I have a soft spot for teaching, and love getting questions from other photographers, and people who want to take their photography and/or business to the next level. I remember when I still worked in the corporate world, and thought doing photography full time was so out of reach. I also remember the late nights teaching myself, the classes, workshops, and all the wonderful people who shared their information and secrets with me! Because of that I try to share as much as possible with anyone looking to learn. I’ve been asked to speak in colleges such as Crown, and Century in Minnesota; I have hosted workshops, and recently launched an online class all about In Person Sales! Want to pick my brain or learn from me?
One of my favorite ways is in person, but we can also meet via Zoom video call, or simply over the phone if you prefer. I charge $250 for a one-hour session and we can discuss anything you’d like. Some popular topics I get asked about frequently are:
I always work with the same second shooters, to make sure my work is consistent, but sometimes I need someone to fill in last minute, or a third shooter, so if you want to send me your information, I can review your work and add you to my list!
I shoot about 10-15 weddings, and about 75 sessions per year.
Cameras: Canon 5D mark III and mark IV, Sony Alpha A7R III
Lenses: Canon 35mm 1.4, Canon 50mm 1.2, Canon 85mm 1.8, Canon 100mm 2.8, Sony 50mm
I’ve been using the free software from Queensbery for 9 years! I love it!
The geniuses at Tonic Site Shop! Jeff and Jen are simply the best in the industry, and I would recommend their work to anyone. I’ve also met them both in person, and they are just the coolest people alive.
Yes! I wrote a great blog post about it, you can read it here.
I have a virtual assistant and don’t know what I would do without her help!
I do! I’ve had a studio space since 2009.
I opened my LLC in 2008, and went full time with my business in 2010.
My first camera was a Rebel, and to be honest, I felt so limited using it. I would probably recommend buying a used Canon 5D Mark III (or a Nikon/Sony equivalent), and learning how to use it with your eyes closed. Learn how to shoot manually, and master the exposure triangle (ISO, shutter speed and aperture. You’ll also need a lens, and lenses can also get pretty expensive. The Canon 50mm 1.4 is an awesome lens, at a pretty good price, and it’s also very nice for shooting portraits. I would start there.
Currently I do not, but maybe in the future.