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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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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 …

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10 Ways to Attract More Senior Portrait Customers

The business side of photography can be incredibly frustrating to folks who just entered the field in order to create great images.   The artsy creative personality who started a photography business in many cases probably didn’t spend any advance time thinking about a marketing strategy.  Most likely there is little-to-no advertising budget in your business plan for this niche …

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Photography Business Legal Guide (Free!)

This article includes about $20,000 of mistakes that I’ve made in the last 6 years of running my photography-centered business.  This article is also the result of hundreds of hours of trying to figure out the business, legal, and financial side of photography on my own.  So hopefully this will help! But fortunately, I successfully waded through the red tape of starting …

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Wedding Prep Tips: What Every Wedding Photographer Needs to Know

As wedding season for wedding photographers in the Northern Hemisphere quickly approaches, one of the most common questions I receive from Improve Photography followers is how I manage to stay calm, cool, and collected leading up to and on the day of a wedding.  I’d like to say that it’s because of my calm demeanor and sweet skills, but let’s get serious. …