Photography Business

3 Tips to Better Natural Light Photos

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Learning how to effectively use light to create stunning images is essential for wedding photographers. Not only will it set you apart from other photographers, but it will give you the confidence to shoot in any type of lighting situation. We recently shared 5 off-camera lighting tips for you to use, and now we are diving into natural lighting! Natural light, while readily available to every photographer, is not always the easiest tool to work with. There are several factors to take into consideration with the light in order to take great photos. Here are 3 tips to shooting better natural light photos that you can use during your next session.

1. Time of Day

When it comes to how often natural light alters throughout the day, it is easy to have a love-hate relationship with it. One minute the sun can be casting a gorgeous golden light onto your bride and groom, and the next minute, clouds have overtaken the sky and the sun is gone. With the light constantly changing, do your best to prepare and determine ahead of time which type of light is ideal for your shoot. For example, if the bride and groom are longing for photos with the glowing sun illuminating the background, you will want to ensure that you schedule time to photograph them before sunset during golden hour. [···]

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How to Quickly Select Images for Albums

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Here at ShootDotEdit, we love sharing about different ways to save you time. From managing your inbox in the morning to your post production workflow, finding efficient ways to complete tasks is an important step to growing your business. When it comes to wedding albums, selecting the best images to use can be a time consuming process. So what can you do to speed up the process and include images that your clients love? Here are some suggestions to help you quickly select images for albums.

Keep Images Organized

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Personalizing your Pricing

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When it comes to your wedding photography business, it’s no secret that you want to be unique, especially form other photographers in your area. There are a number of ways you can stand out through your website, social media, and the images you produce. Imagine if you could also personalize your pricing to center it around items and services that you knew your clients wanted? Here’s a little secret – you can!

When it comes to pricing, there is one important thing that will help improve it – determining the “must-haves” for your clients. Must-haves are items that your clients must have and order when they book you. These must-haves are different for every photographer, since you all attract a different type of client. By taking the time to learn what is most important to your clients, you can personalize your pricing and increase your bookings exponentially! [···]

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4 Ways to Streamline Album Design

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After the wedding day is over, the bride and groom anxiously await their images from the big day. While providing the bride and groom with the images in an online gallery or DVD is a great way for them to see all of their images, many couples love to have a physical book of their favorite moments of the day.

Creating a wedding album for them to display and share with their friends and family is a great way for them to remember the wedding day! This is also an opportunity for you to further show off your signature style. So how do you design an album that your clients will love and want to share with their friends and family? We’ve put together the top 4 album design tips that will keep your albums timeless and streamline your album design.

1. Create a strong story

A successful album will tell a story of the wedding day, from the bride and groom getting ready to the farewells as the couple heads to their honeymoon. Perhaps there was a funny moment that happened during the day that’s just too good to leave out, or you shot little moments throughout the day that harnessed a lot of emotion – those are the moments you want to include in the album for your clients to enjoy! When it comes to placing the photos in an album, consider placing them chronologically to keep the timeline of the day moving forward throughout the book. Highlight certain images that are especially significant to the story by dedicating an entire page to one image. [···]

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5 Tips for Better Business Organization

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When you decided to become a wedding photographer, what was it about this career that enticed you? For several, it’s because they love taking photos. Here’s a fun fact – only about 12% of your time is spent actually taking photos! The rest of the time is dedicated to marketing, accounting, sales, networking, and more. As a wedding photographer, you actually signed up to be a business person for most of the time!

Managing a business is no easy feat and can quickly become overwhelming. One key to being successful is ensuring that you have the proper organizational tools in place to keep your priorities on track. To help you with this, we’ve put together 5 tips to help you better organize your business.

1. Use office management programs

Whether you work from home or have a studio, having a solid system to manage the ins and out of your business is vital. There are several options to explore, from hiring a studio manager to using a studio management software. A great virtual studio manager is ShootQ, which was developed by photographers for photographers. It allows you to keep your workflow organized from the moment a prospective client contacts you until the final product is delivered. Because everything is managed online, you can easily access the information whenever you need it. [···]

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WPPI 2015 Show Guide

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12,000+ photographers. 500+ Vendors. 300+ Speakers. Tradeshow, classes, parties…
let’s face it, there is a lot! WPPI can be overwhelming.

That is why we created a Show Guide for you!

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Our FREE Guide:
– highlights the best educators and topics
– shares recommended Vendors that will plug in nicely to your workflow
– lists popular parties and events to attend

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5 Ways to Create a Win with Vendor Referrals

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While your wedding photography business is unique and targets a different ideal client than other businesses, there is one aspect that is similar in each business – you will all come into contact with other vendors at weddings! Let’s do some math really fast: If you shoot 15 weddings a year on average and come into contact with 10 vendors at each wedding, that’s 150 vendors that you have the opportunity to connect with! Engaging with these like-minded business owners who are working with the same ideal clients as you can assist you in expanding your marketing reach and rapidly grow your business. Here are 5 ways to gain trust with vendors and create a win with vendor referrals.

#1. Invest In Them

A great way to show vendors that you care is to make it apparent that you are interested in helping their business grow. If they know that you are invested in not only your business but theirs too, it will help exponentially. So, how do you do this? Reach out to them and ask how you can contribute to their business growth! By just initiating this basic conversation with them, it can lead to a lifelong partnership that benefits both of you. [···]

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Top 5 Advanced Lightroom Tips

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We spend a lot of time talking about workflow, specifically your Lightroom workflow – what can we say, we love Color Correction and providing you with wedding photo editing tips! In our Online Training: Advanced Lightroom Skillsets, workflow expert Jared Platt took an in-depth look at Lightroom and provided you with advanced tips for mastering Lightroom.

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Who’s Doing It Right in Blogging

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In the social media-driven world, blogging is an important part of your business. Through your blog, you have the opportunity to share weddings as well as personal stories with potential clients. One of the beauties of blogging is there are several ways to share stories of wedding days and even personal experiences. Even though you are a photographer, that does not mean that your blog can only consist of images. A goal of your blog is to captivate and intrigue potential clients, and that can be done in several ways. Here are three photographers who each have a different blogging style that are doing it right and creating compelling blogs.

1. Chrisman Studios – Narratives

While potential clients enjoy seeing your images, you can also awe them with your words through the power of narration. With a narrative style blog, being able to describe the emotions and events that happened during a wedding are just as important as providing beautiful images. By selecting a few images that complement your story, you can show readers that you pay attention to little details and really work to document a cohesive story. In Chrisman Studios’ blog, they share narratives that express the unique moments they experienced from the day they met a couple all the way leading up to the wedding day. By finding ways to connect with the bride and groom on a personal level, the photographers are able to share the couple’s love story that unfolds in their blog post. [···]

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