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creyes8519
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Well, I looked at your photos… I think you have some really excellent shots.  Don’t edit so much where you lose detail.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473720682653174&set=a.473720599319849.112183.130612303630682&type=3&theater

^^ Example of a cute shot where the editing did not do it justice.

Also, learn to be a little picky when choosing your shots to post on FB or your website.  For example

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488416914516884&set=a.488416854516890.116023.130612303630682&type=3&theater

vs.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488416987850210&set=a.488416854516890.116023.130612303630682&type=3&theater

First shot is cute, nice composition, nice catch-lights in the eyes, WB is OK (again, not digging the editing).  Second shot, too much color cast on the RS of his face, eyes are dark, hand is cut off… not a TERRIBLE shot but if I took it I would not have added it to my FB.

This one….

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=486325178059391&set=a.486325041392738.115604.130612303630682&type=3&theater

You’re focused on her cap, not her eyes.  I would toss it.

Also you mention your equipment.  I am currently shooting with a Nikon D3100 (I’m not a pro, mind you).  I make it work.  I avoid using a high ISO whenever possible.  The highest I’ll go is ISO 400 and if I must 800.  The D3100 starts getting a little noisy at 400, is bad at 800 and is god-awful at 1600.   Even if you try and correct the noise, it will make you lose detail which sucks.   I notice a lot of your indoor shots have this problem with I can assume is because you have the same problem as me and you need a better camera.   Either that or you are shooting on Auto…. when I use the Auto setting I notice that it seems to use higher ISOs.  Do your research if it is your camera… if you want to do events like birthday parties your are going to need to get the right camera for your business.  Go to Snapsort.com before you buy your new camera and compare and really pick the right one.

I will not tell you how to run your business.  Just because you give your photos to your clients on a CD for them to print on their own does not make you a Fauxtographer.  A fauxtographer, to me, is someone that I would not pay to take pictures of my family.  Your photos are good enough where I would pay.  To me it seems like you are offering affordable prices that are appropriate for your level of skill, experience, and resources.

Overall, good job.  Just keep asking for advice and listen to the more experienced photographers and you should be on the right track.