How to Prepare your Clients for Successful Boudoir Shoot

by Jennifer Loizzi

Boudoir photography can be intimidating for both the photographer and the client.  Since boudoir photography is a more intimate style of portraiture, nine out of ten clients are nervous and often apprehensive.  It is our job to make our clients feel at ease and have a memorable and enjoyable experience. Here are a few tips that will prepare your clients for a successful boudoir shoot. 

Get to know your client. A great and easy way to get to know your client is to send them a booking questionnaire with a list of questions.  For example, ask them how revealing they want to go (nudes, implied nudes), or what feature they would like to emphasize or deemphasize. You will also spend some time chatting with your client before the shoot in order to get to know them a little better but also make them feel comfortable.  Find out the reason they chose to have a boudoir shoot done and if there is a certain date they need the photos by as well. ...

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Lightroom tricks you might not know

by Demothy Tien

 Lightroom can be really confusing if you’re new or unfamiliar with the software. Its complicated user interface paired with clunky optimization can truly make Lightroom a nightmare to navigate. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a lot of incredibly helpful tricks that can make Lightroom a significantly more pleasant experience. The problem is these tricks aren’t clearly labeled in the software. You have to either read through lengthy manuals or figure them out for yourself. That’s why we’ve put together a small list of hidden Lightroom tricks you might not know about!

 You can change your crop overlays!

Link to Reel: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIhChxXHP1o/

Composition can make or break your imagery. Bad composition simply looks amateur and unpleasant to the eye. You want to compose your images in a way that looks pleasing and leads the viewer’s eyes throughout the image. But your composition just right...

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How to Develop Vendor Relationships

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by Jennifer Loizzi

Are you struggling to build business relationships?  Are you wondering why other vendors aren't referring you instead of your competition?  Well, while being able to create beautiful images is important, it simply isn't enough.  I’m excited to share with you my tips on building strong vendor relationships. These vendors are not only a good source for referrals, but they are also business professionals we can bounce marketing ideas off of.  They have become our friends and make work so much more enjoyable. I know building vendor relationships is difficult, especially if you're a shy introvert like myself, but I’m going to tell you what we did to help us build these lasting relationships.  Here are five tips to help you connect and build relationships with vendors in your area.

Get out there and Introduce yourself!

Sounds easy enough right? So… why aren't you doing it!  I know it comes easier to some than others but...

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The Impact of Thank You Cards

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by Courtney Tomey

When your clients are planning their wedding, they have hundreds of options of wedding photographers to choose from, and a list of factors to consider before they place their full trust in a studio for their wedding day.  In our case, we are competing against thousands of Los Angeles wedding photographers, and even when a client has narrowed down their list and come to our studio for a meeting, we still have a lot of hurdles to overcome to not only book their wedding but to keep them as clients leading up to the wedding day.  Especially during the time of COVID, when so many clients are being faced with the tough decision of cancelling their events, there’s even more pressure to retain clients and keep them loyal to your studio throughout the year-long process leading up to their big day and long after.

So, knowing that your clients have so many options when it comes to who they trust with their big day, how do you show your clients that they mean...

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Sony Alpha 1 | My initial thoughts on the Sony A1

Uncategorized Jan 26, 2021

Sony A1 | My initial thoughts

The Sony A1 was just announced, and the concept behind the camera is that it combines all of the features of Sony’s Camera lines into a single camera. High resolution, blazing fast continuous shooting, upgraded AF, and incredible video features. 

The new feature that we haven’t seen yet is the Dual Drive Mechanical Shutter, as well as Flash Synchronization enabled electronic shutter. The DDMS allows up to 1/500th of a second flash sync in APS-C Mode (as well as 1/400th of a second in 35mm mode). The camera pushes some more boundaries by upgrading virtually everything incrementally about their cameras, such as the viewfinder, AF performance, and connectivity (10gbps USB C)

What intrigued me the most about this camera is it’s compatibility with Sony smart phones, the Xperia line can now be used to broadcast live over 5g. This could be something that would be incredibly useful as an educator….think about it….we could...

