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10 Tips For Spring Family Portraits For Photographers

  10 Tips for Photographers to Prepare For Spring Family Portraits In my previous post, I highlighted 5 tips for clients on how to get ready for Spring Family Portraits. This post will focus on the photographers’ side and discuss how to be prepared for the Spring Family Portraits season. 1) Gear Readiness Check all your equipment. Get…


3 Essential Pre-Production Steps for Photographers

There are 3 things you can do for every photo session to make it run smoother and more organized. If you follow these tips, you will be more organized and possibly even make more money.


MWAC Is A Four-Letter Word

MWAC Is a Four-Letter Word: {Mom with a Camera} by guest blogger Kara Wahlgren Before you dismiss yourself—or anyone else—as an MWAC (mom with a camera), here’s why you should rethink the label. MWAC (noun): 1. a mom with a camera;  2. new moms with new half-way decent cameras suddenly thinking they are pros and…

Accounting in Photography: Why It’s Important for Your Business

Accounting in Photography: Why It’s Important for Your Business

The Importance of Accounting in Photography Many photographers start their business because are good at photography, and enjoy taking photos in their personal lives.  They have the creative abilities needed to succeed as a professional photographer.  What they often do not have are the “business tools”, especially when it comes to accounting. Photography is fun,…


From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 6. Believe in YOU

Believing in yourself might very well need to be your very first step. If it is, re-read the letter I wrote to myself. If you have the courage to take that first step you will never regret it. For the rest of you who find yourself in the same place I found myself not too…


From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 5. Build Your “Storefront”

It’s your business, it’s your storefront and it’s you. Building your identity for the web and in print is so important and it must be done well. It’s a non-negotiable. I thought today I’d share with you all the things I’ve done wrong so that you don’t have to do them, too. When I first…


From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 4. Building Your Portfolio

Ahhhh … building your portfolio. It doesn’t have to be difficult, you know? You’ve just got to know how to walk the line. Do not be arrogant. Do not be a pushover. There’s the fine line. A fine line that can also be confusing. When to say yes, when to say no??? Here’s my best…


From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 3. The Business Stuff

The (terribly boring, bound to make you second guess running your own business) business stuff … (enter giant, sigh here) … As artists this part can be the hardest. I’ll say though that if you’re willing to get the basics taken care of and the pertinent stuff organized (i.e. taxes) it won’t be as painful…


From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 2. Gear You Actually Need

Welcome back! Today I’m gonna talk about gear (the gear you actually need) to really get started. I think investing money into education is money well spent. I think investing money on a dozen different photography gadgets is money well wasted. Mottos I live by: #1: Buy quality, need less. #2: Don’t buy something until…


From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 1. Get Educated

Dear Jessica, It’s understandable that you’re terrified, doubtful and insecure about where you are. You desire something you think you want so much, but what if … what if it doesn’t work? You’ll look like a fool, you know? So, your only other option is to play it safe. Don’t pursue the dream that’s keeping…

From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests

From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests

Running a photography business takes a ton of work. A ton. Ask any photographer that makes money (particularly the ones that make it look easy) and they’ll tell you that they got there by pouring blood, sweat and tears into every ounce of what they do. Yes, there are times – really amazing and fulfilling…


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