6 Tips to Help Capture Amazing Prom Photos

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! 

Should You Make Your Photography Business Legal?

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 No One Tells you About Running A Photography Business

When you are starting out in photography, you can't learn everything right away. It takes time, patience, and a lot of experience. Trying and failing will happen. It's how you grow from your starting point that defines your success. 

Here are 6 things I have learned over the last 10 years of being in business. 

What Are Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions

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. 

Why Your Photography Business Needs a Blog, And How it Can Make You Money

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. 

The Top 6 Photography Mistakes to Avoid

We all start somewhere with any type of hobby or career. For beginner photographers, its not any different. The craft of photography can seem so overwhelming at times. Here are the top 6 mistakes you can avoid just by being introduced to the topics. 

How To Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

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. 

The Photography Business Mistake You'll Never Make Again: Lets Get Personal

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. 

5 Easy Ways to Break Your Creative Slump

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. 

How To Respond To A Client That is Asking For A Trade

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? 

How to Market Your Photography Business Outside of The Internet

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.