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3 Lighting Hacks to Elevate Your Portraits

lighting michael anthony Jan 25, 2021

by Michael Anthony

Lighting is something, that I think any professional photographer can agree, can give your images a distinct look. For years, professional photographers have distinguished their studio utilizing light. In our own Los Angeles Wedding Photography Studio we have used lighting as our main point of differentiation for years. Doing this has helped our images stand out when viewed in an image search or a directory listing next to other photographers. 

So that being said, over the past few years, photographers have gotten more and more skilled at lighting, and as a result, their studios have also began to find more clientele. 

But there is a drawback to using off-camera flash, usually it means you sacrifice speed while out shooting with your clients. However after years, I have come to learn that there are three really easy hacks you can apply to your next shoot to create distinct images, in a short period of time. 

Tip #1: Color Shifting

I first taught...

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How to Create a Photography Business Plan

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By Michael Anthony

Well, we survived, 2020 was a bitch, there is no getting around it. For those of you that are wedding photographers, especially in the coastal states, you no doubt experienced a business disruption unlike anything that you had ever seen before. 

But like I have been saying since the beginning of the pandemic....there is not just light at the end of the tunnel.....there is a supernova of shining opportunity. The pandemic cleared the way for the businesses that were able to adapt and hang on, however all of the clients that have been waiting for it to end have been quietly fighting for dates in the latter half of 2021. 

So the opportunity is there for those of you that are willing to wait for it. But as with any other year, if we want to succeed we have to have a plan. So today I am going to help you write your 2021 business plan if you haven’t had a chance to do it. 

I am a creative, why should I write a plan?

Simple.....just as the old adage...

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4 Ways to Inspire Confidence in Your Boudoir Clients

boudoir jen loizzi Jan 19, 2021

by Jennifer Loizzi

As a boudoir photographer I have the opportunity of photographing women with a variety of different body types, ethnicities, and backgrounds.  No matter how different each boudoir client is, these women do share something in common.  Each one of them wants to feel and look their absolute best during their boudoir photoshoot.  It is our job to make sure that they not only feel comfortable, but beautiful as well.  We have to learn how to work with all types of varying personalities and know the proper questions to ask and words to say to make them feel beautiful and have an enjoyable experience. Not only is it our job to create beautiful imagery for our clients, but we also have to provide them with an incredible experience.  Boudoir photography can be an intimidating experience to most women and it is up to us to help inspire some confidence. 

How do you inspire confidence? I have laid out 5 easy ways for you to instill some confidence...

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Canon R5 vs R6 for Photographers?

demothy tien gear Jan 18, 2021

by Demothy Tien

Link to R5 review video: https://youtu.be/k61jtVUD6kk

Canon’s release of two mirrorless cameras in the form of the EOS R5 and EOS R6 left many wondering which to get. Both cameras are quite similar in look, and a solid upgrade to the popular EOS R, however, in terms of functionality, they are quite different. One serves as a professional powerhouse, while the other is a fantastic choice for the average photographer.

Let’s take a look at the bodies

For the most part, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 share a very similar body. Ergonomics are pretty much the same between the two, however, the biggest difference is the lack of a top dial on the R5. The R5 exchanges the more traditional dial in favor of an LCD display. 

Moving onto the back of the camera, both are essentially identical. The only real difference between the two is a slightly larger LCD display on the R5. Overall, the bodies of the EOS R5 and R6 are extremely close, with the only noticeable...

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Weekly Roundup: Your Questions Answered Week 2

business weekly roundup Sep 22, 2020
 

Every week we cover popular topics submitted by our users, this week we were talking all about business.

In this video, Michael answers questions about pricing, branding, marketing, and more. 

Watch the full video and submit your photography questions to [email protected] to be featured on future weekly roundups.

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