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
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
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!
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
I have gotten asked quite a bit about how I got up the courage to actually sell my photos online. To be 100% honest with you…. One day, I just decided to do it.
Was I scared? Yes.Read More
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 :)
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
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,
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Ok so we have all heard it. Blogging is important.
Is it really though? Do you really need to blog as a photographer? Why? What is so awesome about it? Is this just one of those things that everyone says because… well… everyone else is saying it?
Today, I really want to talk about this subject. It has been something on my mind ever since I started by photography business. I started off my business with a blogging bang! I blogged once a week. It got me no where (or so I thought). So I stopped blogging. Then I started. Then I stopped. Then I just decided to do it whenever I wanted to do it.
This year, I have decided that I am going to blog at least once a week consistently all freaking year long. Yep, that is what I am doing. Now, why I am sure you are asking. Why would I do that with my blogging history? Well, that is why we are here to chat.
I have learned a freaking lot since starting my business 4 years ago. The struggle has been real and I really really really want to save you all that time. I want to just help you, and get you the answers you need, so you can start off with a huge BANG!
Alright, so here it is…
Do Photographers Really Need a Blog?
The answer is short and sweet. So if you don’t want to read all my reasons my short answer is:
Now that the cat is out of the bag, lets chat about why it is important, why it isn’t a waste of time, and why you need to be consistent with your blogging.
Why do Photographers need a blog?
Ok, hear me out here. Please just read and really soak this in. DO NOT JUST READ THE HEADLINES (I am guilty of this, like all the time when reading a blog. I only read the highlights. You really need to see the reason behind why this is important).
1 First and foremost, it will help with SEO
This is one of the BIGGEST things eva! What you need to ask yourself is “how are my clients going to find me?” If the answer is the internet then there you go.
So, basically SEO is this big scary thing that you never knew was going to be part of owning a photography business. I mean you’re a photographer, not a SEO expert, but unfortunately you are going to need to become at least versed in SEO.
For blogging purposes and to be relevant in a google search google wants to see that your website is providing new ideas/things on a regular basis. So the rule of thumb is 1 blog post a week. This way google knows that you are still ‘alive’ if you will.
2. It will deem you as an expert in your field
There is this article I was reading on the Huffington Post about the 1% rule. Only 1% of people are actually adding content to the internet on a regular basis. This means that if you just post a blog post on a regular basis you will be in that top 1%. How crazy is that? And yet, here we are being scared that the market is over saturated, that blogging is dead… pssschhhhttttt. Ya right!
Along with that, you will establish yourself as an expert in your field by posting what you know. It will show people that you actually practice what you preach. That you actually do what you say you do. Let’s face it, Instagram can be tricky. There are so many people… well.. how do I say this….. there are so many people freaking faking it. Photos aren’t always real. When you start blogging about what you know, BOOM you have become an expert in your field. This will validate the photos that you share.
3. It will bring you clients
Now this is the biggie! We started this business to stay in business right? So, we obviously need clients. If you blog, you become more relevant. You start showing up in google searches, on Pinterest, and pretty much all over the place. Then when your ideal client searches for a photographer, they find you rather than the people not putting out the time and effort to blog. Then your client checks your website. They see that you are active and posting all the time compared to other photographers in your area. They see your gallery, your work, they freaking love it, they contact you, and the rest is history.
4. It will help with marketing
So there are two things here, Google and Pinterest.
Blogging can be a form of marketing depending on how you use it. Blogging will also allow you to have ample content for Pinterest. Friends, if you aren’t on Pinterest what are you even doing? Do not walk, RUN! Go sign up right freaking now and get your bootay moving!
P.s. if you want to follow me on pinterest you can find me here.
5. It allows your clients to get to know you
For me, this is one of the most important. I want people to see who I am and decide if they like what I am all about. I do not want people contacting me just to find out that we aren’t compatible. Basically, this helps weed people out. Now, something that I have had to really freaking get to understand is that you can’t please everyone and that is ok. Seriously THAT IS OK. You want to attract your people, your tribe, your ideal clients. You also want to push away the people that you will not get along with. Maybe this sounds harsh, but you don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t value you, and they shouldn’t want to work with you either. They should want to work with someone who they can relate to. It will make the entire experience so much better!
