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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | STILL CO

Name: Roxanne & Trent

Business Name: Still Co.

Website: www.still-co.com

Where are you based out of? A small town in South Carolina near Aiken, SC

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and elopements

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon d750

How would you define your style? A good mixture of “moody” and “classic” + candid

 


What motivated you to become a photographer?

I’ve had a passion for photography since I was around 10 years old when I would film my family’s Christmas gatherings. So my mom bought me my own video recorder and a film camera. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We try to capture the natural emotions from the wedding day so that our client’s love for one another is preserved through our work.

How do you accomplish that?
Less posing + more of them hanging out together and enjoying alone time on their wedding day.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
A mix of many people. I follow a lot of great photographers on Instagram and I love keeping up with the Photobug Community Facebook page.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Just being able to continually book new clients is a great accomplishment. We are so honored to work with so many exciting couples!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Don’t get caught up in other people’s work. Push yourself to try new things. Surround yourself with great photog friends who help and encourage you.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Engraved wooden USB drives and the wooden boxes. We just tried out the Chiffon Gauze Ribbon and it’s awesome! Such beautiful products that our clients always love. Also, shipping is so fast!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The presentation of our product delivery has been taken to a new level as well as helping define our brand!

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT | CAMERA WRIST STRAPS

Are you looking for a less-intrusive alternative to traditional camera straps? Photographer Supply Co has now released the new Wrist Strap series that effortlessly goes wherever you go. Whether you are using your DSLR camera or rocking a new mirrorless camera, the Wrist Strap series are meant to eliminate bulk while keeping your camera close by and ready to go.

The Camera Wrist strap series are available in 5 of our favorite patterns:
– The Fuzz Life Wrist Strap
– El Azteca Wrist Strap
– Grandma’s Couch Wrist Strap
– The Dirty Sailor Wrist Strap
– Polk Your Dot Wrist Strap

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and let us know which is your favorite new Wrist Strap!

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT | NOIR SLIM BOOK CLOTH 4×6 PRINT + USB BOX

One of our most popular products has a new fabric option available in our store now! We are pleased to introduce, Noir. You can select our newest option by selecting “Noir” under the ‘Color’ drop-down menu in our Slim Book Cloth 4×6 Print + USB Box listing.

Our Slim Book Cloth 4×6 Print + USB Box are a perfect solution for the photographer looking for a box that holds prints for packages that include 25 to 75 prints. The Slim Box holds approximately 75 4×6 prints or 5 of our 4×6 Fabric Matboards.Complete your presentation with one of our Wood or Mirror USB Drives, available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | ELENA S BLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY

Name:   Elena S Blair
Business Name:    Elena S Blair Photography
Website:    www.elenasblairphotography.com
Where are you based out of?   Seattle
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?    Full Time
What is your predominant photographic specialization?    Lifestyle Family, Newborn, & Maternity

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?    Canon 5D miii

How would you define your style?    My style is laid back and meaningful.

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?
Capturing my own children and capturing humans. To be honest, photography isn’t where my heart is, it’s in the relationships I capture. I am obsessed with capturing connection and authentically representing my families. However, I realized that I LOVE business and am just as passionate about the business side as the artistic side.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I am trying to portray real human connection. I don’t care about trendy styling or epic location. I want to show my families that they are beautiful and magnificent. I want to show them that every part of them is worth capturing. I want to capture a little piece of humanity.

How do you accomplish that?
I accomplish this with a ton of directing. I create a relaxed environment for my families to really relax and be vulnerable, then I guide and direct into genuine and meaningful moments to be captured. I actually “pose” a lot and then direct.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Of course. Too many to name but I will see that Annie Leibovitz is a huge inspiration for me. Her ability to capture human connection is incredible.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Gosh. This is such a tough one. I think it was perhaps when my approach to family photography was featured in The Huffington Post. But quite honestly, my biggest and most humbling accomplishment is when a family returns to me year after year for their photos. Means the world to me.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
To trust the process. We are always becoming.

The 5 Best Things I Have Done For My Photography Business | Sarah Brookhart Photography

Running your own business is tough. I absolutely love being my own boss, but it took me a while to get to this point of confidence in my business. I have definitely made a lot of mistakes, but I have made some great decisions as well. These decisions and choices have led to a more efficient and successful business that allows me to best serve my ideal clients. Today I’ll be discussing the 5 best things I have done for my photography business.

1) Establish efficient systems and stick to them

It definitely took some time to develop a workflow system that worked for me.  However, once it was established, my work became streamlined and I have become better able to deliver the same quality product to my clients in a fraction of the time.   From the initial email to sending the final gallery, everything I do has become a well-oiled machine and I am able to handle taking on more work.  I have also been able to bring on an Associate Photographer to grow my business even further.

