There is a LOT of information out there on the web, and with the ever-increasing ease of sharing, the demand for free education increases every day! On the one hand it’s a blessing, because it’s never been easier to grow in your business while sitting at home on your computer. On the other hand it’s a bit of a curse- there is so much information available that it can all become a bit overwhelming.

I used to have a long list of blogs I’d read every few days, but it got to the point where I was consuming TOO much; I was constantly bombarding myself with all the things I wasn’t already doing for my business, so I made the decision to cut all but a few of those blogs out of my rotation. And the ones that were kept were ones that are 1) legitimately educational, 2) encouraging, not condemning, and 3) consistent. Here are my top three choices for educational photography blogs!

1) Natalie Franke. I effing LOVE this girl- Natalie & I’ve been following each other since her days in college, and I remember thinking “there’s no way anyone can actually be as nice in-person as she is online.” I was dead wrong- Natalie is one of the most encouraging, heartfelt, authentic people I’ve ever met, and she’s one of my favorite human beings in general. Her blog is no different- she has a genuine desire to see her readers grow in their own businesses, and she never holds back. Her post on rainy day kits saved my LIFE for a wedding in June! The level of openness when it comes to running a business is astounding- she gives without thought of holding back, and I know you’ll love her just as much as I do!

Photog Friday: Top 3 photography education blogs

2. Katelyn James. This is a “well duh” if you’ve been following my blog for any measure of time. I’ve been to one workshop, three coaching sessions, have heard her speak at five conferences, etc. Katelyn’s a wealth and powerhouse of information, and she’s another one who doesn’t hold back! She’s been blogging for something like seven years now, so her archives are extensive. You could spending weeks reading and still not be caught up! What I love most about Katelyn’s blog is that she shares new, relevant tips & ideas as they come to her- if she’s just discovered a new way to draw followers from Pinterest? She’ll share it NOW as opposed to waiting until everyone else has already implemented the idea. Katelyn’s a pioneer in the business of photographer, and her loving heart and sweet disposition make it feel as though you’re learning from a friend, even if you’ve never met!

Photog Friday: Top 3 photography education blogs

3) The Palm Shop by Krista Jones. This one’s definitely newer than the other two, but Krista shares seriously meaty information over on that blog! I’m a technological idiot, so her posts that explain how to install new WordPress plug-ins, with step-by-step illustrations, have been a lifesaver for me. Krista’s an SEO genius, so it’s worth it to read the blog just for that! Matt & I will most certainly be doing a session with Krista in the near future for that very purpose, and again; I love that she doesn’t hold back on her blog. Also, how gorgeous is the layout of this site?? Among her many talents, Krista’s a designer, too!

Photog Friday: Top 3 photography education blogs

Bonus! Justin & Mary are the bee’s knees when it comes to inspiring work and projecting encouragement to dream big- Mary’s a crazy talented writer, and if you’re ever in need of someone who’ll tell you “you got this?” Mary’s your person. Plus, this list of 25 Blog Post Ideas for Photographers is seriously awesome.

I’ve also recently begun following FStoppers, and I really enjoy the articles they put out! Thought-provoking interviews with renowned photographers, insights into the creative process from artists around the nation, and tech talk galore. I don’t read everything they put out just because there is SO much information available on their site, but it’s a great resource, especially if you have a question about something specific. Just try searching their blog for a particular subject, and there’s almost certainly something written about it!

I’d love to hear from you guys: what are your favorite photo education blogs to follow? Is there anyone I’m missing out on?

  • Kat - I’m not a photog, and I read ALL of these (expect I haven’t checked out FSTOPPERS)! I LOVE the content and can easily apply most of their articles to my creative biz!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - I love what you wrote about your colleagues. I follow Abby Grace,. She’s the best!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Thank you for sharing these! It is so nice when others are generous with their resources in order to help others!

    One of my favorites is David duChemin’s blog – http://www.davidduchemin.comReplyCancel

  • Erin - oh my gosh that rainy day blog from Natalie saved my tail too! She’s amazing!!ReplyCancel

Fine art Europe film photography print shop | Sweet Wanderings by Abby Grace

AH! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this day ever since we decided for sure that we’d be opening a print shop! I know I’m a “one-person business” right now and the term “we” is probably throwing you all off- to explain, Matt’s been doing ALL of the back-end work to get the shop up and running. He’s the one who organized the site, he’s the one who’s been interacting with the website folks to work out the kinks, he’s been amazing. I physically could not have done this without him, so it’s perfectly appropriate to speak in terms of “we” instead of “I.” It’s most definitely been a team effort!

Fine art Europe film photography print shop | Sweet Wanderings by Abby Grace

So here’s the plan: eventually, we’ll be offering prints from all of my European travels, including Edinburgh, Rome, Venice, London, Marseille and more. But for now, we’re going to kick things off with a full set of Paris prints, since I know those are the most hotly-anticipated ones! Without further ado, here we go!

www.sweetwanderingsshop.com

Fine art Europe film photography print shop | Sweet Wanderings by Abby Grace

And here’s the good news: we’re 100% open to feedback! If there’s a print you were coveting but that doesn’t appear in the shop, email me! We’re absolutely up for adding in new images. The #50daysinParis series was a huge success, so if there was a photo you saw throughout the series that you’d love to have on your walls, just email us. We’d love to add it into the shop for you.

