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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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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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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How to Pump On-The-Go and Photograph a Wedding AFTER Baby

At the end of my IGTV Instagram video about “How to Photograph a Wedding While Expecting”, I asked if anyone wanted me to record the follow up email sharing my tips about what to do AFTER your baby arrives. I received so many comments and requests for the follow up information and I’m so happy to share my tips with you. You can always watch my latest IGTV video where I go more in-depth on this topic as well. Enjoy!

How to Pump on the Go While Photographing A Wedding After Baby

No - 1 - Figure Out Your Pumping Schedule - I think the biggest tip and most important is to figure out when you need to pump and how long you can go (comfortably) without pumping during the day. You will then need to figure out when you can take your pump breaks during the wedding. Be open and communicate with your couples that you need to take a break x’s per day to pump and let them know you have your second photographer or assistant taking over while you are pumping.

No. 2 - Create a Portable Pumping Station - The best advice I can give you is to create your own portable pumping station so when you are “On-the-Go” you are 100% self-sufficient and do not require any additional gear. Here’s what I did and purchased:

  • Medela Pump In Style - I purchased an extra small portable breast pump to fit neatly into my bag. I loved the Medela Pump In Style because it was a great pump and super small, lightweight, and you could purchase the battery pack for this pump.

  • Medela Pump In Style Battery Pack - I purchased the battery powered Pump In Style battery pack to be 100% self powered on the go. You never know where and when you can pump so if you end up in a bathroom or broom closet (yes!) you might not have access to an outlet which, if you are totally engorged, could be the worst thing possible. You want to be able to pump anywhere on the go, and avoid Mastitis whenever possible. Believe me, it’s so painful!

  • Swell Insulate Bottle - After you’ve pumped your breastmilk, you are going to need a place to store it so it doesn’t go bad over the next several hours. You probably will NOT have access to a refrigerator, so I got a little creative. I purchased a insulated water bottle or thermos and put my breastmilk in there once I was done. I found that the biggest bottle was able to hold all of my breastmilk for the day but if you are a big producer of milk, you might want to bring another bottle as back up.

  • Packit Freezable Wine Bag - After I pumped and put my milk in the swell bottle, I put the bottle in a freezable tote bag. This bag is great because the entire bag is insulated with the ice pack material and will keep cool for several hours. This is the single wine bag which is tall enough for the Swell bottle, and they also have a double wine bag for two bottles. In my own research, I found that breastmilk can be outside of the fridge for up to 8 hours so keeping it cool in the insulated bottle along with this cooler bag, I knew it would be still good by the time I got home and put it in the freezer.

  • Johnson & Johnson Hand and Face Portable Wipes - After you’ve been pumping for a while, you become very fast and proficient in the entire process (isn’t that with everything?) so I would just wipe off my flanges with these antibacterial wipes and get back to photographing the wedding. Once I got home, I’d do a full boiling of my gear to disinfect my breast pumping equipment for the next day.

No. 3 - Outsource and Time Block - I’ve said this before but outsourcing my editing to an professional editor is worth every single penny. After baby, you really have NO time and I couldn’t find the extra 8-10 hours it takes me to edit an entire wedding consecutively. We had a part-time nanny but in those hours she was watching my daughter, I had to get everything else done. So, I would highly recommending looking for outside help where ever you can to help you stay on track and meet your deadlines.

Also, Time Blocking is such a powerful tool that I’m really only NOW getting the hang of. I time block everything I do from editing, blogging, instagram planning, and so much more. Being hyper focused for 1-2 hours has really allowed me to get my photography work done on time as well as keep Tea with Jainé going at full speed.

I hope these tips were helpful and I’d love to hear your favorite tips and takeaways below. Please leave us a comment and share with the community!! xo


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Podcast Interview with Brittny Drye of Love Inc.

Are you struggling with getting your wedding photography picked up for publication? Ever wonder how to submit your work to be featured online? I’m so excited to chat with Brittny Drye of Love Inc. all about the in's and out's of Publishing. Brittny shares her do's, don't, and must haves when submitting your wedding to an online or print publication.

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Brittny Drye of Love Inc.

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Podcast Interview with Patrick Le Photography - Apollo Workshops

Are you not sure how to use your flash? Are you worried about your wedding reception lighting skills? I’m so excited because we are chatting with Patrick from Patrick Le Photography all about how to get comfortable, over come your fears, and incorporate artificial lighting into your digital and film photography. Patrick created Apollo Workshops to be the modern answer to the fine art wedding photography workshop and educate and instruct his students how to be confident using flash in any situation.

Here is a shortlist to a few of Patrick’s recommended gear in the show:
Magmod MagBounce
Magmod MagSphere
Alpha Speedbox

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Patrick Le Photography - Apollo Workshops

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Podcast Interview with Rachel Grieman of Green Chair Stories

Ever wonder how you could work with a copywriter for your wedding photography website? How would they be able to sound like you when they are NOT you? How can they find your voice and make you sound like yourself? Rachel Greiman of Green Chair Stories helps explain how copywriting is a powerful tool for your business and can elevate your brand by just using well-written words to convey your story successfully. Rachel specializes in creating and crafting website copy for wedding photographers and has such a knack for making you sound like you!

