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Image Credit: Pixelight PhotographyAs a wedding photographer myself, Shootproof is invaluable for my business. From the ability to send contracts and invoices, to sending beautifully curated galleries with vendor albums, and packages for print products and albums, I just wouldn’t be able to do what I can do without Shootproof. One thing I have learned though, is how different we all are as photographers! Not just in style, but in workflows, processes and how we utilize our most valuable tools in our businesses! Please share with me below - What Shootproof features do you use most often, and what are the features you just couldn’t do without?
Oh my goodness… I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up to do holiday pet photos! I am primarily a newborn and family photographer, but partnered with a local doggie daycare/groomer to offer holiday portraits. I love dogs and they were all so cute, but corralling/directing them was 800 times harder than a grumpy toddler! Hats off to all the pet photographers out there! What are your favorite or least favorite sessions to shoot?
This piece of advice was given to me years ago by a fellow photographer (and social media extraordinaire!): “Remember your WHY”. Honestly, when she first said it my analytical, grammar correctness seeking brain went straight to “That sentence makes no damn sense!”But then, as she went into more detail - it clicked. (Excuse the poorly timed pun!)Remember WHY you got into photography in the first place. It’s important, because ultimately when things are tough, when things don’t go to plan or on those days where it just isn’t as fun as you used to be, remembering your reason for starting is your motivation to get up and keep going. It’s your motivation to stop, reflect and reroute when you need to - especially if you find you’ve veered too far off the path that you originally started. For me, my WHY was a love of creating something from nothing. I would watch moments play out in front of my eyes - a baby in a crib, a couple walking hand in hand, a family as they snuggled together on a cou
As your community manager, I wanted to check in - whether you are from Texas, or the US, or somewhere else in the world, the recent events unfolding have hit everyone in some way. I wanted to take a minute to just stop. To pause, and let you all know that as a community, we are here for one another and I hope that none of you have been personally impacted by recent events. Behind the screen, we are all human and human connection at a time of such tragedy is important. A reminder to Focus On What Matters Most.
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Are you struggling with wedding photography lighting? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Keep reading to see what is right for you!It’s the age-old question we run into in the photography world: natural vs. artificial light. I’ve seen many heated debates about this or that type of wedding photography lighting. Some wedding photographers refuse to use flash, and others can’t live without it.Is there a right or wrong answer? Let’s take an honest look at both sides, and you can make your own decision. Read on here to find out the pros and cons to both natural and artificial lighting!
I am always on the hunt for great additions to my photo bag. I thought I’d share my top 5 accessories and I would love for you to share yours too!Lens Pen Magmod Magshere SD Card Holders (1 for used cards, 1 for empty cards) Rain Cover (Admittedly, I haven’t used this yet, but I feel much better knowing it’s in my bag!) House of Flynn Camera BagYour turn!
Great Business Are Built on Great Decisions (Even if it takes a while to get there!)Starting a business is not for the feint of heart. It can be amazing, but also daunting. Often times, people ask what mistakes you made when going into business. And, don’t get me wrong - you can learn a LOT from your mistakes. But today, let’s chat about what you did right! When you were starting your business, you probably did some amazing things that you’re super proud of! What are they?I’ll go first:1. Invest In Education - Good camera gear alone does not = good photography2. Keep My Expenses Low and Pay Myself - The book Profit First is GREAT for learning how to do this.3. Seek Out Photographer Friends Who Would Challenge and Support Me
Shootproof Packages Can Be a Great Way to Sell Products Do you sell packages to your clients? Packages can help your clients to get a great deal on their print products and allow you to sell more items.Some photographers set up their business to allow clients to choose specific packages with their session and prefer to exclude a la carte items from their price list. This makes it easy for clients to select and purchase the prints they desire, within the construct of what the photographer sells.If that interests you, check out this article and set up your packages today.
Motivation is Key Over in the Cole's Classroom group, we have been talking a lot about motivation. I shared that I have been working with a health coach and also signed up for a 1:1 business mentorship.Both have been incredibly valuable to me! I find that I am highly motivated to get things done or stick to a routine, when there is someone else I need to report to. This has very little to do with their response and a lot to do with the fact that I don't want to admit I haven’t done what I have been told. Both services were paid, which also helps me to light a fire! It’s really hard to complain about my business not growing quickly enough or my body not being fit enough if I have to admit that I haven’t taken the steps to improve those things.So, knowing myself, having an accountability partner is huge, but I am always on the lookout for other ways to stay motivated! What works for you?
