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Yes this week it’s about yourself, not about the techniques.β €
In the past 8 years of professionally shooting portraits and weddings, these are my tips to be a better version of yourself!
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1. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Work on the weaknesses. Never too old or experienced enough to learn! β €
2. If you make mistakes or mess up, step up and try to make things right. I still make mistakes. Apologize to your client and come up with a solution. Don’t be a prick. β €
3. Always keep it priority number one to keep your clients happy. If you need to go an extra mile, go that mile. β €
4. Also set boundaries. You have people who never will be satisfied. Put your limits in your contract and in your ‘General Conditions’ and try to stick with them. Otherwise people will take advantage of you.β €
5. Depending on the price range you ask for your services, keep in mind that clients want to get something valuable. Make sure the received value is in line with the price. For my wedding clients, they always get a beautiful package sent to them. If your price is ‘not the cheapest’, you want to get something with value in return, right? (If you buy a designer purse, you also get the beautiful purse in a nice package, right?)β €
6. Make sure you treat yourself well. For me, in summer, this means I get a pedicure once every few weeks (my feet suffer). Also, I have an infected right shoulder due to the amount of shooting, and I’m gonna have physio treatments soon. Voltaren gel is my best friend nowadays… I will continue the treatments and will get massages coming months as well. Being a photographer is a physically demanding job so take care of your body! (I often wish I was 15 years younger). I will also force myself to work out more because 2 years ago when I was still crossfitting, I was much fitter (obviously) and shooting went smoother…β €
7. BE YOU. Don’t be intimidated by the work of others. Don’t compare yourself. Don’t copy. JUST DO YOU. And show yourself to the world! Your fans will love that. They also book you for who you are, not only for your photos!

Haha, good one. My answer to that is to definitely not overdo it!⁠⠀
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There were times that faces were so overdone with editing that you didn’t see a wrinkle or a freckle anymore. Teeth were fluorescent white and eyes were unreal blue.⁠⠀
Those days are over, I tell you.⁠⠀
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In the beginning days of photoshop a lot of photographers were too enthusiastic with what the program could do. There still are these diehards, but I can tell you, nowadays it is totally ‘good enough’ to show the people and models how they really are. ⁠⠀
I hardly ever use photoshop in my pictures.⁠⠀
When do I use it? When I need to clone out a distractive subject or something like that. For other stuff? No.⁠⠀
Retouching? No.⁠⠀
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I didn’t use a single second of photoshop to edit these pictures. All done in Lightroom baby.⁠⠀
I do all my color work in Lightroom. Warm glows, a gradient, a very rare clone out. All Lightroom.⁠⠀
It can do it all for me.⁠⠀
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I use every single slider Lightroom has to offer. Also the different tools like gradients, spot removal and brushes are used in almost every single frame I edit.⁠⠀
And after a while, you feel it when enough is enough. And enough for me is quiet personal. Over the years I can analyse the edits of other photographers and almost ‘see’ what they’ve done in post processing, but when it’s too obvious, it’s a proof that it’s too much!⁠⠀
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Which (for me) very important tool do you think I used in this first image?⁠⠀
And yes, deep dive in your editing program. It is so damn important that you know what it all has to offer! ⁠⠀
PS. I will host an editing class soon! I’ll give more details about that later! ⁠⠀
Styled shoot with these talents:
Model @lauramay007
Flowers @wildflowers_and_wodka
Jewels @elliotostrichjewellery
Dresses @oui_bridalstudio
H&MU @cheveuxheureux 🀘🏻 #tiptuesday #editing #lightroom⁠⠀

when to stop editing in Lightroom Shoot Cap Blanc Nez when to stop editing a photo

Good question that is.⁠⠀
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The answer to that is not that simple though.⁠⠀
I strongly believe that running a photo business is a business as an other. Ok we are creatives but I still want to make good money, pay my loans and bills and earn as much (or even more) than in the days when I was a Health & Safety Consultant for a big company.⁠⠀
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I am now in my first full fulltime year and I can say that this year is my best year so far, talking about $$$.⁠⠀
How to make good money and lift your business?⁠⠀
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Here are a few tips:⁠⠀
1) Make sure YOU are your own BRAND. Nowadays it is very hard to stand out with your photos cause being a photographer has become way easier than 8 years ago , so you have to make sure that clients want YOU.

