Want to know my #1 tip to up-level your client experience during a couples or engagement session? ✨Play music✨ Yep, that’s really it! Playing music during a session makes a world of difference to help your couples loosen up and become more relaxed in front of the camera. As a full-time wedding photographer (and educator), I’ve spent plenty of time perfecting my ultimate playlist for photographers like YOU! And the best part? I’m ready to share it with you! 

From Andy Grammar to Beyoncé, Flo Rida and JLo… your couples will be having a dance party and groovin’ to the music while you capture them in their element. I’m so excited to share my #1 tip to up-level your client experience with my FREE playlist! I don’t think there’s anything better than dancing with your honey… and for YOU as a photographer to capture those little moments?! Priceless.

CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE COUPLES SESSION PLAYLIST⚡️

Additional Resources to Up-Level Your Client Experience:

How to Build Your Portfolio as a Photographer
5 Must-Have Tools You Need as a Photographer

And of course, I’d love to be friends over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). Shoot me a DM with your fave songs from the playlist 🎶

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This one goes out to all of my friends who are working from home. Whether you’ve been working remotely because of the “you-know-what” or because you were finally able to ditch your 9-5. Whatever your situation is, working from home isn’t as easy as it seems on the surface. I’ve been working from home as a full-time intimate wedding & elopement photographer – and educator – for years at this point. Yet I still hear, “It must be so nice working from home.” And while that’s true (I freaking love it), it’s not without challenges. Sound familiar? In the 4+ years I’ve been doing the dang thing, I’ve learned so much valuable information. I’m so excited to be sharing 7 work from home tips for entrepreneurs. Let’s dive in!

TIP # 1 – Get Ready for the Day

Look, it can be so easy to roll out of bed first thing in the morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and plop down on the couch to start your workday. But trust me… this isn’t the most efficient, effective way to be using your time. 

When you work from home, it feels like there’s almost no point in getting ready for the day, right!? Who wants to work in jeans all day when you could be in your pajamas? But believe it or not, by wearing your pajamas all day, your brain is in “relaxation mode”. Your brain is literally thinking it’s time to snuggle up on your couch or even take an afternoon nap back in bed. 

I urge you to get dressed in the morning! I’m not saying you need wear slacks and a blouse, but at least put on some different sweatpants or leggings than you wore to bed. Brush your hair and your teeth, and you’re ready for a successful start to your day! 

TIP # 2 – Establish a Workspace

Fun fact: my husband and I live in a 1-bedroom apartment; I don’t have an office! I do have a desk, though. Which trust me, my friend, it’s a game changer! Just like getting out of your pajamas, it’s so important to work at a space dedicated just to your work. Even if you only have a counter; pull up a stool and dive in. 

Being in a dedicated space not only keeps me from getting distracted from turning the TV on, it establishes a natural divide from work and “play”. 

TIP # 3 – Put Your Phone in a Different Room

I am the first to admit that I am an aimless scroller. It’s way too easy to just open your phone out of habit and scroll through Instagram or TikTok. My biggest tip to avoid this perpetual distraction?

Put your phone in a different room! Even if you work from your phone, there are plenty of tasks that you can do on your computer in lieu of your phone. I’m also guilty of thinking “oh well this is for work!” even if I’m catching up on my friends’ latest IG Stories. So turn your volume up so you don’t miss a phone call, and put your phone away. 

TIP # 4 – Set Aside Designated “Deep” Workdays

Whether it’s once a week or once a month, set aside some time where you’re able to really dig deep into your work. For example: maybe the first Tuesday of every month, you write all of the captions for your Instagram posts. Not only will you be at peace knowing that task is done, but you will have uninterrupted time to complete that task! 

Pro-Tip – Close all of your tabs on your computer while completing each “deep” task. Don’t take any meetings on these days. This is your chance to do “all” the things!

TIP # 5 – Take Breaks

No matter how much work is at hand, set a timer as a reminder to get up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down in the morning and before I know it… my husband is home… 7 hours later 😅  Since we got our puppy, Moss, I’ve gotten so much better at taking breaks – even if just to take him on a little walk or potty. Whether you have a pet or not, set a timer on your phone (that’s in another room) for 45 minutes. For those 45 minutes, focus on your task at hand and work as hard as you can. In the back of your mind, you’ll know that a break is just on the horizon.

