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Travel With Photographers: Elisabetta Redaelli

Travel With Photographers: Elisabetta Redaelli

My husband and I craved some sun and sand for our honeymoon. We wanted to go on an adventure together, to come back with an awesome experience and not go on a “standard" honeymoon. We were able to settle on Cuba.

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How to Start Shooting Destination Weddings

How to Start Shooting Destination Weddings

The turquoise waters of the Bahamas, the dramatic Rocky Mountains, the vistas of Iceland- endless romantic images pop into our minds when we think of destination weddings. And that is why, almost every wedding photographer at some point wants to give them a go.

So we’re going to tell you how to find them, book them, and prep for them.

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How To Be A Really, Really Happy Photographer

How To Be A Really, Really Happy Photographer

The formula is simple.

clients you love + photography you are excited about + doing it your way = happy photographer

We think a shift should be made in photography. A happiness shift. You likely got into photography because you love taking photographs. And then the reality of making a living at it started to creep in, and you became bound to jobs you didn’t really want to do, because you needed the money. We’ve been there, and yep, it stinks.

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Where's The Money?

Where's The Money?

Here’s a saying we find really annoying: “do what you love, and the money will follow. Umm, nope. If we asked every photographer out there if they are working hard, they would say yes. But if we asked every photographer out there if they are raking in the big bucks, many would say no.

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What I Wish I Knew: Treat Your Photography Business Just Like Any Other Business

What I Wish I Knew: Treat Your Photography Business Just Like Any Other Business

Doesn’t the life of a photographer sound so fabulous? Someone pays me a few hundred bucks to take a few pictures in a dream location and I just get to edit them in an afternoon and Netflix the rest of my day away.

If only that were the reality!

Thinking back to the beginning of my photography career, I was a little haphazard. I would figure something out in relationship to my business, which would cause me to stumble into something else that needed to be done. 

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8 Ways to Sell An Album to Every Client

8 Ways to Sell An Album to Every Client

Back in the day, wedding albums were the big thing. In fact, they were the only thing. My sister’s wedding album contains her 40 favorite images and…that’s it. No proofs. No negatives. Definitely no cloud storage. Just one leather-bound album with gilded pages and a handful of matted portraits. Needless to say, things have changed a bit. Now, 40 images would be typical for a family portrait session, while wedding clients expect to walk away with hundreds and hundreds of images -- preferably stored on a tiny USB drive, ready to be posted instantly on social media.

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What The Pros Are Saying: Heirloom Portfolio Boxes

What The Pros Are Saying: Heirloom Portfolio Boxes

“These photos, this box… My grandchildren will pull these out of the closet one day and say ‘THAT was my grandma!’ Thank you so much for this, Nichole. This will truly become a real family heirloom.” ~ K

During my childhood, there was this one spot in our dining room china cabinet that was always full of photos. There were literally bags full of floppy 4x6’s. When I was bored or wanting to reminisce, I would go there and search through them, trying to dig up memories that I had already forgotten from my first ten years of this life.

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5 Essentials For Your Photography Studio With Lena Hyde

5 Essentials For Your Photography Studio With Lena Hyde

Would you like a peek inside my Portland studio?

I’ve been a photographer for 20+ years and have fine-tuned my sales process to include only the essentials. As artists, it can be difficult to be organized and create the tools we need to succeed and thrive. However, if we want to run a sustainable business, we need to sell products. Lots of products. And, we need to make the buying process easy and enjoyable.

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Travel With Photographers: Alyonka Owen

Travel With Photographers: Alyonka Owen

Ireland and Iceland have both been on my travel bucket-list for years, so I was pumped to be able to group both of those destinations into one big trip! We (my husband and I) planned to spend three to four days in each country, with respective capitals Dublin and Reykjavik acting as our home bases. We are lucky enough to live about an hour away from Los Angeles International Airport, so we have lots of flight options and we were able to fly red-eye on our way out there direct. Our flight back, we purposefully had a layover in Portland, Oregon for a night before heading home. 

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Step by Step: How to Get Started Selling Albums

Step by Step: How to Get Started Selling Albums

Whether you’re tired of leaving money on the table or you just want to elevate the level of your studio into a full service, luxury experience, we are excited that you are ready to take the leap and start offering the best of products to your customers.

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