Author: Master Wedding Photography

Master Wedding Photography Premium Membership

Start the year off right with a Premium Membership! Master Wedding Photography™ is a supportive community of wedding photographers, experts and business-builders, here to help you take your photography business to the next level!  In 2017 we are pleased to offer Premium Membership that will benefit your business immensely!  Not only will we send you discounts, offers and freebies direct to your in-box but your CLIENTS will love the benefits too! When you sign up for your Premium Membership you receive: A large badge in PSD format of the “Master Wedding Photography 2017 Member” for use and display for your website (looks...

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The Ultimate Book for Wedding Photographers ~ The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina

  Elizabeth Messina is a master of natural light.  She has advise on familiarizing yourself with light inside and out, she shares her methods of photography, her unique artistic viewpoint and even shares the vendors she uses to make her business a success as well as how she has submitted her works to being published. Elizabeth’s book is an amazing resource and once well worth obtaining to read over and again! Read more via Elizabeth Messina’s book which you can find here Follow her via instagram...

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Where can I find the Best Wedding Photography Printables and Infographics? Ask Julia May!

We love all love infographics and wedding photographers are no exception. Julia May writes: Squeezed into a set of short tips, schemes, and definitions, a cheat sheet is a quick way to learn something, as well as refresh your knowledge about any particular subject. Moreover, now that infographics are an extremely popular format of delivering information on the Internet, cheat sheets can also be a source for visual inspiration. Here is a large collection of some noteworthy cheat sheets, infographics, and printables for photographers. From shooting basics to photography marketing tips, every aspect of photography is covered in this round-up. No...

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Wedding Photography Bootcamp

Your Wedding Photography Bootcamp Running a wedding photography business is stressful work – you are on the hook for capturing one of your client’s single most important (and expensive!) days. But if you do it right, wedding photography is also a whole lot of fun. Learn how to balance the books, get the shots, and deliver the magic in The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience with Jasmine Star. The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience is an all-inclusive wedding photography bootcamp that gives you all the tools you need to run a wildly successful business. You’ll learn the marketing, shooting, posing, and branding skills...

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Resource Share: How can I make a beautiful Custom Lightroom Wedding Book? Ask Kelby One!

  If you don’t know who Scott Kelby is, you have been missing out.  Our pick for today shows how we can create a Wedding Book print layout in Lightroom!  Kelbyone makes creating the ultimate layout look so easy.  If you have not signed up as a member for KelbyOne yet, be sure to check out all courses offered on KelbyOne to learn from some of the best in the world! * Note this preset can be downloaded for free...

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Digital Photography School Shares 5 Tips for Creating Romantic Portraits of Couples

Not all clients will be comfortable or natural with you in front of the camera. Here are 5 tips to help you create romantic portraits of couples. “When I hear the word romantic, what comes to mind is a dreamy, poetic, passionate image, full of unspoken affection and sometimes, a touch of mystery. However, when it comes to romantic portraits of couples, I don’t want romantic to translate as cheesy or cliche…” Click here for the Source: 5 Tips for Creating Romantic Portraits of Couples c/o Digital Photography School, written by Lily...

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Photobug Announces the 2016 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Collection

Photobug announces the 2016 Best of the Best Wedding Photos of the year.  “With nearly 9,000 images submitted to this year’s Best of the Best photo contest, we knew it would be tough to narrow the winners down to just 50, which is why we’re so excited to celebrate 26 more entrants today in our Honorable Mention category.” Click the source below to see all those on the Honorable Mention list. Source: The 2016 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Collection – Honorable...

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Resource Share: Junebug Weddings Shares 5 Tips for Creating Styled Shoots for Publication

Junebug Weddings Photobug hosts some of the world’s best Wedding Photographers and this wonderful article on 5 Tips for Creating Styled Shoots for Publication make our top list of must-reads.  “Styled shoots aren’t for everyone, but if you’re looking to rebrand or attract a different client type, a styled shoot is a great way to explore your creativity and show off new work. If you’ve been brainstorming ideas for a styled shoot, we’ve got a few tips for you to keep in mind!” Click the below link to see all 5 tips you won’t want to miss.  We recommend following...

