For Photographers

How To Handle a Rainy Wedding Day

Living and working in Southern California comes with a few perks. Ok - I'm lying - it comes a ton of perks. The main perk obviously being the weather. We are very spoiled when it comes to our beautiful year-round climate and days of endless sunshine. But every once...

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5 Ways To Handle A Challenging Wedding Day

We’ve all been there. You leave a wedding, after a long and exhausting day of shooting, with a pit in your stomach. Maybe it was a high maintenance client, malfunctioning equipment, a very drunk wedding party, challenging vendor dynamics, or weather conditions that...

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How To Handle Being Ghosted

If you've been working in the photography industry for a bit, you've probably experienced the following scenario. You get a seemingly perfect email inquiry, set up a consultation, drive across town to meet with the world's loveliest engaged couple. You have the...

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5 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Photos

Maybe you’ve been photographing professionally for a few years, you’ve honed your style, and you feel super confident behind the camera... but you still feel like there is room to elevate your photos. The next big question is, HOW? I've been there and that's why I...

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What’s In My Newborn Session Kit

Are you curious as to what I bring with me on a newborn session? Turns out [according to a recent Instagram poll] that a ton of you are and I'm happy to share the details of my newborn session kit with you! For my newborn shoots, I focus on in-home sessions which...

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Why I Took Email Off My Phone

There is a lot of advice floating around the wedding industry. While this can be helpful because our community is full of amazingly knowledgeable professionals - it's very easy to get caught up in what your “supposed to do” rather than focusing on what works for...

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How to Prepare Your Business for Baby

Many of my wedding industry friends are expecting their first child in the coming months - making the topic of conversation pretty consistent. Everyone is asking the same question. "HOW will I be able to simultaneously balance becoming a parent and being a business...

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The One Lens I Can’t Live Without

Here's the truth: I'm not a techy photographer. I'm not impressed by mega pixels, and I'm not the first to pre-order the newest camera body. I will always care more about what results I get from my gear than the actual gear itself. I'm a true believer that the best...

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How to be a Great Second Shooter

Over my career, I have worked as a second shooter for well over thirty different photographers. I've also had the pleasure of having many of those same photographers work as a second shooter alongside me at my weddings. If you're not familiar with the term "second...

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Why I Changed Album Companies

If you know me well - you now that I am a creature of habit. If you don't know me at all - now you know something important about me. I don't like change. At all. My motto: If it ain't broke, don't go trying to fix it! Am I right?? Well, most of the time I am, but...

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What To Do During Your “Slow Season”

Every business deals with the ebbs and flows of being busy. As a wedding and lifestyle photographer, winter is typically my slowest time of the year. It's easy to sit back and want to relax during these months, letting business matters slip to the wayside - but...

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5 Ways I Deal With Burnout

I am no stranger to burnout. There, I said it. But honestly, let's get real for a minute. If I'm being 100% transparent, I struggle with burnout several times a year. Fall is particularly challenging (hello busy season) and things can quickly feel like they are...

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Motherhood and Running a Business

I recently read Shonda Rhimes' book, Year Of Yes - which was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c. I could stop this blog post there, a true one-liner because the book was that good. But I won't - because I want to talk about a part of the book that really stuck out to me (and...

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3 Signs You Should Raise Your Prices

When it comes to conversational topics, there is a pretty lengthy list of things that are considered taboo to talk about. Money, politics, and religion all come to mind. Before you click out of this blog post, I want to assure you - I'm not going to get on any...