Feb 01, 2023

Workflows with Susan Stripling

In this episode, Scott speaks with world-renowned wedding and portrait photographer, Susan Stripling, about her photographic and photography business workflows.

Susan Stripling has been photographing weddings, portraits, and theater for almost eighteen years. Susan’s work has been published in countless outlets, including magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings and newspapers like the New York Times and in ads Epson, Canon USA, and Imagen.

Susan has won the Grand Award in Wedding Photojournalism and the Grand Award in Weddings at WPPI. She also holds the prestigious Grand Master Status at WPPI.

She has been named one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine, and is the original founder of The Wedding School, which brings real, honest education to wedding photographers worldwide.

Susan is also one of our Talents here at Imagen, offering her editing style in a Talent AI Profile called Clean & Crisp.

Episode Summary

She shares her process, including how she uses Tave to manage clients’ bookings, sends check-in emails, prepares for the big day, and even selects and sorts through images with muscle memory.

One key tool we discussed is Imagen, which has significantly impacted her life financially by saving thousands of dollars previously spent on a team of human editors to edit images. By using Imagen, Susan can now deliver a wedding album the day after the wedding while sitting in pajamas and drinking coffee. We also touched on Susan’s process for previews and sneak peeks, which can be a game changer in keeping vendors and clients happy.

We also got a glimpse into Susan’s personal life, including her love for horror movies and Taylor Swift, who happens to also be her furry friend. Plus, we explored how everything from social media to having a studio manager working remotely can help streamline the day-to-day workflow of a wedding photographer.

If you’re a photographer looking to optimize your workflow and maximize your profitability, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in to learn how to save time, money, and headaches with the right tools and techniques.

Discussed in this episode

  • How Improving Your Skills Saves Time
  • The Benefits of Hiring an Assistant
  • How One Wedding Photographer is Helping to Save Lives
  • How to Save Time While Editing
  • Susan’s Friday Nights
  • The Different Ways to Convert Color Images to Black and White in Lightroom
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