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San Francisco
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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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Starting A Photography Business: Part I

Jared Lawson

Starting a photography business takes time, patience and planning.  This article is going to become a series of articles walking new photographers through several required steps to getting your photography business up and running.  What do you do first starting a photography business?  How much should you invest in camera equipment? What camera equipment is best to start out with?  What legal paperwork do you need for a photography business?  This article addresses these questions to help you get started today.  

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Portrait Lighting: The Only Flash You Need

Jared Lawson

Working in the portrait photography industry you need a good strobe light that gets the job done.  The Nikon SB-910 is the only flash you need to cover all of your portrait lighting situations.  The SB-910 replaces the discontinued SB-800 and packs a bigger punch than the SB-700.  Whether you are working in the field or in a studio, this is the only flash you need for portrait photography.

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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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Portrait Photography: Tips to Posing

Jared Lawson

Portrait photography is one of the most lucrative forms of business photography – the trick to good portrait photography begins with posing your model.  This article focuses on my tips to answer the question: “What are some ideas for posing a model?”  Let’s address this question to maximize your portrait photography potential.

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How To: Men's Fitness Pictures

Jared Lawson

Men’s Fitness pictures are tough – you can go several different routes, spontaneous – planned poses, staged scenes – but in the end there are several principles to adhere to.  The key elements of my portraits comes back to three basic things: (1) Lighting, (2) Emotion, (3) Composition

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A Day in the Life of Bodybuilding

Jared Lawson

I took a call from an old friend asking for a favor: Adam Schafer from WeLove2HateAdam and his team, Team Level Up wanted me to come out and help him with his bodybuilding portraits.  Adam is preparing for an upcoming bodybuilding show in Sacramento and wanted some high quality portraits of his physique.  The best way I photograph any model is to present those pictures in a format they will be happy with and one that is accurate and true to their character and presents their body and personality accurately.  I decided I would follow Adam as he explored the gym – these photos were the result as I followed him for a day in the life of a bodybuilder. 

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