the business side of conceptual portraiture. If you are interested in delving deep into the PS world I will be announcing a … Continue reading Conceptual Portraiture Workshop in June! Registration is open!