5 Ways to Attract Your Best Clients While You Sleep Using Your Website

When I fired up my first website in 2012, it was the most fun thing ever! My own little nook on the web? Yes, please! What I didn’t know: all the pretty-theme picking, logo designing, formatting just-the-way-I-like-it motions were actually self-sabotaging my website. I’m here to help you consider how your website is perceived by […]

16 Inspiring Family Documentary Photography Sessions of 2016

We’re pretty thankful to be involved in a photography community where individual core values are celebrated.  In 2016, we watched some photographers blossom, met new photographers who have become friends, and lifted each other up in taking documentary photography to our clients. This blog post is to give a shout out to a handful of […]

5 Ways to Define Your Dream Clients and Serve Them Better (For Real)

Marketing 101. It’s not: “Look what I can do for you! Want in?” Instead, it’s identifying your clients’ needs and saying: “This is how you will benefit.” Yet what I see is photographers promoting their services + what’s included in their packages through text-heavy marketing boards and Facebook ads… and calling this marketing. But marketing isn’t about […]

How to Give the Middle Finger to Doing E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and Be More Productive

You know why we put a lot on our plate? Because as ambitious creatives, dreams and ideas come easily. If you’re anything like me, you wanna do it all, right now. We want to swim in our passions and create richer relationships, happier lives, happier clients, and profitable businesses… and show up best-dressed to the […]

A Documentary Project: Norman and the Girl

As a child I was always drawn to the small and helpless of the world. Puppies, babies, birds with broken wings. My first dog was this ugly, awkward, strangely proportioned mutt from our small town humane society. My mom worked for the city and had gone on a tour there. Over dinner she talked about this […]

Day in the Life | Documentary Photography

Thoughts on Photographing Your Own DITL with Alaina Miles

We’re surrounded by photographers shooting their Day in the Life projects and offering these sessions to clients. If you’re anything like me, you’ve become too busy to do your own and too “I really don’t want to invest in a photographer when I can take our family photos myself with a little strategy to get […]

When Street Photography Becomes Less Scary and More About the Stories

Staring out in the distance, I’m always daydreaming. Seconds pass; I never realize why I catch myself doing these things. Always imagining myself as someone else, in someone else’s shoes. Wondering how a person’s life is so different from mine. People and their lives fascinate me. My upbringing was very different, which probably contributed to that. I was very reserved and I felt comfortable being in the background just watching how people behave.

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The Brand Process Done Right: 9 Questions to Ask If You Want Impressive Branding

From everyday, casual wear – boyfriend jeans and leather jacket – to your little black dress and heels, to me branding meant having an upscale wardrobe for your business. Something that was nice to have, but not necessary to get the job done. A simple name logo with clean text was all I needed… until I actually […]

How Photos Can Reveal Feelings That Would Go Unnoticed Without Them

It has been several weeks since I started writing down words to tell the story behind the photographs from the shoot I did at my father’s studio. I had no idea these images would bring back my childhood memories, and it was absolutely unexpected when they stirred up so many emotions in me. This little […]

4 Ways to Rock at Marketing Your Photography Business Offline

There is no doubt about it. We live in a digital age. Everything is a click away. So much so, that many of us have begun to rely on the Internet to market ourselves! Rightfully so, it is an excellent tool. Between Facebook promotions, Instagram hashtags, and re-pins on Pinterest we’ve got the digital world covered.

No Food, But There Are Family Photos

A few weeks back I was visiting my parents, and going through boxes of old photographs. Some faces meant nothing to me, but others did because several years ago I sat down with my grandmother and asked her about our family history (what she remembered of it anyway), and who was who in some of the photos – and noted the names and relations down at the back of each photo.

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Photos Because I Miss Them Before They’re Gone

My dad likely only has a few good years left. I’m scared to death about what life is going to be like without my parents. I miss them before they’re gone. It terrifies me daily. It had been a constant stressor for me that I hadn’t ever attempted to take photos of them. It’s ridiculous how few photos have been taken of them, in general. By anyone. So this past weekend I FINALLY photographed my parents for the day (okay, maybe half a day because they talked to me so much).

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