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:

Wedding Photography Wednesday: Church Ceremonies

Wedding Photography: Church CeremoniesChurches are amazingly beautiful places to photograph. Some are old some are new, each one is unique. On the other hand, these are the places where you will run into all sorts of rules. As photographers we don't really like rules, but these are the times to take a deep breath and go with the flow. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most fun and creative photos no matter what the rules are. Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: Ceremonies in Low Light

Wedding PhotographyPhotographing anything in low light can be difficult. And throw in a wedding ceremony where you get one shot to get it right. Nerve-racking! Here are a few things to remember if you end up photographing an indoor wedding in difficult light. Read more »

Wedding Photography Wednesday: The Details

Wedding Photography TipsCouples go out of their way to include little things unique to them on their wedding day. That is why it's important to take a few minutes and photograph the little things, the details. Here are a few things to remember when photographing the details, such as the cake, flowers, favors, shoes, napkins, you get the point. Read more »

Photography Friday: 5 Tips for Creative Wedding Portraits

Creative Wedding PortraitsWhen it comes to wedding photography nothing is more important than the portraits. The first kiss photo comes close but portraits are where the photographer is totally in charge. It's always a good idea to come with some interesting ideas for some fun and creative portraits. Here are some tips to help you think of ideas. Read more »

Photography Friday: Amazing Pocket Wizards

Pocket WizardsPocket Wizards are a professional photographer's best friend. They are small, affordable, and allow the photographer to remotely set off flashes from anywhere in the room. Off-camera flash is the one thing professional photographers have that amateurs don't. Having your light source hit your subject from a different angle will make the subject and light look more natural than a light hitting them straight on. Say goodbye to red-eye. Pocket Wizards are the easiest way to learn the hardest thing about photography: lighting. Read more »

4 Tips for Photographing Siblings with Success

Sibling PhotographyI love photographing siblings. I enjoy the way they all play off of each other, and when everyone is in a good mood you can often end up with amazing natural, candid portraits. Of course, if they are in a bad mood-- watch out, because they outnumber you! Here are a few tips to keep young kids entertained while you take beautiful photos. Read more »

Keep it Fun: 3 Tips for Photographing Toddlers

Photographing ToddlersOut of all the young children to photograph, toddlers are the most unpredictable. They can run, play and completely ignore you. Don't get me wrong-- when they are into the photos they can be super adorable, but it can be a challenge to keep them engaged. Toddlers haven't quite learned to sit still and smile at the camera, so you have to get a little creative when trying to get family portraits. Here are a few things you can do to help make a shoot with a toddler run a little smoother. Read more »

4 Key Infant Photography Tips for Great Photos

Infant Photography TipsInfants-- babies between a month to a year old-- are a little easier to photograph in some ways. They can see farther so their eyes are less likely to be crossed when awake, they are more active and can smile when they want to. It's also more difficult to photograph infants because they are more active and are better at expressing all kinds of emotions, particularly when they're annoyed. The best way to get the most of an infant shoot is to make it as fun as possible. Here are a few tips to help achieve that. Read more »

4 Tips for Perfect Newborn Portraits

Newborn PortraitsA newborn photo shoot is any shoot with a baby under one month old. A lot of parents want these but have no idea what to expect. And the truth is-- the photographer doesn't really know what to expect either. The newborn is the one calling the shots when it comes to these photos. Who knew someone so tiny could change a situation so much? Here are a few tips to help capture some special moments with the least amount of stress to the baby and parents. Read more »

Composition is Everything

Portrait CompositionMany of us have already learned the basic composition rules; rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and patterns, depth of field, framing and the final rule is there are no rules. However, here are some things to avoid most of the time for the best possible photographs. Read more »