Part One - Professional Photography Tutorial

I'm working on a photography e-booklet that is going to so helpful for everyone interested in photography! I wish someone had handed me this tool when I was starting to shoot professionally 8 years ago. I think it's perfect for the stay-at-home-Mom trying to capture her kids and for the up-and-coming-professional-photographers trying to learn everything they can to improve their skills! It is simply put and straightforward...kinda like me! I'm going to break up this tutorial into two posts one on making the best out of every location and the other on posing. Here's what I'm working on today! Location, location, location. They say location is everything but, i disagree...a good photographer can get a shot in the perfect situation and perfect location but a great photographer can get a shot anywhere and anytime. That's the difference of hiring someone who just picked up a DSLR at a camera store and started a business AND the photographer with training and experience. In most cases, you do get what you pay for.

Here's our not so beautiful portrait location...check out the stunning houses in the background! I chose this location because of the light. The sun is going down so if I put my lovely subject with her back towards the sun then I get gorgeous back light coming through her hair AND because she's not facing the sun she's relaxed and not squinting.

Zoom in, wait for the wind, ask her to laugh, shoot down (I'm a couple steps higher then she is) AND you create bright summery portrait!

Location #2 The front of my home...not so glamorous! Zoom in, capture the nuetral texture in the background making her pop with soft skin and blue outfit! A classic portrait features face and hands.

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.