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How to make sure that the goals you set are working & how to stay on track
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#1 Tip to make sure your goals are working and track the progress

Now that you’ve gone through the goal-setting process and broken them into actionable tasks that will get you from Point A to Point B, the next important step is to make sure your goals are working and you’re tracking the progress. The Photographer’s Business planner has built-in pages and sections specifically for tracking your goals and metrics, but if you’re not using that planner just make sure you set something up that you can (and will) use to track everything. The actual tracking of the data isn’t that hard – you write down where you want to be and compare them to the actuals.   Develop an Objectives & Measurable chart If you already own the Colorvale planner, flip to the Objectives & Measurable’s page. If not just grab a piece of paper. If using a blank piece of paper: Divide it into two columns. Name the left one “Objectives (Goals)” and…

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Part 2: Create Big Goals and Small Actionable Tasks to Accomplish Them
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Part 2: Create big goals & small actionable tasks to accomplish them!

Last week we went over the mindset you need to cultivate to be an entrepreneur. Some of those things probably weren’t the easiest to digest, but we hope between this week and last week you had a chance to really internalize them. Because this next series is aaallll about goal-setting, and some of those goals will be monetary ones, you’ll want a calendar and planner for this one.  Ideally, your Lights. Camera. Take Action planner because it has a built-in goal-setting feature that allows you to set and track your goals over time. (So it’s not just a planner, it’s also your business plan, rolled into one.)   Part 1: Let’s start with your big goals! Large goals are the building blocks to your business purpose. They are what drive your monthly & daily tasks. But don’t overwhelm yourself. Pick 1 or 2 big goals for the entire year. For example: This year…

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6 Tips To Running A Successful Photography Business That Everyone Should Be Aware Of
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6 Tips To Running A Successful Photography Business That EVERYONE Should Be Aware Of!

A lot of people when transitioning from hobby to business (aka, turning the passion into a biz) jump in feet first. Which, hey, hitting the ground running provides some of the best learning opportunities. The only issue is, it comes with a lot more failures. And oftentimes your personal life pretty much disappears entirely and you end up spending more time in front of your computer than you do with your friends and family. It’s ok, we’ve been there too. And we’re going to walk you through exactly how to navigate through that, how to take control of your business (instead of letting your business control you), and how to think and plan like a CEO so you can run a profitable, successful photography business. Running a business: Not just what you do, but also what you think. There is a certain mentality that comes with running a business. While…

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The best website hosting for photographers
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Best website hosting for photographers

One of the biggest frustrations as a business owner is “website” anything.  Website design, website downtime, website crashing, website tsunami’s (ok it feels like one), website virus, but mostly website hosting! Most of the time I handle these things with a bottle of wine & a pot full of tears. I started out like most you, where it didn’t matter what company hosted my website.  Pricing was my driving factor. A monthly fee of $6.99 was my lady jam.  Perfect for a photographer who just needed to get up a few pages & a photo gallery.  WRONG!  SO DAMN WRONG! Sure you can have an inexpensive web hosting plan, even by a big name company like Bluehost or Godaddy.  You can even get your website up and going within minutes with *them*, but you better believe you will be met with downtime, migraines & pissy attitudes with customer service.  Ok, maybe this is just…

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Blogging Week 7 BONUS - How to Easily Drive Traffic from Instagram to your Blog
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BONUS: How To Easily Drive Traffic From Instagram To Your Blog

Instagram is a bit more tricky than the other social sites for pushing blog traffic because they don’t allow you to put links directly in your post. You must tell your reader that the link is in your bio. But who has time to track down a link and update your bio every time? (No one, that’s who.) I recently racked my brain on how I could do this in a more streamlined approach (since you all know I’m all about organization & saving time).  And here is what I came up with.   Create a landing page on your website/blog just for Instagram visitors. It’s just about as easy as it sounds, but here’s a few key things you’ll want to keep in mind when you put it together: Go to your website and create a page called something like “Welcome Instagram Friend” At the top you can even…

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Build a successful photography business
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Building A Successful Photography Business IS Possible but you must have this …

