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In seeking God’s will for my business over the years, I’ve often struggled with clarity but as I’ve prayed and studied it’s been pretty clear that even though God opens doors, it’s still up to me to walk through said door! An open door doesn’t do any good if you just stand there staring at […]

Introducing…The Studio!

My friend, your big idea does not need validation from other people to be a great idea. Recently, Brian and I were watching the Star Wars documentary, Empire of Dreams, and it hit me that everyone told George Lucas he was crazy. EVEN HIS OWN CAST (and his trusted industry colleagues) thought the first Star […]

Business Advice from Star Wars

entrepreneur sitting on her sofa

Have you ever felt like clients (or potential clients) won’t take you seriously if you tell them you have a day job?⁠ YOU WILL ONLY BE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS YOU TAKE YOURSELF! If you act professional and take yourself and your business seriously, so will your clients, regardless of how many hours you happen […]

Six Ways to Ensure People Take Your Side Hustle Seriously

before and after of a brand image

One of the questions I get asked all the time in various forms is: “Do you Photoshop photos before you deliver them?” The simple answer?  Not if I can help it! But usually when my clients ask that, that’s not what they’re really asking. What most people really want to know is, “How do you […]

FAQs: Do You Photoshop Your Images?

doll entrepreneur at her desk

I’m intentionally writing this post while I’m still in this season, while I’m in the thick of things so that I can fully empathize but also so that I can remind myself why I still drag myself to the office every day.  If you’re in the same boat, this is for you:  “Five Reasons to […]

Five Reasons to Keep Your Day Job (for now)

Wisconsin elopement details

Covid-19, a tornado warning, and torrential rain – Heidi and Dan smiled through so many obstacles and it was an honor to capture their wedding day over the weekend! Like many couples, Heidi & Dan had to make tough decisions due to the pandemic. They chose to have a small, elopement style ceremony and portrait […]

Paine Art Center & Gardens Elopement-Style Wedding: Heidi & Dan

Covid-19 has bored brand photographers everywhere like… “Ahhh you guys! Meet Sophie! This lovely lady is a surface pattern designer from eastern Maine! We had a lovely time chatting about color trends during Sophie’s brand shoot at her sunlit Kennebunkport studio. Look for her new botanical prints on a line of exclusive quilting fabrics and […]

The Mini-Mini Brand Session: Sophie

Does anyone else feel like the last week has been incredibly overwhelming and finding it hard to focus on the task at hand? While my business is not currently being affected, I know many others are loosing sizable chunks of income that they depend on. Whether you’re riding out this storm in a quiet cove, […]

Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners: A Master List

business strategy for small business owners

My first inclination when I feel stuck in my business? Spin the wheels. Find a “quick fix”, that “secret sauce”, that “something missing”.  Listen to 5 different podcasts, read a new business book or two, watch a bunch of youtube videos, sign up for a couple of webinars. Education is all well and good but […]

Feeling Stuck in Your Business? Do This First!

teal, aqua, coral, blush outfit inspiration for womens headshots and brand photos

Having headshots or brand photos taken can be overwhelming, due in no small part to finding the right outfit, or outfits. (See this post for tips on planning your session.)  It’s important to choose outfits that fit the style and colors of your brand.  This post is a compilation of things I’ve learned over the […]

Choosing Outfits for Your Brand Photography Session (Tips for Women)