TIP # 6 – Set Office Hours

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I could shout it from the rooftops. Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean you need to be accessible 24/7!! You do not. Make your office hours known to your clients; put them in your email signature. Just as your clients will respect your office hours, you should to! This helps establish a health work-life balance which is a must when working as an entrepreneur especially!

TIP # 7 – Create a To-Do List

Whether you’re more of a pen & paper person or a digital person, put it allllll down. My mind is constantly moving – from work ideas to personal tasks. I’m a huge fan of doing a brain dump whenever I feel like I have 1,000 things on my mind. As soon as a thought pops into my mind, I put it on my list knowing that I will go back to it when I have time. 

There we have it, friends; 7 work from home tips for entrepreneurs. I’d love to hear if you have any additional tips that have shifted your productivity while working from home. Shoot me a DM over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). 

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It’s that time of year again, friends. And if you’re a photographer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s right… busy-season! Doesn’t it feel like we just wrapped up busy-season!?! Anyway, here we go again. And I just want to be the first to say that you are going to CRUSH IT. My biggest piece of encouragement is to give yourself grace, and the rest will fall into place. You’ve got this! With that being said, I want to help set you up for success as we dive into these next several months. So without further ado, let’s get into it. I’d like to dub this as “The Wedding Photographer’s Busy-Season Survival Guide” 😉

Review Your Workflow

I’m talking about everything from your emails to your contracts. Ensuring that your pricing and packages are up to date will help eliminate any stress that could be looming over your head come busy-season. I also highly encourage going through your workflow and automating as much as you can. The CRM that I use (and swear by) is Honeybook. With Honeybook, I’m able to automate any tasks that I don’t necessarily need to have “hands on”. I can’t recommend them enough. Click to save 20% off your first year of Honeybook!

I also make sure all of email templates are updated. If you’re also looking to “beef up” your email game, my friend (and business partner) Sarah and I created a FREE✨ email template for YOU! With our magic email, getting ghosted will be a thing of the past. CLICK HERE🤗 to claim your freebie.

Update Your Website

Just as you update your contracts and emails with appropriate, up-to-date information, ensure that this is also reflected on your website! The last thing you want to do amidst the endless hours of editing is go in and update your website. 

Review Your Clients’ Projects

If you use Honeybook (or any other customer relationship management system), refamiliarize yourself with the information. Go through the day-of-timeline, ensure that you know where the reception takes place, etc. Even though you will reference this information a few more times before their wedding day, now is the perfect time to gather any info you might not have.

Line Up Second Shooters

Personally, I like to have my second shooters lined up within about 6 months in advance. Not only does this help me from feeling like I’m scrambling to find someone at the last minute, but this also shows my clients how much I value them and their wedding day. 

Get Your Gear Professionally Cleaned

This is 100% a necessity before diving into months of shooting. I have always used Canon Professional Services CPS. If you happen to live in California, you can actually just drop your gear up and pick it up a couple days later. I’ve always shipped my gear (for free), and it’s been returned within 3-4 business days. Everything looks sparkly and brand new! Think of it as “spring cleaning”, but for your camera 😉

Tie Up Any Loose Ends

If you’ve been working on any projects or campaigns, now is the opportune time to wrap those up. Finalize any guides you’ve been working on, get your campaigns in order, and get ready to put those aside. I just know I won’t have any extra time to dedicate to those “extras” I started during “slow-season”. 

You’ve GOT THIS. The wedding photographer’s busy-season survival guide will help set you up for success and prepare you for the next several, hectic months. As you check these things off your list, remember that you have the best job in the world (if I do say so myself). Keep that in mind, give yourself grace, and go kick some butt!!

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Hi, friend! If you’ve stumbled upon this blog, odds are you’re either:

  1. feeling a bit discouraged as a new photographer
  2. a photographer looking to transition to wedding photography

Whichever you identify as, I just want to say how AMAZING you are doing in your journey. Reading a blog and putting in time to research how to reach your goals is a huge step! I want to let you in on how I booked my first wedding (as a photographer with ZERO wedding experience) as a little motivation.

What I’m about to tell you, though, might surprise you. I did not second shoot weddings or even attend any styled shoots before I booked my first wedding. BUT, bare with me, friend. I am telling you this to show that you don’t need to follow the paths of other photographers, because that can actually be super discouraging. This is your sign to follow your own path. So what worked for me (outlined below), might not work for you. But I believe in you – YOU can book your first wedding. I just know it.