Building a successful and profitable photography business is possible! There are, however, factors that come into play which will either make or break your dream. “OMG, did she just say not all dreams are possible?” Noooooooooo. That’s not what was said or meant. The truth is, that without a business structure, you are just taking a shot in the dark. You are putting on your dream shoes and hoping you can leap. If you really want to turn your desire to run a successful business into a real life scenario you will need some major game & hustle.   But are you willing to put all your efforts into this? If this doesn’t sound like you, if you aren’t willing to do the “office work” then you should stop reading now because this is all for the masterminds. Those that love the business aspect of thriving, growing, and succeeding. To…

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Blogging Week 6 - How to Drive Traffic to your Blog or Website from Social Media
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Blogging Week 6: How To Drive Traffic to Your Blog or Website from Social Media

**Last week’s post was all about increasing traffic to your social media from your blog. This week, we’re reversing that and helping you figure out the best ways to use social media to drive traffic to your blog. Here’s some of the best ways we’ve found to do just that: You’ve taken the time to rack your brain about great blogging topics.  You then sat down to a bag of chips & your keyboard.  Wrote the most amazing tips to help your audience’s pain points but how the hell do you get them to show up and read it? There are so many avenues of traffic on the internet.  From the good ol’ Facebook, Twitter, the ever-dying Google + and most importantly from Pinterest (hint:  Pinterest is the #2 source of blog traffic right now & you MUST be working your magic there).  But what are some best practices for each…

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Blogging Week 5 - 5 Steps to Increase your Social Media Traffic Using Your Blog
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Blogging Week 5: 5 Steps To Increase Your Social Media Traffic Using Your Blog

SEO is critical for getting traffic to your blog, but it’s not the only player in the game. Growing your audience on all platforms is essential. Because maximizing your content reach is vital for organic traffic, new clients & visibility, we wanted to ensure you have all the necessary portals for your audience. By leveraging all platforms, making any and all avenues available for your viewers to reach you or share you, you are essentially growing & expanding without much effort. You see … People like what they like.  Who are we to dictate where they share or follow us?!  It’s just our job as entrepreneurs to make it easy for them to come back. So I say “pick your pet” … Tell me where you want to see me and I’ll be there.  Here’s how … Each visitor on your blog will have a preference of their favorite social…

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How To Turn Social Media Silence Into Engaging Fans
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How To Turn Social Media Silence Into Engaging Fans

Do you feel like all your social media & blogging efforts are a complete waste because they are immediately followed by blank stares, scrolling fingers, and silence? You know the drill. Your excitement about an upcoming marketing idea sends you straight to Facebook, typing as fast as can be, releasing to the world your next discount or mini session. Then…..crickets (besides your grandmother hitting the like button). What did you do wrong? Why aren’t people as excited to book, as you are to shoot? The answer is simple. When you just post ideas for people to spend money they don’t see the value. You must prime the pump. Before people know they need a product they must be eased into the idea. Your relationship with potential clients comes from being a value before the money is spent. Marketing and social media … These things take a gentle hand. They can…

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Free Educational Courses For Photographers
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Free Educational Courses for Photographers

Often I create short educational courses that you can follow along with via email.  I find it nice to have them in email because I can search back for them at any time if needed.  So I designed them this way for you. Hope they help! Important note:  if you sign up for more than one course at a time you have to expect to get more than one email from me.     Currently we are running the following:   Blogging for Photographers – a 6 week course to teach you all the in’s and out’s of blogging & driving traffic 5 Actionable Steps To Grow Your Pinterest Following 7 Days To A More Organized Business Free Client Discovery Worksheet: Learn What To Post To Gain More Reach & Following – Do you want to learn what will interest your audience & get them to click that “like” button…

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Working as a photographer during pregnancy Part I: Finding out and letting others know
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Working as a photographer during pregnancy – Part I: Finding out and letting others know

