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Top Pics of the Week – August 19th

August 19, 2016 | carrie

Junebugweddings@Anne-Claire Brun Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

I don’t want to be koi about it, I’m in love with this week’s Top Pics! Big thanks to Anne-Claire Brun, Helena and Laurent, 222 Photography, Fabio Oliveira, Nadine Berns PhotographyDanaea Li PhotographyMegan Yanz, Jeff + Cat of The Apartment PhotographyThe WayfarersJess Soper, A Wild Escape, and Terralogical for sharing their incredible work with us.

editorial_junebugweddings_awildescape-1 Photo by A Wild Escape

Jeff and Cat of The Apartment Photography Photo by Jeff + Cat of The Apartment Photography

EmilyTaylorWedding-777small Photo by The Wayfarers

Danaea_Li_Photography-1 Photo by Danaea Li Photography

Jess_Soper_Photography (1 of 1) Photo by Jess Soper

GovindaRumi_Photobug Photo by Terralogical

AM-Helena-Laurent-6-L Photo by Helena and Laurent

la_salada_fabiooliveira-22 Photo by Fabio Oliveira

meganyanz_junebugweddings Photo by Megan Yanz

222 Photography Columbus Wedding Photographer-1 Photo by 222 Photography

28950854831_53563277ca_k Photo by Nadine Berns Photography

Want to see your work here? Be sure to #photobugcommunity on Instagram for your chance to be included in Top Pics of the Week!

xoxoCarrie5

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Instagrammers to Follow – August Edition

August 18, 2016 | carrie

instagrammers to follow august 16 Photos by Free the BirdShari + MikeNisha RavjiCarey Nash, and Aaron & Whitney (from left to right)

This month’s Instagram round-up is chock full of advice from some of the best wedding photography Instagrammers around. We’re featuring Free the Bird, Carey Nash, Nisha Ravji, Aaron & Whitney, and Shari + Mike. Hear what they have to say about using Instagram and how the platform has benefited them both creatively and professionally.

Free the Bird – @freethebirdweddings

Free The Bird Photography Photo by Free the Bird

From Jai: Instagram is my favourite social media to use to promote my work and my business. For me, it is easy to share a photo from my phone and write a little caption to get people interested in my work. It is such a powerful tool to have in your marketing toolkit and you don’t need to spend a cent.

I also love to follow photographers and artists and I get a lot of inspiration from my daily insta feed. The great thing about Instagram, you can follow people that inspire you, not just your friends!

Free The Bird Photography Photo by Free the Bird

Free The Bird Photography Photo by Free the Bird

free the bird Photo by Free the Bird

Nisha Ravji – @nisharavji

nisha ravji Photo by Nisha Ravji

From Nisha: I’m wedding photographer originally from New Zealand, and I am first to admit that I was a little late to the Instagram game. My primary social media channel was Facebook for a long time. However, now it’s easy to see that Instagram is where it’s at especially for photographers. I love Instagram because it cuts out the noise for you and it’s incredibly smart algorithm means you are constantly supplied with a curated channel of inspiration and new accounts to follow. As I mentioned – I consider myself a latecomer to Instagram having only really decided to make a solid effort in February of 2015, as a result I now have a small but very loyal and quickly growing following.

My tips to other photographers or wedding professionals out there who might just be starting out or are looking to grow their following is to not be intimidated by the numbers. A loyal small following of great people can be just as rewarding and beneficial. If you are wanting to step up – you’re going to have to invest the time, follow accounts you love and like, comment and give the love back! On your own account make an effort to post daily or at least once every couple of days so that your followers know you can be counted on for consistent inspiration. Don’t go too crazy on the hashtags and think about the time of day you’re posting – is your audience asleep? Are they at work? Are they on their commute home and likely to be scrolling Instagram?

nisha ravji Photo by Nisha Ravji

nisha ravji Photo by Nisha Ravji

nisha ravji Photo by Nisha Ravji

nisha ravji Photo by Nisha Ravji

nisha ravji Photo by Nisha Ravji

Aaron & Whitney Photography – @aarondurall

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

From Aaron and Whitney: For us, Instagram has been a great tool to connect with the photographic community and reach potential couples. With the recent implementation of Instagram Stories, our couples and peers in the industry are getting the opportunity to really get firsthand insight into our lives with this business and outside of it. Not only that, but we now get to see into the lives of others as well. It’s so awesome!

We use the Stories portion to detail our daily lives while also providing helpful tips for things like editing all the way down to answering questions about the gear we use, how we shoot, and more. For our feed, that’s where we like to display what we create with our couples and sometimes we even share our work outside of couples and weddings, too.

It’s really cool that, for us, IG has moved beyond just a place for us to showcase our work. Instead of a singular platform for displaying what we shoot, we can now show exactly who we are while turning it into a platform for learning and teaching as well. We truly love it!

