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Finding Faith to Follow Your Dream

I have a confession to make.  I didn’t always see myself as a business owner.  You see, up until about a year ago, I thought I would be in graduate school working on a master’s degree in speech pathology.  After leaving teaching to stay home with my two sons for a few years, I decided that it would be wise …

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Work and Home Life Balance

What’s going on with you personally right now? Do you have two kids at home? How old is your youngest? Preschool? How do you get your work done with kids at home? My oldest started preschool this fall, but only for 5 hours per week. My big guy just turned 3 and our little peanut is 18 months. My Work and Home Life Balance …

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Crossfit Maternity Portraits | Raleigh Photographer

Pregnancy Photos Show Mom’s Passion for Crossfit When I first started to offer maternity sessions as part of my photography business, I didn’t really understand the appeal.  When I was pregnant, I didn’t feel comfortable or pretty.  Three years later, after numerous maternity sessions, I get it.  Maternity portraits are a time to capture that excitement, the love, the anticipation …

3 Ways My Promo Video Has Helped Me Specialize My Business

It would probably surprise you to hear that as a photographer, there is one email I dread having to draft a reply to: My family needs photos! My husband and I have 3 kids, ages 6, 4, and 2. We really love your style and were thinking we wanted to have our family portraits taken at XYZ Park in a …

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Social Media Strategy | Tips From a Raleigh Photographer

FINDING YOUR NICHE I had once heard that you could compare photography like going to the doctor. If you had allergies would you go to a general practice doctor or an allergy specialist? The same goes with photography, wouldn’t you rather go to someone who specializes? Once you have defined your photography niche, you will have a much better understanding …

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Raleigh Outdoor Newborn Session | Erica Courtine Photography

The first time I saw an image of a newborn sleeping in a basket in a field, I was hooked.  There was something so beautiful, so serene, so natural about a baby outdoors.  My own two sons, when they were tiny babies were almost instantly lulled to sleep when placed outdoors in the fresh air.  I know that when I …

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Get Them Occupied: How to Capture the Essence of Your Kids

Ever wonder how to get those amazing shots of your kids?  You know, the ones with the bright eyes full of laughter and happiness, but without blurred legs running past you.  Having three girls of my own; six, three and one, I’ve learned (more often than not…the hard way) that kids will be kids.  And if you want to truly …

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Planning a Photo Exhibit | Tips From a Raleigh Photographer

Your Ability To Earn Is Tied To Your Unique Talent As a Photographer The hardest part of being a photographer/artist is putting yourself out there and accepting that you deserve respect and appreciation for your unique talent. A tremendous factor in the level of success that you can reap and the prices that you can charge is your reputation. Regardless …

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Vend Raleigh Group Leaders

I’m not sure we can say the word community enough here at Vend Raleigh. Vend Raleigh is a unique example of a Raleigh small business community. We partner, cross promote, educate and celebrate one another. One way that we make Vend Raleigh just a little smaller and a lot more relevant is our sub-groups, our Facebook groups that are specific …

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Small Business on Instagram | Introducing the NEW Vend Raleigh Relay!

Looking for a great way to get your business in front of new eyes? The Vend Raleigh Instagram Relay can do just that! Cary Heise, Vend Raleigh Founder, has been following RDU Baton, a collaborative photo project to show the world how amazing life in the Research Triangle is through Instagram, for quite some time. Inspired, she wanted to bring …