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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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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Hey there, fellow photography biz owner!! I am soooo glad you’re here 🥳 No matter what chapter of your business you are in, I sincerely want to applaud you for putting in the work, the effort, and the research that goes along with it. As you know, being a photographer isn’t just about taking KILLER shots.

Being a photographer means running your own business and all the nitty gritty parts of one. As a full-time wedding photographer (coming up on FOUR whole years), I’ve learned the ins and the outs of pain points. But more importantly, I’ve learned how to remedy said pain points.

If you’re ready to scale your photography biz and learn to work smarter (not harder), stick around for my 5 Must-Have Tools You Need as a Photographer

Honeybook

A must-have for you and your business. This is a customer relationship management (CRM) software to help you stay organized in your biz. You can send contracts and invoices, create templates, automate workflows, schedule meetings with clients, batch email communication, etc. This is one of the first investments I made in my business and it did NOT disappointment. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! Use this link to get 20% off of your first year.

Lightroom

The software I primarily use to edit all of my images! Another option is Photoshop, but I personally only use PS if I need to do heavy reconstructive editing (removing large objects, etc.). Otherwise, Adobe Lightroom Classic is an absolute must-have!

Pixieset

A photo delivery service that I can’t recommend it enough! Pixieset is designed for professional photographers that want to deliver digital galleries to their clients. It is a beautiful portal that is aesthetic and can be customized to you and your brand. You can deliver your digital images, open a shop to encourage clients to order prints, share images digitally, etc. There are a variety of client delivery services, but Pixieset has been a favorite and go-to for 4+ years. The best part? You can start for free! When you’re ready to upgrade, click this link to gain additional storage!

ShowIt

A dragand-drop website platform PERFECT for photographers. Phew — let me tell ya. I struggleddddd for 3+ years to find a website platform I loved. Two years I was introduced to ShowIt and I never plan to go back to the pre-ShowIt days. Although there will be a bit of a learning curve to learn the system, you don’t need to know coding or programing to build your own custom website. There are also templates for you to use (ranging from free to $$$). Give it a shot and start your free trial now!

Narrative

If you plan on blogging, Narrative is for you! This application allows you to import images and design beautiful, high-quality blog posts within minutes. It is user friendly, allows your creativity to flow, and has built-in systems in place to help with your SEO game. HECK YES. Get started with a free trial here!

Select & Photo Mechanic

These tools were game-changers for me! Both of these applications are quite similar, but are unique in their own way.

When I first started my photography journey, I used Photo Mechanic. Photo Mechanic allows you to up-level your culling game immensely. It loads RAW images at lightening speed which cut my culling time in half.

But, Narrative recently launched an app of their own similar to Photo Mechanic called Narrative Select and WOAH, talk about life-changing. Select allows you to do everything Photo Mechanic can, but it’s even better. Select offers AI blink and blur detection, close-ups showing crops of all faces in an image, and quick zoom-to-face. Hear me out… *wedding photographers, this will SAVE you while culling family photos*. I can’t recommend this enough. Get started here!

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Let me know below if you check any of my top 5 Must-Have Tools YOU Need as a Photographer. Additionally, let me know if you have any tools that have helped you as biz owner! My DMs are always open over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos).

If you’re looking for more tips on how to keep scaling the photography biz, click HERE for 5 Ways to Improve Your Business.

Keep kicking butt, friend! You’re crushing it. 🤩

Xx,

Morgan

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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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Hi babe, I’m Morgan! I am an intimate wedding & elopement photographer and educator based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I serve the adventurous and laid-back couples who are wanting to have a fun, memorable experience. Many of my clients have turned into my best friends; I absolutely love my job! I thought it would be a great time to introduce myself and have you meet the blogger behind Morgan Elizabeth Photography.

Top questions I get asked as a wedding photographer:

  1. How did I get started? 
  2. How did I know this was the job for me? 
  3. When did I know it was time to go full-time? 

I’m here to answer all that and more!

Background

About four years ago, I was working at a local college as an admissions counselor (and really enjoyed my job!). As time went on, I began to feel like what I was doing as an admissions counsel wasn’t fueling me, and was suffocating my creativity. The cliché of “there has to be something else out there for me” became the epitome of how I was feeling. But I didn’t know where to start.

I began to pray about it, wholeheartedly. I asked the Lord to open doors for me and make clear what my next steps in life should be.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a love for photography. I was that girl in middle school and beyond that would always carry a camera. It was constantly attached to my hip. There was a feeling that kept nagging me to pick up my camera again. If I wasn’t able to be creative in my job, at least I could be creative with photography as a hobby.

So, I picked up my crop sensor Canon T2i and started photographing anything I could!

