5 links I love: fruit fly banishment, toxic lipstick, and healthier brains

1. Photographer Mom’s documentation of her children who live a life free of electronic devices.

2. Twenty-five reasons you’re not as successful as you want to be.

3. Hiking actually changes our brain. (I knew it!)

4. Here’s what happens to your body when you stop using chemical-laden cosmetic products.

5. GO AWAY you stupid fruit flies!! Here’s the tip I found that worked.

Happy Monday!

photographers, use email templates to save HUGE amounts of time

Today I’ve got a tip for all my photographer friends! Are you using Apple Mail for your email? If you haven’t done so already, take a minute to create some templates so you can respond to your most-asked questions in seconds!  Questions like: When’s the best time to book a newborn session or maternity session? Do you offer digital files? Should we stay home or go on location? If you’re like me, you answer these same questions over and over again. So having a template ready to go can be SUCH a HUGE time saver.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Create a new email in Mail.

2. Write your text. When it’s just right, choose “Save as Stationary” from Mail’s File menu.

3. You’ll be prompted to name the template. Choose something that will help you easily locate the appropriate response email in the future (e.g., response to client who wants to book”).

4. When you’re ready to use the template, open a blank email, click on the “show stationary pan” button. Select the “custom” folder, click on the icon for your custom template … and voila! The text will appear in your email.

5. Adjust text as needed and hit send.

Not sure about what to say in your client emails?
I just released a new collection of email templates that do all the work for you! I answer 31 of the questions we get asked the most.

I started my career as a writer after receiving my BA in English. I’ve been a full-time photographer for almost a decade now, but I still love to write and appreciate the power of the written word. We can use our words to make clients feel understood, special, and appreciated. That’s always my goal. The templates are on sale right now … but not for long! Go to dearfemalephotographer.com for more information!

Happy emailing!


Addy on the beach! — ocean city, nj family photographer

I met up with Addy and her entourage the other week at the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk. She’s at that age where you they just want to explore and do things their own way. And when they get their way? You get rewarded with the biggest, happiest smiles and laughter. See what I mean? …

Addy is NOT into dipping her toes in the water. She is, however, very much into wet sand. I’m pretty sure she was fully exfoliated before our session came to an end : )

In the photo above, she was demonstrating her baby Gap modeling skills : )

I’ve seen her grow and change a lot since her arrival.

(One year session…. 6-month session ….. 9-month session)

This has been a VERY delightful year plan : ) And now comes the fun part … the album!!

I’ve been working on tweaking my year plans and will be announcing a new year plan soon. Meanwhile, I hope everyone has been enjoying summer! I’ve still got some travel session dates available. Check out the locations below!


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