Education

Posing 101 with Taryn Kent

Posing 101 with Taryn Kent

In photography, nailing the pose is everything. It’s how you sell the clothing or accessory the model is wearing and it’s how you get a mood across. It’s key that my poses come across organic and natural. I want my images to feel effortless and believable.

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Creating A Consistent Brand With Chantel Marie

Creating A Consistent Brand With Chantel Marie

One of the greatest things I’ve ever done for my business was to focus on creating a consistent brand. I’m a wedding photographer in a saturated world of wedding photographers, photographer hobbyists, travel photographers, and up and coming photographers. Labeling yourself a 'wedding photographer’ does not necessarily mean you will be chosen by upcoming brides from a group of other wedding photographers. It means you will also be going up against a client’s friend, uncle, or cousin who owns a DSLR camera.

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How to Prepare Past (Shoot & Burn) Clients for IPS

How to Prepare Past (Shoot & Burn) Clients for IPS

You finally did it. You made the leap to in-person sales and you’re so proud of yourself for taking your business to the next level. You’re connecting with new clients and there’s a definite sense of satisfaction when you hand deliver gorgeous, high quality framed prints and coffee table albums.

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How to Collaborate for Success

How to Collaborate for Success

As kids we were taught that collaboration was a great thing. Remember all those group research projects you did in middle school? Odds are, you hated those group projects just like we did because you were the one who always got stuck doing most of the work. It’s no surprise then that most of us avoid collaborating with other people to promote our businesses.

But we’re here to backup what your 7th grade teacher was saying: collaboration and working as a team are beautiful things… when done properly. This guide takes all the guesswork out of collaboration by helping you create a step-by-step plan to make your next collaboration magic.

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What I Wish I Knew: It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

What I Wish I Knew: It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

Naiveté can be both a blessing and curse, and for me, it was both. When I first started out in my photography career, I truly had no idea about the amount of work and dedication would be required of me. In some ways I’m thankful I didn’t know, or else I might never have started.

The advice I needed to hear was: get some comfortable shoes and don’t be so hard on yourself. This career of yours, it’s not a sprint. It’s not even a race. It is a journey without an end.

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Building Relationships With Local Vendors

Building Relationships With Local Vendors

My very first step into the wild world of the wedding industry was with 9 other wedding photographers. I first got into photography and had no idea what I was doing, after a couple of years of winging it on my own I met a group of incredible women who I now have the pleasure of calling my dear friends. We have always been so supportive of each other, second shooting when needed, sending referrals when we’re booked, etc. I have never felt once ounce of competition but rather, the strongest sense of community. Through these women I learned the ins and outs of shooting weddings by working alongside them. From then on I felt so much more comfortable tackling my own weddings.

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F-Stops Here: 10 Reasons why you don't really want the Disc

F-Stops Here: 10 Reasons why you don't really want the Disc

You knew when you made the leap to in-person sales that getting gorgeous prints and high quality albums into your clients’ hands would be so much better than dropping a disc of images in the mail to them. So why is it so hard to explain this to your clients? Honestly, it mostly comes down to confidence (and practicing explaining the benefits over and over again until you can do it without stumbling on your words).

Are you ready to practice? If so, we have ten reasons your clients don’t really want the disc right here. All you’ve got to do is memorize them and learn to say them with confidence!

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What I Wish I Knew: Photographing the Truth

What I Wish I Knew: Photographing the Truth

Over 13 years ago, when I first started my wedding photography business, I just wanted to do everything right and I wanted other photographers to respect me. So I looked to the people that I admired and looked successful. I noticed that they would take people downtown and put couples in front of colorful walls and old railroads and in fields. Their photos looked amazing and they got great results. I took their cue and began photographing my couples the same way.

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Finding A Connection With Your Clients With Marsais Urban

Finding A Connection With Your Clients With Marsais Urban

One of the most important aspects of my job as a photographer is to capture my subjects -- whether it is an engaged couple, a wedding event or even a family-- in the best light that best represents them individually. Each couple is unique. Each family is unique. The love they share for one another and how they display that love is different than the couple before. They are each living their very own love story, and the way you connect with them matters.

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Sifting Through the Noise of Photography Education

Sifting Through the Noise of Photography Education

We live in an age where education is abundant. No matter what we want to learn about our photography business, from bookkeeping to social media marketing, from posing to shooting manual, there’s a class, a workshop or a guide to teach you! If you’re fairly new to the industry, you might not realize just how incredible this is… even as recently as ten years ago, these kinds of resources were still hard to find.

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