Seriously as a photographer blogging can be such a drag. When I first started my business I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I completely thought that I was going to take photos for the rest of my life. Hahaha man was I naive.Read More
So, you are thinking about getting into photography, but you aren’t sure where to start. There is so much dang information on the internet, how do you even know where to begin? Dude, you came to the right place and I am so freaking happy that you are here!Read More
Blogging…. oh how awesome it can be. Do you feel stuck, caged, shackled down? Do you feel like you just want more out of life? Do you feel like your freedom is gone except for on the weekends?
Don’t worry man, I am with ya. I did the things that I was supposed to do… you know, went to school, got my B.S. degree, got a career. Then I landed in a cubical. Yep, a grey cubical sitting behind a desk ALL DAY LONG.Read More
2018 was rough. I struggled almost the entire year though. There were so many ups and downs and I just couldn’t wait for the year to be over. I thought that there might be ‘something in the air’ for… yes… the entire year.
When I started looking back on my 2018 accomplishments, downfalls, and just the year as a whole, I began to realize that it really wasn’t that bad. I started to realize that it was really just me. My own negative self talk.
You see, I am super mean to myself. I put myself down all the time:
“You’re not experienced enough”
“You aren’t worth that kind of money”
“You don’t deserve that”
“You are just a poser”
blah blah blah blah blah. The list goes on and on and on. I do this to myself constantly.
So when I started looking back on 2018 I started to realize that most of the things were really just myself being mean to myself, criticizing my work, and ultimately just putting myself down on a regular daily basis.
We seriously are our own worst critics. How can we expect anyone else to appreciate us, to love us, to value our work, if we are constantly devaluing ourselves to ourself?
So this year one of my hardest goals I think I set out to accomplish was to be nicer to myself. You see this is going to be an internal struggle. This isn’t something that I can write down, reach that magic number, and then be stoked that I accomplished my goal. This is something that is just going to be a daily accomplishment.
Did I say anything negative?
My question is, why do we do this? Why do you do this to yourself? Comment below. I would absolutely love to hear. Let’s support each other!
I believe that as creatives we struggle with this. At least most creatives do . We have an idea in our head, and when it doesn’t come out exactly like the idea in our head we start the ‘talk’. You see, I grew up with creatives. My mom, my aunts, my sisters. We are all creatives and we all do this! I took art classes in high school and every single person would put their work down and pointing out all the flaws. Yes, all the flaws.
Why are we not pointing out the good things in our work? Showing it off to the world and explaining how awesome it is? Honestly, I believe this is taught and looked down on. We aren’t supposed to boast or show off. So, instead of ‘bragging’ about how great our work is, we start criticizing it.
Let’s freaking stop doing this! All this does is ingrain in our head that, in fact, all our insecurities are true. It is just a downward spiral. The more you create, the more negative self talk you can provide, and the worse our outlook on ourself becomes.
So I hope you will join me this year in being kind to yourself. Let’s talk nicely to ourself. Lets stop this constant negative self talk. Comment ‘i’m in’ below if you want to join me in this uphill battle.
You are absolutely beautiful and amazing just the way you are. You do amazing work. Don’t let yourself tell you otherwise.
I am hanging this quote on everything. Just as a friendly reminder not to be so dang harsh. Maybe this quote isn’t for you, but it yells at me every time I read it. Find a quote to remind yourself how awesome you are, how far you have come, how you are good enough and print it out as a friendly reminder and a little helper to be kind to yourself.
Wishing you nothing but the most positive 2019!
So, I just recently did a blog post on 7 Ways to Make Money with Photography, but I really wanted to break that down a little bit with different types of photography and ways to make money.
When people think about becoming a photographer they think of only a few things: portraits, weddings, and babies. Yep, that is pretty much it, but there is so much more out there! There are so many different ways to make money with photography though the different types of photography.Read More
Man, blogging can be super time consuming, but let me tell you, it really doesn’t have to! You just need a method to your madness ;) Yep you read that right!
When I first started blogging, man it seemed to take me hoRead More
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Wow, this last weekend was kinda a whirlwind of emotions.
