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C.Mae New Year’s Resolutions

There is something about coming into a new year that makes you feel rejuvenated, excited, and motivated. I’ve come to realize that most of our new year resolutions really relate to my photography career and things I’ve learned in this profession. Let’s take a look at some of the largest new year’s resolutions and their relation to the camera… #1 Get Fit. As a photographer you are always trying to make sure everyone is looking their best. This involves flattering poses, lighting techniques, and sometimes photoshop. Props to the people who actually commit their full year to this. If you do find yourselves to be one of the people who quit once it hits February please refer to this blog post of mine to help you look a little slimmer 😉 http://cmaedesign.com/5-must-have-posing-tips-and-tricks/ #2 Be Patient. Patience is a learned skill. Most of us want to move fast and get everything NOW. This even goes for getting the perfect shot. PATIENCE IS KEY. It took a lot of learning to just be patient for the shots and moments to happen rather than clicking a million times for one good photo. This goes along with… #3 Finding Love. Finding love isn’t about grabbing the first frog closest to you and kissing him. It goes along with patience. Just like when I’m watching a father/daughter dance awaiting the tears to fall from the bride’s face. It takes patience to find the “I LOVE THIS SHOT”. It can take one photo to melt your heart and the patience to know when to capture that. Same goes for love. Timing is everything. #4 Make more money. Holla to the...

6 Tricks To Having A Bomb Diggity Head Shot

You work hard to create a professional self image. Then why are you using horrible images to portray yourself? Let me guess…you currently have a photo on LinkedIn where you cropped someone out of it and are trying to pass that as your headshot. News flash: A professional headshot SO important for your professional image!!! A professional head shot can really help you to get the professional image that you desire. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your best look for your professional headshot. #1 Wear appropriate clothing for your profession. I fully expect to see a lawyer in a suit, the doctor in a white coat, and the owner of a bakery with an apron on. Your professional headshot is a marketing tool for yourself. Have it help you to identify with the profession you are in. Along with this my suggestion is to not wearing any clothing that has an embroidered logo or a name tag – This = Tacky. You have to think where you will be putting this photo. Most likely you’ll be using it for your LinkedIn profile or on your business card. These places will already have your place of employment and name. Your photo does not need to include that. And while we are on the topic of what and what not to wear… #2 Simple is better. When choosing your outfit for your headshot ask yourself these questions; Is it appropriate? Is it flattering? Does it match? Does it match too much? You can never go wrong with black. It’s always more slimming and will never go out...

In The Moment

There has been a lot of talk about “unplugged” weddings lately. For those of you who do not know what this means, it’s when a bride and groom ask their guests to not take photos or be on their phones during their wedding day. I personally LOVE this idea. By removing the distraction of taking photos or being on your phone it really allows you to be in the moment. It allows you to soak everything without the need to instantly be uploading to Facebook, Instagram, or texting friends. There are a few perks to having an unplugged wedding. #1 They hired a professional photographer for a reason. Why do people hire professional photographers for their weddings? Really? Is it to have great professional photos of themselves on their wedding day (a day where most will say they were “the most beautiful”)? Partly for this reason, but the main reason is to have someone capturing the moments and the events of the day. The professional photographer is there to work. The guests are there to relax and enjoy these moments. The guests are supposed to be part of these moments. As the professional photographer I never get offended when I see a guest with their own camera. I often see guests with very nice cameras taking photos. I welcome this during the weddings I shoot. But do you want to know what I’m secretly thinking inside when I see these “photographer guests”? I feel sad for them. I feel sad that they are displaced from the actual moment feeling that they need to take the same exact photo that I am...

