After multiple postponements due to COVID-19, Lindsey and Ryan decided to have an intimate microwedding at their church, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic in Oradell, NJ. Lindsey decided to rock a cute Lulu’s dress with hair & makeup by Pin It Up and Pout, a Carolina Rosa Designs bouquet, and blue Charles David heels. What a […]

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June 27, 2020

St Joseph’s Church Microwedding in Oradell, NJ // Lindsey + Ryan

The extended tax deadline is less than a month away! My biggest tip for making tax prep painless is to make sure your tax deductions are categorized correctly. Here’s a cheat sheet of some typical expenses you can write off as a photographer and how I recommend you categorize the transactions in your bookkeeping program […]

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April 20, 2020

Categorizing Your Photography Business Tax Deductions // Cheat Sheet!

  The invention of Pinterest has been both a blessing and a curse for wedding planning: it has provided an endless supply of inspiration and resources, yet it has created a tendency to copy rather than create, which can stifle true innovation. As a self-admitted perfectionist and overly obsessive planner, I completely understand the temptation to create a […]

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March 23, 2020

A Photographer’s Perspective on Pinterest & Shot Lists

While we don’t need an overall shot list of every single photo you’d like on your wedding day, it is very helpful for us to have a bulleted list of each grouping of family members you’d like us to capture during Family Portraits.     The Benefits of a Family Shot List: If you both have large […]

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March 21, 2020

Why Family Shot Lists Are So Useful on Wedding Days

Market shifts are inevitable. Whether it’s a recession or natural disaster or health crisis, our small businesses will always be tested, it just so happens that this COVID-19 crisis directly impacts the event industry and wedding professionals are being hit extra hard. On March 15th, the CDC recommended cancelling (or hopefully postponing) any gatherings with 50+ attendees for 8 […]

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March 16, 2020

Staying Productive & Successful Throughout COVID-19 Wedding & Event Cancellations

A hugely popular wedding trend is to share a First Look (an intimate reveal where you get to see each other and take photos together before the ceremony) with your partner on your wedding day. In 2017, 44% of couples shared a First Look and the numbers have been steadily rising each year.   Not sure if […]

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February 4, 2020

“Should We Have a First Look at Our Wedding?”

In the wedding industry, winter is often referred to as “slow season” but if you’re a business owner, you know it’s anything but slow. Winter is the time of the year when we have to take care of all the back-end administrative tasks we don’t have a chance to do during busy wedding season. January is an especially busy […]

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January 15, 2020

The Small Business Owner Slow Season To Do List

  After shooting almost 200 weddings, I can confidently say that my favorite parts of any wedding day are the speeches and vows. They tell the couple’s love story and create the framework for a great wedding film. If you’ve been given the honor of giving at toast at a wedding – no pressure! It may […]

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December 27, 2019

How to Write & Deliver the Perfect Wedding Speech

I had such a blast with Tina & Peter at their engagement session in the city this week! We started off in Bryant Park’s Winter Village, then headed to Carragher’s in Times Square. Tina & Peter are both huge Liverpool soccer fans so of course Carragher’s (a bar dedicated to the Liverpool team) was the […]

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December 23, 2019

Bryant Park & Carragher’s Bar Engagement Session // Tina + Peter

Andrew and Charlotte flew in from England for a vacation in New York City during the most romantic time of year – December. Charlotte had always wanted to come to NYC during Christmastime. Little did she know that Andrew was planning to propose on the trip! On Sunday night, they went skating at the Rockefeller […]

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December 23, 2019

Rockefeller Center Ice Rink Christmas Proposal // Charlotte + Andrew

Blake spent weeks and weeks planning the greatest surprise proposal for Mackenzie in NYC this Friday! Not only did she not know she was about to get engaged, but up until they left Texas on Thursday, she didn’t even know they were going to New York City! He told her they were going to Denver […]

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December 14, 2019

Christmas Proposal at the Plaza in NYC // Mackenzie + Blake

About a year ago, my boyfriend convinced me to get a smartwatch. At first, I was super hesitant because my mental image of a smartwatch was a techy, nerdy-looking, and not-very-classy gadget. However, when he showed me a picture of the Rose Gold Garmin Vivoactive 3, I was sold. After wearing the watch every day […]

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December 8, 2019

How I Use My Smartwatch as a Wedding Photographer & Videographer

On the first day of December, Cynthia & Jon celebrated their marriage with a cozy, Christmas themed wedding at Normandy Farms in PA. Their three dogs even attended, decked in bowties and Christmas sweaters! 🎄 It was like a real-life Hallmark movie! 😉 Jon wrote Cynthia a letter in the journal they share together for her to read […]

