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One of the topics that we get asked most about (and I mean most by a long shot) relates to how folks should price themselves in their photography business. And I get it. there’s an authentic felt need for photographers to “get everything together” in order to book clients, make ends meet, and become profitable.

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“Your photography business is not about you.” That’s not something we hear very much these days. In fact, I feel sometimes that one of the strongest messages we hear during this rapid growth of the industry is the exact opposite.   We hear that it’s all about us.   That we need to market ourselves

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I’m not a phone person and to be honest, I don’t think that I ever will be. I’m a quiet and shy individual, and making conversation with new acquaintances isn’t my strongest quality, so talking to a complete stranger over a phone connection scares the BIJEEZES out of me. I’m talking cold sweats, anxious jitters,

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Some people ask why we love engagement sessions so much, and the answer is simple: WE’RE TOTALLY SELFISH. The engagement session is the perfect excuse to hang out with our clients, get to know a LOT about them, and allow them to get used to being photographed by us. These are big advantages in crafting

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In this Reader FAQ, we answer:

Where do you meet up with clients or where would you recommend for photographers who don’t have their own studio?

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In this Reader FAQ, we answer:

All of your images have a special “crisp-ness” to them. What’s the secret? What sharpening method do you guys use?

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In this Reader FAQ, we answer:

What do you think is the biggest secret to your success?

What are the most important things you got from reading Fast Track Photographer, and how have you incorporated them into your lives/business?

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In this Reader FAQ, we answer:

How do you set your White Balance? Do you use auto or Kelvin?

Do you worry about manually choosing a focus point or do you let the camera auto choose for you? Seems that manually choosing would be too time consuming.

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For anyone who has ever been a creative, my question to you: When do those years of disappointment with your work end and satisfaction with your art begins? Does it ever happen? Or is there always going to be a (healthy) disappointment? Whatever the answer may be, one of my favorite creatives is Ira Glass,

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I found this video a while ago, and if I’m being honest, I go back and watch it all the time. But only if I’m being honest… It’s a promo video of sorts for the acclaimed surf photographer Mickey Smith, but honestly it’s more of an art piece than an actual promo video. If it

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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and hang out your shingle as a wedding photographer, huh? First, congratulations. It takes a lot of courage to do that. Second, be strong. Because as much courage as it took to hang out your shingle, it takes even more courage to keep it hangin’ out there when

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Spoiler alert: Jeff and I love to throw parties. Which isn’t much of a shocker with how much we love food, wine, and general merriment. In fact, crafting the perfect party has become an art form for us with years of trial and error on party greats and party fouls under our belt. What we’ve

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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

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