You've probably already heard (we've been shouting it from the rooftops), but our new book The Design Aglow Posing Guide To Family Portrait Photography drops on August 27th. Today you'll have an hour-long opportunity to ask the 1st of 5 of our contributors anything about posing, business, or even the technical side of photography. Joining the chats couldn't be simpler: just log on to the Design Aglow Facebook page between noon and 1 pm EST, where we'll set up a dedicated post for your questions and our experts' answers. All the fun will be moderated by us, to keep things on topic.Want to know more about today's featured photographer? Lena Hyde, of Lena Hyde Photography and Design Aglow: For the last 15 years, Lena Hyde has been transforming the way her clients view photography through her stunning philosophy of life as art, and by fine art photography for her discerning Palm Beach clientele. With advanced degrees in photography and art history, Lena is highly capable in both the technical and aesthetic possibilities of her craft. Also frequently published and internationally exhibited, Lena speaks as a respected expert in the field of contemporary childhood photography. Her studio and offices are headquartered in West Palm Beach, at Muses & Visionaries, an innovative co-working space for women she cofounded in 2010. Lena is the creator of both Design Aglow, the leading design and business success resource for portrait and wedding photography studios since 2006, and of Project Life 365, an inspiring online global community of artists. Lena has authored two photography books, for portrait and wedding photographers, to be released to an international audience of professional photographers by Random House in 2013. Lena's photography and businesses have been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Click! Magazine, Maeve Magazine (Australia), Palm Beach Illustrated, the Palm Beach Post, the Sun Sentinel, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Country Life Magazine (UK), The San Francisco Chronicle, Palm Beach Young Society Magazine, City & Shore Magazine, and Whole Living Magazine. In her free time, Lena enjoys traveling with her husband and two young boys.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.