Category archives: Photography Business

10 Years of True Love: That's It! I Quit!!!

That's It!  I Quit!!! Due to some personal reasons, I felt like I was no longer able to create a reasonable work/life balance.  I was going to quit shooting weddings at the end of 2014.  I would work the contracts that I had, and be done. The last wedding that I had scheduled at the time was Bethany & Carl.  It seemed fitting, because Carl was actu[...]

10 Years of True Love: The Birth of CTP

The Birth of Christina Truelove Photography I was finally starting to embrace my name (and yes, Truelove IS my last name).  I was concerned that most people would think that I created the last name for my business and/or they would use my name as a cliche (which both occur).  But, who cares, right?  I have the coolest name on the planet (thank you, babe) [...]

10 Years of True Love: The ShutterSpire Years

The ShutterSpire Years When my business first started, I went under the name, ShutterSpire.  The Shutter part is obvious.  The Spire was a combination of my desire to inspire those around me with my images and wanting to reach the top.  Additionally, weddings are often conducted in a church, and churches often contain a spire. 2008-2009 These we[...]

10 Years of True Love - The very beginning

I have been reminiscing a lot lately. When I was eight years old, I received $40 for my birthday, which was just enough to buy the Polaroid camera that I have been eyeing at Target.  Proudly, I walked up to the cashier and pointed to the locked cabinet where my future camera laid.  I was so proud of my purchase.  That was 30 years ago. Over the years, [...]

What to expect during the wedding | Johanna & Fred's Catholic Wedding

One of the things that my brides and grooms want to know is what to expect during the wedding day.  After all, they have never done this before, and I have a bit more experience.  So, I thought that it might be useful to walk you through a day in the life of a wedding photographer!  =) I will be using the gorgeous wedding of Johanna & Fred.  I picked [...]

$100 Portrait Sessions Benefitting Life School

You have been thinking about a portrait session for some time... Either a family session to update those four year old pictures on the wall, or you are newly engaged and want an engagement or bridal session.  Perhaps, you are a high school senior (or soon to be) and want to get your senior pictures taken.  Whatever the reason, now is the time to do it.  If y[...]

New to Photography: Starter Equipment

A common question when starting out in photography is what starter equipment should be purchased.  After all, someone new to photography is generally limited on funds.  However, purchasing cheap equipment will turn out a lot more costly in the long run.  Not to mention, low cost equipment = low quality pictures = no/few (and low-paying) clients. That is h[...]