Why You Need a Photographic Niche (And How to Find One)

Establish credibility and build your reputation. This can help you bring in referrals. If someone is looking for a wedding photographer, for example, they are most likely going to ask their friends if they know a good wedding photographer, specifically. Same goes for newborns, headshots, etc. How to choose a niche:

  1. What do you enjoy doing?
  2. Is there any special equipment required?
  3. What is the competition?

Stand out from the crowd. Consider a more specific, uncommon niche — such as tattoo photography — that will help you stand out. While you may not be casting the widest net, for those who are interested, you've caught their attention and established yourself as an expert — you'll be the go-to person.

This is one testament of true love that you'll hear repeated time and time again. Why? Because communication is the one thing that holds two people together. "The more vulnerable we allow ourselves to be with someone we love—not only through talking, but also by reading body language, facial cues, and all of those additional messages—the more they understand us," says Fran Walfish, Psy.D., a couple and family psychotherapist.

Doling Out Compliments

When you spend so much time with your S.O. it can feel like your life together is on repeat. But don't let the small sentiments go unspoken. "Simply telling your partner that he or she looks great is such a big deal," says April Masini, relationship and etiquette expert. "You'd be surprised how many people don't do this—and regret it when they no longer have the chance."

Even if it's just a night on the couch watching Netflix, telling your partner that you want to spend romantic, uninterrupted time together, one-on-one strengthens the romantic bond you two share.

Life can be too serious, but finding ways to see the humor even in stressful situations is healthy. It not only eases up the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body.

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Even if these chores are not your own, but on the list of to-dos your partner signed up for, helping out in more ways than you've been asked means a great deal to your S.O. "This can turn into a mutually reciprocated activity," says Colleen Mullen, Psy.D., L.M.F.T., founder of Coaching Through Chaos. "Some couples take turns picking one night a week to do this for the other partner so that one gets more time to relax after a long day."

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Maeve Millay

I love every word you wrote. I think you’ve summed up everything we’ve all been discussing for so long perfectly & I can’t even think of anything else that could make it better!

Bernard Lowe

Great post. Even though it’s not my day job, I like to tell people I’m a blogger, because it’s where my heart is.

Arnold Weber

So well written! I have now printed this out and keeping it for reference and inspiration!

Teddy Flood

Lauren, we’ve never met but I’ve followed your blog for awhile and love the weddings that you feature.

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