Photographer Feature

Learn, Grow, Pass It On | Featuring Brandi Allyse Photography

When did you realize you loved photography? Back then, did you ever think you’d take it up professionally? Or was it just a hobby?

People latch onto photography at different points in their lives. Some spend years in an uninspiring career before getting their true calling. Others know they want the professional life of a photographer early on and work hard to achieve their dream. 

In this special ShootDotEdit Feature, you’ll read about one such person who knew what she wanted from the beginning and made it happen — Brandi Salerno of Brandi Allyse Photo.

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How I Got the Shot with Salt & Pine Photography

Darryl Ann and Joe are Seattle-based husband and wife wedding photographers that make up Salt & Pine.

These two talented photographers LOVE adventure, and find magical ways to capture it in their images. So when they agreed to tell us how they got some of our favorite shots they’ve taken, we were thrilled to share with you what they had to say!

Read on to learn how Salt & Pine got the shot!

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How I Got the Shot with Diane Nicole Photography

Hey! You made it! To the first How I Got the Shot with ShootDotEdit.  This week, we welcomed northern California-based wedding photographer Diane Clifford of Diane Nicole Photography.  

We love Diane’s work and are proud to call her a valued ShootDotEdit customer. So much so that we picked out a few of our favorite images she captured and asked her to explain a bit how she got such incredible shots!

So without further ado — Diane Clifford!

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Marketing Tips For Right Now

Guest Post By Bradley Zisow of Bradley Images

But it takes more than knowing how to capture incredible imagery to get noticed by your peers and potential clients. 

One of the biggest mistakes wedding photographers make (or any business owners for that matter) is neglecting their marketing efforts.  And we get it! Marketing can be easy to let fall by the wayside.

Our advice: Don’t make that mistake — especially now and even when things are slow (because we have all been stuck inside)!

Now’s the perfect time to develop or continue working on a strong marketing game for your photography business.

We teamed up with Baltimore’s own Bradley Zisow of Bradley Images. Bradley is an award-winning wedding photographer and knows how to keep a business afloat even through the most trying times.  He wanted to share a few of his marketing tips with us here today on the ShootDotEdit blog!

Check it out!

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KT Merry: Up Close & Personal

From my first interaction with KT Merry, I knew the professional wedding photographer meant business. Actual business. The photography veteran has honed her business acumen with as much fervor as her artistic endeavors. 

With a successful career spanning almost two decades, it’s no wonder KT Merry’s attention to detail and time management was evident immediately, starting with her website and scheduling tools. Clicking a link in my email launched a beautifully designed and incredibly user-friendly meeting calendar. Within seconds, I had scheduled our phone interview and received a confirmation email. This woman had no time to waste, I thought. I continued my research, excited about learning more about the KT Merry’s brand, and the woman behind it.

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Diversifying Your Skillset in Photography

Featuring Robb McCormick

For long, there has been this idea of specialized photography in people’s minds — be it the clients or the photographers themselves. The misconception is that someone who carries the title of a professional photographer should just be an expert in one genre. However, time and again photographers have proven their mettle in different forms of photography. One such professional photographer is Robb McCormick.  

Robb, who has an exemplary line of work calls himself a “lover of light.” Based in the Columbus, Ohio area, Robb is known for his modern and stunning wedding photography. Besides this, he is also into Corporate, Real Estate, Portraits and Headshots photography and he is excellent in all. When you Google his name, you will find some incredible reviews about his work and also him as a person. He’s even been rated 5/5 by The Knot and The Wedding Wire. 

So we at Shootdotedit thought of sharing his journey so far as a photographer and also why he decided to diversify his craft. Robb was kind enough to take some time for us to share his experiences and advise other aspiring photographers.

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The Value of Brand Relationships in Your Photography Business

Want to be re-energized? Before you go any further, invest 60 seconds of your time to watch this video!!

Husband and wife wedding & relationship photography team, Laibel and Chana of Laibel Schwartz Photography started out their business as more of a “team-building” project — something to aide in personal communication.  

“It was fun to be creative together and challenge ourselves together,” Chana says.  “And we specifically started weddings because I had a passion for that.”

Chana told us that her own experience with her wedding photographer had not been an overly positive one.  “She posed me in ways where I felt like… ‘Well this doesn’t feel good, but I’m sure it will look good…’ And then it didn’t look good.”  Chana says their philosophy on wedding photography has developed around their perspective of what a bride really wants to feel like on her wedding day.

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5 Marketing Ideas That Won’t Cost You a Penny

Written by Erin Morrison

I am Erin Morrison with Erin Morrison Photography. I was born and raised in Illinois and moved to the great southern city of Knoxville, Tennessee over a decade ago.

I consider myself a walking contradiction — a Type A personality with a creative streak, a Yankee who says fixin’, and a lover of comedy who couldn’t tell a punch-line to save her soul.

I have been a Knoxville wedding photographer for eight years, but I am one of “those photographers” that still has a full-time job. Therefore, I am very interested in marketing tactics that produce results long after they are implemented. I especially love tactics that are FREE. In this blog, I am going to share with you 5 Free Marketing Tips Built for Longevity.

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Why Wedding Photographers Make Great Commercial Shooters

Featuring Justin Brownell

When Justin Brownell got out of the Air Force, he had no idea he’d soon make a career out of taking beautiful photos. GI bill in hand, he set off for art school. 

The Texas native majored in web development and design, unsure exactly where that path would lead. It wasn’t until he was required to take a photography class as an elective that he started to develop a passion for capturing unforgettable moments. 

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Getting to the Top and Staying There

Featuring Jasmin Neidhart of Flora & Grace Photography

Being internationally recognized in your first year of business is every up-and-coming photographer’s dream. Staying humble, grounded, and focused is another thing entirely. 

Jasmin Neidhart had been in business for just 4 years as Grace and Blush Photography (now Flora & Grace Photography) when she was named one of the 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography in the world by Rangefinder Magazine. The Germany based newcomer had barely even heard of WPPI before being invited to host a photo walk and speak on a panel at the convention earlier this year.

“The panel was about how to build a brand, find your style and overcome insecurities in an industry that can be oversaturated.” So what did Jasmin have in common with her fellow Rising Star award winners? “All of the rising stars built a certain style that was different. When I looked at their work and mine, I think what made us all successful is that we just do our own thing. We don’t care about industry trends or editing trends.”

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