4 Tips to choosing better images for you blog. Bride and groom kissing in the rain in Raleigh, NC. Mabyn Ludke Photography


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4 Steps to choosing better images for you blog. Bride and groom kissing in the rain in Raleigh, NC. Mabyn Ludke Photography


Over my 8 years as a wedding photographer, I’ve had a lot of people come to me asking for advice or just wanting to pick my brain. I have so much fun helping other photographers achieve their goals. I love investing and encouraging others and watching them fly. So since this is such a huge part of my heart, I thought it was time to start writing about things I encounter in my business that may help you in yours.

In this instance, this blog is purely my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.

I’m going to start with a topic that can drive me crazy! I guess you could say it’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Images on blog posts. Especially wedding blog posts. Yes, you’re a wedding photographer so you need to post images. Yes, you want to tell the story of the day. But so many photographers “over stuff” their blog posts with unnecessary images. Here is my process of how I select images for my blog posts:

Step 1 – I finish editing the entire wedding before I blog it.
Some photographers snag their favorite images edit those, blog them, and then their done. I just can’t do that. By editing everything I’m allowed to see the full story first and then pick the best images to tell that story without fear of missing something significant to that story.

Step 2 – I don’t post duplicates.
When I post blog images, it’s rare that you’ll see similar photos next to each other unless the emotion is strong enough in both to tell an important part of the story. I get bored if I see too many of the same “type” of picture next to each other. My attention span shortens significantly when I’m looking at a blog with a lot of”similar” photographs. This also goes along the lines of posting too many photos.

Step 3 – I don’t choose the obvious.
When I’m selecting images, I don’t always choose the “big pictures” that you would think. Like the first kiss, exchanging of rings, group formals. Those happen at EVERY wedding. I want to tell the story behind those things.

Step 4 – I post what I want to shoot.
I learned this lesson pretty early in my career and it has really shaped the kind of client I am privileged to work with. Most of my clients come to me raving about the candid moments or the epic romantic shots. Those are the things I love to shoot, therefor those are the images I post on my blog. You see how that works? If I’m posting the things I WANT to shoot then the clients who want those same things are going to find me. In turn, I have some of the most amazing and adventurous clients and I love my job! Wow! Who knew blog images could do all of that? 😉

I hope these steps will help you to create a better story for your blog and in turn bring you more of the target clients you’ve been dreaming of!

Also, if you’d like help or just want to share your gorgeous work, post a link to your blog below! I’d love to check it out.

Happy blogging!


Tip Tuesday – 4 Steps to choosing better images for your blog

NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Blogs about her personal life and getting out of her own way


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NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Blogs about her personal life and getting out of her own way

I’m sitting here on my cozy comfy bed, citrus bliss & peppermint diffusing to ensure I don’t get distracted and start another project…(my email inbox is whispering it’s sirens song to me.) but I have blog in my head for once and I gotta get it out before it completely slips away. I feel like I have the potential to be a decent writer, if only I had the ambition to do it. Most of the time it’s a struggle for me to even write about my Love Stories that I capture (even though they practically write themselves)! It all comes down to my need for inspiration to blog…well lets face it, for EVERYTHING! Why is that? Man, I get in my own way a lot.

This morning I was perusing several websites & blogs. One lead to another, which lead to another, and so on. Most of these blogs were design or brand oriented. I’m planning another website redesign and this got my brain’s steam engine pumping. Chug, chug, CHOO CHOO! What I started to see was a consistency in branding from website to website. They were all white, clean, with a dash of flare in the font & photo design. Some were soft and romantic while others added a pop of contrast, but the over arching theme was the same. Now you might be drawn to this sort of thing, but when “Mabyn the creative” discovers 5 websites that essentially have the same design she immediately revolts! “Gadzooks, my brand looks like this too! I must change ALL OF THE THINGS IMMEDIATELY!”Alarms are going off in my brain and I’m thrust into a a mini panic where that chugging train starts barreling down the track! I just have this innate thing in me that has to be different and I don’t know why.

So after I regained control of my “choo choo”, I proceed to step back and think about that question WHY? If anything all of these ladies/companies had their *ish together. Each and every website that I saw was gorgeous. If anything they have a far more concise brand with more follow through. This of course lead to the thoughts of “dang, I need to reassess and get it together.” Which lead to all sorts of self deprecating thoughts. “Way to go Eyore, you’ve done it again!”

This lead to thoughts of the past two years since I’ve moved to NC. A hot wave of frustration and pity hit me. If an outsider looked at my life right now, goodness it wouldn’t stack up! 31 living out of a friends home with a struggling business. People had so much faith in my move here and I felt like I had let them all down. I wanted to just tuck my head under my covers and go back to bed.

But I didn’t do that, I reminded myself that this was a year of health and wholeness and part of that journey was figuring this stuff out. To take that giant steamer trunk of junk that I had been dragging around and hand it over to God so He can help me sort through it all. I started a new devotional this morning from the ladies at Pursuit 31. It’s called “Seek: A 21 Day Devotional on prayer and fasting.” On the very first page I read there was an awesome prayer:

Father God, thank You for your Spirit. Thank You for your promises that when I seek You, I will find You. Lord I ask that in these next 3 weeks that You will help me to stay focused on You. That you would give me eyes to se the things that are interfering with my relationship with You and the wisdom to know what to do with them. I ask that you would invade my heart and show me more of who You are and how You see me. I ask for clarity, renewed vision, passion, and a revelation of purpose You have created me for. Show me more of Your heart and more of Your vision for my life. Help me to love and serve like You would. Amen.”

Seek: A 21 Day Devotional on prayer and fasting by Pursuit 31

(Photo by Kristine Neeley, image found HERE. As soon as I get the hard copy of this devotional I’ll replace this image.)

So many things that stuck out to me in that prayer. I need to see the things that are interfering with my relationship with Jesus, I need clarity, renewed vision, and a revelation of the purpose he has created me for. So when that pity party started to rear it’s ugly head I just stopped. Then, that amazing God who really does give you what you ask for, told me this: “You’re getting in your own way.”

Shooooooooot girl! Shoot! It was like the heavens themselves opened up to me! Seriously, it was a big fat #I’mgonnasmackyouonthebackofthehead moment! I had been approaching everything I attempted for the past two years with a scarcity mentality. Business building, money, travel, friends, dating, even my prayer time. Everything was seen through the lens of “there isn’t enough” or “I’m not enough.” If I had spent half the time I used stressing over “not enough” and put forth enthusiasm towards the new challenges facing me, I might have had a different memory of the past two years.

I will say that God has really been teaching me trust over the past two years. Trust that He’ll provide and that He’s in control of every situation. So the real question for 2015 is “can I trust God and get out of my own way?” For reals, how often do I need to control the situation? How often is my “not enough” really “I don’t trust You enough.”

The reality of the past two years is that God HAS provided and more abundantly that I thought. (My annual tax journey is proving that to me.) That the adventures I’ve experienced have allowed me to do things that I never thought possible. The past two years weren’t really difficult at all, they were actually AMAZING and so rich with loving patience and grace. So this year I want to continually remind myself that even when things look hard or they aren’t in my control, that He is and He’s got my back. Step out of the way Mabyn, and let God show you how beautiful every situation can be.



P.S. I know the drink looks scary…don’t worry my laptop is safe! 😉 I’M LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE PEOPLE!

Stop Getting in the Way Mabyn! – A Photographer’s Journey