2) be super PROFESSIONAL. Be creative, be a human, but be a pro in what you do. Clients trust you if you behave like a pro. Know what you stand for, act like you know it all, step up for your business.

3) Be an ENTREPRENEUR. Yes you are creative, chances are high that you were lucky to turn your hobby into your job, but a job is a job and you have to make a damn living out of your business. Ask prices which are profitable. Don’t compare your prices with the cheaper colleagues but look up to the colleagues who are much more expensive and strive to that!

4) Make sure your brand is consistent. Invest in a decent mind-blowing website, invest in the best tools for your workflow, invest in marketing & business workshops if you don’t know WTF you are doing. IMO these workshops are way more valuable than photography workshops.

5) SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT. Make your own concepts, look for models, create crazy shit where you wanna do more of. And then sell this to future clients. It works. ⁠⠀
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And don’t be too hard on yourself. But work it.⁠⠀
You always have to work hard for it.⁠⠀

Couple Shoot in golden hour dancing couple shoot Golden Hour Shoot

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If you follow my previous #tiptuesdaytips, you know I edit all my shoots in Lightroom.⁠⠀
Why? ⁠⠀
Lightroom is super user friendly and if you know the program well you can edit an entire shoot very easily and quite fast as well! ⁠⠀
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Talking Presets. ⁠⠀
Presets make our lives much easier. You can purchase a preset pack usually for 80$ or so and you have something *to start with*.⁠⠀
Yes, to start with… I made the stupid mistake a few years back to buy a bunch of preset packs, which are now under a few cm of dust because, guess what, I don’t use them, never did, never will!⁠⠀
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I basically made one purchased preset into my own. I tweaked it A LOT, like really MUCH, and that one LLL preset is my all-the-time starting point.⁠⠀
I apply the preset on the first photo of my set, tweak it conform the white balance, and then I’m able to copy/paste the setting onto all the photos with the more-or-less same lighting conditions.⁠⠀
That doesn’t mean it’s just copy paste, no, I have to tweak every single photo for exposure, and sometimes apply photo specific tools, such as gradients, a clone here and there, and some brushes.⁠⠀
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But yes, because I can copy paste the main settings of 1 frame onto a bunch of others with the same light conditions, it creates uniformity in edits, and in style.⁠⠀
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I’m a big fan of warm tones, so I made sure my start-preset is basically perfected on skin tones.⁠⠀
Achieving that one SUPER preset is a game of playing with all the sliders Lightroom has to offer.⁠⠀
As told before, none of the LR sliders are in the middle, the neutral position.⁠⠀
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My opinion on the sell of presets? It’s a big rip off!⁠⠀
Haha. Applying a purchased preset onto your own pictures never ever looks the same as on the examples, simply because every raw file from different camera brands is different. It is a good starting point, yes, but you always have to tweak them yourself!⁠⠀
The above reason is why I would never ever ever put my own presets for sale! ⁠⠀
@gowithgertrud and @fifi_schaefer in Bali, last february.

Bali sunset session at Nyang Nyang beach couple at golden hour at Nyang Nyang beach Workshop Marketing and Business

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I told it before. I’m sure it is damn difficult to start now as a photographer.⁠⠀
Not to make good photos, but to be able to make a living with it. ⁠⠀
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Making good photos has only become easier. Better cameras, better softwares, presets, a huge photo enthousiast community…⁠⠀
But making money with that passion of yours has only become harder.⁠⠀
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What I’m sure is super important these days to be successful, is the following:⁠⠀
1. Be consistent in your work. Find your style. The sooner you found it, the easier bookings will come.⁠⠀
2. Make sure your online presence is honest and authentic.⁠⠀
3. Make your own person into a brand. People don’t only book you for your photos but also for the person behind the camera.⁠⠀
4. Build a killer IG and a killer WEBSITE. Websites are NOT dead. A huge amount of my bookings come from IG but they still inquire on my website. (and if your website looks like crap, there goes your credibility)⁠⠀
5. Build a network. Yes, there are a lot of us, but let me tell you one thing: I have a lot of my colleagues/competitors as good friends. You can also help and learn from each other!⁠⠀
6. Build a solid profitable business. Don’t only be a creative.⁠⠀
7. The end.⁠⠀
From our magical styled shoot with these talents:
Models @lauramay007 & @nathalie_frans
Dresses @oui_bridalstudio
Jewels @elliotostrichjewellery
Flowers @wildflowers_and_wodka
Hair & MU @cheveuxheureux

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