Jordan Brittley Blog » Missouri Wedding Photography

A lot has changed in the last three years of this business. You may have watched me struggle to find the logo for Jordan Brittley or you may have seen little tweeks here and there as I developed my website. After three years I am excited about the look of this brand!

I am sure that there will be minor changes here and there throughout the years. But I can’t imagine the overall look changing much from here. It’s time to give this brand time to become timeless!

There are a few tools that we will be adding to the blog this year and I wanted to give you an inside look before we do it! Whether you are looking for ways to make your blog more user friendly or you are a loyal reader who is just excited to see where we are going, this post is an exciting one!

An Inside Look at How the Blog is Changing - The Jordan Brittley Blog

Podcast Section

I want to be a source for great content! I know that a lot of business owners are busy and don’t have time to read lengthy posts each day. I want to make it as easy as possible for you to dive into the content so I am diving into podcasts. This might be the project I am most excited about! Here we go!!

The idea is that you will be able to access the podcasts on the blog through a handy little podcast page and on iTunes. I can’t wait to start producing these shows!

Book Section

I love learning and one of my favorite ways to learn is by reading! So I will be adding a page with the books that I recommend for growing entrepreneurs. And we are all growing so you will love this page!

Free Resources

I am excited about our free resources! I love giving away content on the blog, in our exclusive facebook group, and in the Newsletter. We are also looking to implement free resources such as my BlogSheets, webinars, and more.

Mobile Version  It’s time to make a beautiful mobile site that is user friendly, easy to read, and fun to explore. A lot of you are reading on your phones each day and I know that there are a few changes that need to happen to make that easier on you.

Mobile Version

It’s time to make a beautiful mobile site that is user friendly, easy to read, and fun to explore. A lot of you are reading on your phones each day and I know that there are a few changes that need to happen to make that easier on you.

Archives

I really love how A Beautiful Mess has designed their archives. My goal is to figure out how you all are searching for information on the blog so I can create an archives page for you. This will make it easier for you to view old posts in an organized way time and time again.

Blog Graphics

You may have noticed that the blog graphics have been branded! I took some advice from Lauren Hook and decided to give the graphics a cohesive look. The goals is that they will become recognizable on Pinterest and other social media outlets.

An Inside Look at How the Blog is Changing - The Jordan Brittley Blog

Related Posts

I have heard from a lot of you that you love to read on the blog for hours and hours! I love it! Thank you, thank you for reading and for taking the time to let me know that you love what I’m sharing.

Because I want to make it easier for you to explore the blog, I am on the lookout for a related posts plugin! I just haven’t found one that I love yet. I am looking for a plugin that will let me be very specific about how “related” the post must be to show up at the bottom of each post. I need to be able to fully customize it to fit the look of the brand. I also need full control over where it is placed in each post!


 

I am so excited about the changes coming to the blog. It’s my goal to build a place for you to enjoy free content. If you are looking to get connected with other like-minded entrepreneurs, check out our group on facebook!

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I remember the first wedding that I ever booked. I had a gallery of my work pulled up and I was ready for all the questions. I had a contract ready and I knew how to take a check. Done. I was so ready for this whole running a business thing. Or so I thought.

When I started booking multiple weddings, I realized that I didn’t know how to stay organized. I quickly realized that I was going to need a system for booking clients that was simple and easy to maintain. I have made tweaks here and there and finally have a system that works great for me right now! Today I am sharing my simple approach to booking a client!

My Simple Approach to Booking a Client - The Jordan Brittley Blog

Email Template

Email templates are helpful when trying to manage an inbox. Once I receive an inquiry from a bride, I can pull up the email template, insert her name, wedding date, and answer any questions she might have. This keeps things simple on my end and allows me to respond to her in a timely fashion!

Related: What Making Your Bed and Your Email Inbox Have in Common

Link to Pricing Guide

I always link to my pricing guide in my email template. There are a lot of reasons to create a pricing guide (here are 3) and it’s actually pretty easy to do (here is how)! Pricing guides are a great way to reinforce your brand to the inquirer and pull them into the heart of your business. You can see my pricing guide in the shop.