6. It allows your clients to see your artistic style
This last one really relates to the one above. Your blogs will show who you are, your style, and pretty much everything about you as long as you are authentic. You want your clients to view your blogs prior to making any decisions. The last thing you want is to book a client only to find out later that they didn’t like your editing style, your teaching style, or just your style in general. This again will weed out the people that aren’t for you and will attract the people that are for you! It’s a good thing and it will make your life so much easier and funner :)
WOW THAT WAS ALOT OF INFORMATION!!!
Now with all that being said, how do you know if you are doing it right? How do you know how often to blog?
Answer: The rule of thumb is to blog once a week. You need to be consistent with your blogging. This is what will keep you relevant and help with your SEO. Now, that isn’t the only amount to blog. Do not be afraid to blog more often if you can. The key is to just blog, and blog consistently.
Ok, ok I can already hear people… “but I don’t have enough content to blog”. Dude, I freaking get it! I really do. I was in the same boat, and totally felt the same way, hence my super ugly blogging history. Now, the key is to stay consistent. If you don’t have enough to blog about, then just make sure you blog consistently. Blog once a month if that is all you can do, but be consistent about it. Now, I am going to be real and brutally honest, because that is just who I am and what I do.
You have enough to blog about, you are just having a block. Maybe you are scared that people won’t read your blog. Maybe you are letting fear run your decisions. Maybe you are shy or self conscious. Maybe… maybe… maybe…
Whatever the reason is, I am here to be your honest friend. You are making an excuse. You do have enough content, you just need to take the time to write it down. Get yourself a little book to carry with you always. When you come up with an idea, jot it down in your book. Then when the time comes to blog, you have a plethora of ideas to choose from. Also, once you start blogging, once you start getting into the groove of things, it actually does become easier. Seriously though, it really does. I’m not just saying that.
Make sure to check out my blog on Tips + Tricks to Make Blogging Easier and Faster.
Have you started your blog yet? If not, check out my post:
If you need some blogging inspiration make sure to head on over to my “For Entrepreneurs” page. I provide a ton of information on how to blog, what to blog, how to make money blogging, and so forth :)
Seriously though, blogging is pretty darn awesome and has so much dang potential. It really depends on how much effort you put into 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!
There are so many dang Apps out there how do you even begin to choose what Apps to use?
I have tried alot of apps. Like a lot a lot and to be honest most of them kinda sucked. It took alot of installing, time wasted, and uninstalling to find good apps.
Now, there are many different apps I use for photography. Some for landscape scouting, some for backpacking, some for editing on my phone, and some for social media. Yes… like I said… I use alot of apps. So lets get into it.
Photography Apps I Use
Photography Apps For Landscape Photography:
I created a post on this one. I use two main apps for my landscape photography. Head on over that way to check that out. In short I use Back Country Navigator and Photo Pills. You can read the entire post all about why I chose these two apps here:
Photography Apps For Social Media:
This is one of the best photo editing apps I have found out there. If I take a photo with my phone, I can edit in in snapseed and not worry about how it is going to look on my instagram feed. It is beautiful! So now you can take some pretty awesome images on your phone and share away. Yay!!
I keep all my notes on this. It is seriously the best and helps me stay organized. I use it for my business and for personal use. You can create different notes with different lists.
This is the app I use to hook up to my phone. The app makes it to where my phone becomes a remote. It also allows me to share the photos from my camera straight to my phone!
This little handy dandy app does quite a bit. The thing I use it for the most is to help my GPS lock onto the satellites when it is having a difficult time. It also shows the compass, how quickly you are moving, the date and time, sunset date and time, and where all the satellites are in the sky,
This tracks me everywhere. It is actually what I use for backpacking, hiking, walking, or running. It shows my speed, my distance, elevation gain and more! It allows me to add way points such as different cool landscape features, lakes, and so forth. I love this one specifically for the distance, speed, and elevation gain.
This is a Squarespace app. It is freaking awesome! When I come up with a blog idea I can just open this app and start a new blog post. To me this is just amazing. This way I don’t have to carry a notebook and I won’t have to let an idea slip away. Once I get back to my computer I can just open up my website, and BOOM! there it is! The new post that I started :)
Do you use any of these apps? If not, what apps do you use? Leave a comment below. This is a community for photographers to help other photographers. Lets create a list of awesome apps so we don’t have to keep wasting our time with the install / uninstall game. Leave a comment below with the app you use and why.
