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How to Edit Pictures in Lightroom

We had an amazing webinar and are excited to offer it to you through this recording.  Enjoy learning more about editing in Lightroom with presets and brushes. I'll include links to some of the products Amanda was referring to as well.  Let us know how we can help you. You can check out more of Lightroom Tutorials here. Thank you for being here and enjoy this webinar.  We're here to help you work smarter, not harder. :)   Special thanks to Amanda, our Lightroom Instructor, for another amazing webinar!  Thank you for joining us. Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow Workflow Collection.. - Continue Reading

7 Tips For Relocating Your Business

I’ve been asked many times how to go about moving a photography business. Mostly from other military wives like myself, but occasionally just from other professionals who for one reason or another, find themselves relocating. 1. Preparing to Move So, you just found out your moving. Maybe your husband got orders to a new duty station. Maybe you’ve decided to move closer to family so that you can help care for aging parents. Maybe you just need a fresh start. As stressful as moving can be, the good news is that you can begin setting yourself up for success right.. - Continue Reading

How to Layer Lightroom Presets

Not ALL presets can be layered.  But, Pretty Presets has many that can.  Today I want to show you how the Workflow sets can be layered together to create a beautifully custom look to your photos. The Pretty Presets Workflow Sets include the following collections: Workflow Set Collection Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow Black and White Workflow Collection  Watch the video below or follow the instructions and screenshots below the video. The Workflow sets from Pretty Presets are designed to work by layering.  This means that each preset has been created to only affect 1 or 2 small changes.  That.. - Continue Reading

Just Released: Black and White Workflow Collection + BONUS 32-Page Lightroom e-Guide

  The Black & White Workflow Collection allows you to create clean edits, then "layer" creative presets to produce your own signature style! We've included 40 incredible options for you with five levels of preset groups to achieve that perfect look.  Plus, for a limited time, we've also included our BONUS 32-page "Lightroom 101 Quick-Start" e-Guide to help you work smarter, not harder.  Check them out here!  The Black & White Workflow Set Includes:  40 Presets Presets work on RAW and JPEG images Works in Lightroom versions 4-5 Presets are layerable BONUS 32-page "Lightroom 101 Quick-Start" e-Guide Included Presets: Black and.. - Continue Reading

Free Webinar: Editing In Lightroom

It brings me great pleasure to announce that we are offering another FREE Lightroom webinar. Come learn all about editing in Lightroom with Amanda Padgett, our Lightroom Instructor, here at Pretty Presets. We'll be sharing tips to help you work more efficiently in Lightroom. We are here to help you work smarter, not harder. Please come hang out with us on Sunday night!   Click here if you would like to reserve your spot on Sunday, February 9th from 7-8PM Eastern Standard Time 1. The webinar will be held Sunday, February 9th from 7-8PM Eastern Standard Time.  You can figure out what time.. - Continue Reading

Merging Lightroom Catalogs

In some situations, you may need to merge two separate Lightroom catalogues. Let’s say you have a catalog stored on your computer, and one on your external hard drive. Here is how you can quickly merge the two, and create a new catalog that includes all of the photos you would like to merge into one master catalog: The first catalog I want to open is titled “1.” Open your first catalog in Lightroom by double-clicking (PC) or dragging it into Lightroom (Mac). Once you have the first catalog open in Lightroom, select File>Import from Another Catalog, then click Import.. - Continue Reading

How to Photograph Your Own Children

I recently took my boys out for a photo shoot, just the two of them. I wanted to create Christmas gifts for our family that were meaningful and would last for a long time to come. It’s hard to go wrong with fancy-pants pictures of the grandkids, yes? We live in Montana and while it was a milder day, it was still cold. I knew I was going to have to be quick or I was going to lose them among complaints of the cold. I drove to our destination, gave a Churchill-worthy motivational talk, and got us quickly unloaded... - Continue Reading

How to Successfully Relocate Your Photography Business

Let’s say you’re starting your photography business, or maybe for reasons out of your control you have to move frequently. {Whether it be for your job, for your spouses job, because of your studies, or because you’re in the military.} Whatever be the case, these are really valid reasons why you can feel fragile against the competition. First and foremost dear photographer, establish your own business before you worry about the competition.  Just like every endeavor in life, we need to first obtain the knowledge and the experience. It’s not fair to offer a service to the community until we.. - Continue Reading

Dealing With Unhappy Clients

Yesterday we talked about expectations, and how client expectations can be “an offense waiting to happen”. If you missed the first part, check that out here first! I’ve spent years working in customer service. One of my first jobs was answering phones and sitting at the front desk of a Title Insurance company. If you’ve ever bought a house, this is where you sign the 472,016 pieces of paper that say you owe the bank LOTS of money. In my two years there, I talked to many cranky mortgage brokers and realtors that were waiting for their loans to fund.. - Continue Reading

Managing Client Expectations

  Yesterday I was in line at the coffee cart waiting to order my daily triple-shot Americano when a radio blurb grabbed my attention: “Expectations are an offense waiting to happen”.  The sentence immediately resonated with me. The statement was referring to relationships, and the importance of communication, but I couldn’t help thinking about how it also related to my photography business. As photographers, our clients are purchasing an emotional experience from us – not just digital or paper images – and when emotions are tied to expectations, a let-down can be lethal. I was in a long-distance relationship with.. - Continue Reading

6 Tips For Your Boudoir Session

It’s no secret that men love to see their lady a little scantily-clad. Thanks to a man’s visual drive, and more and more women being confident enough to celebrate the uniqueness of their bodies, boudoir photography can be a fun and lucrative option for the professional photographer looking to add services or specializations to their current offerings.  As a new photographer, I wanted to try everything before I decided what I wanted to specialize in. I wasn’t sure what I’d love: family portraits, children, newborns, weddings, boudoir, etc, but I certainly learned a lot trying my hand at everything! Here are a few things I learned.. - Continue Reading

Valentines Sessions – Feel the Love

I’m a big holiday person.  I love every holiday and the excuse to decorate and craft and celebrate with my little ones.  Christmas is a biggie in our house, and who doesn’t love Easter?  However right smack in between there is a little day all hearts and flowers and pretty paper things that just makes my heart go pitter patter.  Valentines Day. A few years back I decided that I really wanted to make this perhaps slightly lesser celebrated holiday part of my business plan.  As a family photographer who’s main focus is not on mini sessions, but on full.. - Continue Reading