My journey as a photographer

I reached out to my friends and family to practice! By no means was I a professional at the time; In fact, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to use manual, how to pose my “clients” or models, how to edit, what it meant to have an editing “style”, and I definitely did not have a website. In the meantime, as I continued to practice, I quickly remembered how much I loved being behind the camera.

Flash forward 6 months or so — Bradyn (my boyfriend at the time & now hubs!) and I were hiking in Arizona with his sister when all of a sudden, I blurted “I’m gonna quit my job on Friday.” I shocked myself. This was a bit out of character and truly was not planned. Looking back, and even at the time, that was mind-blowing for me to say something like that. In fact, I felt like I was an imposter to the field, but my passion was stronger than my doubt.

Was I “ready” to go full-time? Absolutely not. Was I experienced enough? Probably not. But I truly felt like this decision was 1,000% the Lord because I was covered in peace. Even though I was scared, I knew this was the direction for me. So, I put in my 2-week’s notice at my job and began the journey.

The best piece of advice I received

One of the best pieces of advice I received was from my sister. She told me to “work my ass off for six months” and “give it all you got.” So, that’s what I did.

Six months is manageable – I knew that I could do six months. When thinking of the rest of your life, it is intimidating. At first, I started questioning if I could be my own boss, have an inconsistent income, and be successful without having a traditional “team”. I clung to my sister’s advice and worked as hard as I possibly could.

The craziest part? I called myself a wedding photographer, before I ever photographed a wedding – wild, right? Here’s the deal… It’s all about having confidence. I created a business Instagram and posted everything I photographed. I practiced, failed, practiced some more, and failed again. But, I never quit.

After one month of marketing myself on Instagram, a gal reached out to me and asked me to photograph her wedding (you better believe I was doing the biggest happy dance as I received that DM!). Did I have experience photographing a wedding? No, but she trusted me as a person and I knew I had the skills to serve her well. I photographed the wedding without an ounce of nerves, intimidation, or fear. That peace and confidence was all from the Lord. I immediately fell in love with wedding photography.

As we start to transition to 2022, I am so proud of myself to be able to say that I’ve been fully booked for the past 4 years. 

My encouragement to you

I love my job. I have been able to grow and scale a lot in my business as a photographer. My biggest encouragement to someone (maybe you) if they are wanting to become a photographer, is to START. Because, there is never going to be a perfect time. Similarly to my journey, I urge you to give yourself the space, grace, and creative freedom to start, fail, and start again.

I heard a quote by Marie Forleo once that said “Start before you’re ready. If you wait until you feel ready to do anything meaningful, you will be waiting for the rest of your life.” Let that sink in.

Pursue your passion, my friend. You absolutely won’t regret it. You got this!

Of course, if you have any questions about my journey, let me know below! Or, find me on Instagram @morganelizabethphotos – I would love to be friends!

Xx, Morgan

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Do you ever find yourself struggling to come up with prompt ideas on the spot during a session? I GOTCHU. As a full-time intimate wedding & elopement photographer (and a photographer educator), you’ve come to the right place for my best natural prompt ideas. Because, we have all been there – stuck, in a creative slump.

Believe it or not — Sometimes, the sillier the better!

These are my favorite prompts to do with my couples and we always have a BLAST.  You will laugh, they will laugh, and it will be a hoot! Take a peek at these suggestions below and give them a whirl!

Ready? Set? LET’S GO!


15 Fun + Natural Prompt Ideas for Couples

  • Frolic towards/away from me while bumping hips
  • Drunk walk towards me while wrapped in each others arms
  • Pretend you’re in the middle of Antarctica. Stand bellybutton to belly button and warm each other up as fast as you can
  • Barrel roll – roll around on the ground on top of each other
  • Stand as close as you can facing each other, pull your heads back as far as you can, close your eyes, and slowly try to touch your noses together
  • Walk toward me hand-in-hand while leaning into each others shoulders
  • Whisper your favorite snack in his/her ear in your silliest voice
  • Walk towards me in slow motion while flirting hard with one another
  • Machine gun kisses — Kiss him/her all over the face as fast as you can
  • Stand closely facing in the same direction, wrap your arms up like pretzels and sway side to side
  • Practice for your first dance and slow dance together
Couple slow dancing together on a beach in California
  • Have one person walk in front of the other leading, hand in hand, them while looking back every so often
  • Run towards me with arms behind each other’s waists
  • Stand hand in hand facing each other and spin in circles like school children
  • Run up from behind and give a surprise bear hug

Hopefully there are some new ideas here for ya! Now get out there and put these to use. Head over to my Instagram for more inspiration (or check out my past blogs!) and let me know below what prompt is your favorite!

Xx, Morgan

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