STAYING CREATIVE WHILE GETTING PAID

When we’re first starting out, we all sort of become deer in headlights when someone wants to pay us for our work. I’ve had paid jobs for a while now, and even I admit that it can still be daunting when someone reaches out with a paid project!

BE MORE BUSINESS SAVVY WITH THESE 4 TOOLS

One of the easiest ways to fail as a photographer is not keeping yourself up to date on what it takes to run a business. The business part can be boring or frustrating for some, or exciting and motivating for others.

HOW TO CONSTRUCT A PHOTOGRAPHY SET IN YOUR BACKYARD

We wanted to make something different. Something people hadn't seen before. I couldn't rely on finding an existing setting that would serve our needs and the colors we were envisioning. A seamless paper backdrop wouldn't have the same effect we were going for.

You don't have to be a wedding photographer

In an age where everyone is a wedding photographer, don't be afraid to pursue other avenues. Don't lose your personal projects to pay the bills.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOS STAND OUT

Editing styles come and go. Your aesthetic preferences are constantly evolving. But no matter what year it is, or what you’re shooting, you always have the opportunity to make your work stand out. My thoughts on creating one-of-a-kind images.

"Your camera takes amazing pictures!" | A note on gear and growth

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard the line, "Your camera takes amazing shots!" I could probably afford a Canon 5D Mark IV. But I'd probably spend that money on a few photography classes, or a vacation. Here's why.

4 TIPS TO GROW YOUR INSTAGRAM AUDIENCE

Are you frustrated at your lack of growth on Instagram? I often get asked about how to be successful on Instagram. The truth is, I'm still figuring it out. But I'm happy to share what my experience has been so far.In order to build an engaged, authentic following, I recommend using these tips as you grow your account.

10 things I wish I knew when I first started submitting work for publication

At this time last year, most of my shoots were spur-of-the-moment collaborations that I didn't have clear intentions for. They were fun and contributed to my portfolio, yes, but they weren't really driving my work forward. That's why I decided to start doing more editorial-style work for magazines; it increases my exposure and is necessary for any aspiring fashion/lifestyle photographer.

6 TIPS FOR SHOOTING IN HARSH LIGHT

I used to be really afraid of shooting in harsh light. I was always hoping for fog when I had mid-day shoots in San Francisco, and I tried to schedule most of my shoots for golden hour. Golden hour is magical - there's no doubt about that. But I think shooting in harsh light (direct sunlight) is magical in its own way.