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 […]

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 […]

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