How to Become a Photographer

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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Extra: Stunning Wedding Photo Galleries That Market & Sell For You

A screenshot depicting Extra gallery and how it works

Featuring an interview with Ryan Burhop, SDE Client and EXTRA pro user.

For many wedding photographers, the income stream from a wedding ends when the images have been delivered to the clients. Digital images delivered means job done. Right!

But what if that wasn’t the final answer? What if you could continue to make money after the wedding with no more work than you’re already doing? You’d be all in on that, right? Do I hear a “heck yes!” from the crowd? If so, let me introduce you to Extra — a stunning wedding photo gallery site that sells prints for ShootDotEdit clients and ALSO offers free storage, free hosting, an automated state-of-the-art sales & marketing engine, and takes zero commission.

Simply put, taking advantage of Extra after every wedding generates the closest thing to free money you can get.

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A Life-Changing Question

Bride and groom holding hands in an image taken by Catherine Taylor of Woodland Fields Photography

Featuring Catherine Taylor of Woodland Fields Photography

Wouldn’t it be great to have a little voice in your head? An all-knowing being that could change the direction of your life with a single question? What if a query posed at exactly the right time set in motion a chain of events that would forever change you? It sounds too good to be true, right? You’re not alone. Catherine Taylor’s husband was just as skeptical when she burst through their front door ten years ago and told him she was going to be a professional photographer.

“Don’t quit your day job,” he quipped. 

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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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Treat your business like a storefront, and SHOW UP!

Starting a business is hard. Growing it can seem nothing short of unattainable. That’s why at ShootDotEdit, we want to empower Pro Wedding Photographers to not only maintain their workflow and streamline their time management; we also want to provide our customers with the tools to grow their businesses and meet their professional goals.

In order to deliver on that promise, we’ve partnered with leaders in the industry to offer valuable content that we believe will help encourage and motivate other Pro Wedding Photographers. During our customer outreach, we learned that social media is something many of you struggle with. So we reached out to Photo Mentor and Social Media extraordinaire Heather J. Keys to shed some light on the importance of consistent content.

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Be like Frances Marron, don’t give up

The mission of ShootDotEdit, beginning in March of 2007, is to partner with Pro Wedding Photographers and help them succeed more. We’ve purposed to bring valuable content ranging from how to start a photography business to how to add presets to Lightroom. We have always maintained, nevertheless, that to succeed you MUST figure out how to do what you do best and outsource the rest.

The story and testimony below is another customer story we are proud to share. And, it’s the story’s across the globe like this that remind us to keep on partnering, keep on focusing, and to keep on innovating on behalf of Pro Wedding Photographers.

We hope you enjoy the read and get inspired to keep pushing toward success!

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How to Price Photography Prints

how to price photography prints

When you first started your business, did you think you would need to know how to price photography prints? Pricing is one of those responsibilities that comes with owning a photography business that can be boring and often complicated. It can be hard to know where to start and which prices will work best for your clients and business. But in the end, setting proper pricing for your photography prints is a crucial part of your success.

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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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