Pick up the Phone: How to Do Phone Consultations

I’m not a phone person and to be honest, I don’t think that I ever will be. I’m a quiet and shy individual, and making conversation with new acquaintances isn’t my strongest quality, so talking to a complete stranger over a phone connection scares the bijeezes out of me. I’m talking cold sweats, anxious jitters, and serious bouts of nervous laughter whenever I have to pick up the phone and start sounding official and/or competent to a new person – you know, like I actually know what I’m talking about…

So in our first few years of business, I would hide behind email as much as I possibly could (of course, I wouldn’t have admitted that I was “hiding.” I was simply “playing on my strengths of writing”). Because Jeff and I had impeccable booking rates when we met with couples face to face, our goal was to schedule in-person meetings …

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FAQ: Natural Skin Tones

Confession: I’ve been avoiding this question…

We’re totally digging on our Uservoice page and stoked on all the thoughtful questions people have been asking and voting on, and this is one that has slowly risen to the top, and now I simply can’t ignore it.

The truth is that the answer to this question is super simple for me to state with a quick do this, this, and this, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the most helpful way of explaining this. So, I’m going to do my best to give you some solid tips & tricks to get the skin tones in your images to look more natural and authentic.

All things being equal, your clients will 1) be the most happy with their images and 2) look their best if their skin looks as “naturally” perfect as possible. As much as a photographer cares about the artistry, backgrounds, light, and composition …

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How Do I Price Myself?

One of the topics that we get asked most about (and I mean most by a long shot) relates to how folks should price themselves in their photography business. It’s hard to give solid advice in a one-size-fits-all sort of way because everybody is so different and every photographer operates a different business – different goals, different struggles, different dreams. So instead of spending time today talking about percentages, costs, and markups, I thought it would be helpful to instead talk about the “whys” behind pricing, and then leave you with some links to some of the “hows” as far as numbers go. Sound good?

Note: this is going to be a bit of a long post – but that’s because there’s a lot to talk about. So grab your coffee or tea, sit back, and settle in.

To start, I think that there’s a good reason that so many photographers are …

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Tips for a Second Shooter

In the last FAQ post, I talked about how to find your style as it relates to photography and the discussion was really centered around just getting out there and shooting a whole lot. One of the ways to do this and also refine your style is to second shoot for other photographers during weddings whenever possible, which means coming along as the assistant (or second) photographer for the wedding day. This is something that Erin and I actually do ourselves from time to time and we really enjoy it because it allows us to push ourselves creatively in a low-pressure environment. Since the primary photographer is taking responsibility for the must-have images, the second shooter gets a chance to experiment and try those risky shots that might not turn out. Its a wonderful environment to learn from a primary photographer as well as practice your technical skills inside the …

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Make the Most of your Engagement Session – *Guest Post*

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We love engagement sessions. Nothing is more fun or more inspiring than spending a few hours with a cool couple roaming the streets of a cool city with a big cool camera!

Some people ask why we include engagement sessions with every wedding that we photograph, and the answer is simple. We’re selfish. We love creating beautiful images for our couples, and the engagement session gives us a chance to learn how every one of our couples photographs well. And not only do we learn about our clients, but our clients become comfortable in front of our two huge cameras months before the nervousness of the wedding day.

While there are a lot of factors that go into planning an engagement session (lighting, location, timing, etc.), we have learned and developed some basic techniques that help us to maximize these shoots and produce authentic, creative, and beautiful images every single …

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