Today I jilted my love of 15 years for the belle of the ball. My love’s name was Canon and she and I made beautiful pictures together. Not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars for the last decade and a half. But along came Sony with the a7iii and not only did it catch my eye...it stole my heart. So, in this blog I’m going to outline some of the reasons why I put my baby in the corner and started getting footloose with Sony. Because nobody puts baby in the corner...not without a good reason at least.
Yes, photography gear costs a ton- but you might as well save a little money where you can. We’ve got a couple of ideas of what you should be buying at your local dollar store to lessen the burden on your wallet.
A Balloon Time disposable helium tank claims that it holds enough helium to fill 30 balloons and retails for around 25.00. To be honest I’ve used a ton of these tanks and I get on average 25 balloons per tank. That means when I use balloons to fill my smash cake sets I’m paying around $1 per balloon give or take. If you think about how many balloons it really takes to fill a set you can imagine how expensive it can get.
Pinterest s a great source of inspiration for those of you who are just starting out. If you are pumping a dry creative well, like I always like to say: Pinterest is the place that's going to get those creative juices flowing for you. Now in today's photo we're picking on Blueberry Beignet Photography out of Louisiana.
We love Smash Cakes. Obviously, right? But what if your client doesn’t like sugar, or is looking for something more off the beaten path? Here are 5 alternative ideas to cakes for your next batch of smash cake portraits.
There’s a great article on the Professional Photographer website from Jeff Kent about this. He talks about how you need to value yourself, how you need to listen and gauge your client and how you need to address your client’s concerns. Take a minute to read his in depth article about people and the social dynamics needed to be the best salesperson you can be.
These 5 easy photography wardrobe items are something every smash cake photography business MUST have on hand. They aren’t large ticket items, but they can mean the difference between saving the shoot or having to reschedule. So, before you photograph your next Smash Cake portrait session make sure you have your bases covered with these five items.
We shot this same theme a couple of months earlier. Here are both ideas so you can see what a difference that a darker background and a different lighting pattern makes. The first birthday cake smash picture with the brick background was shot in the summer, and is a mix of natural and canned light. The wooden plank backdrop picture was shot in the winter and is 100% artificial light.
Those of you who use shorter focal lengths like the 50mm and a 35mm, you know that there are two things that affect how blurry the background is. The first thing of course is aperture and the second thing is distance. When working with a longer lens both of those things are still true but you do have one more weapon in your arsenal. That weapon of course is the compression caused by zooming in.
A couple of years back I was wandering through Pinterest and realized that a lot of my pinned images were starting to look the same. I went back, and sure enough, 90% of them were the same photographer. And then I realized the images I was LOVING from Intuition Backgrounds? Also Jennifer Nace.
Photography Business Insurance: Nothing on any shoot matters more than the the safety of your clients, especially the safety of your little clients. Anyone who has ever been within 40 feet of one year olds and toddlers can tell you they're not the most stable on their feet and when it comes to bonking their head, they make a habit out of it.
Only by being in the room can you counsel your client to buy the right product for the right picture. No amount of attached notes is going to convey how A-MAZ-ING those deep rich colors are going to look on metal. And really, who’s going to buy a 24x36 metal art piece of smash cake baby, unless you suggest it?
These little ladies have persevered through multiple heart surgeries and are thriving. Daniel and I have family in similar struggles, this piece pulls at my heartstrings. As I am sure it will pull on yours.
Parents frequently coordinate doctor appointments with other appointments, and don’t think about the fact that shots and the mini-fevers they bring don’t make for happy smash cake babies. Until it’s too late.
Smearing plexiglass with frosting makes it slicker than a politician on an election year. And you’re telling me that you want to place a little tyke who can barely walk on top of it? You're basically choosing style over the safety of your little clients.
I stumbled across this site the other day via my Pinterest page, and fell in LOVE with this set and this adorable little girl. I don’t think I’ve ever found an Alice in Wonderland smash cake design I love as much as this. The original Lewis Carroll inks, the Cricut cut banner - absolutely beautiful. The set colors were spot on, and I was enamored with that amazing backdrop.
A simple list of preparations to create the best first birthday smash cake pictures for your client. It’s easy to get caught up in the creation of the set and what you are expecting and experiencing as a photographer and a business person - sometimes we need to go back to the basics, slow down, and remember we are working for them, they aren’t just bringing us a toy (the child) to photograph.
Smash cake themes for boys are pretty interesting in the northwest United States. Our communities are proud of our outdoors, proud of our self-reliance, and don’t mind getting our hands dirty. We’ve been working with this particular family for over a year now, through multiple shoots and really appreciate their thoughts and contributions to our photography.
Daniel and I will always believe that more information is better. Especially with a photography (and thus tech) business. The photography world changes overnight. He loves videos and YouTube, I will forever love the written word, and Audible.
Over the last several years I’ve actually gotten comfortable chatting with people about our minimums and why they want to come to us anyway. We don’t chase off that many people, our session fee is on the website and people who call respect our time and our quality.
This picture is going back aways - I was reminded of how much I love it a couple of weeks ago when we photographed her little sister - how time flies. I wanted to take a minute and talk about how DIY-ing isn't just to keep your cost down. DIY-ing keeps the creative juices flowing in your head AND keeps your smash cake sets looking unique.
One of the things I LOVE that's L-O-V-E about First Birthday Smash Cake sessions is that I get to be just the tiniest bit creative. Daniel gets to design portraits, take pictures, create scenes - but I get to build smash cake sets :)
For those not familiar, Goodwill is a nationwide for-profit second hand store that finds jobs for special needs workers. Goodwill gets a lot of credit for that. But their CEO also made 700+ thousand dollars last year and there is also some concern Goodwill exploits their workers. Most of the general public thinks they are nonprofit, and they certainly aren’t doing anything to dispel the myth.
We insist on pre-consultations with our clients. In fact, when we have a lackluster shoot or sale, we can always track it back to some routine part of our “normal” production getting skipped to make it easier or faster, only to have it trip us up later.