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The 7 Rules of Social Media for Photographers

  Today we have the pleasure to feature The 7 Rules of Social Media for Photographers, written by Eric Draht – we hope you enjoy! “We get into social media, don’t we? Although I’m not an expert (I have about 5,600 follows as of writing this) on instagram, I do know my way around. I’ve read countless articles on almost every blog I could find. So here’s seven rules I’ve learned over time, and they seem to work quite well…” Read more on his blog and get the full 7 steps …. The 7 Rules of Social Media for Photographers  The 7 Rules...

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5 Ways to Make the Most of a Wedding Day Schedule

Ever wonder how a typical wedding day should be scheduled?  Here are 5 vital steps to help you in your wedding schedule planning; whether you are a wedding couple or a photographer! I have heard from many couples “we don’t remember much from our day”.  After some research and thought on this subject, I realized that there are various reasons for theses “lack of memories”.  Yes, the day goes fast, but the primary reason couples tend to not remember?  Most couples try to fit too much into one day.  Finding time with family, friends, speeches, photos with family and with their bridal party, rushing from getting...

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This Holiday Message Will Bring A Tear to Your Eye

This Christmas ad by EDEKA may break your heart, but I love its message:   This brilliant commercial by EDEKA brought a tear to my eye thinking about families who don’t get together because life just keeps us too busy to stop and take time. Take advantage of the time you have with your loved ones ~ isn’t this what the season is all about? Master Wedding...

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Damage Deposits – Should I Charge My Photography Clients?

  Should you be charging damage deposits when it comes to your Wedding Photography business as a way of protecting yourself and your business? Your reasoning may be: “I need to charge a damage deposit in order to ensure I get some sort of compensation in case my client doesn’t pay or doesn’t follow through on our original agreement.” When it comes to the photography contract there is a way to gather a “damage deposit” to ensure your fees are paid and still having your business look good! Reword the term damage deposit, call it an “initial deposit”.  In order to book my services I require 50%...

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7 Days to Cracking the Instagram Code – A Photographers Journey – Day I, Engagement

Are you troubled by Instagram?  I can candidly say in the past, I was!  Instagram had me struggling for well over a year; I was constantly undecided on what to post, what to say, how to say it and how to engage my followers.  How were other Instagrammers hosting thousands of followers and my account was in the low hundreds and remained unchanging!  Am I that boring?  Are my photographs not good enough?!  These were the questions that plagued me and made me avoid Instagram and yet I was continuing on in my same sloppy manner with half-hearted attempts (when I did manage a post...

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Ban.do ~ Lady of Leisure Peony Agenda Insta-Giveaway

Let me introduce you to my new BF for 2017… Want this for yourself? My new BF…my lovely peony Lady of Leisure 17 month agenda!  The story behind this little beauty was that I was walking through my local bookstore and she called to me! Oh yes, I had to make her a part of my next year. Who doesn’t want a gorgeous, stylish bit of loveliness all year long?  I love this agenda so much that I want to give you your own!  Your stellar new year will start in August with this little lovely! She will be...

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A Heartfelt Letter from a Wedding Photographer to Her Clients

Dearest Wedding Clients, If you are wondering how much I was invested in you, it is my hope that this letter will leave you without doubt, for you see, from the moment you let me in, I became a part of your story in ways you may not even realize. You see, when you first shared how you both met and fell in love, how your family responded to meeting your new spouse-to-be, sharing your interests and funny little habits, and those little things that made you both special together, your story entwined with my own and I became...

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Instagram – Should I Mix Personal with Business Photos?

