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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Working as a photographer during pregnancy – Part III: Learning from our Experience

As I wrote before, working as a photographer and being self-employed while you’re pregnant is a great experience and one that has the opportunity to provide flexibility in schedule. Having…

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Blogging Week 4: How To Make Sure Potential Clients Find Your Blog Posts

We’ve gone over a lot of the pieces of blogging so far. It’s totally worth it, but it still takes time and effort to put together. And it would really…

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Working as a photographer during pregnancy – Part II: Navigating the Trimesters

(If you haven’t yet, you can read Part I of this series here.) As photographers, we’re fortunate that we can take our work anywhere and set our own schedules. When…

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Blogging Week 3: The Best Way to Optimize Images for Blog Posts

Last week we talked all about what makes up the perfect blog post. One of the things we touched on, but didn’t expound upon, was images. This week we’re going…

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Blogging Week 2: What you should include in every blog post

(Psssst…Click here to read Week 1 if you haven’t already!) Just like your favorite cocktail, a blog post has a recipe (of sorts). And also like your favorite cocktail, it’s…

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Blogging Week 1: What Should You as a Photographer Be Blogging About?

There’s a lot that goes into having a successful blog, but if you do it right it can actually bring in tons of your ideal clients. But what the heck…

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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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Part 3: 60 Days to a More Profitable Photography Biz

This is the third part in our three-part blog post series about building a more profitable photography business so you can be a full-time business owner (WHOOHOO!). In Part 1…

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What’s the difference between the 2 Colorvale Planners Available

1 The Photographer’s Business Planner The “Lights. Camera. Take Action.” planner is an entire year of your business laid out in a way that will allow you to remember all…

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New Year’s Goal Plan: Branding

New Year, New You! New Year’s always brings about the mindset of “New Year, new you!” If you’re a business owner, a lot of times this also gets applied to…

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3 Mistakes Even Seasoned Photographers Make

Just as you make mistakes and learn from your experiences as a budding photographer, those who have been in business a few years are just as susceptible to errors in…

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5 Mistakes Photographers Make When Starting Out

  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…

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How to instill confidence in your clients throughout your relationship

  You can have the best backdrop in the world but if your clients are uncomfortable during their session, it will show through in the images. One of the key…

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When business is slow: How to cope with Radio Silence

    We had a good December last year, receiving two to three inquiries a day, many of which turned into bookings. We were loving being busy. With business temporarily booming, we could finally start chipping away at…

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How to Treat Your Clients Like Royalty (and Create the “Buzz Factor” for Your Biz!)

  Have you ever gone out to a local restaurant for dinner on a special occasion and had your dessert plate customized with “Happy Birthday, Sue!”, or received a package…

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Time Management: Balancing Family & A Photography Business

  I am dreamer. I truly believe I will fulfill my dreams in my head & my heart. My calendar and clock would disagree. Some day, I will have the…

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Photography Business: My First Year | Kitty Gallannaugh

No matter where you are in your photography business journey, we continue to learn, grow, and move forward through our mistakes. Continue reading to learn how fashion & portrait photographer Kitty Gallannaugh…

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How To Create A Google+ Cover Timeline For Marketing Your Photography Business

If you don’t know it by now Google+ is the NEW platform for social media and growing extremely fast for our photography industry.  Below are our top most popular Google+…

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The Things I Wish I Would Have Known When Starting My Photography Business

If you could get the advice of those that have already paved the way you would listen right?  Of course you would because this is highly valuable information.  We asked…

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How To Properly Create A Google+ Post

  Let’s Get Chatting …   Would you like to ensure you are effectively posting in Google+?  Of course you do because there is more to it than just a…

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Free Marketing Tips For Wedding Photographers

Free Marketing Tips For Wedding Photographers Many wedding photographers get into this niche because of the apparent large demand for work. However, when you’re marketing your wedding photography business, you’re…

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