The hidden costs of running a photography businesses (and why you should take them seriously)

By |October 17th, 2022|Photography, Tips, Tips for Creatives, wedding, Wedding Planning|

When people choose to become photographers, it’s for the love of it: sharing moments of pure joy at weddings, births, and family sessions. Being the person behind the camera is much more than the art of capturing these moments, though, and it’s important, especially if you’re just starting your photography business, to zoom out and take inventory of the hidden costs of running a photography business.

Consider this when you’re creating your own wedding timeline

By |October 5th, 2022|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

While your photographer will be happy to help you create a timeline of the day based on photos, it’s really up to you or (preferably) your wedding coordinator to create a full-fledged timeline. The day-of timeline is an easily overlooked, but essential piece that ensures your day runs smoothly. In case you don’t have a wedding coordinator, here are a few tips what to do if you’re creating your own wedding timeline.

Planning a summer portrait session or wedding in Lake Tahoe? You’ll want to read this.

By |June 20th, 2022|Portrait, Tahoe, Tips|

Are you planning on visiting Lake Tahoe this summer? Interested in a family portrait session or planning your wedding? Trip insurance is now necessary because you do not get a refund because the sky is smoky, the town is on fire, or because you contracted covid. Hard truths y'all that you need to take into consideration. Read this before you book your Lake Tahoe portrait photographer.

A relaxed wedding day is possible. Here’s how to have one.

By |March 21st, 2022|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

At this point in my career as a photographer, I’ve photographed just about every style of weddings there is: elopements, micro weddings, 300+ guest weddings, private weddings, and spontaneous weddings. Whether you have zero or 200 guests at your wedding, it’s possible to have a relaxed day. Don’t @ me—I’m totally serious. In my experience, there are a few common threads to the most relaxed wedding days. It’s possible for your day to flow smoothly if you follow these three tips.

What’s an intention anyway? And how to set one for your business in this new year

By |December 27th, 2021|Commercial Photography, Tips for Creatives|

It’s that time of year again when we feel the urge to make a New Year’s resolution. Whether it’s for personal or business growth, we should take time to think about how we decide on these goals. According to Forbes, only 20% of resolutions actually make it past February. What makes a resolution more successful than another? For starters, being realistic. As a goal oriented person that's always interested in my own growth, both personally and professionally, I'm here with some tips and suggestions for how to set intentions for your business in the new year.

Five steps to a picture perfect proposal

By |August 2nd, 2021|Proposal, Tips, Wedding Planning|

This one’s for the partners who have decided to hire a photographer for the proposal. Seriously, you’re going to want to read this. If you’re going to go through the trouble of hiring a photographer for the proposal, you need to put some effort into planning it—no worries, though, I’ve got your back! Here’s how to plan a picture perfect proposal in five, easy steps.

Summer wedding treats and favors that steal the show

By |July 5th, 2021|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Having a memorable wedding isn’t just about the open bar and the ridiculous dance moves your uncle pulled out on the dance floor. It’s about the intentional, small details that make it uniquely yours. Some couples choose to bring touches of home to their day or to include their fur babies, and some (those of us with a sweet tooth), like to go all out on treats for our guests. Here are this summer’s steal-the-show wedding treats and favors!

Why you should stop using stock photos to promote your business

By |June 21st, 2021|Commercial Photography, Tips, Tips for Creatives|

Custom brand photos are an opportunity for a professional photographer to capture your business and its offerings in all of its unique ways. Stock photos aren’t personal to your business: they don’t accurately reflect what your business has to offer, simply because they weren’t created for your business or with your business in mind. Oftentimes these photos are dated, staged/posed, and don’t capture the audience you’re looking for. Not to mention, it can be time-consuming to sift through millions of photos. More reasons why you should stop using stock photos and how to elevate your brand with custom imagery here!

How branded photos boost your social media presence

By |May 24th, 2021|Commercial Photography, Tips, Tips for Creatives|

By now you’ve hopefully booked your branded photo session with me (and if not, get on that). We’ll spend our session thoughtfully capturing photos of the best features of your business—the people and products that make your business unique. We’ve already discussed what your business goals are and how your branded photo collection can help you achieve them. You're ready to boost your social media presence, but now what?

How to run your photography business like a pro, even without an MBA

By |April 12th, 2021|Commercial Photography, Education, Tips, Tips for Creatives|

Burnout in photography is real.  It's hard to create boundaries when your office is in your living room. While I know a few business-savvy photographers with killer experience and sales tactics, the majority of photographers I've befriended or met over the years consider themselves creatives, through-and through. The end result: a ton of small business owners barely keeping their businesses about water. I’m going to cover how you can start selling smarter, not harder, so that you can truly enjoy running your photography business—not running your sanity into the ground.

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