If you are a business owner with a wide variety and mix of services, you may struggle with this very question!  Should you mix personal with business photos?  I love Instagram but how do I use it effectively for my business?  A recent article by renowned Wedding Photographer, Jasmine Star digs into this vast question and with her huge following, who can deny the results? I loved Jasmine’s take on this – she says “Showing off what makes you unique as a business owner is one of the most powerful things you possess.  Are you a realtor who likes to paint?  Why not paint the view from a ocean-view home you’re selling and share a video of your process on Instagram?  Are you a fitness expert who likes to cook?  Why not post a photo of a healthy meal you cooked and share the recipe with your followers?  Are you an accountant who loves to walk on your lunch break? Why not create an Instagram challenge (with a hashtag!) encouraging others in office life to join your walking efforts for seven days and report the positive changes in their mindset?  Not only is this a good way to differentiate your skills as a CPA, but it sheds light into who you are as a person, as well as creates community around a shared goal. This is powerful. So what am I...

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3 Things You are Doing Right Now that are Hurting Your Business

Are you a self-employed wedding photographer/business owner and entrepreneur?  Do you find it difficult to stop and think about taking care of yourself?  I can relate, believe me, as over the past 5 years, I had put my business before everything else; my family, my needs and even my own health.  I know now that it was a big mistake – and it came at a huge price.  I am still coming back from an unhealthy lifestyle and after a year of concentrating on my health, I am finally getting back to my old self. Recently I was watching a documentary by Michael Moore...

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Design Aglow – Enhancing Your Wedding Photography Business

Editor’s pick for wedding photographers ~ Need to brush up on your sales, your marketing, or do you need to enhance your studio?  Perhaps you are looking for the perfect wedding package to impress your potential wedding clients? In today’s post we are featuring this incredible company that cover’s it all! Meet Design Aglow… So who is Design Aglow? They are the ultimate resource for any wedding photography business!  Why?  Because they provide every service imaginable – your one stop-shop for every aspect ~ leaving you time for your art. Templates for emails, workflow, client care, marketing, essential wedding forms, organization and sales; Albums and packaging, tools and templates, starter kits, ribbons and beautiful professional options; Framing and matte options, show and sell kits; and Free information, resources and a reward program! Here are a few aspects and items available from Design Aglow that stand out to us that we KNOW you will love too: The Ultimate In-Person Sales Course for Photographers We love this Ultimate In-Person Sales Course for photographers at Master Wedding Photography (TM) ~ it is tried and proven by photographers and it is the ultimate course indeed!  When you are done this course you will be able to shoot fewer sessions to generate more income. And you will get more of your life back, more time with friends and family and more time for you to enjoy your...

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Prepping for the Perfectly Creative Engagement Session – Part II – Location

If you struggle with finding great locations as I do, sometimes we get a little bored with the same ol’ spots… It can affect our shots and the feel of our images.  Here are some tips on what you can do to keep things fresh, not just for your client’s sake but also for your own creativity! 1.  Find out from your clients what their style is. Are they comfy, rustic and woodsy, playful and suited to a park or garden, formal and modern, do they love simple living, fields and flowers or dilapidated buildings, modern hotel style or...

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A Day in the Life of a Wedding Photographer

After many years as a wedding photographer I have gone through many a trial and error – all have taken me to where I have reached today, and I can tell you it has been a long road to not an easy one! As a member of various Facebook Wedding Photography groups it candidly disheartens me when I see postings put up by hopeful clients who say “I need a wedding photographer and my budget is $350.”  Amazingly, there are some that answer and say “I sent you a text” in reply.  Only the inexperienced would answer in such a manner.  One day I...

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Can I make a successful living as a wedding photographer?

Can I Make a Successful Living as a Wedding Photographer? Feeling down because your business is a little low?  Maybe you have some wedding inquiries, but you don’t have as many bookings as you need. You start to feel like your prices are too high, so you lower them a little, you question yourself and your work, you wonder why you started this in the first place, you question if you are doing all that you can, posting the right photographs/comments to social media.   You wonder if your brand is not lovely enough and then, the earth shattering question arises.  “Should I just call it quits?” You are not alone, because it has happened to all of us!  We live in a time when photographs are worth less due to mass media and oversaturation.  Your competitors are popping up each year, easily starting up with a camera (maybe even without knowing how to shoot well) merely putting up a website and a Facebook page.  It’s that easy.  That said, these same new owners soon discover that they are in for a tough time, just as you are and they may fall to the wayside eventually.  I read a stat that states the average photographer stays in business for 3 years.  I’m now into year 8 of wedding photography (18 years total in photography) and still going…and believe me, I have...

