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Are you ready to improve your photos?

Tired to spending hours trying to figure out everything there is to know about photography?

You have come to the right place.

At Click it Up a Notch you will learn to improve your photos one click at a time. Whether you are looking to buy a DSLR, got it today or have been shooting for years you will find something for you here. We have over 3 years worth of tutorials covering manual mode, lighting, composition and editing.

Not sure where to start? Check out the New Here page with over 100 photography tutorials.

Wondering why an umbrella girl is my logo? Check out that humbling story – Nobody’s Perfect.

Ready for a 30 day photography challenge?
Check out our challenge, The Unexpected Everyday. Stop feeling overwhelmed and learning manual mode one day at a time. Improve your photography and document your kids each day.

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Courtney – Owner/Creator

I’m married to an amazing man in the Air Force and have three spunky little girls. My degree is in teaching and enjoyed being in the classroom prior to becoming a SAHM. After my husband accidentally dropped and broke our camera minutes before our 2nd daughter was born, I used his guilt and got my first DSLR. I have become obsessed with photography and learning all I can about it. Even after 3 years, I continue to learn something new each day.

I want to share what I have learned with you! Like so many of you, I wanted better images of my kids and I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I combined my love of teaching and passion for photography to create Click it Up a Notch in September 2010.

I want to help you learn to improve your photos one click at a time. Do you have a question? Check out our FAQ page. You can reach me at clickitupanotch@gmail.com.

I am so lucky to have an extremely talented and kind group of photographers join our team as contributors. I am inspired by these women everyday!

Allison Jacobs

Allison Jacobs Click it Up a Notch ContributorI am a natural light photographer dedicated to shooting my everyday life as it unfolds here in Southern California. I love seeing my life through the lens of my camera while photographing the people and moments that I don’t want to forget in my life. I’ve had a love for photography for as long as I can remember and I obsessively learn everything I can about it. I shoot Canon, drink coffee, and love my Lensbaby Spark. I am a food lover, runner, and reader but not always in that order.

My Camera bag: Canon 5d Mark II | 50 1.4 | 85 1.2 | 100 2.8 | Lensbaby Spark | 580EX ii
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Jen Bacher

Jen Bacher Click it Up a Notch ContributorI am a photographer from Salt Lake City, UT. I enjoy shooting food, travel, lifestyle, and weddings. I have been in and out of the photography business since 2005, juggling the demands of motherhood (four kiddos) with my love of photography. I feel it is a true gift to be able to express who I am and my everyday through my lens. I find much joy in learning and improving, and in helping others grow. I also find joy in childhood laughter, a good sweaty workout, baby chub, shopping alone, the mountains in my backyard, sauteed mushrooms, dark chocolate, and naps in the afternoon…and dear to my heart are genuine friendships, unconditional love, and true believers! Looking forward to sharing my knowledge and learning from all of you this year!
My Camera bag: Nikon D700 | Nikon 85mm f/1.4G | Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G | Nikon 35mm f/2D
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Melissa Noste

Melissa Noste Click it Up a Notch ContributorI’m a stay at home Mom to one beautiful little girl and a wife to the most amazing man. Photography has been a love of mine since an early age when I was dubbed the ‘girl with camera.’ I started out with little disposable cameras and then my Dads SLR before getting my first DSLR. I’ve spent the last four years learning anything and everything that has to do with my DSLR. Most of my photography is documenting my life with my little family, which I achieve through personal photography challenges and my 365 projects. Aside from photography and family, I love my iPad, molasses cookies and watching reruns of Friends, The Office and How I Met Your Mother.
My Camera Bag: Nikon D700 | 50mm f/1.4G | 85mm f/1.8G | Lensbaby Spark
Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Read Melissa’s posts

Kelly Garvey

kelly garvey click it up a notch contributorI am a natural light, lifestyle photographer from Houston, TX. I enjoy shooting emotion & interaction whether it be while shooting a session or documenting my family. I was born & raised in houston & only escaped for a short time when I went off to college :) I live in the burbs with my husband, two sons & two dogs….all boys! I had an interest in photography at a young age while working in the fashion industry, but it was undeniable after my oldest son was born & I desperately wanted a way to document his life. My dad gave me my first camera (along with a ton of moral support), I joined Clickin’ Moms, immersed myself in classes & never looked back! I love oatmeal, hazelnut coffee from the Keurig, taking family naps, game night & playing soccer. one of the things I love about photography is that you can never stop learning & growing…that’s part of the reason I am excited to be here on Click it Up a Notch learning & growing with all of you.
My Camera Bag: D3S | D700 | 35 1.4G | 50mm 1.4G | 85mm 1.4G | 24-70mm 2.8 | 70-200mm 2.8 | 105mm 2.8 | 16mm 2.8 | Tamron 90mm 2.8
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Clickin’ Moms | Read Kelly’s posts

Image credit: Jodi Arego

Laurie Flickinger

Laurie Flickinger Click it Up a Notch ContributorI am a wife, a mother of 3, and a natural light hobbyist photographer. Photography is my passion, my outlet, and my sanity. My love of photography started like most MWACs, when my 1st child was born. I shoot with a Nikon D700 and a handful of prime lenses. When not learning all I can about photography, I enjoy reading, decorating my home, lake time, mindless television, and laughing with the girls.
My Camera Bag: Nikon D700 | 50mm 1.4D | 85mm 1.8D | 105mm 2.8G
Website | Pinterest | Read Laurie’s posts
Photo credit: Amanda Norton

Liz Behm

Liz-BehmI’m a happy hobbyist, homeschooling mama to four and proud Air Force wife. We’re currently stationed in the Deep South! I love documenting our daily life and am in my fifth year of a Project 365. I love drinking my coffee before having to reheat it 14 times, hazy backlit afternoons and naptime!

My Camera bag:
Canon 5d Mark iii | 35 1.4 | 50 1.4 | 85 1.8 | 100 2.8 | 24-70L | Lensbaby Muse

Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Brennan Lanter

Brennan LanterI am a natural light photographer based in Chesapeake, VA. I spend my days with my 3 “littles” searching for the mundane moments I can make extraordinary through my lenses. I enjoy editing my photos in Lightroom just as much as I love shooting them! On a personal note– I love coffee, reading non-fiction and Justin Timberlake on SNL.

My Camera bag:
Nikon D700 | 50 1.8 | 85 1.8 | Macro Filters

Website | Facebook | Pinterest

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