Editing – Kirstie Marie Photography Mentorship

December Q&A

12 ST Dec, 2017

Do you have tips for shooting when it’s super cloudy and gloomy? I struggle because my style looks way better with sun! You don’t *have* to shoot in this light. I know several photographers who reschedule on cloudy/overcast days because their brand and images are very sunny. If you choose to shoot in this light, […]

April 2017 Q&A

04 ST Apr, 2017

How do you deal with sun dapples when you are shooting in open shade under a tree?  Perhaps I am positioning myself wrong, but it always seems that I’ll get a great shot and there will be a sun spot on the horse or owner! When possible, I try to avoid shooting at high noon. […]

September 2016 Q&A

09 ST Sep, 2016

I have a entry-level kit camera and lens. Which should I upgrade first, the lens or the camera body?  Upgrade the lens first. High quality glass will make a huge improvement in your images! Lensesare a longer term investment because the technology isn’t constantly changing. And then, when you are ready, you can upgrade your camera […]


03 ST Mar, 2016

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March 2016 Q & A

03 ST Mar, 2016

What are some tips for a “clean” edit? To keep your edit clean, I recommend learning Lightroom sliders and not using presets. Many presets make the photo ‘muddy’ and if you don’t know how the sliders manipulate the image, you might not be able to correct what the preset is doing. When I edit, I always watch […]

One on One Photography Mentorship Session with Quincy Warner

02 ST Feb, 2016

In December, I met Quincy Warner at Pumpkin Ridge Equestrian Center in North Plains, Oregon to begin our one-on-one photography mentorship session with our gorgeous models Maddie Fiorante and Hot Time to Zip. Maddie & “Hector” train under the guidance of McCulloch Training Stables and were gracious (and patient) enough to be our models for […]

Black Backgrounds

11 ST Nov, 2015

At many of my equine shoots, I start our session in the barn aisles for black background shots. This allows me to start a relationship with my horse in the comfort of their ‘home.’ For the most part, this is the place where the horse will be the most relaxed the entire shoot – next to […]

10 Questions with Kirstie Marie Photography

11 ST Nov, 2015

       1. What settings do you shoot with? Settings depend on the situation! For conversation sake, let’s pretend I am shooting a girl and her horse during the golden hour of sunset.  For a girl with her horse, I feel comfortable with a f/2.0-2.8 aperture. I don’t like to go over ISO 500, but I absolutely will […]

iPhone vs Digital vs Film

08 ST Aug, 2015

one of the most common questions I am asked is “what is the difference between film and digital?” I have tried to answer this question before but I simply want you to see for yourself. I am not saying that any format is superior to another (I shoot with iPhones, digital and film cameras at […]

20 Questions with Kirstie Marie Photography

08 ST Aug, 2015

1. Where do you call home? I grew up just south of Portland, Oregon, so a part of me will always consider that “home”. But let’s face it… I belong in Texas. Right now I call Carrollton, Texas home with my husband and two crazy dogs. 2. How did you find your niche in photography? Finding […]