Podcast Interview with AvaFlora Wedding Florists

We are chatting with Mike and Lori Orlando from AvaFlora all about how wedding photographers and wedding florist can work together on a wedding day. Communication and setting expectations ahead of time is key to having a successful wedding. AvaFlora is a New York based floral design studio that specialize in creating refined, garden inspired floral designs for gift orders, weddings, and events.

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Ava Flora - Lori and Mike Orlando

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My Fave Business Books You Need to Read!

One of my goals for 2018 that followed me into 2019 was to read a book a month. I went for a few years without reading a SINGLE book and that was pretty shocking. So, I decided to change that and each month I read a new book to help my business and self growth. In today’s brand new Tea with Jainé IGTV video, I wanted to share three favorite business, marketing, and self help books that are making a great impact on my life. You can watch the video here and read below!

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

No 1 - Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller - I read this book from cover to cover within three days and absolutely LOVE this book. It’s a clear and helpful guide for you to figure out what your Brand story really is and how to create marketing content that connects with your ideal client. There is a lot o f homework in this book so be prepared with a pen and paper. I purchased a softcover copy from Amazon after borrowing it from the library because I wanted to have it on hand with me at all times to refer too. So happy I did that because I read it all the time!

No. 2 - Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis - It’s no secret how much I loved Girl, Wash Your Face that came out last year. That book TRULY changed my life, my mindset, and the pat of my business. Girl, Stop Apologizing is the follow up to that book that gives you the hands-on tangible tips to get your stuff DONE and get your life moving in the right direction. You can also pick up the Audio Book if you’re busy and want to listen on the go!

No. 3 - Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Folero - All I’m going to say is HECK YES I love this book so much! Marie is a powerhouse coach for women and I love everything she represents and teaches. This book is so powerful it’s going to make you do the hard work to get past your fears, face your dreams, and start making them happen. Everything is Figureoutable is literally my new mantra because in the end, it ALL is capable even if you don’t know it yet. You can grab the Audio version here too.

Each of these books speaks to different sides of my life and business that I want to grow and explore. As a wedding photographer, small business owner, defining my “Brand” is something I was never taught - so having a book to help me figure that out with crystal clear clarity is so helpful. I love Rachel and Marie so much because these strong women are helping other women like myself, embrace who they are, own their past, and determine their OWN future. I would not be here without Girl, Wash Your Face and Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk and for that, I am forever grateful. I hope you pick one or all of them up and enjoy them too!


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LoveStories Radio Podcast Interview - Episode 46

You guys know how much I love my LoveStories TV girls, right? They are THE BEST and they love their vendors! I’m so excited to share that I was recently a guest on their LoveStories Radio Podcast - Episode 46. You can listen to it here or read the transcript here on their website. Thank you SO much for having me!! xo

LoveStories Radio Interview
LoveStories TV Podcast Interview - Ep. 46

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Podcast Interview with Paige Griffith of The Legal Paige

We are chatting with Paige Griffith from The Legal Paige all about how to make sure your wedding photography or online business is Legal and Legit in the eyes of the law. Do you know the difference between a S-Corp. Sole Prop, or LLC? Well, Paige breaks it down for you easily and clearly. The Legal Paige a virtual law firm working with online businesses and wedding industry professionals.

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Paige Griffith - The Legal Page

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Teaching at The Bridal Masterclass Experience in New York City!

I’m so excited to share that I’m teaching at The Bridal Masterclass Experience in New York City this Fall! The Bridal Masterclass Experience is a hands-on learning workshop for wedding professionals. I’m going to be teaching posing techniques during the styled shoot portion of the day. There will be several vignettes that attendees can choose from. New York City Nov. 6th - 8th 2019. I cannot wait to see you soon!!

Visit thebridalmasterclassexperience.com to get your tickets before it sells out! Use code VIP25 to save 25% OFF Pre-Sale tickets. Hope to see you there!! xo - Jainé

The Bridal Masterclass NYC

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Should You Work For Free?

I have to admit that this topic has been on my mind for a long time. I wanted to share my experience and advice that I’ve learned over the last 10 years as a wedding photographer in New York City. I thought that if you were just starting out, you were probably being asked this question just as much as I was (and still AM!) and I hope I can help you make an educated decision as to what you should do for yourself and your company. So, should you work for free?! Let’s dive in!

Should You Work For Free as Wedding Photographer?

Should You Work For Free? Yes AND No

My initial and honest answer is Yes and No. Complicated right? Let me explain.

When you are first starting out and you want to get your name out there, make connections, and new relationships, YES you should absolutely work for free. Offer your services for free to colleges, designers, wedding planners, and so forth to get your foot in the door. I mean, they don’t know you exist yet so you have to introduce yourself to them. You can collaborate on a styled shoot, branding sessions, family photos, etc… the ideas are endless but your free services should not be.

