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Wedding Week: Say 'hello' to Kristen Weaver

Hi! I'm Kristen Weaver! I truly can't remember a time when I wasn't taking pictures. I remember begging my mom to take my little 35mm film rolls to get developed and I'd create albums of random horrible captures from middle school. Thankfully my technique improved and I made it more of a hobby in college - starting a mini photography business for my sorority sisters during my senior year. It eventually turned in to my full time profession in 2009 after getting laid off from my marketing job.

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Hi! I'm Kristen Weaver! I truly can't remember a time when I wasn't taking pictures. I remember begging my mom to take my little 35mm film rolls to get developed and I'd create albums of random horrible captures from middle school. Thankfully my technique improved and I made it more of a hobby in college - starting a mini photography business for my sorority sisters during my senior year. It eventually turned in to my full time profession in 2009 after getting laid off from my marketing job.

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Wedding Week: Hi there, Dan DeWaard

Hi Dan. We are big fans. Can you tell us about your photography journey?
If you want the raw (pun intended) answer, it was because I was going through a hardship. In response, I found it therapeutic to take photos in my parents' woods. It started with pics of nature and wildlife, and over a few months, I fell in love with photography. Up to that point in my life, I had never considered myself artistic then I challenged myself by shooting simple items with the goal of making them interesting until I learned the basic principles of photography. I am self-taught using YouTube and Kelby Training, in combination with trial and error.

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Hi Dan. We are big fans. Can you tell us about your photography journey?
If you want the raw (pun intended) answer, it was because I was going through a hardship. In response, I found it therapeutic to take photos in my parents' woods. It started with pics of nature and wildlife, and over a few months, I fell in love with photography. Up to that point in my life, I had never considered myself artistic then I challenged myself by shooting simple items with the goal of making them interesting until I learned the basic principles of photography. I am self-taught using YouTube and Kelby Training, in combination with trial and error.

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Why Successful Photographers Love In-Person Sales | Part 2

In Part 2 of our interview with Design Aglow founder, Lena Hyde, gives us her top three tips for creating images that sell. Get all the selling tips and master in-person sales with the Ultimate IPS Course for Photographers.

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In Part 2 of our interview with Design Aglow founder, Lena Hyde, gives us her top three tips for creating images that sell. Get all the selling tips and master in-person sales with the Ultimate IPS Course for Photographers.

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Why Successful Photographers Love In-Person Sales | Part 1

Today we are sitting down with acclaimed portrait photographer and Design Aglow founder, Lena Hyde, talking about IPS: In-Person Sales for photographers. In this two-part series, Lena breaks down all the what's, why's and how's of IPS. And make sure to check out the IPS Master Toolkit for everything you need to start slaying IPS.

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Today we are sitting down with acclaimed portrait photographer and Design Aglow founder, Lena Hyde, talking about IPS: In-Person Sales for photographers. In this two-part series, Lena breaks down all the what's, why's and how's of IPS. And make sure to check out the IPS Master Toolkit for everything you need to start slaying IPS.

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Conversations With Clients: Why Photographic Art Matters

It’s been a hard day. You’re tired--and let’s face it--a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky. So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the USB of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table. Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.

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It’s been a hard day. You’re tired--and let’s face it--a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky. So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the USB of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table. Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.

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