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Why Wedding Retainers Are Not Refundable

Why Wedding Retainers Are Not Refundable

You’ve likely read somewhere that photographers require a signed contract and retainer in order to hold your wedding date exclusively. Retainers usually fall anywhere between a flat rate or 30-50% of your package cost and are generally non-refundable – even if...
Blogstomp | The Program Which Gave Me My Time Back

Blogstomp | The Program Which Gave Me My Time Back

When putting together blog posts, I would open all of the images in Photoshop, resize, and then drag them into a few templates I made. In all honesty, I would dread having to write up blog posts because this method was so time consuming. It was taking me 60-90 minutes...
Responding to Client Emails

Responding to Client Emails

As a wedding photographer and recent bride (2 years is recent, right?), I know how important a great experience is! I’ve always made it a priority to answer emails immediately after they popped into my inbox. I thought that if I wasn’t responding asap, I...
Second Guessing and Realizing Value

Second Guessing and Realizing Value

It was late Thursday night, technically early Friday morning. I dozed in and out, trying to stay awake for the last few minutes of my tv show. THUD. I flew off the couch and saw him lying there, almost motionless, clinging tightly to his knee. I felt so helpless as...
Would you steal from Target?

Would you steal from Target?

Over the past two decades, technology has really blown up and changed our entire way of living! It’s become our primary way to research information, keep in touch with friends and family, and has been a great way for photographers to showcase their hard work to...
5 Tips To Help Survive Your First Bridal Show

5 Tips To Help Survive Your First Bridal Show

When planning our wedding I did our research mainly via the internet, mainly due to the distance between our home and our venue. We attended two bridal shows but I only needed to check 1-2 more vendors off my list, so I didn’t spend much time visiting...
I forgot to shower. And eat.

I forgot to shower. And eat.

I can bet that just about any parent of a newborn read the title of this post and shrugged, unable to remember the last time they were able to do either of those. The only thing is, I don’t have a newborn. I’ve spent most of my business years as a...
Make Money Fast – Be a Photographer

Make Money Fast – Be a Photographer

I’ve gone back and forth for a few years now, trying to decide if I wanted to write this post or not. It’s time to be real. Back in ’07, I began working at a family portrait studio and not too long after, I ended up being promoted to manager.  I...
Behind The Scenes – 2015

Behind The Scenes – 2015

I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not I wanted to do a Behind The Scenes blog post, they can be pretty embarrassing! Over the last few days though, I’ve found myself loving looking at other photographers’ BTS photos so embarrassment aside,...
Capriotti’s – McAdoo, PA

Capriotti’s – McAdoo, PA

Remember that time that you tried out a restaurant and instantly fell in love, knowing you were going to tell all of your friends that they had to eat there? That’s how I felt the first time I photographed at Capriotti’s in McAdoo, PA. I’ve been in...
Surprise!

Surprise!

Over the past couple of years I’ve put a lot of thought into how to make my couples feel extra special and loved. I want the days leading up to their wedding to be super exciting and show them how much I truly appreciating them trusting me with such a huge...
A Full Experience – Prints Included

A Full Experience – Prints Included

‘Shoot and burn’ is becoming a popular wedding trend with some photographers in the industry. In case you aren’t familiar, it is simply when a photographer shoots a session, wedding, or other event and simply provides digital files (sometimes edited,...