Top 10 questions asked by photographers | Business Questions

A few weeks back in honor of Small Business Week, we asked you to send us a list of business questions you may need the answer to. We are honored when photographers come to us with questions we can walk them through in their steps to success. Being a business owner can be one of the toughest jobs around, and isn’t for the faint at heart. So, we are humbled and thankful to be guiding you through the process! We definitely don’t know everything there is to know (and are continually learning), but can give you guidance in what we have learned the hard way so you won’t make some of the same mistakes in the process.

1. How do you describe your brand? Clean, light, fresh, timeless… going to share in a blog post SOON my very FIRST marketing materials… be warned, it’s pitiful;)

2. Did you go to school to study photography? No, former Speech Pathologist. Just worked VERY hard (and still working) to perfect and craft our art!

3. How many weddings do you average per year, and do you have certain policies when booking? 20-25; we require a non-refundable retainer and a wedding contract to lock-in the date. The total is not due until 2 weeks before the wedding.

4.  If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why? 85 1.2 It gives the soft imagery that I love so dearly; the dreamy effect our clients love!

5. Do you outsource your editing? Yes, we are currently using The Album Design

6. How do you stay inspired day to day? My friends, husband, and mostly my faith. Prayer has gotten me through many a rough time, and brought me to the name of the business, Green Tree Photography. Based upon Jeremiah 17:7,8. I find that when I’m in a slump, if I give my mind rest through prayer, the Lord brings me to the next focus for life and business. Feeling refreshed!

7. I get really nervous before a photo shoot with my clients, do you have any tips to help with that? When we meet, I ask them questions about themselves. How they met, what they love about one another, the proposal, etc. I will incorporate those tips in the session to get them thinking about the love that brought them to the place they’re at. I do guide them into poses, but talk behind the camera to get real, raw expressions, and be my silly self that seems to put them at ease =)

8. What ways do you market your business? SEO, building lasting relationships with clients and other like-minded professionals, and going by Luke 6:31; The Golden Rule. ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. Be fair to people, and treat them with love and respect, as I would want. They appreciate you for it =)

9. What products and/or companies do you use for your clients? We use a handful of companies that we have researched that fit our brand well. You can see more of our photography marketing materials HERE!

10. Have you made Sundays a non negotiable “non work day” in your business? If so, how has that worked for you? Yes, absolutely. Sunday’s are a MUST for time-off. We typically only schedule ONE wedding a weekend. With that said, there have been times when we booked a Friday and Saturday, but Sunday’s are not a question. It’s our only day off, and rest and time at church is needed!

Hope this helps and answers a few questions on your journey as a professional. Hang in there, keep smiling, and be nice! It always wins in the end =)

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Romantic, soft, timeless, WEDDING PORTRAITS | Day after wedding session

We had the absolute pleasure shooting a wedding-portrait session for Zyketra and Madison. These two met years ago; and dated in college for a short time. Zyketra’s free-spirit nature got in the way of Madison’s proposal, and they decided to part ways. Not for long… After a few years of being apart, and one sweet little baby girl later, Madison called her randomly one day. Zyketra knew it was the Lord bringing Madison back into her life. Someone who will love her and her little girl unconditionally. These two were a dream to photograph… Is the location not DREAMY!?

The imagery you witness here marks one year of marriage, and a sweet little-one on the way! We couldn’t have been more honored to have Madison and Zyketra choose Green Tree Photography capture such a lovely stepping-stone in their lives. For this, we are honored, humbled, and grateful… xo

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Earlean Hinton - June 3, 2014 - 2:51 am

Just beautiful! May the Lord continue to bless you all on your journey!

Alice Hurst - June 3, 2014 - 2:11 am

They are simply beautiful!

Ruth McKinstry Henry - June 3, 2014 - 1:55 am

Breath Taking!! I Love Every photo!!!

Bridget King - June 2, 2014 - 10:52 pm

beautiful!

Moenique Phillips - June 2, 2014 - 8:15 pm

I love your photos. Very intimate poses. Congratulations!

