AJ Coots

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AJ Coots is a headshot and commercial photographer based in Portland, Oregon. (www.ajc-photography.com)
In addition to being a regular contributor to SLR Lounge, AJ has been seen on CreativeLIVE.com and Kevin Kubota's Photographer's Ignite. When she's not awkwardly composing her bio in the third person, she teaches photography + lighting workshops and speaks publicly (and privately) to emerging photographers about the business of being a creative entrepreneur.





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Book Review | The Art of Bokeh: A Guide to Using Shallow Depths in Landscape Photography by Christopher O’Donnell

When I started dabbling in serious photography with my first SLR (at the tender age of 11) the first genre I learned...

Path to Pro with AJ | The Arrivals Gate: How to know when you can call yourself a ‘Pro’.

How do you know when you can finally call yourself a professional photographer, legitimately and unapologetically?...

Path to Pro with AJ | Saying The ‘F’ Word

Failure, SNAFU, FU-BAR, blowing it, messing up, bombing, dying. f*ck-ing up, fiasco. Failure is the scary monster...

Path to Pro with AJ | Work for ‘Free’ and Still Get Paid.

Many young (and not so young) photographers wanting to break into the photography business offer to do 'free work' in...

Path to Pro with AJ: How Wishes Can Transform Your Photography Business

If your photography business is a ‘squash’ when you’d like it to be a success, then read on. I’m going to...

Turn Photography New Year’s Resolutions into Reality

Well, it’s here, that perennial season of resolutions and good intentions. We’ve made it through the holidays and...

Finding the Path to Pro, Part 2: How to Work for Free

So many young (and not so young) photographers wanting to break into the photography business tell me that while they...

Path to Pro, Part One: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Photography is your love, your passion. And in your heart you know that you want to transition from being an amateur...