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Clinton Blackburn Photography: Specializing in Headshots, Portrait Photography

By Kelly Church

Specializing in portrait photography, Clinton Blackburn Photography was born out of a long flight back to the United States from Ghana in 2009. Blackburn, a student at the time, was returning from a student project and the 12-hour flight was daunting. A classmate lent him Tom Ang's Fundamentals of Photography and during the course of the flight, he read it cover to cover. Blackburn says this was his introduction into the theory of photography and he fell in love. He's been practicing photography in the Cambridge, MA area ever since. 

"I primarily shoot portraits -- anything with people," Blackburn says. "Most of my clients need headshots. I also offer event photography services." 

His portfolio actually features quite a bit of variety. There are a lot of portraits, but he also has a large number of fashion, editorial, events, family, wedding, architectural and product photos. He says that while his focus is on portrait photography, he is always willing to work on other areas and fine tune his craft. He primarily shoots photos in the Boston-Cambridge area. However, he can be hired to work outside the area too, saying he'll work with each client to get them photos. 

He owns his own equipment and has access to rental equipment should a project need it. He offers a standard headshot package that serves most people's needs -- he even has a makeup artist recommendation. The package includes five retouched images and they can be ordered for $25 a piece.

Additionally, if hiring Blackburn for something other than portraits, he requests that a client reach out to him with all of the project details so he can provide an accurate quote. Most importantly, though, he says he wants people to know that hiring a photographer is more than just hiring someone with a lens. 

"[I want to tell the public to] hire professional photographers," Blackburn says. "We aren't just guys with cameras. Anyone can buy a fancy camera and lens. Knowing how and when to use those tools requires practice, training and a dedication to the craft." 

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