My blog is the heart of my site!! Here you'll find personal posts and educational posts for both photographers and editors! You'll also find photo work from my 10 years as a photographer. If you're a bride, check out the "Brides" category! Look around, leave a comment, or ask a question! Explore & enjoy!






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In this video, I show you how to create a master Lightroom catalog to use on different computers. You’ll be saving a catalog with Smart Previews and backing it up to your external hard drive every time you close LR. Then, you can easily open up your catalog on a separate computer. Below are the […]

Education, Lightroom

April 9, 2020

How to Create a Master Lightroom Catalog to Edit on Multiple Computers

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If you’ve spent much time with me talking about business, you’ll know that I LOVE blogging. I think it’s one of the best ways to boost your SEO for your website and to share your expertise. But I know a ton of creatives really struggle with blogging and with content creation in general. SO many […]

Education, featured

April 7, 2020

Tips for Brainstorming Content Creation

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Today I’m sharing some handy keyboard shortcuts and Lightroom flags that make getting around Lightroom a lot easier! In this video, I show you how to easily: Maximize the image size on your screen Flag and label images Stack flags/labels Navigate flags/labels Navigate between Library Grid View and Develop View Filter by camera serial number […]

Editors, Education, Lightroom, Photographers

April 2, 2020

Lightroom Flags, Labels, & Library View

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Do you ever feel like you have so many ideas you don’t know where to start or which ones are more important? Is your weekly to do list system failing you? Or do you ever find yourself setting goals for yourself at the beginning of the year or the beginning of a season never to […]

Education, Productivity

March 31, 2020

My List System for Getting Stuff Done

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Hi friends! I’m pretty sure I said this post was coming WEEKS ago! But I just haven’t written it because honestly I’ve been FAILING at following my schedule lately. I got crazy busy with work and life happened!! Now I am slowly learning to implement more time management skills into my life (which is another […]

Education, Personal

October 23, 2019

Setting Up Your Work from Home Schedule

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Step 1: Exporting your Catalog Pre-edit at least 5-10% of the images for me to use as guidelines for how the rest of the gallery should look It is helpful if the pre-edits are scattered throughout the gallery so I know how you would handle different lighting situations. Label your pre-edits with a color label. […]

Education, Photographers

August 20, 2019

Preparing Files for Outsourcing: PC Version

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In my last post I shared my journey to productivity and effectiveness. I mentioned a couple influential resources that helped me get where I am now. They were my Cultivate What Matters goal planner and the book What’s Best Next by Matt Perman. Those books helped me immensely in 2018. 2018 was a defining year […]

Education, Personal

August 9, 2019

How I Became a Goal-Getter

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Or How I Went from Being a Workaholic without boundaries, to an unstructured creative without systems, to a disciplined solopreneur with big dreams and the plans to back them up If you know me at all, you know I talk a lot. Apparently my blog is no different. I sat down to write one post […]

Education, Personal

July 25, 2019

My Journey to Productivity and Effectiveness

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Outsourcing your editing to a private photo editor is a GREAT way to get some much-needed time back to invest into your business. I know that it is a TOUGH decision to make because it is not cheap. But I promise you that the money you spend can be worth it if you use the […]

Education, Photographers

June 4, 2019

Increase Your Profitability with Outsourcing

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One question I get A LOT from photographers is if they can see some before and afters of my editing. I completely understand this question, and it seems like it would make sense for an EDITOR to show their EDITS, right?! For a retoucher, it absolutely does make sense and is a great question to […]

Editors, Education, Photographers

May 29, 2019

Why I Don’t Show Before and Afters

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