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tech review16-inch MacBook Pro vs 15-inch MacBook Profor photographers

16-inch MacBook Pro vs 15-inch MacBook Pro
THE 16-INCH MACBOOK FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Comparing the 2019 16-inch and 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro I've been using the 16-inch MacBook for three months, spending plenty of time running all my normal workflows, and spoiler, it's the best Mac I've ever owned. Is it worth upgrading to? Is the 16-inch MacBook for photographers? Let's unpack some workflow comparisons and [...]

tech reviewCanon EOS R vs. Canon 5D Mark IVfor photographers

Canon EOS R vs. Canon 5D Mark IV
Here’s the deal. There are plenty of reviews about the Canon EOS R vs the Canon 5D Mark IV. They’ll break down tech specs and give you a high-level view. I don’t want to add to that noise. Let's instead figure out if this camera might work for wedding photographers. To sum it up in non-tech terms, the EOS R is essentially the Canon 5D Mark IV (sensor, processor[...]

tech reviewMacBook For Photographersfor photographers

MacBook For Photographers
THE MACBOOK FOR PHOTGRAPHERS Comparing the 2016 13" and 2018 15" MacBook Pro   All of my MacBook-buying life I’ve been a champion of the 13-inch model. The 15-inch was always a bit too bulky, and the MacBook Air and 12-inch models weren’t quite powerful enough to chug through editing thousands of photos per week.  Apple just updated it’s MacBook Pro lin[...]

The Horan FamilyIreland Is For FamilyDonegal, Ireland

Ireland Is For Family
I don’t normally photograph families but always make exceptions for couples I've photographed before. To me there's something poetic about photographing the journey of two people as they move through life together - from taking their engagement photos all the way to photographing their awesome family. Bob and Liddy's wedding was easily one of my most favorite. All [...]

6 Tips: Move From Part Time to Full Time Wedding Photographyfor photographers

6 Tips: Move From Part Time to Full Time Wedding Photography
MOVE FROM PART TIME TO FULL TIME WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Alrighty lads and lassies, let’s pow-wow about what you need to do to pull this off. I’m talking to you, Hobbyist Photographer. You, the weekend warrior who is getting close to that magic day when you quit your day job and start the hustle. Here's what you should know to move from part time to full time wedding p[...]

1099s for Wedding Photographers and Second Shootersfor photographers

1099s for Wedding Photographers and Second Shooters
1099s FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS You’ve probably heard of 1099s but have no idea what they are, why they exist, and who they're for. If you’re a wedding photographer who either seconds shoots for other photographers or if you hire second shooters, you’ll want to read this. Grab a beer and let’s chat about 1099s for wedding photographers. Just a quick heads up, we[...]

Business Mileage Deduction For Photographersfor photographers

Business Mileage Deduction For Photographers
BUSINESS MILEAGE DEDUCTION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Time to talk about my favorite tax deduction of all the deductions - and yeah, I'm so deep into this tax scene that I have a favorite deduction. No shame in that. (...some shame...) It's my favorite for a reason though. Let's unpack the business mileage deduction for photographers and videographers. We drive all the t[...]

Tax Deductions for Wedding Photographersfor photographers

Tax Deductions for Wedding Photographers
I’m writing this during Christmas week; the week we’re spending time with family, playing in the snow, and binging on a year’s worth cookies. Or maybe that last one’s just me… What we probably aren’t thinking about, however, is taxes. Let's talk about tax deductions for wedding photographers. The last week of the year is actually a pretty important week in your sel[...]

Backpacking With A DSLR Camerafor photographers

Backpacking With A DSLR Camera
BACKPACKING WITH A DSLR CAMERA Whether you're about to embark on a multi-day backpacking trip, or just a day hike down your favorite trail, backpacking with a DSLR camera is a great way to capture and share your adventure with family and friends. A camera that fits in your pocket is easy enough to carry, but what if you want to bring your big DSLR camera? What's t[...]