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Wedding Vendors: A Little Love Goes a Long Way

Featuring Michelle Walker on ShootDotEdit Feature on Wedding Vendors

Featuring Michelle Walker

When 90% of your business comes from referrals, vendor relationships can make or break a wedding season for even the most established photographer. That’s why getting herself on as many preferred vendor lists as possible is not something Michelle Walker leaves to chance. 

“I hustle for work every day. I hustle as hard today as I did when I was just starting out.” 

The Bay Area photographer recently moved to Napa, and even though it’s only an hour away, she’s back to pounding the pavement to get noticed. “My goal is to be on everyone’s preferred vendor list, and have relationships with all of the popular area wedding planners.” 

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Spending Time With Intention While Growing Your Photography Business

Featuring Justin Haugen

Featuring Justin Haugen on ShootDotEdit feature on growing your photography business

Justin Haugen is no stranger to photography workshops and expos, but his taste in curriculum has evolved over the last decade. When the Tucson Wedding and Portrait Photographer used to attend conferences like WPPI, he would purposely avoid classes about running or growing a photography business.

“I find that we tend to focus on skills-based learning very early in our careers.” 

Justin says his class choices were largely based on his concern about the competition. “That’s the focus for a long time in the beginning: how we can be more talented, more skilled, and more artistic.” 

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Make Your Social Media Work For You

Featuring Tiffany Williams

Featuring Tiffany Williams on ShootDotEdit feature on social media presence

Canceling her Wedding Wire account and choosing not to do any bridal fairs was a drastic and risky move for Montana-based wedding photographer, Tiffany Williams. She called it a tenuous time as she shifted her entire marketing plan and budget toward self-promotion on social media.

“I was hitting social media really hard and I was starting to connect with more people on Instagram.” Tiffany says the web-based client subscription sites served her well for many years, but it was time to lean into attracting clients based on who she is as a person. “I really wanted to connect with people at a heart level.”

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Being a Successful Introvert in the Photography Industry

Featuring Jen Huang on ShootDotEdit Feature - Being a Successful Introvert in the Photography Industry

Featuring Jen Huang


When Destination Wedding and Portrait Photographer, Jen Huang sat across from me for her interview at the ShootDotEdit booth during WPPI, we were both pretty exhausted. It was 4pm on the 3rd day of the largest wedding and portrait photography conference and tradeshow in the world. As I was setting up the recording equipment, she asked how many interviews I’d done so far. I told her she was my 13th in two days. She raised her eyebrows slightly and nodded in understanding. It had been a very busy few days for her, too.

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