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How to Turn Wedding Client Inquiries into Bookings

Most bridal couples find the wedding photographer search experience frustrating.  How do we turn these couples into actual bookings?  Let’s look at the average couples ‘filter’. Typically, they seek: Photography they love and can relate with; Photographers that are in their budget; and Have a great package to offer. With the information and scenarios above, how do we turn wedding photography clients into bookings?   Here are some ways to take the mystery out of booking clients that visit your site:   Don’t have the idea that every client who looked at your website should book with you. Client need to decide if they wish to work with you not only on the images up on your website, but also based on the information you provided; leading up to another point.   Remember, as a photographer you have the right to decide if you wish to work with client. You need to decide if they are going to be a good fit, otherwise, you may both end up unhappy. 2.   Keep transparent and avoid wasted time I prefer to put all of my basic packages as well as the pricing on my actual web page. It may be considered faux pas by other photographers in the field, however I find after many years of experience trying numerous ways, that putting the prices on the website saved wasting time on both the client party as...

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Bliss Books

A number of years ago, I was reading Elizabeth Messina’s book “The Luminous Portrait: Capture the Beauty of Natural Light for Glowing, Flattering Photographs”, which, if you are a wedding photographer looking for some serious inspiration and artistic renewal, you will absolutely LOVE this read!  Even after years of working in the field, I found her work utterly inspiring, detailed and informative!  I love her photography methods and the buttery-soft imagery that results (check out more on Kiss the Groom) plus, she shares detailed information about her fav vendors, which I decided to look into myself.  I was as blown away by one in particular… now my own vendor for boutique clientele, Bliss Books. Now, let’s be clear, my affiliation to Bliss Books is none other than a fantastic experience and utter admiration for the art behind the work.  I have no monetary gain and no, not even a discount for this write-up.  All I know, is that, when my client’s take this beautiful work of art created from their day, it will make them weep with emotion every time they open the pages. Leah Macdonald is the mastermind behind Bliss Books, she is an artist and photographer herself and she knows what clients want. “Swan emerged from the art of creative collaboration. Bliss Books’ delicately designed and printed art all wrapped up in Velvet Raptor’s fresh and lush velvet oversewn binding. The combination creates...

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Top Accounting and Bookkeeping Tips for Wedding Photographers

As a small business owner and Wedding Photographer (a.k.a. artist), it is probably a good bet that bookkeeping isn’t your cup of tea. On the other hand, some people love bookkeeping (like me). Whatever way you look at it, it’s a necessary component of running a successful business.  Good bookkeeping practices depend partly on the bookkeeping system you’ve set up. I’m talking more than software or the lack of it. The method of data compilation for your business records, regardless of whether it is manual or computerized, is the BACKBONE of every small business, whether YOU know it or not. Always keep your business finances separate from your personal finances. Don’t give the tax auditor a reason to audit both. Learn to pay yourself first and run your business on the remaining cash. By this I mean setup an automatic payment to your personal account twice a month (1st & 15th or 10th & 25th) like a regular pay cheque. Whenever possible, do not go into debt to run your business. Run your business on the existing cash flow it generates after you have withdrawn what you need to meet your personal needs. When calculating your cash flow, do not include funds collected in trust for the government. Not enough cash flow to cover expenses? Figure out where to cut your expenses and consider not offering credit to your customers...

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Quotes for Wedding Photographers

DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE This simple quote “Do small things with great love” is full of promise for those we work with and brings meaning to all aspects of life, no matter how small the task.  Not only will you find more fulfillment in what you do, but your clients will notice too.  Much success in 2017! Master Wedding Photography™...

