Conversation

So the workshop you went to was less than stellar; what now?

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It’s happened to many of us and it’s a pretty darn uncomfortable thing to talk about.  You know that feeling you get in the very pit of your stomach after you drop a couple hundred…

What Should Second Shooters get Paid?

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It’s a pretty common question in forums, facebook groups and anyone where wedding photographers seem to unite: what should second shooters get paid? Before you start yelling out “$30 an hour!” or “$50 an hour!”…

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Which Wedding Photography Workshop is the Best?

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  It’s the off-season right now; the time of year when photographers have the time to endeavor upon education and expand their knowledge base.  But when it comes to finding a wedding photography workshop, which…

We are the Same. We are Different.

150 150 Karmen Van Derven

We have cameras. and lenses. and so many opinions. We know what is best for ourselves, and we push all of that on each other. And for me, this has become invaluable and yet burdensome.…

Dear One Night Stand Photographer

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The relationship between photographers and hair and makeup artists has always been… well it has always been much like a long string of bad relationships. A photographer meets a HMUA, the HMUA thinks they are…

Stay Humble Under the Uproar of Praise

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A.K.A. – Shut Up. I know, how rude, right? Doesn’t that kind of contradict what I’m preaching? In a sense, yes… but let me elaborate. First off, what does humble mean? I personally believe that humble…

A Letter to My Past Self: Stop Giving a F*ck

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No, you didn’t read that wrong. Stop it. You’re doing it right now. You’re counting how many likes you got as soon as you posted that photo. You’re estimating how much time it’ll take to…

The Photo Sanctuary Vision Quest

5472 3648 Karmen Van Derven

A vision quest is what I needed. Something to shock me into my own existence. Something to awaken my own journey, and give me energy to press on. So I set up some models, shoots, pulled…

Connection

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I start off by asking Hannah to tell me about the first time she felt like she was falling in love. Sweetly enough, she immediately smiles, covers her face, and says “Oh, god! I’m going…

You Are Documenting a Beautiful Journey

5472 3648 Karmen Van Derven

You have something in you, and it wants to get out. You see stories and light and love and beauty and it resonates with you SO HARD that you try to capture it and make…