A few weeks ago, I decided it was time for me to shoot something for me.

I think it’s a good idea to do some personal work every once in a while.

With spring in full bloom, I wanted to incorporate something with flowers.

Other than that, I just wanted soft, beautiful portraits.

My lovely model, Hannah, volunteered and let me do her hair and make-up–another passion of mine.

Floral Design by Erin made three floral headpieces for us and I absolutely feel in love with them.

They were so beautiful and added just the pop of color I wanted. I thank her for time and talents.

Our first workshop was a success!

A few weeks ago, Kristin and I hosted a business workshop for photographers. I have been wanting to do something like this for such a long time and I’m so glad we finally made it happen. It was a lot of work and I was nothing short of exhausted afterwards, but it was worth every second of it!

We had ten beautiful women attend the workshop and I enjoyed getting to know them so much. Business really excites me and Kristin, so seeing others making changes and finding ways to become more successful is really rewarding.

We started out the day with some introductions. Kristin and I shared our stories of how we came to own businesses. This transitioned into our section about Identifying Strengths and Authentic Personality. As we prepped for our workshop, I feel like this section is the base for everything. There isn’t one right way to be successful. It’s all about recognizing what makes us unique, identifying strengths, and channeling that into our businesses.

Next I talked about all the nitty-gritty financial and legal aspects of a business. While this topic can sometimes be a drag, it is so important! And it’s often something business owners procrastinate because it seems hard, but I showed how to make it easy, stay organized, and do things correctly.

Then Kristin talked Systematization and Organization, which she is an absolute pro at! I learned so many things from her that I want to implement in my business as well.

We then had a break for a delicious lunch and head shots.

After lunch I talked about Post Production and creating a workflow to maximize efficiency.

Then I covered Marketing, Networking, and Social Media and how to best use these tools to get business.

Then we finished up talking about the client experience and how to not only keep your head straight with everything, but also have happy clients!

I thank each of these women for giving us the chance to teach them! It was such a great experience.

And I couldn’t have done this without Kristin! She brings so many talents and ideas that I lack.

We would love to fill our June 4th workshop to capacity as well!

So this weekend we announced that we are giving away a seat! Hooray!

Yes, that means one lucky person will get to come to our workshop for free and get loaded up with material, goodies, lunch, a one-on-one Skype follow-up session, and a new head shot!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Grab the photo below and post it to your instagram feed. Please include why you would like to win, my handle (@jalenetaylor) and hashtag #thebusinessofphotography.
2. Share the photo on your Facebook Page from my business page and why you want to win.
3. Post about it on twitter with my handle (@jalenetaylor) and #thebusinessofphotography

Each will count as one entry.

May 6 is the last day to enter. We will count up entries and pick a random winner on May 7!

Please email me with any questions.

Update! We have a winner. Thank you!

We are so excited about the response we’ve received and have decided to announce a new workshop date of Tuesday, June 4th!

See the details below.

As many of you know, I offer one-on-one mentoring sessions. It has been such a fulfilling and fun aspect of my business.
I have really enjoyed helping others with their photography and businesses.

As a result, I have been wanting to hold something in more of a group setting.
I think there is such great power in a group setting
and I also think the business side of owning a photography business is something a lot of photographers struggle with.

I love seeing others succeed and grow, so I’ve teamed up with my long time friend
and fellow photographer, Kristin Brown, who is the perfect match for something like this.
We both have strengths and expertise in different areas.
We knew we could combine efforts to really help others on their path to operating a successful small business.

We are very excited to announce our first ever The Business of Photography workshop!

 

Hosted by photographers Jalene Taylor and Kristin Brown, The Business of Photography is an all-day workshop focusing on understanding and applying the principles that make a small business successful.This workshop will help you overcome fear in business, streamline and organize your business to become more profitable, and live a balanced life in the process.

Date: Tuesday, June 4th

Location: North Salt Lake, UT

 

Register here!

 

Who Should Come?

While our experience is in wedding photography, the business principles we’ll be discussing will apply to anyone with a creative small business. This workshop will specifically help those who:
  • want to take their business full-time
  • are photographing full-time but feel overwhelmed keeping up with the business side of things
  • feel stuck and want to take their business to the next level
  • are passionate about what they do and are willing to put in the time and effort into growing a sustainable business

In this workshop we will be focusing solely on the business of photography. If you’re looking for help with the technical aspect of photography, Jalene offers one-on-one mentoring here.

A Peek at What We’ll Cover

  • Building a business based on your strengths and authentic personality
  • The financial/legal requirements to make your business official
  • How to systematize and organize your business behind the scenes
  • Cutting post-production time down to maximize profit and efficiency
  • The client experience
  • Marketing, networking, and social media
  • Creating an effective website
  • Goal-setting and making real change in your life and business

You’ll Also Receive…

  • a bonus one-on-one follow up session*
  • a delicious lunch!
  • plenty of time for Q&A
  • Jalene’s customized Excel documents to help keep your financial records organized
  • sample contracts, email templates, workflow checklists
  • access to an exclusive Facebook group to share referrals and have accountability for your goals
  • a new headshot for your website & social media

*We want the principles you learn in this workshop to actually be put into practice to help you become more successful. With that in mind, we are including a bonus personal follow-up session for each attendee 4-6 weeks following the workshop. This means you’ll have the opportunity for an hour-long Skype call with either Jalene or Kristin to ask any lingering questions you may have and to have some accountability for the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Cost: $250 ($199 early bird rate until April 4th 11:59 p.m.)

Limited to 10 attendees

Date: Tuesday, June 4th

Location: North Salt Lake, UT

 

Register here!