Some workflow tools I recommend:
Canned responses on Gmail for prompt communication
17hats for sending invoices, contracts, and questionnaires
– Excel or Google Sheets for organizing to-do lists
PASS for delivering galleries

2) Outsource and delegate

Before I outsourced part of my workflow, I’d shoot one or two weddings in a weekend and then spend the entire next week going through thousands (and thousands) of photos. Emails, administrative tasks, creative development, and my sanity went by the wayside. I realized I could be utilizing this business time more efficiently by outsourcing the bulk of my editing. Yes, of course, there is a cost involved, but this was the smartest decision for my business in order to make better use of both my business efforts and personal time. I cull through all the photos, edit about 200 photos that “tell the story of the day” for the blog and for vendors, and then send the Lightroom catalog to my editor. She then uses the edits I applied to the 200 photos to edit the remaining 400-600 photos. With this system in place, I’m able to deliver the final gallery to my clients within 1-2 weeks. Clients love the fast turnaround with the same high standard of quality.

3) Invest in yourself

Yes, being self-taught in your photography business can work. But it can also take a long time. You go through lots of trial and error which is certainly beneficial, but in this industry where everything is visual and plastered over the internet, minimizing the “error” part is ideal. In order to expedite my growth, I invested in mentorships and workshops to refine my craft. Do some research to find the photographers and industry leaders from whom you want to learn.

4) Connect with other photographers

Working without coworkers can get lonely, so it’s so refreshing to grab a cup of coffee with a fellow photographer and chat about the trials and joys of owning your own business. This builds great industry friendships as well as a strong referral network. 25% of my wedding inquiries come from photographer referrals. Don’t go about this alone! Connect to others, grow your referral network, and make friends.

5) Learn to say no and give your “yes”s 100%

I kindly state on my website that I select my couples as much as they select me. I believe I’m able to provide the highest quality of work to my clients when we share similar values towards creativity. Yes, in the beginning of my business I took on as much work as I could. Initially, this was sufficient for portfolio building and gaining experience, however, this strategy soon became draining as many projects weren’t a good fit. Now I only say “yes” to projects that fill me up and inspire me. I give those clients 100%. By being selective, I am able to give more of myself to each couple.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Brookhart is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Baltimore, MD serving the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Sarah specializes in artistically-inspired photojournalism and strives to capture authentic relationship dynamics in her work.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys strong coffee, biking, and hanging with her husband and two cats.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | JAC PHOTOGRAPHY

Name: Jody Crane
Business Name: JAC Photography
Website: www.jacphotography.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jodyanncranephotography
Instagram: @jac_photography 

Where are you based out of? Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Are you currently full or part time? Fulltime
What is your specialty? Newborn and Family
What camera? Canon 5d mark 3
How would you define your style? Clean & vibrant with a touch of whimsy!

What motivated you to become a photographer?
Both my parents dabbled in photography which inspired me, my dad passed down his film cameras to me; but I was also obsessed with fashion magazines as a teen!! I had my room plastered with my fave photos, I’d go to chapters and scour the photography books. I had my first photography & darkroom course in high school and shortly after we moved to a farm with horses and land. I practiced photographing my younger siblings & horses and I just kept falling more in love with the process and conceptualizing what I wanted to see.

 

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Life, love, beauty! Those tiny, innocent and fleeting details of a newborn babe. The wrinkly skin, teeny lashes, curly fingers. The love, bond and unique dynamic that each family has for each other.
How do you accomplish that?
I get to know each of my families by having them fill out a questionnaire when they book that asks them all about their family likes, hobbies, talents. Where they see their session taking place and the feel they hope to convey. We then go over outfit ideas and final details. At their sessions, I do my best to make them feel at ease and natural but chatting and even sharing about my own family. People are so much more at ease with friends and so that’s what I try to be!
What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
some things I have been known to do:
-bring treats and prizes for the kiddos
-tease the dad’s about how this is their fave activity and get them chuckling!
-chat with siblings on their own, at their level.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I don’t know that I can pick just one, but being trusted by hundreds of families to capture their most precious little beings is up there!! 
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
ONE?!!?!? Hmm, one thing that has had the biggest payoff for me to have a fulfilling career…. stick to your policies. 
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Grey 5×7 image box with USB insert
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The quality and craftsmanship and simple, clean designs have set my business apart as a standout as well as given my clients a timeless keepsake and treasure to share with friends and family. They have shown my clients that even the final product is carefully planned, crafted and cared for. 
How has packaging elevated your brand?
By separating my brand from the masses. I feel it shows my style, my love for what I do, that I want to give my clients artwork that will last a lifetime. It’s usually the final piece that the client does not expect to have such an impact and I get so many compliments on how it has completed the whole experience for them.