Coffee Talk: Dealing with Kids

Coffee Talk: Dealing with Kids

LET’S TALK KIDS! What happens when you are trying to take pictures of a family, and the kids are completely unruly?! The whole time you are wondering if you are even going to get a good picture. We have already talked with how to help out the disgruntled dad, now it is time to talk about photographing kids without everyone losing their cool. We have a list a mile long of how many times we have met with some really unruly kids during our photo shoots. It’s completely normal to come up against a tough kid, because what kid really wants to have their pictures taken by a complete stranger?! TALK TO THE PARENTS The first thing you should do before a family photo shoot is to talk with the parents. Let them know that you will be worrying about getting the kids to smile and behave during the shoot. The worst thing is when the kids are being unruly, and the parents are trying to get the kids to pay attention, and then when the kids do smile the parents are not smiling! Talking with the parents beforehand let’s them know that they do not have to worry or stress about how their kids are behaving. They will enjoy the session and the pictures so much more when it’s your job to handle the kids instead of their’s. LET’S HAVE SOME FUN A great idea to get everyone smiling and having a good time is to start off your session without the camera. Just start playing with the kids, and get the parents involved. This helps the kids warm...
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)      ...
Why Your Fall Mini-Sessions are KILLING Your Business

Why Your Fall Mini-Sessions are KILLING Your Business

Does that sound drastic? Does your theme really matter to your business? I follow hundreds of photographers on Facebook and Instagram.  I’m not kidding you, hundreds.  Thankfully I’m passionate about photography so my news feed doesn’t bore me to tears!  Right now my news feed is FULL of mini-session offers.  When I say full I mean FULL.  As I scroll through my feed I am getting some severe anxiety…ok, not severe but I’m getting anxious for you guys!  There are a few different things that are making me anxious for you. Pricing is definitely one of them…but I’m not going to go into that yet.  The biggest thing that is making me nervous for you is your theme…or lack there of.  Left and right I’m seeing “Fall Mini-Sessions” or even a very generic “Holiday Mini-Session” with little to no actual theme. Even if your pricing was spot on, your marketing was killer and you booked these sessions solid they WILL be detrimental to you your business. You’re probably asking, why?  If my pricing is spot on and I’m attracting new clients isn’t this awesome for my business?  The answer is a BIG. FAT. NO. The reasoning behind my answer is simple.  If your mini-session photos are no different than your regular session photos why would anyone book you at full price? Lets look at this example.  I’m searching out a photographer and I find your work. I LOVE it.  You’re an amazing family photographer, you give what looks to be a great experience, you’ve got great reviews…it’s all there.  Then I take a look at your pricing and see...
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;...
One simple thing you can do right now to better your business

One simple thing you can do right now to better your business

There are a lot of things we can do to better our business, right? But what if I told you that having a better business is not all about DOING more, but rather,  THINKING more…. Do you have a Thinking Schedule? Have you ever set aside time to just think about your business? Have you sat down and thought about what your business really needs, so that you can completely focus on what is important? Or are you just so busy with your to-do list that your business is starting to feel like it is running you, instead of you running it? If so, I have one simple thing you can do right now to better your business. In a little book I read by John Maxwell, called How Successful People Think, He talks about a recent breakfast meeting he had with Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A. Dan says that he sets aside time to think, which helps him “keep the main thing, the main thing, since I am so easily distracted.” I can honestly say that when I started my business, I did not keep enough margin in my schedule to just “think” about it. Instead, I hit the ground running, and I thought about my strategy very little. Quickly, my business started running me, instead of me running my business. I was just doing, and not thinking. By the end of my busy season, I was in tears because my business had over-taken all of my time – my family time, my friend time, my me time! This could not keep going, I had to make changes. That’s when I figured out...
The Anxiety Project | Pretty & Profesh

The Anxiety Project | Pretty & Profesh

Saturday night I laid awake in bed till 4am.  It was one of those nights that I heard it go from silence and darkness to light and birds chirping.  The good news was I learned that yes…birds do sleep.  The bad news was that my day was still going to have to go on like normal.  The world wasn’t going to stop because I had a bad night. This wasn’t the first night I’ve dealt with not being able to sleep and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  You see, as business owners we don’t get to turn off. We don’t clock out and end our workday. no matter how hard we try, without the excessive worry that goes along with it. This week we’re so excited to be participating in #TheHappyCEO movement with it’s first project The Anxiety Project (#theanxietyproject) with Pretty+Profesh.  We’ll be posting each day on different topics of anxiety that us as business owners go through.  It’s going to be raw and it’s going to be real with the purpose of showing you that you’re not alone. The Anxiety Project will show you how powerful we can be together as women. We are strong on our own, but together, the magnitude of our greatness multiplies. The anxieties that come with being a business owner are valid and together we can support each other as we work through and over them. Ultimately, success is defined by our fulfillment in our actions, right? It’s defined by how we feel inside when we’ve accomplished something great. Acknowledging our insecurities and anxieties is a way for us, as a community,...