Coffee Talk: Things to do with Bored Kids

Coffee Talk: Things to do with Bored Kids

LET’S TALK WHAT DO WITH BORED KIDS! It’s summertime! The kids are out of school – how are we going to make it through the summer?! How many of you have ever had a kid come to you and say, “I’m bored”? In today’s Coffee Talk, we are going to give you some resources to help you keep your kids occupied this summer so you can get some work done! LET THEM BE BORED Have you ever noticed that kids have to get to a certain boredom point in order for them to become more creative? The first piece of really great advice is that sometimes the solution to bored kids is to do NOTHING and to let them get bored! When they are bored, that is when the magic happens. They start making things – Jamie’s son made about a million fidget spinners out of legos, and even some from things he found around the house. Kids also start having the funniest pretend play when they get super bored. They will go on crazy, fun adventures when they are only given the chance to start using their imagination!  EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES The summer should be mostly about play, but it is a good idea for kids to maintain the skills they left school with. Summer workbooks are great for them to sit down and work on for about an hour a day throughout the summer. This is a great way for them to use their brains before they are outside for the rest of the day.  We have tried out some educational websites for the kids to work on...
Coffee Talk: How to Deal with Bad Weather During a Session

Coffee Talk: How to Deal with Bad Weather During a Session

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER! In this series of Coffee Talks, we have been talking about not so fun situations that are thrown at us as Photographers. Today we are talking about the weather. This is kind of a funny topic, because the weather is weather – whatever, right?! But, for Photographers, the weather can really set the stage for how the photo shoot will go. The weather can be so unpredictable, especially in the Spring and Fall. We are here to give some photo shoot advice on how to handle a situation when the weather is not so ideal, whether to cancel the photo shoot or not, and how to stay positive even in the most dreary days. So, how’s the weather? WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS So, you have planned a photo shoot for a specific day and time, then what happens? You check your phone and it looks like rain is coming. What do you do?! As a professional, you do not want to cancel a photo shoot unless it is absolutely necessary, especially during your busy seasons! Our advice is to wait to cancel until the last minute, because the rain might either hold off or never come. Keep in contact with your clients about the situation before the shoot. If you have to cancel, reschedule that day. Something to keep in mind, is to keep certain days open in your schedule, just in case you need to reschedule a photo shoot. There are definitely times when you need to know when it is time to reschedule. You need to be professional enough to make...
Making the Switch to In Person Sales (without losing all your clients!)

Making the Switch to In Person Sales (without losing all your clients!)

If you haven’t already noticed, our theme for our coffee talks for the month of January has been In Person Sales (don’t worry if you missed some, you can go back on the blog and watch the rest). We decided that the best way to close out this month would be with an interview with one of our students. You see, Jamie and I can tell you till we’re blue in the face that IPS is the way to go but sometimes I think you need to hear it from others…who have learned from us and are doing it…and doing it well. Rachael has a different story from most because she’s had to up and move her entire business. She’s gone from big city to tiny town and made IPS work in both areas. I think that’s good enough reason to click..don’t you? Grab your coffee and join us (by clicking below) for another episode of Coffee Talks!   KEY TAKEAWAYS You don’t have to lose all of your clients when you switch to IPS IPS is a great experience for your client but also for YOU! IPS can work in a small town AND a big city. Sign up for the Profit Challenge!   WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Tell us in the comments below what’s holding you back from making the switch!?...
Coffee Talk: Awkward In Person Sales Moments

Coffee Talk: Awkward In Person Sales Moments

I was once mentoring a photographer and she said she had tried an In Person Sales appointment before and would never do it again.  When I asked her why she explained that another photographer she mentored with told her not to show her clients the pricing prior to the IPS appointment.  Needless to say she ran into a VERY awkward moment when the couple saw the prices for the first time.  She left with no sale, an angry client and a defeated self.  No one wants to end a night that way! In this Coffee Talk we’re going to go over the different IPS situations that might pop up….You know what we’re talking about because you’ve played them over and over again in your head. They may also be the biggest excuses that are holding you back from switching to in person sales! Today we dig in and talk about how to handle those situations head on and what to do to prevent them in the future! KEY TAKEAWAYS: YES- it is possible you will run into an awkward moment in your in person sales appointment. Those possibilities shouldn’t keep you from doing those IPS appointments and bringing in the money you deserve. Not only can you handle them professionally but you can also avoid them entirely! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU: In the comments below tells us, what’s the most awkward thing that’s happened to you in your IPS?  How did you handle it?  Also, what’s one situation you completely fear happening in your...
Gift ideas for Friends and Family

Gift ideas for Friends and Family

Have a couple people on your list that you are not sure what to buy for? We have you covered!! There are some people on all our lists, that we just don’t know what to get.  And most years, I am so fried from the busy season, that I don’t have time to brainstorm what to get them.  This year though, Anna and I had some gift giving creativity going on and wanted to share it with you!   Today Anna & I figured out (after about 10 failed attempts) how to broadcast live together on Facebook. Once we were up and running it was really fun. If you want to see it live, you can check out our Snap Society Facebook page.  We showed you what some of our favorite gift ideas are. Just in case you missed it, I wanted to fill you in!   I am going to list things ranging from least expensive to most expensive.   Q&A BOOK ($10) Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal                   I love this item. We use it almost every night at dinner. We go around and say our high point, low point and then we take the question of the day from this book. This book has one question on each page, but a spot for 3 years worth. So it is supper fun to look back at what your kid’s (and your) answers were.  And for the price, it makes a great gift for family friends, neighbors, really anyone with kids!   PHOTO ORNAMENTS(~$10)      ...
Four Reasons to Hire a Professional For Your Children’s Photos

Four Reasons to Hire a Professional For Your Children’s Photos

We live in a digital age. We have instant access to so many things nowadays. News. Weather. Communication. And, because most of us carry tiny cameras in our pockets or purses all the time, photos. Smartphones and tablets give us the ability to take photos of practically anything at any time; your camera roll is likely full of your children’s photos. Why wouldn’t it be? Technology has given us an incredible opportunity. That said, one thing I’ve heard more than a few times as a RI children’s photographer is, “Oh, I don’t need professional photos of my family/kids. I can take as many as I want with my phone! I bet I can take photos just like a pro with my phone.” I’ll never discourage you from taking photos with your phone, but there are some great reasons why a professional photographer is the right choice for portraits of your family or children. Want to know why? Read on! (Big thanks to moms of several of the young ladies below for providing the phone photo examples in the collages!) 1. Quality Equipment=Quality Photos Phones can take great photos in some situations, but there are others where they struggle, including in low light. Pro photographers are using equipment to make sure that we take quality photos for you in all kinds of scenarios. We choose our lenses carefully for each situation to give a specific look to our photos. 2. Education and Experience Pro photographers have spent countless hours learning, both through experience and in the classroom. They know their equipment backwards and forwards; they know how to style photo sessions;...