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

aaron & whitney Photo by Aaron & Whitney

Carey Nash – @careynash

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (2 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

From Carey: Instagram has truly changed many things about my business over the past few years. I have seen bookings directly from it as people are either sharing images or searching for venue locations and my images come up. As well I personally use it to pre-scout in far off locations ahead of me being there either for work reasons or in fact just to see places I want to visit when planning a trip/vacation. I love it! I have learned to tag vendors, venues, and clients appropriately as giving credit whenever you can can help to get the images in people’s feeds.

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (3 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (4 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (5 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (6 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (7 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

Junebug - Carey Nash - Instagram (8 of 8) Photo by Carey Nash

Shari + Mike – @shariandmike

shari + mike Photo by Shari + Mike

From Shari and Mike: We try to consistently post one-three images a day during the week. We set up our Shari + Mike account as more of a portfolio to show our most recent work, and we have personal accounts as well for personal stuff. This isn’t the only way to do it, but it’s been great for us! We now get around half of our wedding inquiries through Instagram! Be aware of what time you’re posting. Think about when you are on Instagram the most, often that’s when others will be too. Don’t forget to share work that you are proud of and that you love!

shari + mike Photo by Shari + Mike

shari + mike Photo by Shari + Mike

shari + mike Photo by Shari + Mike

shari + mike Photo by Shari + Mike

shari + mike Photo by Shari + Mike

Massive thanks to Free the Bird, Carey Nash, Nisha Ravji, Aaron & Whitney, and Shari + Mike for their insight.

Did you know that we use Instagram to source our Top Pics of the Week? Be sure to #photobugcommunity for a chance to get your work featured!

xoxoCarrie5

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Don’t Give up on Blogging

August 15, 2016 | carrie

This-Downtown-Toronto-Wedding-Inspiration-Overload-Best-Way-Possible-16-600x900 Photo by A Brit & A Blonde

When your passion is photographing and editing, the last thing you want to spend time doing is writing real wedding introductions. It’s time-consuming and takes you away from what you love most about wedding photography. While blogging may be tiresome, I’m urging you to keep at it. Wherever you’re at in your photography career, there are so many benefits that come from consistent blogging, and here are just a few that I think will resonate.

227269163-2-1024x683 Photo by Sansom Photography

Get featured

Editors spend a large majority of their days scanning blogs. At Junebug, we follow our favorite photographers on Bloglovin’, so that we always know when new work gets published. While we love seeing single shots from new weddings via social media, we get a much better idea of the wedding day through a blog post. If we see a wedding we like on your blog, we’ll reach out and request it for publication. If we see a cool photo on social media, we’ll wait until we see the full blog post before reaching out. See the problem? If you only post on social media, we have no idea whether that really cool photo = a really cool wedding.

photobug_@peopleproduccio-1024x683 Photo by People Truelove Tellers

Get couples to trust that you can deliver

Before couples reach out via your contact form, they’ve already made a few assumptions about you from your online presence. They’ve looked up reviews, researched your social accounts, and spent time analyzing photos you showcase on your website. While your portfolio might be stunning, put yourself in a couples’ shoes. Your potential clients are looking for a photographer who can capture more than just one epic portrait. They want to know that their entire wedding will be beautifully documented.

Couples need to trust in your ability to deliver a skillfully documented wedding, and the best way to gain that trust is by showing them what you’ve delivered to past clients.

chic-palm-springs-destination-wedding-at-colony-palms-hotel-39 Photo by Lauren Scotti

Attract your dream clients

Are you targeting a specific type of client? Of course, you are. Everyone has their dream client. Are they artsy? Are they glamorous? Do they want to get married in the mountains? Or are you just looking for cool, local couples who are fun to work with? If none of this other advice resonates with you, I hope this does: add the clients you want to your website! If you’ve shot a mountain wedding and it was your favorite wedding ever, blog it. Show it off to other couples who might be searching for a photographer with mountain wedding experience. Blogging your favorite clients will attract more of that client type, which I think we can all agree will lead to a happier you!

oaxacawedding-junebug-1024x683 Photo by The Times We Have

Grow as a creative

The creative process, as you all know, is an ever-evolving thing. Your style transforms over time as you add creative influences to your tool belt. The best way to evaluate your work and learn from mistakes and/or successes is to simply be with your work. Blogging, while time-consuming and tedious, gives you a chance to review your work in a new light. Blogging forces you to put the story together. During the editing phase, you’re focused on the minute aspects of a wedding, while writing a blog post gives you the opportunity to see the bigger picture. You may learn things about your approach that you didn’t notice before.

Carefree-Elopement-at-Cape-Spear-Lighthouse-Jennifer-Moher-25-1024x681 Photo by Jennifer Moher Photography and Hugh Whitaker Photography

Whether consistent blogging means once a week or once a month, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you pick a schedule and stick to it. That extra hour or two of work will so be worth it.

For more business tips + advice, check out Jennifer Moher’s letter to future wedding photographers.

xoxoCarrie5

 

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