There are a number of options out there for hosting galleries with direct purchase options. Zenfolio and Shootproof spring to mind first. Shootproof is free for up to 100 or so photos and very nominal fees for larger storage. Clients can buy photos directly through the gallery. You have the...
How was this lit? Was it outdoors on an overcast day? In general, you want to get light into someone's eyes in a portrait. Here they are completely in shadow and look a bit like black holes. If this was outdoors, having your subject face open sky or using a reflector can really help.
IF you are looking at Nikon DSLRs, they are all "good" cameras. The right one for you is completely dependent on your budget and where you are on your photographic journey. How will you be using your camera? What will you be shooting? Under what conditions? What would be completely fine for...
I am supposed to be organizing and tagging photo files. Instead, I find myself stopping to reminisce and edit shots that got missed originally. Why yes, I am the queen of procrastination. :wink:
CC is always welcome and very much appreciated!
Have you identified your target market? Do you know what resonates and appeals to them? Do NOT pick a cutesy name. It is the quickest way to end up with a tired, dated name that you detest in a year or two or three.
To me "Swaddled Memories" is strictly a newborn photographer-- you don't swaddle maternity, older kids, or families, right?
I struggled with a name for a long time and in the end chose my own name. My clients hire me for MY eye, MY vision, and MY customer service. In the end, I am selling ME.
Why does your dad expect a response or feedback? It is a business transaction and it is finished. Do you email Amazon customer service to say 'thanks' after you get a delivery? It is nice when a client says 'thanks', but honestly I don't expect it in the slightest.
I have no idea what you consider "cool stuff". What have you been using before? How are you limited by your current program?
I would probably start with Photoshop Elements, unless there is a specific feature that you are looking for that is only found in full blown PS. Elements is a pretty...
Big dittos to the advice already given:
* Check out the mentoring offered here. You can learn A LOT from working online with someone.
* Post images for feedback. You will get an amazing amount of advice for free if you are polite, respectful of people's time, and put in the effort