The Role of The Second Shooter

Wedding photography is hard work. We’re on our feet all day, sustaining ourselves on a nibble of trail mix here and a sip of water there, all while being the vendor closest to all the action. Many times we are responsible for keeping the timeline on track, and getting people where they need to be. This is one reason why we hire a second shooter: that’s a lot of work for one person.

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The Power of a Good Creative Brief

Hiring a designer should be very little work on your part, right? Right. Clients tend to have little interest in being heavily involved in the design process. They are busy people and have work to do and companies to run. They’ve hired a designer so they can avoid doing extra work. So why the hassle of a creative brief, and is it really necessary?

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3 Lies I Believed When I Started My Business

You have your degree, you have some work experience, and you’ve decided to make the leap into self-employment. You went to conferences and networking events and you’ve been cleansed of the 9-to-5 by inspiring speakers, waxing poetic about “the grind,” “the hustle,” and how your product will sell itself if it’s worthy of the market. You’re beaming with starry-eyed confidence, you’ve been inspired by people who have made it, and you’re ready to dive in. There’s only one thing: the inspiring people who’ve been there may have misled you.

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Trip Report // South Dakota Bike Race

It’s not everyday that someone who owns exactly one Toyota Corolla and zero motorcycles gets invited to photograph a bike race. My friend Amanda asked me months ago, and I agreed. It was new and exciting, so it wasn’t hard to say yes. On June 7, I packed up my bags and went out to Greenfield and met Amanda at her house. We loaded up her truck and headed out for South Dakota. I had no idea what I was getting into.

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Wedded Bliss // Johnny + Megan

WEDDING // Johnny + Megan Graham. August 10, 2019. Living History Farms. Clive | Over the weekend I had the privilege to photograph Johnny and Megan’s wedding. They were so much fun to work with! From the time I photographed their engagement to the time I left their reception, it was clear to me that they are the best of friends and their love is the real deal. They were married August 10, 2019 at Living History Farms. Second photographer: Aundrea Eilers of Aundrea Eilers Photography.

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In My Bag // Graphic Design Edition

About a year ago, I promised a look inside my bag and what I carry as a graphic designer. Amazingly, I got to how I travel as a freelancer before I got to posting that. What I need as a designer varies from day to day, depending on the project and what I am working on, so this post could really be a short chapter book. To narrow it down, I’m going to cover what I take to a meeting where I will be working at the meeting location afterwards.

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The Traveling Freelancer: My Failsafe System for Working On The Go

I’m not one of those freelancers who is always on holiday, but in the past few years, I have gotten to visit some pretty interesting destinations, and see some new places. As a freelancer, I’m always taking my work with me, and this makes traveling with work a little different than traveling with a regular job. I’m going to walk you through how I successfully travel and work from anywhere.

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In My Bag // Wedding Photography Edition (UPDATED)

Wedding season is officially underway, and a lot of clients want to know that you have the tools you need. Not every client does but occasionally you get the client asking about what kind of gear you have. They may recognize your tools of the trade, they may just want to know that you're prepared and not just bringing your iPhone to their big day. I thought I would give a rundown of what I carry with me on wedding days and how I prepare to capture my clients' most valuable moments.

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Cairn vol. 17 // March Was Fiery.

When we shirk our own desires and beat ourselves into submission of sociocultural norms, the status quo and conventional living, we fail to make our lives our own. As we age, the reality of our choices sinks in and becomes regret. When it comes to our careers, it’s 47 years that we won’t get back. That’s most of our lives. That’s not a kind realization when you’re in your golden years. You might have a nice retirement account, but what is money when you realize you were too bound to convention to really live?

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