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Listen, there are about a thousand books out there telling you how to start a photography business. If you’re planning to start a photography business in 2023, chances are you’ve read the books, watched all the Youtube videos, and have a pretty good idea of where to start. But today, I want to share the […]

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So you’re a new photographer, and you’ve got your first photoshoot lined up. What now? How can you make sure it goes smoothly? If you’re wondering how to prepare for a photoshoot, I’ve rounded up my best tips for new photographers that you can use to make sure your photoshoot goes well. How to Prepare […]

Looking to spend some time this spring getting out and exploring photography in Portland? Whether you’re looking for a photography class, a stellar photography exhibition, or a date night idea, these are my favorite choices for Portland’s photography exhibits and events this spring.   Portland Photography Exhibits to See This Spring   Main Streets: Wesley […]

Learning how to use my camera in manual mode was the single most impactful thing I ever did for my photography career. The great thing about digital cameras is that you can test out different things and immediately see the results: so why not? When you take your camera off of auto, you’re the one […]

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If you’ve been around the photography space for a while, you’ve probably noticed that there’s no shortage of incredible wedding photography publications.  As a photographer, getting your photos published in a magazine, whether in print or online, can have so many benefits. It’s no wonder that photography submissions are often a part of a photographer’s […]

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Welcome to part one of my 4-part series on my approach to family photo sessions. Over the last decade, I’ve refined the way I photograph families to make the process enjoyable and authentic for each family, as well as something that can be reproduced so that the feel that you see in my portfolio is […]

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Since there aren’t any sessions going on during quarantine, I’ve been using this time to do all the behind the scenes homework that photography businesses normally do in January.  I thought I’d pop on to the blog and share some how-to posts on each of these things! Today I’m sharing with you how I do […]

This post has been on my to do list for a while now (okay, years), and to be honest it’s ALWAYS changing!  When I first started around 2010, I stalked every single photography blog I could find and pretty much read and watched whatever they told me to!  There are definitely way more resources out […]

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