Category Tips and Advice

How I’ve Worked On My Business During Quarantine

Hello self-employed friend! If you’re anything like me, you’re finding yourself on an unwanted, unpaid vacation and feeling anxious. I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster, happily sipping gin and tonic on my patio one minute and letting feelings of helplessness creep in the next. I’ll admit that working on my business during this time has been incredibly hard for me and I’ve been dragging my feet to accomplish even the simplest of tasks. But, looking back at the last few weeks, I’ve been able to get a whole lot of things checked off my to-do list (even if they’ve taken me much longer than usual) and that sense of pride and accomplishment has got me feelin’ gooooooood (cue in Nina Simone).
If you’re struggling to brainstorm ways to improve your business during this uneasy time, here are some items to add to your quarantine to-do list.

Read More

4 Books to Read When You Need Motivation

I’ve been called a pessimist many times in my life. I like to think of myself as a realist, but as others close to me have pointed out, I can get myself into a mess of unnecessary worry and stress. I tend to overthink, put an intense amount of pressure on myself to achieve my goals, and get lost in self-doubt. One one hand, these qualities make me a thoughtful and disciplined business person, but on the other, they’ll also likely cause a stomach ulcer if I don’t cut it out. Reassuring phrases such as “it’ll get better in time” or “don’t be so hard on yourself” historically have not done much for me. But that being said, a positive state of mind and a shift in perspective can really be all that’s needed sometimes. So, how does one achieve this can-do state of mind and escape the funk they have so cleverly designed for themselves to wallow in?
My solution: I read.

Read More

The best timeline tips I’ve learned after 6 years of being a wedding photographer

So, if it’s nearly impossible to control all the variables on your wedding day that impact timeline, what can you do to make things flow smoothly?
Well my friends, I’ve got answers. I work with all my couples to provide advice on how to A. spend as much time together on their wedding day as possible, B. how to not run around like crazy people and miss eating your dinner with the rest of your guests, and C. how to get the photos you want without them dominating your wedding day and stressing you out.

Read More

Best Places to Take Photos in Dallas

Over the past three years of living downtown in the Big D, I’ve been lucky to shoot in a lot of really cool locations. When I first moved here, I spent a wholeee lotta time on Pinterest and scouring the internet to find some of the most picture-worthy local spots to visit. So in spirit of giving back to the online community that helped me navigate the city, here’s my contribution: the 5 best spots to take photos in Dallas.

Read More

How to Start Your Photography Business in a New State

Equal parts exciting and scary, right? Three years ago, I found myself in the exact same position you’re in. I didn’t know one single person in the whole state of Texas. Every friend, job and client I am lucky to now have in my life came from scratch. If I can do it, so can you. This advice all comes from the standpoint of a photographer, but I truly feel these tips can be applied to any business owner who is relocating. What I’m here to tell you is: it’s completely doable and here’s how.

Read More

Why Every Photographer Should Visit Moab

I’m laughing as I try to find a way to begin this post because the first word that comes to mind as I describe our trip is WOW. Kelsey Haley Media, NAC Photography and I said WOW so many times as we drove through the southeast corridor of Utah, I think you could have made a drinking game out of it and ended up on the floor really quickly.

Read More

Hello Internet? It’s me.

It took me a while to learn that in order to improve my business, I needed to sell myself. I don’t mean to sell myself out or sell myself short. I mean that I needed to incorporate my personality into my business/brand, and I was really reluctant to do that. I was worried that if people didn’t like who I was as a person, didn’t get my sense of humor, didn’t agree with my level of “professionalism”, etc. that they wouldn’t want to hire me as their photographer.

Read More

Grits Rule

That’s what you’ll read along the banner of Ellen’s Restaurant here in Dallas: “Grits Rule”. If that doesn’t say welcome to the south, then I don’t know what does!

Being from New England, things like “grits” aren’t really in my vocabulary so it was quite the interesting and exciting experience to work with Ellen’s Restaurant and all it’s southern flair last week. The Ellen’s team sources and combines their ingredients in incredibly thoughtful ways to make absolutely delicious dishes with a southern twist. It’s unlike anywhere I’ve eaten before.

Read More

My Least Favorite 4 Letter Word

I have never been a fan of blogging, but I have been told so many times that it is something I should try, so here we are (reluctantly)! As a photographer, I really feel that I express myself better through images than words. Plus, the idea of having my thoughts permanently on the internet freaks me out. That being said, part of me is excited to try this out, and I truly hope that you can relate to a brutally honest blog speckled with poorly crafted humor, bits of advice, and some of my most favorite photo galleries.

Read More