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 […]

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 […]

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