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#5317631 "Why Do You Love Photography?" Contest & Prizes!

Posted by JumpingJack on 09 February 2012 - 01:21 AM

I love photography for the simple reason that I love having PROOF.

Proof that someone existed, even if for too short a time,
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that something important to someone occurred,
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that someone laughed,
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felt sad,
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fell down,
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got up,
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lived, breathed and moved molecules in the air around them.
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"Seeing is believing" has been the truest thing in my life. And people and their stories are so very important for all of us. So I love and work at photography because I want to share humankind's stories in the most beautiful way I know how. Happy ending or sad. Fairy tale or comic book. I want to prove to people that their stories matter and that they are beautiful. Forever. The end.

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#5319211 "Why Do You Love Photography?" Contest & Prizes!

Posted by sallykate on 11 February 2012 - 10:24 AM

I love that photography has given me x-Ray vision. I can't believe I went so many years without being able to "see" the magic that exists all around me.

The way a baby crosses her sweet, fat feet in the car seat.

The way the light falls on my son's face in the sunset.

The way the "ordinary stuff of life" can become beautiful if the light is hitting it just right.

The way everything is so vibrant after a hard rain.

Or a patch of flowers three feet square, one I've driven past 80 million times before, suddenly causes me to pull everyone over to the side of the road for an impromptu photo shoot, because I can now imagine what can come of that little patch.

I love that I can finally stop my 30+ years of complaining about the weather, because I can now see all the possibilities that can come from any form of it.

I love that I can now scan a crowd of children, pick one and be able to see a little of his essence, just by "seeing" the expression, the stance, the behavior, and knowing just how I want to capture that moment forever.

I love photography because just saying "I love photography" can never quite convey just how much this love swells, and then explodes from me in inexplicable ways. How it's done so much in a year, to completely transform me as an artist. Thank you, x-ray vision, for giving me the ability to see so much, and thank you, Photography, for making it impossible for me not to act upon all that I see, for not being able to restrain the urge to record it.

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#1965791 ILP Guidelines - Must Read For New Members

Posted by Eddie on 04 February 2007 - 07:22 AM

UPDATED 9/2012

Thank you for taking time to read up on the:
ILP Guidelines
(also known as "Rules")

