Author Archives: Teresa Milner

About Teresa Milner

Teresa Milner is a portrait and events photographer in Southeastern Wyoming and the creative drive behind Dirt Road Wife Photography. Teresa traded life in the fast lane as a public information officer to raise her family in her native rural Wyoming. Today, she lives on a commercial bird farm with her husband, daughter, a neurotic border collie, a lovable yellow mutt and more than 20,000 pheasants! A self-proclaimed country girl, she loves farm life, wildlife, fishing, hunting, wildflowers and singing loudly with the radio to any George Strait song she hears. Meet Teresa at www.dirtroadwifephotography.com. Or follow her on Facebook or Instagram!

Many of us dream of owning a photography studio…a brick and mortar location where we can serve clients.  But a physical location might not be in the cards for your right now.  So how and where can you serve clients indoors instead?  We’ve got ideas on how and where to find great indoor photography locations …

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Have a mini-session coming up and plan to advertise them?  Need to know how to make mini session templates?  Today we’ll talk: Why make a visual ad for your sessions Static image or video? Important Items to include in your template Where to find templates or inspiration Why Make a Mini Session Template? As photographers, …

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Confession time: I have a love-hate mini sessions relationship.  My clients love them, and love when I offer the micro-sized events.  I hate mini sessions.  HATE.  They cause me more stress, anxiety, and dread than any other work I do.   More than once, I’ve wondered: Why do I hate mini sessions? Do I have to …

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Yes, I offer free mini sessions in my photography business.   No, I’m not crazy.  At least not for that reason.   Today, I’ll share with you how I structure my mini-sessions, why I occasionally offer them for free and how that has helped grow my business. The Origin of the Free Mini Session I struggled with …

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If I asked you if you enjoy selling photography prints, what would your answer be?  I’m guessing you’d say things like ick, yuck, ugh, or even just a definitive NO! But if I asked you the following questions, would your answer change? Do you enjoy serving your clients? Are you willing to help clients solve …

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Photographers spend a lot of time ensuring we have the right settings during a session. We spend hours in front of our monitors tweaking an image to get it to look just right. We pour over educational courses looking for ways to improve our technique and business acumen. But we don’t talk a lot about …

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For years, printed forms and checks were the standard for volume photography ordering.  And while those options are still relevant and useful in many situations, more photographers are taking their ordering online.  There are several different ways to facilitate online ordering, from the simple and free to the specialized and complex.  In this article, we’ll …

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You’ve lined up your first sports league to take photos of and you couldn’t be more excited.  You love sports.  You love photography.  Combining the two into a job that earns money seems like a dream come true, right?  The only problem is, you really don’t know how or where to start to create a …

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Giving clients a great experience doesn’t have to mean lavishing them with expensive gifts or spending oodles of money.  But with some planning, time, and effort, you can craft a client experience workflow to create an overall customer experience that wows! Learn: What a relational client experience looks like and how it benefits your business. …

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We’ve all done it.  Sat down to blog a client session and stared at that blinking cursor with equal parts panic and frustration.  What in the world should I say?  What if they hate it?  Do I really NEED to blog? Can’t I simply connect with customers through my photos? Writing is hard, y’all.  For …

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Adobe Lightroom is one powerful piece of editing software.  It can speed up your workflow and helps you turn photos into true works of art.  But making changes to each photo individually can be a huge time suck.  Presets, or groups of changes, makes editing faster.  But wouldn’t it be amazing if you could use …

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Have you ever tried following a Photoshop tutorial to edit your photo, only to be stymied by something basic in the program?  While you struggle to figure out something like how to unlock layers in Photoshop, the video instructor continues and is soon ten steps ahead of you. So frustrating! I can’t teach you all …

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A few weeks ago, a fellow photographer posed the question “What do you wish you’d done differently when you started your business?” My answer?  Use a photography CRM sooner to start my client relationships out on the best foot possible and keep track of all my business things! What is a photography CRM and how …

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Stay safe and wow your clients with high quality pictures of horses Few animals capture the hearts and imagination of the public like the horse.  And it’s no wonder.  A horse is a big, magnificent beast full of character, grace and love. Whether you want to offer high-end portraits or action pictures, understanding the unique …

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Portrait vs Landscape can mean different things to different photographers. Know the difference! One of my six-year old’s favorite jokes is “When is a door not a door?  When it’s a jar!”  It’s easy to amuse a first-grader.  But just like a door that’s a jar, landscape vs. portrait, as used in photography, can be …

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If you use Adobe Lightroom to edit or organize your photos, you’ll eventually want to harness the power of presets.  And part of employing the life changing magic of presets involves knowing where those presets are housed on your machine.  You might want to add new presets to your toolbox or locate presets to create …

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