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Creative Rising Episode #101 Summary Are you a wedding photographer that’s ready to finally start shooting the clients you want? Are you wondering how to actually find them and book them? Before the world travels, the dream weddings, and the commercial studio that brings in over half a million dollars every year, Jeff and I

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Special offer for Creative Rising Listeners can be viewed here Any ShootProof plan for 3 months, for $1, for new users   More information coming on this page soon.

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I get it – mastering the settings on your camera during a shoot is already enough to make a photographer go crazy.   But then add in the element of posing a couple, and keeping your head on straight can be downright HARD.   Jeff and I have taught a lot of shooting and posing

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Oh the hand trick!! Our easiest tool we’ve ever used – it’s laughable how easy it makes it to find great natural light at any shoot! I’ve mentioned the hand trick in this blog post here, but I’ve decided to expand on it more since that article has been so incredibly popular over the years.

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Oh the many stories we have of traveling with professional wedding photography gear! In January of 2009, Jeff and I landed in Venice, Italy, to photograph a bride and groom. This was our first international trip where we were actually PAID to travel for a shoot, and we were SO EXCITED. “Giddy” is an understatement… So Jeff

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We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE using Shootproof to deliver photos to our clients! Not only does Shootproof have gorgeous photo galleries and is super easy to use (for us AND our clients), I thought I’d hop into our Shootproof account and record myself sharing the six crazy awesome features that we seriously love about Shootproof.

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Oh, wedding inquiries. If there’s ONE question that every wedding photographer desperately wants to know the golden answer to it’s this: “How in the world do I get more wedding inquiries???” Believe me, my friend, if there was a simple answer, I would share it with you in a heartbeat! But the reality of running a

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Controlling my email inbox is a war that I have fought for YEARS.   A full inbox can cause so much stress in my life, that it’s the #1 thing that pulls me away from getting important work done.   Important work like updating my website, posting to my blog, and building my brand. Email

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Jeff and I are a married photography team, and we’ve developed an interesting approach to how we split up the responsibilities of shooting a wedding as husband and wife photographers.   In fact, I believe it’s incredibly different than most married teams out there.   It all started when I asked Jeff to be my

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It’s a challenge that I love… I’ll walk into a reception just before guests are allowed in, the staff is hurriedly setting out glasses, the coordinator is lighting candles, and I have T-minus-five-minutes to capture it all… Call me crazy, but I get a rush from it! And I always have! Whether the wedding takes place in

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As the holiday season quickly approaches, many photographers find themselves wrapped up in planning mini-sessions for those holiday cards, but what about all those clients you already have – the ones you’ve already photographed? Each year, we do a special sale for all our couples who were married that year, and the year before, offering

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I’m reading Start with Why by Simon Sinek. If you haven’t read this book yet, I don’t even want you to finish reading this post. Just go read the book. Now. As soon as you start reading this classic, you’ll know why I love it. I have PAGES of quotes from the book just like

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HOW DO I GET MORE (AND BETTER) WEDDING INQUIRIES?

Every wedding photographer desperately wants to know the quick answer to this one question: “How in the world do I get more wedding inquiries???" So in this mega-post, I’m sharing how to build a solid marketing STRATEGY – the same one that has continually brought high quality wedding inquiries to our business for the past ten years.

 

SIX EMAIL TEMPLATES YOU SHOULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT

A full inbox causes so much stress in my life that it’s the #1 thing that pulls me away from important work. So what's my single most effective weapon against ‘email overwhelm’? EMAIL TEMPLATES. Here’s my pick for the six email templates that every wedding photographer should have in their business and why.

 

HOW TO SHOOT BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS IN HARSH SUNLIGHT 

When it comes to lighting, wedding days are totally against us as wedding photographers. Most of the time, we’re shooting the First Look, wedding party and family portraits ALL in the harsh afternoon sun. So how do Jeff and I handle the tough light to shoot soft, natural skin tones in super harsh sun? Check out my six technical tips…

 

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We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey team that helps wedding photographers get better clients and build their dream businesses. Educators, BFF's, and mama + daddy to James, we’re obsessed with traveling, podcasts, Oreos (Erin) and whiskey (Jeff).

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