When I found I was pregnant in June last year, the first thought that went through my mind was “Oh my gosh” (happy face/dance/fist pump). The first emotion I felt was excitement and, really, slight disbelief. The second emotion was a twinge of guilt and fear – my husband and I are self-employed, and work together at most weddings and events. I was due at the end of February 2016, and just a couple of weeks prior we had booked one of our biggest events of all time. I’m a worry wart. I worry more about others, however, than I do myself at times, which is why I immediately felt guilty and sad that we would have to tell our bride in February that she’d have to make a decision – keep us on as her photographers knowing that if I went in to early labor both Adam and myself…

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5 tips to grow pinterest
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5 Tips To Grow Your Pinterest Following

Social media isn’t about chance. It isn’t enough to pin your blog post and cross your fingers, hoping that someone will take action. You’ve got work to do. If you think your social media will work for you without you creating the proper environment for it to go viral you’re crazy wrong. Social media isn’t about chance and certainly not all about you, it’s about your audience. It’s about creating a place where they love to see what you post. It’s a place where your audience should want to see you (if you are doing it properly). It’s NOT a place for you to spam or shove down their throats who you are. It’s where you dish them up a plate full of valuable information that serves them. One of the biggest social media fails (and loss of followers) is when someone creates an environment about THEMSELVES, rather than the…

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4 simple tips for getting more things done during a work day
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4 simple tips for getting more things done during a work day

Let me start by saying “you aren’t alone”. In any of this! The struggle of work/life balance is real.  Quite frankly, to stay afloat as a small business, you must live & breath growth.  But how do you do this and balance a family life too? The answer wasn’t very apparent to me from the start.  Let me give you a little back story. It was 7 years ago. I was working for a Fortune 500 company developing databases.  I received a phone call that I would not need to come into work Monday because I was being laid off.  What the hell?!  This was a complete blow (to me and my ego).  I had just gone through a divorce, had two kids at home and no idea how I was going to come out of this standing. You see, when the economy dumped it fell right on top of…

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5 Simple Office Tasks That Every Photographer Should Be Doing
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5 Simple Office Tasks That Every Photographer Should Be Doing

Business isn’t all fun. There, I said it. It’s not this fairytale of creating photos & bam, you’re done. Wish it was the case.  But the fact is there are admin duties tied to every business.  You know what I’m talking about … the accounting, the ordering, the social media.  OMG!  I know.  It’s enough work for a team.  But how do you plan it into your schedule to ensure you are balancing your admin duties with your creative tasks like shooting?  Easy!  Create a daily responsibility chart. (hint: we use the Colorvale Lights. Camera. Take Action planner to do this.)   1.  Schedule Your Office Time Before doing anything else you need to schedule your office time.  This means you block it off.  Nothing interferes with this time.  Don’t give yourself any excuses, unless you don’t want to run a successful business.  You can give yourself a million and one…

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WHY AM I NOT BOOKING, WHY AM I NOT GETTING TRAFFIC, WHY AM I NOT AS GOOD AS MY COMPETITOR?
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“Why am I not booking, why am I not getting traffic, why am I not as good as my competitor”

Success doesn’t come from lack of effort. It doesn’t come from “wanting” it. It comes from taking the necessary actions to achieve it. Ask yourself this … Why is it that I don’t have the success that I dream of? Then ask yourself at what ends of earth would you walk to get to that point? If the answer has limits then so does your success. The truth is, I hear so many people say why … “Why am I not booking?”  “Why am I not getting traffic?”  “Why am I not as good as my competitor?” But damn it, the answer is within you. You CAN be all of those things if you stop asking why and start doing the tasks necessary to get there. But first you must realize that it takes education & effort to make it happen. You must be willing to listen, you must be…

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39 TIPS TO HELP PHOTOGRAPHER’S GROW THEIR BUSINESS
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39 Tips To Help Photographer’s Grow Their Business

Take a moment to bookmark some of the most popular blog posts & tutorials that photographer’s have been using to grow their business. Learn How To Shoot In Manual Mode – ISO, Shutter Speed & Aperture How to create back links to help boost your SEO How To Make A Faux Floor In 20 Minutes & Under $20 Checklist For Starting A Photography Business How To Quickly Straighten Images In Photoshop Setting Your Profile to sRGB The importance of link building and how to drive traffic to your website Why I Stopped Shooting For Blogs How To Adjust White Balance Using A Gray Card What to do when a client asks to see all photos taken during their session I didn’t grow up with a camera – Stacie’s story A burnt out photographer Get Your A$$ Off Auto – How To Shoot In Manual Mode How to easily batch edit…