Thursday morning I woke up to find my Instagram page had been deleted. Yep, my entire photography page was gone. I kinda freaked out a little and then started googling what happened and/or how to get it back. Well, everything that I read said that once your IG is deleted there is no getting it back. It is gone forever.
Ya, after reading post after post about not being able to get your instagram page back, I freaked out a little more.
This entire situation made me think that I really needed to create a blog post about it, so make sure to check out that blog post here.
With this all happening, everything looked so grim. It looked like I was going to have to start from scratch. It really got me thinking about why I started my business, do I still want to continue my business, was it all worth it, and so forth. I ultimately decided to take a little road trip, head out on a camping adventure to a place with no cell phone reception. A place where I could find my love for photography all over again. So that is what I did. Alabama Hills Recreation Area was the perfect place on the map…
Off I went on a 5 hour trip to the desert. Let me tell you, everything was getting in my way and making me think that I shouldn’t be going. I was also super worried about missing an email from IG to restore my account, but I was determined. I needed peace and quiet. I needed to be able to be in nature. I needed to be able to just breath. To get away from all the hustle and bustle of the world. To just be.
So, I continued to push forward and drive. There was traffic everywhere. I missed my exit to grab food. There was a massive accident in Bakersfield that was causing huge delays, but I continued my trip.
After I got outside of Bakersfield I knew it was going to be smooth sailing :)
Alabama Hills Recreation Area
The Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains. Both geologic features were shaped by the same uplifting occurring 100 million years ago.
Visitors enjoy touring film sites, photography, rock climbing, exploring natural arches, and viewing the swaths of wildflowers that bloom every spring. Horseback riding and mountain biking are popular activities.
Alabama Hills is such an absolutely amazing place. It is just outside of Lone Pine, California. You can camp anywhere you want to as long as the signs permit.
The camping is free and is first come first serve. When I showed up the place was super busy. It was Friday evening and you could tell that everyone else had the same idea as I did.
I drove around for quite some time to find that perfect spot, and I finally found it! It was the perfect little spot to view the mountains to the East and to view Mount Whitney to the West.
Alabama Hills Sunrise:
I woke up at the crack of dawn, literally lol. I was sleeping in the back of my truck and facing east. Yep, the light before the sunrise was crazy bright. It was about 5am, and I just knew I wasn’t able to go back to sleep. Plus, I had that little voice inside my head yelling at me, telling me
So, I dragged my lazy self out of bed, and started to witness a beautiful sunrise. I debated on creating a Youtube video for the trip. I wasn’t going to because I really wanted to focus on taking pictures, on falling in love with photography again, and realizing why the heck I do this in the first place, but I just couldn’t help myself. I HAD to create a video in order to share all the amazingness with you.
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I went about this entire morning much different that I usually do. Normally, when creating a Youtube video, I would walk around and find one composition. This way I could talk through the composition, why I chose it, yadda yadda yadda. This time, I decided that I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to TAKE PICTURES! I wanted to walk around, see the beauty, and capture what I saw, so that is exactly what I did.
IT. WAS. AMAZING!
The one composition that I had to share
While I was walking around I found a crack in the rocks and thought it would be the perfect composition to talk through. I mean it was the absolute perfect example of a leading line. The crack in the rock lead you right to Mount Whitney.
It took me a few tries to actually get this one just right. I wanted Mount Whitney to be almost centered (which breaks alot of rules, but I think it works perfect for this image.). I wanted the rocks to lead straight to Mount Whitney and I wanted to be able to emphasis the fact that these rocks are massive. I did this be putting my camera between the rocks so that they took up the majority of the foreground.
So what was my setup?
Camera: Sony A7riii
and of course a handy dandy tripod.
I continued to walk around capturing fun images of Yota, taking a timelaps with my Sony A7rii and just enjoying the view. It was gorgeous and I couldn’t have asked for a better morning. Let me tell you, it was exactly what I needed.
The sun finally peaked over the mountain tops and it was time to head back to camp for coffee and breakfast. Yes, I did all of this before coffee. Like who the heck am I ?
I ended up spending another night here at Alabama Hills. It is exactly what I needed. I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I felt inspired and rejuvenated. It helped me relax and it reminded me why I started this business:
to capture Gods beauty with my camera the best way I can
to share the world the way I see it, through my lens
to help you learn photography
to show you that it is possible to do what you love
to inspire you
Have you ever been to Alabama Hills? Did you even know about it before you saw this post? Comment below and let me know.
