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Stacie Jensen

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How to send friendly reminders for retainers, contracts and final payments

Session dates are not held without a signed retainer, contract and payment.  And I’m firm on that! With that being said — we’ve all done it — forgot about an…

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Should you have friends & family sign model releases?

It’s all fun and games until someone thinks you made money off their photos or a relationship goes south. Yep, even friends & family member can get spicy about this. Once…

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I loved my photo but the critics didn’t …

I loved my photo but the critics didn’t. Really?! So we have peers criticize our “art” — and their opinions matter?! Ok, I can see where you would want someone to…

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Tips to building relationships with vendors & growing your audience

Forging relationships with vendors within your market can pay dividends later. What better way to advertise than with a vendor your clients already trusts! I am not a fan of giving…

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Prom day is here for my little girl

Being a photographer has afforded me some pretty amazing memories. I have to admit. The fact that my daughters prom photos read like a wedding day, I am forever thankful.…

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Free Business Tips For Photographers

  Want to grow your photography business?   Of course you do, that was a silly question! Success definitely comes from effort. Here you will find a list of blog…

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Blogging Tips for Photographers

Blogging is such a vital thing for online growth.  Google lovesssss a website that is consistently adding new & valuable content. It isn’t enough to create a website, walk away, never…

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Kick the negative to the curb and plan to succeed

A Daily Dose Of Inspiration Sometimes you have to give the old you the boot. No, really. You have to break-up with the person who isn’t letting you excel. You have…

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Pricing: Should you show pricing on your website or ask that they inquire?

  I’m sure it’s happened to you.  You get an email that says “What are your prices?” Do you show the prices on your website or do you ask that…

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What do you do when a client asks for something that goes against your policy?

When developing your business it’s so important to create policies and really stick to them. Without these you will often be walked all over. But what do you do when a…

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How to create a watermark in Lightroom

The big debate:  to watermark or not to watermark.  That is the question. Both options are a personal preference. Some photographers enjoy no watermark because it doesn’t distract from the beauty…

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How To Install Lightroom Presets

  Installing presets is easier than ever with all the updates from Lightroom! In the video below I will walk you through this easy to do 2 step process   Step 1…

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Top 10 Legal Blog Posts for Photographers

  It’s no surprise that we love TheLawTog here at Colorvale. Not only are their contracts created by a lawyer, for photographers, but also by a photographer.   It is so important,…

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How to fix white balance in Lightroom in 2 simple steps

If you have not found the eyedropper in Lightroom & how to use it, then I’m about to become your new best friend! As you know, it’s not always easy…

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25 Engagement Posts for Newborn Photographers

  As I’ve said a million times here on the blog, social media actually requires you to be social!   It isn’t enough to post on ANY social media platform your latest…

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4 Things You Can Do To Increase Your Social Media Visibility

There’s nothing worse that putting all your efforts into your business, marketing till your fingers fall off, just to hear the sound of crickets when you post. If this is…

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A photographers must-have wedding day survival kit

  During my time as a wedding photographer I was nothing short of prepared. Maybe it’s part of my personality, but being under prepared makes chaos in my brain. It was…

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Wedding Photographers: Snag these FREE engagement questions for your social media

I talk your ear off about the importance of creating a “social” existence on Facebook. Getting people to comment is key to expanding your reach. This means you need to…

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The #1 tip to successfully creating goals that are obtainable

This month we dedicated our blog to organizing your business.  Why?  Because being a successful business requires growth & that requires you not crumbling from all the weight of being an entrepreneur. There’s…

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Colorvale Collab: Week 1

  What is the “Colorvale Collab”? We love to showcase the amazing talent in our industry and especially those photographers using our editing tools on their images. Each week we choose 5…

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How to automate your photography business & keep it flowing

I have an amazing tip for you. This is going to take some dedication to doing and should be part of your weekly time block we talked in this blog…

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OMG … it happened to me! Facebook purgatory

I have one of the best tips for you right here, but I only learned it after I experienced this hell I wish upon no one that runs a business…

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5 common mistakes that photographers make on Facebook

I feel like I say this to you often, but it’s true … You aren’t alone in any of this.   The common mistakes I’m going to talk about, I’ve done…

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How to develop a client workflow for your business

We take organization serious around here at Colorvale.  And for good reason!   Today is all about developing a client workflow because this, my friend, is going to ensure you…

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How to develop a schedule so that you can have a more organized photography business!

This is the day of spring cleaning & business organization! It’s so important that when deciding to take a different approach to your life, that you free your area & your…

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Get the tools need to become more organized in business & in life!

I’m back to give you a huge tip! So listen up. Invest in your daily & business organization. Keeping a schedule can be hard if you don’t have something right…

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How to create an auto message reply on your Facebook business page

Creating a canned Facebook Business Page Message is gold! So many times someone comes onto your business page (over at Facebook) and you can’t reply immediately. I mean, we aren’t married…

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#1 Tip to make sure your goals are working and track the progress

Now that you’ve gone through the goal-setting process and broken them into actionable tasks that will get you from Point A to Point B, the next important step is to make…

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How to create big goals & small actionable tasks to accomplish them!

Last week we went over the mindset you need to cultivate to be an entrepreneur. Some of those things probably weren’t the easiest to digest, but we hope between this…

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6 Tips To Running A Successful Photography Business That EVERYONE Should Be Aware Of!

A lot of people when transitioning from hobby to business (aka, turning the passion into a biz) jump in feet first. Which, hey, hitting the ground running provides some of…

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Best website hosting for photographers

One of the biggest frustrations as a business owner is “website” anything.  Website design, website downtime, website crashing, website tsunami’s (ok it feels like one), website virus, but mostly website hosting!…

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BONUS: How To Easily Drive Traffic From Instagram To Your Blog

Instagram is a bit more tricky than the other social sites for pushing blog traffic because they don’t allow you to put links directly in your post. You must tell…

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Building A Successful Photography Business IS Possible but you must have this …

Building a successful and profitable photography business is possible! There are, however, factors that come into play which will either make or break your dream. “OMG, did she just say…

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Blogging Week 6: How To Drive Traffic to Your Blog or Website from Social Media

**Last week’s post was all about increasing traffic to your social media from your blog. This week, we’re reversing that and helping you figure out the best ways to use…

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Blogging Week 5: 5 Steps To Increase Your Social Media Traffic Using Your Blog

SEO is critical for getting traffic to your blog, but it’s not the only player in the game. Growing your audience on all platforms is essential. Because maximizing your content…

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How To Turn Social Media Silence Into Engaging Fans

Do you feel like all your social media & blogging efforts are a complete waste because they are immediately followed by blank stares, scrolling fingers, and silence? You know the…

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Free Educational Courses for Photographers

Often I create short educational courses that you can follow along with via email.  I find it nice to have them in email because I can search back for them…

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Working as a photographer during pregnancy – Part I: Finding out and letting others know

When I found I was pregnant in June last year, the first thought that went through my mind was “Oh my gosh” (happy face/dance/fist pump). The first emotion I felt…

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5 Tips To Grow Your Pinterest Following

Social media isn’t about chance. It isn’t enough to pin your blog post and cross your fingers, hoping that someone will take action. You’ve got work to do. If you…

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