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A night with friends

It’s not often that I pull my camera out to photograph my down time.  It’s a shame, I know, because these are the times that I never want to forget.  An average night with friends is filled with laughs and tons of stories (and generally a bottle of wine – or two). So, when I saw my friend Steve pull out a Canon it inspired me to snag the Nikon D3s and get some shots.  Details are what I love most when photographing because to me they are what tells the story. Photo sessions don’t have to be prepared & planned.  The most organic ones happen when everyone is living in the moment around you. Please enjoy a look into my real life. Photos by Stacie Jensen   Because every good image starts with a cute reptile.     … and a glass of wine!     … and a sexy…

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What’s the difference between the 2 Colorvale Planners Available

1 The Photographer’s Business Planner The “Lights. Camera. Take Action.” planner is an entire year of your business laid out in a way that will allow you to remember all the functions of a CEO, from marketing, social media, goals, web tasks, editing, order, monthly schedule, daily schedule, to shooting and more. This is your business workhorse. What each month contains (12 blank months & tabs): Page Objectives & Measurables with a daily responsibility chart, Monthly Calendar undated, Client Workflow Sheet, Big Ideas & Projects, Social Media Post Planner & Growth Tracker, Tasks broken down into categories, Client Payment Records (fits 23 clients per month), Blog Post Planner, Weekly Planning, & Brainstorming New & Improved Layout, Size & Materials Hardcover, No dates, 1 Pocket Folder (black), 12 Months Comes in a designer protective box to throw in your camera bag Size: Cover, 8.5″x11″ // inside pages, 7.75″x10.5″ Thick white paper…

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2015 Black Friday Giveaway

  Black Friday is upon us and it’s all about giving back!  I’m so appreciative of all the shares, words of inspiration, visiting our fan page and all the other kind actions you as fans have done through the year.  I want to gift 3 people with $150 of store credit each (for use on digital products)!   And to ensure everyone gets something out of this … 11/22 thru 11/29 enjoy 30% off all Colorvale Digital Products – Code is: THANKS. (not to be used with products already on sale or previous purchases)  Expires ON 11/29/15 at 11:59pm (est).  Code is: thanks   P.S. MAJOR secret sales are going to be announced on our blog on 11/21 – you don’t want to miss what those daily deals are! SEE DAILY SALES HERE!   A few blog posts for you to enjoy this holiday season Part 1: How To Photograph A Christmas Tree Part 2:…

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How To Organize Your Photography Business
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How To Organize Your Photography Business

Someone recently said to me “Fail to plan and you can plan to fail.” And it’s true. Imagine a book that allows you to see your hopes & dreams come true. Step up your photography business organization with the luxury, bound Photographer’s Planner by Colorvale®. This isn’t something you print & put together yourself – it’s ready for you the minute you open your Priority shipped box. Your only challenge will be deciding what pens to use.  This book will capture the things you are doing, what you want to be doing and give you the comfort of knowing it is all laid out in front of you.  Colorvale® has developed a luxury, bound planner that encompasses your entire business from the day-to-day tasks, marketing, scheduling, client workflow and beyond. Start your journey off by tracking your year in a glance.  This page can be used for the current year or to schedule next years sessions…

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Don’t forget to document your own life

How often do you photograph the things you never want to forget? Does your talent have to solely be created for profit? Why fight to find a client when you are your most valuable one? This week it was time to surrender myself to a life of nothing but relaxation, a beautiful lake and family time.  It didn’t take much convincing, that’s for sure.   Years back I would have told you that I don’t take my camera on vacation because I was a burnt out photographer!  No, I’m not kidding.  Everything I did was about photographing but not for the purpose I should have been doing it.   I wanted to have this huge career, a name people knew … one that screamed my talent.  Unfortunately while I was “trying” to be this I was forgetting to capture my own life that was quickly passing by.  You know how it…