Do you have any questions for me? Ask your question in the comments below and I will get back to you.
Wishing you the very best!
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Alright, so you are contemplating starting a blog. You aren’t quite sure that you should, and you think it is probably too good to be true. Right? You might also be thinking that it takes too much effort, that blogging might be dead, that you are just going to waste your time, blah blah blah blah insert whatever other excus you want.Read More
Father’s day is just around the corner friends! Now, you have a man in your life that is a photographer and you are struggling on gift ideas. Let’s face it, guys are really hard to buy for!
Don’t worry friend! I’ve got you! That is why I am here :) To help make things easy for you.Read More
So typically when you see people posting about ways to make money with photography all you get is a list of different types of photography. Today I want to share with you ACTUAL ways that you can make money with photography. So let’s just get to the point…
Photo by Daniel Korpai
7 Ways to Make Money with Photography
Start selling your prints
Craft fairs / art festivals
Local businesses need pretty pictures of their products. Think food based businesses, local coffee shops, handmade shops, small businesses, etc.
Portrait photography is huge whether it comes to Family, Newborns, Seniors and so forth.
Wedding photography is probably one of the quickest way to get into making money with photography. Where do you start? Well you need a website, social media, and begin advertising. There are so many local wedding fairs so make sure to get a booth and get your name out there.
HUGE HUGE HUGE!!!!!! Workshops are awesome! This is where you actually get paid to teach what you love! Ugh, I am so excited and amped up about workshops lately! If you haven’t done so make sure to head on over and sign up for my Email list specifically for workshops I will be holding in the future!
Blogging and/or Youtube
Ok, so blogging and Youtube take a ton of time, effort, and persistence, but it is well worth it in the end. With blogging you can create a passive income through affiliate marketing and so much more. If you haven’t done so, make sure to check out my post on How to make Money Blogging.
Youtube, is an amazing place for creatives. You can actually get paid by Youtube via their ads. You can also use things like affiliate links in your comments, or you can refer your audience back to your blog!!
I haven’t ever dabbled in stock photography as I sell my own prints right here on this website ; however, I wanted to bring up the idea because so many people do this and it is definitely another way to make money with photography.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and hopefully it got your creative juices going on how you can make money with photography. You don’t have to be a starving artist, you just have to be a little creative, think outside the box, and really start opening your eyes to all the potential.
How do you make money with your photography? Do you have any other fun ideas? If so, leave a comment below. I would love to make this list longer as suggestions come up.
Wishing you the very best!
Today I want to show you how to start a blog and make money online. This is going to be a guide to start your own blogging journey.
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out this blog first:
As a creative and entrepreneur, a blog is essential to our work, it is easy to create, will not cost you hardly anything to start up, and it can make you money! How cool is that?!
So what is a blog anyways?
The best way to describe it is it is like a digital journal. A place where you can talk about your passions, your interests, your life, and so much more. It is a place where you can share ideas, and help others with your expertise.
For your blog you are going to need to choose your niche or your area of interest (what you are actually going to blog about). My blog “Bessie Young Photography” is all about helping others along their creative entrepreneur journey with a emphasis on photography.
Can anyone blog?
Heck yes! Anyone can blog! Blogging is a side hustle where you really don’t need any expertise. You just need to get started! How cool is that?
Blogging doesn’t require any special skills, but it does really require alot of hard work, passion, dedication, and determination.
What Can You Write About in a Blog?
Seriously, that is the beauty of blogging! You can write about anything you want, but you have to decide what that is going to be. Like I said above, you really gotta pick your niche first.
Think about what you love, and what you are truly passionate about. Brainstorm what you are good at.
Are you good at cooking?
Are you a stay at home mom?
Do you love fashion?
Do you love to craft and show other people how?
How about a fashionista?
There are millions of blogs out there on every topic imaginable. Here is an awesome website with 50 successful blogs in each topic.
Is it expensive?
