This will be my 3rd year not taking my oldest daughters photos for any sort of school dance as she is now 21. The first year she was out of high school and it was homecoming or prom season was so ODD for me! I was always the one that took their pictures, drove them to dinner and ate with them along with the other parents, and then dropped them off. It was a bit hard to get used to. My youngest is 13 so I don't have very much longer until I get back into it again! Ugh...I really don't want to think of my youngest getting older right now! 

With my experience as a photographer, and a mom that has taken prom photos for many years, I have quite a few tips I want to share with you to help your sessions go smoothly and organized! Because let's face it, a group of teenage girls together at once is like the Tasmanian Devil on speed! 

When you are just starting out in any business, there is no way to tell how successful it is going to be. Or if it will be successful at all. So should you immediately start the process of becoming a legal business? Should you pay for becoming a sole prop or an LCC right away? 

This is my personal opinion, about those questions, as well as some advice to help you make your mind up about that. I must note, this is in no way legal advice, as I am not a lawyer. This is only from personal experience. 

What are they used for? A lot of photographers use them for workflow purposes only. Working in a studio, a lighting set up is almost always the same. Therefore, not much needs to be changed in post process. They will more than likely batch edit for sharpness, and various miscellaneous personal touches. One click, and done. 

Others may use them for a more dramatic or artistic look. 

There are many misconceptions about blogs and the people that have them,

  • You think you have to be a writer to have one
  • You think you need to have a substancial social media following to start one. 
  • Aren't they an online diary? 
  • You have to post everyday
  • Blogging was just a fad in the early 90s

 

All of those are untrue. I have been blogging for close to a year and it has opened my eyes to so many oportunities I never realized existed. 

Today’s world revolves around images. Its what we as business owners promote with to catch a potential client's eye. Its what you use when you want to express your happiness on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. You probably have a smartphone on you the majority of your day correct? It even has a quick swipe to get to the camera app super fast when your little ones are doing something extremely cute and you have to capture it NOW! 

Disclaimer:

If you are a professional photographer reading this and this topic makes you a little angry, we are a social media society. Smartphone photography is a way of life today. 

I don’t normally do this, but I am starting off this blog post with a bit of a personal story. It more than helps with getting my point across about dealing with photography clients, and people in general. 

I am not a doctor. I do not understand the medical field and all the processes that go into it. I do however, understand that good communication skills can go a long way when dealing with patients and people. 

Every photographer goes through a time when they are feeling uninspired, frustrated, and stuck. Everything you try isn't turning out the way you have it planned out in your head. Or you just can't seem to come up with the amazing creative ideas that you have in the past. This is completely normal. 

Don't get discouraged, and definitely don't think this is the end of your photographic dreams. Sometimes we just need a break, or to switch things up a bit. Creativity should never be forced. Here are some tips to help you get out of your artistic rut. 

I have a lot of followers on my social media accounts. Can we possibly do a trade for pictures? 

How many times have you heard that from clients when you are just starting out? This person might have 100K followers on their social media accounts, and you get super excited! My business infront of all those followers! This could really help my business!!

Can it though? 

Sadly a lot of beginner photographers have come to rely on social media to bring in paying clients. This is not a blog post to discredit social media. We most definetly need to be using it, and need to be everywhere our clients are. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. When we find a business we love or are interested in checking out, we typically seek them out on social media to find out more about them. Their prices, products, and overall, their brand. 

However, social media changes frequently. And with the recent repeal of Net Neutrality and the changes to Facebook, which has been dubbed "The Facebook Apocalypse" by small business owners, it is critical now more than ever, for photographers to learn how to focus our marketing efforts outside of social media. 

There are a couple simple reasons why a photo needs a watermark. The first and obvious reason is so that it is immediately recognizable as your logo and brand. When people are scrolling through their newsfeeds, images stand out first. The more they see your watermark or logo, the quicker they recognize you and your business. Just like with corporate businesses like Apple, when you see their logo, you immediately know it's the company, Apple.

 

Another reason is to deter sneaky people from stealing your images and calling them theirs. Yes, there are other ways to prevent this, but this is the easiest way.

Some of us, regardless how harsh the weather gets, will brave the tough elements in search of the crisp winter light. Planning well in advance will help make your trip more enjoyable.


Winter brings out the toughest elements in our climate, with many people putting away their camera bags till early spring. But, if you do put away your camera you are missing out on the raw beauty that this magical season brings. 

Here are a few tips to make your winter photo trip more enjoyable.

When you are a beginner photographer, trying to get your name out there, trying to take control and show you have authority in your niche, it can be hard when you don't really have the experience. However, getting a workflow set in stone, following it, and being consistent, will help boost your confidence and get ahead in the game.

If you are on track to become a professional photographer with an inkling of success, then one of the most important things you will need to incorporate into your business is a great workflow.

Christmas morning is a magical time. The excitment of what Santa left under the tree. The joy of of seeing that he loved the cookies and milk and its all gone except for a few crumbs. Mom and dad watching with a huge smile on their face and in their heart as the little ones smile ear to ear tearing open the wrapping paper to see whats inside. Photographers naturally want to capture all of these moments. And naturally, most of us are overcome by wanting the image to be perfect. Continue reading for a few tips and advice on how to get those perfect Christmas images. 

When I saw the image above in my Facebook newsfeed, I was blown away! I had to know who took that stunning image! Joshua Rhoades is a photographer from Elkhart, Illinois. And I think its safe to say he is very modest when he says he is still in the "amature ranks".  I was so excited when I asked and Joshua was happy to contribute a guest post for the blog about astrophotography! After reading this myself, I am beyond inspired by his talent, patience, and knowledge!  

Remember before we had Facebook, there was Myspace? Don't lie. Yes you do remember! Tom was everyone's friend, and sometimes he was even in the top friends list! But Myspace ended up disappearing. Well, not entirely. It's still there. But it's more for music now. Also, recently the internet lost Vine. There are many many social media platforms out there and I'm sure all of us are on at least 3 of them. Do you know what they all have in common? The next big thing can and will come along, and replace them. If you have a significant amount of followers that enjoy your content, you would loose them.

What is the one thing that will not go away? Email. Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook. They will still be there when the Myspace's and Vines of the internet go away. If that isn't the biggest reason enough to start building an email list, here are 3 other reasons why it is a vital tool in any business.