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For Photographers | Comparison

I think this is one of the easiest traps to fall into when you are just starting out in the crazy world of photography. It is so easy as a photographer to compare everything about your work to other “Rockstar” photographers.  It is easy to analyze the technicality of every photo, and to be a little bit jealous when you see the amazing work of a friend. Somehow as creatives we think that others were just born with it and we had to work for it. In reality, everyone has to work. Yes, some may have to work a little harder, but no one picks up a camera and has perfect exposure their first time in manual, or masters seeing the light the first time they try. Others may have a better website than you, better gear or a fancier business card, but that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel. Read, learn and practice and don’t compare everyone’s highlight gallery’s to your behind the scenes Sooc shots. Refine your skills, work with what you have, and only compare yourself to who you used to be.

I saw this quote on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I just wished someone had told me this when I started.

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Abbi Pasterski

This is so true, Kristin! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Karolyne Elizabeth Sloma

SO true! And thanks! I think it’s extra-hard when you’re also being compared by others. (My sister once oh-so-kindly said, “Kat [our oldest sister] really is a lot better at finding the right angles and things.” Thanks, sis. Thanks.) But then you get a really great shot – like one that someone comments on and says, “Wow, if this wasn’t taken by a professional, it sure looks like it was,” (as someone commented on one of my pictures yesterday) and think, “Hey, I’m getting somewhere!” :D

Katrina Kent

That is a good quote :)

Cat Neumayr

Such an important message! I wish that someone had told us this when we started our business! Do your own thing and be happy! :) Good one, Jeremy and Kristin!

JulieandFabian Villarreal

Love this, thank you!

Josh-Danielle Venable

Thanks. So needed this.

Shelby Johnson


Rook – Our Favorite Card Game

If you have been over to our house or gone on vacation with us, you know that we love to play games. More specifically, card games. Actually, we just LOVE rook! The deck of cards now sits on our kitchen table and we have a “never-ending” score tab running. Jeremy is winning. We actually have a contest running…if Jeremy is in the lead when we “quit” then I have to play Monopoly with him, and if I am in the lead, then Jeremy buys me a one-hour massage! haha.

What’s your favorite family game or card game? Leave a comment ;)

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I LOVE ROOK. we play with grandmama all of the time :) that and rummy are the go to’s!!

Bethany McDonnell

Monopoly Deal!

Anastasia + Alex | Plano Engagement Photographers

We had such a fun time with Anastasia and Alex at their engagement session at the gorgeous Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. They both looked amazing in front of the camera, and I just love Anastasia’s smile.

We are so excited for their wedding in November, Anastasia has told me about her vision for the  wedding day and it is amazing…I can’t wait to see it all come together and to capture their gorgeous day.



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Tammy Damore

The last one is my fav!

I absolutely love these photos!!!!I especially love the second to last photo of them in the field!! They are such a cute couple!!

Shannon Morton

Wow!! These are really beautiful. This gal has a beautiful smile, and the setting is ideal!! Excellent work, Kristin!!

Rachel Smith

Love your editing style! SO GREAT! Clean, beautiful, perfect! ;)

Brittney Eischens

Beautiful images!

Rebecca Block

Gorgeous! Fields are my favorite! That green is so rich! And those tiny little red flowers are just the perfect pop!

For Photographers | Blogging

We get lots of questions about what to blog, how often to blog, etc, so here is a bit of what we do. I am a huge believer that you need to play up your strengths, so if you hate writing, I am not trying to tell you that you have to blog 5 days a week. I am just throwing out some things that have worked for us.

My very first website was a little blog site that was frantically put together in the back of Panera on an old laptop while I was in grad school. If we are being honest…it was awful. But, it served a purpose. I blogged my very first photo sessions…if we are being really honest those weren’t so great either. I also blogged about myself and random parts of my life like what I cooked for dinner and where we went on vacation. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to blog, but I just kept at it and I got excited as I began to see my blog following grow, because…I am pretty sure the only people that read those first blog posts where my Jeremy and my mom.

There are several things that we blog about and there are reasons why we blog them.

Weddings/Sessions – We have blogged every session and every wedding that we have shot. It keeps the blog moving, helps clients know you are constantly shooting and makes your clients feel like they are famous. Blogging every session keeps you on your toes, because you have to deliver at every single session. It is important to choose images that reflect your brand. Show what you want to shoot.

Personal Posts – We try to blog about ourselves so that our clients get to know who we are as people. We blog about the tv shows we watch, the places we shop, about our baby girl and how we like to spend our days off. We also blog about our faith. It is amazing to us when we meet new clients and they feel like they already know us because of reading our blog.

Brand Association – We try to blog about brands that we want our clients to relate our brand too. When people hear about a certain brand they have a picture of what that brand is about, so talk about brands that are similar to the brand you are trying to portray to your clients. Our brand is fresh and modern so we talk about similar brands that we love like: Anthropologie, Ikea, Apple, Target, Ann Taylor, Coach,and Banana Republic. We have actually booked a wedding when a bride connected to me because of my love for Coach bags.

Educational Posts – We provide educational posts for brides and photographers. We post tips for photographers, because so many people helped us and we love to help other photographers. And, we post educational posts for our brides because we want to educate our brides to help them have the best wedding possible. These posts also help establish yourself as a professional with your clients, and save you time because you can link the blog posts in emails instead of having to type out frequently asked questions in emails.

These are just some of the types of posts that have helped us build our business. I hope this can help you as well! If you have any questions about this post, or something you would like us to talk about in the future, feel free to ask!

We use WordPress and ProPhoto for our blog and we talk about that here.

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this was quite helpful! i really struggle with blogging sometimes… especially when i’m not feeling particularly interesting/inspired!

EmilieCarol Uphoff

this is wonderful! THANK YOU!

Megan Tsang

Thank you for this post! I really love all your advice.

Kristin Schmucker

Thanks for reading Megan!

Kristin Schmucker

I hope it helps Emilie!