Not at all! Hosting your blog is going to be the most expensive thing that you do, unless you start advertising. Now a Squarespace blog (which is what I use) costs only $12 a month. That is about .40 cents a day. I am going to say that is pretty dang affordable :)
How to Start a Blog and Make Money:
Brainstorm a good domain name:
So this is pretty huge right? What are you going to actually call your blog?! This is your website domain. For example, mine is bessieyoungphotography.com
You need to think about this long and hard. The domain name should relate to your niche. This also might take quite a bit of time as not all domain names are available. As you know, the internet is endless so…. with that being the case alot of domains are taken.
You can register your domain name with any registrar. If you are using wordpress you will want to find a host, or you can register your domain name directly with squarespace. The domain name will come with the squarespace yearly subscription for the first year. It is then $20 after that.
After you choose where you want your blog hosted you will need to go over that way and set up a plan. Let’s take Squarespace for example (and no squarespace is not sponsoring this blog)
You will head over to their page home page and click get started. It will look something like:
Now you need to pick a plan that is best for you. I would recommend going with the 12 month plan so you save money. You can also find a bunch of Youtubers that Sponsor squarespace and you can then get an additional 10% off. If you want a code I can recommend a few people, just leave a comment below.
Connect your Domain name:
You will need to register a domain name. If the one you want is not available it will let you know. It will also give you related suggestions which can be helpful.
Pick your template
Now comes the fun part. You get to pick your template!!! How cool is that? Squarespace makes it super easy to adjust the design with beautiful templates already installed for you, you just have to pick one.
Start Writing, it’s GO TIME!
One thing that I have found to be important is to have a list of posts drafted before you launch your website. You do not want to launch your website with no information on it. Squarespace will mark your website as private until you decide it is the right time to share your goodness with the world!
So what do I mean? You need to have content ready. Content that you can work on and promote when the launch actually happens. This is where word of mouth really comes into play. Start talking about your blog! Tell everyone, all the people. This way when it launches there is excitement to it. Also, this way when it launches people will have things to read, to look at, and to promote themselves via sharing on social media.
Writing is easy, but getting people interested is hard. You should definitely try to solve peoples problems. Help people. Serve people. Give them value. That is what a blog is really all about!
Getting Traffic - Tips:
Word of mouth! Tell everyone! Let friends and family know. This way from day 1 you can have some good traffic.
Set up your social media first! Think Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
Once you blog, you will share the news on all your channels. Don’t try to be on every social media site. Pick a few and focus your efforts on that.
You can join relevant Facebook groups or instagram pods.
Use Pinterest ALOT. You need Pinterest in your life! For realz though. It is crazy helpful and brings alot of traffic. Right now I get 156K+ monthly views over on Pinterest.
Now Pinning all day every day sucks. I’m not going to lie. I have found that Tailwind has been a game changer for me. Tailwind will help you automate your Pinterest rather than doing everything manual.
Work on your SEO and get it on point! This is going to be huge for you. Google traffic is free.
Ways to make money with your blog:
There are so many ways to monetize your blog. Ideas:
affiliate marketing, etc.
How much you make from these sources will 100% depend on your blogs traffic. This is where all your hard work, and all the foot work comes into play. Make sure to check out my post on 5 Easy Ways to Make Money Blogging
I personally love affiliate marketing and most of my blog income either comes from it or my own product sales. With all affiliate marketing you are going to have to apply to be an affiliate. Just keep that in mind as it does take time for approvals.
Blogging is pretty darn awesome. It gives you huge flexibility with your lifestyle. It can be a full time job, a side hustle, and really whatever you want to make it!
I hope you all enjoyed this blog! If you did, leave me a comment below, or even better, share it with your friends!
Wishing you the absolute best!
Wow social media….. where do I even begin. Holy moly this world has become obsessed with social media and I definitely have a love hate relationship with it. I have done so much installing and uninstalling of apps to be able to find good ones! So obviously I wanted to share this information with you! These apps have made my life so much easier.Read More
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What's In My Camera Bag - Sony Kit for Landscape Photography
This blog has been a long time coming. I wanted to do this blog back when I started my photography business, but I was in the middle of major decision making when it came to gear. I was deciding on whether to switch from Canon to Sony or to just stick with Canon.
Then, after I decided to switch to Sony, I just didn’t feel comfortable doing a ‘Whats in my camera bag’ video. I am not sure why, but probably that whole imposter syndrome thing….
