So I texted Hailee and asked her to write me about how Nolan proposed and her response was AMAZING! Her story is so freaking funny I about died when she sent me it. Here it is "So it was his nieces 1st birthday and we were at his river house celebrating and he brought me down to the dock. When I realized what was going on i started choking on my sucker for a long ass time! Once I survived he got down on one knee! He said this is where i made you my girlfriend so this is where i want to make you my wife!" This is the cutest story ever because its just so relatable! I cannot wait to shoot their wedding this summer. These are so in love and really radiate that.
Is the title of this post already giving you anxiety? Yeah, me too. Why do we as creatives find it so hard to be proud and be content in our work? We have spent months and months, even years to perfect our skill. I've stayed up all hours of the night learning what ISO is, or learning how to make my skin tones look just right. Yet I still find myself critiquing my work on a daily basis. Comparing my photos to other photographers. Seeing how many emails they say they are catching up on, or how they are already filled up for all of 2018 and most of 2019. These things can really bring a person down, ya know? So my question is how can we stop comparing and learn to be confident and happy with our work? Ive come up with a few ideas, but dont be afraid to leave a comment and let me know how you have learned to be confident and happy with your work!
1. STOP COMPARING
Of course this seems so obvious, but it is so true. Unfollow those people who are triggering you and making you feel less than. Anytime I see a post that makes me overthink I will unfollow. Not because I dont like them or appreciate them, but because it hurts my mental health and Im just trying to survive over here! I think intentionally following the right people will seriously help you to significantly decrease the times you compare yourself.
2. LOOK BACK ON HOW FAR COME
One thing that I think is not only hilarious, but also helpful, is when I look back to when I first started, or even to a few years ago and see how much I have improved. Sometimes I feel like Im just never improvoing and that Im so stuck and my work is just blah but then I look back and realize how much I have improved and learned and grown as a photographer. LIKE OMG you should see some of my first photos.... MAN are they so bad. I feel bad for people who hired me back then hahaha. But hey they got a deal of probably $30 dollars for a session. (I WOULD NOT PAY THAT MUCH FOR THE PHOTOS I GAVE OMGGGG GAG ME)
I was so proud of this image guys. I was like OMG YES IM A PHOTOGRAPHER! Hahahahha
My work now reflects my style a lot more. I've improved and I can be proud of that!
3. CHALLENGE YOURSELF
To improve, we've got to keep taking in new information and also challenging ourselves to try new things. I've been challenging myself lately to try one new thing during a shoot. If its trying a different angle, or a new pose, or to just using a different prompt to get a new reaction out of my clients. ANYTHING to make your normal session new and unique and slightly scary. My most recent challenge was actually mostly just fun but I thrifted two whole outfits for the couples to wear and it was SO FUN. I also did new poses that were so weird but they turned out so cool IMO.
4. PRAISE YOURSELF
When I take a session, there is usually at least one image that I am so obsessed with. Find that one photo and let yourself be proud of it. It is ok to LOVE your work. It is ok to be obsessed with a session. I think sometimes we try to be so humble that we dont actually want to say that we are so happy with what we've produced. Take a few minutes everyday to be happy with your successes. Pat yourself on the back, let your besties know you booked a repeat client that you love, or that you booked that Oregon wedding. It is ok. If your friends are truly your friends, they will be happy for you!
Those are just a few things that I think help me, but I definitely still struggle with this. I dont know if I'll ever be 100 percent in love with my work, but honestly I think its a little bit healthy to always strive to want to be better. Not to the point where it makes you sick, but to a point where youre happy but know you can reach even farther. Please let me know any tips or tricks you might have and want to share!
We all like a cool instagram photo... am I right? I've compiled a list of some of my favorite hip places to snag a cute insta pic at.
#1- Blue Copper Coffee
Really good coffee & also just so aesthetically pleasing!
#2- The Gateway Mall
You can find this gem just outside the parking garage by the escelators!
#3- Diabolical Records
The empoloyee working here was a little awkward about me taking photos here so use caution ahhaha.
#4- Harmon's Rooftop
Harmons is one of my favorite grocery stores, and it just happens to have an amazing view on the top of the parking garage!
#5- Mrs Backers Pastries
I've heard they have the best pastries in town but also its such a cute pink buildling! I love pink!