Wishing you the absolute best!
Being a creative can sometimes be difficult. We are incredibly hard on ourselves, we get frustrated when we cannot create, we doubt ourselves quite often, and we get in these weird creative slumps from time to time.
I have done all this more than I would like to admit, and that is just counting last year :? I wanted to create this post to help you to stay inspired. To give you some ideas of different things to try this year to stay going forward in your photography journey, to keep you inspired, to keep you creating and doing what you love.
These are just a few ideas that I had off the top of my head. If you have other ideas please share them in the comments below. I want this to be an amazing community where we help each other grown, learn, and stay inspired. Becoming the best creatives, the best photographers, and the best humans that we can absolutely be.
Check out these fun photography mugs that I design for Photographers, Creative Entrepreneurs, and coffee lovers:
Stay Inspired with Photography - Things to try in 2019
Refresh your skills with a class
I seriously cannot stress this enough. Taking a class is probably the last thing on your mind, but it is probably the most valuable thing that you can do. It will not only help you learn new skills, it will also keep your creative juices flowing! This is huuugggeeee!
Plus, you are investing in yourself, your knowledge, and your well being. As creatives we tend to think that the last place we should spend money on is ourselves. Well I Yell Blasphamy! Serious, you are where you should invest your money in. Take care of yourself, treat yourself, expand your knowledge, become better.
Did you know that many careers have a continuing education piece? This is where they have to go back to school a certain amount of hours each year in order to stay on top. We should be treating ourselves and our business just like this.
2. Spice up your lens collection
Ahhh, there is nothing like getting a new piece of equipment to really help you stay creative. This is a double investment in my opinion. This will help you with getting better photographs, it is an investment into your business, and it will keep you creatively motivated. How freaking awesome is that? Here are some of my favorite lenses.
3. Explore new heights and angles
I mean this as far as composition is concerned. Think outside of the box.
Do you always take photos standing straight up? Well, then try squatting down! Here are a few other things to try:
Try shooting from above (aerial view) - You can stand on a log, a rock, or a mountain! Just try taking images from the top down.
Photograph from below - Lay on your back and shoot up into the sky.
Photograph from laying on your belly - Get at ground level. Who cares if you get dirty!
4. Start a self portrait project
This can be one of the funnest and scariest ideas out there. I have tried this a few times, and man, each time I get nervous. Lol. I mean how can I get nervous in front of myself?
Starting a self portrait project can also help you think outside of the box, it can help you become more creative with lighting, angles, posing and so forth. But it can also help you with self confidence. Seriously, there is nothing like seeing a pretty picture of yourself to make you feel better.
5. Save time on editing
Editing can seriously be such a drag. We started photography because we liked to take photos! Not because we like to sit behind a desk all day, staring at a computer, editing our life away. There are some amazing tricks to help you save time on editing whether that is editing photos or videos. Make sure to check out my photography tips and tricks to get some awesome editing tricks. You can also check out my Youtube channel that has some easy tips and tricks for editing faster!
6. Try editing on the go
So I just started this this year and OMGEEEEE!! It is amazing. Talk about always staying creative. I bought a super sweet laptop for photo editing, downloaded my Lightroom, and BOOM! Now I can edit on the go. This is going to be amazing for when I head out of town on a road trip.
This is also going to help you stay on time with your galleries, not feel too overloaded, and will help you stay creative.
7. Experiment with double exposure
I looovvveee double exposures. Have you tried them yet? Comment below if you have.
There are certain cameras that will let you take a double exposure in camera! Now if that isn’t just the coolest then I do not know what is. The Sony A7rii is one of those cameras.
If you don’t have one of those cameras you can also do a double exposure in post. Check out these images below that I created in post:
8. Sell your presets
Yep, this is a big one. There is nothing like being inspired with photography then by helping others. It is so awesome to see others use my presets for their photos. They tag me in the photos and OMG I am obsessed.
Plus, it is pretty awesome to get paid to do what you love!
If neither of these inspire you then I just don’t know what will.
Did you know that I sell some presets? Well, if not make sure to check them out.
9. Sell your landscape prints
There are so many pros to selling your landscape prints I don’t even know where to begin. If you have been on the fence about this let me just give you a HARD push. What do you have to lose? Seriously though can you answer me that? What do you have to lose by trying?