Then three years went by and still no video. I still felt weird doing one of these so I just didn’t.
Recently I was able to get a brand new camera bag from my friends down at Horn Photo and I figured it was the best time to actually do a video since I was going to be switching all my gear over to my new bag.
So, here it is…. All the things that I carry in my camera bag.
Now please keep in mind that I do not carry all of these things all of the time. Since I am an adventure photographer, a landscape photographer, and a wedding photographer, I have to pick and choose what to take with me for the occasion.
You do not need to always carry everything with you! Please remember that!
So, lets get into it
What’s in my camera bag - Sony Kit
Sony A7riii (my main camera)
Sony A7rii (my backup camera)
Sony 6500 (my camera for video)
Sony 24-70mm G Master F 2.8 lens (my go to lens for EVERYTHING)
Sony 100-400mm G Master F 4-5.6 lens (specifically for wildlife or close up landscapes)
Sony 16-35mm F4 lens (I never use this lens anymore. I only use the Batis for my wide angles)
Batis 18mm F2.8 lens (my go to landscape and wide angle lens)
Sigma Art 50mm F1.4 lens (specifically for portraits)
Flash for weddings
Pro-Master Lens Caps
Hopefully that helps if you are on the fence about new gear!
What kind of shooter are you? Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, other? Leave a comment down below and let me know :)
Ok, so blogging is awesome. It is even more awesome if you can make money from it! I mean talk about living the dream. You can work wherever you want, whenever you want, and talk about what you love! Umm…. all I have to say is WINNING!
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Batis 85mm Lens vs Sony 85mm G Master Lens - Lens Comparison
Ever since I started using the Batis 18mm lens I have been extremely interested in Batis lenses.
Before we start this lens comparison, if you are looking for more information on the Batis 18mm or the lens comparison video for the Batis 18mm vs. the Sony 16-35mm make sure to check out the lens comparison blog here: Batis 18mm Lens vs Sony 16-35mm Lens
Now, I want to start off by saying that I do not own either of these lenses. I have been debating on grabbing an 85mm lens of some sort, but really didn’t know where to put my money. Do I buy the big boy, the Sony 85mm G Master? Do I spend all the money on the top of the line native lens, or do I save some money and not by a non native lens? Now, I figured if I had that question and that debate, others did too!
So, off I went to compare two lenses that I had my eye on. The Batis 85mm F1.8 vs. the Sony 85mm G Master F1.4 G Master. I was able to borrow these two awesome lenses from my friends down at Horn Photo. On a side note, if you are debating on equipment, or wishing you were able to check out equipment before you made that major purchase, make sure to check out your local camera shop like Horn Photo. You can actually rent gear for the day or the week! This could save you major money in the long run. I absolutely love this option, and have rented gear multiple times throughout the years. Whether I want to do a lens comparison, see if I like a certain item, or if I need something for an upcoming wedding but don’t want to purchase the item. Just rent it!!!
Ok, moving on :)
To start off there are a few huge differences for the Batis 85mm vs Sony 85mm G Master:
Batis 85mm: $930
Sony 85mm G Master: $1800
Batis 85mm: 1 lb 3 ounce
Sony 85mm G Master: 2 lbs 7 ounces
Batis 85mm: No
Sony 85mm G Master: Yes
The aperature ring is super cool for video!
Batis 85mm: F1.8 - F22
Sony 85mm G Master: F1.4 - F16
Filter ThreadFront: 67mm
Length: 3.6 in.
Weight: 1lb 1 ounce
Filter Thread Front: 77mm
Length: 4.2 in.
Weight: 1.8 lb
Now lets talk about actual field experience and photo comparison…
An 85mm lens is typically used for portraits. I am debating on using the 85 as my second lens for backpacking. Right now I use the Batis 18mm and the Sony 24-70mm G Master. What I am thinking about doing is changing out the Sony 24 - 70 G Master with an 85mm. Now, with all that being said, I wanted to do a lens comparison for what these lenses are typically used for, Portraits!
Luckily I have the cutest model in the world that just loves to have her picture taken… my Boston Terrier Yota :) In order to do an accurate lens comparison, I kept my aperature at 1.8 for all the photos. This way I didn’t compare an F1.4 to an F1.8.