How I Booked My First Wedding

1. Started photographing everyone I could 

My friends, family, co-workers, etc. Anyone that I could think of, I was asking them if I could take some shots of them.

2. Created a business account on Instagram

Every session I had, I shared the photos LOUDLY on my Instagram. Getting my work out there was so important for potential clients to see.

3. Confidently labeled myself as a Couples & Wedding Photographer

Yep. I hadn’t even shot a single wedding and I was calling myself a Couples and Wedding Photographer. Fake it til you make it, babe. I believed in myself wholeheartedly; I knew others would believe in me, too.

4. Shared my goals on social media

If I could have, I would’ve shouted it from the rooftops what I wanted to pursue. But instead, I didn’t leave any room for question on social media. I let my audience know what I wanted to shoot weddings AND wanted to travel for my clients.

5. Researched & shared everything for free

You read that right. I was consuming so much information from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, blog posts, etc. Everything I learned, I shared it. This helped build my credibility. Even though I still hadn’t shot a wedding, people trusted me. 

6. Posted my availability & offers/promos

I asked my audience what they wanted from me. I kept them posted when I had openings or if I was offering any promotions.

7. Offered mini sessions 

My mini sessions were 20-30 minutes each, geared specifically to couples. Even though I didn’t do any styled shoots, I wanted to build a strong portfolio featuring the beautiful couples who first believed in me.

8. I was honest

Once I started getting inquiries, I told them right up front that I was new, but passionate and confident in my skills as a photographer to photograph their day. I showed off my portfolio and spoke confidently about my abilities. I quit my 9-5 job before having ever shot a wedding – THAT is how confident I was in myself. 

These 8 steps allowed me to be able to book over 10 weddings within my first year (with ZERO wedding experience). My friend, I want you to know that you can honestly do anything you set your mind to. Work hard for it; it truly will pay off. My journey wasn’t easy, but my passion was so much stronger than any challenge that was thrown my way.

You are so capable of incredible things, babe. Get after it. 

Come hang out with me on IG if you’re looking for more tips on becoming a wedding photographer @morganelizabethphoto.

Xx,

Morgan

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Let me be the first to tell you CONGRATULATIONS on surviving this chaotic season of life, and your photography business. You did it! Believe me, you deserve to rest and rejuvenate during “slow season”. But if you’re like me, and you can only relax for so long, I want to provide you with 5 Ways to Improve Your Business during slow season. Let’s get into it.

5 Ways to Improve Your Business

1. Update Your Website (or create one!)

Think of your website as a firm handshake to your clients. You want to provide your clients with information and resources without them having to ask for it. Beyond these two easy things to keep in mind, there are 3 things to remember when creating or improving your website.

  • Above the fold (on the homepage, before you scroll down), there should be the 3 W’s. Who you are, who you serve, and where you’re located. Potential clients shouldn’t have to message you to ask where you’re located or what kind of photography you do.
  • Capture the attention of your target audience. Your website isn’t necessarily about you – it’s about the clients you serve.
  • Answer people’s questions before they have a chance to ask one.

2. Update Your Workflow (or create one!)

I generally update my workflow once a year (or more, as needed). I have found that my voice changes as I grow and scale as a photographer. Use this time as an opportunity to update questionnaires, email templates, deliverables. You’ll thank yourself come busy season that you have all of your information up to date.

3. Invest in Your Education

No matter where you are in your journey as a photographer, continuing your education is always a good idea. There are plenty of free resources available to photographers – YouTube videos and blogs are a great place to start. Join a virtual or in-person workshop. Invest in a 1:1 mentorship with a photographer that inspires you. Never stop learning, my sweet friends. There are so many resources out there to help you grow.

4. Write Down Your Goals

Don’t sleep on this one (even if it sounds cliché). I am a huge believer in the power of manifesting & making it happen! For example, maybe your goal is to book 10 weddings in the coming year. Write it down! Then, start making it happen. How are you going to get from Point A to Point B?

5. Prepare and Plan for the Year Ahead

As soon as you have your goals in place, start planning and batching your social media content to help you make strides towards your goals. Once you start planning out your content 1 month in advance, you’ll be amazed by the relief you feel knowing you don’t need to scramble to get content ready. Typically, I like to dedicate 1 full day for social media batching (blog ideas, Reels, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.).

