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...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...