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Tuesday Tip :: Don’t Forget to Love Yourself

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Today, I’m going to get a little bit sappy and a whole lot of rambley in a video…but every so often, something hits my heart and I need to share it with you guys.

Especially when on my Facebook feed today, I see this from a friend:

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I’m here to tell you that yes, you can nap. Yes, it will help you not only be more productive, but it will help refresh yourself and really recharge and let you get to the place you want and need to be! Watch this video and let me know what you think! I really do want to hear.

Tuesday Tip :: Start Sloppy

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I’ve had the honor to do two great workshops for education and implementation this year, Brand Camp with Kristen Kalp and BonjOrganization with Kelli France. Both have had different goals and different plans and completely different tasks to succeed. Both have helped me move mountains and make significant changes to my business, goals and the future.

Something that they both talked about though, is Starting Sloppy.

I don’t know about you, but I have all of these ideas spinning through my head. I’m an artist, and a mom and an entrepreneur – my brain never stops. After I brain dump though and get it all out on paper, it becomes less useful. At least, until I actually do something with that information and ideas.

So I just start. Starting sloppy means the stress of the unknown, the overwhelm that occurs with a blank canvas, is gone. That roadblock of nothingness isn’t there, which makes the next steps so much easier to take!

So I ask you, my lovelies: what has been on your to do list for so long it might as well be tattooed on your skin that needs to get done? Why not start sloppy so that you can get past the unknown and make every other step so much easier?

I’m going to be doing my new free PDF download for you guys….I’m so excited and have had notes on it but haven’t started yet because I’m scared. That is so going to change!

Tuesday Tip :: Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

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Tuesday Tip :: Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

The other day, my daughter started an evening classroom/play time/fun thing at the local church. She wanted to take a nap to make sure she had the energy and good time to have fun. It was so worth it. She woke up, bright and shiny and had a wonderful time.

It made me realize that this is something to take to my work. Every so often, it’s okay to take a nap. To take a break from your day to refresh yourself. Allowing yourself to breathe and settle into things can prep you more than stressing or worrying.

When you wake up and start to work again, you will be bright eyed and bushy tailed and so much happier! Not only will your mood be lifted, your productivity will be better too. Setting yourself up to be productive instead of just being busy.

If only we can take a step back from this mindset that we need to be busy. That if we aren’t “too busy to think”, we aren’t really being successful. You deserve to be so much more happier!

What do you do to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for your day?

Tuesday Tip :: Try Something Different

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Try Something Different :: The Photog's Helper

As photographers, we get into habits. Some may even call them ruts. We try to discover our styles, spending time studying how we edit and how we shoot, comparing ourselves to other photographers and other artists. We work at figuring things out and setting them up and everything to get our business and our brand real.

Sometimes though, you have to try something different. Push your posing up a level. Toss in props or accessories you wouldn’t normally do. Try a strange lighting situation to see what it looks like.

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Maybe even put a texture or two over, just to try it. There isn’t anything wrong with experimenting.

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You don’t have to share these images with anyone (unless you are me and like to torture yourself) and you don’t ever have to do anything with them. If anything, pushing yourself to try something different will make everything you do in the future for your business that much better.

So do it. Try something different. And don’t forget to share it with us! Share it on your Facebook page or Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #trysomethingdifferent! I can’t wait to see!

Differences between Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising and Branding

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Differences between Marketing, PR, Advertising and Branding :: The Photog's Helper

Chances are, when you started your business you were told that you needed to figure out your branding. You needed to work on your marketing and advertising. All of these words get spread around in our industry but rarely does anyone really truly understands what they mean.

I found this info graphic on Pinterest (follow me!) and even though the original company has merged with a new one and I cannot find a true original link, I’m still going to share it. Neutron, LLC created this info graphic which has now joined with Liquid Agency. I normally will only share something if I can find the original creator link but this was too perfect not to share.

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Even though it’s slightly more mature, it really makes sense.

If you are telling people about yourself, you are marketing. Someone else (whether hired or from your network) it is public relations. Advertising is just pounding your message into someone’s mind. Branding encompasses everything you are presenting and provides the information for people to really get your message.

Does this help you understand what you need to do in your business? Does it help you with your marketing or branding plan and goals for the year? What has changed?

That Just Happened

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I am still having a hard time realizing what this week was.

Not only did I get to meet and hang out with some AMAZING photographers, but being inspired by some of the top industry leaders in Modern Women’s Portraiture. CreativeLive is always an incredible experience, wherever you watch it but being in the audience is something unreal.

Beingin the audience with 100 other amazing members and experience it all with that large of a group adds something else that is kind of mind blowing.

And then when this happens:

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That’s a screen shot a friend got on her computer of me hanging out with Sue Bryce.  I was one of five women chosen during the posing course to help show how to alter the rules for different body types.