#6- Retro House across from Cafe on First
Ah love at first site with this super retro apartment complex! Im literally so obsessed with it!
#7- Publik Coffee (In the Aves)
Not only one of my favorite coffee joints, but also doubles as such a cute photo spot!
#8- Fourth Street Coin Laundry
This little gem is right behind Alchemy Coffee (such a good coffee shop & very vegan friendly!!) Its so cute and everyone needs a photo here!!
You read that right. Making connections, and meeting people in the industry has helped my business tremendously. I've booked jobs, I've learned things hands on about photography, and I've also learned a lot of the behind the scenes from people I've met in the industry. You've probably heard this phrase before but COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION. This has been a very vital thing in my business.
Let me just tell you about some of the people I've met who have had a big part in booking me jobs, and helping my business expand. The first one I am about to talk about is my friend Haley Bateman. She is an amazing amazing videographer (HIRE HER ASAP) We first met when we decided to do a shoot together in Cali. We didnt know each other but we booked flights and literally met on the plane. She always recommends me to people who book her for video and I've booked probably 5 weddings because of her last year! Just by simply knowing her and having her refer me! I will forever be thankful for her!
My second example I have is meeting Stephanie Fischer of From The Daisies. Wow. She might not know this but I met her at this photographer retreat I went too, and she gave me some advice that has TRULY influenced my business. (if you want a blog post on what she told me let me know) Even just meeting her and being around her, she taught me so much! I then got to fly to boulder and do a styled shoot with her and it was amazing! I booked one wedding just from her referring me as well! (I swear this business is all about who you know!!!)
My last example is simple. I am in this local photography group that is SO helpful. I have met so many people on there who have no only hired me to do photos for them, but have collaborated on shoots with me, helped my creativity grow in so many ways, and just been there for me when I needed someone to listen. Im so thankful for this community we have made here in Utah.
I know these tips arent instantly going to grow your business, but doing these little things can have a huge impact in the long run. Not only has it helped my business grow, it has just brought new friendships into my life that will last forever! Im so excited to meet more people and make more connections and friendships in 2018!!
I've witnessed and captured so many weddings. I've seen the behind the scenes. I've witnessed the good, the beautiful, and the less forgotten pieces of weddings. I've come up with a list of what I think are the most important investments you can make for your wedding.
1. Photographer- I know, I know.. Im a photographer so OF COURSE I would say this, but let me tell you the amount of times I've heard people say "My cousin told me she would shoot my wedding for free, or we went with someone cheaper" These are the saddest sentences us photographers hear. I have met so many people who say their #1 regret was not hiring a photographer they loved. No need to spend money on anything else if you don't have a photographer who can capture the beautiful details! The images taken at your wedding will be one of the only ways to relive the moments. I cant stress it enough the importance of hiring a good photographer!
2. Florals- Honestly if I just had a wall full of flowers for my wedding I would be content. I literally cannot get enough of them! They can add so much. Meeting with your florist and picking out the exact flowers you want, can make your personality come out out. Choose a florist who has a style you vibe well with. Many photographers know florists they can reccomend, dont ever be afraid to ask.
3. The dress- Im a true believer that you do not need to spend thousands on your wedding dress. I do think however, you should choose what YOU love and feel good in. I've seen dresses that only cost $300 and they were amazing! I've also seen dresses that were $5000 that were not amazing. Whatever you spend, just make it makes you feel like the prettiest happiest bride!
4. LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION. This is SO SO SO important. You can spend thousand and thousands on your wedding, but if you choose a venue that isn't what you LOVE, the photographer cant magically make it look amazing. Yes she can get good photos of it, but she cant make your venue or location look good, if it doesnt naturally look good. For example, I shoot a lot of beautiful outdoor weddings. I've also shot some weddings in darkly lit, boxy, and not really beautiful locations. So of course my photos will look WAY better in an amazing outdoor setting. I would take this into consideration when choosing your venue. If you want beautiful outdoor, moutainy locations, then you have to choose that! Its so simple but I feel bad when someone wants that look but they choose a dark and boxy location. Cause I cant photoshop it to look how my outdoor weddings look. You can find some amazing locations that arent expensive too. One of my favorite weddings this year was in her backyard but she made it look amazing! It saved her a lot of money to do it in her backyard as well.
