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can you answer this question?

June 22, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  295 Comments

Why do you photograph?
by Kelly McMahon Willette

Is it to fill the need for a creative outlet? Is it a hobby? Is it a career? Is it for philanthropic purposes? Is it for profit? Is it just to get out of the house and away from the kiddos for a bit? This is the first question you need to ask yourself as a photographer….WHY do you photograph? What is the draw for you?

When I first started, it was to get out of the house….to have a hobby. That hobby took off (thank goodness), and my business grew like gangbusters, but I wasn’t really making any money at it. I LOVED it…I LOVED (and I still love) all of my clients, but I was barely breaking even at the end of the day.

After two years of playing around with my business….i got serious. I got serious about pricing, serious about charging rather than giving away my talent and serious about making a profit. I find that the money issue really is an issue for most photographers who are just starting out – especially for those whose photography business is born from a hobby.

Many people are afraid to admit that they like money. Artists seem particularly apt to dismiss any interest in money. Almost like there is shame in confessing that you create art for money. Well, I’m here to publicly admit, I work for money. I’m not embarrassed by this in the least. My business is not a charity. Though I do charity work and make charitable donations, I work for money. I don’t work and spend time away from my own children because I enjoy it (I do enjoy what I do…I enjoy it immensely), but if given the choice to work for free or sit around and read magazines for free, I would choose to sit around and read magazines. I don’t know many people (aside from clergy members and missionaries) who want to work for free (if they’re being completely honest with themselves).

Soooo…….I’ll ask you the question again, why do you photograph? Do you want to make money with your photography business? Is this why you started your business? Are you making money? What can you do to change your business if you’re not making money?

By getting my business organized, I was able to start turning profits. Though I still created works of art, unique for each family, I focused on analyzing sessions from a numbers standpoint. I paid attention to the amount of time I spent with a family while photographing. I paid attention to how I posed or loosely guided the children to the correct lighting situations for the portraits, and I paid attention to how many unique poses I did at a session.

After analyzing factors such as these, I was able to determine how much I made per session. I had mental checklists to help me maximize my profits. I stopped letting clients dictate when I would photograph for them….i learned to set boundaries for when I could photograph. After my business awakening, my sessions would only be offered on the mornings my son was in school. Then I didn’t have to worry about paying for childcare or worry about missing key events in my son’s life like soccer games and birthday parties. I found that clients respected these boundaries. T hey would pull their child out of school for the session once they understood why I didn’t photograph on the weekends.

I encourage you to really analyze your current photography workload. Do you feel that you are making as much profit as you can? Are you managing your time effectively? Do you see any areas in your business that could use some fine tuning to better benefit you? And the big eye opener for you…..what is your hourly rate? Do you know the answer to this? Do you know how much you make for every hour you work? This is not unlike attorneys tracking their billable hours. Start tracking this data. I promise that after you start paying attention to the figures, you will start earning more. Be aware of your time…value your time….and value your family’s time.

Bio: Kelly Mcmahon Willette is a photographer based in Ghent, Norfolk ,Virginia, and she helps other moms with cameras and photographers with her business products and workshops geared towards them. Her products include a series of seven posing guides, her business workshops, and her newest product, the photographer’s marketing calendar. Her blogsite contains weekly free downloads and photo tips. She makes a mean beef stew, can still remember/sing all the words to the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” and has learned to do most things with one hand since having her second baby this year. You can find her work and products at

Here’s the latest tool that Kelly had developed for photographers~ we think she is a marketing genius! The Marketing Calendar is a great way to kick start your business!

The photographer’s marketing calendar:

the photographer’s marketing calendar provides photographers with over 100 unique holidays to market around.

Are you in need of more photography business? Or, maybe you have steady business, but you’d love to book a ton of sessions in a hurry? Are you trying to reach out to new clients to grow your business?

This marketing calendar tool will help you uniquely market your business year round. The calendar provides 12 months of unique holidays that lend themselves to GREAT excuses to book a portrait session with YOU!

The beauty of all of these marketing ideas is that this calendar will enable you to market year round (especially during your usually slow months). Slow months will become a thing of the past for your business once you learn how to use the calendar to your business’ advantage.

this product is an immediate downloadable product presented in a pdf format.

it includes:

over 100 holidays to market around (including some lesser known holidays)
a step by step marketing calendar plan
a marketing timeline
unique ways to market each holiday.


