Atlanta + Coastal Georgia + The Southeast

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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!

I'm Laura, the gal behind the camera

One-on-one intensives are in person so that we cover as much as possible during our time together. Sessions begin with Q & A where we'll go over anything from pricing to website strategy to marketing. After strategizing and digging through your biz, we'll photograph a shoot together. I'll teach you how I pose, interact with my couples, and shoot in any type of light. After that, we'll grab some food and edit together using your photos & platforms so that you can get as much out of it as possible! 

These sessions are $850 and take place in Griffin, GA where I’m based and last 6 hours. Think this is something you need for your business? 

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one-on-one

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I offer 1 hour, one-on-one sessions where we can talk about anything and everything via Skype. Posing, setting up your business, editing and post processing, pricing, equipment, booking more clients, wedding day workflow, marketing and social media, site strategies... any and all questions you have, I'll be there for ya!

Before we meet, I'll send you a questionnaire that will allow you to explain exactly what you need help with in your business so we can dive in & tailor this session to your specific needs! 

Online sessions are $150. I am an open book so leave nothing on the table!

coaching sessions

online

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As a service-based business, your website sets the tone for an amazing client experience! Consistency, SEO, page speed, navigation...it all plays into how your business is perceived (and if you're worth investing in!) 

We'll go through your website, defining possible fall-off points for your users and noting strategic changes you can make to create a better experience.  Website reviews are $100. I am an open book so if you have any questions that I can help you with, feel free to ask! Leave nothing on the table!

website review

online

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how I run my business

frequently asked questions

what's in your bag?

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

what's in your styling kit?

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
Antique stamps
The Mrs. Box (champagne)
Ring dishes from World Market

how do you manage all of your weddings?

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!

do you prepare your own taxes?

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!

who designed your website & who hosts it?

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!

What conferences have you attended?

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!

have another question for me?

Email me at laura@lauraannewatson.com!

free education

client experience

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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! 

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5 tools and apps my business can’t live without!

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! 

websites

3 fast fixes to your website

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.

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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! 

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My Office Hours are
Mon-fri from 9:30a-4:30p

You can also reach me at laura@lauraannewatson.com

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