Talking Business If you are a soloprenuer like I am, it’s great to be the one who makes the decisions and guides your business growth, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. I have found that it’s really important for me to have other photographer friends and entrepreneurs to bounce ideas off of. At the end of the day, it’s my decision, but it’s great to have input from likeminded people.Since I am a one-woman show, I have had to seek out advice, connections and friendships in other places. I have an amazing community of photographers with Cole’s Classroom that I am able to share and chat with. I am connected here in the ShootProof community, and I have joined a few of our local chamber groups where I can network and connect with other business owners.Where do you go when you have questions about your business?
Marketing with Shootproof As service based businesses, often times we are on the lookout for new clients. What are some of your go-to moves for finding new business? I’ll share some ideas to get us started. I can’t wait to hear what you do to bring new people in!1. Join local business networking groups to gain referrals.2. Offer a “try before you buy” promotion. (No $$ up front, only pay for the images you love.)3. Model Calls
Framed PrintsI have just started my journey selling wall art and other products and I am LOVING it! I have found that my clients tend to get excited about the same things I do, so I have been selling my favorites pretty easily! I really love albums, wood prints and wood folio boxes with mounted prints. My favorite of all is the album since I love snuggling my sweet kiddos and looking at photos from when they were little!What are you favorite products? Are you clients loving the same things or do they tend to have their own favorites?
“Motherhood photography” is a new niche in photography, but how do you craft photos that matter? Here’s how to document genuine and enchanted motherhood photos!Capture love authentically, with mom at the center Before becoming a mom myself I thought documenting moms meant doing maternity photoshoots or newborn sessions. But those sessions are typically centered around the arrival of a baby. Motherhood photography goes way beyond that. The truth is that moms deserve to be celebrated, honored, and documented every single day. Especially after this past year!But how can we shift our mindset and build a brand around moms knowing that they are worthy of being remembered? Read on here for top tips on how to best support mothers before and during their session with you!
Writing Great Copy for Your Website Most clients will interact with your website and social media profiles long before they interact with you. So, it’s important to have great copy. Wait, no one told you that you needed to be a great writer AND a great photographer!?! Well, don’t worry - We’ve got you covered! Shootproof created a blog post just for you! Check out: 3 Copywriting Tips for the Clueless Photographer to learn:How to get started How to find your voice How to connect with your clients Common mistakes to avoidHappy Writing!
Newborn Photography - Ashley Bringenberg Photography Where do I start? Why choose newborn photography? Is SEO really important? How can I network with other business owners? Where should I buy props? These questions and so many more are answered by newborn photographer Chaya Braun in this awesome Shootproof blog: Behind the Scenes with a DIY Newborn Photography Pro (Pt. 1). Check it out!
Get Focused There are some things that sit, and sit, and sit, on my to-do list until something happens and I HAVE to get them done. A prime example of this is my LinkedIn profile. I knew it was outdated. I had it on my radar to update for months, but didn’t actually get myself in gear until I started joining some local business groups. The people I met there were great and wanted to connect. So, they started looking for me on LinkedIn… and they found me . My profile hadn’t been updated in almost 8 years. It had nothing to do with my photography business and my profile pic was a selfie I took in the driver’s seat of my car . Sometimes we know we need to get things done, but just can’t seem to get there without a little extra nudge. What are some things that you find tough to accomplish without a little external motivation?
Shootproof Blog: Where to Get the Best Newborn Photography Props A quick Google search will reveal that there are loads of places you can purchase newborn props, wraps, and accessories, but which places should you buy from?In order to help narrow down the many great options out there, newborn photographer Abrah Zion has shared some of her favorites on the shootproof blog!Check out her article (and gorgeous photos!), and shop the amazing links here: https://www.shootproof.com/blog/newborn-photography-props/
Minimalist Newborn Session by Ashley Bringenberg Photography Most newborn photographers I have talked with fall somewhere in one of these two camps: they either LOVE props, the more the better! or they use very minimal props, opting for more neutral colors and fewer heavily posed images.Honestly, I love both styles. I always swoon a bit when I see that gorgeous baby in the tiny bed with knitted footie pjs and the matching sleepy hat! BUT I also can’t get enough of the simplicity of baby in their natural state, with nothing surrounding them and all the focus on their sweet little selves.I personally lean more toward the minimalist side of things in my newborn photography since I tend to be more minimalist just in general. I have a few cute tie backs and a neutral colored sleepy hat and one basket I really love. Beyond that, it’s just a wrapped or unwrapped baby looking adorable!What’s your newborn shooting style? Please share your favorites in the comments! <3
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