I started my photography business fresh out of college, not knowing the first thing about running a business. I naively thought I'd just get to take pictures all day (yeah, right)! But I steadily learned what it takes to create a thriving business. I put what I learned into practice, and here I am now! I'm running a six-figure wedding photography business, serving couples I ADORE! And if this is your dream, then I want to help you get there too!
Canon Mark IV & Mark III camera bodies
Sigma 50mm f1.2
Canon 85mm f1.2
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Canon 600 EX-RT ii Speedlight
2 Yongnuo Speedlights (for canon)
24 AA batteries (eneloop rechargeable batteries)
6 Canon rechargeable camera batteries
I carry a styling mat from The Styling Mat (it's AMAZING - lightweight, breaks down easy, versatile)
Frou Frou Chic, Silk & Willow, Tono & Co. ribbon
The Mrs. Box (champagne)
Ring dishes from World Market
Google Calendar & Honeybook are my JAMS.
I use Google Calendar to keep all of my sessions and weddings in one place for scheduling because it syncs with my phone #quickaccess
I use Honeybook for literally everything else! Communicating with my couples, sending contracts, collecting payments, networking with second shooters... I do it all inside the HB community!
Heck no! #sticktoyourstrengths
The first thing I outsourced was my taxes. I hired a bookkeeper to organize my Quickbooks and teach me how to use it. Then I hired a CPA for taxes, and boom! My life became easier.
One thing I do to help myself out is use MileIQ. The biggest expense most new wedding photographers make is not keeping track of their mileage. MileIQ makes it so easy to do!
I use Showit for my website & Wordpress for my blog! Showit is amazing, and their customer service is the best.
As for design, I designed it (not to toot my own horn!) I love website design, and it was actually my job before I took photography full time. Clean lines, structure, and intention are my favorite things to pull together when designing a website. Maybe I'll do it in the future for other photographers!
My first conference ever was Creative @ Heart in Charleston (round 4), and it was incredible! I learned a lot, sparked a new passion for my business and met a lot of amazing creatives. Other conferences I've attended: Cultivate Retreat (Asheville, NC), Photo Native (Provo, UT), The Hybrid Collective (San Antonio, TX). I would recommend to any photographer: branch outside of your market for conferences. The best thing I did for my work was to get out of the Southern mindset and put variety into how I learned!
Email me at email@example.com!
They say customer service is king, and guess what? They're right! Being a good photographer is easy, but being a GREAT one means you produce a great client experience!
Over the years, I’ve found what works best in running a business and being productive. These tools allow me to keep calm & serve my clients well!
Is your website helping or hurting your business? If you don't know, then this post is for you! I dive into 3 things you can do right now to elevate your website.
I'm so excited that you're taking this step! Education never ends, and this could be the push you need to tackle that business hurdle!
My Office Hours are
Mon-fri from 9:30a-4:30p
You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org