Podcast Interview with Whimsy Weddings

A brand new podcast is now available on Tea with Jainé! We are chatting with wedding planner Tatiana Jones from Whimsy Weddings about how wedding photographers and wedding planners can work seamlessly together. Tati shares some great tips and advice to help ensure our couples have the best wedding day ever!

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Whimsy Weddings Event Planners and Floral Design

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Locust Collection Surface Giveaway

You guys, I can’t believe that Tea with Jainé is officially a YEAR old! How did that happen?! I’m so happy that you love my education series for wedding photographers and thrilled I have helped you along in your own business journey. To celebrate our 1st birthday, I’m so excited to share that we’ve partnered with one of my ALL TIME favorite brands to bring you an incredible giveaway!! Who’s excited?!

Enter for a chance to win a 18 x 27” rollable, double sided, styling surface from Locust Collection - HOORAY!! These are my absolutely favorite surfaces and so honored to partner with Kate! xo

Locust Collection Giveaway 2019

HOW TO ENTER:

1 - Follow @brklynview AND @locustcollection (we will be checking!!) on Instagram.

2 - Tag one person in the comments to enter (INSTAGRAM ONLY!) You can tag as many people as you like so the more tags, the more chances to WIN!

3 - BONUS ENTRY - Take a screenshot of my photo in MY INSTAGRAM story and share it in YOUR story. Tag @brklynview AND @locustcollection so we can see your entries.

Giveaway ends WEDNESDAY, April 10th at MIDNIGHT EST. The Winner will be announced in the Instagram post. GOOD LUCK!!


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Podcast Interview Luisa Navarro - Create Something Captivating

I’m so excited about the latest podcast episode with Luisa Navarro of Create Something Captivating. We are talking about how to use Instagram for wedding photographers. How by showing who you truly are and engaging authentically with your followers will grow your audiences, trust, and your business. You are going to LOVE this episode and Luisa!

One of the best App’s for planning your Instagram feed, is Planoly. Luisa and I both L O V E this app and use it daily. You can plan the look of your feed in advance, save your most used hashtags, geo tag, and mention users, pre-plan stories, and so much more. Planoly is an incredibly powerful app for anyone using Instagram for their business.

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Instagram Advice with Luisa Navarro

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Personal Safety Gear for Wedding Photographers

I wanted to share a few items that I recently purchased for my own personal and business safety. Being a female wedding photographer can feel a bit ominous at times, especially when I have to walk back to my car at night or when I’m taking the gear out of the trunk to head back to my apartment alone. I don’t like thinking about the “what if’s” but I always like to be prepared. Here are some of my new tools to help me feel a bit safer and track my gear while I’m working on a wedding day!

Again, I love GMA DEALS and highly recommend you guys follow them to score some great deals on items whenever they are posted! xo

Safety Gear for Women Wedding Photographers

The Glammer : Emergency Escape Hammer by Bling Sting - This super cute and very function personal emergency escape hammer is one of those items that the fire department always recommends you have in your car but you never actually purchase it until now. Why? Well, because it’s so darn cute (hello ROSE GOLD!) and it can save your life if you ever need it. You can cut your seat belt and break the windshield to get out of your car as well. I will carry this in the front seat with me just incase I ever need to use it when traveling.

Ahh!-larm! Personal Alarm by Bling Sting - This super cute confetti glitter keychain heart is not only cute to carry but it’s an ear piercing 115 decibel alarm - YIKES!!! It includes an LED safety light that will blink so people know where you are and you can replace the batteries too! This keychain also comes in a bow shape and gem stone so you have a few choices and colors to choose from. I like that it looks cute and can make a bit impact to scare off someone who might be following you. Hey, we all know that walking back to your car late at night (alone!) can be scary so be prepared!

Tile Mate - I mentioned this previously but I forgot to put it in my IGTV video which you can watch here. I love these little Tile Mates because they are small, discreet, and I can put one in each of my gear cases and track their whereabouts while I’m busy photographing a wedding. Also, the new Tile Mates allow you to replace the battery once a year which is great and very environmentally friendly! You can use the Tile App to track your devices and play the tune to find your cases (or keys!) quickly.

Is personal safety something you think about on a wedding day? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below! xo


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Speaking at IGNITE 2019 Workshop

I’m so excited to share that I’m going to be speaking at the upcoming IGNITE 2019 workshop hosted by NJ SPARK on Saturday, April 23rd, 2019. Each year this incredible group of women host a FREE wedding photography workshop and I’m so thrilled to be teaching one of the breakout sessions. Yay!

I’m going to be teaching attendee’s how create content for Instagram with images they already have and how to schedule, plan, and auto post with Planoly to get your life back and OFF social media. Ahhh, I’m SOOO excited!! The conference has already sold out (it’s free but the 75 spots are all full) but they do have a waiting list if you want to sign up to find out more and hopefully snag a spot! xo

Jaine Kershner - Brklyn View Photography

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Sharing Photos with Wedding Vendors

Should or shouldn’t you share the wedding photos with the other wedding vendors? This is definitely a hot button topic that pops up every few months or so in the wedding photography groups. There are both sides to every story but honestly find this question really interesting because the answer, at least for me, has always been YES!