In the field and during post processing I noticed a few main things:
Lens Noisiness/ Loudness
There isn’t a huge difference with the Bokeh at F1.8. The thing I noticed most here was that the Sony had a creamier bokeh and the Batis had more of a swirl that was counter clockwise. If you look at the Batis image, it looks more like you are spinning. Really focus on the images below. Notice the swirl on the Batis? Do you see how the Sony is much more creamy?
Vignetting and Chromatic Aberration
So there are two things here and each lens has its fault. The Sony has a bit of chromatic aberration compared to the Batis. The Batis didn’t seem to have any chromatic aberration during my little session with Yota. Now, this was only tested during this session, so this doesn’t go to say that the Batis doesn’t have chromatic aberration in certain scenarios. See the images below.
Now with that the Batis has a bit more vignetting than the Sony. See images below.
Automatic Focus Speed and Sound:
Wow, now this is really where there is a major difference. Honestly, this was where my decision was made and where the Batis really took the cake.
The Batis was able to automatically focus quickly, capture movement, and didn’t make hardly a sound. The Sony on the other hand didn’t focus quickly at all. Actually, I wasn’t able to capture a single motion image in focus. Plus, during the focusing, it made the loudest noise ever, and just really annoyed me lol. I am not sure why it was bothering me so much, but it was at the point where I didn’t even want to use it any more. The focusing sound it made was really not awesome. Imaging being at a wedding, where everyone is silent, and your lens is making a focusing/ kind of grinding noise? I think that would ultimately suck. People would start listening to your camera rather than the vows!
So, with all that being said, I will definitely be getting the Batis 85mm. There is just absolutely no reason not to! It is cheaper, lighter, focuses quicker, quieter, and the photos are almost the exact same as the Sony 85mm G Master. The aperature goes to F22 which is awesome for Landscape Photography and there is less chromatic aberration. The down side to the Batis is the fact that there is a bit of vignetting and the aperature doesn’t go as wide as the Sony; however, these are definitely things that I can work with.
What lens is your favorite? Leave a comment below.
Would you like to see a certain lens comparison video? Comment below and I can add it to my list :)
Wishing you a beautiful day!
Alright friends, Mother’s day is just around the corner! Now that mama in your life is also a badass photographer. What in the literal heck do you buy her? Well, that is where I come in. I have so many awesome ideas for you! This way it makes your life a little less stressful, you don’t have to worry about getting out and shopping, and you can be uber confident that you are getting her an amazing gift! Win Win Win.Read More
I cannot even believe this! 2 photos within weeks of each other made it to the Finalist in different photo contests!!! How freaking awesome is this life!?!
Gosh, you guys! Thank you so freaking much for all your love and support. It means the world to me!
Carrizo Plains National Monument -
This adventure was a super spontaneous trip that I took in 2017. I was looking over some of my photography forums and watching the National Parks websites for super bloom information. This lasted for a couple of weeks. I would check in daily to see where the blooms were, how they were doing, and ultimately decide if it was worth taking the long trip.
Well, one day I saw that Corrizo was in full bloom! I just couldn’t help myself. I had to go! So, the next morning I hopped in the car and took the 4 hour trip to the Corrizo Plains National Monument. Man was it worth it!
There were beautiful purple and yellow blooms EVERYWHERE. There was one main trail that you could walk among the wildflowers. It went up a small hill and you could see over the amazing landscape. The view was to die for!
I ultimately wanted a sunset image, so I sat down on the trail and just waited. As I was sitting there, I had my camera on a tripod and I figured, well… why the heck not try a self portrait. I was surrounded by wildflowers and it was amazing!
The day was perfect. It was an incredibly long day trip, but man was it worth it!
The Photo Contest:
A photo contest came open called ‘Sitting in Nature’ and I literally jumped with happiness! I just had to submit my Corrizo Plains National Monument Superbloom photo called “Among the Flowers” . I have been on a mission to submit photos to contests. It is one of my goals this year and I am so freaking stoked that I made it one.
So, here is the image that made it to be a finalist:
How cool is that?!!!! I mean seriously though! I am beyond humbled and incredibly excited to be among some of these amazing photos.
