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7 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Background

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When you shoot an engagement session or wedding, there are elements you look for to ensure you can create the best photos for your clients. From lighting, to posing, to location, you make sure that you and your clients are set up for a successful shoot. In addition to the elements you look for, how much attention do you pay to selecting the perfect background?

The background can help you make a stunning photo, or can turn your shoot into a nightmare if you don’t use it to your advantage! So you can always find a background to suit your shoot, here are 7 tips for selecting the perfect background for your couples.

1. Look for Something New

As a photographer, you may spend time shooting the same locations over and over. While this is fine, don’t be afraid to mix it up. Look for backgrounds that you have not shot before. Perhaps you have always wanted to shoot your couple in front of a busy city or in front of a legendary monument. Find ways to incorporate backgrounds that differentiate your images from past ones. This creates stunning photos for your couple and also keeps you motivated to take dynamic photos.

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Image Compliments of Rachel Rossetti Photography

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Top 5 Tips for Creating Presets the Right Way

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How many hours do you spend in your post-wedding workflow? Your time is so valuable that you need to make sure you use every minute to its fullest. Creating and using Lightroom presets to add your Signature Style to images is a fast way for you to maintain consistency and quickly deliver your images to clients. But, if you spend too much time creating presets, you are missing out on important parts of your business that require your attention.

In our Surefire Methods to Creating Presets the Right Way Webinar, Cole Joseph shared how to create custom presets for your business to match your Signature Style, and how to use them to simplify your process in Lightroom. Here are the top 5 tips from Coles recent webinar for you to implement into your workflow today.

1. Create Unique Presets for Images

Just like you can save time when you outsource various parts of your workflow, Lightroom presets help you eliminate time from your post-wedding workflow by allowing you to quickly apply artistic edits after your images are color corrected. Although you can purchase presets for your business, creating them means you have complete control over the style you place on your images. 

Lightroom presets help you provide exceptional service because you can add your style faster, meaning you will have a quick photo turnaround time. Plus, when you create and use presets, you save time which equals more money for your business. The more time you can save in your post-wedding workflow, the easier it will be to work on other projects to increase your profit.

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Creating Dynamic Photos using the Rule of Thirds

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Whether you are a new photographer or have been shooting for years, how often are you using the rule of thirds for your images? Chances are you might know a bit about the rule of thirds, as it was likely one of the first lessons you learned about photography. But, are you using it to the best of your ability to create memorable and interesting images from every shoot?

For some, the rule of thirds revolves around how images are composed, and others use it as a starting point and then develop different framing techniques. The great thing about the rule of thirds is it allows you to look at your images differently. It is also helpful because it takes you away from shooting the same images every time. Instead of shooting your couple straight on, the rule of thirds allows you to move them away from the center of the photo. So you can discover if you are using the rule of thirds to its fullest, and to help in creating dynamic photos, here are a few tips you can use for your next shoot.

Understand the Concept

The rule of thirds is based on a 3×3 grid where you place your subjects on the imaginary points where the lines intersect. Within the grid, use the rule of thirds to place the couple (or subject) in the top, bottom, left, or right portion of the frame. This splits the image differently than it would when you place the subject directly in the center of the image.LimRuleOf3_006Image Compliments of Scott Robert Lim

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The Secrets to Building a Successful Photography Team (without going crazy!) Webinar

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Do you run your wedding photography business with a partner? Whether it is your spouse or a fellow photographer, working side-by-side can be challenging at times. Since you both have different personalities and ideas, how can you combine your qualities to find success? Without a solid plan in place, it can be easy to drive one another crazy, unless you have a solid plan in place.

In our Secrets to Building a Successfully Photography Team (without going crazy!) Webinar, husband and wife duo Matt and Carissa Kennedy will share their secrets to quickly become a strong team so your relationship gives you a competitive advantage in the photography industry.

Wednesday, May 18th 
10am PDT – 11am PDT

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Stop Making Branding Mistakes: Solving Identity Crisis

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Have you ever missed out on booking an ideal client because of a branding mistake in your business? Often times, branding mistakes occur unintentionally, and since making adjustments in your business can take time, it may be likely you have not had the opportunity to fix the issue.

In our Branding Guide, we cover 7 mistakes wedding photographers make in their photography business. The first mistake we highlight is suffering from an identity crisis. When you share too many conflicting details about who you are as a photographer, and what you specialize in, you risk sending a confusing message to clients. Because you are a unique photographer who has a specialty unlike anyone else, it is crucial to your success to identify what your specialty is so you can attract the right clients to your business.