Once you’ve started to make those connections and those people are hiring you for real paying jobs, you need to end your working for free mentality. It’s all well and good but at some point, you have to start charging so you can actually be a business that makes money. You have to remember that you ARE a business, and you need to put an end date/time frame on the amount of stuff you do for free.

Working for exposure. Is it worth it?

How many times have you been asked to work for free because you’ll be paid with “EXPOSURE” from an event? Oh goodness, let me count the ways. At the beginning of your career, for the right client, and it feels right for your brand sure you can work for a 3-hour event for free and get “exposure” but just remember that exposure does NOT pay the bills. You cannot give your “likes” “mentions” and press clippings to the bank for actual money. Sorry, doesn’t work that way!

Partnering with the right brand/sponsor/event can certainly increase your exposure to new eyes but doing these types of events over an over again, will not pay the bills unless you are seeing a direct return from working an event. Such as booking a paying client and making hard-earned money because they met you/liked your work from the free event. If that is happening, then your ROI is high, but if it’s not, it’s time to move on and start charging.

Ask for the details

I learned a hard lesson by working for someone for free who promised me that their event would get published. They said it would be picked up and my name would be shared all over the place which sounds great, right? Well, what I walked into was not only NOT going to be published, it was also a clear sign that my eagerness to please was being taken advantage of. Friends, do be like me (10 years ago) ask for all the details in advance. I wish someone would have told me to ask for a mood board, Pinterest inspiration, or just some photos of how it was going to be styled and where it was going to be held. It was a hard lesson to learn but I hope in sharing this story you learn from my mistakes and don’t end up crying on a bench with your husband afterward knowing that you were just taken advantage of for your photography services.

If you are going to work for free, have a contract!

Take it from me, have a contract for every single one of the jobs even when starting your career. When I first starting out, I did an engagement session for a family member for free. It was over 3 hours long, I didn’t tell them when I was going to deliver the final gallery, how many files were included, or any important information and it created a bit of an uncomfortable situation between the two of us. Now, it’s not their fault, it’s mine. I didn’t know any better but looking back, I should have had a clear contract outlining all of the information so everyone was on the same page. It would have been a better ending for both of us but now, I know better and always have a contract :)

When Should You STOP working for free?

The easiest answer I can give you is this when you can start charging for your work, you should stop doing it for free. You are out of the “get all the experience” phase and have officially crossed over to the “I know what I’m doing” phase and people are asking you to take their photos for them. I think a good indicator for when you should start charging is when people are asking to hire you. It’s a good sign people like what you are putting out there in the world.

Should I Still do Events for free after I am charging?

Well, that’s up to you my friend. I cannot answer everything for you but I know from my own experience that if I feel passionate about an event, charity, or person, I will still offer my services for free or at a discounted rate. If they have no budget but are a blogger, have a service, or their own website, I will negotiate a deal that is a win/win for both of us. Maybe that’s a listing on their vendor page, or use of the venue for a styled shoot later down the road, or an Instagram post to their 100K followers with proper VISABLE credit, something that for me makes sense to barter a deal for services.

So what about you? I’d love to hear your stories and experiences with working for free. Why did you do and was it worth it for you in the end? Did you feel that you gained a lot of great exposure? Did you connect with new people? Please leave a comment below and let me know!! xo


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Speaking at The Hybrid Co 2020 in San Diego!

Sometimes, when your dreams start to come true, it can feel unreal, right? I’ve been writing in my Start Today Journal that “I am a speaker at Photography Conferences” for almost a year and slowly, it’s been starting to happen. I’ve been putting myself out there and applying to speak at different conferences.

I’ve attended two previous Hybrid Collective Conferences and I’m delighted to share that I’m going to be teaching Breakout Session at the next conference in San Diego from March 3rd - 6th, 2020. You guys, this is literally a DREAM COME TRUE moment for me and I cannot wait to see / meet so many of you in person. My breakout class is going to be about how to start a podcast (Tea with Jainé is mine if you don’t listen yet) and I cannot wait to help others start their own. So so exciting!!

As one of the perks to being a teacher, I get to share an exclusive discount code with you guys! If you are interested in attending, you can visit the site: http://thehybridco.com/ to purchase your tickets. You can use code KERSHNER to save $50 OFF your seat. Yay!!

So, who’s going to Cali with me?? Leave me a comment below and let me know!! xoxo

Podcast Interview with Heidi Thompson

We are chatting with Heidi Thompson of Evolve Your Wedding Business all about how to create a profitable marketing plan for your business. Heidi is a businesses strategist and coach who helps wedding professional access their potential profits with a solid marketing plan.

