15 blog posts every creative entrepreneur should read

It’s a new year, friend! How are you feeling about your goals? Having your dreams for 2018 hammered out by January 1st is awesome, but as Lara Casey says, “There’s nothing magical about January 1st.” 

Plus, so much can change by June, so I like to set goals and keep an open mind. Goal setting becomes easier with time and you’ll have to make less changes to your goals with each passing year, but giving yourself some flexibility?

Well, every creative entrepreneur needs a little more of that.

 
 15 blog posts every creative entrepreneur should read
 

This is always one of my favorite posts to share with you! I love looking back through the year and taking a look at the posts that rose to the top to encourage and equip you the most. There are still so many posts you loved, but these are the top 15.

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15. 5 Ways to Book More WEddings This Year

Let’s chat about real tools that will help your business in the long run. Tools like blogging, getting published, and sending the wedding team photos after every single wedding. I get it! Sometimes these things can feel mundane and boring.

It’s not the same as actually going out and creating. But these are income producing activities, which means it’s worth the time to actually make it happen.

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14. What's the Very First Lens You Should Buy?

For a lot of bloggers and photographers, their favorite lens is the 35mm, but not me! I’m sharing the lens I use 99% of the time right here in this post.

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13. Posing Flow for Photographers

Posing might be an issue if your clients end up looking like statues or feel really uncomfortable. Let’s make it easier on them to be comfortable in front of the camera and easier for you to give them a photo experience that turns them from clients into raving fans!

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12. How to Rock Split Toning Like an Editing Ninja

Split toning, oh split toning. This is me singing to you. Too soon for a Christmas melody?

Let me walk you through step-by-step and show you how to split tone your image without overdoing it. 

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11. Quick Light and Airy Tips for Overcast and Rainy Days

I am pretty sure 85% of my weddings are overcast each year. It can actually set you up for some beautiful light and airy photos if you just know what tools you’ll need and what you need to keep in mind.

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10. How to Take Light and Airy Photos of the Bride in Front of the Window

Without shooting film. I repeat: you don’t have to shoot film in order to take photos of the bride in front of the window.

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9. Travel Photography Tips for Bloggers

Let’s chat about everything you need to know for your next adventure. Only, I guess I won’t be talking about what you should do if you run into an alligator or shark. (Don’t do that, okay?) I make sure to list that disclaimer in this post. Haha!

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8. The Secret to Consistent Editing

Consistency, consistency, consistency. Yes, shooting in consistent lights, editing with the Light and Airy presets, and owning your photographic voice are part of the consistency equation. But there’s this game-changing tool that no one talks about. Any guesses?

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7. Should You Post Vertical, Horizontal, or Square Images on Instagram?

I ran a little experiment because if you need a formula or an experiment or an equation to make this creative entrepreneur thing happen, I’m your girl. And you know what I’m finding? Everything has a formula. One of these Instagram photos outperforms all others...

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6. A Secret Look Inside My Styling Bag

No more stress-filled mornings trying to photograph the bridal details. Because now you’ve got a list of exactly what you’ll need to hammer out images that Style Me Pretty will be over the moon to see!

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5. The Do's and Don'ts of Shooting Film on Rainy Days

I was so surprised to see this one, but then again, I’ve had so much great feedback on this post over the last year. It’s so crazy to me that I don’t even shoot film anymore — all because of the L&A Preset Suite — but if you’re still shooting film, these tips will save your booty.

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4. Get Started with Lightroom Editing

Lightroom! Lightroom! Lightroom! How do you get started with editing? That’d be Lightroom. How do you edit shoots for the biggest blog and magazines? That’d be Lightroom. No matter where you’re headed in your career, knowing how to use Lightroom is a must.

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3. 5 Times to Use Your Reflector

Use it when you’re shooting in the middle of the day, when you’re shooting on grass, and when you just need a little bit of a breeze because goodness gracious those summer months are warm. Get the scoop on when you need to use the reflector to make sure you nail the light and airy look!

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2. How to Take Brighter Photos

Seems like such a simple topic, but this post is loaded with info on how to take your photos from dark and grungy to light and airy. Creamy skin tones, beautiful greens — this is your ticket to the L&A way.

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1. My Process for Light and Airy Photos

I’m not surprised one bit that this post is #1. I wrote this way back in 2015 and even though I didn’t know it at the time, it laid the foundation for my educational business. I updated the post last year after I did a major rebrand with Kathryn and it has just exploded since then!

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Had you read all of these posts already? Comment below and tell me if you found any hidden gems!