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How to Plan for COVID Engagement Sessions

How to Plan for COVID Engagement Sessions

This is a post on how to plan engagement sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. At ShootDotEdit we are here to help photographers succeed. But we do not support photographers doing anything that makes them feel unsafe. We also recognize that some photographers want to (and have to) be photographing right now. No judgement should be passed on any choice. We do not believe you should be photographing if you’re not ready to be out there, and if you ARE ready to be photographing (and your couples are ready to be booking) engagement sessions, these tips might help! Please stay healthy and stay safe.

The COVID pandemic has turned the world upside down, and its economic side effects have impacted industries globally. Wedding photographers also took a huge hit due to the pandemic as it forced couples to push pause on their wedding plans. While some have simply postponed their weddings, others have canceled them. And this change in plans as well as people’s personal situations have also led to an increase in refund requests. But despite all this chaos, seeing their couples dealing with  – and overcoming the pandemic  – for the sake of love has been a motivation for wedding photographers to adapt to the changing world. 

Now, as lockdown restrictions ease, and businesses start to come back to life, couples will be looking forward to booking engagement photo sessions. And even though we are still in the middle of the pandemic, you could take some steps to ensure that your clients remain safe and comfortable while shooting with you.

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Creating a Wedding Day Shot List

Creating a Wedding Day Shot List

A wedding day shot list? Do I really need one?

The resounding answer is YES.

And it all starts with asking the couple what they want, what is special to them, and then setting realistic expectations for their requests balanced against the timeline and the location where the wedding will be held.

Here are 7 amazing and easy to follow tips on creating a wedding day shot-list. 

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Planning An Engagement Session

Planning An Engagement Session

For today’s post, we’re here to help you help your couples when planning an engagement session. 

Here are 5 top tips photographers share with their couples to help when planning an engagement session. If you’re new to wedding photography and don’t know where to start when helping couples planning an engagement session, start here! If you’re a seasoned pro, see how many of these you share with your couples already! Either way, feel free to pass these tips along to your clients if you think they’re feeling stuck. Because at ShootDotEdit, we’re all about both you and your couples getting the best shots possible! And when you’re done here, check out these two blog posts on Posing Couples and Posing Couples for Engagement Sessions that will help you be even more successful!


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Top 10 Photo Edit Fixes Asked For by Brides

Top 10 Photo Edit Fixes Asked For by Brides
Image credit Photography by Orlando

This blog post on the Top 10 Photo Edit fixes a bride might ask you for may surprise you! You are a wedding photographer and love to bring out the beauty of your subjects. You understand that it is reasonable if your brides want to look their best on their wedding day. So it might not surprise you if a bride-to-be approaches you with photo edit requests on or before her wedding day. And why not? It is her big day. She wants to look beautiful and be the center of attention. She wants everything to look perfect, at least in her wedding photographs. That’s the reason she hired you.

Thanks to technology and editing software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, there is so much that you can do when it comes to editing and retouching wedding photos. It has become a trend, for example, to smooth skin or flatten the stomach in photographs. But as a photographer, especially if you are just starting out, the question isn’t always what you can do, but maybe what should you do, and perhaps even, how much should you charge to do it? 

First, it might be helpful to know what common edits brides may request, and have a plan in place for how to set expectations for what is reasonable, and what might be above and beyond your skill level. Because brides may sometimes request very specific — and very time-consuming edits, and they might get upset if things don’t go their way. 

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How to Ask Your Clients for Reviews

How to ask your clients for reviews

This blog post discusses how to ask your clients for reviews and what that can mean for your ranking and searchability online!

You dress to the nines, put on makeup, wear your best jewelry for a party — but nobody compliments you. You work on the fence of your house all day, repair it by the time evening arrives, and now it looks like new. Yet, your spouse doesn’t say a word about it.

Aren’t these scenarios a bit unsettling?? It is because everybody wants and loves appreciation! Not receiving feedback for all your efforts is heartbreaking.  

This holds true for every individual and every business. Wedding photography businesses are no different. If your clients don’t tell you that they enjoyed your company and your work, how would you know? That’s why getting good reviews is crucial for your growth as a photographer and a business owner. 

Receiving good reviews is more than just feeling appreciated. It has many other benefits for your business. Read below.

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Top 12 Websites to Create & Share Wedding Slideshows

Create & Share Wedding Slideshows

As a photographer, you photograph, but you’re also expected to know about everything else when it comes to running a successful wedding photography business, like how Create & Share Wedding Slideshows.

You capture some of the most beautiful moments of a couple’s life on their wedding day. The couple sees it all through your eyes — an overwhelmed groom or a teary-eyed father of the bride. You create magic by photographing emotions, love, and romance. You edit the photos, share sneak peeks, and then send all those fabulous images to the newly-weds.

After doing such an awesome job, you might even be showing it off on social media quite proudly. And that’s good! But, have you ever thought of learning how Create & Share Wedding Slideshows to showcase your skills and your amazing line of work? Yes? Then this blog post is for you!

Videos are one of the most powerful marketing tools today. And slideshows help photographers tell stories with photos and music. This makes slideshows a game-changer for wedding photographers 

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How to Create Facebook Ads to Book More Weddings

How to Create Facebook Ads to Book More Weddings

As a wedding photography business owner, learning How to Create Facebook Ads to Book More Weddings as part of your advertising plan has probably crossed your mind. Do you want to draw more clients to your business? Do you want to remain visible to prospective clients? Magazines, sample albums, leaflets, brochures, or events are all avenues of advertisement. They all are essential for the success of a professional photographer. But, in this digital age, you need to go further and use online and social platforms as well to get more clients.

Advertising your wedding photography business on Facebook might not be a bad idea. According to data from Pew Research Center, 70% of Facebook users in the U.S. log into it on a daily basis. Less than 59% log into Instagram, 38% into Twitter, and 27% into Pinterest. Read on for lots of amazing tips and tricks for How to Create Facebook Ads to Book More Weddings.

After you’ve read this post, check out some more tips for How to Book More Weddings this Season!

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10 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Bride & Groom

Ways to Say Thank You

Everyone loves hearing a resounding Thank You — especially your wedding clients. They love it when you tell them you enjoyed being their wedding photographer! After all, you played a significant part in their love story. Thanking your brides and grooms show them that you really care and this wasn’t just another job for you… it’s also a way to get loads more referrals!

You are the one who, through your photography, immortalizes the moments lived by them. You capture the emotions experienced by them during their engagement or wedding day and they’ve probably built up a TON of respect for the work you do. Now, all you have to do is to thank them, and there are several great ways to do this. 

Read below for ShootDotEdit’s 10 favorite ways to thank your wedding couples!

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Fast 5: Our Favorite Tips for Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Editing in Adobe Lightroom can be a fickle beast… but a powerful one.  If you’re serious about editing your wedding photos, chances are you’re going to need to wrap your head around Lightroom at one point or another.  So we’ve decided to put together five quick tips to get you started on your photo editing journey in Lightroom.

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How to Book More Weddings This Season

Book More Weddings

Wedding photography is your passion and love. It keeps your creative soul satiated. It helps you grow so much as a person and experience a great variety of human emotions. But… wedding photography is also your bread and butter. The more brides and grooms you photograph, the better for your business. The number of weddings you book is directly proportional to your business expansion. You should always be trying to book more weddings!

So how many weddings are you booking each year? Have you managed to reach your goal, but don’t know how to take it further from there? Remember, a growing business needs to be approached differently than a new business.

In this blog, we’re giving you 20 ways to book more weddings every year and grow your business the way you want to. 

Let’s get to it!

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