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Heidi Thompson Evolve Your Wedding Business

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Newborn Photography Essentials for Photographers

Over in our Facebook group, I was asked to share some of my favorite must-have essentials when I photograph my newborn sessions. Be sure to watch our latest IGTV video where I share how I prep my families for their session. I hope my tips help with your next family photography session! xo

Newborn Photoshoot Essentials for Photographers

The Baby Shusher - I could not photograph any newborn session WITHOUT this amazing little device. It does exactly what it says - it creates a “shushing” sound that mimics the sounds that a baby hears inside of the womb. It instantly calms them down and helps any fussy baby start to soothe themselves. It’s a miracle product that after every session, my parents are purchasing for next day delivery from Amazon. I kid you not!

Cat Camera Buddy by Phoxi-Tog - I found this company at WPPI several years ago purchased the Monkey option. That little guy has saved many a photo shoot. You can’t use it for newborns (as they cannot focus or see color after birth) BUT if they have a sibling or siblings that you want to look at the camera, this little guy is going to help you do! I’m going to be getting this cat next - he’s adorable and the bright red is going to be so helpful!

White Swaddles from Aden + Anais - I always recommend to my couples to have white/light/neutral colored swaddles for their sessions. I prefer non-distracting colors so that the baby can really shine in the photos. I love these muslin swaddles from Aden + Anais (a Brooklyn company!). We went through so many of these with my own daughter and they are so comfortable. I recommend keeping a few in your newborn kit so that if the parents forget, you can save the day with your own!

White Baby Bloomers (0-3 Months) - It’s actually very hard to find an all-white diaper. The pampers are white but have a blue line up that changes colors when wet, which, doesn’t make the cutest photo. I recommend white bloomers to my families (some even get them monogrammed, which is adorable!). I keep a pair of white bloomers in my kit (size 0-3) just in case. I love these ruffle butts too!

Portable Heater - I know several newborn photographers who will bring their own portable heater with them to sessions to keep the baby warm. This is such a great idea! I, personally, do not have one only because I don’t have the room in my home/kit but if I had a car, I would just keep in there to come with me to each and every newborn session!


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Smile Brilliant CariPro Toothbrush Review, Coupon Code + GIVEAWAY!!

I'm so thrilled to be collaborating with Smile Brilliant again to review their new CariPro electric toothbrush. Last year, I reviewed their in-home teeth whitening system which I absolutely fell in love with. I saw incredible whitening results, and ever since our collaboration, I always recommend their teeth whitening system to all of my clients. I think having whiter teeth is always a good idea for your photos so when Smile Brilliant asked if I would be interested in testing out their brand new electric toothbrush, it was a definite yes from me!

Smile Brilliant CariPRO Automatic Toothbrush

For the last 10 years I have used an electric toothbrush, so I knew I would be able to give their new toothbrush an honest, thoughtful, and thorough review. Over the years, I have used the Oral-B from Braun with rotating brush heads. I loved how it got my teeth really clean but hated the cost of the replacement heads - so expensive! Last year, I purchased the battery operated and portable Quip toothbrush but I wasn't happy with the results. I always felt that I had to re-brush my teeth within a few hours and they never truly felt clean. Ultimately, I went back to Oral-B and put my Quip away.

When the CariPRO arrived, I will admit I was a bit skeptical. The brush head didn't rotate and there were a lot of settings but I set it up in my bathroom and gave it a fair chance. Soon after my first use, I knew that I had found my new electric toothbrush. Yes, it's true, I LOVE the CariPRO!! It gets my teeth unbelievably clean and whiter each time I brush. It vibrates 7x faster than any other electric toothbrush leaving my teeth cleaner for longer amounts of time. It's so fast that when I have to rinse, I actually have to shut off the CariPRO because water ends up all over my mirror. Gah, it's FAST!!

The verdict? I have been using the CariPRO for over a month and I can definitely say that this is the BEST electric toothbrush I have ever used and I will be recommending to to all of my friends, family, and couples. It's an affordable electric toothbrush that truly makes your teeth super clean and whiter. Love that!

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR OWN CARI PRO TOOTHBRUSH

I’m so excited that one lucky reader has a chance to win their own CariPro Toothbrush ($119 Value)!

Here’s how to enter: Visit this link and enter your email address. Yup, that’s it!

Giveaway Rules: The giveaway is for a $119 Smile Brilliant credit (a free individual toothbrush package). Open to USA, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents. The giveaway winner will be selected by our search engine. You must enter your email to be entered! Giveaway will end on Friday, September 20th, at Midnight EST. Giveaway winner will be contacted directly from Smile Brilliant.

Good Luck to all our entries and I can’t wait for you to enjoy your CariPro Toothbrush!! xo - Jainé

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PSSST - If you want to get their amazing in-home teeth-whitening system, you can still use my code BRKLYNVIEW20 to save 20% at checkout. Enjoy!!

* I received a complimentary CariPRO electric toothbrush in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Smile Brilliant for partnering with me! *


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