We are super excited to share the following tips by ViewBug community member and guest judge Jake Olson. Jake Olson is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and graphic artist from Blair, Nebraska. His belief that everything in the world is beautiful as long as we take the time to look at it allows him to take normal, everyday subjects and transform them into enchanting images focused on breathtaking light and color.

1. Encourage kids to play and be themselves!

2. Don’t be afraid to capture too many exposures. I often shoot at six frames a second if its windy outside or kids are uncooperative. You have a better chance of catching that perfect moment.

3. Shoot only in the Golden Hour to capture warm tones. I only do one shoot a day with clients in the best light possible as the sun is either rising or setting.

4. Blur is important in composition. Even though there may be things behind your subject that you know will be blurred make sure the colors or flow of the bokeh fit into your composition. IF they don’t move the subject.

5. Don’t listen to other photographers regarding your style. The photographers that are first to speak or leave negative feedback aren’t successful so they have time troll. Successful photographers don’t have time to criticize anyone but themselves. They only shoot and process to get better.

Want to learn more? Jake has some amazing video tutorials that are worth checking out!  "The videos are highlights of one on one editing classes I conduct every day with real students. They are unedited and they cover how I transpose my skies and combine exposures, as well as how to achieve warm rich tones in your finished images." - Jake Olson