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9 Tips for Photographing a Wedding Without Dying

Someone once asked me, “Erica, how do you shoot a wedding without absolutely dying?”  After a bit of a laugh, I realized that that is a very good question deserving of a very good answer.  My last blog post provided some very helpful tips for setting yourself up for a successful wedding experience.  This post, however, goes a little deeper.  In …

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7 Parts to a Successful Team and Individual Photography Business

So you love sports and you are looking to expand your sports photography business?  A great option is to add Team and Individual pictures to your product offerings.  This is a very fun and profitable volume business.  To do this you need to know how to get started and be organized. Create your packages First thing that needs to be …

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Post-Wedding Workflow: The System That Won’t Make You Crazy Part 1

One of the things that was most difficult for me when I first started photographing weddings was finding a post-wedding workflow that worked well for me.  I tried following the advice of various photographers, attempting to implement their exact workflow into my unique business.  All of these attempts failed because I was replicating the practices of someone with a completely …

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11 Tips for an Indoor Portrait Session

Most families these these days want their portraits outside, a pristinely sculpted landscape in the background, perfect golden-hour sun dipping below the horizon. But perfect conditions don’t always exist. Sometimes it’s raining. Sometimes it’s winter. And sometimes the family has a newborn. That means we need to go inside. In this article, you’ll read about 11 ways to make your …

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Second Shooting Weddings: 11 Things You Should Know

Before we discuss second shooting, let’s talk about how I got into it and how you might do the same. If you’re already an accomplished shooter, you’re welcome to scroll down to ‘Part 2’ to learn more about second shooting. Also, Improve Photography’s Portrait Podcast recently did an episode on second shooting. Listen Here    When I started getting into photography …

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An Attorney’s Guide to What to Do When Your Photo is Stolen

It seems that every week there’s another news story making the rounds of a photographer’s image being stolen. What’s particularly disturbing is that it’s often by another artist—someone who should know better. Sadly, as technology makes it easier for people to produce decent photographs, the value of photography is lessened. This has resulted in many people seeing a photograph as something …