  • If you have an issue with an action taken by ILP administration or an ILP moderator, or a decision by one of our paid membership review boards, please direct your complaint to, rather than posting it on the boards. Posting such issues on the boards inevitably leads to drama, and we aim to keep drama to a minimum so that the art and business of children's portrait photography may be discussed with as little distraction as possible.
  • All images and creative prose posted here are copyrighted by their respective talented authors. It is unlawful (and not nice), to copy and use these works without their permission (so please do not copy and paste member content from ILP into another outside forum without prior permission). Please ask an image's author first before adding your image modifications.
  • If you're posting images of children, please obtain permission from the parents to do so.
  • In order to maintain the peace in our forums, please do not attempt to use the forums to settle disputes (tempting as it may be), whether personal or professional in nature. Airing such conflicts in the forums sacrifices the peaceful atmosphere that we've come to expect here at ILP. Please do not "confront" members via posting on the forums... try email or PM first.
  • Part of ILP's appeal is that members here are kind to each other. In your posts, please try not to be mean to individual photographers, or to groups of photographers, organizations, etc. It only leads to friction and then regret later on. ILP shall have a low threshold for any such unkindness. Please Note: Any post that is viewed to be baiting or inciting or unkind, will be removed without notice. If suddenly your post has disappeared, it may be because you worded things a bit too harshly. Do not publish emails or email addresses that were privately sent to you - this is only good internet etiquette, not just an ILP rule.
  • Remember: Forums in the "open" category are accessible by anyone who registers, including potential portrait clients. So please do not discuss matters relating to marketing, pricing, labs, trade secrets, customer relations, or other such sensitive matters. Those topics should be discussed in the paid forums only, which are hidden to regular members. Also, please think twice about spilling your private guts in the forums... consider whether you want to give that much info to all.
  • Choose a forum wisely when you post. Do not post your question/image in more than one forum - it may be deleted. Also, we do not allow a member to quickly mass-post less-than-meaningful replies to random threads in order to satisfy a minimum post count to access certain forums. Please amass posts in a proper manner, thanks. ^_^
  • Special "Meetups" rule: You may post about getting together around a workshop being offered by someone, but please do not post their ads for them. Simply use your own words to discuss the workshop meetup and avoid sounding like a promotion for that workshop. Over-promoting posts will be deleted.
  • We no longer allow "vote in my blog contest" requests in threads or in sig lines. Reasoning: they're seldom educational photography-wise, and are wasteful of forum resources. These types of threads will be quietly deleted without notice. Similarly, please do not use the forums to cull votes to win online photo contests, or post "fan me", "friend me", or other such demands related to social network sites.
  • If you run into info that doesn't seem right, seek a second opinion. Although photogs here try to post valid info, sometimes they speak from personal experience, which may not be relevant to you.
  • We cannot allow any posts intended to collect money from members FOR ANY REASON. Please do not put ILP on the spot by posting a fundraiser for a heart-tugging cause, as it creates an awkward situation. In addition, such posts put ILPers on the spot to donate. Remember, ILP is a photography forum -- fundraisers should be conducted at your own website or other venue. Posts with links that serve to gain the poster money or credits or prizes, etc., are not allowed.
  • We do not allow posts which serve to round up members in order to create a group at another forum (a new venture, flicker, etc.). Not only is it not in ILP's best interest, but it's just not good forum manners. ^_^
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  • Using members to market-test your product -- vendor market research (for example, asking members to test your new actions, or polling members for workshop preferences, etc.) -- is not allowed, since it is a form of advertising. Please do not post Facebook or Twitter links if they market products/services to photographers.
  • ILP is dedicated to child portrait photography not politics or religion, so in order to keep the peace please refrain from discussing political/religion issues, and from including such in your signatures. As administrator at ILP, I would like to state a strong preference: Please do not post (image or discussions) about the following topics, as they are not a good fit with the atmosphere at ILP: guns (in any context), hunted animals, kids with drugs, or any topic you consider highly sensitive that would eventually lead to drama on the forums. If you have a request for a disallowed topic, please let me know and I'll consider it.
  • It is preferred that you avoid choosing a mommy or daddy-related user name, since it would help the professional atmosphere at ILP to use a more straight forward user name such as your first name and last initial, or your photography business name, etc.
  • Specific Rules for Signatures:
  • All members of ILP (except for paid vendors): You may not have in your sig any advertising text or links to any company that is not your portrait biz. You may have a link to your own portrait related website or blog - the one your portrait clients go to. Extra non-linked text about your portrait website or blog is okay. Links to blogs or websites that collect money for any reason, including charitable causes, are not permitted. If your Facebook or Twitter link markets directly to photographers, it is not allowed in your signature.
  • You may not have photographic images in your signature, since they distract too much from photo discussion. If you need to show an image, place it in your avatar or profile. Non-photographic illustrations in the signature may not be larger than 70x140 pixels.
  • Animation is not permitted in signatures, since animation may distract from photo discussion.
  • Do not use extra large (larger than size "4") or lots of bold red text in your signatures. When your signature is too noticeable, it distracts from the photo discussion. If you see that your signature has been reduced in size or turned to normal black text, please consider it a gentle reminder that your sig was previously too loud.
  • Paid ILP TradeShow Vendors: You may place in your sig your vendor website link within a maximum of 3 lines of normal sized text, no more than 45 words in length; no exclamation marks (!) or special character strings allowed (for example, *****, or ###, are not allowed). Inappropriate sig text/links will be removed quietly. TradeShow members may also include a banner image in their signatures sized to no larger than 70x190 pixels. Please note: In your signature, you may only advertise the company linked to your TradeShow banner ad; in other words, you may not advertise more than one company.

    Please report any violations of the above guidelines by clicking on the "report this post" button located within the thread in question. Contact us to suggest any new guideline that you think would benefit the successful running of the ILP forums. Thank you. Ü

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#5317572 "Why Do You Love Photography?" Contest & Prizes!

Posted by kristinarocks on 08 February 2012 - 11:09 PM

I love photography. But I kind of hate photography too.

