⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m on a break now: want to join me? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There MUST be moments when you feel completely swamped. At times like these, I have no choice but to step away and refocus. My favorite route is switching my work days and off days. My normal office days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But when I have family visiting I swap, I work Tuesday and Thursday! Not only does that allow me spend more quality time with my family but I feel rested energized and excited when I go back to my fuller work week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My off days include lots of family activities but also, sitting on a beach and watching the sunset, waking up early and just enjoying God’s presence instead of rushing because I have work to do. Reading a book in bed. But my favorite, sleeping till 6:30am! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used to think hustle needs to be a priority when running your own business, but in the last year of so I’ve realized that if rest isn’t a priority, my business fails. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How do you refocus when you need a little break?
Yesterday I talked about the importance of being a great second photographer. So it was mostly directed towards photographers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today I want to talk to both brides/grooms and photographers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hiring a second photographer is crucial. I never photograph a full wedding day without a second photographer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a main photographer I focus on the must have shots and if the timeline is tight, it leaves little room for creativity. I took the first photo and I absolutely love it. It’s classy, timeless, romantic. But the second photo that — the best second photographer — @monicastanleyphotography took, is creative, artistic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So to summarize 🤣: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • for couples, ALWAYS have 2 photographers, you’ll have so much more variety in your gallery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • for photographers, don’t just stay right next to the main. Walk around, get other angles. See what lens the main photographer is using and get a different one. Photograph with this mentality: “How do I add to the couples gallery?” not “i need this for my portfolio.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love educating and mentoring others, so if you have any questions, let me know! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✌🏼🤗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The biggest thing I did the first few years of my business was be a second photographer for other wedding photographers. As I gained more experience and had photographed my own weddings, I still second shot, but became selective with who. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By 2016 I knew what I expected from my second photographers, so I deliver the best when I was a second. But I also watched. I learned. When there was down time, I asked questions. I worked for some of the best photographers in Arizona. @danielkimphoto, @melissajill and @ryannicolephotography to name a few! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re starting out and want to see if weddings are for you, reach out to your favorite photographers, and see if you can assist them. Seeing other experienced photographers work during a wedding day was crazy educating for me! If you ever wanted to reach out to me about assisting, do it. I love mentoring others! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This gorgeous photo was taken while working with @melissajillassociates team! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I really want to keep this account as happy as I can, but I also want to be real, honest and transparent with you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I haven’t been posting lately. Mostly because I felt like I don’t have anything to say. Today I woke up and was like, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Ok, I’m going to post the most uplifting and encouraging caption ever!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But then, I stopped because while right now I’m ok, last week I wasn’t. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This overwhelming, anxious, just depressing weight was on me at the beginning of last week. I felt alone. Like I’m not good enough. I didn’t know who I was anymore apart from being a wife and mom. Every time I feel like that, I text or call Alex. I talk, and he listens (I hit the husband lottery 💯 with my guy)! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mental health is so important. 10 years ago, no one really spoke about it. And especially Christians and depression didn’t mix. I mean, how can I love God so much, seek and worship Him, yet feel so alone and down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ God is always here, I know that. He loves me so much. You wanna know how he lifts me out of the darkness? By sending others to be the light. 💡 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alex is my light, my sisters are my light, my parents, my bible study girls, my church family. All these people and more are the light that pulls me out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So if you feel like you’re in this darkness and praying it away isn’t doing anything. Look up, and look for the light; It’s there. Reach your hand and I promise you, someone will be there because God will never fail you, he will always send someone to rescue you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love you. I love this community that’s growing in this place. And thank you for listening as I pour my heart out! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💕
Today I was talking to Alex and in venting I was like, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I don’t know Alex, I just feel like everything is just so slow lately. Instagram, booking, my styled shoot.” And then in a child like manner I groaned “ughhhhh!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then I felt the Holy Spirit go, “I brought you here to slow down and rest, isn’t that what you wanted?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is exactly what I want. I want rest. I actually remember leaving AZ and thinking “so happy I get to slow down in Hawaii!” I want to watch my girls grow and play without worrying that I’m behind on work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s so easy to look at what everyone else is doing and want to jump right back into the busy train. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s me reminding myself that this is my season of rest. To enjoy every second of it.
Happy Saturday friends! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your plans for the weekend? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mine include deep cleaning the house, putting the laundry away, and hitting the pool with the girls! Speaking of cleaning, I always like to blast music while I clean, and it’s always so random. Today’s choice of music... wait for it... Cascada! Haha! Definitely brought back memories from high school. What do you listen to when you’re in a cleaning mood?