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I'm Katelyn James Alsop, a photographer, educator and momma who believes any photographer can have a profitable AND purposeful business.

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Ever wondered if you’re making wise decisions with your business investments? I’ll be the first to admit that when I started my business, I purchased what I WANTED and not what I NEEDED. I wasted money, bought a lens just because someone else had it, did very little research and made some financial mistakes. I’d love to save you from making those same mistakes! Here’s an example of one of my biggest mistakes when it came to purchasing a prime lens to add to my collection!

When I was about two years into shooting professionally, there was a photographer in Philadelphia who I loved following. She never shared anything helpful for other photographers which is fine, but I remember emailing her about whether or not I should invest in the 24mm 1.4. I knew that she used it and I liked the “epic-ness” of the extra wide lens but it was expensive.

I got about a 5 word response.
“Sure, it’s a great lens.”
That’s what she responded with.

I was used to photographers not desiring to connect with other photographers and definitely not helping one another out. Back in 2010, that was actually frowned upon in some circles!

Well, that is not the case anymore!!!

I’m THRILLED to share with you my thoughts on which lenses you should consider investing in and what order to purchase them!

Back in 2009, I DID buy the 24mm 1.4 and it wasn’t a good decision. I wasted $2400 on a lens that I would only use every now and then on wedding days.

The worst part?

I NEEDED other lenses in order to shoot a wedding day easily and professionally but I spent so much money on a specialty lens that wasn’t necessary.

If I had had someone willing to share their experience, their wisdom and their genuine advice with me, it would have saved me from making a bad purchase!!!

My hope is that this new Youtube Episode will help you make WISE decisions as you grow your lens collection and will allow you to feel confident in your decision making process!

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Student Spotlight April 2021

It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.

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This is Rhett’s third month blog post and I’m actually impressed that it’s only 9 days late!! I’m sure I’ll fall behind this year but as of right now, I’m doing ok and I’m actually thankful for the monthly-post commitment to keep me on top of editing our family pics each month!! While people say “the days are long but the years are short”…. I would say EVERYTHING feels short right now!

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If you’re a photographer that despises Off-Camera-Flash (OCF), this blog post is for you! Ugh. I feel you. I used to hate it too… and it honestly still isn’t my favorite but it’s necessary in order to rise in your professionalism on wedding days after dark!! Off camera flash seems intimidating when you’re trying it for the first time.

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This is the biggest complaint we’re hearing about the R6!! Photographers who are moving from the CANON MARK III camera body and switching to the new Canon R6 camera body are lost when it comes to perfecting their edits to the style they are used to.

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Solving MarkIII to R6 Editing Problems Simple fix, once you know the issue!

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There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!

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