Category Archives: Uncategorized

New Endeavor!

I recently had to take a look at my photography business and assess where I saw the future of it going. As the hubs is in the military, that means we move quite often – like every 3 years. As expected, that makes running a business (any business) difficult. As I’ve just gotten comfy with building a great clientele, it’s time to take off for a new city. It especially makes the profession of wedding photography difficult, as most clients are a direct result of the relationships you build.

That brings me to my New Endeavor! I recently made the decision to specialize in high-end weddings, under my own name. I love the StudioSister name for family portraits and fun parties, but I needed something a little more sophisticated for my intended future clientele. Thank you for the years of StudioSister support! Please take a moment to go ahead and check out Maria Healey Wedding Photography and the new Facebook page to keep up to date with all things wedding photo related!


Pinterest Problems

(don’t worry, I’m the copyright holder and original owner of this image)

I was first introduced to Pinterest a little over a year ago when I was collaborating on a shoot for Brenda’s Wedding Blog. At first, I was totally intimidated and didn’t really know how to use it. I already had ideas in my head of what direction I wanted this shoot to go and was pretty good at conveying them to the team. The shoot was a success – without the use of Pinterest. Similarly, I was able to plan my own wedding three years ago – without the use of Pinterest.

A few months went by and the Pinterest hysteria picked up. I quickly found myself losing an extra two hours of sleep every night as I browsed the shared pins and boards. I guffawed at the snotty athletic girl photos that said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” as I repinned any recipe with the description of “Red Velvet.”

As I’m a photographer, it seemed like a good idea to make a board for potential poses. I started storing all the cute child, senior & wedding poses I adored in there and would reference it when I needed a spark of inspiration before a shoot. I had another big collaborative shoot coming up, so we all shared a board and added our ideas to it. “Why didn’t I do this before?!” was all I could think, it made the process so easy!

It is unbeknownst to me why the creators of Pinterest would think that members would only use this site to chronicle their own work. I do indeed have a board that features my professional work and I use it as a point of reference for potential clients. I’ve already pinned everything of mine that belongs to me that I can find online. It’s not getting repinned much but I’d be happy if it was. To me, that would mean people liked what they saw and hopefully it made them stop by my blog for an additional look. Obviously, I can’t speak for everyone or every photographer on this issue.

Here’s what brought this issue up for me: I was recently contacted via email by a very successful, well-known photographer to take down his images that I had pinned, as inspiration for another shoot. I certainly didn’t go into detail with him, just said, “My apologies, they will be removed asap,” and I removed them immediately. I’m grateful he took that approach rather than having his attorney send me a letter threatening to sue me. Me! I don’t have much to lose (sidenote: I’m curious if my business insurance would help in this case).

So now I’m just completely confused. If I follow the Terms + Conditions of Pinterest, I should just go ahead and close my Pinterest account, as I’m not the copyright holder of even a small percentage of my pins and repins! I’m currently helping my sister plan her wedding and in doing so, we are collaborating on a Pinterest board for inspiration. No, I haven’t taken all of the photos that we’ve used on that board!

I really thought that Pinterest was going to be a virtual playground for creative professionals and it seemed that photographers, specifically, were getting the best use out of it. I am having a hard time grasping why photographers are now the ones that are so incredibly upset with Pinterest. I certainly don’t think that because someone repins my original image that it means they think they own that image or that they will get a print of that image to hang in their house. I am just a small time photographer though – I’m not a big deal. Is that why I don’t see this as such an epidemic problem?

What’s your opinion? Leave the pinning world behind or continue on into the great unknown?

Lechtenberg Wedding

My three favorite things about this session:

1.  Black & Yellow was an excellent color combo, in my opinion.  (Go Hawkeyes!)

2.  The Rainbow!  When the DJ grabbed me during the reception to tell me there was a rainbow outside, well, I was speechless!  It’s pretty helpful to work with such awesome vendors!

3.  I finally got to put the “sister” in StudioSister!  Missy was my second shooter and assistance for this wedding and she rocked my socks off!  BIG thanks go to her for being such a huge part of making this wedding such an incredible success!

May Wedding Vendor Challenge

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Best Wedding Sites Vendor Challenge again in May.  This time, the theme was a bridal shower in the colors of yellow, orange and blue.  Pamela Smerker, of Party Starters, put together the design and I simply photographed this time.  What a relief that was!  Pam is an incredibly talented woman and with the help of some other awesome vendors, the table looked incredible.  Big thanks go out to Pamela and her team, including Go Against the Grain for the custom flags, My Pink Little Cake for the custom designed cookies, Green Eyed Susan for the passion fruit macaroons, and Rae Design Studio for the custom message board.  Pamela was the creator of the beautiful treat boxes and ruffled cake boxes.

Something Different!

I forced myself to step outside of my comfort zone on my recent trip home to Iowa.  I actually took the time to pull off the highway on several occasions to photograph the beauty of the midwest, with a fine modern model of a vintage vehicle as the subject.  I’m so glad I did this (and I think the hubs is thrilled too)!  I encourage everyone to think outside of the box they’ve built around themselves and try something new.  On a daily basis, I take mental photographs.  This time, I was able to actually capture those images.

Retouching Challenge

I love retouching!  I almost love it as much as photography itself.  My friend Courtney had a challenge for me, so I took her up on it.  Her mom was really hoping she would be able to get this old family photo cropped.  The store machines did not do the job.  Here’s what I was able to do.