Do Friendships Make Better Pictures?

    Building healthy relationships is a key to success in photography. I met Susana back in 2010 while studying at The University of Texas at Austin. My roommate, Miguel Cobos, introduced me to her after an event they attended.  As a photographer I noticed her natural beauty right away. She had it all; freckles, colored eyes. height, dimples and a million dollar smile…

60% Businessman, 20% Technician, 20% Artist

Deciding to take your photo-career to the next level and start a business is a milestone in your photography journey. I believe when you have reached this state in your career you are on the right path; especially because a decision like this comes from real demand for your unique services. WARNING! Your life is about to change. The balance between the businessman-technician-artist in…

Make To-Do-Lists and Do!

As a small business owner you have to organize your thoughts and task or else you will fail! WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING! Thoughts and tasks only manifest when they are visual. When you can see it then you can do it. I use my iPhone 4S Notes App to make my to-do-list. Before I was cool with an “i” product I would physically write my…

Creating Workflows

One of the most challenging tasks that hindered my business when it began to grow was keeping my jobs organized. It’s exciting to book a client or two and manage them well, but the real challenge comes when your business starts to grow rapidly and you have 15+ jobs for the year. Things get hectic when you have to manage Robert and Gloria’s wedding…

Why I am paying $2071 more in taxes for my business than last year!

Here are the numbers plain and simple: Ben Briones Photography cleared $60,000 in our second year as an LLC, as compared to $24,000 from last year — baby steps, but we’re moving. So, let’s get to the juicy goosey part, which is preparing your business for tax season and organizing all your numbers. When I first started my business I did not know anything about business…

Are you digitally unorganized?

I am going to give you a few pointers on how to organize your Raw and JPEG photos in your external had drives. Now remember this is my method of organizing my clients’ images in my hard drives. It may not work for you, but if you plan on taking your photo business to the next level it is key to have your images…

How to web optimize your images for social media.

Optimizing your image for the web is very important when you are creating an online portfolio on a Facebook page. Here are the steps on how to optimize an image for the web using Adobe Photoshop. Open your image using your Adobe Photoshop application. Resize the image by going to IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE from the menu bar and resize your image to 900…