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Documentary Birth – Part 2

See Part 1 here   About 7 hours into labor the sun finally rose … and the sight was incredible.  This day was sure to bring hope, happiness and new life.   Photos by Stacie Jensen – CEO of Colorvale          Contractions are building … progress is being made.  Slow and steady wins the race!      Let the walking begin …       The first time Cortney was able to see our temporary home …       This is a proud uncle right here …       and Tatum stilllllllll sleeping ….       Courtney, her mother and siblings walking the halls of U of M, hoping to help move labor along.       Time for a little social networking while we wait.  Even a laboring mom has to keep up to date on events.          Contractions are starting to…

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Documentary Birth – Part 1

What a whirlwind of emotions the last two days have been.  I sit here writing this almost delirious from lack of sleep but the reward was simply indescribable and amazing.  I will take you through this journey hour by hour like we lived it.  Starting with mom (my beautiful niece’s) entrance into the hospital. Documentary styled shooting like you will see here is perfect for capturing details & real life moments that so many people miss because of the excitement a day like this brings.  It was important that I capture what this day and this year looked like so that when baby Z looks back he can laugh at all the old technology and logos around us today.   This day started with me getting to the hospital 1 hour before mom & dad. Think I was eager and excited for my nephew to arrive?!  Yes!  Yes, I was.   Arrival…

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Photography Packaging – The Importance Of Creating A Personal Touch

  Presentation is everything!   We know that.  It’s everywhere around us from the furniture store you go to that has the rooms decorated in the perfect way that makes you want to buy the full set and all the fun nicknacks to go along with it to a beautiful swank restaurant that takes your food and turns it into a piece of art that makes everyone pull out their phone for a quick photo.   This same thing is true when it comes to your brand, your packaging, and your client’s experience.  Yes, quality packaging can be pricey but it should considered part of your marketing.  Most importantly, it’s a little showcase of how “quality” your brand is to you and to anyone who sees it.   Here are some amazing examples of how you can create the personal touch it takes to draw people in and remember you…

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Top 6 tools for photographers
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Top 6 Tools For Photographers

  1.  Photographer’s Planner From organizing your phenomenal photo sessions to scheduling time for editing, placing orders, developing unstoppable marketing strategies, seamlessly managing client workflow, and surpassing revenue goals, we’ve got you covered. (In glitter, and quite possibly a stylish A-line skirt.) – Grab Yours Here – Limited Quantity   2.  Client Workflow & Session Organizer Get to know new clients, plan their session, track your entire workflow, record details like the discount you applied to their prints, the actions used to give a uniform look, and what their favorite products were.   Sounds great, right? Well here’s the icing on the cake: this Little Black Book™ will give you the ability to give your clients that personal touch they deserve. They want to know they are more than just another client to you. – Order Yours Here   3.  Location Scouting Book The Location Scouting book for Photographers will encompass all of…

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Remember why you were given the talent to photograph
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Remember why you were given the talent to photograph

Why do you photograph?   Money?   Art?   Memories?   If you asked me on a normal day why I work so hard I would tell you that it was to support my family.  But, I would be missing the exact reason God gave me this talent in the first place.  You see, the big picture isn’t about bank … though we all need it to eat so please don’t misunderstand this message.   The talent behind your lens is to freeze the moment and create a memory which will linger past your time.   I can remind my son about the first day he learned to work on a car, but to show him or even his children later will bring him back to this very moment.   We ‘recall’ events, but details … not as much.  My son won’t remember what it looked like to have dirt on his hands or…

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When you get to see an “artist” become one

Image by Marie Masse It isn’t often that you get to watch someone become your biggest inspiration. Usually you find someone famous, you fall in love like everyone else and strive to be them, or at least like them.  But this is a much different story.  One I am blessed with.   A few years back a newbie photographer contacted me for a mentoring session.  Ehhhhhh … ok, fine, let’s do it.   “Yuk, she’s new … I will have to work to get her to  professional status,” my inner dialogue said.   I was sure this was just another mentoring session.  Hell, she walked up and looked like she was straight out of high school.  We started the day with a photo session because what she desperately wanted to learn was “posing”.  I quickly, within minutes, saw an unconfident person but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.  I taught…

