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Professional or Amature I mentioned in Part 1 of the Why is Wedding Photography so Expensive series that one of the most important things to consider when hiring a Wedding Photographer is deciding if you want a professional or an amateur. Before 2019, I was an amateur. I had a nice camera, I took photos, […]

For Brides

Why is Wedding Photography so Expensive? | Part 2 | Fixed Business Expenses

January 18, 2020

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There is a common misconception that Wedding Photographers are “rollin’ in the dough.” To be honest, I can see how people would come to that conclusion. It may look as if we spend 8-10 hours actually working a wedding day, charge anywhere from $2,000-$4,000+ and just pocket the cash! Talk about a dream job, right?

For Brides

January 17, 2020

Why is Wedding Photography So Expensive | Part 1 | Introduction

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Can I be 100% with you? This session was a struggle for me. Which is so disheartening to say, because Katie & Kyle are literally a DREAM! I wanted to begin this session at a Eucalyptus Grove near before moving over to the cliffs, but the trees were bulldozed sometime between the day I location […]

Engagements

Katie & Kyle | Sunset Cliffs Engagement Session

January 14, 2020

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I published my 2020 Business Goals blog post the other day, and it completely skipped my attention that maybe I should have mentioned some of my successes in 2019. #pregnancybrain I was always afraid to mention to clients that 2019 was actually Morgan Dove Photograpy’s first official year in business! Did you just gasp? But […]

Personal

January 11, 2020

2019 Year in Review

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Birthdays are always hard on moms. Today I’m pondering the old adage, “the days are long but the years are short,” and oh man is it true. My teeny tiny baby girl turns three today! Somedays I long to go back to when she was a baby. We found out about her heart condition when […]

Personal

Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Sis!

January 9, 2020

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There’s something just so sweet about young love. Meeting your “person” while you’re still trying to figure out who you are, and then being able to grow up together is so sweet! Brooke & Tony met while they were at school. Both being students, they really got to know each other through their inexpensive dates […]

Weddings

January 7, 2020

Brooke & Tony | San Diego LDS Temple & Elegant Garden Wedding

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Balboa Park Engagement | San Diego, CA I have mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram… and social media in general. My job is photography, but my real full-time job is as a “trying-to-figure-out-SEO-ninja.” But, if I’ve learned anything in my first full year of business as a Wedding Photographer, it’s to […]

Engagements

Kristy & Justin | Balboa Park Engagement Session

January 6, 2020

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Something many of my clients don’t know is that 2019 was my first official full year in business! I’ve “taken pictures” (whether portraits or weddings) for more than 10 years, but not seriously, and definitely not consistently. I picked up my camera and started shooting in 2017, and people noticed. That autumn I began second […]

For Photographers, Personal

January 1, 2020

New Year, New Decade, & New Business Goals

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I first met Rebecca & Dan at Stephanie & Levi’s Wedding. Becca was a bridesmaid, and Dan was at the wedding early to just hang out and enjoy the day! Something tat was a bit different about Stephanie & Levi’s Wedding, was tat their entire bridal party watched the First Look Session from a nearby […]

Engagements

Rebecca & Dan | Balboa Park Engagement Session

August 7, 2019

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It’s always fun when a client inquires about my Photograpy completely out the blue. I don’t pay for marketing/advertising, and most of my clients come through word-of-mouth referrals or Instagram. However, every once in a while I will get a referral from another photographer! I truly believe in community over competition, and creating relationships with […]

Engagements

August 1, 2019

Francesca & TJ | Balboa Park & Coronado Beach Engagement Session