Vintage glam Wedding | Alabama Vinyard Wedding

Meet for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas =) You may have remembered their sweet faces from their engagement session a while back. We are pleased to be able to finally share their May wedding for their one-year anniversary… And are thrilled to announce their WEDDING has been featured in The Knot!

This dear, southern couple chose to go for a vintage-glam, and shabby chic accents for for their wedding theme/style. The wedding colors included a soft blush pink, white, and aqua to accent. Both Griffin and Jessica are rooted deep in the south, so they chose to have their vintage-glam wedding in none other than an adorable, southern, Alabama vineyard, that surrounds a lovely Antebellum home. We must say the wedding day was nothing short of fabulous. The air was a crisp, cool, with a light breeze of honeysuckle for the PERFECT southern evening. They danced into the night with their loved-ones, threw the bouquet and garter, and enjoyed some of the best cake from CakesOnly USA. What a day. What a wonderful couple! We are honored to have you as our clients and friends. xoxo HAPPY ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!

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Jessica Robinson Thomas - June 4, 2014 - 1:11 am

Jan, you are so precious! I cannot believe it has been a year. You were such a big part of making our day special and we are still so grateful. We look back at these pictures and love it all over again! XOXO!!

The Summit at Big Spring wedding | Huntsville Alabama Photography

Meet for the first time Mr. and Mrs. Kosmala. You may remember them from their engagement session back in April 2013. Their wedding day was nothing short of amazing. We adored their modern Huntsville wedding. The clean lines of the Art Museum and The Summit at Big Spring both complemented one another with their fabulous grey, pink, and purple color-palette. If you think this wedding is fabulous, so did The Knot! We are continually being blessed by this couple through keeping in-touch via social media. It is wonderful to be able to see our couples grow, and we are grateful for each and every one of you. xo

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Hartwell Bentley - April 8, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Thanks to Jan for trying to hold together an emotional Father of the Bride! What a perfect day!

Chrislyn Joy Morse - April 8, 2014 - 12:10 am

Beautiful people beautiful day love y’all!!

Steve Kosmala - April 7, 2014 - 10:55 pm

What a great day! Beautiful pics.

Samantha Trupp - April 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Absolutely stunning! It was such a beautiful wedding to have attended!

Erin Holt - April 7, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Such a beautiful couple and great wedding! Congrats Nicole and Daniel!

Jeanne Conboy Kosmala - April 7, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple on a joyous day!

Holly Vanhooser - April 7, 2014 - 4:28 pm

beautiful!! Love them!

Jennifer Irelan - April 7, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Love looking back at these gorgeous pictures! Such an amazing day. Love ya’ll!

Olivia Lackey - April 7, 2014 - 4:04 pm

What a beautiful wedding with beautiful people. These pictures really capture how awesome that day was!

Emily Berg - April 7, 2014 - 4:01 pm

These pictures are beautiful! They truly capture the happiness from their special day!

Brent Jerald Smith II - April 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Some of the most stunningly beautiful pictures ive ever seen. Wiping the tears from eyes as I look at some of them. Love you both to the moon and back!!

Gaurav Vedak - April 7, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Don’t often see the behind-the-scenes with the groom and dad, loved that picture. And agreed, so much sass! You two look adorable.

Sophie Conboy - April 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Such a beautiful couple & the pictures are all stunning!

Erin Conboy - April 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Such a beautiful wedding for 2 beautiful people, inside and out!

Jennifer Palm - April 7, 2014 - 3:39 pm

I love how I can see the personality in these pics! Daniel has so much sass!!

Traci Teague - April 7, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Such a beautiful day! Love looking back at these beautiful photos!

Grace Berg - April 7, 2014 - 11:26 am

Such amazing pictures of beautiful wedding!

Brent smith - April 7, 2014 - 10:58 am

Some of the most sunnily beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. Wiping the tears from my eyes as I look at some of then. Love you both to the moon and back.