And now, my friends, I’m taking the day off. And I’ll probably have a mimosa after this morning’s anniversary session, because the last few weeks have been absolutely cray. Maybe I’ll even take a NAP!

  • Alicia - Abby, I am so proud of you for doing this! People (myself included) have been COVETING your travel photos and I think it’s just genius of you to open a shop!!! Can’t wait to watch it grow :) PS… yours is one of very few blogs I take the time to read while on vacation, that’s how much I love it! xxReplyCancel

  • Lindsey LaRue - LOVE! So very excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Mia Bjerring - Abby and Matt, the shop is so beautiful! You’ve done an amazing job with it all! Congratulations on opening this wonderful new shop!ReplyCancel

It’s another Workshop day here at the Springmann home, and I am SO excited!! With every new group of photographers we welcome into our home, the more I get excited about my own clients- I LOVE sharing all that I’ve learned over the last five years and teaching lights my fire to go and create something beautiful! I know today’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to share a full recap with you later this week, but in the mean time, let’s get to Mash-Uping.

So last week was big- in case you missed the announcement, we’re opening a print shop!! We launched pre-order for our first product, La Vie en Rose, a set of 12 fine art photography notecards. And within two days, we’d sold every set available for pre-order!! We’ve been working really hard to get these ready to ship later this week, so if you snagged one of the early sets, just know it’s coming to you soon :). And know what’s really difficult? Trying to narrow down all my past travel work into a few select images for the print shop. Agonizing, I tell you!

As always, lessons learned over the past week:

  • The #50daysinParis series ended on Thursday… and I’m now at an almost-complete loss as to what to post on Insta anymore. I think that means we need another series! The scans from my time in France a couple of weeks ago is due back this week, though, sooo maybe that’s the solution!
  • Ant Man. If you haven’t seen it already, go do it. If you like action films, that is.
  • Ever need a dose of self-esteem? Simple solution: just have your photo taken by Katleyn James! Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events asked me to model for the Designed & Styled workshop last week with Amanda Veronee, and Katelyn was the one photographing it- let me tell you. She made 94 degree weather worth it. I haven’t felt that beautiful in a long time!
  • I made a wreath for our front door! And what’s even more impressive, I picked out my supplies in about 10 minutes at Michael’s without any advance planning! I’m not really the type to craft on the fly, so this is a major feat for me. Go ahead, be impressed.
  • Tim & Cristina are the best. Matt & I had dinner with the two of them on Saturday night, and when they arrived at our home, Cristine presented me with a gorgeous bottle of champagne and said “I don’t know if it’s any good, but the bottle looks like it belongs at Hogwarts and I knew we had to get it for you!” Yep, I have the best #clientsturnedfriends ever!
  • Want to know what makes an engagement session even better? A couple who has a talent for quoting movies that’s on par with your own. Steve & Kara’s session was perfection!! 

Here’s a small peek into the gorgeousness of Steve & Kara- their full blog post is coming later this week!

Georgetown engagement photographer | Abby Grace

  • Mia Bjerring - That sneak peek photo just makes me so excited to see more! Tulle skirt!!! And yes to a new Instagram series for sure! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Love the photo! Glad you are working on a new series for Instagram and that your Print Shop has taken off so well. You were missed at the family reunion. Love you.ReplyCancel

Truth be told, we don’t actually know when his birthday is. He was a rescue, and when we adopted him in December, we were told he was two years old. But after working with our trainer in January/February, she estimated him to be more like 18 months. So I decided that July 31st was going to be his birthday, because it’s Harry Potter’s birthday, and that makes it the perfect date, don’t you agree?

Neither of us were prepared for how tough it was going to be to add another pup to our family, but it’s been worth it! When we first brought Sirius home, Matt & I were both worried we’d made a huge mistake- Sirius was aggressively playful with Lily, super possessive over food, and a maniacal barker at anything that moved outside. It was a rough first few weeks, yet slowly-but-surely, he’s started to soften.

German Shepherd mix rescue | Abby Grace Photography

Rescue dogs are WORTH IT! We have no idea what his situation was before he came to us, but judging by the high levels of anxiety over food and separation, I’m guessing it wasn’t a good spot. Knowing that bringing him into our home has helped ease him into a less stressful life has been such an amazing journey, and it’s taught me so much about the importance of long-term vision! It would have been easier to give him up after the first few weeks of frustration, but then where would he be? Back at the shelter, once again homeless. Bringing him into our home has taught Matt & I the importance of rigid discipline, a schedule, and what it looks like to put someone/thing else’s needs above our own comfort at times. So yeah, it’s been hard at points over the last half year, but we’re better off because of this crazy pup!

Sirius, bud, we love you to death. Your crazy play tactics, your insatiable desire to catch cats, and your sweet cuddles, I can’t imagine home anymore without you and your booming barks!