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). 

Additional Resources: 

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I want to let you in on a little secret.

When I first started my photography journey, my biggest pain point was figuring out how to build a portfolio. I found myself falling into a viscous cycle, honestly. When I started dedicating myself to photography, there weren’t many resources available to help me. It was a struggle to have enough content to post in the beginning; I didn’t have “enough experience” to get my name out there. *enter viscous cycle here.* If you’ve been wondering how to build your portfolio as a photographer, stick around.

Imposter syndrome can be so incredibly real, especially as a beginner photographer. I wasn’t quite sure who or what to photograph. I also wasn’t getting paid, I got down on myself, and thought about giving up. As you can guess, I am SO glad I didn’t. 🤩

If that sounds way too familiar to yourself, my friend Sarah (sarahyatesphoto.com) and I have something that will help. Sarah and I are co-founders of The Candid Community – a community created by two-full-time photographers (turned educators) to educate, empower, and inspire photographers just like you!

We are releasing a resource designed to help guide you as you learn how to build your portfolio as a photographer! 🎉CLICK HERE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST!🎉 We can’t wait to watch you kick butt and build up that portfolio!

Additional Resources:

How to Avoid Getting Ghosted
Let’s be friends on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos)! You can find sneak peeks, BTS, and more photography tips & resources on the ‘gram 🤩

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Can I let you in on a secret? Even as a full-time wedding and couples’ photographer, my husband I struggled to find the perfect song for our first dance. 😅 If you’re like Bradyn and me, music plays such a a special part in a relationship. So if you’re at the stage in wedding planning where you’re searching for the perfect tune to slow dance to with your honey… I gotchu. I created an entire playlist of songs for your first dance, just for you!!

Before you dive into the playlist, I want to encourage you to search for a song that really reflects your relationship. Music is one of those things that has the ability to bring us right back to a moment… So make sure that the song you choose does just that. After all, in years to come, you’ll listen to your song and be brought back to your wedding day, surrounded by all of your favorite people.

Pop open a bottle of your favorite beverage, cozy up on the couch (or practice your dance moves), and turn on this FIRST DANCE PLAYLIST 🎶 full of the perfect songs for your first dance 🥂

Additional Resources:

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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!!

Additional Resources:

Wedding Tips – Follow me on Instagram @morganelizabethphotos 🤩
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If you’re a fellow photographer or even a small biz owner, you know how frustrating it feels to get ghosted. I bet you’ve even found yourself wondering how to avoid getting ghosted. 🙃 If you’re not familiar with the term: ghosting is when a potential client reaches out to you (whether via email, your contact form, or even IG).

You send that potential client tons of information, your pricing guide, etc. But then… you never hear back from them. Maybe you send a follow-up email to check in. All you hear back is 🦗 crickets 🦗.And that, my friend, is what we call “ghosting”. 

And that’s also where I come in. I want to share my secret of how to never get ghosted again. My friend, Sarah (sarahyatesphoto.com), and I created an email template for YOU to connect with prospective clients to see where they’re at throughout their wedding planning process. For FREE.

Because let’s face it: wedding planning is stressful.

99% of the time, you are not being ghosted intentionally. Both Sarah and I are past brides, so we know how overwhelming it can be to keep up with emails. And sometimes, emails get directed to the Spam folder. So, don’t take it personally if you haven’t heard from someone. 

Sarah and I have been using this ✨magic ✨ email template for years in both of our businesses.

It’s a very rare occurrence that we get ghosted. Our email template helps give those potential clients an extra push to connect with you. 

Sound like this is right up your alley? Click here to CLAIM YOUR FREEBIE and learn how to avoid getting ghosted. 🤩✨🙌🏻

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Be the first to know when other freebies are dropped by following me over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). If you’re searching for even more resources for photographers, they are available here.

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