Staying organized is so important when it comes to running a business. I use several different ways in order to help me do this, one of those being Trello! Trello is a free program that allows you to separate your projects into different boards and collaborate with others, and it’s made such a big difference in […]
About two years ago, I decided I wanted to take my photography business up a notch. For me, this looked like sharing about my photography business on Instagram and promoting it to potential clients and friends. But that’s when I made a big mistake: I separated my photography and my personal posts into two separate accounts. While […]
I got my first DSLR camera about eight years ago, and I was so eager to jump right into all things photography! I bought books, watched YouTube videos, and asking all my friends and family to model for me so I could get better. Little by little, I improved enough to the point where people started asking me to take their photos. That little hobby of mine has developed into a full-fledged business that I hope to take full-time after I graduate from college.
I’m not gonna lie— there were times in high school where I thought there was no way I’d ever be able to make it as a wedding & portrait photographer because of how introverted I am. I used to seriously struggle to get through a senior shoot without long, awkward pauses that made for an uncomfortable session experience for both me AND my client.
I wanted to tackle the whole cohesive Instagram feed because it’s something that has been SUCH a struggle for me and one that I just recently felt like I’ve sorta gotten a handle on (and I’ve by no means reached the level of cohesiveness I desire for my feed)! I used to think that editing everything using the same settings or preset was enough to make my feed look cohesive, but I just kept coming away disappointed. There’s actually a whole lot more that goes into it!
I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely carry my DSLR camera around with me these days. It’s pretty bulky and heavy, and I just don’t feel like making my arms do all that extra work. As someone who tends to opt for my iPhone camera for everyday life, and someone who runs multiple Instagram accounts (my own, my dog’s, my sorority’s, etc.), being able to edit my photos easily on my phone is a must.
Sometimes I get so frustrated with my photography. I’ll scroll through Instagram and see photo after photo from photographers who I deeply admire, then immediately start comparing my work to theirs. We are always our worst critic, so I’m sure you can imagine that the whole comparison thing doesn’t really make me feel too good about my work. I think it’s a really great thing to find inspiration in other photographers’ work, but we seem to forget that they once were beginners. They once took horrible photos or put an ugly preset on a photo or couldn’t quite master focusing.
I frequently get questions about what gear I have, what services I use to run my photography business, and what resources I recommend for photographers, so I decided to dedicate a blog post to this very topic! I’ll be updating it whenever I get some new gear or find a new resource that I think is worth sharing.