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How to be picked out of a crowd of photographers
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How To Be Picked Out Of A Crowd Of Photographers

  Picked Out Of A Crowd Being recognized by a photo style is probably one of the biggest compliments a photographer could have.  Who doesn’t want to be picked out of a crowd by the way they create art?   If there is ever any kind of success in this industry it isn’t about the number of fans or followers you have, it’s when someone recognizes your work without your name even being on it.  This means you have stayed true to who you are, what you create, with not a single apology because someone doesn’t like it, just shooting for you and marrying your art.   It’s Not A Fad It’s more than picking up your camera and clicking.  It’s seeing a vision.  A style.  It’s not a fad.  You aren’t chasing what others are doing.  Actually, quite the opposite.  You are writing a cohesive book.  One that doesn’t differ…

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7 Senior Pose Ideas
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7 Senior Pose Ideas

The idea of posing isn’t about running your clients all around town.  It’s about hanging with them for a few hours that day, making them feel comfortable, and capturing their true personality. A great way to make sure you have a jump-start on getting to know your client is to get some information from them and about them before the session. For me, I usually do this by asking each senior to fill out my client questionnaire.  This little goody allows me to get to know what makes them tick before they even show up for their session, and gives me an idea of the kinds of things they like and are interested in. That way I have a much easier time breaking the ice and talking/interacting with them, which makes them feel more relaxed and comfortable and gives me the natural, easy-going images I’m looking for (like many of the images below):   Natural…

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Featured Photographer | Allebach Photography

  Mike is just one of those photographers that make you wonder, “where do you hang out and where do you find the coolest clients?” In case you’re wondering he hangs out in Pennsylvania but you may have seen him out and about (WPPI for example).  We tracked him down and asked him to give us a little insight into what makes him so awesome.   What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer? I fell into it like many. Played in a band, photographed punk rock shows while I was a graphic artist. My job required me to do a little product photography but I had no one to teach me how to do it. They just handed me a Nikon 995 3 megapixel camera (2001) and said take photos of anything you don’t have. People knew I liked taking photos of bands and did photography at work so…

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Featured Photographer | Dan Cripps

  Talk about Eye Candy Dan Cripps has mad skills when it comes to capturing   Given all the hard work and hours involved in the photography business would you choose this line of work again? I like to think that I would! In reality, though, my interests and artistic expression could really take a number of forms. I’m not tied as strongly to the method of making an image so much as I am the act of making it. I want to create, the camera just happens to be the tool I have evolved with.   [Tweet “”I’m not tied as strongly to the method of making an image so much as I am the act of making it. – Dan Cripps””]   Lessons learned from your years of experience, what mistakes have you made that you would never repeat? Early on I spent way too much time worrying…

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Specializing does NOT have to be scary
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Specializing does NOT have to be scary

  I am a photographer who specializes in high-end, fashion-savvy high school senior portraits for girls. Did I just make your eyes pop a little bit? I hope not. But, did I make your brain crank? I hope so. You see, four years ago, when I started off in portrait work, I was just like most beginners: I was for hire, and would work with pretty much anyone. Genres? What’s that?! I didn’t care. Money was money, and I wanted my share of it.   But, after about six months, here’s what happened: my excitement started to wane, because I started figuring out that my passion for my work was waning. I was overworked and under appreciated. I started feeling like I was losing “me” in the marketplace, because I didn’t have a true passion that I was following anymore. Photography was becoming a job, and a cumbersome one at…

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How to properly title your blog posts to boost web traffic
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How to properly title your blog posts to boost web traffic

    The title you choose makes all the difference! Have you sat there stumped on what to name your latest sneak peek blog post?   You aren’t alone.   So you create this fantastic blog post with sneak peeks of your latest session and you are stuck on the “Enter title here” box.  It seems obvious to just give it your clients name, but is that really going to help you?  No!   Google cares about delivering quality results to those searching and how often do you think someone is in Google typing “Stacie’s Wedding Day”?  They aren’t!  I would like to think that people want to search for images of my amazing day, but they nope I’m just not that cool.   Your blog posts & sneak peeks are another form of advertising.  They aren’t just for the client you photographed but also for the potential client who…

