Thoughts on Choosing a Photo Project You Can Commit to

The past 12 months or so just happened to be all about projects. I love how they keep me accountable for documenting all the important stuff happening around me. I really just wanted to give up the desperate feeling of where my next client was coming from and whether they like my style and to […]

Documenting Real Stories: Learning About Lobsterman Life

I’m a child and family documentary photographer in Oklahoma City obsessed with the connection of kinship. Every summer, my family escapes the heat and heads to the coast of Maine. It’s complete nostalgia to chase my nieces and nephew along the same beach I’ve been barefoot on since I was a newborn. Last summer, I photographed […]

Create a Revenue Stream with a FUN Photography Class for Beginners

I believe to the core in beginner level photography workshops! I’ve talked about the marketing benefits for your client photography business and how workshops can help you attract better quality inquiries super in demand for your specific photography approach. But, I’ve really beaten around the bush with the money conversation. How much can you make from teaching […]

Documenting Real Stories: A Photographer Meets a Nomad Family in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot

I am a storyteller. Possibly my greatest muses are my children.  At least they are my most common.  Through the lens of my camera they have grown and learned.  But this story is not their story.  It is about someone else’s.  Someone whose story is very much different than mine… This particular story presented itself […]

Teaching Children about Self Expression through Documentary Photography

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. They say you can learn a lot about someone by what they photograph. They also say that everyone has their own unique perspective. I couldn’t agree more. I am a documentary photographer. I am also a mom of three kids. I love both jobs immensely. I spend […]

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What You Want to Remember (That You Might Not See Yet)

I have no doubt you’ve experienced times where you felt like you hit the fast forward button. “How did I get here?!” flashes in your mind. That happened to me Sunday night when our daughter read us a book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. She’s a 5 year old learning to read. I literally looked […]

Documenting Real Stories: Annual Festival in South Africa

My name is Jana, and I’m one of the very few documentary photographers in my area here in South Africa. These photos that I share with you are very close to my heart, and remain one of my favourite sessions of all time. Since documentary family photography is still so new and fairly unknown in […]

A Quick, Easy, and Beautiful Way to Organize Your Blog Content (for Bloggers Who Like Things Tangible)

I wanted better clarity and control over my long list of blog content. With a recent re-brand, an evolved voice, and the ability to cross promote content right on the blog, many of our blog posts were in need of a makeover. With over 200 posts, getting a grip on what needed to be done […]

The Long Game: Surviving in a Photography Genre without a Rulebook

I’ve often heard this said about motherhood: it’s the longest shortest time. And I always giggle a little bit because this is exactly how I feel about my photography business. The days can feel painstakingly long—especially the ones in the winter months. I’m not getting booked, and the blank spaces in my calendars feel like they […]

Documenting Real Stories: A Client Photo Session on a Farm

So much of my photography career people have always wanted everyone to look the camera “cheeseing”, and I’ll do it, very unwillingly, but I will do it. Those aren’t the moments that anyone truly want to remember. The ones where everyone has sweat dripping and teeth grinding all while trying to wrangle children into their position […]

Documenting Mitzvahs as Part of a Thriving Photography Business with Susan Kalina

I am a documentary family and event photographer. However, I didn’t start out that way. I majored in photojournalism at Mizzou and worked at newspapers and magazines for ten years. Thirteen years ago I made the decision to step off the career track to stay home with my children and quit my job as a photo […]

Photographing a Moving Story + Thoughts on Memories

When I was five we moved an hour up the road to the house I would live in for the remainder of my childhood. I remember standing in the bathroom on our first night. The sun was setting and the sky was glowing pink and orange out of the kitchen window but in the bathroom […]

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