Photographer Features

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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Going Against the Grain in Wedding Photography

Featuring Kuoloon Chong & Qiya Ng with Kompactfaen

We hear it all the time. The old saying, “you can’t please everyone.” But in the social media-focused world of wedding photography, it’s important to be liked. The more people like you, the more work you’ll get. 

So in an industry that relies so heavily on referrals, ignoring criticism from other photographers and vendors is a big gamble. But it’s one that paid off for Qiya Ng and Kuoloon Chong. Despite a lack of support from their community and colleagues, just one year after the couple created Kompactfaen they were named one of 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography in the world by Rangefinder Magazine.

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Making Your Photography Career Fit Your Changing Lifestyle

Featuring Bud Johnson

Bud Johnson has photographed weddings in Europe, Iceland, and all over the US. In the beginning of his career, the Savannah, Georgia-based photographer used to travel constantly for work. But a lot has changed over the last ten years of the photographer’s career. 

Bud now has a wife and four young children at home, so he’s less excited about jet setting these days. When Bud decided he didn’t want to travel as much, he picked up and moved his family to Savannah, a known hub for weddings. 

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Know Your Worth and Charge Accordingly

Featuring Catherine Hall

When Catherine Hall was just starting out as a professional photographer, she had the intention of living a life free from debt. The Wedding, Portrait, and Commercial photographer graduated at the top of her class at California Polytechnic and furthered her education in art at Oxford University. She knew the value of keeping her costs low while also building her new business. 

“I started off living and working in a tiny apartment in New York. The room was so small that you couldn’t even open the door without hitting the bed.” 

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Turning a Gear Bag Catastrophe Into Award-Winning Photos

Gear Bag Catastrophe Award Winning Photos Nik Pekridis ShootDotEdit

Featuring Nik Pekridis

It’s a photographer’s worst nightmare. The bride and groom arrive looking picture-perfect in their wedding best. You check the time and the light—making a mental inventory of the cameras and lenses you brought with you before reaching into your gear bag to retrieve the best option. But when you look down, your gear bag is gone. Everything you brought with you to shoot a destination wedding thousands of miles away from home has been stolen. 

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Knowing When & What to Outsource While Growing Your Photography Business

Tracy Autem Outsourcing ShootDotEdit Feature

Featuring Tracy Autem

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh 

Becoming a small business owner isn’t necessarily a goal for all photographers. Industry statistics show that there are plenty of talented wedding and portrait photographers who are perfectly happy working for someone else. And that’s something Tracy Autem is grateful for.

When Tracy created Lightly Photography almost 15 years ago, she had no idea her business would grow to the point of maintaining full-time staff members, associate shooters, and a sought-after internship program.

“We’ve definitely created a company that fosters longevity with our staff.” 

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Standing Out | The Ever-Evolving World of Print Competitions

Sanjay Jogia Standing Out Print Photography ShootDotEdit

Featuring Sanjay Jogia

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh

When I met Sanjay Jogia of Eye Jogia Photography on the bustling exhibit hall floor at WPPI, he said he was actually relieved to be back in the crowd on the floor. Gesturing toward his “Judge” badge, the Luxury Wedding Photographer said he had just finished judging the WPPI print competition. 

“We were stuck in a dark room for 11 hours a day looking at images. We had hundreds and hundreds of images to go through.” Sanjay has been a Print Competition Judge at WPPI for the last 3 years, so I asked him for some advice on how to stand out. 

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