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Photographers that Inspire

October 01, 2021 - Question: What photographers are your biggest inspiration, and what about their work speaks to you? Answer: Thanks to t...
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Behind the Scenes: Retouching

July 30, 2021 - While every photograph is checked and edited for correct exposure, color, and crop, not every photo is retouched. I do,...
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The Top Reason to Get Professional Photographs

July 02, 2021 - My mother-in-law, Eleanor, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021. She was a lovely lady of 86. One of the things the fun...
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Branding Session Planning: from Inspiration to Creative Direction

June 04, 2021 - As part of the planning process for your photoshoot, regardless of type, I always ask, “how do you want to be photograph...
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Behind the Scenes: Selection Session

April 30, 2021 - About a week after our photo session together, we’ll meet up to show you your edited images and select which you’d like...
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Behind the Scenes: Cull/Edit

January 29, 2021 - cull /k ə l/ verb select from a large quantity After our session together, I’ll download your image files off the...
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Looking Good in Photos: Seated

December 04, 2020 - If you are about to be photographed while seated, the key to looking your best is to sit on the front edge, rather than...
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Flashback Friday: 2020 – Ten Years and Growing

November 27, 2020 - Despite a novel coronavirus pandemic, this year featured several honors for me. One of my clients was profiled in a loc...
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Flashback Friday: 2019 – Year of the Styled Shoots

October 23, 2020 - It seems 2019 was the Year of the Styled Shoot, with four sessions to create branding images for the planners, designers...
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Branding 101: 4 C’s of Visibility, Part 2 – Be Consistent

September 11, 2020 - Where does your ideal client “hang out” online? Generally, you’ll find more women on Pinterest, more businesspeople on L...
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Flashback Friday: 2017 - Time to Move

August 28, 2020 - Lots of changes happened in 2017 – including my move to Amherst, Virginia! I was able to do some product photography of...
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Branding 101: 4 C’s of Visibility, Part 1 – Be Clear

August 21, 2020 - Posts with images get more attention than posts with words alone. Choose something scroll-stopping and different… but th...
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Flashback Friday: 2016 – New Experiences and a Reminder

August 07, 2020 - ‘Tween photography kicked off my sixth year in business. Ten- to twelve-year-olds (in between kid and teenager) are such...
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Flashback Friday: 2015 - Five Years

June 26, 2020 - The 5 th anniversary year of my business was filled with creativity, from steampunk- and pinup-themed studio shoots to e...
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Behind the Scenes: Preparation

May 29, 2020 - Before your session, regardless of type, we talk about how you want to be photographed. What images will show you at you...
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Flashback Friday: 2013 – Model Mayhem

April 24, 2020 - My third year in business was one of great learning. From headshots to fashion, to pin-up and boudoir, I worked with a n...
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Tips, topics, and tactics

March 20, 2020 - Size or age doesn’t matter. We don’t care if you are a size 2 or a size 22, 25 years old or 85 years old. For me, I wan...
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It’s okay to be nervous

February 21, 2020 - It’s okay to be nervous in front of a camera. In fact, nerves mean you are outside your comfort zone. Guess where all th...
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Why Shoot with Maggie: Fun

December 20, 2019 - If you aren’t used to being photographed, the thought of a portrait session can be a bit… well... nerve-wracking. And wh...
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Why Shoot with Maggie: Printographer

November 15, 2019 - We are taking photos more than ever, but they’re nearly all digital files with very few tangible prints being produced....
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Gratitude

November 08, 2019 - I believe in expressing my gratitude for every person who steps in front of my camera, as each of you helps me take anot...
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Why Shoot with Maggie: Amateur vs Professional

October 18, 2019 - Consider these images side by side: Sure, Kristin’s photo on the left shows she’s a beautiful girl, clearly having a...
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I Believe in Love

October 11, 2019 - Love, in all its forms, makes me happy: mother and child, spouses, significant others, best friends… even singles in lov...
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HATE CAMERAS? I GOT YOU.

