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.

Shooting in Manual Mode – 3 Steps To Become Familiar And Comfortable With Your Camera In Manual

There’s comfort in having your camera in automatic. When you first take that dive into the deep waters of photography, there’s something that makes shooting in automatic feel safe when there are so many additional things to consider about shooting. Shooting in automatic is like wearing a life jacket-- it can help keep you afloat, but you’ll never deep dive to see the treasures that lay beneath the waters. Those treasures are finding your style, your voice and creating the work you’ve dreamed of.   I’m sharing with you my top three tips for becoming comfortable with your camera in [...]

2019-08-14T21:14:31+00:00August 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Top 4 Equipment Recommendations for New Photographers

I remember what it was like to start out and feel lost in a sea of equipment. My first camera was a used camera I purchased online and it was amazing to start with. Like most photographers, we start with what we can afford and what seems to be easy to use and comes with a few recommendations. As I began to get comfortable with my camera, and as I began to push my creative boundaries with my photography, I decided it was time to put together the equipment I knew I needed to take on photography full time as [...]

2019-08-12T21:37:17+00:00July 25th, 2019|Business|

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 to [...]

2019-08-12T21:40:32+00:00July 18th, 2019|Business|

Why You Need A Community

Wake up. Edit. Respond to emails. Keep editing. Deliver a client gallery. Respond to emails. Occasionally shoot clients and connect with other human life. Back to editing. The life if a photographer is one that is filled with more time on your own behind a computer screen than connecting with people face to face. The benefit of this computer-bound lifestyle is the ability to set your own hours and prioritize your personal life happenings, but it can also be...lonely. That's why you need a community. There is such a benefit to connecting with people in person-- to meeting other creative [...]

2019-07-15T10:28:30+00:00July 9th, 2019|Business, Marketing|

How To Level Up Your Client Communication

Workflows. That one word has the power to impact your entire business.   No, I’m not talking about your editing workflow, or how to structure a session with your clients, I’m actually talking about your communication workflow. That is where the REAL workflow starts-- before the session, before editing, before delivering. The first time you begin communicating with a potential client your communication workflow begins. This workflow is crucial. How you begin to engage with these eager souls who reach out to work with you will determine if they decide to work with you. You can have the most beautiful [...]

2019-07-19T21:32:20+00:00June 5th, 2019|Business|

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 [...]

2019-08-05T21:00:03+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|