If you want, here is a link to purchase images from this adventure check it out here:
If you want to see the grand prize winner and all the finalists check out the contest winners.
Have you entered into any photo contests? If so, which ones? Comment below and let me know :) I would love to check them out.
Wishing you the very best,
Make sure to check out some of my Landscape Photography Adventures, Tips, Tricks, and How To’s here:
Coming up with ideas on what to blog about can be crazy hard. I get it. Been there. It is super discouraging when you can’t think of anything. Ultimately, you just want to give up, or you end up creating blogs that don’t really get any traffic, or do any good. Which then makes you even more discouraged. It’s a bad cycle to get into.
So, as you know, this year I have been putting all the effort into blogging. My goal is to blog once a week! Once I accomplish that goal, I will move to blogging twice a week.
Now, that is a crap ton of content. How in the literal heck do you come up with all those ideas? So, I have been on a mission to come up with blog post ideas.
I figured, if I am having a hard time coming up with ideas, then you might be too. So, I wanted to help. Ultimately blogging is so important for photographers, I just don’t want you to give up and get discouraged.
Here are a few thoughts, plus at the bottom of my thoughts you will find the ultimate guide to blogging and 130+ blog post ideas! If you have any additional ideas make sure to comment below. Let’s create a community and help eachother out!
Why Blogging is Important For Photographers
So, I pretty much created an entire post on this topic. It is called ‘Do Photographers Need To Blog’. If you haven’t done so already make sure to head on over and read that post. It has a ton of information in there for you.
In short, blogging is crazy important for photographers. Here are a few reasons on why it is so dang important:
It will help with SEO which will help your clients find you
It will deem you as the expert in your field
It will bring you clients
It will help with marketing
It allows your clients to get to know you
It allows your clients to see your artistic style
Mistakes to avoid when you blog
Your writing is too stiff.
You need to be personable. Be yourself and be authentic.
Your topic is too broad.
You really need to pick one topic to write about and stick to that per blog post.
You think you are done once the writing is done.
This is sooooooo wrong. You have to share your content and then share it again!
You don’t blog consistently
The killer of all blogs. You seriously need to blog consistently. I am learning this to be fact this year. I started blogging consistently and man has my everything increased. My website is getting more views, I am getting more comments and shares, and my business is bringing in more money!
Not writing long form
We always hear that each blog needs to be 300 words. Well guess what, that is just a minimum. It has been proven that blogs with over 1000 words do so much better. It is best to strive for blogs reaching 3000 words! I know, it is like a small essay, but believe me it is worth it.
Things to keep in mind when you start blogging
Figure out your style
Decide why you are blogging in the first place
Determine how often you want to blog
Make sure to have a strategy/organization/schedule
Know your target audience
Realize that it will take a long time to get the hang of it, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
Think about what your clients might want to know
This is one of the most important things. You need to serve your people and really think about what it is that they want and need. If you aren’t writing blog posts that are going to help people, ultimately your blog will not do very well in terms of subscribers.
You need to decide who your target audience is and how you can help them. Figure out their age, their gender, their style, their likes, where they would shop, do they love coffee? Once you nail down who your target audience is, then you will be able to create blog posts around it.
Blog Post Ideas For Photographers:
For All Photographers
Blog every session / adventure
Share you’re go-to hairstyle for a photo shoot
How you do your makeup for a photo shoot
What do you wear for a photo shoot?
Share your must have items when you have little time to get ready
Why did you start your photography business?
Who has inspired you throughout your life?
Share your plans (short term and long term)
What you are looking forward to this year
Share how you take/edit photos for your blog or social media
Share any photography tips that you have
What’s your favorite social media and why?
Talk about something you’re afraid of and how you overcome it
Share a “Do’s and Don’t s…” post about something you’ve got experienced
Create something free to give away to your readers, like printable worksheets
Share products that you swear by
Share what apps you are currently obsessed with?
How do you stay motivated?
Tips to stay productive
Write a “Top 20” or “Top 10” post
Share your to do list for the day/week/weekend/month
Do guest posts with another photographer or blogger
A review of a product/service
How do you plan your content?
How do you pack for a trip or photoshoot?