September 27, 2019 - It is not uncommon for me to hear that people don’t like having their photograph taken. Many just haven’t had a great ex...
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Why Shoot with Maggie: Image Selection Assistance

September 20, 2019 - Some photographers will upload images to an online gallery for you to review “at your leisure.” What I’ve found, however...
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Acceptance

September 13, 2019 - I believe in accepting people as they are. I do my very best to not judge, knowing I haven’t walked your path. All I do...
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WHERE TO USE YOUR BRANDING IMAGES

August 23, 2019 - You need images, preferable several, to share everywhere. Where is “everywhere”? Here’s a start: your website (at least...
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Winnie-the-Pooh Wisdom

August 09, 2019 - I believe in Winnie-the-Pooh wisdom. There is so much to learn from this children’s book character! My favorite: “You a...
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Why Shoot with Maggie: Fully Retouched Images

July 19, 2019 - All final images will be fully retouched. While some photographers will send you the unretouched images, I will go throu...
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Exist in Photos

June 14, 2019 - I believe every woman deserves to exist in photographs. This is an absolute passion of mine, and WHY I started my busine...
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Why I Started Professional Photography

May 31, 2019 - For over a decade I taught people how to preserve their photos and memorabilia in scrapbook albums. More than a few time...
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Why Shoot with Maggie: Expert Lighting and Posing

May 17, 2019 - I continue to study lighting and posing techniques, because even the most subtle changes can make a huge difference. Lig...
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Photo Sessions should be Fun

May 10, 2019 - I believe a photo session should be a fun experience, not a chore worse than dishes (by the way, I really dislike washin...
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GOOD PROFILE PICTURES

April 26, 2019 - There have been studies done to identify what elements make a business headshot effective. For instance: Show both your...
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Capturing Real, Candid Moments

April 12, 2019 - I believe in real smiles and candid moments, capturing you at your very best. I will literally snap your photograph at...
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Contract Information

March 29, 2019 - With each session, from portraits to personal branding, including limited sessions, I ask that you sign a contract, desi...
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DO YOU HAVE A CURRENT HEADSHOT?

March 22, 2019 - Is your headshot current? Does it look like you? Sharing a current, professional image builds your Know/Like/Trust facto...
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Print your Images

March 08, 2019 - I believe that printed, tangible images – in simple black frames on the wall or the mantle, or thick scrapbook albums on...
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Photographs are Powerful

February 08, 2019 - I believe photos are powerful, tying our past to our future. Nothing brings a family together like looking through phot...
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ONLINE FIRST IMPRESSIONS

January 25, 2019 - You find out about a new business. What’s the first thing you do? Look it up online! Peoples’ first encounters with you...
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Clean, Timeless Photographs

January 11, 2019 - I believe in clean, timeless photographs. Most images, I feel, should be true-to-life, reflecting “reality,” even if the...
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You are NOT too old, heavy, etc.

December 28, 2018 - Dear Family and Friends, Please make your new year’s resolution to get professional photographs taken. Don't deny us...
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Senior Style Quiz

November 02, 2018 - What makes you stand out in the crowd? Show and share who you really are with a professional photographer. Take the Seni...
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Family Style Quiz

October 05, 2018 - What’s your family’s style? Classic? Eclectic? Something else? Find out with the quiz at http://PPA.com/FamilyPhotoQuiz.
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Wedding Photography by Uncle Bob

September 07, 2018 - Wedding photography horror stories abound. Don’t trust your big day to a non-professional. I’ve been a member of Profes...
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What to Ask Your Photographer

August 31, 2018 - Are you insured? I am. What’s your background? How long have you trained? been in business? I’ve been studying since be...
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Family Photo Experience

July 06, 2018 - Create a family experience (with ALL members of the family) and capture the moments you can’t get back. Relive them ever...
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Wedding Photography

June 22, 2018 - I offer wedding photography... but I'll be honest: I am a small event photographer. If you are having 250+ guests, I'm p...
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Professional Wedding Photography

June 08, 2018 - What’s a wedding picture worth? After months of planning, the flowers are gone and the dress is packed away. You’ll stil...
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Your Privacy and Model Releases

June 01, 2018 - I would love to share your beautiful images with others on my website, in social media, and in sample physical products.
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What does a professional photographer do differently?

May 04, 2018 - Why hire a professional photographer? If it’s important, you want someone who knows what they are doing. I’ve been a me...
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High School Senior Sessions

April 06, 2018 - Senior photos are about more than the yearbook picture that looks like everyone else’s. These sessions are about capturi...
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Hiring a Family Photographer

March 02, 2018 - Capture your family’s unique personality and preserve those little moments you want to remember. It’s something that req...
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Invest in a Professional Wedding Photographer

February 02, 2018 - At the end of the day, photographs are what’s left to remember your big day. They are worth the investment in a professi...
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Why should you hire a professional photographer?

January 05, 2018 - Pretty much everyone has a camera on them all the time (hello, smartphones) to capture the moments that capture their at...
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