The Blog List

Welcome to the Colorvale blog where we share business tips & helpful tutorials to help you grow your photography business.


How to start a photography blog + why you need one


One of the most common hangups with this topic is the word "Blog". It might help you to understand that a "blog" is a website. You do not need to have both.  They are one in the same. On a blog you can have your portfolio, your contact info, your client gallery,...

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How to batch save & organize images in Lightroom


Lightroom makes organizing & saving your images easy. The ability to batch each step of the process is pure genius. Of course, if you're reading this, it's safe to assume the editing portion of your session is complete (if not, whatcha waiting for?!).  (read this blog post about my editing workflow)...

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Best of Lightroom Blog Posts & Tutorials


Are you struggling with Lightroom, maybe you've made the switch from Photoshop OR you've used it for quite some time and just want to make sure you are using it to the full capacity? Well, then I'm glad you found us because we are dedicated to sharing tips that will...

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Black Friday starts now!


It's the deets you have been waiting for ... No waiting in lines or staying up past your bed time.  We have taken the hustle away so that you can still enjoy the deals without missing time with the fam. (or eating - lots of pumpkin pie & mashed potatoes...

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How to straighten an image in Lightroom


Straightening images just got a lot easier, much more accurate (and more fun). Many photographers used the Straighten ruler under the Crop & Straighten tool, and that's great.  But Lightroom stepped the game up quite a bit with the Transform > Guided tool. Sometimes a photo can't be straightened by just...

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Marketing tips for photographers


We have compiled some of the hottest marketing tips for photographers that this blog has to offer. I understand how frustrating it can be to grow your business. Especially when you have to be the photographer, graphic designer and marketing specialist but I’m here to help. When it feels like...

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If you are doing this as a photographer STOP it!


I know this will be a touchy subject. I don't care because it burns my a$$. So, lets chat about it. Photographers, rightfully, expect their clients to respect their copyright. and they should. So why is it that a percentage of them don't respect the copyright of vendors such as...

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Why you should compare yourself to other photographers


I know this is going to sound crazy. Heck, even saying it out loud to myself does (without context behind it). The fact is, humans are driven by competition. Many of us have a competitive nature by default. And if you are really good at it, the word “competition” doesn’t have...

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Featured Photographer: Michelle Jakubenko


This has been really great bringing back the featured photographer posts again.   It's so important to explore new talent.  See the beauty others create and most importantly acknowledge their awesomeness. Today we have one of my favorites - Michelle Jakubenko - Eyes of Love Photography     Given all the hard work...

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5 tips on how to save an overexposed image in Lightroom


Wedding photographers, you've been there. It's bright, heck outdoor weddings are many times subjected to full sun. What do you do? Much of the time you adjust in camera to ensure you don't hard work ahead of you. But often this isn't possible. Why?  Because you are all over the place.  Changing...

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An open letter to that photographer just starting out ...


Dear patiently waiting for your chance ... If you are just starting out in this photography business, know that you aren't alone. Fun fact:  every professional photographer was once NOT a professional. It wasn't long ago that the photographer you're drooling over currently, was right where you are standing. Don't be...

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Introducing our newest Lightroom Presets Collection


I've got a secret ... a dirty little secret If you love a little bit of edge to your images without overworking your skin tones then you are going to love this new Lightroom preset collection.   INTRODUCING Dirty Little Secrets Lightroom Presets A little bit of edge, a little...

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Featured Photographer - Korie Rowe


We are going back to our roots over here at Colorvale. One of the great things about our industry is meeting all the talent.  So we are bringing back our Featured Photographer interviews.  This is where we will find fresh new faces, ask them questions that can helps others in...

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Featured Photographer - Jess Legaspi Photography


Meet my talented friend Jess Legaspi I have been in love with Jess's work for quite some times.  She has even contributed to some of our product photos (see here).  Her style is what I am drawn to.  She manages to create drama in her edits & mystery in her photos.  The combination...

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How to use social media to get new clients


Easy ... cater to them! What do I mean by that? Become a resource for your target market, not just a photographer. Become someone they find has valuable info, tips and tricks for their needs. Think about this:  say you need an electrician to hang some lights in your house....

Read this post


Photographers: How To Get Real Feedback From Clients


Let's face it ... reviews are everything. Whether you are buying something on Amazon or booking a photographer, everyone seeks the opinion of those before them. I rely heavily on testimonials when buying. The opinion of someone who has previously purchased a product has more value than the sales-pitch being fed...

Read this post




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 a photo is on the Internet, it's there permanently.  There's no take backs! They are out there in the world and who...

Read this post


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 give it to you straight, for growth purposes, but if you took a photo that you love, that moves you,...

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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 of their image. However, leaving a watermark on your images has many benefits. It helps to protect your photos from...