Selling your prints is amazing. First of all you get to see your images printed on a huge canvas, metal, or lustre paper. Ok, if that hasn’t sold you yet let me just keep going.
Second, you get to sign your photograph!
Third, you get to decorate someone elses home with your creation! Imagine, someone is putting your print on their walls and admiring that image ever day! AHHHHH! This just makes me so excited.
10. Print more often and on the go!
I created an entire blog post around this subject. You need to go check it out for yourself so see why it is so freaking cool to print your photos, and print them more often. Here is the post:
Printing your photos is just the best. Seeing your creations in person, holding them in your hands….. man there is just not much better than that. It kind of solidifies the entire process. It makes everything whole. Whether you are a professional photographer, a mom, or someone in high school, there is nothing like getting your photos printed out. You need to do this.
Create photo albums, hang the photos on your walls or your fridge, put them in your wallet. Do all the things! Believe me, you will thank me after that.
Now, to make printing on the go super freaking easy check out this little guy. You can print anywhere right from your phone!
It is called the polaroid zip. Now there are a ton of different options out there, but this is the one I use. I use if for my brides, I use if for my families, I use it for my engagement sessions, and I use if for my family get togethers. It is my favorite. Again, check out the post that I created, linked above.
I hope this gets your creative juices going and thinking about new things that you can try this year to stay inspired with photography. Make sure to comment below if you have other ideas on how to stay inspired. My goal with this blog is to not only share photography tips and tricks, but to create an awesome community that helps each other become the absolute best we can be.
Wishing you nothing but the most beautiful 2019!
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Today I failed. I didn’t just fail a little, a failed alot.
While I was driving yesterday early morning I saw the moon. It was huge, and gorgeous, and beautiful, and I just wanted to get a picture of it. Since I couldn't I decided that I would get up early the next day to get a picture of it.
So, this morning I got up early, grabbed all my stuff, and headed out to the perfect spot to see the moon. I had done all the things let me tell you. I had planned it, I had done all my research, I had looked at Angles and locations, and I was set to get an amazing moon-set picture. The weather wasn't supposed to roll in until 11 in the afternoon which meant clear morning skies and absolutely amazingness.
As I packed all my stuff into the car I looked up and saw all sorts of clouds . Now it wasn't supposed to be cloudy until the afternoon but it was definitely cloudy at 6 this morning . I decided to try for it anyway . I was thinking that possibly the clouds might break just a little bit for me to get a picture of the moon, or if I wasn't able to do that then I was definitely going to be able to get a picture of the sunrise . Honestly, I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to get one picture whether it be the sunrise or the moon set. There was no reason to even think twice about this . Either way it was a win win. Moon rise or sunrise over the gorgeous blooming orchards. So off I went to my spot .
I got to my spot and of course lots of clouds . I wasn't super worried because like I said I was going to get a sunrise photo . I love sunrises they're super gorgeous and pastel colors are just amazing . It was going to be the perfect spot to get that Sunrise so no worries here..
As the time was passing it was becoming more and more obvious that there was not going to be a sunrise. I was keeping my hopes up , but in the back of my mind I knew that it was going to happen . The clouds came into the East way too quickly and right before sunrise . The morning started to get brighter, the clouds started to light up, and then everything faded… To my disappointment I didn't get a moon-set photo or a sunrise photo . I packed up my things and I headed back to the truck.
Me being me, I started beating myself up . I am my own worst critic , and I'm really mean to myself oh, this is something that I'm working on but I know that other people do the same thing especially other creatives and small business owners . Now this is where I want to talk to you a little bit about failure .
If you are trying something failure is inevitable at some point . You are going to fail at something and at some moment in your life . If you are creative and a small business owner you're going to fail all the time . In today's world we are so used to seeing everybody's highlight reel . We only see their good things, we never see their failures .
In my opinion, since we aren't sharing our failures we are doing a huge Injustice to other people . We are creating this false expectation that no one ever fails .
So I wanted to share with you one of my failures . I have made a bajillion YouTube videos and never posted them because those trips were failures . Something in the trip along the way didn't go right and I didn't get the shot that I wanted. So what happens? Well let me tell you, I don't get to share those videos, I don't get to share those moments, and I didn't get the photo that I wanted.