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Vogue Magazine Claims Wedding Photographers are a Thing of the Past

Here are 10 reasons why we reject Vogue’s idea… “It’s 2016 and your mama’s wedding is officially a thing of the past. I’m the first to condone any ritual involving love, but some of the wedding traditions out there these days are practically voodoo.” writes Molly Guy of Vogue. Thousands have responded to this article in protest, photographers and bridal couples alike and I have to say, I can’t blame them as Vogue goes on to write…. “Hiring a Professional Photographer – it made sense back in the olden days, pre–Facebook albums and Instagram hashtags, when the whole world didn’t have phones...

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Junebug Weddings Best of the Best in 2015

I am honoured to feature the Best of the Best from Junebug Weddings 2015 in today’s post.  I have to say, it took me a long time to compile this post as I researched all 50 winners, visiting each of their websites in order to view more of their work – not just the winning image!  While cruising through the portfolios after a length of time, I had mixed feelings; envy at the awe-inspiring backdrops and glamorous imagery and two, utter and complete inspiration!  To be honest, it made me long to travel more than I do.  I was smitten by the vast range of styles;...

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A White Christmas ~ When Photography Feels Like Home

  Today is Christmas Day! I hope you are in fact, not reading this on Christmas day as spending time with family and friends is way higher on the list. Today I look forward to cooking up a lovely turkey dinner for my little family; bread pudding, pickled beets, creamy mashed potatoes and the ultimate layered chocolate pie and yes…I will be putting down the camera for the holidays; although not for too long – when you have a love for something and it becomes an integral part of your life, you miss it. Although I find the break inspiring and when I do take some time away I am ‘itching’ to get back to my calling! It feels like home… It has been a wonderful year here at Master Wedding Photography (TM).  I have learned so much and have found joy in sharing my knowledge with other fellow photographers.  I hope you will continue to follow us and to support your colleagues simply by adding your own comments and experiences to help build the community! For now, I will leave you with the wisdom of one of my favorite photographers…advice that I take on enthusiastically: “If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.” ~ Jay Maisel Happy Holidays and we shall see you in the New Year!...

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How to Make Your Wedding Photograph Unique – Retouching with Creativity!

With each client I am struck with the desire to add some artistic photographs to their collection.  To do this, I take (what seems to me) the ordinary and make it completely unique!  Whether it’s adding grainy texture, subtle layers of sunshine glow or going all out with a new idea altogether, it is a must for each of my clients. You may ask what the thought process is when I think about artistic imagery.  Its all about imagination, really.  There is no cookie-cutter way to create an artistic image – its more about how I feel when I come across...

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How to Treat Your Photography Clients like Royalty

  I love giving my clients a couture experience.  My reason for this is two-fold: My desire is to leave them breathless, with good feelings and ongoing excitement once the wedding is all done and passed by; and To create word-of-mouth future clients – trust me on this marketing aspect, it is proven! Here are three tailor-made ways to give your clients the ultimate experience: 1.  GIVE YOUR TIME I often feel melancholy that our time with our clients is coming to a close.  When you take your work seriously, endeavoring to make your client happy (while respecting your art and the work you do – more on this later) and honestly, by the end of our time together, I feel as if we have made new friends.  We receive the same feedback from our clients as well!  You may now be wondering:  How do you make this happen? Here’s how… We choose to work with only a certain amount of clients per year, it allows us to give the clients we work with more time and our full attention; creating a much more personalized boutique experience… It’s not about number of clients you are booking or getting as many clients as you can into one jam-packed year.  It’s about the art of photography and making your clients happy.  Set your rates to account for this and give your clients and experience that is not “cookie-cutter” – they want a memorable and unique experience made just...

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Living in the Moment ~ The Unplugged Wedding

Whether you are a photographer or about to married, the perfect way to express your wish for an ‘unplugged wedding’… Inspiration Behind the Unplugged Wedding I recently read an interesting article entitled: “When snap-happy guests go too far” ~ photo-bombing at weddings. This subject hits very close to home for me as it is a very real scenario at many weddings we photograph. I have numerous stories regarding photo-bombing in my own experience, from being bumped and prodded by a crowd of guests during formals, dodging around iPads suspended in the air while guests are getting their shots, to tripping during a ceremony over...