Are you ready to win one? Kelly is giving two very lucky readers a Marketing Calendar!

Value of $135 each.

Kelly would also like to offer all the Savvy readers 10% off orders over $40.

Use coupon code: JULY10

Here’s how to win…

check out Kelly’s site and let us know your favorite “Willette” product!

Come back here to leave your comment to enter.

Also tweet about the contest and gossip all about us on facebook

and your favorite photography forums. we just love gossip…then head back here to leave a comment telling us each thing you have done…limit four entries per person.

You must leave a comment to be entered

and please make sure your first and last name are on your comment.

This contest ends tonight at 8pm eastern {June 22, 2010}…hurry!

Get your marketing plan for the rest of 2010 and for 2011 in place now,
and be prepared to watch the clients roll in!


and the winner is…

Congratulations to comment number 199~ Jennifer Rutledge…you are the lucky winner of the Addy Lane Vintage Tea actions!

For those who didn’t win~ Christy from Addy Lane is offering all Savvy readers 20% off the vintage tea actions for the next 48 hours…use the code SAVVY20. The code expires Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at noon.

We had fun yesterday baking something yummy and I was so excited to use the Addy Lane actions on these images~ love them!

The next images are using the painted green barnwood rug as a backdrop. I just got the rug in the mail and I will admit, I was disappointed when I opened it. I wanted to use it in my daughters room~ the color is not what I expected. It is not the green that matches her room, but it does photograph great! The colors turn out much better in images and it looks so much better in a picture. I love the barnwood rugs and the whitewood rugs in my home {very beachy feel}…the green is much better just for photographing. Here’s some quick pics.

The link to purchase the flooring is here.


and the winner is…

May 16, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  1 Comment
Congratulations to comment number 18, Rebecca Cook…you just won the Beach House Collection templates and a gallery wrap canvas from! {email me to collect}
Have a wonderful day~
Here’s a little beach inspired eye candy.

1. sea urchin vase
2. seashell chandelier
3. Sea horse print
4. Lilly Pulitzer Lilly Shift Dress
5. Lilly Pulitzer Scallop Shift Dress
6. Lilly Pulitizer Beach Bag


and the winners are…

May 9, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  26 Comments
I am amazed at all of the entries~ I was moved to tears every time I read through the comments. I think they were some of the most honest answers and truly from the heart!
I loved reading them! We think they should be published~ like in a book!
and here are the winners…

giveaway number 1~ comment 1099…Meredith Ensell
number 2~ comment 305…Jaidean Baker
number 3~ comment 289…Shelby Wright
number 4~comment 1276…F.C. Smith
number 5~ comment 1248…Melissa Simmons
number 6~ comment 134…marie leslie
comment 937…megan evans
comment 1197…beth brocker
comment 135…Christy Schmid
comment 692…bowbabybowtique
number 7~comment 610 Meghan Poort
number 8~comment 3…Jennifer Puckett
number 9~ comment 545…Jen Dwyer
number 10~ comment 15…Brooke Cooper
comment 1009…Robin Fox
number 11~comment 126…Tracey Lapin
number 12~comment 775…Elisa Baker
number 13~comment 599… Ana Guerrero
number 14~ comment 59… Rachel Clarke
number 15~ comment 76…Bree Vracic
number 16~ comment 257…Jamie Brokus
number 17~ comment 43…Penny Burns
number 18~ comment 364…Vicki Putnam
number 19~ comment 1005…Amy Neubauer
number 20~ comment 740…Kim Hill
number 21~ comment 801…Leah Simmers
number 22~ comment 195…Dawn Gans Frydi
number 23~ comment 660…Pamela Tapping
number 24~ comment 1399…Samatha Scheel
number 25~ comment 148…Tiffany Larson
number 26~ comment 1207 Ernestine Treu
number 27~ comment 162…Sara D (Omaha)
number 28~comment 719…Daizy Kayz
comment 93…Caroline Dahle
number 29~ comment 977…Dorie Howell
number 30~ comment 477…Stacy Reiman
number 31~ comment 442…Nicole Nelson
comment 599… Ana Guerrero
comment 1425…Kristin Pribyla
comment 636…Melissa Ranieri
comment 1213…Julie Weissmueller
number 32~ comment 165…Jennie Gaskins
number 33~ comment 370 Cammi J (Texas)
number 34~ comment 1331…Lori Stringer
number 35~ comment 493…Aubrea Schupp
number 36~ comment 791…Julie Woolridge
number 37~comment 804…Kimberly Lyons

Congratulations to all of the winners!!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Thank you for being a supporter of the Savvy!