December 1, 2019

Normandy Farms Christmas Themed Winter Wedding // Cynthia + Jon

As someone who LOVES bright, warm pops of color, this sunny, colorful backyard elopement was RIGHT up my alley and a total dream to photograph. Have you ever seen a more gorgeous couple than Vanessa & Josh??    VENDORS: Photography: Lin Pernille @linpernille Host: Amber Lea Russell @amberlearussell Bride & Groom: Vanessa & Josh Hicks @vanessahicksphotography […]

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November 1, 2019

Colorful Backyard Elopement // Vanessa + Josh

After being together for 12 years and living all over the country, Kristen & David decided to make it official with an intimate courthouse wedding at the White Plains City Court, surrounded by their closest friends and family, followed by portraits at Rockefeller State Park. Congratulations, Kristen & David! 💍 See more blog posts here or learn […]

October 6, 2019

White Plains City Hall Wedding // Kristen + David

The weather for Jen & Mark’s engagement session at Sea Bright beach this weekend couldn’t have been more perfect! Perfect temperature, soft sunset lighting, and even the perfect “beachy” wind. When choosing a location, they decided to go back to where it all began – at Sea Bright beach, where Mark proposed to Jen this summer! […]

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September 13, 2019

Sea Bright Beach Engagement Session // Jen+ Mark

After being together for nearly 12 years, Donna & Keith finally got married in a beautiful wedding at Westmount Country Club! The inside of their wedding bands were engraved with a lyric from Keith’s favorite song by Explosions in the Sky. (Their cake topper as well!) After getting into her gorgeous dress, Donna shared a […]

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July 18, 2019

Westmount Country Club Summer Wedding // Donna + Keith

Molly & Joe got married in an outdoor ceremony at the Ardmore Mansion at Mountainview Manor. Every part of their day was lighthearted and all about having a good time. They fused their love of beer into their wedding day, with growler centerpieces & place cards, boutonnières made with hops, and a bottle cap guestbook! I […]

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July 13, 2019

MountainView Manor Summer Wedding // Molly + Joe

Sarah + Andy got married overlooking the Hudson River at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY. The blazing heat this hot June day didn’t stop Sarah & Andy from having an amazing wedding day! How great was this first look reaction?? I was so impressed by how many details Sarah hand made! Congratulations!! <3   VENDORS: […]

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June 28, 2019

The Grandview Summer Wedding in Poughkeepsie // Sarah + Andy

Unlike all your other wedding expenses, your photography & video investment increases in value as the years go by and the memories start to fade.  A video is a return ticket to a moment otherwise forgotten. We all know that wedding photography is a must. In the past, wedding videography has been seen as more of a “luxury”, but […]

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May 2, 2019

Photography vs Videography // The Unique Value of Wedding Videos

Lindsey & Ryan chose to have their engagement session back where it all began – the exact spot on the Hoboken waterfront where Ryan proposed last year! Cheers to less than one year until the big day! Can’t wait to photograph your wedding!! 🍾 Ring Box:  The Alaia – Esselle Makeup:  Makeup by Nikki Viola 💍 See […]

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April 7, 2019

Hoboken Waterfront Spring Engagement Session // Lindsey + Ryan

If you use part of your home as a photography studio or home office, chances are this is a big opportunity for a substantial tax write-off! Click below for a free download of the template I use to calculate my home office deduction:     Determining What Areas Qualify The first step is to determine what areas of your […]

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March 1, 2019

Calculating Your Home Office Expenses As a Tax Write-Off // Free Template!

Life is unpredictable. After you’ve set up your business as an LLC in one state, the day might come that you’ll have to move your business to a different state. I recently moved from Jersey City to Westchester County and had to figure out how to move my LLC from NJ to NY. It did involve some […]

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February 22, 2019

Moving an LLC from NJ to NY // Relocating Your Photography Business

Have a super large bridal party? Lucky you to have so many loved ones – that’s a good problem to have! Having a large bridal party is a lot of fun but it also has its challenges. Here are some ways to overcome those obstacles.     BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS The “entire bridal party in a […]

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October 18, 2018

Have a Super Large Bridal Party? No Problem!!

If you’re a professional photographer in the state of NJ, chances are you might be required to collect sales tax for some of your products. Here’s a video explaining what types of sales are eligible, how to register to collect taxes, and how to remit your taxes to the state:       TIPS & RESOURCES: […]

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October 17, 2018

Collecting NJ Sales Tax as a Photographer

   Planning the Perfect Wedding Timeline Planning the perfect wedding timeline is the key to a stress-free wedding. It’s the backbone of your wedding day and ensures that the entire day runs smoothly, from start to finish. During our first consultation, we’ll make a preliminary timeline based upon your wedding information. A few months before […]

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October 15, 2018

Tips For Planning Your Wedding Day Timeline

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