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How to Get a Client to Respond…and Book You


Resist the urge to compete on price or speculate the nature of their decision making, but be sure to outline (and own) your booking procedures. Here's what I would email the client: Hi ____! Thanks for keeping me posted regarding the search for your wedding photographer.  More than anything, I want you and your fiance to be more than happy and confident with your

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Client Gift Ideas : Under $30


If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll realize I love sending my clients gifts. I've received quite a few questions in regard to how I do it, when it happens, and to whom I send them. But the truth of the matter is that it really just depends on the gift I'm sending. For instance, the Valentine's gift I recently sent was posted just for this year's clients. But

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Should a Photographer Show Every Photo Shoot?


Yes, there have been shoots when the couple and I have nothing in common (stylistically, tastefully, artistically), but it's my job to find beautiful connections where it might not at first seem apparent. If you shoot the session just to do a job, then of course you'll simply fulfill your responsibilities and call it a day. But you're missing the chance to define your

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Los Angeles Wedding Inspiration


As a creative, there are moments when I'm given the opportunity to photograph something that peels back the layers of my eyes...and heart. The ever-amazing wedding dress designer Katie May commissioned me to photograph one of her favorite dresses, the Verona. She assembled an incredibly talented team of wedding professionals to produce a shoot at the gorgeous Alexandria

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Client Gifts : Valentine’s Bath Bomb + Love Fortune


As strange as it might seem, I love gifts. Like, loooooove. And I'm not talking about getting gifts, I'm only talking about giving them. Nothing makes me happier than sending someone I appreciate a package in the mail. I'm excited to share a peek into the Valentine's gift I sent my clients and industry pals. I enlisted the help from my trusty business partner, JD, and

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The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars


She stood in the back of the room and occasionally nodded, less in agreement, more reflecting a cadence of comprehension. The way you might bob your head if you heard your echo bounce back to you in a tunnel. My mom stood in the corner of the room and arranged drinks and snacks while I navigated teaching my photography workshop last week (whenever I have an event, my

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Wedding Photographer Workflow Checklist


In chatting with photographers, one of the most commonly cited issues within their business is organization. How to do it, creating a system that works, and tracking progress. It's easy to feel overwhelmed or wonder if you're doing it right. From the minute you book a client to the last step in delivering their wedding images and album is called WORKFLOW, each step you

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The WorkSHOP : February 2015


If you'd like to join us for a future workshop, feel free to sign up for the NEWSLETTER since it's announced there first. Lastly, I'll be hosting a workshop in Amsterdam this April...to register and get more info, you can visit the European Wedding Congress website for all the details! Many, many thanks to the amazing people who helped bring this day to life...

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Untapped Potential


I arrived home and let out a frustrated sigh. I tossed my bag and mat on the living room floor and began to roll out the kinks in my neck. JD asked what was wrong so I recounted being utterly annoyed with my yoga instructor. In short, he critiqued a particular posture of mine in front of the class, for a full four minutes. This might not sound like a long time, but in a

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Marketing : Slideshows Can be Commercials


After each engagement session and wedding I photograph, I send my clients a slideshow of images (an engagement slideshow has about 35 images, a wedding slideshow has about 85). Each slideshow is a story of their time in front of my camera, set to music. But I think of slideshows as a commercial for my business, starring my clients. Clients usually share the slideshow

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Favorite Wedding Photos from 2014


At the end of each wedding season, I make it a point to review what I photographed throughout the year. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of running a business, but pouring over images of happiness, joy, and forever is the greatest reward a wedding photographer could ask for. I'm indebted to my clients and I don't think I could ever--ever--thank them for the

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Featured : Ceremony Magazine


When Kate and John sat in my studio to discuss the possibility of documenting their wedding, I was struck with how calm and put-together they were. Kate wore a smile the entire time and said she simply wanted a beautiful day and her guests to enjoy themselves. What resulted was a stunning wedding in Laguna Beach and an amazing team who came together to make her day

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How to Pose Romantic Wedding Photos


Sometimes it's easy for people to assume wedding photographers simply follow a bride and groom around on a wedding day and capture romantic, lovey-dovey photos. But that's the furthest thing from the truth. While romantic photos occur naturally on a wedding day, there are moments when wedding photographers have to work HARD to create romantic scenes for the moments to

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