Read this post


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 - Create Folder In the preset panel right click > New Folder > Name it by the preset collection you...

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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, in business, to protect yourself & your clients. One thing I shake my finger at is when photographers try to...

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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 session photo or special announcement. You must be committed to being your audiences friend. Keep the conversation going with these 25 engagement...

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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 a million tasks to owning a business, but without structure you will quickly fall under the pressure. Just in case...

Read this post





How to batch save & organize images in Lightroom


Lightroom makes organizing & saving your images easy. The ability to batch each step of the process is pure genius. Of course, if you're reading this, it's safe to assume the editing portion of your session is complete (if not, whatcha waiting for?!).  (read this blog post about my editing workflow)...

Read this post




Best of Lightroom Blog Posts & Tutorials


Are you struggling with Lightroom, maybe you've made the switch from Photoshop OR you've used it for quite some time and just want to make sure you are using it to the full capacity? Well, then I'm glad you found us because we are dedicated to sharing tips that will...

Read this post


Black Friday starts now!


It's the deets you have been waiting for ... No waiting in lines or staying up past your bed time.  We have taken the hustle away so that you can still enjoy the deals without missing time with the fam. (or eating - lots of pumpkin pie & mashed potatoes...

Read this post




How to straighten an image in Lightroom


Straightening images just got a lot easier, much more accurate (and more fun). Many photographers used the Straighten ruler under the Crop & Straighten tool, and that's great.  But Lightroom stepped the game up quite a bit with the Transform > Guided tool. Sometimes a photo can't be straightened by just...

Read this post

Marketing tips for photographers


We have compiled some of the hottest marketing tips for photographers that this blog has to offer. I understand how frustrating it can be to grow your business. Especially when you have to be the photographer, graphic designer and marketing specialist but I’m here to help. When it feels like...

Read this post


If you are doing this as a photographer STOP it!


I know this will be a touchy subject. I don't care because it burns my a$$. So, lets chat about it. Photographers, rightfully, expect their clients to respect their copyright. and they should. So why is it that a percentage of them don't respect the copyright of vendors such as...

Read this post

Why you should compare yourself to other photographers


I know this is going to sound crazy. Heck, even saying it out loud to myself does (without context behind it). The fact is, humans are driven by competition. Many of us have a competitive nature by default. And if you are really good at it, the word “competition” doesn’t have...

Read this post


Featured Photographer: Michelle Jakubenko


This has been really great bringing back the featured photographer posts again.   It's so important to explore new talent.  See the beauty others create and most importantly acknowledge their awesomeness. Today we have one of my favorites - Michelle Jakubenko - Eyes of Love Photography     Given all the hard work...

Read this post






5 tips on how to save an overexposed image in Lightroom


Wedding photographers, you've been there. It's bright, heck outdoor weddings are many times subjected to full sun. What do you do? Much of the time you adjust in camera to ensure you don't hard work ahead of you. But often this isn't possible. Why?  Because you are all over the place.  Changing...

Read this post

An open letter to that photographer just starting out ...


Dear patiently waiting for your chance ... If you are just starting out in this photography business, know that you aren't alone. Fun fact:  every professional photographer was once NOT a professional. It wasn't long ago that the photographer you're drooling over currently, was right where you are standing. Don't be...

Read this post


Introducing our newest Lightroom Presets Collection


I've got a secret ... a dirty little secret If you love a little bit of edge to your images without overworking your skin tones then you are going to love this new Lightroom preset collection.   INTRODUCING Dirty Little Secrets Lightroom Presets A little bit of edge, a little...

Read this post

Featured Photographer - Korie Rowe


We are going back to our roots over here at Colorvale. One of the great things about our industry is meeting all the talent.  So we are bringing back our Featured Photographer interviews.  This is where we will find fresh new faces, ask them questions that can helps others in...

Read this post

Featured Photographer - Jess Legaspi Photography


Meet my talented friend Jess Legaspi I have been in love with Jess's work for quite some times.  She has even contributed to some of our product photos (see here).  Her style is what I am drawn to.  She manages to create drama in her edits & mystery in her photos.  The combination...

Read this post

How to use social media to get new clients


Easy ... cater to them! What do I mean by that? Become a resource for your target market, not just a photographer. Become someone they find has valuable info, tips and tricks for their needs. Think about this:  say you need an electrician to hang some lights in your house....

Read this post

Photographers: How To Get Real Feedback From Clients


Let's face it ... reviews are everything. Whether you are buying something on Amazon or booking a photographer, everyone seeks the opinion of those before them. I rely heavily on testimonials when buying. The opinion of someone who has previously purchased a product has more value than the sales-pitch being fed...

Read this post



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 a photo is on the Internet, it's there permanently.  There's no take backs! They are out there in the world and who...