Of course I will share the photos with the vendors who were involved with the wedding I photographed because why wouldn’t I? It’s there work too, right? Let me explain why I share the images and how I deal with image usage. You can also watch my latest IGTV video to hear me talk about this topic too!

How to Share Your Images

Once my wedding has be delivered to my clients, I will do a few things afterwards. I will either submit their wedding for publication (online or print) and reach out to the vendors to let them know they can now view the images and pick out their favorites. I give them limited access to the gallery so they can only view the images and choose their favorites to use on their website and social media. Once they are done with their selections, I’ll download the files, rename, resize, and send them to the vendor via Dropbox.

Allowing each vendor to pick their favorites has proven for me to the best and easiest way to handle requests for photos. This way, they can see the full gallery, pick out all the photos that they like and I still have full control of what images are shared online. Sometimes I will omit images that I know the couple doesn’t want released on social media, especially ones with children photographed. I’m always keeping my couples privacy in the back of mind.

I usually wait till have I have a few requests in my inbox and set aside some time to process each request. It can take anywhere from 10 -30 minutes per request so I need to do it when I have some available time in my calendar. If it’s my busy season, or I’m slammed with editing work, I will let the vendors know that their request will take some time as my priority is always my couples. No one has ever complained!

Photo and Usage for Vendors

In my initial email to the vendor, I let them know that if they want to use the images, they need to credit them properly. If they can agree to that, I’m more than willing to give them to them for usage. Just about everyone agrees, which is great, and I also send a very detailed Usage Agreement with the final photos.

I clearly state how the photos can and cannot be used. How they cannot be altered or edited in any manner. How they cannot submit the photos without my permission and if they want to use them for Advertisements, they need to get my written permission to do so. I also state that since the images are given to the vendors complimentary, if they do not follow these rules, they could receive an invoice for improper photo usage.

I do this so they know what the rules are and how to ensure that we have a good standing relationship. I want to give them the photos and I want them to use them everywhere BUT I want to make sure I am given proper photo credit where credit is due.

Also, I should mention that I would never CHARGE a vendor for images. I own the photographs but they wouldn’t have happened without the other vendors decor, design, flowers, vision, and artistry. They want to showcase their work too so why not make that happen as easy as possible for everyone?

Create Great Vendor Relationships and Networks

Do you know that the number ONE thing I hear all the time from every single new planner or vendor I work with is? It’s that that NEVER get any of the photos of their work - EVER!! How is that even possible? <scratches head>

By simply sharing images with the wedding planner, florists, caterers, venues, officiants, and every other vendor at the wedding, you are creating a great vendor relationships. They are going to be SO HAPPY you contacted them and shared your photos of their work, they are going to love working with you. And you know what happens from there? They show of your work on Instagram, or their website, or their blog and more couples see your photography. More potential clients SEE YOUR WORK!! Isn’t that worth everything to you? Well, it is to me! The vendor becomes your walking talking billboard for anyone who needs a photographer. You are the one they love working with because you share the images and you take great photos too!

I always say this but being nice in this industry is going to get you a lot further than being over protective about your photos and NOT sharing. Yeah, I said that! They will remember you if you don’t share, were rude, and terrible to work with. Do you think they are going to recommend you every again?

By sharing your photos, you are creating a network of vendors who want to work with you, who will support you, and hopefully recommend you in the future.

What Is Your Return On Investment?

I get it. It takes TIME to email the vendors, get their favorites, and send them the final images. I understand that maybe you didn’t get a referral from each and every vendor but hey, that’s how it goes, right? If you have a system in place and guidelines for vendors to adhere by when using your images, I (personally) think you are really going to be putting yourself at a HUGE advantage as a wedding photographer.

For me, the ROI (return on investment) takes time. It’s the long game that you have to play. Creating and cultivating lasting vendor relationships is so important. At least, they are in my opinion if you want to be doing this for a long time!

What If the Vendor Doesn’t Credit Me?

If you’ve given vendors your specific guidelines and they didn’t tag you on Instagram, Facebook, etc… feel free to nudge them with a quick DM. Just say “hey, can you tag me?” and most vendors will add the tag quickly and say they are sorry for leaving it out of the post. If they don’t respond, or continue to fail to give you the proper credit, feel free to email them about the issue. Last resort is to send an invoice for photo usage. I have YET to do this but hey, it’s in my usage clause so I could if I needed too.

If a vendor continues to leave off your photo credit, well, you know for next time that maybe you won’t be so eager to share with them before having a talk about your past experience with them. Speak up for yourself and make it known that it’s 100% NOT ok to do this! You deserve the credit because the photo are yours and they wouldn’t have them without you. It’s a two-way street!

