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What Should My Business Name Be?
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We were

driving out of Red Rock Canyon, just 30 minutes outside of Vegas when the topic of my business name came up. I’m pretty sure I cowered down in the seat a little bit because I just knew what was coming. Jasmine Star had just photographed our engagement session and I was trying to take it all in. I’ll admit it, I was star struck (pun intended). I tried to act cool and collected but inside I still couldn’t believe that we had just had our pictures done by THE Jstar! So as we drove out of the state park, Jasmine asked me a very simple but daunting question… “So what made you choose “Inspired Designs By: Katelyn James” for a business name??

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Editing Manually | Part 2
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My

workshop attendees can attest to the fact that I’m easily distracted. I could start a really great conversation about pricing and end up talking about the weather in a matter of seconds. It just happens. So it’s not a surprise that I started an “Ask Anything” series on “Manual Editing” and have yet to finish it! Well, today is PART TWO! Get excited!! For those that have been patiently waiting for this since February of LAST YEAR… no worries, here’s your part two. It only took me 12 months to get this done (I’m so embarrassed!). I received an email this week asking if I was going to finish this and I’m very thankful for the reminder!

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Tips for Shooting a Rainy Wedding Day
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One

of most frequently asked questions that we receive during wedding season is “Soooo, what do you do if it RAINS?!”. I posted about this way back in 2011 but that post was really just written for my brides. I wanted to reassure them that even if it rains, they will still have beautiful portraits and BRIGHT colors in their images! Overcast skies means vibrant colors! This post is geared more towards all of the photographers out there that cringe at the thought of rain on a wedding day! I’m with you. I don’t love rain on wedding days BUT I’ve learned that a little or even A LOT of rain doesn’t mean you can’t capture great portraits in natural light!

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OCF & Specialty Shots
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I remember

being SO intimidated by ANYTHING that had to do with FLASH or off-camera lighting. 3 years ago, I had good reason to be intimidated because I didn’t understand flash or off-camera lighting like I do now. I’m no genius when it comes to artificial light but I do know more now!! I’m creating well exposed images consistently when using flash and I actually understand WHY they are turning out well instead of just shooting and praying that something good will happen. Shooting and just hoping for something decent to be captured isn’t a very professional approach and so if you’re in that place,

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Second Guessing
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We were

about the start shooting a wedding at a cathedral. It was one of our amazing 2012 couple’s wedding day and everything was going so so well! Getting ready, first look, portraits, everything had been perfect! We arrive to the beautiful cathedral where the ceremony would be taking place and I notice that there are BRIGHT spotlights on the altar. So bright that you can feel the heat from them when you’re standing under them!! Me being nosy and not wanting to bother anyone, I started looking for the dimmer switch. Unfortunately it was no where to be found and so I passed the priest in the hallway and mentioned my concern.

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