Business and Workflow

Fast 5: A Plan to Grow Your Business

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

No matter where you are in your photography business — whether at the beginning or you’re a seasoned professional wedding photographer, planning for your success is key. Starting a photography business can be so exciting, but as you book more weddings and fill your calendar, what once was your dream job can turn stressful and unmanageable. Having a photography business plan will ensure you can handle your growth and scale.

Being scalable and creating a plan allows you to implement proper systems that give you more time to work on your craft and require less time working on other tasks. This results in you saving time, energy, and greatly reducing stress. Here are FIVE amazing tips on how to become scalable for your business and create an effective plan.

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Santa and Holiday Themed Photo Sessions

Santa and Holiday Themed Photo Sessions

Santa Claus is big business this time of year and Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers are cashing in. With the wedding off-season fast approaching, photographers in colder climates are making up for a lack of wedding income with special holiday-themed mini photo sessions. Many photographers target their current clients and offer spur of the moment photo booth style shots.

“I offer a reasonably priced 15-minute holiday session where the client can choose what they want in their set. Options include: wreaths, presents, lights and small handheld type things like snowflakes and bells for little kids to play with to keep them smiling.”

Diane Clifford with Diane Nicole Photography

While quick and easy works for many photographers looking to up their income during the holiday season, some go all out — creating a buzz and a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) among their colleagues.

“We’ve talked about doing personal Santa experiences with families. Hiring a professional Santa and giving each family 15-20 minutes to meet and take family photos with and without Santa. I’ve heard of photographers making thousands in a weekend with this idea.”

Robb McCormick with Robb McCormick Photography

Santa may be the star of the show before Christmas, but don’t rule out other holiday-themed ideas, like a family pajama party that can live on long into the winter months. And, if you pair holiday-themed photo sessions with holiday photo print sales with EXTRA, your income won’t skip a beat this winter.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at ShootDotEdit! May they be merry and full of photography sessions!

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Time as a Wedding Photographer?

Getting The Most Out of Your Time Wedding Photographer ShootDotEdit

Time… You can’t fight it—there are only 24 hours in every day! 

Time is fleeting and time matters. It’s not just something you can get back… Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

What decisions have you been putting off making in your business because you simply just don’t have the time?

And what if you could get that time back? What would you do with even just one extra hour each day? 

Would you spend it with your family? Or perhaps you’d go to the gym—maybe even get in some much-needed self-care… 

You could catch up on sleep, cuddle with your kiddo—the world really opens up when you’re not constantly getting buried by your work!

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The Art of Overcoming Wedding Photography Stigmas

Wedding Photography Stigmas Shoot Dot Edit

Featuring Rebecca Yale

Written By Sabrina Sabbagh

“I’m a photographer who shoots weddings?” Rebecca Yale answered my question with a laugh and a rising intonation in her voice that I wasn’t used to hearing. Her answer, which presented more like a question, made me think she wasn’t sure what to say when I asked her what type of photographer she is. The uncertainty in her voice had me abandoning my planned questions to find out why a 20-year photography veteran with a degree in photography and aesthetic philosophy from NYU would answer in such a peculiar way.

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The Best Photography Workflow Tips for Wedding Photographers

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Airlines don’t overhaul their airplanes while they are flying. And that’s for good reason. Taking vital systems offline while in flight would probably be disastrous. The same is true for photographers. While less fatal, changing your photography workflow during busy season can derail projects leading to late nights and angry clients. That is why off-season is the ideal time to update and improve your workflows.


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Balancing a New Baby and Your Wedding Photography Business

balancing a new baby and your photography business

As a wedding photographer, you have to find a balance between running a successful photography business with other areas of your personal life. If you are a new parent or are getting ready to welcome a little bundle of joy, you are likely starting to think about how to manage both your business and your baby.

In addition to our photo editing services, we connect with industry leaders to share their insights on relevant topics. For this topic, we brought in Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers, an established Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, ShootDotEdit Customer, and proud mother. She has a great understanding of how crazy it can be to figure out how to manage a business and a baby. She is going to break down exactly how to find the balance between running your wedding photography business and caring for your baby.

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Professional Wedding Photographer Tips: How to Work Hard and Make Time for You

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As a professional wedding photographer and business owner, there are always tasks on your plate and never-ending to-do lists to complete. Though, to make it as a wedding photographer, it is crucial for you to set aside time for yourself, your loved ones, and things outside of work.

Here at ShootDotEdit, we specialize in wedding photo edits. We also connect with industry pros to bring you valuable information on topics relevant to your wedding photography business. We reached out to wedding photography duo, and ShootDotEdit Wedding Pro, Shane and Lauren Photography, who have found a way to balance their business and allow for free time. Keep reading to learn their wedding photographer business tips to help you work hard and make time for you.

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Free Email Templates and Quick Guide for Wedding Photographers

free email templates and quick 1-2-3 guide

Here at ShootDotEdit, our mission is to empower the success of professional wedding photographers. And one of the top ways to get started on your path to success is to eliminate areas of your photography business that are time-consuming and create bottlenecks in your workflow (like email communication). That’s why we partnered with 3 top companies in the industry to bring you 49 Wedding Photographer Custom Crafted Email Templates, plus a quick guide to get started!


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