This happens all the time especially in landscape photography. We cannot control the weather. You can plan all you want but ultimately is up to Mother Nature to be nice and allow you to get that shot.
Did I get a shot today? Yes.
Do I love it? No.
Is it a good shot? Well that depends on who you ask.
Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are. Here is the image from today;s adventure:
Now with all that being said this is why I'm sharing this failure with you . We are so used to comparing our behind-the-scenes crap to everyone else's highlight reel . We don't see other people's crap so we begin to think that were ultimate failures . We begin to believe that we cannot succeed, we believe that it's all our fault, we ask ourselves what's wrong with me? We blame ourselves, we begin to think we aren't good enough, we get feeling down, and we struggle quite a bit with the idea that we should just give up .
This is me telling you that you're not alone, this is me telling you that it's okay to fail . It is okay to fail you just have to try again, you can't give up on yourself, you can't compare yourself to other people's highlight reels, and you will succeed at some point . Don't stop trying . If you fail just get up and try again, maybe go grab yourself some coffee , take a nice hot shower , get up the next morning and try it again . The only time that you're actually going to fail is if you stop trying .
Failing sucks… it just does. There is no way to say it other than to be blunt…. failing sucks. So, here are 10 ways on how to deal with failure:
How to Deal with Failure in Landscape Photography
Accept how you feel
Don’t make it personal
Stop dwelling on it
Remember that you aren’t a failure just because you had a setback
Acknowledge irrational beliefs about failure
Ask yourself what you can learn
Accept only the appropriate amount of responsibility
Don’t get stuck in mulling the situation over for too long
Remind yourself - anyone who wants to do things of value in life will fail.
Don’t give up!
I hope this blog was helpful and just got you thinking about how you aren’t a failure. I hope that this blog can help even just one person to recognize that they are too hard on themselves, that comparing someone else’s highlight reel to your behind the scenes doesn’t make you a failure, that it is ok to not get the shot everytime, that it is ok to not accomplish what you set out to accomplish on that specific day just get up and try again. This doesn’t make you a failure.
You are amazing. The only time that you ultimately fail is when you give up and quit. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Share your successes, share your failures, be real, be honest, be kind to yourself, and keep trying.
Wishing you the very best!
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Recently I was watching a Peter Mckinnon video. I mean ya, everyone probably saw it because he has a bajillion followers. It was all about feeling uninspired.
He called it photographers block . I thought that was just perfect ! The entire video is really good and it was all about things that you could do to become inspired again , or to get over this so-called photographers block .
As I started reading through the comments I noticed a reoccurring comment, or a reoccurring theme. There were so many people talking about comparison. They were saying how they can't seem to overcome the hole comparison game, how comparison is the death of motivation, and how social media is really feeding people to compare themselves to others.
Naturally I started commenting trying to help him to stay motivated. Explaining how they shouldn't be comparing themselves to others, blah blah blah. Then I started realizing that I should just create a video in a blog post about this. There are so many people struggling with this . So here it is my blog post all about comparing yourself and what I do to make sure that I don't compare myself to others .
Now it's kind of inevitable right? We have social media in our face, we have the world at our fingertips because we carry our smartphone everywhere we go. So we are getting inundated with so much information . We see all these people being so successful, and we begin to doubt our self. We begin to think what's wrong with me?
Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People
I'm here to tell you my friend that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you . You see the problem with social media is we see everybody's highlight reel . Do we even really know that this is real? That their successes real? That those photos are real? Yet we want to compare yourself to something that we don't really even know the truth behind it . The other thing is is we don't see the struggles that these successful people have been through. We don't see how long it's taking them to get to where they are today . We might have been in business for only a couple years yet we're comparing yourself to someone that's been grinding it out for 10 or 15 years . We have to remember this or the other idea is to just stop comparing yourself two other people on the internet . Now hear me out . . .
I say that we start comparing ourself to ourself . I'm sure you're kind of wondering what I mean but just listen for a second and you'll totally understand where I'm going . If we start comparing ourselves to our self we will start realizing how far we've come in our craft . Take a moment and look back at when you first started . Look at your photos, or your Creations, a few years ago . Now compare them to something that you just did recently . Don't you notice how far you have come ?.