And what if you didn’t like working with a particular vendor all together? Well, that’s at your digression if you want to share the images or not. You have to do what’s best for you!

Make it a WIN/WIN

Personally, I want my work to be shared everywhere with everyone, and I want to receive the proper credit when it is shared. I’ve had numerous people reach out to me over the years because they kept seeing my photography pop up for a few of their favorite wedding vendors so they wanted to work with me too. In my opinion, it’s a win/win!


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Podcast Interview with Sharee Davenport - The Pinterest Queen

I’m really excited about today’s amazing podcast interview with the Pinterest Queen herself - Sharee Davenport! She has figured out a way to use Pinterest to grow her business 3x’s and quit her full time job by using Pinterest to book and find new clients. There is so much great advice packed into our chat. You will need a notebook to write down all the notes. This is one of my favorite podcast episodes ever!

One of the best app’s to get the most out of Pinterest for auto posting your images is Tailwind. I have been using this app for a few months now and blown away how easy it is to use. By posting images at the right times predicted by Tailwind has increased my engagement dramatically and how many new followers I’ve gained in a few short months. It’s amazing and MUST have app in my opinion!!

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Sharee Davenport Photography - The Pinterest Queen

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Motivational Quote Inscribed Watch by Welly Merrck

I used to wear a watch every day but since I've been physically (and emotionally) attached to my cellphone, I stopped wearing one until very recently. I found a new shape, color, and design from Welly Merrck that really spoke to me. I also love that I could have the watch inscribed with a motivational quote just for me. So, it got me thinking, what would I put on the back of it?

Welly Merrck Explorer New Yorker in Rose Gold Watch

It took me a bit to figure it out but I had my watch inscribed with the quote MADE FOR MORE on the inside. Why that quote? Well, it's straight from Rachel Hollis’s book Girl, Wash Your Face which really shifted my mindset last year and I cannot wait for her new book, Girl, Stop Apologizing that comes out in March 2019!! The quote reminds me that I'm made for bigger things and not to keep my dreams small ,so somebody else can feel big. It’s pretty empowering if you ask me!!

Welly Merrck Explorer New Yorker in Rose Gold Watch

I'm very excited to share that I’ve partnered with Welly Merrck to give you guys a special discount to pick out a watch just for you - YAY!! You the code WMJaine50 to save $50 on your purchase and pick out a watch that you love! They have so many styles to choose from and don’t forget, you can get your watch inscribed with your own motivational quote.

So, which watch is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!! xo - Jainé


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Podcast Interview with Mekina Saylor Weddings

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a single women and working in the wedding industry? The industry all about LOVE, MARRIAGE, and finding your “happily ever after”? When Mekina Saylor of Mekina Saylor Weddings reached out to me to discuss this topic on Tea with Jainé, I immediately thought this was a great idea because no one ever talks about it. How do you handle a break up mid-wedding season? How do you deal with unwanted advice or blind date requests? I want to thank Mekina for being so honest and brave to talk about this on our latest podcast episode of Tea with Jainé.

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Mekina Saylor Weddings

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Winter Accessories for Wedding Photographers

Oh my goodness, it’s COLD out there, right? We are in the THICK of winter so I wanted to share some of my recent good finds on how to stay warm if and when you have to go outside and photograph a wedding or event.

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L.L. Bean Midweight & Heavy Base layer Leggings - I’m so happy I found this super warm, thick, base layer leggings from L.L. Bean. They are warm enough to keep you toasty when you are outside braving the snow and wind but thin enough that you can still pull and zip your jeans. I purchased the Heavy Base Layer (which is now currently sold out) but the mid-weight pants are a great option.

Fleece Tights - Where have you been all my life? I picked a pair from Target that my friend recommended and I’m in heaven. They are so crazy cozy it’s amazing. They are thicker than normal tights but not thick enough that you look bulky in your skirt or dress. I wore these when I had to travel around new york city in a skirt and was very warm when walking around town. I was worried I might be too “hot” when I was inside and working but oddly enough, I was cool and forgot I was even wearing them. These are a MUST HAVE for me and you can certainly wear them under your jeans/pants if you wanted too.

Fleece Lined Gloves - Fleece again, are we sensing a theme? I picked up a pair of these fleece lined tech gloves so I could use my phone while I was outside on a job. The best thing about fleece is that they keep all the wind out which I always find is one of the worst parts about shooting outside. I can handle the cold temps but I can’t handle the wind and now, I don’t have too!

Fleece Lined Hat - I always am searching for the cutest pom-pom hat each and every winter (ammiiiright??). This year I picked up a j.crew hat that looks just like this one BUT it’s not lined, so I’m not wearing it anymore. This hat is so warm and adorable (if I do say so myself!) so it keeps my head warm while I’m outside. Thank goodness for fleece, right??


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