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Top 3 Black Friday Picks For Wedding Photographers

My email inbox has been chalk-full of Black Friday goodies this morning but in the back of my mind I wonder, “How do I know the quality of these products and if they meet my standards?” To make it easy for you, here are my top3 tried and true picks!   #1.  Artsy Couture; where do I even begin?  There is a reason they are at the top of my list!  Time and again Artsy Couture has come through with fast service, exceptional canvas print product, absolute quality and super quick shipping.  Give these lovelies a try and note, everything is 20% off!  Artsy Couture – everything is 20% off!   #2. Boutique Packaging for the ultimate USB disk presentations for your clients- single USB packages start at $19.95 US! Boutique Packing is my favorite Etsy vendor and USB disk provider.  Personalization options available, fast service, fast shipping and high quality.  My clients love to see their names on their wedding USB.   #3. Rice Studio Packaging I love the presentation that Rice Studio provides!  Check them out online for lovely variety designed for photographers and check out their wholesale pricing!                               Here are other sites and products that I have gathered for you to cruise if you have not had enough of shopping; loveliness for all photographers, supplies...

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Keep Creative and Prevent Burnout ~ From a Photographer’s Perspective

Ever feel like you are in a creative rut and on the road to burnout?  Living the life of a busy wedding photographer is not easy… Booking weddings, engagement shoots, client emails and meetings, administrative work, bookkeeping, blogging, website upkeep, social media, the actual wedding day shoot, hours and hours of post-editing, albums. layouts, prints and so on. Then there is your personal life – keeping up your home, running errands, looking after and spending time with family and somewhere in there, finding time to exercise, eat well and have a little down time?  It is not an easy balance and in the past, I believe my own stubbornness was the only thing that got me through the tough days. ~Prevent Burnout~ How do you know if you are close to ‘burnout’? First Read this article on the tell tale signs. If you feel you may be close to the burnout stage, here are a some ideas I would like to share that have worked for me in preventing burnout: Find what works best and stick to it: During peak wedding season my weekdays start at 4 am.  Even as I write, it seems ludicrous but 4 am works for me.  I start with a cup of coffee and about an hour dealing with social media/blogging first thing, then I get into post-editing and by then, its 7 am and I have already put 3 hours into my day!  It is the quietest time...

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How to Easily Photograph Family Formals

How easy is it to photograph wedding day family formals?  Let me show you how to make it super easy in 2 easy ways! First of all, what is your style?  There are a couple of ways to approach this subject depending on your style.  Many of my wedding couples are torn between the traditional-style family portraits (also known as “Heritage Photographs”) versus the natural unposed approach. Although the typical family wedding portrait seems to be going by the wayside, it often remains as part of the wedding day since parents and grandparents specifically request these types of images. Understandable since it is rarity...

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Lovely Deal of the Week – a gift from New York

The New York Times…one of my favorite media sources! The Times fills a a need in so many areas for me: fashion, the arts and knowing a few photographers on staff there keeps me on the lookout for ongoing stunning images!  Lest we not forget my love for New York City!  Yes the Times, it is a lovely paper, indeed… My deal of the week?  A free digital subscription to the Times for 8 weeks!  Catch the link to your freebie here and share this post with friends and family!  This offer lasts only until October 8, 2015 however.  More freebies to come, so stay tuned! Like this post or have a question?  Let me know in your comments below! Keep inspired! Carrie Lynn My Love Light...

