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Seven years ago, I photographed my first wedding and started on this journey of running a business. I want to share 7 key take-aways that I think contributed to some of the success I've seen.

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Here’s how I use the workflows tab inside of HoneyBook for automating my client process. If you are finding yourself doing the same stuff over and over and repeating those steps – it’s time to automate! I’m sharing with you exactly how to set up a workflow of your own and giving you a peek into my wedding workflow!

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Today I’m sharing the most effective calendar planning system I’ve tried using wall calendars for planning content for my whole year – including launches, time off, and booked events. How do you plan for your business? Are you team paper or team digital?

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There’s no time like the beginning of January to prep for the year ahead! I want to share with you how I set goals and plan for success in both my photography and education businesses in the beginning of each year, and I’m giving you all the details in this video.

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As photographers, it’s important that we’re using contracts even if we’re just starting out in our business. But knowing what to include inside a wedding photography contract can be tricky. In this video, I’m sharing with you the 10 things you MUST include in your wedding photography contract and where to find a good quality contract for your biz. 

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One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How do you manage all of your clients behind the scenes?” My secret weapon – Honeybook! This is the platform I’ve used for YEARS with all of my clients to send invoices, contracts, questionnaires, proposals, and so much more!

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Do you find that you aren’t confident in shooting wedding detail photos? Maybe you haven’t focused in a really solid process for them yet. In the last few years, I’ve nailed down a process that I have found helps me capture detail photos quickly and efficiently.

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Losing a photo or having a memory card corrupt is on every photographers list of worries but the good news is there are some measures you can put in place to make sure you are covering all your bases when it comes to saving images properly. You need a workflow. A repeatable system of steps you can follow every single time you take images so that you know with confidence they are going to be there when you need them.

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This video covers the top three steps you need to follow in order to plan for your best year in business! Be sure to grab the Creative Business Planning guide and follow along!

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Don’t you just love the holiday season? I love it for a number of reasons, but one of them is my annual Holiday Gift Guide. Today, I’m sharing the 5th edition (I know! what?!). And this year’s items are all from small shops/creators. They would be great gift ideas for the creative in your life. Or maybe that creative is YOU.

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Last week we talked about creating boundaries as a business owner, and this week I want to continue the conversation with work-life balance.

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Today I’m going to give you tips for establishing clear boundaries with your clients and better achieve work life balance in the process.

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I saw this cool affordable paper backdrop set up on Amazon and I figured it would be fun to create some of my own headshots at home and share the process with you guys! So here you have it. A cheap backdrop set up so you can do your own headshots or brand photos easily.

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The wedding boom for 2022 is coming. Let’s talk about HOW to get ready and what you can do to prepare.

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Today’s video is a vlog taken of a bridal styled shoot I photographed in DC. I was able to show how I photograph the bride and groom, the details, and more including some behind the scenes clips of posing.

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Learning to photograph the bride on a wedding day is an important part of being a photographer. Sometimes you don’t get lots of time for portraits, so you have to work with what you have to make sure you capture the timeless, breathtaking images that the bride deserves.  

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Have you ever found yourself feeling really anxious about photographing a wedding reception? Maybe you don’t know what to take photos of first or when to use flash and when to not. I’ve got you covered, friend!

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Photographing wedding ceremonies inside churches can be tricky due to there being very low light and oftentimes rules about using flash. So what do you do? I’m here to help! That’s why I wanted to make this video to give some tips for how to get the best images possible while shooting inside a church ceremony without flash!

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Today’s video is all about the bride and groom portrait time. I share what lenses I use, how I pose, and what my thought process was behind these decisions. Of course, I also include some of the final images.

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I recently released Hobby To Pro Toolkit and I couldn’t be more excited to share all about it! I know you’re probably thinking what is it, what’s included, and who is it for? Well, I have been anticipating this very moment and sharing more information about just that. So…let’s dive in about the investment and why this is going to change your business!

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Today’s video is all about some of my favorite Honeybook features that you should absolutely know about that will save you time in your business! If you are new to Honeybook, it is a customer relationship management platform that handles all of your client communication like contracts, getting paid, questionnaires, scheduling, and so much more!

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MEET JOY

Ever wish you could feel just as confident about the business side of your business as you do about  taking photos? Well, that's what I'm here for.

I'm all about helping you simplify your marketing, stand out, and get paid to do what you love.

But here's the thing...I don't think you have to give up your sanity, all your nights and weekends, or your family time to make this dream happen.

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