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The Ali Rae Haney Blog

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As a prior English teacher, I love telling each of my couple's love story. Each story is unique and in a culmination of love and a little planning, the wedding day brings that love to life in front of family and friends. As a lover of heirlooms and legacies, it's a joy to be alongside each of my couples as they create memories that will last forever for their children and grandchildren!

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In the past, I have focused on making sure YOU are a good second…but what about when you are in the position to hire a second shooter?

Setting Up Your Second for Success

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November 22, 2022

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Second shooting is a great way to experience what a wedding day is like prior to taking the leap and role as a primary photographer. It provides the opportunity to troubleshoot on wedding days and see what the most common pain points are for brides, grooms, and primary photographers.

So You Want to be a Second Shooter?

August 23, 2022

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for myself that I feel I am never going to good enough at whatever it is I am trying. That mindset is so debilitating though.

Combatting Fear as a Beginning Photographer


February 1, 2022

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Styled shoots are a great way to expand your portfolio and target your ideal client, but unfortunately there can be a dark side to styled shoots.

Styled Shoot Red Flags

February 16, 2021

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First styled shoot…CHECK! What an incredible experience. Not only did it allow me to express some creativity that isn’t able to be expressed on an average wedding day, but it also helped me to understand the wedding industry even more. In just the six-ish years since Caleb and I have gotten married, the industry has […]

5 Things I Learned While Planning My First Styled Shoot

Portfolio Building

October 27, 2020

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The Photography Framework aims to equip new and newly established photographers with the knowledge and systems necessary to create efficient and profitable businesses and ultimately sustain a long-term business. The Photography Framework has broken down all the moving parts and logistics of a photography business start-up into ten consumable parts, or “frameworks.” Each of those […]

The Photography Framework: Explained

August 10, 2020

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When the idea of Despite the Distance first started toiling around in my head, I didn’t see it as a marketing opportunity. I saw it as an opportunity to practice my photography skills in a ton of different lighting scenarios with a large variety of subjects. Okay, so you’re probably confused…what even is Despite the […]

Using a Passion Project to Build Your Portfolio

Portfolio Building

May 11, 2020