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Autumnal Wanderlust

  Autumn is always a wonderful time to reflect. It is one of my favourite times of the year.  Not just from a photography standpoint but personally too.  It makes me reflect on the year behind and helps me prepare for the year ahead. I thought about creating a bucket list for the season but that seems a bit too cliche for me.  The bucket list encourages a ‘wait for the perfect time’ attitude – which does not work for me as I have a slight fear of losing out on time; I believe my time on this earth is much too short to put it on a list of to do’s before the end of my life.  I guess you could say then, I am more of a gal of action, not one to stand by and wait… Ideas for Celebrating Autumn… Right here, right now, in this season, I have come up with my own list of sorts…an Autumnal Wanderlust List.  I think it has a much more romantic ring to it, don’t you?  Allow me to share my Wanderlust List for Autumn with you! 1.Obviously, taking time to witness the gorgeous autumn shades and colours.  Taking advantage of the slower wedding season to photograph for myself, macros of leaves and water droplets, to wander a little and to take in the colors of the season, enjoying the crisp air and walking through the leaves while they...

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Paris is Always a Good Idea

Audrey Hepburn’s quote came to mind as I walked through my local Papyrus store, the lovely display of florals, “Love is in the Air” quotes mingled with blush artwork and peony candles drawing me in.  Of course, this only led to what came next….inspiration for my next Giveaway! “I believe in pink. I believe in kissing Kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” To win this sweet giveaway of the...

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First Impressions of Your Website

If you are anything at all like me, you have likely asked the question; is my website good enough?  As one who was starting out fairly new to the business of wedding photography, over 18 years ago, I am afraid my own bias was in the way of knowing whether or not my website was ‘any good’.  I asked myself often…Is it pretty, yet practical, eye-catching and informative, pleasant to look at by the discerning bride?? At that time I was longing for the truth.  From the beginning, and in foresight, wondering too if perhaps that truth would have given me the chance to fulfill my...

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Fulfilling Your Dreams: In Life and Photography

Fulfilling your dreams…three ways to doing what it takes to make things happen…taking your ideas and making them a reality.   This is the year for creativity …a year of inspiration and following your dreams. Fulfilling your dreams…wonderful, attainable dreams.  Doing what it takes to make things happen…taking your ideas (and at the risk of sounding cliché) making them a reality. For myself, I have a HUGE list of goals and dreams based both in photography (like taking our work to local galleries in NYC) and personally, like travelling to further corners of the world.  I have had a great year but I NEED to do MORE with my creativity.  I believe the best way to kick-start is by asking…  “How do I make this year different from any others?” Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it ~ Santayana 1.  Start by Looking Back In order to go forward we first need to look back.  You can say that about nearly everything….just by studying history and looking at what has worked and what has not, has always been of benefit to me – that and bouncing off my sounding board (my wise husband).  When talking to him about the highs and lows of last year, Dan reminded me of a saying his grandfather once said… “If you make a mistake more than twice it is a decision.”  That made me think… Was I happy with my photography last year? We...

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Gorgeous Giveaway by Design Love Fest

I am a fan and follower of a great blog called Design Love Fest created by a gal out of LA.  She has wonderful ideas and keeps you on your toes creatively…love her work immensely! She has created 100 lovely desktop wallpaper downloads ‘made with love’ for free on her site!  Here are some samples and check out the Design Love Fest Free Downloads. Would you like to see more features and resources like this?  Let me know in your comments below!                                 ...

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Prepping for the Perfectly Creative Engagement Session – Part I – Are your Clients Comfortable?

Engagement season is here! So too, is the time to think about how to deliver the perfectly creative engagement session; to get there however, it is so important to lay out the groundwork first.  As photographers, we tend to run straight to the creative, sometimes bypassing the basics.  The below are just a few pointers (Part 1 of the Perfectly Creative Engagement Session) to help you on your way: 1.  Have Your Clients Think About Comfort level Each client is very unique…each have different ideas, desires for a certain look and style.  To help them start to think about their session beforehand in a definitive...

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Photography In the Golden Hour

    The golden hour in the heart of the forest… My favorite time of day for bridal portraiture is photographing during the golden hour.  That beautiful 40-60 minutes when the sun starts to rise and in the evening when it starts to set, everything has a warm, golden hue and the environment seems so much more fairy-tale-like. With most wedding couples, they set aside time for a session in the afternoon which usually means photographs in the harsh bright sun, leaving me to find shady spots in order that I may gain more control of the light.  I...

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