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These photography blogs were written by Janice Nelson and contain importation information for those thinking of hiring professional photographers. Some blog posts provide a behind-the-scenes view. Others provide insight into how to find the right photographer for you (such as what to look for when reviewing portfolios), how to choose the right type of corporate group photographer for a corporation, and what you can do to help ensure a good outcome from a photoshoot.

I hope you find the information here insightful and helpful. If you have suggestions on topics you’d like to see covered, send your suggestion to janice@janicednelson.com.

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getting a great headshot

14 Tips for Getting a Great Headshot

So you want to make sure you have a great headshot or portrait session, but don’t know what you can do to help ensure a good photoshoot outcome. Here are 14 tips for getting a great headshot:

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The Unexpected Capture

Ah, the unexpected capture. Most photoshoots have ebb and flow. Mine start with creating images most important to clients – their main reason for coming to me and goals for the session. Some want images for LinkedIn to help with a new job search or promotion. Others want images for …

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Finding the Best Portrait or Headshot Photographer Near You | Chicago Navy Pier
Best Headshot Photographer

Finding the Best Portrait or Headshot Photographer Near You

Recently I searched online for the best portrait and headshot photographers near me, at least according to the Internet, in order to find who my competition was, who was rating best photographers on-line and criteria was used, and what I might to do to increase marketshare. I searched for a list of photographers and clicked links leading to a couple well known sites. I did this in several areas, and…

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Corporate Group Photography

When Not All Portrait Photography Is Alike

No, this isn’t a blog post about one photographer being better than another or why you need to look for a photographer with specific training or portfolio. It is about understanding different types of portrait photography, so that you can best choose a photographer. Since this is not a subject many consider, I believe it is worth mentioning.

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newborn photography


I wanted to try my hand at newborn photography for a while now, for several reasons. First, I stumbled across some wonderful photography by Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden I admired. I wanted to see what I could produce and learn from the new type of photography experience. Second, because I studied photography for a while …

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How to Learn Photography
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How to Learn Photography

This is a different kind of article on how to go about learning photography. It is about where to begin. It presents a strategy for learning photography …

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The Value of Great Photography

The Value of Great Photography

I see it a lot from many sources, most typically social media posts that query connections: “Does anyone know anyone good with a camera who isn’t too expensive?” I see these queries for Wedding Photographers, Portrait Photographers, Event Photographers, Real Estate Photographers, … heck, practically all types of photography. I see these requests in on-line ads from people querying absolute strangers. These posts and …

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