5 Must Have Posing Tips and Tricks

Fact – We all want to look skinnier in photos. For the most part you are not doing anything to help yourself! I have a few tips and tricks that can help you be more aware of how you position yourself for your best look! Whether it’s for your professional session (booked with C.Mae Design of course) or just for a quick snap shot of you and your girlfriends, these are great tips. Now…I understand those of you reading this are not models. This article isn’t to make you pose like a model. This blog is strictly for the everyday girl who just needs a little guidance in front of the camera. #1 CONFRONT THE CAMERA!!!! Mistake #1 is trying to get away from the camera. You want to confront the camera – Meaning, lean in towards the camera. Whatever is closest to the camera will appear to be the largest feature. For most women, you do not want this to be your hips. The trick to this is dropping your hips behind you and having your face and shoulders closest to the camera.                                       #2 FAT ARMS – DO NOT EVER HAVE AN ELBOW AGAINST YOUR BODY!!!! Hence the popular “hand on hip” move. This helps to slim out the arm…and if you want to get a little more advanced you can even push you elbow back (as is tip #1 “whatever is closest to the camera will look bigger”). Looking for an alternate to the “hand on hip”???? Try what I call the “Pull Back.” This gives the same...

Bridal Xanax

Getting engaged is exciting! You’ve already said “Yes” and now you’ll be planning for when you’ll say “I Do.” Let me be brutally honest with you…planning a wedding sucks. It is an incredible amount of work. The planning, choices, organization, and stress that comes along planning a wedding is daunting. So here are a few little tips and tricks to help. Seriously consider hiring a wedding planner. Most brides try to go at this alone or with the help of their bridal party. Although a bridal party can be much help there are so many things behind the scenes that go down at a wedding that your bridal party should just not be in charge of. Your family and friends want to enjoy the day with you – NOT WORKING IT. Another bit of advice throughout the planning process – You will find yourself getting lost in the details that truly don’t matter. This is a very easy and typical mistake I’m almost positive every bride makes. I made this mistake along with every other girl I know getting married. You will find yourself worrying about chair covers, flower colors, song choices, and the list goes on. Truth be told it will not make your marriage any better or less if you have carnations or roses. Of course you want the day to be beautiful and everything you had imagined but after your wedding day you have a marriage and what makes that is you and them. I had found myself having this argument – “It’s just one day… but it’s THE day…” This is the struggle most brides have. You want your...

Love Language

A few years ago my sister-in-law explained to me something called “Love Language” and ever since I’ve been intrigued by what this meant. From what I gather it means that everyone has their own way of showing their love to someone and how you like to receive love. No… I’m not talking about sex…well maybe, but I’m talking about ways you show people you love them and how you know someone loves you. There are the main ways of love language – quality time, acts of service, words of praise, physical affection, and gift giving. These are all different ways of showing your love to someone and everyone has their own language. Example, with my husband and I, my rule or the thing that shows me love is that he kisses me hello and goodbye. This shows me that we are good. That we are ok. That we are in love. This would fall under the physical affection. This is the thing that shows me he loves me. It’s not if we cuddle at night or if he texts me every hour to tell me he loves me…it’s my kiss hello and my kiss goodbye. Other people may be more complicated. I have a friend who needs to be told she is loved. This is her love language. I have another friend who needs words of praise. This shows her that she is loved. Another friend is the gift giving situation and let’s say she has lots of Tiffany and name brand purses stashed in her closest. Mine…that kiss hello and goodbye. P.s. Mike I think you got lucky on that one sweetheart 😉...

Barbies are people too! Oh wait…No they’re not.

As a photographer I hear all the time “I look fat”, “Ew!”, “Can you make me look 10lbs lighter?”, or “I take horrible photos.” Ladies… your self image needs a makeover. BAD. Overly edited magazines and unrealistic models have skewed our image of “natural” beauty. I’ve found that the best photo shoots I’ve done are in result of happy, healthy people. Whether that’s happily in love, healthy in their relationships, or just in general in their lives. YOUR HAPPY IS BEAUTIFUL! I think the trick in life is finding what that is for you. And you want to know a little secret? It’s the prettiest people in life that are the saddest. How do I know this? They are the people who are only worried about how they look and not how they feel. I absolutely LOVE this little clip from the movie “About Time” with Rachel McAdams & Domhnall Gleeson where Rachel’s roll of Mary is meeting her boyfriend’s parents for the first time. In the scene the mother says “It’s very bad for girls to be too pretty. It stops them from developing a sense of humor or a personality.” Here is a link to this little clip: I would have to agree with the mother in this movie! Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying that all pretty people don’t have a good sense of humor or a good personality to match their good looks. It’s just a little more rare to find. There is a reason why I tell people to laugh during their photo shoots. To truly make them look HAPPY. Not just an image of happy...

