Cozy Clicks Ultimate Pro Editing Membership January Guest Photographer
This month inside the Cozy Clicks Ultimate PRO Editing Membership, Morgan Burks joins us in an exclusive full Photoshop tutorial creating magic in an image and an easy to follow video with several techniques you can apply on your own photos today! But that’s not all! Included for all members are her dreamy lullaby sky overlay set + MB Brush actions (for CC, CS and Elements)
Morgan is known for her drop dead gorgeous, bold and colorful photos that often time capture couples and their incredible connections. Plus she helps photographers all over the world by creating Photoshop Resources to help them speed up and add magic to their portraits.
Learn a little more about the Cozy Clicks Membership Guest Instructor, Morgan Burks.
How long have you been a photographer and what was the main reason you started?
I got my first camera in 2009 and have been shooting ever since. I started photography because I wanted to take pretty pictures of my kids, and hoped to eventually earn an income with it so that I could bring in money while still staying home to care for them. My love of photography actually started back in high school though, when I borrowed a camera from the School Newspaper team so that a friend and I could take each other’s senior portraits.
What (who) are your favorite types of subjects to shoot and why?
Aside from my own children, who have grown to detest my camera, I love photographing couples and families. I just love love. I enjoy capturing the connection between my subjects and watching how they interact with each other.
Canon vs. Nikon (or other) which one are you? Any specific reason why?
I shoot with Canon. No specific preference as to why other than I walked into Best Buy one day, played around with both camera types, and found the Canon menu easier to navigate. What is your go to lens?I love shooting with my 200mm 2.8 the most, but I also really enjoy switching it up to my 50mm to get closer and chattier with my subjects.
If you could only give 1 piece of advice to a new photographer out there, what would it be?
Be good to yourself. When you start working in a creative field, especially when you have business intentions behind it, self doubt starts to creep in. You might compare yourself others, pick apart your work, or become frustrated with your lack of growth. These feelings are normal, but they don’t have to be accepted as truth. Give yourself some grace as you go. Keep shooting and try to keep the fun and passion involved, because it’s so much more enjoyable to work from a place of positivity than one of self-criticism.
If I gave you $1000 right now (or maybe more) to spend on photography gear, what would you buy?
Oh man, decisions decisions. I’d contemplate putting that toward the Canon 24-70 lens, but I’d probably end up spending it on a Macbook pro. My life goal is to be able to work from my cozy bed! lol
Do you have any secret tips for getting people to loosen up/smile during a shoot?
At my sessions, I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself and be goofy. Being in front of the camera can feel awkward and uncomfortable at times, so I make jokes and keep the mood light and give constant compliments to assure my subjects they look great. As I give my clients poses or prompts to try, I always act them out first so they can see it done and don’t feel like a weirdo doing it first. The best thing I think you can do as a photographer to make your clients loosen up and feel comfortable is to just interact with them and be conversational, not just giving out direction the entire time.
Who is your inspiration?
My husband and my children.
If you could photograph any person (dead or alive) who would that be?
I’d love to do a couples session for my late great grandparents.
Become A Cozy Clicks Member today to learn with Morgan and get instant access to two of her most popular Photoshop Resources! But there’s more you’ll get too- a lot more. Check out all the details on how you can become a member here.
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