Babak & Daniella | Beach Engagement

Beach Engagement Session Miami Wedding Photographer

All my client’s personalities are different, including my friends! Many of them are fun and quirky and don’t like the constant public display of affection, let alone getting photographed while this is going on. Babak and Daniella are getting married … Continue reading

Is Blogging worth it? – Tuesday Tips & Tricks

I recently went in for a job interview at an online distributing company that was looking for a Web Content and Social Media Specialist – I wasn’t really looking for a job but since it was so close to my house and the pay wasn’t so bad I thought I should give it a shot. After sitting down with them and talking about the position for about an hour and a half they seemed interested in hiring me but said they would call back the next day. So I came home and started thinking whether I wanted to take the job or not if they did offer it to me.

Then I came to the realization that if I was going to be writing about a business as well as updating their social media constantly I should be doing that for my own business. But then I asked myself, does blogging really work and is spending time on social media really worth it?

I constantly hear other photographer’s like Jasmine Star and Susan Stripling talk about Blogging, Social Media, and SEO and at first it was all gibberish to me. I have now begun my research and realized that maybe Social Media through Facebook isn’t the best way anymore because of how much things have changed now, especially with the whole paying to boost your post issue. But, there are other ways to keep yourself on top of Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, and so many more apps that are being developed each day can help you stay on top of the game.

In this industry finding ways to stand out and marketing yourself for free can seem challenging but it becomes easier as we begin to put more effort and time into it. Blogging is a great way for SEO, in other words for Google to find you through keywords, and if you write articles that are interesting to people they’ll start following you, pinning you on Pinterest, and sharing your posts – meaning they will help get your name out there. One of the best things about blogging, at least from my own experience, is the ability to have your clients/followers/subscribers get to know you as well as grow with you and see your evolution as a photographer.

I have noticed that when I write blog posts about the props I use for my newborn shoots and how I make them I drive people to my blog. People are always looking for content that will save them money, teach them how to do their own DIY projects, or even help them grow as a professional photographer. I love sharing secrets with people because I wish someone else would’ve shared them with me when I was first starting out.

From my perspective blogging has helped me reach lots more people than Social Media. But, I do link my blog to all my social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and I make sure to pin them on Pinterest. That will only drive more people to your blog which will drive more people to your website and your work.

Key West Engagement Session | Katerina & John Michael

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There’s something about going to a different destination to shoot that makes my heart warm and my brain jiggle with creativity. When I met Kat and her family they all suggested we’d go back to Key West where she and … Continue reading

Tuesday Tips & Tricks: how creativeLIVE has changed my life

CreativeLIVE has changed my life in a way I didn’t even think could be possible. I have learned to have so much more confidence in myself thanks to the workshops I have watched through this online channel that I don’t think I could’ve ever gained from school. I have yet to visit a workshop in person but it is truly one of the things on my to-do list that I need to accomplish soon.

I have previously posted on other blog posts about creativeLIVE and how I recommend it to other photographers but I have never gone in depth about it. I have watched numerous amounts of workshops and even purchased the ones that I really loved so I can watch them whenever I need to; I have also found my favorite photographers through the workshops.

My favorite photographers would definitely have to be Zach and Jody but I also love Jasmine Star. I have watched every workshop from both of these photographers; the latest one I watched is the reSTARt workshop by Jasmine and it definitely gave me that “oomph” I needed to rebuild the business in 2014 and RESTART! I can’t even begin to tell you how that workshop has helped me change the way I have based my business in the past 3 years. Starting with how to design my website and how to price my collections, all the way to identifying what my brand is and how to network with vendors and even other photographers.

I have never missed a Zach and Jody workshop. I have learned so much of the technical stuff from their workshops but especially how to establish a real relationship with all of my clients which I believe should be the CORE of every photographer’s business, especially a wedding photographer’s.

The best part about creativeLIVE’s workshops is that they’re free while they’re being broadcasted LIVE if you don’t watch it I truly believe is because of laziness or arrogance. And both things will not get you anywhere. Laziness will not allow you to learn new things and expand your horizons and arrogance won’t either. Why do I mention arrogance? Because one thing I have noticed is that many people in our industry don’t want to be taught how to do things differently because they think they either don’t need need to be taught because they know everything or they don’t want to be taught by other photographers.  One thing I can tell you from my own experience is that if things aren’t working then you must be doing something wrong and it doesn’t hurt to watch the workshops. Especially if they’re being broadcasted for FREE all day, BUT, if you work all day and simply don’t have time to watch it purchasing them for $150 or $79 while they’re being broadcasted is I think something that’s doable and that will help you out in the long run. In order to succeed in photography one must invest their money and their time.

Miami Beach Resort & Spa | Annie & Carlos Wedding

Ever meet someone and feel like you’ve known them for years? Like you could possibly become best friends? The minute I met Annie & Carlos at a Bridal show I participated in last year we clicked. Carlos has a great sense of humor and loves Annie more words could ever explain. Annie on the other hand is a laid back, loving girl, full of grace and a good heart. I met them and I immediately fell in love with them. A couple of weeks later we sat down at the studio and we were both sold! I was sold on them because I knew almost immediately that I wanted to tell their story through photographs and they were sold on me because I listened.

I will always be so grateful for both of them – because to me they didn’t become just my clients they became friends! I mean, they even moved all the way from North Miami Beach to my area cause they didn’t want to stay away from me after their wedding! lol 😉

Here’s a sneak peek of their gorgeous wedding this weekend at Miami Beach Resort & Spa.

Dadeland Marriott | Becca and Matt Wedding

Here’s a glimpse of Becca and Matt’s wedding in December at Silver Palm United Methodist Church in the Redlands followed by a beautiful reception at the Dadeland Marriott.

Motivational Mondays: 2014 Goals (2 days late)

With 2014 currently underway, I have been dedicating some time to myself as well as my business. Wedding photography can definitely take a toll on your body, especially with the amount of equipment we carry and how heavy it can get after a couple of hours, so it’s been time for me to hit the gym.

So now talking about some of the goals, here’s a list I’ve made of things I would like to accomplish in 2014!

1 – Get physically fit! Being skinny doesn’t mean you’re healthy, it just means you’re skinny, so I want to get FIT!

2 – book more weddings this year than I did last year

3 – Shoot in different cities (New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, those are a few of the ones on my list)

4 – participate in more bridal shows!

5 – meet interesting people and create lifelong friends!

6 – create more of a name for myself!

Tips and Tricks on a Sunday: My “Bling Ring Kit

Glitter Wedding Ring Shots

Many of you may have the same problem I’ve had in the past when shooting a wedding. You have all these ideas of detail shots you pre-plan for in your head but when you arrive at your client’s house or … Continue reading

Redland Koi Gardens Wedding | Joseph and Camila

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I am so lucky to have the most amazing and supportive friends in the world. Many photographers will tell you that they don’t like photographing their friend’s weddings because they want to enjoy it or because they feel like they … Continue reading