Identify a Specialty

As a photographer, you may enjoy shooting other areas outside of wedding photography, which is a great opportunity to practice your skills. But, if you are sharing multiple types of photography on your website, you may cause confusion for clients searching for a wedding photographer. To solve this, identify the type of weddings you want to shoot and the type of clients you want to interact with.

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4 Tips to Quickly Shoot the Wedding Dress

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Out of the images you shoot during the wedding day, the brides dress is one of the most important to capture. Whether there is an emotional story behind it, or there is a unique reason she chose it, this is the dress she wanted to wear and have photographed on her big day.

Sometimes, thinking of new ways to capture the wedding dress can be a challenge, especially after shooting countless dresses for each event. To help you find inspiration, and create images the bride will love, here are 4 tips to quickly shoot the wedding dress.

1. Use an Elegant Hanger

Although the bride will likely have a nice hanger for her dress, bring along your own hanger that will photograph with the dress to match your style. Most of the time, a classic wooden hanger can create a more elegant look for the bride’s dress. Before she gets dressed, change the hanger to capture the dress images.

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Surefire Methods to Creating Presets the Right Way Webinar

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In your post-wedding workflow, it’s easy to lose track of the time you spend on your tasks; especially adding your artistic edits. After your images are color corrected, applying your Signature Style is an important task to take care of to diversify yourself from others in the industry. Using Lightroom presets can assist you in developing a quick and simple process for adding your Signature Style to your images. But, spending too much time adjusting your presets can take away from other areas in your business. How can you make presets that represent your style and quickly add them to your photos?

In our Surefire Methods to Creating Presets the Right Way Webinar, Cole Joseph will demonstrate simple tips to help you create your very own presets for your Signature Style!

Wednesday, May 11th 
10am PDT – 11am PDT

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3 Steps to Shooting a Large Bridal Party

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Ever have trouble organizing and shooting a large bridal party? Today, Amy and Jordan Demos are sharing 4 secrets for how to photograph a large bridal party on the wedding day in the fastest, most effective, and organized way possible. They will help you have a plan for a part of the wedding day that a lot of photographers dread, and will show you how to have fun with it, get great images, and get time back if the timelines fallen behind.

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1. Shoot with Chairs

One of our goals for large bridal party shots is to be able to see everyone as clearly as possible. If we string out twenty people in a line or single row, their faces are going to be so tiny! So we (almost) always, whenever possible, use chairs for bridal parties with more than four bridesmaids and four groomsmen when were photographing the entire group. Ten (in total) is the absolute most well ever photograph without chairs. Again, thats a general rule. You have to evaluate on a case-by-case basis, but thats our basic idea heading into bridal party photos.

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Image Compliments of Amy and Jordan Demos

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Top 5 Tips for Doubling Income with Signature Style

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When you think about growing your business, what do you know you need to focus on to become the best photographer and business owner possible? Creating a Signature Style is one of the best ways for you to grab the attention of ideal clients and increase your overall income. Although developing your own style seems simple, there are important steps you must take to achieve success. Taking the time to develop a style which is recognizable to clients requires time and patience, but can allow you to quickly grow your business and your skills as a photographer.

In webinar, Doubling your Income with a Signature Style, Scott Robert Lim shared how to quickly create a unique style of your own to increase your profit drastically. To give you a sneak peek into our upcoming webinar, and to help you move closer to your goals, here are the top 5 tips for doubling your income.

“Passion gives us hope when the rewards of our efforts are disappointing.” – Scott Robert Lim

1. Master the Fundamentals

During a wedding shoot, there are various elements for you to attend to at once. Because there are so many technical aspects you need to utilize, mastering the fundamentals can help develop your Signature Style and double your income over time. The fundamentals include composition, lighting, and posing. In many of your shoots, you have to use all three at once. If you are unable to properly execute any of the fundamentals, your shoots could suffer and your creativity may be stunted. Scott breaks down the necessities of the fundamentals:

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How to Eliminate Procrastination in your Business

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Here at ShootDotEdit, we love to provide you with helpful resources for your photography business. We also know that there are certain tasks you work with which are not all that exciting. To help you beat procrastination in your business, and be productive every day, Virginia wedding photographer Katelyn James is sharing how she motivates herself in her business.

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Anyone have days where you get a TON done and then other days that feel like a complete loss? That happens to mebut I think Ive figured out WHY! Ive had a realization recently that has totally made me re-think the way I get stuff DONE in the office.

Sometimes we have what we call Stay at Home Days,where we work from home. Ive found that some of those days are not as productive as others. And then sometimes, I have days where I get so much done, and I have no idea why. Its literally like something trips in my brain and its like, youre going to kill it today,and then theres other days that are like, nope, today you should just give up now.

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