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Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Photography Tips / Articles

Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

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10 Essential Questions Every Bride Should Ask Her Photographer

Jared Lawson

Choosing a wedding photographer should be treated like a job interview, not simply comparing rates.  Brides who are wedding planning should go into each interview with a potential photographer with questions that will help separate and narrow your list of photographers and help you make one of the most important and stressful decisions of planning your wedding.  While planning your wedding you want to ask questions to be prepared, but you don’t want to be a bridezilla before the wedding even begins.  Aside from the basic questions including the photographers experience and a sample of their previous work, this article covers 10 essential questions every bride should ask her photographer.   

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Photography Tips for Sunset Pictures

Jared Lawson

Sunset photography can be tricky if you aren't prepared before heading out to your desired landscape location.  This article covers my photography tips for sunset pictures, covering what you need to including the proper equipment, camera settings and tips for behind the lens.  

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Big Sur Landscape Photography: Behind the Lens

Jared Lawson

Big Sur, California is one of my favorite locations in Northern California.  It offers photographers breathtaking views along Highway 1, rocky seascapes and of course the famous McWay Falls.  One of my favorite all time photos comes from McWay Falls during the golden hour near sunset.  This article covers my work behind the lens capturing this photograph.  The three tips behind the lens on this photo cover: (1) Lighting, (2) Equipment, and (3) Camera Settings.

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How to Price Your Photography

Jared Lawson

Photography is a tough business.  Regardless of your chosen expertise with photography it is a difficult field to compete finding new clients with the amount of photographers developing with the emergence of higher quality point and shoot cameras.  For the emerging photographers it is difficult to calculate how to price photography when so much of it is based on your time and creativity.  How much should you charge for a standard portrait session?  What costs should go into your pricing?  These are all excellent questions I will answer from my experience pricing portrait photography.  

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