Granville Island Engagement Session

Doris and Jimmy are getting married!

July 3, 2015 in engagements, photography

Three years ago, Doris went out for dinner one evening with a group of her girlfriends, along with one of her friend’s fiancé. He offered to take a photograph of the four girls together and unbeknownst to Doris, he texted the photo to his friend Jimmy. Within an hour or so, Jimmy dropped by the restaurant claiming he happened to be passing by. Doris had never heard her friends mention Jimmy but was intrigued by this new guy.

After a couple of drinks, Jimmy made it clear he wasn’t going anywhere… perhaps the “I was just dropping by” wasn’t a drop-by at all. For a few months after their initial meeting, Jimmy tried his best to get Doris to date him but she kept turning him down. When finally she conceded, “Sure, let’s grab dinner,” he thought she was joking! And didn’t show up! When she texted, he quickly drove over and their first date began. ;)

Continue Reading

Blog Traffic Report June 2015

July 2, 2015 in business

Hello lovely readers! You may have a few changes around here lately as I work on updating my blog (with the help of my designer) to become more user-friendly and most of all – useful. A little background: I’ve been blogging at least 3x a week for over 8 years now, inspired by the start of my photography business in 2007. Every year I continue in my business, I fall more in love with blogging and social media and the power it has to transform your online presence. 

For the last 8 years, I have used this space for both business and pleasure, sharing not only my photography but also personal posts about my life, family and faith. Last year, I started to research the world of “professional blogging” and how to grow the necessary audience to make that a reality. Since then, I’ve been pouring hours upon hours of time every week into learning more about blogging & social media – there is more information out there than I ever thought possible! It’s been an amazing journey and I love that I have a photography business that allows me to directly apply everything I’m learning… immediately

Continue Reading

Am I Too Young To Start a Business?

July 1, 2015 in business

“Wow, you look really young! How old are you anyway?” 

… a sentence that a teenage business owner never wants to hear.

For the first few years of my business, I tried to hide my age. Not deceptively, of course… but my birth date wasn’t something I never published or offered unless a client directly asked. I was sixteen years old when I had my first paying clients and seventeen years old the day I photographed my my first wedding. 

Does age matter? What’s “too young” and how did I deal with nay-sayers? 

Today on my YouTube channel, I’m answering, “Am I Too Young To Start a Business?

Take-Aways from This Video
1. Age is only a number – it doesn’t directly relate to wisdom or intelligence.
2. There are advantages to being youth: less responsibilities and more freedom equals more time.
3. Focus on the ones who love your youthfulness, ignore the ones you don’t! 

Continue Reading

1 Easy Way You Can Attract New Clients Today

June 29, 2015 in business

One of the most common questions I receive as a seasoned photographer is, “How do I find photography clients when I’m starting out?” It’s a hard question to answer in a short blog post, because the reality is – starting a photography business is not just “one magic thing” that tips the scales. It’s small, daily decisions and “hustle” that eventually turns your new business into a thriving business you love; a business that works for you.

Today, I’m going to share one easy thing you can do in the next few weeks to attract new clients to your photography business… and at the bottom of this post, you can download nine more ideas for attracting new clients!

Ready? Let’s dive in.

Continue Reading