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Sugar Wood :: Blog and Shop

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I love all of our clients, but when my client starts out as a friend (and a dear friend at that) it makes it even better!!

This is Chana. She is one of the most beautiful souls I know. Her compassion and love for the world is unmatched. Additionally, she is a baker that is known for her caramel crack.IJU_6420Isn’t her family adorable? They are so sweet.

Anyway, back to the crack.IMG_7588 Kristen Carter Photography Sugar WoodThis is the deliciousness that she makes. It tastes just as good as it looks, I promise.

She offers two varieties right now, her sea salt topped caramel shortbread:3And the heavenly sea salt topped caramel bites: IMG_9997-10And not only have I had the honor to design her website and shop, but I also designed her boxes for her.SugarWoodBox8

I’m always proud of my work, but knowing that something I designed is being shipped all over the world and in shops too? There is definitely something special about that!

Do you have a project you need help with? Something you need designed, whether a website or packaging or anything random that you need help with? Contact us today! Let us help you get to the place of contentment!

Transformation Thursday :: Three Little Ones on a Step

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There is something super magic about a good Before and After! Anytime you play with 3 young kids, it’s a miracle to get them all looking at you.

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The first image with the two youngest was a moment of peace and waiting. I snapped this image and was like “wouldn’t it be great if I could make this a photo of all three?”. Of course, as soon as that thought came, the youngest little princess ran off to play with leaves. Because that’s what 2 year olds do.

But I know my way around Photoshop. Before I became a photographer, I was in college for multimedia design. I’ve been using Photoshop since Photoshop 7 and so knew I could work some magic.

So I asked the eldest boy to go sit on the edge of the steps.

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I wasn’t too worried about lining it up perfectly. I didn’t have my tripod with me but that’s okay, I didn’t need it. There were enough markers that weren’t going to move (door and steps) that I knew I could line it up properly. You can see where the youngest is playing on the left side of this image too. Busy busy little girl!

When I got home, I loaded up the images to edit and worked my way through. When I came to the one with the two kids, I placed the one with the single boy on a separate layer. I lowered the opacity until I could tweak and alter them to line up perfectly. Sometimes, I will change the Layer style to Difference, but there were too many differences between the two layers so it would affect the ease of use to line them up.

Then, using a mask, I masked out everything but the older boy and flattened the image. Then began the fun times of patching, cloning and spot healing. Because of the texture on the wall, I knew I wanted to overly a texture on top as well.

I think it turned out pretty awesome. Not only is my client going to be printing it large on her wall, I’m pretty sure I’ll also be printing it on a canvas for a sample.Brewer2015_133

I love creating a piece of art. Above and beyond creating beautiful photographs, creating artwork itself is something that can add additional value to your work.

Don’t have the skills to create something like this yourself? Let us help you! With reasonable rates for something like this or even head swapping, we can help you create breathtaking artwork for your clients!

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Throwback Thursday :: Work with Professionals

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I love going through some of the words I’ve written in the past….here is one from 2012!

There is nothing worse than when you finally discover that you are not perfect at everything. I know this may come as a shock to you but it’s the truth. That there are some things that you cannot do.

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I love the variety of skill sets that people have.

For example…

I know an amazing photographer who just so happens to also be a lawyer. She recently contacted me to help her with writing her blog pages so that they sounded less like a lawyer wrote them.

Another photographer friend is a bookkeeper who helped me with my taxes.

I know my limits. I knew I could get the basics of my paperwork done but I wanted to make sure that I did them right!

What about you? What part of your life do you know need help with? Or that maybe you aren’t the best at?

We go to the grocery store and buy meat and vegetables and fruits and breads that were created by other people. My clothes are bought at a store, not made from cotton I picked myself.

This doesn’t make me less of a woman. Less of a mom. Less of a person.

Why does asking for help or hiring someone else to do something for you can make you feel like less of a business owner? It should make you feel more successful because you need the help. You are succeeding and should take advantage of the need that has arisen.

Embrace it. Ask for the help you need from the professionals you can trust.

It’s the best thing you can do for yourself, your business and your life.

Tuesday Tip :: Call Me Maybe?

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Or at least, a free chat!

Did you know I offer a free consultation?

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Have some things you need to work out? Just want to run ideas by an actual person or someone who knows the photography industry instead of a bored partner or friend.

If after the chat you are set for the year, that is totally fine! My ultimate goal for each of my clients is to have you not need me at some point in the future. I love being able to help photographers in the world and even though that’s not quite the best business practice, believe me when I say that this is what I believe!

So contact me and we can chat! I’d love to meet you! Email me and we can chat over FaceTime, Skype, Google+ or just a plain old telephone call!

Published on Rock the Shot!

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Wondering how you can afford outsourcing or how to get to the point of getting help?

I’m featured on the Rock the Shot – a forum and blog which has tons of great photography and business based information!

Go check it out and leave some notes of love!

Networking

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One of the biggest reasons I was so excited to go to WPPI was to network.  Now, I don’t think I was the annoying person, running around and throwing my card at everyone I talked to….instead, I liked to talk with people.  Get to know them, what they did and what they loved to do.

And now that I’m back home, I haven’t stopped my networking!

I love blogs.  I love the little peaks into other people’s minds.  The inspiration and motivation can be just amazing.

It also is a great chance to network and just meet people.  My first Virtual Assistant job came from a blog.  Leah of Go{4}Pro had a mean person make a comment about her spelling and grammar.  There are some harsh people in the world, but this one ended up being an inspiration.  After that post, I emailed Leah asking her if she wanted me to edit her blog posts for her.  What started out as simple emails sent back and forth with edits has blossomed into so much more.  I love the friendships I’ve gained from doing this as well as the knowledge and information from doing this.

I love my job!

Tuesday Tip :: Outsourcing

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One thing that was constantly repeated in every single one of the classes I went to while at WPPI was outsourcing.  Jose Villa, Tamara Lackey, Suzette Allen, Elizabeth Messina, Mike Larson — every one mentioned it at least once.

As a small business owner when you are just starting out, you may think that you have to do everything for everyone.  And it’s possible that you may still be thinking that.  The truth is, that you CAN’T do and be everything for everyone.  It’s a sheer impossibility.

Your company is a piece of you.  Your life though, is all of you.  In order to be successful in both, you need to be realistic.  You need to be able to let go of things that you may not need to have every piece of your fingers in.

The hardest part for most people is the physical ability to be the one to let go.  You have to be able to take a look at your life and workload and hand something off to someone that may or may not be able to do it the way you think it should be done.  But being able to release something you hate or may not be as good at and handing it over to someone who enjoys or is great at it can be an amazing relief.

It doesn’t even have to be big!

Something as small as hiring someone to come in once a week to clean toilets, wash windows and scrub bathtubs can take an immense weight off your shoulders.  If you have children, trading a day of daycare with a neighbor or friend who also stays at home/works from home can give you more hours to be productive.

Overall, you have to be able to take a look at what you are doing and how you can be more effective by placing tasks in other peoples hands.  The really important thing once you do outsource something though, is to utilize those extra hours productively.  Work smarter, not harder.

Otherwise, you can fill it with more meaningless stuff and not get a return on your investment!

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