You can see your success . You can see your growth. You can see how awesome you're becoming. You can see that you are getting better . You can see all the changes that you've made throughout the years to be where you are today . Now if you would have stopped pushing forward you wouldn't be the badass that you are today. If you would have stopped because you kept comparing yourself and thinking that you're not good enough then you wouldn't be as good as you are today. So my friend stop comparing yourself to other people and just compare yourself to yourself. Whenever you start realizing that you are comparing yourself to others, and you realize that you're starting to feel down, you're starting to doubt yourself, and so forth pull up your old stuff. Pull up your old images from years ago and start comparing those to the ones that you just took. Believe me it's going to make you happy, it's going to motivate you, and it's going to make you realize that you are getting better, and that you will continue to get better as time goes on as long as you continue to pursue what you love.
Lets compare some of my photos:
So there you have it. My progression from 2007. Whenever I choose to compare myself to myself I begin to feel so much dang better. I see how far I have come, I realize how much I have grown as an individual and a creative. Then, I become inspired to do more, get better, try harder.
Can you relate? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear how you avoid the Photographers block, how to avoid getting uninspired, how you find your motivation to continue to do what you love.
Wishing you nothing but the most positive 2019!
This question has been asked over and over again so I figured it would be a perfect post! Do you need, or should you use, a UV filter on your lens?
This is a very controversial question and one that is mainly based on an opinion. Many photographers will leave the filter on at all times where others do not. Is one right? Well, I think you should decide for yourself.
Before we get into it lets get some basics:
What is a UV filter?
A UV filter is a glass filter, just like most others, that will attach to your lens. It is meant to block ultra violet light rays. It also removes the blue cast from images taken during a very bright day, or bright sunny conditions.
Do You Need a UV Filter for Your Lens?
Lets bring up the most common arguments, pros vs. cons
Pros for using UV filters all the time:
The UV filter provides protection for the lens from damage
Oh my gosh there is only 1 thing worse than dropping your camera…. picking it up and seeing your lens shattered. I haven’t had this happen to me, thank the lord, however, I have heard horror stories. I have also heard amazing stories as to how the UV filter saved the lens. Now, in my opinion, that is a pretty good investment. I would rather lose a $100 UV filter than lose a $2k lens.
To play the devils advocate though, if you drop your lens to where your UV filter shatters, wouldn’t that also ruin your lens internally due to the impact?
The UV filter keeps my lens clean. No dust, dirt, scratches, finger smudges, and so forth
This is true too. The UV filter is an extra layer of glass; therefore, it will keep all the dust and grime off of your lens glass. It is also a flat piece of glass which is much easier to clean when needed.
If the filter does get scratched then it is much nicer to have to buy a $100 filter rather than a $2k lens.
Cons for using UV filters all the time:
The filter causes a loss of image quality
This is true in theory. Yes adding glass to glass can reduce the image quality. But the loss is going to be so small in practice that you need to really ask the question of ‘is the loss of image quality significant and going to effect me?’
Loss of light
I have never seen this. Adding a piece of goo quality glass to your lens, that is clear, should not effect the amount of light that enters your sensor.
Loss of resolution
As long as you are using a good quality UV filter you will not see any significance in the quality on a normal lens. A good quality filter will have optically flat surfaces and should not disturb the direction of the light that will pass through the filter.
Ultimately, I do keep a UV filter on my lens, but the choice is really up to you. Again, you need to choose if the ‘loss of image quality is significant’ to you.
I do need to warn you though… if you put a cheap filter on your lens and in front of your expensive glass you are ultimately creating a lens with the image quality of that cheap filter. Do not buy a cheap filter. Basically all I have to say is :
Cheap low quality filters are NOT acceptable.
Filters are not the funnest thing to buy, lets just be honest; however, they are important, keep you creative, and can be incredibly helpful. Make sure to get yourself a good quality UV filter. Expect to spend in the $100 range when purchasing a good quality UV filter.
I got my filter from Horn Photo and love it. I have not seen any negative effects to my image quality with it. If you can go to Horn, then make sure to do so. They are an amazing company and local small business. If you cannot go there, then I would check out the Zeiss, the Heliopan , or the Hoya .
Do you use a UV filter? Comment below and let me know. This blog is meant to be a community helping each other out, growing our businesses, growing our knowledge, and so much more. We are seriously so much stronger together!