I hope these help a little!! Of course these are just my personal opinions but I really do believe them. You dont need to spend millions on your wedding, but investing in a few really important things will make such a difference!
If you know me at all, you know I am so inspired by the desert. Something about the simplicity of it all has me so entranced. I cannot get enough! Here are a few of my favorite desert inspired locations I love in Utah.
#1: Mystic Hot Springs
Not only are their so many photo opportunities here you can also go soak in the hot springs after. Who doesn't love that? Ive travelled down to this place a few times and it has always been worth it. It is located in the small town of monroe. There is a $15 fee to get in but if you're into the hippy, free spirit vibe this location is perfect for that. You can even camp if you want! This place is a gem and seriously amazing.
#2: Zion National Park
Can I say enough good about this place? Probably not. It is filled with stunning views & fun hikes, for all your adventurous clients out there. I did a bridal session up there and we literally just hopped on the bus and stopped at multiple locations and found amazing spots. If you're worried about finding spots, I would honestly take the bus and go explore! There are literally so many views that it is pretty much impossible not to find at least one that would work for you!
3. Little Sahara
About a two hour drive from Salt Lake City we have the sand dunes. If you're looking for a little slice of the actual Sahara Desert, but don't want to travel a bajillion miles away we have this amazing place. This is the first year I've actually shot their and I don't know WHY I've waited for so long. It is beautiful and amazing. The winds can get pretty harsh their but if you can shoot on a day when their is a good balance with the wind it can be magical. I highly recommend hitting up this location.
If you are looking for that red rock and arches and just pure awesomeness I would for sure hit up Moab! It is a photographers dream come true. Lots of pull offs that make it super easy to explore the area. These photos were when we were almost to moab, so you can see that there are cool spots along the drive as well!
Hey hey hey! Weddings can be SO STRESSFUL. Ive shot enough weddings to see a glimpse into wedding planning and how much goes into it! From a photographers perspective I want to give you some ideas on how to make your wedding unique to YOU.
1. My first and probably my biggest tip is to PLAN THE WEDDING YOU WANT! Listen to your friends and family & take notes, listen to their advice, BUT you know what you want. Dont let what others say change your mind from what you TRULY want! If you want a beach wedding with only 5 guests, DO THAT (do that and hire me lol) Or if you want the biggest wedding with tons of flowers and details DO THAT! You dont have to follow the trends to have a gorgeous wedding. Have a wedding that you will love and enjoy.
2. My second tip is to involve your photographer in planning. Ask them when they think is a good time of day to get married, or if you are at a loss for locations, etc. I love to help my brides in those simple little details and I feel like it truly helps! We have so much experience shooting weddings and we can pretty much tackle any lighting, BUT not all light is created equal. If you want your ceremony with golden your light, have it during golden hour light :) :)
3. Choose your favorites for wedding meals, songs, activities. I have a close friend who had mac and cheese (like the best mac and cheese ever) served at her wedding dinner, popcorn was served as a treat, and ICE CREAM CONES. I pretty much died. What is your favorite food & how can you incorporate it into your wedding dinner to make it more unique? This is just one example but their are so many little things that you can do to make the wedding match YOU and also still be hella cute!
4. My fourth tip is to DELEGATE. Give your bridesmaids tasks to be in charge of on your special day so you can truly enjoy it! Have people help set up the decor so you don't have to worry about that stuff. Seems super simple but really, use your bridal party to your advantage!!
5. My last tip is a simple one. This is building a relationship with your photographer/videographer. They are most likely going to be spending the whole day with you and you want the vibes to be realllllly good. I love when I can meet up with my clients before and really get to know them. Grab a drink, grab food, go to the dog park... Whatever it may be just get to know each other and make yourselves comfortable with each other.
Sometimes as a photographer, I need to do a shoot that really INSPIRES me and motivates me to keep going. It is a hard industry to be in, especially now that there are so many talented photographers out there. I asked my friend Alexis to convince her boyfriend to drive 2 hours to do a shoot with there motorcycle. MAN DID THEY COME THRUUUUUUU. There love is so apparent. This was exactly what I needed to feel inspired again. I feel like this is my best work to come and I cant wait to see where this little business of mine is going to take me. THANK YOU to everyone who takes the time out of their day to support me. I am forever thankful to you guys. Makeup was done by the amazingly talented @brittanyatterton