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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-On-One Coaching

Learn from Poly

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: 

· Editing and consistency
· FINDING WORK/LIFE BALANCE
· REVIEWING PORTFOLIO/WEBSITE

In-Person Coaching

· TRANSITIONING TO IPS
· DESIGNING ALBUMS
· DEVELOPING WORKFLOWS

how it works

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! 

Can I 2nd shoot for you?

I shoot about 10-15 weddings, and about 75 sessions per year.

How many weddings / sessions do you shoot 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

What kind of equipment do you use?

I’ve been using the free software from Queensbery for 9 years! I love it! 

How do you do your album designs?

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.

Who designed your website?

Yes! I wrote a great blog post about it, you can read it here.

Do you have any tips for 2nd shooters?

I have a virtual assistant and don’t know what I would do without her help!

Do you have any employees?

I do! I’ve had a studio space since 2009.

Do you have a studio?

I opened my LLC in 2008, and went full time with my business in 2010.

How long have you been shooting professionally?

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. 

Which camera would you recommend to someone who is wanting to get into photography

Currently I do not, but maybe in the future. 

Do you have associate photographers?

Questions & Answers

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