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Raleigh Connections | Using Small Businesses to Carve Out Your Niche

Where I Came From I recently relocated to Raleigh, from Los Angeles, where I spent the last ten years professionally photographing weddings and families. I spent my entire life creating friendships and building connections that helped to make my business a success. I spent my entire career building a reputation, a portfolio and an amazing client base. In the fall …

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Product Lighting | How to Make a Product Image Pop

My one year “Etsy-aversary” has just passed. Yes, this is a real word. It’s been an interesting year on Etsy…..I’ve learned a ton, I’m constantly tweaking my shop, and oh yes—I can’t forget the actual production of my product. When I first got the idea to sell my jewelry, I thought, “This will be great! I love making jewelry, I’ll …

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What I Learned from Hiring a Business Coach

I started 2014 so optimistically, declaring resolutions and making goals for changes in my photography business that I hoped would bring growth.  Early 2014 brought about some tough times personally, which drew me away from my business, and the growth and goals.  In the middle of the year, I realized I’d hardly had any sessions or gained any new clients, …

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Raleigh De-Stress Photography Sessions | Advice From the Expert

I was a photographer before I was a mom, and I got it, sort of:  Having family portraits done is stressful.  Lots to iron, lots to tote ~ stressful. But now that I have a two-year-old and a four-year-old, I so get it.  The morning of portrait day doesn’t exactly have the ambiance of sunlit fall foliage and happy families …

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Holiday Sip and Shop | Raleigh Sponsorship Opportunity

The Vend Raleigh Holiday Sip and Shop is a highly publicized event that keeps getting bigger each year!  At our 2013 Holiday Sip and Shop, all 100 Swag Bags were gone in the first 40 minutes of the doors opening! We are excited to announce a new location for 2014, Cobblestone Hall Downtown Raleigh! Here we can accommodate more vendors …

Your 2014 Go-To Raleigh Fall Family Photo Guide

Your 2014 Go-To Raleigh Fall Family Photo Guide It’s that time again! We’re heading into the fall season. School started, you’re back to work and kids activities are in full swing. Back and forth on the road you go and to-do lists just got longer. Well, I’m here to make booking your fall family photography session as easy as pumpkin …

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8 Tips for Getting a Great Professional Headshot

Are you ready for the Illuminate conference this year? Are you presenting your best self, not only in person, but also online? You are the face of your business, and what better way to represent your own business than by showing a professional, beautiful photograph! A professional headshot will help convey a feeling about who you are and your customers want …

Raleigh Personal Challenge Photographers: Give Yourself a Break

You love the moment, but you hate the clarity, lighting, background, etc. Ever happened to you? Just a bit frustrating, right? What about when this happens while you are taking personal shots? I’ll be honest, my first thought is that I provide these precious images to my clients, and I really want them for our family too…how did I mess …

Raleigh Fall Family Photography

We have incredible talent in our Vend Raleigh Professional Photographers group and with fall around the corner, I asked their favorite Triangle locations for family photos. Here’s what they said… My favorite location for family portraits in the triangle is Oak View County Park in Raleigh.  This adorable little park is a touch of country within the city.  The setting …

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5 Quick Photography Tips for Busy Raleigh Moms

5 Quick Raleigh Photography Tips for Busy Moms | Raleigh Professional Photographer’s Tips for Moms 1. Don’t say Cheese hoping for a smile, every person has a different personality along with that unique expressions. Instead of trying to “force” a smile, tell them Have fun. That way they can be themselves. Even if they don’t smile that’s ok. It’s their …