I love the shwack of the shutter opening and the mirror popping up on my SLR. I love the gratifying click when you twist on a new lens. I love how everything seems just a little more magical when it’s compressed into a lovely little viewfinder. I love the instant gratification of digital photography.

I hate the instant gratification of digital photography. I miss those tiny black closets, blindly rolling film into canisters. I miss the smell of the chemicals in the dark room and the tick tick tick of the enlargers focusing, their lights clacking on and off. I miss the anticipation, watching the image appear like fairy tale magic.

I love the ability to capture one single moment in time, to completely freeze it for forever. That moment will never happen again, but because I caught it, it becomes eternal. It’s mine.

I hate the hundreds of thousands of moments I fail to capture. I feel them flutter away from me—I get frustrated that I am too slow, or too preoccupied to notice. I hate that they could have been mine, if only I was paying more attention.

I love photography because it fills up my heart. But it kind of breaks my heart too. It makes me want to bust a move. Or sometimes bust my camera.

I love photography because it is mine mine mine. And even though it is yours too, it doesn’t make it any less mine.

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#5354187 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by Shapshots on 19 March 2012 - 07:39 PM

For the past 3 years my oldest son's BFF has been the sweet girl down the street. Their friendship has been uncomplicated by the whole boy/girl thing but i know that it's possible that someday a look might be shared, a smile could become more meaningful, and what was once so innocent might turn into their first case of puppy love. While taking this picture of them last night among the spectacular show of blooming trees i caught this image and can't help but wonder how much longer this age of innocence is going to last...

ISO 400, f 3.2, 1/250

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#5354531 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by emilymegan on 20 March 2012 - 09:09 AM

This is my little boy, Logan (who has Asperger's Syndrome). A little back story to this photo - we lost my husband (Logan's Dad) last year. We have received countless signs that he is still with us.....but I just happened to have the camera handy for this one.

Logan was lying on his back watching the clouds and exclaimed "Mom - it's so peaceful !!" And, when I looked up......the heart in the clouds was up over our heads. It was amazing. And, it did bring peace <3

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#5317974 "Why Do You Love Photography?" Contest & Prizes!

Posted by AQMockingbird on 09 February 2012 - 02:18 PM

I love photography because it gives me endless excuses to avoid having sex with my husband. Sorry honey, not tonight, editing deadline. Sorry honey, not tonight, designing an album. Sorry honey, not tonight, culling. Sorry honey, not tonight, my inbox is jam packed. Photography is awesome.
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#5400203 Things I never knew about ILP! - Join in and share!

Posted by Shannon Stroubakis on 05 June 2012 - 10:52 AM

Not all Advanced and Pro members (or former members) are in business. Many are just like you, hobbyists or ex pros who chose to do other full time work, and haven gotten good - really ridiculously good - just by shooting their own kids, PBing, and practicing. Just because you are looking to shoot like a pro doesn't mean you have to feel pressure to be in business, or justify to anyone else why you want to shoot like a pro and improve! So keep at it, and keep shooting and asking for CC. You can reach Pro status too by soaking in all that ILP has to offer.
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#5354527 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by Iliana on 20 March 2012 - 09:02 AM

"While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about" Angela Schwindt

I love observing my children's sweet innocence, how they are helpful and caring towards others, not because they want something in return but just because it's in their nature. This photo is of my 2 boys, my oldest DS is so attentive to my littlest, always making sure he is safe and happy and I just love the look of 100% trust on my little one's face. Pure innocence :heart:

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#4391355 FREE Desktop Business Management Software

Posted by StudioCloud on 13 January 2010 - 11:39 PM

We wanted to share this announcement with all I Love Photography members. We hope you enjoy your free software!

StudioCloud International Inc., a leading provider of small business management software, is excited to announce the release of StudioCloud 3.0. This software, which is valued at over $700 is now free. Version 3.0 is desktop software that includes client management, scheduling, invoicing, bookkeeping, reporting, project management, marketing tools, and much more.

Please visit to download your free software!

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#5367851 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by Amber A on 10 April 2012 - 12:48 PM

Oh my word. I just went through all 14 pages and WOW, there are really incredible images submitted here!! Geesh! I'm very happy I'm not the one deciding the winner!

