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If you want your photography business to succeed, you're going to have to change your focus

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It's 65 degrees here in upstate NY. And it's February. What does that mean? EVERYONE here in the Hudson Valley region is outside enjoying the sunshine and the very welcome break from our recent blizzards! So, I did like everyone else here in Poughkeepsie, I went to the Walkway over the Hudson. This popular footbridge goes over the Hudson River and is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. As I made my way through the crowd, a wave of annoyance washed over me as I looked down ...… because, there it was … a giant pile of dog poop on the wood planks. I...

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What to do if you want to quit your day job and go full-time with your photography business … but you're nervous your business won't cover your life expenses

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Dear Female Photographer, Please … please … please … say "no" to excuses. They sound like this: "That's really nice that she was able to do (insert really cool thing here) with her business, but I can't because of (insert excuse here)." OR "I would really love to (insert amazing thing here), but I can't because of (insert excuse here)." The biggest problem with excuses, I think, is that they feel so dang legitimate! This is particularly true when it comes to money. Maybe you want to quit your day job and go full-time with your photography business … but...

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Nervous About Photographing Weddings (But You Want to Do It!) … Just Be Like Adele

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Two things happened recently … and I feel like they go hand in hand. 1. A friend and fellow photographer contacted me to say that she had a wedding to shoot the next day … and she was so, so nervous. She's in the middle of trying to grow her business, and she doesn't have a lot of weddings under her belt as the lead photographer. But the thing that touched my heart is that her reason for feeling so, so nervous was that she reeeeeally wanted to knock it out of the park for the couple. She wanted to...

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone to Grow Your Photography Business

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How can you grow your photography business? Most people prefer to stay in their comfort zone … it's safe. It's familiar. It's, well, comfy.As photographers in a saturated market, we're constantly looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. We want clients to notice us! We want to grow our photography businesses.The thing about comfort zones is that they're crowded. A LOT of people share the same fears!So if you want to grow your business and get noticed, the fastest way to do it is to do what most of your peers aren't willing to do: step out of...

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The Birth of Dear Female Photographer

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It all started in 2014. That's the year I moved to a new area and brought my established and mostly successful photography business with me. I settled into an area a little north of NYC to pursue personal goals. It was a very, very good decision for my life. But maybe not as much for my business. At least, not at first. It was hard to start over in a very, very saturated market of talented photographers. It was hard starting over in a new congregation, with new friends, and with a completely new dwelling space. It was hard. But...

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