The Amazing Mother’s Day Giveaway~

May 8, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  1,437 Comments

Welcome to the Savvy Photographer Mother’s Day Giveaway!

We are thrilled to announce the fabulous giveaways~ but first we must go over the rules. You may enter only one time~ the comments must be moderated by me before they appear on the blog…if you don’t see your comment right away it is because it has to be moderated. I will only moderate the comments twice a day {while on vacation} so please be patient if you do not see your comment right away. Remember, only one comment per person. I can not control if your comment does not show up or if for some reason you are having trouble leaving a comment. There is nothing I can do unfortunately.
I do hope you all spread the word about the giveaway…follow us on twitter, tweet, “like” us on facebook, tell all of your forum friends about the giveaways.

For your entry, you must leave one comment and answer one of the following…

1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?
3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren’t around?

Just answer one and leave one comment with that answer.
How the contest works… we will randomly draw numbers on We will start with giveaway number one and draw a winner for each giveaway in order. The winners will be posted with the winning number of the prize they won. The winners are responsible for contacting the company to claim their prize. Contact us only if you have trouble claiming your prize.

The contest ends at 3pm eastern time zone. The winners will be announced at 5 pm eastern time zone.

Have fun and good luck!
Most of all~ have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

The Beach House Collection~ templates for gallery wrapped canvases.

For your daily dose of photography, design and inspiration, check out Design Aglow and visit their blog for great eye candy!

MadiLu Designs
Custom Marketing Materials for Photographers

The Savvy Ketti bag..makes exclusively for the Savvy Photographer.

Shutterbox Designs

The Savvy Size Guide~ takes the work out of selling wall galleries.

Life Art Design Shoppe

Barnwood Flooring

Photography Newsletter

kelly ridgell will give away a pre-made logo and a $10 itunes gift card for two different winners!
The pre-made logo can be of the winner’s choice or they can choose to apply the $75 towards a custom logo.

The All New Workshop Workbook
Are you excited to turn your passion for photography into a career you’ll love? Ready to take your burgeoning photography business to the next level?
The Workshop Workbook will help guide you along the way with over 200 pages packed full of information and inspiring imagery. Skye share the secrets to her success in building my child photography enterprise. And since the Workbook is available in a convenient .pdf format, you can access the teachings right from your computer – on your own schedule and at your own pace. A full description of what the Workbook is about and what it includes is on the website (link below).
One winner will receive the newest 2010 Workshop Workbook (retail $395) that comes complete with the all new Posing Guide (retail $125) and Inspiration Booklet!
All Savvy readers can also get in on the fun … use the discount code “savvy” when making your purchase and the Workbook (and goodies!) are yours for only $199!
Please visit the website for full info, testimonials, and to purchase:

Hamelin Designs ~The winner can pick any one of the packs (excluding the Tea Set)!

check out the just released new actions from Flora Bella

This 6-week e-journey (on-line class) will help you take awesome photos of your children…creating memories with your children WHILE you document the good times. Sign up for this e-course and make photography fun for you and your kiddos. The class features weekly “lesson plans” full of inspiration and photo tips by willette, video tutorials and photoshop/elements actions and templates. The end result will be photos of your children that you’ll treasure forever…and a new appreciation for photographing your own children. The JOY beings June 1, 2010. Sign up now!!!! Willette has useful tools such as the incredibly popular “The Portrait Cookbook” posing guides series, which offers guidance on how to vary poses and how to streamline portrait sessions. Current pose guides include: children’s, sibling, newborn, baby, family, mommy & me and senior guides. For more info, visit or

Loktah~ rising from the Earth

The Little Wing collection contains 4 winged theme templates, 2 for girls and 2 for boys. Customizable templates with front and back designs specifically created for Millers rep cards sized 1.375×3.5”. Comes with an action to batch or single rotate files to prepare for uploading. Each card has an option to add an image on the back rather than info and text. When ordered through Millers, these cards come with a silver tin for holding the cards, perfect for mom to carry in her purse and pass out to friends….with your logo on the back. Great client gift! Click here to view more info.