Once you’re done relaxing, soaking up family time, and doing some much-needed self care for awhile… these 5 Ways to Improve Your Business will ensure that you have all the systems in place to help you THRIVE in 2022.

What do you plan to work on during “slow season”? Let me know in the comments!

Looking for more photography resources? Head over to my past blogs. And hey, while you’re at it, let’s be friends on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos).

Xx, Morgan

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Hello sweet friends! I’m Morgan — an intimate wedding, adventurous couples, and elopement photographer (and educator!) based out of Minneapolis, MN. I am a coffee-drinking, happy-dancing, Jesus-loving gal with an extreme love of meeting new people. I don’t have an introverted bone in my body and I eat pizza rolls like it’s my job.

Being a full-time wedding photographer has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

A Little Background

My passion for photography started a loooooong time ago. In middle school, I walked around with my crop-sensor Canon T2i camera attached to my hip. NOW? I travel the globe, doing what I love with the people I love most.

It’s been the most epic adventure and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

When I FIRST started pursing this passion, I was caught in a vicious cycle — I want to pursue photography, but I don’t have a business name. What the heck do I call myself? Oh, and do I need to upgrade my gear? Equipment is expensive. I don’t have money to invest into my gear. I guess I’ll wait.

Can you relate?

Knowing how to jump into photography, especially full-time, is TOUGH and can cause you to have many questions and doubts. You may be staring at that camera of yours wondering where to start.

You may be thinking:

  • What do these settings mean?
  • I want to photograph ___(fill in the blank),___ but how do I get there?
  • How do I market myself?
  • How do I build a portfolio with little experience?
  • Do I need a website? Do I create that myself?
  • l want to upgrade my camera and lenses, but that all costs money. Where should I start?

I FEEL YOU and we have ALL been there.

By implementing 5 steps, I was able to quit my 9-5 job within 6 months and pursue my passion full-time.

You ready? LET’S GO.

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5 Tips to Leave Your 9-5 Behind

shoot. shoot. shoot.

Get out and shoot anything and everything. It is so important to be comfortable and confident with your gear. Practice shooting in different lighting, experiment with your camera settings, shoot in different environments, research photography basics, etc.

Then, grab some models (friends and family are a great place to start!) and have them pose for you. Get comfortable posing, directing, giving cues, guiding and shooting!

Offer free or discounted sessions to build your portfolio.

Next step? Start building your portfolio! Once you have photographed your parents, siblings, friends, and roommates… It’s easy to feel like all model options are exhausted.

To start building a more diverse portfolio, consider offering free or discounted sessions! I started with social media. I put a “model call” on Instagram and asked if anyone was interested in doing a free session. Your models then get free photos and you gain experience and photos for your portfolio — it’s a win, win!

Free or discounted sessions are meant to help YOU build your portfolio, gain experience, and should only last for a short season. As you continue investing in yourself and gaining knowledge/experience, value yourself and start charging (even if it’s only a small amount!) in the beginning.

Market yourself.

You have been practicing with your camera and offering free/discounted shoots and now have a bit of a portfolio to show off. Now? It’s time to promote the heck out of your content.

I started with Instagram and that worked really well for me! The moment I started posting photography content, I switched my account from a personal to a business account.

Show up and show others what you’re learning! It will be fun to bring others along on this journey with you. Invite them in.

BE CREATIVE.

Stand out and be yourself. I wish I could scream this one from the mountain tops! Don’t try to fit a mold and be like other photographers you follow or are inspired by.

Find what makes you, YOU. Try new things and dream big. Listen to what sets your soul on fire and pursue your passion full-heartedly.

Celebrate the little victories.

You have been working your tail off and are making great progress — CELEBRATE IT.

You book your first paid session? GO GET ‘EM, TIGER. You’re second shooting your first wedding? HECK YES, BABE.

Share each victory. Tag your clients, post sneak peeks, receive reviews and post those dang reviews. Tell people how GREAT YOU ARE and why you’re worth investing in. Share how far you have come. Share what you’re learning! Brag about YOU.

Finally…

Stop waiting for the “perfect” time to get started. Get out there, start shooting, and work your booty off. There will never be a perfect time to jump-in. Your time is NOW!

These 5 steps helped me start from zero and allowed me to gain enough experience to jump full-time in under 6 months.

You are strong, talented, bold, and confident. You are made to do great things. NOW, go pick up that camera of yours, and go crush it!!

Xx,

Morgan

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