Park Studios - Natural Light Studio & Creative Engagement Session

I loved meeting with Ellie and John at Park Studios for their beautiful Atlanta engagement session! These two are originally from Korea, but ended up meeting here in Georgia after being introduced by friends. Originally, John said that he didn’t think Ellie and him would end up being a couple because he’s 5 years older than she is, but it turns out they had many similarities and developed a sweet friendship. They’re now celebrating their marriage this October at Ashton Gardens with loved ones and friends.

There’s more to come from this gallery, but I can’t wait to share this sneak peak with you!

Hannah Forsberg
How I have my Instagram set on Auto Pilot | Atlanta Film Wedding Photographer

For me, Instagram is one of those applications that I absolutely love but at the same time, can be very distracting and cause feelings of discontentment and comparison to creep in if I’m not careful. It’s so easy for me to gather inspiration from the imagery that is on the app but, it’s an app that’s meant to capture the attention of all users and one can easily find themselves spending hours scrolling! Instagram has been vital to my business’ growth as a wedding photographer, due to the hashtags and location-specific geotagging that’s available. I love being able to link to various locations like Atlanta and be found by potential brides!

I’ve learned recently how important it is to be deliberate and focused with how I spend my time and I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned along the way. I wanted to introduce you to two systems that have really changed the game for me:

The first app that I really love is called Planoly.

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Planoly is a free app that allows for you to upload images onto their desktop computer platform, and not only pre-arrange your grid, but also allows for you to schedule your Instagram posts with full captions in hashtags at the most optimal times. Their free version limits the amount of images you can upload (30 per month) so if you’re like me and want to do larger chunks of images, their paid version might be more beneficial to you - I have the paid $7/mo version with the analytics! Planoly is a Instagram Partner, which is something important to keep in mind when you are partnering with apps so that you don’t violate their policies. Be careful when using apps, otherwise your account can get suspended, even banned!

What I do at the beginning of every is spend about two hours scheduling and arranging everything that I want to post for the next month and a half. What I’ve heard from most entrepreneurs is that it’s hard to get their feed to “look” right aesthetically. I absolutely understand this, as Instagram serves as a mini-portfolio, but I think that what you write is equally as important as well! For my personal account, I’ll alternate a colorful background with a neutral background and the vantage points if I can. I have a lot of content from my arsenal of galleries I’ll pull from - even things dating back to 3 years ago!

From there I will go in and create all of my captions. I love Planoly because it will add in line breaks for you without making your captions look janky, and remind you if you are over the maximum character allotment for posts. If you’re having trouble finding the words to say, I highly suggest looking into a subscription service called Social Curator; it’s a $30/mo subscription that provides stock images and caption prompts if you’re needing help - the images aren’t something I use often, but I think that the captions are such great springboards. I’ll usually sit and write all my captions at once if I can; if words are still lacking, I’ll still jot down within the app some of my ideas and come back to it. After a caption is created, I’ll add all of my hashtags which have been pre-loaded into the system.

Another tool that I love using is called IG DM.

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It’s also free app that allows for you to respond to your messages through your desktop computer. It is a really important task to respond and interact with all of your followers, and by interaction, I don’t mean simply “liking” or sending a heart emoji (isn’t that so frustrating to receive after spending time interacting with an account you like?!). I love being able to type out on my keyboard compared to my two thumbs and it’s radically helped change my IG game.

That’s all I have today for Instagram, friends!

Hannah Forsberg
Caroline & James | Proposal

I met Caroline during my sophomore year of high school and always admired how cheerful and easy she was to be around. After graduation, she moved off to be a performer at Disney in Florida, and she ended up meeting James through mutual friends.  

After seeing her write about him and photos of them together, I knew that there was something different about their relationship. There was a sense of ease and joy that was so different than what I had noticed prior to them finding one another; James had a kind and steady demeanor that was perfectly paired with Caroline’s outgoing and endearing spirit. 

 

Eventually, I had asked Caroline and James to model for me in a photo shoot and I got to hear more about their story. What struck me was how intentional these two were in their relationship and love for Jesus; and they committed to only saying “I love you” when they became engaged. I was eagerly awaiting this day, and I suddenly got a text message from James telling me he was getting ready to propose. 

After going back and forth between multiple plans and locations, James told me that he would be proposing on Caroline’s favorite childhood bench at her home. There, he read her a letter and exchanged the sweetest words, asking her to marry him. And by the photos, I’m sure you can tell what her answer was. 

Caroline and James, I adore you both so much and love seeing the way you both love each other so well!

Hannah Forsberg