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What To Bring To Your Next Photo Session
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What To Bring To Your Next Photo Session

We recently asked our amazing fans on our Facebook page what their must have items are for every shoot.   The responses were incredible.  Some of the things we were already bringing along to sessions … but oh boy … others we had not even thought of until now.   You will not go wrong by carrying a duffle bag full of these goodies below, which should cover your tail in most situations.  A great suggestion is to keep this bag in the trunk of your car with the essentials always in there.  That way you don’t even need to worry about packing it the night before.  Take note & enjoy!  You never know …  someone’s creative idea might just make your life a whole lot easier.     Squeaky Toys It is NOT something you would normally think of when packing for a photo shoot! But thanks to our fans you…

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How To Make Photos On Facebook Sharper & High Quality
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How To Make Photos On Facebook Sharper & High Quality

  Let’s get to a real frustration that many photographers have, including me.  We spend tons of time preparing photo sessions, investing in expensive equipment, editing and the moment arrives that you can show the world your creation.  Nothing is more intimidating and exciting then putting our images out there for people to see. You know your client is just as excited as you.  You certainly want to knock their socks off with a first sneak peek.  So you prep your images and upload them to Facebook. OMG.  No way!  What the hell happened to my photo?  I swear my colors aren’t green.  No way is my photo pixelated.  What the freak just happened? Here’s the real deal.  Facebook has servers.  Servers that cost money.  Your account is free.  They aren’t going to let you upload huge files that cost them an arm and leg to host.  Ok, not because you are an expensive…

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How to easily automate & schedule Pinterest pins using this app!
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How To Automate & Schedule Pinterest Pins

I might just become your best friend!  Not kidding. You can kiss me later. So this year I have been trying to find ways to automate my life.  It’s true that I can’t wear all the hats around here or do everything in one day.  So why not automate the easy stuff?   Well, it wasn’t easy until I found Tailwind! Pinterest is a platform that brings about 60% of our traffic to our blog.  That’s huge!  It’s a great way to share photos, blog posts and even products. Why not automate that? The great thing is Tailwind allows you to “repin” your old pins on a schedule!  This is super slick.  You can quickly find your most popular pins & repin them easily with one click of a button. “You mean to tell me I can repeat something so I don’t have to do it again in the future?”  Yep, that’s exactly what…

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How To Adjust White Balance Using A Gray Card
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How To Adjust White Balance Using A Gray Card

Want to remember where you saw this? Hover over & Pin it!   White balance can be tricky and even a big headache when editing images.   You know the story … you are super excited to rush home and see the goodies on your camera only to find out that your white balance was so off that the time needed to fix it in Photoshop is enough to drive you insane.  For under $20 I stumbled upon the solution that you can use every time you go on a shoot – because it’s simply that amazing and easy to do!   I bought this gray card from Amazon – you can find it here:  WhiBal G7 Certified Neutral White Balance Card – Pocket Card (2.1″x3.35″) (affiliate link).  For under $20 this little gadget is going to change your world!         Step 1 – The Setup Shot Take a…

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When you have nothing around you to photograph ... photograph objects!
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When you have nothing around you to photograph … photograph objects!

I find inspiration in creating. Maybe I should have been a sculpture, or a painter … maybe I missed my mark all together.  But I know one thing; when photographing ANYTHING, even what can’t be identified, I am inspired.  Almost more inspired than if I were capturing someone’s portrait.  My imagination is stirred by the way light reflects or simply the blur of a perfect focus falling off it’s plane.   There are NO rules.  No thirds.  No rhyme.  No responsibility.  Just simply creating something out of what’s around you.  The trick is, and this is where it can help you … you are required to make something out of it.  That is the challenge that I love.   During these winter months there isn’t much you can do but learn from yourself.  Learn what moves you, learn to push boundaries but most of all break some damn rules!   Photos by Stacie Jensen – lover…

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