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This is one of my favorite posts to write every month! I find myself looking forward to setting new goals and dreaming about the month. I can hardly believe it’s September! Hello, fall!

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This month has been used to spend time with my guys, shoot a couple of weddings and senior sessions, and catch up on some much-needed sleep. I was convinced that Daniel would never ever sleep through the night, but he is sleeping for 10-11 hours every night! So if you are a new mama and feeling that your babe will never sleep, I’m here to tell you that that’s not true. All that hard work that you’re doing is going to pay off, friend!

I read through the No Brainer Wardrobe last week and I feel so free!! My wardrobe was something that was definitely holding me up every day. Maybe that was because I had just carried a baby for nine months or because I actually didn’t like my five year old clothes. Or both! I got rid of 90% of my wardrobe and it makes me so happy each morning to see my closet (mostly de-cluttered). I have always struggled with what to wear to weddings and I am slowly adding pieces that I love!

Isaac and I have been making a lot of Greek food because it’s healthy and easy. The Greek Caponata recipe mentioned below is a staple in our home. We still love the Taj Mahal in Springfield, MO and would eat there every night if we could!

I’m Listening, Watching, Reading, and Cooking

I’m Listening: My Calming Playlist on Spotify

I’m Watching: House

I’m Reading: No Brainer Wardrobe by Hayley Morgan

I’m Cooking: Greek Caponata

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Business Goals

  • Start and finish a business book
  • Pay 3rd quarter taxes
  • Officially introduce our editor
  • Hire a team member to manage JB Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook
  • Finalize list of products and launch dates for the year
  • Launch a product

Personal Goals

  • Apple picking with my guys
  • Zoo with my guys (and maybe even a train ride!)
  • Go on 3-4 long walks every week
  • Pick out everyday items for my fall capsule wardrobe – Remember how I said I was reading the No Brainer Wardrobe?! Well, this is me putting it all into practice! I got rid of 90% of my wardrobe!
  • Take Daniel’s 5 month photos
  • Use our juicer every day – We are loving our juicer! It makes it easier to make lunch and it helps me to think healthy!
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If you have been with me from the beginning of my business, you know that I took a long blogging break. I mean, I am not really even sure you can call it a break! I just quit blogging because I felt like it was taking up valuable time and I assumed it wasn’t worth it. I had been blogging five days a week for a year and a half and I just quit. If I had known about the kind of traffic I was getting daily from my blog to my website I would never have quit. If I had known the kind of (FREE) marketing that it would bring for my business, I never would have quit!

In January of this year, I started blogging again. I have seen so many benefits for my business, but I have also seen so many benefits for me! Blogging forces me to produce my best work every time. Blogging has helped me book weddings. Blogging encouraged me to launch a shop that is actually profitable each month!!

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Blogging is my favorite way to market my business! It’s becoming easier and easier to come up with topics and I am becoming more passionate about it! I find myself thinking of all the different blogs I could start. And then I remember that, for now, I’m going to focus on this one. So if you’re on the fence about blogging, DO IT!!

Constant marketing

One of the best things about a blog is that your work is always being put in front of your audience! You know those businesses that everyone is always using and everyone is always talking about? Blogging gives you the opportunity to be one of those businesses. And we all know what word of mouth can do for a business!

Higher ranking on the web

There are so many ways to improve your search engine rankings! If you want something in depth, I recommend reading Tofurious’ SEO for PhotographersEven if you aren’t a photographer, you will learn so much in his PDF! Blogging basically gives you the opportunity to keyword and grow your SEO EVERYDAY! Again, marketing!!

Related: 6 Tools Every Blogger Needs to Know About

Others are more likely to collaborate with you

I don’t have a statistic for this, but in my experience, other vendors get excited to work with me when they realize I have a blog! I think it’s exciting to realize that someone else is going to be doing some marketing for you!

Builds rapport

Being an expert in a certain area helps to build rapport in your industry! But what you might not realize is that it builds rapport with your potential customers even if the industry and the potential customers are two different groups.

Eventually, you want to merge the two groups and make sure that they are the same. Your marketing efforts need to reach the people who are spending the money in your business!

You choose your audience

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I get to choose my target audience! I choose to write to other photographers and entrepreneurs because it’s something I am passionate about and I want to share what I know! I also hope to grow my shop into something that is useful for my blogging audience and sustainable in business!

Show behind the scenes

One of my business goals for August was to take more photos of me behind the scenes! Well, Isaac really helped me out and started taking a lot at weddings! This translated into an entire blog post a couple of weeks ago. We took our readers behind the scenes at a recent wedding and the results blew my mind! As it turns out, people want to see how you’re doing what you’re doing!

Let people know how they can be part of your business

I follow some workshops on Instagram and I so wish they would blog on a regular basis! I would feel so much more connected to them, their speakers, and their entire community! And who knows?! I would probably end up on a plane to sit in on one of their workshops!


I hope this post encourages you to start your own blog! I started out on blogger and now I use WordPress.org + Bluehost for my blog! I also use ProPhoto to customize it!

 

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I am really loving these challenges! I am hoping that over time more and more people will share their work (we have a hashtag, peeps: #jbhomeworksessions)!! I am loving the feedback from these sessions and I know that we photographers can grow quickly if we band together.

So today I bring you the second challenge!! Jenna is my little sister (which you already know) and she is our JB editor. This girl is rocking all of our shoots and we will be taking *official* headshots of her soon so that you can get to know her a bit. Who knows?! Maybe she will guest post and take you behind the scenes for some editing!

THE ASSIGNMENT

Only photograph the subject’s face.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CHALLENGE

To connect with your subject and find a creative way of shooting details that involved the subject’s face.

What I learned

This was more like it! In the first challenge, you couldn’t photograph the subject’s face. I realized during that challenge that the face just might be the most important part of a shoot (you can read and see the shoot here)! The second challenge was to only photograph the subject’s face.

I incorpoorated details around the subject’s face and also photographed the jaw line, lips, and eye lids.

Shoot details

Gear: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 50 L, Profoto Reflector
Setting: We shot in the last 30 minutes of the day and there was hardly any light due to a storm rolling in. I threw the reflector on the ground to bounce some light back onto Jenna and we were all set!

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