Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Hashtags Made Easy | Work Flow Wednesday

By now you’ve probably figured out that I am all about working smart, not hard. As a busy Raleigh Wedding Photographer, wife and mom,  I want to free up as much of time as possible, because glued to my phone and computer is not whereI want to spend my time. So today’s Work Flow Wednesday is going to give you a sweet little life hack for managing your Instagram hash tags. 

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5 Ways I Streamlined my Workflow with a Single Logon | Workflow Wendesdays | Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Images by Amber Robinson

Since leaving my full time corporate job to pursue my passion for wedding photography and mentoring full-time, I have been on the hunt for ways to take back my life. All creatives know that our work can easily take up an entire day, but with a family of 4 kids, my entire day just isn’t up for grabs. There are several small changes that I’ve made since making the switch and I want to share them all with you over then next several months. The first, and likely the most effective change has been the implementation of a booking software. I test drove a few booking systems, and they were all great, but I fell in love with Honeybook and it’s powerful toolbox of ways to give me more time. Aside from the fact that it is fully customizable (which makes representing your brand seamless), the customer service concierge service is second to none! Check out the ways that I have been able to use Honeybook to streamline my workflow from inquiry to gallery delivery and beyond: Tracking the stages of my workflow: Honeybook allows me to track the stage of each event I add to my pipeline, and gives me at-a-glance summary of how many projects I have in each stage. Even better, the stages are completely customizable, so I can dictate my workflow.  Digital Contracts + Payments: In a digital world, where everyone is going paperless, Honeybook allows me to customize and send contracts and agreements AND receive payments electronically!!! I see SO many questions about the best software for contracts that also allows you to accept payments… here it is!                              Streamlined Process: I was so tired of having to search text messages, emails, Instagram DMs and Facebook PMs for communications from clients. Now all communications are in one place inside each event’s feed. I can communicate back and forth with clients and their other vendors.   Easy Collaboration: As a wedding photographer, I often depend on a client’s coordinator or planner to collaborate on timelines and with my second shooter as well. Honeybook has made collaborations easy as pie. I can even refer clients to vendors in my network with a single click. Vendor collaborations are private and can include links to Pinterest boards, documents, custom timelines, chats and more. I use this portal…

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A weekend in the Outer Banks | Ashton Kelley presents A Sunny Retreat | Photography Conference

There are only a handful of young photographers that I feel like I can relate to. Over the past year and a half, Ashton Kelley has been one of those pros. She’s young, vibrant, and has a passion for bringing women photographers together, in the spirit of community over competition, to build their business and relationships. I’m not completely sure how  it came across my news feed on Facebook (the six degrees of separation is so real in the photographer’s world), but last year I saw images of her inaugural conference “The Rustic Retreat” which was held in the mountains of West Virginia. I was green with envy that a community like that didn’t exist in my area. So when Ashton announced late last summer that she would be bring her squad to the North Carolina coast for The Sunny Retreat, I knew I wanted to go! I signed up and was added to a closed Facebook group of attendees and the relationships started to form even before we arrived on site. Fast forward to just last weekend and I (along with a van full of other NC girls) packed up and hit the road for an amazing weekend away. Since I vowed to invest in my knowledge (not gear) in 2016, I felt this was a perfect opportunity to test out the conference waters. But what I walked away with was so much more than an educational. I met some simply AMAZING women, and I know that I walked away knowing that I have made some lifelong friends. But I also left with a TON of images from a beautifully styled shoot on the beach (can’t wait to share that on), attended a spectacular wedding for one of the attendees. An added bonus was the over 50 new head shots AND trash the dress (me at sunrise, in my wedding dress in the ocean!!!) shots I now have because of the swap opportunities that attendees were able to take advantage of! Finding balance was the reoccurring theme for the retreat. Ashton spoke from the heart to us about her own highs and lows both in her business and personal space. At one point she said that her recent ah-ha moment was when she realized, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”. Gosh, that resonated with everyone in the room. And then the collective tears started flowing. Then OBX…

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