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Missie Lafrenz Photography Blog

Everyone, not matter your skill level, gets stuck in a rut. And it's especially common among us artists. When we get so busy and we're just trying to keep our head above water, we sometimes forget the whole reason we started out photography journey. We buy presets, actions, mentoring or new equipment and props to try and motivate us...but that doesn't always work!

When I started out I spent SO MUCH MONEY on presets and actions-only to find out they didn't look good with my style or I ending up doing more work adjusting them. I finally figured out that presets only work if your original image is similar to that of the photographer selling the preset. A preset won't fix everything....if your image isn't properly exposed or is out of focus, you will be spending ours correcting the mistake.

Join me in learning how to use ACR presets properly-start making your own presets, create an effective workflow and deliver consistent images to your clients in a timely manner and join a group where I will offer insight, education and advice! To learn more about my editing education go to this link:

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You are not good enough. You should just quit. Everyone else is better than you.

The voices inside your head will sabotage you...but only if you let them. Doubting your abilities internally when you are succeeding externally is a little thing known as IMPOSTOR SYNDROME and millions of people suffer from this! But I'm going to speak to the photographers and artists that ride that bipolar roller coaster of highs and lows...

How do you combat impostor syndrome when every fiber in your gut tells you you are not good enough? I'm going to be honest, it take a lot of mental strength to fight back and take back the positive and kick out the negative that occupies the space in your head. But here are some tips to help you kick that imaginary impostor in the butt!


1. POST & GHOST. We all do it, we post a new image and just sit and wait for the hearts, likes and comments. It's like watching a pot waiting for the water to's insanity. When the Metaverse is literally against you, there is not point in trying to understand who, what, where and when to post...JUST POST & GHOST. TRUST that you love the image and others will too...but

they probably didn't see it cuz it's 2am and you're a psycho still up editing. TRUST in your abilities to choose which images to curate on your instagram and that no amount of likes can justify your artistic vision. TRUST. When you post and ghost you are trusting yourself and not relying on codependence of social media.


2. MINDSET. If you have a little monster living in your head telling lies and spreading negativity, you need to fill all your headspace with positivity and reassurance from your heart. It's SO much easier to give into those negative thoughts, but what if everyday you told yourself "you are amazing, you are so talented and I'm really proud of you". Yes, say that to yourself. As many times as it takes, because confidence comes from a mindset of internal positivity! No person or object can give you confidence, you have to dig deep into your core and plant the seed and help it grow!


3. HYPE FOLDER. The greatest of all time, top ten best, world's best that folder whatever you want, just fill it with images that made your heart skip a beat and that defined your artistic soul. I started this folder in 2017 and I still go back to it every once in a while and think "GAWD-DAMN I'M GOOD". This "hype-folder" is going to do 2 things for you...1) it's going to remind you of how great you are and build your confidence. 2) It's going to make you a better photographer & artist by analyzing why you love these images. The more you focus on your work and less on others, the more you will create a self-assuring mindset that will keep you feeling like a Master of your craft and not an impostor of your craft.

Remember Impostor syndrome is not an over-night fix, it takes practice to change your mindset. Remind yourself daily, make notes, keep a journal, but remember no one else can fix it for you...but YOU have the POWER to make the CHANGE!

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When we bought land and moved to the country I knew I wanted farm animals...but I had no experience and quickly learned there wasn't much for resources and education for a hobby farm!

I scoured the internet, talked with chicken farmers and dove in head first to educate myself on how to care for and get the most out of the farm-life!

I've learned over the last couple years just how amazing chickens are! They are the most ethical and self-sustaining farm animal! I would highly recommend chickens for everyone: country or city-folk alike!

I wanted to make a resource for small hobby farms, like me, that was simple and easy to follow. That included everything you needed to know in the 1st year! From brooder to first egg, this guide will be your saving grace!

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