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Rachel Greiman of Green Chair Stories - Copywriter

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Tips on How to Photograph a Wedding While Pregnant

As a wedding photographer, working while pregnant is a topic that doesn’t get talked about very often. People ask me “when did you shoot weddings until?” and “when did you go back to work after you had a baby?”. Having my first baby was very overwhelming, especially with juggling my wedding photography business. As most of you know, being a wedding photographer is a very labor intensive job (we carry so much gear!) and being on your feet for 8+ hours at time is can be very grueling on your body especially when you are carrying an extra 10, 20, 30+ lbs because you are making another human being. So, I wanted to share some advice and things I’ve learned along the way from my own experience when I was expecting my Daughter.

Oh, and I also shared my thoughts on my latest Instagram IGTV episode of Tea with Jainé. Be sure to hop on over and watch the episode for even more advice! Let’s jump in…

No. 1 - Know Your Timeline - Once I confirmed that I was in-fact pregnant, we celebrated and then panicked about the timeline. My daughter was going-to be coming right in the heart of my wedding season so I had to start planning what I was going to do for my upcoming wedding season. I decided to photograph my last wedding at 36 weeks, and to be honest, I will never do that again. I was so H U G E at the end that it was totally uncomfortable for me. No one ever tells you that you gain ALL THE WEIGHT at the end of the pregnancy and the baby gains 1-2 lbs a week in the last month alone so you go from “semi-big” to “huge” pretty quickly. Well, at least it was for me :)

No. 2 - Tell Your Couples In Advance - Once I figured out my timeline, I started to let my clients know the good news and let them know I was expecting. For the majority of my weddings, I was going to be able to make the date but for one couple, I had to gracefully bow out of covering their day. I was so sad that I didn’t have an associate to fill in but if and when it happens again, I will look for someone to fill my spot vs. refund the retainer and cancel my services. I do regret not photographing their wedding (they were one of my favorite couples to date!) BUT I helped them find someone new, refunded their retainer, and gave them their engagement session as a gift to make up for cancelling. Not that you have to do that but for me, I wanted to end on a positive note.

No. 3 - Hire A Backup Photographer/Extra Assistant - For most of my couples, letting them know I was expecting was was not a big deal. Everyone was really happy and thanked me for letting them know so far in advance. I assured them that I would be at their wedding and I would be bringing along a third photographer/assistant to cover me when I needed a break. This was an additional expense that I paid for out of my own pocket because I wanted them to know that I had on-site backup when if necessary. My assistant also carried all of my gear and food for me throughout the day so I only had to wear my two cameras on my body. It was very helpful to know that I didn’t have to lug my gear anywhere or wear any additional lenses.

No. 4 - Bring ALL THE FOOD - Depending on your pregnancy, and your cravings, you could be hungry like ALL THE TIME especially when you are working. For me, I knew that I was eating every few hours and brought a little cooler filled with food to keep me fed throughout the day. It might have looked like “A LOT” to some but I really did eat just about everything in my cooler when the day was done. A snack here, a bar there, it all adds up, and you want to make sure you are fed to keep your energy levels up. I also drank a ton of water to keep me hydrated.

No. 5 - Take Breaks Throughout the Day - This might seem obvious but when you are photographing a wedding, you never rest. We are always on the go, standing up, bending down, and going from place to place so when you are expecting, remember sit down and takes breaks whenever you can. This is why having the third photographer/assistant was so important for me. Whenever I needed a break, especially towards the end of my pregnancy, I would sit down and my third shooter would go on the dance floor to cover the crowd. I would save my energy for the key moments like speeches, dances, and toasts and then go sit back down while people were dancing or eating their meals.

No. 6 - Wear Comfortable Shoes and Supportive Undergarments - If you know me, you will know that I HATE (no, LOATHE) sneakers. I only wear them to work out and if I had a choice, I wouldn’t even wear them then. Ha! I just do not like how sneakers look and I’m always searching for an “prettier” alternative option.

When I was pregnant, I wore a pair of Women's Jambu JSport Spin Encore Ballet Flats that I absolutely LOVED! They were very comfortable and supportive for my body weight and were not ugly sneakers ;) For me, this was a happy medium that I could still do my job and look cute. Hey, it’s important to me!

I also wore a pair of supportive Maternity Spanx to give my belly some extra support. The weight of your gear plus the weight of the baby gets very heavy over the course of the day and having a bit of support to lift your belly actually felt amazing.

No. 7 - Hire Help - To get my work done, I hired an outside editor to work on my weddings and intern to take care of my social media while I was “out of the office”. I found out that I could no longer sit at my desk for hours because I needed to walk around and move my body so editing became very difficult for me. I strongly encourage you to outsource and hire help whenever you can to help you when you are pregnant and go on maternity leave. I still use my digital editor to this day because it makes taking care of my daughter so much easier. It’s worth the investment!

No. 8 - Decide When to Go Back to Work - After my daughter was born, I wanted to have 3 months off to be with her and let myself readjust to my new life as a mother. Becoming a new mom is truly life changing and one of the biggest joys of my life, but it’s also really stressful. Simply put, you do not know what you are doing and have to figure it out as you go, so having that time off was invaluable, at least for me. I also liked NOT having the pressure of a client looming over me while I was on maternity leave.

I photographed my first engagement session 8 weeks and my first wedding 12 weeks after delivery. For me, this was perfect timing. I was physically well enough to get back to work and excited to get out of the house too! It was definitely more emotionally challenging for me to leave my baby for the first time, but it gets easier as they get older. Heck, now I”m like “see you later!” when I leave the house :) but I’m always excited to come home to a big smile and good hug!

I hope that was helpful for you expecting or plan to be expecting mom’s out there who are wedding photographers. I’d love to hear from you or answer any additional questions you may have. Please leave a comment below and let me know how I can help you! xo - Jainé


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