 

Jalene is the owner and photographer behind J. Taylor Photography and has been in business since 2009. While pursuing her degree in personal finance at USU, she always dreamed of having her own wedding photography business. After taking her business full-time early last year, she went from booking six weddings one year to 31 the next. Her background in finance has given her the education and experience necessary to bypass the many hurdles new business owners face.

 

 

 

 

Kristin has been a photographer and owner of Kristin Brown Photography for four years. During that time, she discovered an unexpected love for all things business. With experience working for and assisting other small companies, she is now capitalizing on her strengths in business to help others run their own small creative businesses more effectively. She loves helping others find a way to make a living doing something they love.

  • Bekah Loss

    Argh! June fourth is a no-go. Again. PLEASE tell me you guys are thinking about doing more sessions of this workshop?!?!?ReplyCancel

Last fall I was privileged to photograph sweet Miss Ellie’s entrance into the world.

Having photographed Lex & Brian’s wedding, I was so excited to spend more time with this lovely couple.

They are such wonderful people and great parents.

I thank them for letting me into their lives for many important events!

Hopefully it won’t be the last.

And I’ll say it again, I absolutely LOVE photographing birth stories.

Getting these images ready for post brought back so many wonderful emotions for me.

Birth is a beautiful miracle and I love documenting it for others.

As many of you know, I offer one-on-one mentoring sessions. It has been such a fulfilling and fun aspect of my business.
I have really enjoyed helping others with their photography and businesses.

As a result, I have been wanting to hold something in more of a group setting.
I think there is such great power in a group setting
and I also think the business side of owning a photography business is something a lot of photographers struggle with.

I love seeing others succeed and grow, so I’ve teamed up with my long time friend
and fellow photographer, Kristin Brown, who is the perfect match for something like this.
We both have strengths and expertise in different areas.
We knew we could combine efforts to really help others on their path to operating a successful small business.

We are very excited to announce our first ever The Business of Photography workshop!

Hosted by photographers Jalene Taylor and Kristin Brown, The Business of Photography is an all-day workshop focusing on understanding and applying the principles that make a small business successful.This workshop will help you overcome fear in business, streamline and organize your business to become more profitable, and live a balanced life in the process.

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Location: North Salt Lake, UT

CLASS FULL!
(Other workshop date announced here)

 

Who Should Come?

While our experience is in wedding photography, the business principles we’ll be discussing will apply to anyone with a creative small business. This workshop will specifically help those who:
  • want to take their business full-time
  • are photographing full-time but feel overwhelmed keeping up with the business side of things
  • feel stuck and want to take their business to the next level
  • are passionate about what they do and are willing to put in the time and effort into growing a sustainable business

In this workshop we will be focusing solely on the business of photography. If you’re looking for help with the technical aspect of photography, Jalene offers one-on-one mentoring here.

A Peek at What We’ll Cover

  • Building a business based on your strengths and authentic personality
  • The financial/legal requirements to make your business official
  • How to systematize and organize your business behind the scenes
  • Cutting post-production time down to maximize profit and efficiency
  • The client experience
  • Marketing, networking, and social media
  • Creating an effective website
  • Goal-setting and making real change in your life and business

You’ll Also Receive…

  • a bonus one-on-one follow up session*
  • a delicious lunch!
  • plenty of time for Q&A
  • Jalene’s customized Excel documents to help keep your financial records organized
  • sample contracts, email templates, workflow checklists
  • access to an exclusive Facebook group to share referrals and have accountability for your goals
  • a new headshot for your website & social media

*We want the principles you learn in this workshop to actually be put into practice to help you become more successful. With that in mind, we are including a bonus personal follow-up session for each attendee 4-6 weeks following the workshop. This means you’ll have the opportunity for an hour-long Skype call with either Jalene or Kristin to ask any lingering questions you may have and to have some accountability for the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Cost: $250 ($199 early bird rate through March 12th!)

Limited to 10 attendees

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Location: North Salt Lake, UT

CLASS FULL!
(Other workshop date announced here)

Jalene is the owner and photographer behind J. Taylor Photography and has been in business since 2009. While pursuing her degree in personal finance at USU, she always dreamed of having her own wedding photography business. After taking her business full-time early last year, she went from booking six weddings one year to 31 the next. Her background in finance has given her the education and experience necessary to bypass the many hurdles new business owners face.

 

 

 

 

Kristin has been a photographer and owner of Kristin Brown Photography for four years. During that time, she discovered an unexpected love for all things business. With experience working for and assisting other small companies, she is now capitalizing on her strengths in business to help others run their own small creative businesses more effectively. She loves helping others find a way to make a living doing something they love.

  • Awww, shoot (no pun intended). I really wanted to take this workshop, Jalene. As you well know. Unfortunately, a force in the universe has blocked my plan. Not only did my funds for this workshop get used for an emergency, I have a birth story scheduled at that very time on my calendar. Yikes. If you still end up doing one-on-one mentoring sessions soon, I’m totally interested.ReplyCancel

 I’ve found out recently that I actually quite enjoy  shooting winter engagements!

Especially when the sun comes out for a change and it’s slightly warm.

I had so much fun with this adorable couple. They were such good sports as

I dragged them across a golf course that was covered in three feet of snow. I think it was worth it!

I guess Utah winters aren’t so bad when you have great light and a cute couple to photograph.

Another beautiful August wedding for you today!
Mirranda & Russell were married at the Salt Lake Temple, followed by a luncheon at the Gallivan Center, and a reception later that evening.
These two used a lot of their time on their wedding day for portraits which made me SO HAPPY!
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite portraits from their day.

I’m starting to really miss warm beautiful summer light!
Anyone else?