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The five body types were Tall (I’m 5’11.5), Short, Curvy, Double Chin and Maternity. It was incredible. I was so inspired and it was well worth the pain from holding these slightly awkward poses!

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One part of it, she talked about how to stand and shoot when you are a different height from what you are shooting. Also, the very important lesson of working on your core so that you can hold yourself appropriately. I have got to do the Plank Challenge (a month late…)

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Just some of the absolutely incredible people I got to meet and that I took selfies with. It was SO much fun! Top left is the creepy stalker selfie taken by Katie B and I with the amazing Lara Jade behind us. Top right is Lori Patrick who got to help behind the scenes and cut in line when I was waiting to hug Sue on the last day (and a photo bomb too!). It’s a good thing she’s cute! Bottom right is the always incredible cL host Russ. I tried to do another drive by selfie but Russ has magic camera ninja skills! And then the bottom left is someone any Sue Bryce fan will recognize: the gorgeous Mapuana.

Everyone was so nice and wonderful and sweet and inspiring. I cannot wait to put into place the things that I learned, not just in my own photography business but for you guys too!

Did you watch creativeLive? Do you love it? Did you see me?!? I’m so excited to hear what you guys think! If you missed it, the rebroadcast is pretty much constantly playing!

Linky Love :: Building an Engaged Audience

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Someone amazing that I’ve loved following along is Nubby Twiglet. She’s an amazing writer and person and is always full of incredible information.

It really hit me, especially as I go into this new year not quite where I’ve wanted to be. Now that the holidays are over and the decorations are put away, I’m finally getting back on track. My schedule has settled down and I’m waking up at 7 again like I’ve been meaning to. I haven’t quite managed to do my workouts daily again but I have been getting dressed and not just staying in pajamas.

One step at a time and one of those goals has been to finally get in the right groove for business. I want to talk to you all more often. I have these things constantly rolling around in my head and it’s time to get them out.

I’m hoping that I can manage to get you guys more engaged. I want to talk about what you want to discuss. Put out there topics that may be uncomfortable or that always seem to be hidden behind a veil of secrecy.

So here is to 2014. Joy and honesty and exploration.

What is one of your goals for 2014?

Tuesday Tip :: Your Peeps

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Tuesday Tip :: Your Peeps :: The Photog's Helper
On Location, my daughter/assistant took this photo (she was 4)

I have been blessed in my business to have some amazing girls that I work with. These two beautiful ladies are my hair and makeup artists for my clients and we also work together each quarter to do a fun session idea for their salon.

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The magic that we work is something that is unparalleled. We met when Kat and I were at Apple and have grown to be besties. Every Tuesday, we meet at our local coffee shop and just talk. Sometimes, we are planning out the next campaign. Most of the time, we’ll just sit and talk about nothing. Life is constantly changing and over the holidays, we went almost 6 weeks without really seeing each other. It took a definite toll on our days!

Things are back on track again, even with sickness and a new baby. The other day, we had lunch together and spent 3 hours at the restaurant.

The best part? These two are not photographers but they work with me. They don’t get behind the camera often, but they are creative, artistic and are amazingly supportive. You need a support system in your life. It can be photographers or not. Artists or not. Family, spouse or friends, you need people that help you be creative, inspire you to grow as an artist and most importantly, will hug you and hold your hand on any of life’s valleys and cheer with you at the mountain tops of life.

Who is part of your support system? Share with the rest of us in the comments and help inspire anyone that doesn’t have a support system to find one!

Don’t Forget Yours

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Christmas times come and it’s always a busy time for portrait photographers. Everyone seems to remember that they haven’t had a family portrait taken since last year and realizes they need something for their Christmas Card.

When you are so busy running around shooting everyone else’s families, don’t forget about your own! Whether you use a tripod with a timer or remote, have a photographer friend shoot you for trade or hire someone, get them done!

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And when they are done, print one and put it on the wall! Do it, right now!

November the First

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Can you believe it’s November already? How did that even happen?

Halloween is over and we are getting into the busy holiday season. Are you ready for it?

Looking into the future full of holiday sessions, mini sessions, ordering presents for family, your clients and for your clients to give to their family….it can be overwhelming.

This year, I want you to take a little break and take some time for yourself.

Do yourself and your sanity a favor and use a permanent marker to schedule some personal time. A mani/pedi. Coffee with a friend. A bubble bath with a glass of wine. Do this for one day every week.

This week? My personal time will be heading into Portland to hang out with some lovely bloggers.

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Anyone that blogs in the local area has a special something about them. The people that live here have a personality all our own. Anyone that hasn’t visited the Northwest is really missing out.

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I mean, no, it’s terrible. Horrible. No visiting needed here!

Where do you live? What part of the area that you are in is your favorite and so different from anywhere else you’ve been?  And more importantly, what are you going to schedule for yourself in this next week?

 

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