Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tea with Hanna Mazur — Keeping Grounded, Focused & Balanced

It's so good to be back in Seattle. The weather has been beautiful and I have loved working with my photography friends again. On Tuesday, I went and had tea with Hanna Mazur, Seattle Make Up Artist and we talked about all the wonderful possibilities that lie ahead of us - this year and for years to come. We daydreamed about studios, monopolizing the market, getting our work published, and jumping between different genres to keep things interesting. Hanna is such an inspiration to me. She's always so calm and positive and she encourages me constantly. She has so much faith in me, it helps me have faith in myself. She keeps me so grounded and I am SO grateful to have her as a friend and teammate. Thank you Hanna.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Cheryl Ford's Bridal Veil Shoot — Featuring Hanna Mazur, Seattle Make Up Artist

I am so excited to be reunited with my photography friends Cheryl Ford Photography & Hanna Mazur, Seattle Make Up Artist! This weekend, the girls were working together on a photo shoot with Princess Bride Couture Bridal Salon at Country Village, Bothell — they were showing off bridal veils and matching them with wedding dresses. Cheryl invited me along and we surprised Hanna who had no idea I would be there (and since I just got back from Maui, we were all pretty excited to see each other!) Of course, I brought along my camera to capture some behind the scenes for both these lovely girls. Cheryl is always silly and I love the funny faces she makes when her face is smushed against her camera! ha! I LOVE photographing Hanna while she does makeup. She's so gentle and tranquil. I'm really excited that I had this opportunity to capture lots of pretty pictures of Hanna at work. It's so hard to not take 1,000 photos of her make up bag, brushes & palettes. So pretty! Thank you ladies for a fun afternoon together. I'm excited for all the new adventures we have ahead of us this year!

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Seattle Portrait Photographer

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Model: Ivy

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blogging Tips for Photographers 101 (Pt. 5): But I Don't Like to Write

So you don’t like to write and that makes blogging regularly for your photography business rather challenging. Well the glorious news is that blogging isn't actually about writing. It's about sharing. What do you want to share with the world?

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If you’re bored or in pain writing your blog, I’m probably going to be bored and in pain reading it. It’s going to be dry, forced, vague, BORING. Here are two options for how you can manage a regular (and interesting) photography blog despite the fact you hate writing:

Option A) Stop writing all together and start using other methods of communication. Here are some ideas to get you started....
    1. Lists (Numbers & Bullet Points)
    2. Word collage — like people’s Twitter profiles — describe your photo shoots with jumbles of descriptive words.
    3. Photo captions — don’t be afraid to say it like it is, just literally explain what we’re looking at and what you think about it. Photo by photo.
    4. Collect quotes that are relevant / inspiring and share them in your blog posts with photos.
    5. Video instead of words. Speak don’t write. Just because you don’t like writing doesn’t mean you don’t like talking. This will definitely help people connect with you on a more personal level. You can summarize what you say in your videos with a little paragraph (that way you can pack in some important keywords too!)
    6. Challenge: Limit yourself to 5 sentences. Helps you feel less overwhelmed by the task of ‘having to write’. Set the bar low. 5 sentences is do-able and still enough to get some valuable content on your blog.
    7. 7) Ask other people to write and use their words with your photos. Instead of describing the photo shoot yourself, ask your clients/models to write a paragraph about their experience. That could actually be a fantastic way to advertise word-of-mouth / share reviews that are masked as information.
    8. Just include credits : Who, what, when, where, why, how
    9. Use Guest Bloggers or share interviews, conversations, and replies to other blog posts.
    10. Create useful Info-graphics for your readers.
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Option B) Try creating some writing 'systems' that make the whole process less-painful. My friend Cheryl Ford has struggled in the past with writing on her blog and recently she's discovered a way to overcome this obstacle! She's started publishing a weekly feature called her 'Weekly Round-Up". She basically recaps her week by categorizing it into: 'The Best', 'The Worst', 'The Absurd' & 'The Gratitude'. 

When Cheryl goes to write her blog post, she has a template in Wordpress and she just fills it in. She says it's helped her because it lets her write without having to think up an interesting topic or content. She just answers the questions and zooms through, writing blog posts like a pro! I do something similar with my 'Grateful on Sunday' posts. 

What are your blogging tips for photographers?
What tricks do you have for overcoming your dislike of writing in order to blog for business?
Any other ideas for Option A?

Part 1: Challenges of Blogging for Photographers
Part 2: SEO
Part 3: 10 Ways to Come Up with Interesting Blog Content
Part 4: The Pretty Journal Syndrome
Up next is Part 6: "Finding Time To Blog"

Sunday, March 30, 2014

{Grateful on Sunday} Last Week In Maui

One last week in Maui and then we move to Seattle. We've been gradually chucking our stuff into suitcases, cleaning cupboards, takin' care of business, and sending our last postcards to friends are the world. We are so excited to be in fresh crisp air, be cozy by the fire, have land that goes on and on and on, be surrounded by a beer culture (ok that's really Miggy's excitement haha), back with old photography friends (and that's my excitement haha), be near family again, and be able to do fun stuff like rock climbing, river rafting, etc... But for now, we're in Maui enjoying the sunshine and soaking it all in before we're flying away. This week I am grateful for.... 

delicious Wholefoods lunch-dates with Miggy,

blue sky & green trees, 

pretty pink flowers, 

fresh oranges,  

jumping on the 'Divergent' band wagon & reading the whole triology in hyperspeed,

a foot massage, 

date night with Miggy, 

watching the sunset, 

getting tasty treats from the chocolate/candy bar at Wholefoods before going to the movies to watch Divergent!!

lasagna noodles (they're my fav - morning after, cold with ketchup!!),


discovering a new beach!,

lists of books I want to read, 

stretching beneath a big blue sky, 

the tin roof on our house that makes the rain sound so beautiful, 

learning this funny fact, 

What are you grateful for this week?
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