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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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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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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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There is no better way to build a strong brand than with consistency (IMHO), and the absolute best way to achieve consistency is with…. (drumroll please)….. SYSTEMS. Yeah… kinda boring right? If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t exactly grab a bag of popcorn to be the first in line to learn about systems (you-artist-you), then get

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We’ve all been there before – something runs late on the wedding day, and suddenly that cushy hour of photo time that was on your schedule evaporates into 15 minutes of chaos with a 24 person bridal party and a list of family portraits a mile long. Perfect… The ability to handle the pressure of

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I’m not gonna lie – owning my own business with my hubby is a pretty cool gig. Nay, it’s better than just cool. It’s FABULOUS. When we dream, we dream together. When we travel, we travel together. When we shoot, we shoot together. We when we wake up, go to bed, work all day, eat

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What I love the most about writing this blog for photographers is that Jeff and I get to say we’ve been there. Any frustration, roadblock, and disappointment you could throw at us, we probably have a story of our own to tell. If you’ve walked around all day at a wedding with spinach in your

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In my last blog post here, I mentioned a quick tip that will help with the busy season stress that you might be experiencing right now: The tip is that while you’re in the middle of the shooting-editing-delivering cycle of busy season, create a list where you can quickly write down the changes and updates

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Let’s talk workflow, my friends. I mean, you HAVE come to The Youngrens, and if you know anything about us Youngrens, it’s that we love our workflows and our systems. #workflowjunkies If you’re a photographer that is supes on it, and you’ve dialed in your wedding pricing, your booking process for clients is smooth and

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There’s a common reason why clients don’t book with you, but I would guess that most of you don’t realize what that reason is. Oh sure, if you ask a prospective client why they didn’t book with you, they will say it’s because they connected more with another photographer or they just couldn’t afford your services. But many times, that’s not the

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Update : Please Read When this post was originally published, it sparked a tremendous amount of conversation about dress code issues in the wedding industry. Originally, I only addressed videographers because we work the closest with them on a regular basis, and how they dress in particular affects how our photography team is perceived by guests

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“HOW IN THE WORLD AM I SUPPOSED TO KEEP UP WITH THESE EXPECTATIONS?” It was the first time I had said the words out loud to someone other than our cat, Gracie. I was with my girlfriends, we were enjoying wine and cheese, and THIS had boiled to the surface. ‘I just can’t possibly keep this

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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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ABOUT THE YOUNGRENS

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).

GETTING CLIENTS

FREE GUIDE: 5 Steps to Booking Better Clients You Love (And Love You Back!)

GETTING ORGANIZED

FREE TEMPLATES: 3 Email Templates We Can’t Live Without!

BETTER SALES

FREE ACTION PLAN: Our Top 5 Sales Tools & Techniques!