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5 Quick Tips For Documenting Your Love Story {tips for taking self-portraits with your significant other}

5 Quick Tips For Documenting Your Love Story {tips for taking self-portraits with your significant other}

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Last week, I noticed silver in my husband’s beard and was taken aback.  When did it happen? How long had it been there? And then the dreaded and heavy…why didn’t I notice?  My heart sank. We are busy, so busy.  He works long days and mows the grass while I make supper and read stories.  We run around, often on fumes, sometimes days in-between seeing each other, and we start to miss things.  A haircut, a new shirt…and silver in the beard. Then, I did the only thing that I knew would slow us down and allow us to reconnect,...

Capturing Summer: Taking Phone Photos

Capturing Summer: Taking Phone Photos

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I’m going to tell you now, I’m not the type of photographer that subscribes to the school of fancy photography gear with all the bells and whistles.  I definitely believe the old line, the best camera is the one you have, and it rings true with my personal work….especially in summer. As much as I love photography and get a thrill from perfectly exposing a photo or manipulating the shutter speed to create movement in a scene, I am lazy.  Like, really freakin’ lazy, y’all.  And I’m forced to be active and move by my two small children for most...

Capturing Summer: Personal Projects

Capturing Summer: Personal Projects

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Let me tell you a scary story.  About a month ago, I was held hostage.  By my father-in-law. In his garage.  With a 300-photograph album from the teenage years of his kids. With him explaining every. single. one. Now, you might be thinking, “OMGEEE! Ashley! I LOVE LOOKING THROUGH OLD PHOTOS!” Me too, but let me tell you about these.  You open the page and there are 6 photos in the spread.  In some of the pages, there would be 6 photos of my then teenage husband standing in front of a Christmas tree holding a t-shirt.  I’m pretty sure...

Capturing Summer: The Selfies

Capturing Summer: The Selfies

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Ahhh…another post about the importance of self-portraits.  If you are reluctant to read this it probably means you aren’t in enough photos and I’m going to need you to listen up. It’s summer, you are loving life, getting a little more time with your kids, going on summer adventures, soaking up the sun, and documenting the heck out of all of the fun.  You are an important part of the story.  If you are anything like me, you might be the director of it all.  Packing bags, making lists, confirming reservations, double checking the sunscreen, prepping meals.  When I say...

Capturing Summer: The Details

Capturing Summer: The Details

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Summer is here! Kids are out of school, calendars are filled with fun activities, and along with all that you have going on, your camera is probably going to get a lot of use in the next couple of months.  Isn’t this the most exhausting yet amazing time of year?! We are a bunch that thrives on adventure and experience as much of the outdoor world as we possibly can, but one thing that is SO important to me is that I live in these moments as much as I document them.  It’s so easy to get lost behind the...

Food Photography – 6 Tricks For Setting Up The Perfect Shot

Food Photography – 6 Tricks For Setting Up The Perfect Shot

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If you’re a beginner to food photography the idea of making food look appetizing may seem a simple one, however, there is a little bit to the process when photographing your subject. By using your camera creatively, you can capture the essence of delicious food so that it jumps out of the image and entices your viewer. If you’re about to try your hand at food photography for the first time, here are some beginner’s tips to help you on your way. 1. Use a shallow depth of field for your food When you’re taking photos of your food or...

Simple Tips For Editing a Specialized Session

Simple Tips For Editing a Specialized Session

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Simple Tips For Editing a Specialized Session  For all my sessions, I always try to do a lot of research before hand. I find that doing this makes the sessions go a lot smoother. And, the poses and theme decor come together more naturally. Another must for me is to keep in contact with your client about all the ideas for the session. I always communicate with my clients a week before the session, so they are aware of my thoughts and to listen to their ideas, too. For the Moana first birthday session, I followed all the steps above....

6 Tips for Setting Up Your Photography Business Website

6 Tips for Setting Up Your Photography Business Website

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If you’re starting out in the photography business creating a website is a must for anyone serious about bringing in business and attracting new customers. A website is not only your virtual shop front but is usually the key decision maker for a progressively digital world of potential customers. Your website is not just a great way to get leads, but it is also one of the cheaper forms of marketing your business and is easily edited when you want to refresh your content and portfolio So what do you need to include in your website to ensure it is...

When You’re A New Photographer And Priced Too High

When You’re A New Photographer And Priced Too High

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  When I first started my photography business, I wanted to do it right. I had seen the way established photographers talked about how newbies were always undercutting the market by charging too little and giving away the DVD of images for free. I didn’t want to be that person. So I did my research. I read blog after blog and ran all my numbers. I knew that my pricing should cover my time, expenses, and cost of goods. I created a fancy spreadsheet that spit out all these beautiful dollar signs. I worked tirelessly to create an elaborate pricing...

6 Free (or Almost Free) Ways to Market Your New Photography Business

6 Free (or Almost Free) Ways to Market Your New Photography Business

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Marketing your new business doesn’t have to break the bank. The 2 most important things you can do are get your name out there to potential clients, and create relationships with other business owners and vendors. Nothing is better than a glowing recommendation from a trusted source. Below are 6 free and cheap ideas to market your new business, whether you want to shoot portraits or weddings. For Portrait Photographers: Free Portrait Day Where does your ideal client like to shop? Find a local boutique to partner up with and offer a free on-location portrait for customers who spend a...

How to Handle An Unhappy Photography Client

How to Handle An Unhappy Photography Client

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Handling the Hard Stuff: Facing Challenges “I like them, but…” Nothing hurts more than hearing that your client is unhappy with what you’ve given them. Your first response may range from crushed, to confused, or even anger. Open and honest communication is essential to dealing with unhappy clients as well as a clear contract. Ask the client what specifically they are displeased with if they haven’t already made it clear. If you don’t know what’s wrong, you can’t work to fix it. If you are comfortable then ask your client for an opportunity to meet face to face. If meeting isn’t...

How to Help Your Clients Feel Comfortable In Front of The Camera

How to Help Your Clients Feel Comfortable In Front of The Camera

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Have you ever heard this line? "We get a little nervous having our pictures taken.” You’ve probably heard this a dozen times and in most of those cases you know it’ll be fine. With a few reassurances, most clients relax and trust you. But there are plenty of us who, despite your best efforts, are just stiff, awkward and nervous. How can you help these people unwind and trust you? Build The Trust When someone tells you they feel awkward in photos and nervous about the session remember to be patient with them. They might have felt embarrassed saying anything...