July 29, 2015 In business

How to Handle Weddings That Run Late

Hi wedding photographers! I hope your seasons are going well and you’re creating great work that you can be proud of. I’m headed into August – which is my busiest wedding month of the year, most years and this year is no exception! Seven weddings this month – including three in one weekend. (Gah! I will survive! And thrive!) 

Keeping to a schedule and creating a positive experience for my clients are two of my biggest priorities on the wedding day. But what can you do when the wedding is falling behind? And how do you talk about the “awkward” subject of money?

On my YouTube channel today, I’m discussing “How to Handle Weddings That Run Late!”

Today’s Take-Aways 

1. Set appropriate expectations from the start with your brides and grooms. Discuss in the initial client consultation the ability to add extra hours of coverage onto the collection fee a la carte. Be upfront about this fee and allow your clients to customize the collection anytime during booking to add hours as they see fit.

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July 28, 2015 In photography, weddings

Backyard Vancouver Wedding

I have been looking forward to Ericka and Matt’s wedding day since the day I met them for their engagement session this past winter. This is truly what I love about my job; getting to meet couples, really fall in love with their love story and their wedding plans and be there when the plans actually come to life! It’s the coolest.

Saturday, July 25th arrived and Ericka started the day off with a yoga class, before hair and makeup back in her hotel suite with her mom and sister-in-law. I loved the small group of women in the morning, I could tell how close they all are and the bond they share! Meanwhile, Matt prepared for the day at his family’s home in Kitsilano, where their backyard garden ceremony would take place that afternoon. 

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July 27, 2015 In business

10 Best Business Books for Bloggers

I’m a huge believer that readers are leaders. When I started my photography business at sixteen years old, I used to spend hours a day reading. I would literally skip school (thanks for letting me, mom!) to stay home and read forums about the business of photography, small business, marketing and social media. Soon, I caught onto business books and started devouring one after the other, whatever I could get my hands on! 

There is so much knowledge out there in the world waiting for you to ingest… start today with this list of 10 Awesome Business Books.

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

A classic business book, first published in 1937 and has gone on to sell over 15 million copies. Based around Dale’s belief that financial success is 15% knowledge and 85% “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.” Warren Buffet calls it, “The most successful self-help book of all time.”

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July 24, 2015 In photography, weddings

Comox Wedding Photographer

Denise and Fergus were married this past Saturday at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park with a reception at Crown Isle Resort and Golf in Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. My husband and I always love an excuse to return to Vancouver Island and the valley where he grew up and this weekend was no exception. :) Denise prepared for the wedding day with her mother and mother-in-law at Hairpins salon in Courtenay before dressing with her 7 bridesmaids back at Crown Isle Resort

loved all of the details Denise had prepared for her wedding day! From her Maggie Sottero dress with a jewel-flower belt from BHLDN and Kate Spade jewellery, to the bridesmaids gorgeous grey Jenny Yoo dresses… everything was a dream to photograph! Denise looked stunning and I loved photographing the final preparations before we traveled to Filberg for the First Look.

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