Related: 26 Ideas for Marketing Your Business, 16 Ways to Avoid Losing a Potential Client

Create Contract + Invoice

Contracts, contracts. I have never met a creative who loved creating contracts and I am no different. There are several ways that you can take care of contracts and invoices (like shootQ) but I prefer to handle things in Google Docs. I have a template created for my contract and invoice in google drive.

This allows me to handle contracts and invoices while I am traveling so I can still book clients as long as I have access to internet. I export the files as pdfs and email them to my client as attachments. This has helped me to streamline my booking process and save me a lot of time.

Accept Retainer

In order to book, I ask for 50% of the package as a retainer. Side note: retainers are non-refundable and deposits are refundable. Keep that in mind when you are wiring to your client. I accept credit cards (through square) or checks. I ask the client what their preferred method of payment is and send them an invoice with instructions for how to finalize the payment.

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Isaac and I spent the weekend traveling the state: 3 days, 3 weddings, 2 cities, 1 newborn, 0 sleep, and so many coffees. We made lots of memories, enjoyed the adventure as a family of 3, and served our clients well. It’s easy to write that sentence but there were a lot of things that I learned or was reminded about this weekend. Today I am sharing 10 things I learned from our 3 wedding weekend.

10 Things I Learned from a 3 Wedding Weekend - The Jordan Brittley Blog

Make a mess with the bridal details

I always try to clean up everything in between bridal details and it takes way too much time. This weekend I let the mess happen and it worked so great! I was able to move quickly and even be a little more creative with the extra time.

When you are doing this, make sure you are still taking care of the details and keep an eye on those rings!

Have someone help with the bridal details

Isaac helped me with the bridal details this weekend and I felt like it changed everything. It’s nice when you have someone available to hand you a lens, a peony, or the necklace. He was able to start cleaning up while I was still shooting or moving on to the next thing!

Book the hotel in advance

I always think that if I book the hotel at the last minute then we will get a great deal. For some reason I think this will make things simple. I will be changing this in the future because booking it last minute when the Cardinals were in KC was a bad move. Everything was booked up! Once we finally found a hotel on the Wednesday before the weddings, we had to stay 1 hour from two of the weddings.

Backup everything in 3 places

We backed up everything in at least 3 places this weekend: 2 computers and an external hard drive. It’s important to keep these three things in different places. While we have never had anything stollen, it’s always a possibility. By putting the backups in different places, you can avoid losing all the images for good.

Give the bride some breathing room

Wedding are often stressful for the bride and I think it’s the photographer’s job to take care of that. Create a relaxing environment when you have the opportunity. Ask the groom to take her away during couple photos for a little bit so she can just be in her wedding for a minute.

Encourage the bride when things don’t go as planned

Something always happens on a wedding day. Whether it’s hair and makeup running long, a hovering family member during couple photos, or the ceremony not being set up 30 minutes before the wedding, something always happens on the wedding day. Do everything you can to encourage the bride to relax and enjoy the day!

Hit the reset button creatively speaking

One of the biggest challenges I have faced in double wedding weekends is approaching each day in a new way. This weekend I was able to hit the reset button on my creativity by doing the things that fire me up: listening to music during bridal details, arriving early, and lots of baby cuddles between weddings.

Print the Timelines + Family List

I typically use my phone to keep track of the timelines and the family list, but this weekend it was so nice to have everything printed.

Take one day at a time

In the days leading up to the three weddings, I overwhelmed myself with the weekend. I have high expectations for myself and I want to serve my clients well! Isaac told me that I just needed to take one day at a time. By following his wise advice, I was able to fully serve each of my couples and not be distracted by what was to come.

Go over everything with your second shooter in advance

Isaac and I talked timeline, family photos, and details for the day on our drive to each wedding. This saved us time and helped us work together as a team. Give yourself time to walk through parts of the wedding before your coverage begins and talk through what angles you each want to cover.


Have you shot a double or triple wedding weekend? What challenges did you face and what did you learn from the adventure?

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