Posts by Brooke McNeely Galligan

Brooke McNeely Galligan has been a professional photographer for over 15 years. She started photographing for a local newspaper when she was a senior in high school in the Washington, DC area. Her career has taken her to West Virginia for college, back to the DC area for some internships and finally to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she was a full-time photojournalist. In 2009 she started a freelance photography business and now photographs weddings all across the United States, as well as commercial and portrait jobs. In 2011 she went back to graduate school to get a master's degree in documentary film. While in school she gets to teach undergraduate journalism students about photography and video editing. Basically, she stays busy. You can contact her through her website: http://brookemcneelystudio.com/

Photography Friday: 5 Tips for Photographing Food

Plate of PastaFood photography seems easy enough, you put the food in front of you and start taking photos. In reality, photographing food presents some challenges. The wrong angle, light and exposure can all take a delicious meal and make it look dull. Here are a few things to think about when photographing food. Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: 5 Tips for Working With Brides

Bride Getting ReadySometimes you get lucky and book a bride who is a former pageant girl and knows exactly what to do in front of the camera. Then there is everyone else. It's normal to feel nervous and awkward when you're not used to being photographed. Here are a few tips to help you work better with any bride. Read more »

Tips for Making a Photography Web Site

Black and White Newborn PhotographYour photography Web site is a freelance photographer’s best friend. Your online portfolio is likely the first thing a potential client sees, so you want to make sure it represents you well. Here are a few tips to make sure your photography Web site is everything you need and want it to be. Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: 5 Tips for Setting Prices

Wedding PhotographyOne of the hardest things for a photographer to do is figure out what their time and talent is worth, so setting prices can be very difficult. This post will help you address these issues and explain why giving away your services for free hurts the entire freelance photography business. Read more »

5 Tips for Making a Stellar Print Portfolio

Shadow of Drummer With DrumPhotography portfolios are so important because they give you the chance to show off your talent and make a great first impression. Some photographers have no idea how to start narrowing down the photos they'd like to include in their portfolios. It's hard to know what other people, especially employers, are looking for. Then, you have to decide on the format: print or digital. This week, I'm sharing tips on how to create a stellar print portfolio. Next week, we'll take a look at online versions. Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: Receptions With Difficult Lighting

Wedding Reception PhotographyWedding receptions can be anywhere. For example, some of the more interesting venues I've experienced have been rodeo grounds, a lake in the Rocky Mountains and a tent in a back yard. While receptions like this are all very fun and show the uniqueness of the couple, sometimes they can be very difficult to photograph. Here are four tips for success when handling difficult lighting situations during a reception. Read more »

Tips for Lighting a Wedding Reception

Photographing a Wedding ReceptionWedding receptions are some of the hardest things to shoot because you never know what kind of lighting situation you are going to walk into. Here are a few tips photographers use to spruce up reception photos in dark conditions to make them a little more artistic and interesting. Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: Conquering Backlit Ceremonies

Photographing Backlit CeremoniesWhen photographing an outdoor ceremony that is backlit, sometimes it may be beneficial to have a small speed light flash set up on a remote somewhere to add a little extra light to help fill in the shadows. Here I'll explain what backlighting is and provide you with 3 steps for successful photographs when you encounter such a situation. Find out how to capture perfect wedding photos! Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: Outdoor Ceremonies

Photographing Outdoor Wedding CeremoniesOutdoor weddings can be tricky to photograph when there's very harsh sunlight. Shooting during the height of daylight can cause distinct shadows, which can hide what people want to see most: the couple's eyes. Here are a four things to remember when faced with these situations. Read more »

Lightroom vs. Photoshop

Photoshop vs. LightroomSometimes what you wanted the photo to look like just doesn't happen in the camera. OK, that happens more than sometimes, which is why we edit our photos. Here are some of the differences between two photo editing programs Photoshop and Lightroom. Read more »