Your favorite photography quotes
Your favorite books
Favorite Youtubers you watch everyday
Photographers that inspire you
How do you manage your time
Your desk or office space essentials
How you ended up deciding to be a photographer
Favorite photoshoot day snacks to keep you moving
Why you want to do _____ on your bucket list
Facts about yourself
A letter to your younger self
A letter to your older self
Mantras for success
Mantras for stress
Biggest purchase regrets
Favorite Instagram accounts
My favorite calendar, journal, etc.
The one thing I can’t live without
How I stay organized
All about one of your pets
A picture for every hour in the day
List of things to be happy about
A brand review
Your 5 year plan
3 books you don’t like and why
Take part in someone else’s 30 day challenge…document
Host your own 30 day challenge
Travel bucket list
Have someone do a guest post for you!
Share your creative process
A behind-the-scenes look at your work studio
Your photography advice
Photography tips and tricks
What are the difficulties you’ve overcome in your business?
What’s in your camera bag?
What is in your wedding photography bag?
What’s in your office bag?
What’s in your travel bag?
Interview famous people in your niche
Share a recent project that fire you up (styled shoots, workshops, etc.)
What are your goals that you’d like to achieve for the season
Your most favorite blog posts
Share your strategy on how you make money from your blog
Share your favorite affiliate partner/sponsor
Share your not-so favorite affiliate partner and why you regret working with them
Share your best marketing tips
Create a massive list of blog post ideas!
10 Things you didn’t know about me
Why you became a photographer? – Tell your personal story!
What is your expertise and your best work to prove it!
What inspires you to photograph
Equipment & Gear you use for Post-Production
Your favorite lens and why you love it so much?
Why you chose the camera you shoot with?
A year in review
Next years goals
How you stay healthy while running a photography business
Your daily routine
Your editing routine
Your goals, dreams and ambitions as a Photographer
How to blog posts
List blog posts
My top 5 posts
Specifically, Blogs For Clients:
Blog each photo session
Provide tips on how to get ready for a photo session
What to wear guides
What to expect
Have an on-going series
Give your clients advice
Local Vendors, you recommend and work with?
How best your clients can prepare for the shoot
Before the shoot
During the shoot
After the shoot
How you help your clients choose the best images
A Behind The Scenes look at one of your shoots! (BTS) – This will give them an idea of what it’s like to work with you as a Photographer and also what can they expect!
Who your ideal client is – This will help them know whether they are a good fit to work with you!
Great shoot locations, themes and ideas
Showcase all the end products you can avail as a client
How you edit your photos. Your before and after images – How you transform your images to a whole new level during your post-production & editing workflow.
Best practices you use before, during and after the photo shoot
How you make your clients comfortable during the shoot.
What type of photographer you are and why you chose that direction (weddings, families, fashion, etc)
How you plan a Photo Session
All the various services you offer
How to shoot selfies & self-portraits
Talk about your photography style / how you developed it
What’s your advice for brides & grooms to be?
How you stay inspired and remain creative
How you try to maintain a work-life balance?
Do a Vlog! – A Video Blog. Get personal!
Create an SAQ (Should Ask Questions) listicle!
Blog about your offers, discounts, special events, etc.
How you deliver images – How many images do you provide?
List of Questions to ask your vendor
Best places to take engagement photos in your city
Best alternatives to a guest book that your guests will love!
A blog series on “how he asked”
Best places to buy engagement rings in your city
How to hire a photographer for a proposal without your fiance knowing what is going on.
The best wedding inspiration websites you’ve never heard of. (Good opportunity to get backlinks, find the smaller sites who appreciate the attention).
How to share your photos with all of your guests, friends, and family.
Top ways to encourage guests to put down their phones on your wedding day.
After you’ve done a large number of weddings or photo sessions, do roundup posts of some of the best moments you’ve captured.
Link to your Press and Media Coverage
A ‘Tutorial On’ Blog Post
Create “How To” Blog Posts
Create a “Pros & Cons” Post
Create a “Bust A Myth” Post
Holy Crap! Ok, that is alot of information. Have you tried any of these? Leave a link in the comments below so I can read your blogs!
Also, if you have any additional ideas comment below with your ideas and I will add them to the list :)
Wishing you the best,