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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7 Work from Home Tips for Entrepreneurs

Tips for Working From Home Productively

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Want to know one of my favorite parts about a wedding day? Working with my sweet couples and their bridal party. What an honor to not only connect with the bride and groom, but also to spend quality time with some of the most influential people in their life.

And, when it comes to bridal parties – I’ve seen it all. The spunky, energetic group. The drunk before 8AM group. The introverted group. The “I hate photos” but “I love them” group. And guess what? I love it all!

When it comes to photos of bridal parties on a wedding day, I have discovered that most people expect stuffy, posed photos that take hours.

And let me stop you right there – That’s not for me.

As a full-time wedding photographer and educator, I thrive when working with large groups. Wanna know my secret sauce? Have fun with it.

Here are 3 prompts for energetic bridal parties to hype you up!

1. THE TUNNEL

Create a tunnel with the bridal party and have the couple run through the middle. Have everyone in the bridal party with their hands up, cheering, jumping and having the time of their life. I have my couple take their time going through the tunnel and just soak up time with some of their favorite people. At the end, have them do a little dip or kiss and encourage the bridal party to surround them while jumping, cheering, and hyping up the couple! I guarantee this will get you lots of smiles, giggles and fun bridal party photo.

prompts for energetic bridal parties

2. THE MOSH PIT

Okay, that title is a bit “extreme”, but hear me out. Ask the bridal party to make a circle and put the couple in the middle. You can pose your couple in the middle how you like, but here’s what I like to do: Have them face each other and go bellybutton to bellybutton. Have the bride get picked straight up below the butt and pop a foot out. Then, kiss and spin in a circle! As for the bridal party, ask them to be as hype as they can be — punching the air, dancing and hyping up the couple in the middle. This is one of my favorites!

prompts for energetic bridal parties

3. GREEN LIGHT

Ask the bridal party to get in a straight line. Place the couple 15-20 feet ahead of the bridal party line (closer to you, the photographer). Everyone face the camera and tell them it’s going to be a race! Have the couple hold hands and brace themselves. Count down from 3-2-1 as the bridal party RACES to hug the couple. The first person to touch/hug the couple wins.

prompts for energetic bridal parties

If you try any of these 3 prompts for energetic bridal parties at your next wedding, DM me on Instagram and let me know how it goes (@morganelizabethphotos) – I’d love to see how they turned out!

If you’re searching for more of my favorite prompts, click HERE for the 15 Couple Prompts for Photographers FREEBIE. ✨

Keep kicking butt, friend! You’re incredible.

Xx,

Morgan

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