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Photoshoot Prep for Rockstars

As a photographer, I might be a bit biased but photos are a very very important part of your brand.

Branding is all about consistency, right? You know that you use the same fonts for your branding and the same colors and the same design elements but are you making sure that your imagery is consistent?

It needs an on-brand vibe.

Go look at your favorite brand's Instagram feeds. I'll bet they have the same feel - similar colors, lighting, and props. That's what you want!

There are a few different ways to get beautiful imagery.

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How to Create and Work With Inspiration Boards [+A freebie]

Inspiration boards are pretty much my favorite thing. I think they are vital to the creative process, highly beneficial when working with clients, and the perfect way to organize your brain. I use them when starting any new project. A photo shoot, a new product line, a logo design... anything! But I didn't always use them before starting a big project. And I wish I had! Think of all the time wasted without a clear vision of where I was headed with a particular project!

This post is meant to help you love inspiration boards like I do. They are fabulous, time saving, sanity savers. And they aren't just for designers. 

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To Watermark or Not To Watermark...

There are so many articles out there about watermarking and they generally fall into two categories:

1. AHHHH. WATERMARK EVERYTHING. THEY ARE COMING. TO. STEAL. EVERYTIIIIIIIIING!!!!! IF YOU DON'T WATERMARK YOU WILL DIE. 

2. meh. don't bother. what's the point? if they steal it, they steal it. 

I fall somewhere in the middle. So I offer up this article to give you as much info on both sides as I can, so that you can make the best decision for you and your business. 

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Before & After: Edit Your Phone Photos Like a Pro

I fell in love with photography in high school. I took a class, just for credit, and fell in love. The first time I watched a photo develop in the darkroom I was hooked! But not just on the final product - on the process! I love it beginning to end. Now things are a little different, no need to have a whole darkroom, you have everything you need in your pocket! We take phone photos constantly. And while some may criticize the "overuse" of phones, I prefer to see the ease of photos as a good thing. But phone photos don't always look amazing right off the bat. This blog series is all about turning your phone snaps into great photos with tips from me based on the same edits and apps I use every day! 

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Your Portfolio is a Living Thing

It's allllllive!!!

Your portfolio is a living thing. It grows. It changes. And you need to feed and nurture it. 

I have updated my portfolio at least 1,000 times since I became an artist. (Okay not that many. That's about 100 times a year. And that is a bit excessive). It is good practice to update at least once a year. But portfolios are stressful and nerve-wracking. So much goes into them. So much can ride on them... Oh hell, I am not helping... Let me redeem myself by offering some pointers on how to keep your portfolio up to date and fresh. 

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Before & After: Edit Your Phone Photos Like a Pro

I fell in love with photography in high school. I took a class, just for credit, and fell in love. The first time I watched a photo develop in the darkroom I was hooked! But not just on the final product - on the process! I love it beginning to end. Now things are a little different, no need to have a whole darkroom, you have everything you need in your pocket! We take phone photos constantly. And while some may criticize the "overuse" of phones, I prefer to see the ease of photos as a good thing. But phone photos don't always look amazing right off the bat. This blog series is all about turning your phone snaps into great photos with tips from me based on the same edits and apps I use every day! 

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3 Mistakes Photographers Make [that can hold you back]

You guys, I have been thinking a lot about mistakes. I have made a few in my career and sometimes I can't help but ruminate on them.  I made a boo boo that hurt my own business a couple of months ago. (I'll tell you about later in this post). 

But the one upside to mistakes is that we can learn from them. Here are the top three mistakes I see photographers make and some advice from someone who has experienced it all. 

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Photographer Style: The Blazer

Here I go, writing about style again. A while back I wrote a post talking about photographer's style and gave some advice about what you, the photographer, should wear. 

I guess you could consider this a follow up post. Today, I specifically wanna talk about the blazer. It is such a great staple to have in your closet as a photographer. The blazer takes my usual, everyday t-shirt and jeans combo and turns it into a cute professional look. And it elevates an outfit with minimal effort. And that's totally my approach to fashion. Ease.

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5 Photography Situations That Can Land You In Jail

A few days ago, a friend (and fellow photographer) told me about a photoshoot where she got yelled at for shooting somewhere illegally. Except, she wasn't. She and her model were on the public sidewalk and an employee of the shop behind them screamed at them to stop taking pictures. But, it is perfectly legal to shoot in a public place. She was within her rights as a photographer. As a general rule of thumb, if you can see it from the public place in which you are standing, it is legal to shoot it. Pretty simple, right? But not all photoshoots will be so black and white. Read on for a list of not so simple situations you and your camera might find yourself in.

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What to Wear: Advice for the Photographer's Wardrobe

It can sometimes be hard to know what to wear to a shoot. It's a challenge, for me, to get pants on at all. Especially when I was working freelance 100% of the time. Plus, for some reason, I stress about what to wear way more than the average person. So if you are anxious about this topic, like I am, here is a basic guide to clothes for photographers.  

My plan here is to give you a baseline of what works. It's up to you to put your style spin on it. 

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