WILL YOU?

Will you marry me? A sentence that girls dream about, single guys are petrified about, and committed boyfriends have thoughts about. The nerves, pressure, and expectations these days that go into proposals are sky rocket. Pinterest had truly changed the way girls look at not only the dramatic proposals but also the ring expectations. Well I will tell you this proposal and ring did not disappoint for Justin and his future bride Danielle! I’ve known Justin through the grape vine for years now. Two years ago he invited me to a networking group to help promote C.Mae Design. Now as a member of the Waterford Innovative Networking group Justin and I have worked together many times. Justin is a realtor with ReMax and as a photographer I go with him to take photos of his new listings. So of course when he knew he was going to pop the question he called me to capture the perfect proposal to his girlfriend Danielle. I truly can’t take any credit for this one. Yes the photos below were captured by me but every detail was planned my Justin. The set up was that he had booked a fall photo session for him and his girlfriend (as weeks prior she had mentioned how she was interested in having photos done). During the session he was going to propose to Danielle. We had even coordinated the exact spot he wanted to ask her. The property is owned by his parents where they spend much time sledding, hiking, and other fun activities. So in Justin’s eyes, he had the perfect location, the perfect girl, and the perfect ring to...

I can hear your SMILE

A mentor once gave me the advice of always smiling while talking on the phone to clients and this is probably one of the best tips and tricks as a business owner I’ve received. Anytime I answer the phone I ALWAYS smile while speaking. This changes the tone in your voice, the sound of excitement, and usually I can hear the other person on the phone smiling also! Totally bizarre but true. It’s incredible how contagious a smile can be even through a phone. I read an article on how smiles are contagious and it’s something I’ve always noticed but then I tested it and proved this to be true. One day in my casual encounters with strangers just smiled at them and guess what – they ALL smiled back. What does this have to say? Emotions, attitudes, and moods are contagious. This is true in these meaningless encounters with strangers, your relationships, friendships, and with your clients. You know this is true because I’m sure in your head right now you can name the most positive person you know and the most negative person you know. Let me try to guess who you rather spend your time with. The negative Nancy who always complains about everything but never takes any action to change it? Or the friend who is happy to see you and contributes a positive energy to the conversation? Not a hard decision. I once was editing a photo that I took from a newborn session catching the baby mid yawn. While editing I had caught myself unconsciously           yawning while editing this photo....

Always Flattered but Never Offended

When I meet with a couple for wedding photography I strictly look at this meeting as going to an interview. As a wedding photographer I am with the bride more on wedding day than the groom or even the MOH (maid of honor). You better like the person you hire to be with you all day! This meaning… our personalities should jive and we need to be on the same page in order to get the best results for your images. The same goes towards the couple. I also am interviewing them for certain things. Things I am looking for is overall connection, personality, and expectations they may have for their wedding day. You will never find me during a wedding consult saying “SIGN NOW!” or “HURRY” because I am never looking for that quick sale. I truly want the couple to pick C.Mae Design based on what we offer and the comfortability we have with the client. I often suggest to the couples I meet to shop around for other photographers. I want the couple to be educated in the decision they make because it is a very important part of the day (other than getting married to your best friend of course!). I want all of my brides to feel comfortable with what they are receiving in their package and at the price they are receiving it! All in all I want to be the chosen because I am the right fit for your needs. Which is why I say I am always flattered but never offended. I am ALWAYS flattered when I get booked for a...