About Twyla

I’m Twyla! I’m a Kansas born biologist turned photographer and educator. I currently reside on the beautiful east coast of Florida with my husband and two little boys. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and the way I see the world with other creatives.

Music To Move You

Music to move you. Music takes you to another world and can draw you into its own environment where inspiration can begin to flow. There’s something really special about a new playlist; hearing new music for the first time that inspires you to feel and dream something new. This 'something new' can be something different, something special and it's so unique that it leaves you feeling refreshed and like you just took a trip to a person's individual wonderland of magic.   I love listening to music when I’m editing or even when I’m dreaming up new ideas for sessions [...]

2019-04-02T14:06:54+00:00March 20th, 2019|Business|

Hands Features

This year in my Facebook group Emotional Storytelling we have been working to inspire and create new images based on weekly themes. For this week, I decided to feature photos with hands and how it ads expressions to the images. I cannot get over all of the amazing work submitted for this theme, enjoy and be inspired by these incredible artists! Allie Wilson Amanda Leann Canton Amanda Leann Canton Amanda Schuler Amina Ahmad Ford Andrea Brandt Chapoton Becy Farr Celia Bell Christin Martin Christin Martin Courtney Lynn Danielle Anderson Dawndra Budd Dawndra Budd Gina Santellano Heather Hazie Jaime Hench-Price Jen Linfield [...]

2019-03-26T16:32:32+00:00March 18th, 2019|Featured|

Haunted Light Features

Alexis V Allysa Braaten Schultz Amanda Leann Canton Amy Reichenbach Bree Friesen Britney Holden Cally Williams Neal Christy Morgan Darla Winn Dawndra Budd Desra Ramey Jasmine Jade Pickens Jayla Turner Jessica Meyers Kamille Dorr Kelly Mundell Kristi Boatright Kristina Borgstrom Lacy Hilliard Lauren New Lori Naumes Maranda Stuhr Maria Rafael Megan Gallagher Monica Leavell Myra Olislaegers Naomi Grace Read Ore Adesina Rachel Keohane Samantha Slayton Sara Williams Sarah Elizabeth Maverick Steve Dean Mendes Summer Hughes

2019-04-10T17:22:14+00:00March 15th, 2019|Featured|

Digital Packages vs Products

Your story is probably similar to mine. A hobby of photography turned career while I figured things out as I went from editing flows to learning what to charge. It was a trial and error process that has led me to where I am now. Like most, I started photographing clients and handing over galleries so they could pick their favorite images and get them printed at their local print shop or big box printer. The idea of offering limited galleries and prints was foreign to me and it was only as I kept growing my knowledge in this industry [...]

2019-03-18T18:54:30+00:00March 11th, 2019|Featured, Uncategorized|

When To Archive Posts on Instagram

Instagram is an interesting place to be. In a world where every person is an influencer trying to sell you the life they think you want, connections feel manufactured and bots are taking over to help people grow their following quick, authenticity is being craved for like water in the vast space of endless desert.   Instagram has given us the wonderful ability to now Archive posts. When you archive a post, it no longer shows up on your Instagram feed. What makes archive different than deleting is that all of your archived posts still exist on Instagram for you [...]

2019-03-11T03:54:25+00:00March 5th, 2019|Business, Marketing|

Should You Put Your Prices On Your Website?

During mentorship sessions and when teaching workshops there are a few things that come up over and over and over again. Most of the things that come up regularly are about the technical aspects of photography (many I answered in my recent editing course), about offering prompts instead of posing my clients or even little things like camera settings, etc. Lately, one question is coming up time and time again… should I put my pricing on my website?   Putting your pricing on your website is a pretty big question. We understand the value of our websites and how important [...]

2019-03-05T03:33:04+00:00February 26th, 2019|Business|

Staying Motivated and Getting Shit Done

Shooting images is often the part of photography that receives the praise and that photographers find the most exciting, engaging and aspect they are most drawn to. Then comes editing, which can feel daunting after shooting your heart out during a client session when all the alchemy of the elements is coming together. It’s these moments we may initially be excited to load the images into Lightroom and begin culling to find our absolute favorites, but time after time, we can find ourselves with an overload of images to edit with more and more shoots scheduled down the pipeline. It’s [...]

2019-02-06T00:56:57+00:00February 6th, 2019|Business|

In Home Features | Emotional Storytelling by Twyla Jones

This year in my Facebook group Emotional Storytelling we have been working to inspire and create new images based on weekly themes.  I realized I have become so comfortable in the style I have found for myself that I haven't been taking as many risks or exploring as much as I used to in the beginning of my photography journey. It's easy to do what comes naturally, so I created a challenge for us to work a little harder and make something a little different. For one week I challenged participants to send the most creative and emotional photos they've shot [...]

2019-03-18T18:45:52+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Featured|

7 Reasons Why I Switched to Honeybook

Being a photographer is a beautiful journey. As a fellow photographer, you understand the passion that flows from behind our lens as we take image after image for our incredible clients who trust us with their moments and memories. If you’ve been in business for any amount of time, I’m sure you’ve also learned the importance and value of an amazing CRM (customer relationship management) program. If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably came across my Time Saving Tools for Photographers blog post. I live by the tools I spoke of in this piece except one of them is [...]

2019-02-15T15:44:10+00:00December 19th, 2018|Business, Marketing|

5 Family Posing Prompts for Guaranteed Results

Family poses are always a whirlwind. There’s such magic in the unknown of the moment and seeing how a family lovingly interacts with one another; their laughter, their embraces, their pure joy of time spent with each other. These emotive moments is what we, as photographers, aim to capture as a way to preserve their joy and tenderness in this exact moment of time. The other side of the unknown is the pressure of knowing if you’ll be able to seamlessly coax these bold emotions out of your clients to make the most of your session.   From showing up [...]

2019-02-15T15:41:12+00:00December 19th, 2018|Business|