My littlest. She is the sweetest, gentlest soul. Shot w/my 50 1.4, ss 1/640
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#5400186 Things I never knew about ILP! - Join in and share!

Posted by Romana on 05 June 2012 - 10:05 AM

As I get deeper into this amazing forum, I realize there is so much I don't know about it. I have been here a whole 9 months. Gee!

Did you know that:
Many of the great natural light photographers started out here and still drop in from time to time.
Meg Bitton, Andrea Joki, Melody Hood, WildSpirit... are all members/ex members.
There are some long time members who hang out in particular sub forums - watch out for Alisdair (Cotswolds Chap), Rastarican, DSR just dropping in now and then in website/Photoshop/Lightroom.
Many of the posters here are Pro/PROFA who don't need to be on the paid side any more - if someone posts with 4000 or more posts on their avatar, highly likely that their comment would cost you $1000 on a workshop.
People here like Thanks for their CC. Be grateful.
The Tutorials section contains some AMAZING hints from pros who share freely
ILP members like their CC honest, even if it is scary. Some of us are very direct. No-one is nasty deliberately - though some of us type too fast in our attempts to be helpful
Anything else that we should all know? Anyone have some history to share.
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#5320165 "Why Do You Love Photography?" Contest & Prizes!

Posted by deleted-member12 on 12 February 2012 - 09:57 PM

Why Do I Love Photography?

I love photography for deeply personal reasons. In 1990 I had my first baby girl Alyssa. She was beautiful and perfect. I got pregnant easily, I had an easy pregnancy, easy labor and delivery and the easiest baby. Between 1990 and 2006 when my sweet Olivia was born I went through one divorce, one marriage, one round of testicular cancer with my husband, one emergency back surgery, one very frightening experience where Alyssa almost died, 17 failed IUI's, 2 failed IVF's, 5 first trimester hurtful miscarriages, 2 second trimester heart wrenching miscarriages, 3 infertility clinics and more drugs than I can enumerate.

Like most women I got into photography so that I could capture my children. Unlike most women the journey to motherhood has been fraught with pain and heartache so when we finally found a treatment that worked to help me not only get pregnant but also stay pregnant, I couldn't not capture every single moment in the lives of my children.

Why do I love photography?

I love photography because I never want to forget a single precious moment in the lives of my babies.

I love photography because I want to remember the emotions I felt at any given moment in time.

I love photography because in world where life moves too quickly and children grow too fast, I can freeze time.

I love photography because the pain of the past is forgotten as I capture the joyous moments of today.

I love photography because it is my soul. It is the air I breath and water I drink. It is my release and my passion and without it I would feel incomplete.

My miracle babies:

Alyssa who is perfection in every way. She is as beautiful on the inside and she is on the outside and my heart swells with joy and pride knowing I have been blessed to have this amazing creature in my life:

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With her fiance' and my soon to be son in law:

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Olivia who has a personality larger than life and she should. She makes me smile and can drive me to insanity. She was long awaited (12 years and five miscarriages) and worth the wait:

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Isabella. She is quiet and contemplative. She is introverted and soulful. She came to me after two more miscarriages:
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And finally my caboose. I was 42 when I got pregnant with him. He is a wonderful mixture of all of them. He is a little love. So sweet and funny. He is a charmer and is so loved by his sisters:

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Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my story Eddie.

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#5506856 Get Organized - FREE Photo Studio Worksheets | EW Couture

Posted by elena wilken on 29 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

The EW Couture Get Organized Studio Worksheets bundle contains the following materials:
1 • a 12x18 Workflow Studio Customizable Dry Erase Board (the board is designed to fit Miller Lab's product specs) in .psd format
2 • a monthly calendar - interactive pdf format
3 • a blog post worksheet - interactive pdf format
4 • a client worksheet - interactive pdf format
5 • a weekly calendar - interactive pdf format

Download them here, on the blog.

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#5354786 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by jeanpro on 20 March 2012 - 03:18 PM

Oh how I long to be a kid again on those summer days...

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#5354722 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by lauramo on 20 March 2012 - 01:56 PM

I have always loved this picture of my son. He loved those green froggy boots. He wore them all the time until they tore and were no longer waterproof at all.

