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Photographing this outdoor boudoir session was such an awesome experience for a ton of reasons. This model was super laid back and completely incorporated her personality into the shoot. Boudoir is a perfect opportunity to show your sweet sexy side as well as a badass sexy side, and that’s certainly what we were aiming for here.

I loved how this gorgeous girl looked in the white lingerie sitting in the soft sunlight. The photos in the first outfit feel pretty and sweet.

With the second outfit, we did a darker look; black lingerie, black boots, and a dark red lipstick. To make it even more badass, she brought a bottle of whiskey, a cigar, and gun collection unlike any I’ve ever seen.

And last but not least, you can’t go wrong wearing a significant other’s favorite t-shirt! And any girl down to chug a beer at her boudoir session is one cool chick in my eyes!

Overall, this session was amazing and I’m thrilled to be able feature many of her beautiful photos right here on the blog.

To view more outdoor boudoir sessions, click here.

  • Brittany - Love how this shoot goes from nice to naughty, the costumes, the lighting, even the look in her eye slowly get sultrier.ReplyCancel

If you’re in search of a budget friendly alternative to full day wedding photography, one excellent idea is to purchase a regular portrait session from your photographer instead.

Ally and Tony were married in August and they wanted to be sure they’d have gorgeous portraits of the two of them. So we snuck off for an hour on their wedding day to a beautiful outdoor location near the Salt River. It was a calm, peaceful time to take photos, only the two of them, no crowds or chaos. They had just arrived from their ceremony and seemed to glow with happiness and excitement.

The sun was shining beautifully and as soon as we were done taking photos, they headed off to enjoy their reception with family and friends.

Even though I only spent a brief time with them on their special day, I could easily tell Ally and Tony are a sweet, happy couple, deeply in love.


When you run your own photography business, there is only so much work you can physically take on.

Each session fills a fixed slot and brings you one step closer to your weekly, monthly or yearly goal. And that’s why cancellations, especially those that happen at the very last minute, hurt so damn bad.

As you can probably guess, I’m writing this because I’ve had some pretty painful experiences myself.

Once I had a themed photo shoot scheduled for a baby’s birthday. I absolutely love kids themed photography and I was SO excited to get such a unique session on the books. I sketched out the concept, bought a few props and spent hours crafting the perfect details.

I must have looked like one of the 7 dwarfs, whistling away as I finished up the final touches.

Then the client called with bad news. She cancelled just 3 days before the shoot.

I went from Happy dwarf to Grumpy dwarf in 2.5 seconds.

In fact, if there was a Self-Pity Dwarf that definitely would have been me.

Then there was the client who called me to cancel her session the night before it was scheduled.

That’s right. The night before.

There goes another perfectly good date right down the drain…cue Ragey, the foamy-mouthed dwarf.

But one of the most extreme examples came from a client who canceled and rescheduled with me three times.

Oh boy, let me tell you. That one got old fast.

My interactions with this person were Einstein’s definition of insanity.

I consider myself a pretty polite, fairly obliging person but after the third cancellation I vowed not to go down that road again. Especially if this person wanted yet a fourth shot. And sure enough, she did.

I finally put my foot down, took a pass on “rescheduling,” and felt a HUGE sense of relief.

I mean how many times are you gonna let someone poke you in the eye until you finally put your glasses on and walk away?

Don’t get me wrong. I am totally human. I understand that sometimes you need to cancel an appointment. A last minute crisis, an unexpected event or even a real emergency can pop up and derail your plans. I’ve been there, and yes, I’ve done it myself.

But now, as a business owner, I see the act of canceling in a whole new light.

What folks just don’t realize is that when you cancel an appointment, the commission for the person you cancelled on is lost. Money gone. And the chances of replacing that income at short notice are pretty darn slim.

Now that I’m a full-time photographer (and because I would like to remain a full-time photographer), I felt it was high time to stop getting burned.

These days I take payment up front via an online system that withdraws directly from a checking account (here’s why I don’t take credit cards).

I won’t block the date in my calendar until payment is received.

But I still allow a little wiggle room. Because after all, stuff happens right? So if someone needs to cancel, I offer a grace period which ends two weeks before the date of the scheduled shoot.

After that, the payment is non-refundable due to the incredibly low chances of replacing that income at such short notice.

If for some reason I’m the one that needs to cancel (and you better believe this would be a last, last, LAST resort option for me), the client will receive a full refund along with a sincere, wholehearted apology.

It takes a lot of time to coordinate a photo shoot. To feel like you wasted that time planning a session that’s not going to happen, truly sucks. And it sucks even more when you don’t have enough time to book another one in its place.

Businesses need to be profitable in order to stay in business.

Establishing a clear cancellation policy will protect your photography business from getting hurt financially.

So get yourself a little back up and put an end to the pain of cancelled income.

For the photographers and business owners out there, what’s your worst cancellation story? Have you put any policies in place to protect your business?

(Side Note: Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the memes used in this post. I’m not sure who did, but they’re awesome.)


  • Angel - We have a cancellation policy for our salon and boy do people get pissed sometimes. But we stand our ground and move on leaving problem clients in the past. Cancellations and no shows are a real problem in the service industry and some clients just don’t understand or flat out don’t care about lost time. Appointment based businesses are a perishable commodity and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. We have realized that training clients to respect our profession takes time but is totally worth the effort. If they don’t come back it leaves room for clients who pay the fee and get where we’re coming from. We do hold credit cards in our booking system and have a signed policy form on file. We also honor our policy in return and give a discount if we have to cancel on a client. Great Job for having the balls so many businesses lack!ReplyCancel