The Kelly Moore Bag

The Couture Catalogue is the perfect solution for photographers since it can be printed at home, yet still appears very fancy. Not only can you print and bind it to create a beautiful pricing and product menu but you can also make it into a PDF as another format to communicate with your clients. Catalogue contains 6 pages of gorgeous graphic elements with enough space for portrait collections, wall galleries, product images and text (wording is not included.) Francypants Designs

One winner will win the The Get It Together Kit from Millie

Millie is giving all of the Savvy readers a special discount!
The code is “savvy” and it’s for $25 off coupon code which will be good until next Wednesday at midnight (EST)


Uno DVD is a 1 hour photoshop tutorial that teaches Photoshop using a screen share program. It teaches how to use Bridge for sorting and browsing, ACR, color popping, master action mix, liquifying, and layer masking and is great for beginners or intermediate photographers.
The website is


LUNCHBOX value $225.00

Mothers Day special – also would love to extend a 30% off coupon to all readers expiration Monday at 9am

code savvy30
The Lunchbox: Is EVERYTHING! You will receive the entire line of Get School : School Portraiture products. Get Schooled School Portraiture is your guide to all things boutique school portraits! We are here to assist you in creating a division of your photography business, a division that not only creates wonderful revenue but also is a huge marketing tool. Families will be thrilled you are coming to their school to capture beautiful, modern portraits. Your business name will be in their mind and they will turn to you when they are in need of other photographic services. Getting paid to market is the best. Let Get Schooled School Portraiture show you how. We are on a mission to change the face of school portraiture but helping you educate and inspire school principals/directors to make a change. Good Luck and Happy Mothers Day




Pretty Presets

Easy as Pie

Charitable Marketing Plan

Charitable Marketing Plan

{really fun} workshops

Sassy Designs

Firefly Frames

Firefly Frames

Firefly Frames


the shoppe designs is offering a platinum subscription to the shoppe (valued at $480) for one lucky winner. They are also offering a coupon code for a $35/month Platinum subscription (which is $5 off the regular monthly price, or $60 off for the whole year!).
The code is “savvyfive”

Leave your comment to enter…remember just one comment and you must answer one of the questions for your comment.

Here are a couple Savvy discounts for everyone for Mother’s Day!

for more details about LAUNCH, check out the site.

Here is a special just for the Savvy readers~ Photo Talk Forum is offering a membership to their forum the rest of May for .99 cents! code: savvymama
This is a great opportunity to check out the forum, get free members only template downloads and find out why “Everybody’s talkin about Photo Talk Forum!” They will be having tons of giveaways, free downloads, etc all month through our birthday month of June as well!!


are you ready for this?

May 7, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  37 Comments

Come back Saturday morning to see all the goodies that our fabulous sponsors are giving away! Contest rules will be posted on Saturday morning at 8am eastern time. We would love for you all to spread the word about the Mother’s Day giveaway! Copy the above flyer and post on your blog or facebook page…and tweet away during the contest! We love when you gossip about us!

and the winner is…

April 28, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  5 Comments

Congratulations to Kattrina Holt from SassaFrassPhotography
{comment number 251}
She was the lucky winner of the great giveaway from Easy as Pie!
Weren’t the lucky winner but desperate to get your hands on a copy of Easy As Pie and Pastry School? Become a friend on Alicia’s facebook page and have another opportunity to win a copy! Alicia is giving away 5 more copies of her book today! Add as friend for more details! :)

{it’s a giveaway!!}

April 27, 2010  |  Giveaway  |  398 Comments

Alicia Caine is giving one lucky Savvy reader a fabulous giveaway! Here’s how to enter…

Become a follower on twitter and tweet this… The Savvy Photographer + Easy as Pie= Giveaway!

Become a fan on Facebook of The Savvy Photographer! {doesn’t becoming a fan sound better than “like”…that feels so middle school}

Spread the word on your favorite forum about the giveaway!

Then come back here to leave your comment for each thing you did…and you might just win this fabulous pricing guide from Easy as Pie.

I’ve had the chance to review the pricing guide and the pastry school…it’s really a great pricing guide and such an enjoyable read! Alicia does a great job balancing being a full time mom and a business woman! Her pastry school is so inspiring on how to balance it all…something most of us moms struggle with daily.

Good luck with the giveaway! The contest ends tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 9am eastern time. The winner will be announced at 10am eastern.

Here’s the link for Easy as Pie and the Pastry School.