He looks so small to me here. Just standing on a hill all alone with his balloon. Tiny and innocent. It's him and the balloon against the world.

I love that little bubba. :wub:

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#5354298 ILP Photo Contest! Theme: Innocence

Posted by Leah Jent on 19 March 2012 - 09:30 PM

My youngest boy taking a bath in our kitchen sink. I just love everything about his little body and his baby hair and his fingers gripping the sink.

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Nikon D700 + 50 1.4G
ISO 400, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/1000
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#5494154 Your ONE favorite photo from 2012....

Posted by RMSteck on 01 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

I have shared this one before but it is my favorite from 2012. I am honored it is up for a National Geo award and was on the front page of The Atlantic a few weeks ago.
It was our last day at a remote lodge in Alaska after about three weeks in various areas up there. The first two weeks were such a disappointment mostly due to the lead Photographer but the last week that which we spent in Lake Clark National park was magical. A mama and her triplet cubs, which is unusual for brown bears, had just moved into the area the day we arrived. We had the pleasure of spending an amazing 30 minutes to an hour with her each day. Such a short time because we wanted her to be able to focus on the cubs and give her space. The last day just before a nasty wind and rain storm moved in she suddenly sat up and began nursing her cubs. We happened to be in the perfect position and the sun peaked out from behind the clouds for perfect lighting. I was shaking too bad to hand hold my beast or press the shutter due to pain I was having but I was able to set up my tripod and pop in my remote so that I didn't have to worry about camera shake. I also kept a really high SS just in case and the nice lighting allowed it.

Here is what I came away with. ^_^

1Ds mark iii, 400mm 2.8L, Manfrotto Tripod, ISO 400, SS 1000, f/5
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#5319704 "Why Do You Love Photography?" Contest & Prizes!

Posted by Helen Savage on 12 February 2012 - 05:25 AM

I love photography because...

Long after he is gone, and long after my memories become fuzzy with time, and my mind blanks out parts of the whole experience to protect my sanity...

I can look at one photo and can still remember his beautiful little face like it was yesterday. RIP my sweet baby boy. 7 years old this week.

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#2990115 ILP Guidelines - Must Read For New Members

Posted by Eddie on 19 February 2008 - 02:40 PM

Differences between the various member groups: (Updated 9/2012)

Open members: Free
The open forums area, which includes Open House, Showcase and more, are free and accessible by anyone who registers as a member of ILP. Because it is accessible to all, we do not allow business/client related discussions or supplier-related discussions to take place. Members are advised to read carefully the ILP Guidelines soon after registering. Welcome!

ILP Enthusiast: Enthusiast membership was designed to allow those photographers who are serious about improving their photography to share and learn with others of like mind. Forums included on the Enthusiast side include: "Basics and Beyond" (image sharing and discussion), Constructive Critique (honest image critique), Enthusiast Tutorials, Portfolio Building (discuss conducting PB sessions/methods), Lessons & Assignments, ILP Local Meet-ups, Pixels & Chips (any tech related discussion), Photo Equipment Discussion, ILP Advanced Readiness, etc. Note that in depth critique is not available on the free side, so Enthusiast membership allows members to receive constructive critique from others with more experience and more skills. No application necessary to join. ILP Enthusiast membership may be purchased here: Purchase ILP Enthusiast

ILP Advanced: $30/6month, $50/1yr. ILP Advanced allows access to a special forum that ILP members requested in order to allow discussion of advanced photo topics in a private setting. Both amateurs and pro-bound members are welcome. Accessible by application only, you must have a grasp of photographic basics and be producing consistently good images as evidenced on your website or blog, Flickr set, etc. Apply here.

ILP Pro Forums: $50 fee on approval, no charge thereafter.
Discuss all aspects of professional photography in a moderately secure environment. It's more difficult to get approved for access to ILP Pro compared to Advanced. Members approved for ILP Pro must show not only excellent photographic technique, but also just as important, he/she must demonstrate a "voice", a certain level of deliberateness and consistency in the way they approach and execute their photography. Application availability posted on front page of ILP.

ILP Gold (badge), by invitation only.
For ILP members who currently produce exceptional work on a consistent basis, AND who have shown long time contributions and helpfulness to the ILP community over the years. No special forum is allocated.
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