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 […]

Documenting Real Stories: A High School Senior with a Love for Aviation

When clients contact me to inquire about a session, they often ask for either a specific location that reflects Germany, Europe or a location they’ve seen in my other images. Of course, to break the ice, I always joke and say, “of course, we can go there and of course I do everything… except underwater photography… LOL.” Early this past summer, […]

Documenting Real Stories: Photographing Employment Hardship + Lessons Learned

Weeks before I was married, a friend’s mother warned me that my marriage would never work. Little did she know that comment wouldn’t deter me. It challenged me. I think she meant well, really I do, because I was 19 and my husband, Joel was 20 when we were married. When I look back now, […]

10 Must-Ask Questions for Inquiries to Get Them More Likely to Say Yes to Booking

About 3 minutes of babbling and a desperate need to take a damn breath later, I was self-sabotaging my inquiry calls. I’d be nervous as all get out on the phone with a new inquiry and wanted the booking SO BAD. With practice and a simple formula, let’s makeover your calls for more control, more success and more […]

The Photographer’s Perspective of the Women’s March on Washington

Photographers within our community were all photographing the same event, at the same time, all over the country, which I found to be extraordinary. Saturday evening as the photographers in our community started sharing their 2017 Women’s March photos, I was blown away watching photos pop up from cities all over our country. I did not […]

How to Make Your Business Fit Into Your Life (Not the Other Way Around)

There’s one thing all the photographers in our community seem to agree on, regardless of lifestyle or business goals: There’s no such thing as perfect work/life balance. You’ve heard all about prioritizing, embracing imbalance and learning to let go. But what happens when you’re ambitious—and you like it that way? You don’t want to settle […]

4 Tips to Being Present While Photographing an Experience Simultaneously 

A couple weeks ago a group of girlfriends and I took a weekend away.  We went to a no-name town in Wisconsin and rented a house in a quiet neighborhood on a quiet river.  The leaves were painted by the brush of fall and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.  If you would have […]

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 […]

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