Alright fellow photographers, creatives, and entrepreneurs… there is one thing that you are going to have to accept…. Entrepreneurship is seasonal. Once you accept that the better you will be. Business will get slow, and then it will speed up. It will really really speed up to where you feel like you are spinning, and then it will slow down to a snails pace leaving you questioning if everything is ok.
Everything is ok. This business of ours is just seasonal. Try to be ok with that and you will feel a lot better. Plus, once you are ok with that you will be able to really take advantage of your down time.
Let me give you a little story of where I am coming from. At the beginning of last year, I was so slow that I began to worry. Ok, worry is an understatement but you get where I am going. I sat there sad, kinda depressed, and ultimately worthless. During the summer, especially the late summer, things got crazy. I was staying up late, getting up early, and I even started to drink an energy drink here and there which I don’t ever do.
I honestly wondered if I could keep up with it. I was also super worried because I didn’t have the time to blog. My blog fell completely off the radar. I mean it was so far gone it wasn’t even funny. Months went by without me blogging and that little voice inside my head wouldn’t leave me alone. It was telling me I wasn’t good enough, I needed to do more, blah blah blah.
If I would have just been ok with the idea that this business is seasonal then I could have accomplished sooooo much during my off season to where I felt amazing during my busy season. So here are some things that you just need to do during your down times in order to not get overwhelmed, frustrated, depressed, and just plain overworked during your busy times:
Things You Need to Do During Your Off Season
Update your portfolio
I mean this one in 2 different ways. The first way being, now is the perfect time to schedule some styled shoots! You have a bunch of free time so why not make the most of it. Do something for you. Create a shoot that you have been dreaming of. Let your creativity flow. This isn’t only good for your mind, and your soul, it is good for your portfolio. Show people what you are capable of.
Secondly, update your portfolio on your website. Show your favorite images. Your best images. Not all the images. You want to attract your people, your tribe. Update your portfolio to resemble who you want to attract.
There really is no better time to get together with other creatives, other entrepreneurs, and other like minded people. I don’t mean this to mean reach out to people to make money. I mean actually network with people. I mean talk to them. Be friends with them. Help them. Give them your gifts. This is huuugggeee in growing your business in the long run.
As small businesses we tend to not invest in ourselves. This is terrible because honestly that is really the best place to put your money. I think learning from others is such an important thing. This is how we grow as individuals. You have to spend money to make money friends. This is the perfect time to sign up for a workshop, schedule a mentorship,
Start a personal project and learn by being creative and playing.
It takes a lot of effort to get your business moving forward and to keep it moving forward. We have to stay current, up to date on all the things, and just “in the know” (no I’m not cool enough to say that, but I said it anyways).
Devise a Plan and Schedule
This is where I went wrong last year during my down time. I freaked out and just didn’t do anything, but I could have been planning all the things. So my thoughts here are start planning your posts. I mean all the posts… Pinterest, social media, blog posts.
This is really where you are going to help yourself during your busy season. You can schedule posts. This way when you are busy, you don’t have to worry about blogging, or pinning, because guess what? It is already completed for you. You did it during your down time! How awesome is that really though?
So, devise a plan for your blogs. Create the blogs, and then schedule them out throughout the year. Now you have content for half the year, or maybe even the entire year, or at least until your next down time.
Enhance Your Brand
During the slow season you can really take a fine look at your business. You can see it from every perspective.
Have a real honest conversation with yourself and how your brand looks. Is it cohesive throughout all the things ie social media, websites, emails, newsletters, etc?
Can you simplify anything for your customers to make things smoother?
Does your brand attract your tribe? Does it attract your target market?
Work on your website
This goes along with the above ‘enhance your brand’.
We always put off working on our website. It is one of the last things we creatives want to even think about, but it is freaking important friends! Does your website resemble your brand? Does it attract your target market? Is it easy to navigate? And be honest, how old are the photos on your website?
I hope this blog was helpful and just got you thinking about how you can really take advantage of the down time. Also, hopefully it will help you not fret when those slow times do come around, because believe me they will come whether you try to avoid them or not.
Honestly though, the slow times are one of the best times for your business. They are the times where you can really nurture your business back to health. These are the times that you can make everything shiney again. Embrace the slow times, appreciate them, love them, and be ok with working on all the other things that we didn’t realize came with running a business J
Wishing you the very best!