Read this post

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 give it to you straight, for growth purposes, but if you took a photo that you love, that moves you,...

Read this post



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 of their image. However, leaving a watermark on your images has many benefits. It helps to protect your photos from...

Read this post

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 - Create Folder In the preset panel right click > New Folder > Name it by the preset collection you...

Read this post

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, in business, to protect yourself & your clients. One thing I shake my finger at is when photographers try to...

Read this post

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 session photo or special announcement. You must be committed to being your audiences friend. Keep the conversation going with these 25 engagement...

Read this post


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 a million tasks to owning a business, but without structure you will quickly fall under the pressure. Just in case...

Read this post



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 are dotting all your i’s and crossing all your t’s. Nothing screams efficient like a structured business flow. What is a client...

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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 think your social media will work for you without you creating the proper environment for it to go viral you’re...

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Why I Stopped Shooting For Blogs


Weddings are beautiful events. Two bare feet in the sand on a tropical beach or 200 guests noshing on delicious gourmet fare at a banquet hall. The one thing they all have in common? Ideally, the bride and groom are hopelessly in love with one another, proclaiming it to two...

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7 Tips To Build An Instagram Following


For many photographers, social media is not only an outlet to showcase their work at the click of a button, but a tool to reach literally thousands of potential customers at one time – for free. I think we’re all familiar with the algorithm changes social media outlets have gone...

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The myths about discounting your photography services


As photographers we've all come across the scenario: a potential client e-mails us. They love our work, can't live without it, and are living on a budget. Look, I understand. I really do. But in my experience, e-mails that begin with these key points always end in disappointment. And not...

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5 Mistakes Photographers Make When Starting Out


Article by Love & Water Photography  Yesterday I stumbled upon my old journal and I read through a few old entries. This journal in particular was from 2010, when I first started thinking photography might be a really cool way to earn a living and make my own hours.  ...

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Top 6 tools to help photographers grow their business


The key to success is having the proper tools to help you! Download a copy of this guide here    1.  Photographer's Planner From organizing your phenomenal photo sessions to scheduling time for editing, placing orders, developing unstoppable marketing strategies, seamlessly managing client workflow, and surpassing revenue goals, we’ve got you...

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7 Senior Pose Ideas


The idea of posing isn't about running your clients all around town.   It's about hanging with them for a few hours that day, making them feel comfortable, and capturing their true personality. A great way to make sure you have a jump-start on getting to know your client is...

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Coping with Criticism on the Internet


I don't know about you, and maybe this is because I'm a photographer myself, but I have never viewed a series of beautiful images and instantly felt the urge to develop a negative opinion about the images or the photographer and voice said opinion in comments. I’m not talking about...

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How To Automate & Schedule Pinterest Pins


I might just become your best friend!  Not kidding. You can kiss me later. So this year I have been trying to find ways to automate my life.  It’s true that I can’t wear all the hats around here or do everything in one day.  So why not automate the...

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How To Adjust White Balance Using A Gray Card


White balance can be tricky and even a big headache when editing images.   You know the story ... you are super excited to rush home and see the goodies on your camera only to find out that your white balance was so off that the time needed to fix...

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5 Ways To Organize Your Photography Business


New Year - Have you made a plan to succeed? Nearly half way into the year how many of you have already forgotten your New Year’s resolutions? We start the year with the best intentions. Get fit, get organized, start a new project. Then life gets in the way and we...

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Photographers: How to get out of a creative slump


Article by Tracy Redlin   A Dark Place I can feel it, skulking around in my peripheral vision.  The dark veil that clouds my mind and dulls my senses.  It creeps in unnoticed and blurs the days, one into another till I can’t remember the last time I went outside. ...

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How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights


Part 1: How To Photograph A Christmas Tree Part 2:  How To Photograph Subjects In Front Of A Christmas Tree Part 3:  How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights   Each Christmas season I am giddy with excitement over many things, family time being the most important but also the fun...

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How To Photograph A Christmas Tree


Part 1: How To Photograph A Christmas Tree Part 2:  How To Photograph Subjects In Front Of A Christmas Tree Part 3:  How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights     Photographing your beautiful Christmas tree this season can be very simple with these easy to follow steps. 1. Turn your...

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Signs that you might be a photographer


If you read through these "signs that you might be a photographer" and nod your head + relate then it's pretty clear -- you're one of us! We pooled the Colorvale Facebook audience and came up with some funny signs that you might be photographer.  Comment below yours.   1....

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The Challenges & Tips On How To Pose Male Seniors


Photographing males can sometimes be a challenge.   Let’s face it, generally they have much better things to do then pose for photographers.   As a matter of fact during my last photo session I asked my client what he would rather be doing, because I knew it was a...

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