💕He’s been my Valentine since 1995. Well actually since 1991, but married since 1995. 25 years now... and feeling more blessed than ever!!! 💕
Wanna see more shots for our super fun and gorgeous shoot with @therusticbarnathalfmoon !?!? Head up to the stories and two through some awesome sneak peeks!!! Thank you to the ladies @therusticbarnathalfmoon for taking such great care of us and for opening their venue doors for an unforgettable senior shoot!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Happy Wednesday Friends!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I just had to share this beautiful image from a recent branding shoot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Headshots are great...and necessary, photos of you doing your thing are necessary....but sometimes it's just fun to play and see what you can create. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I saw this owl painting that Judy had painted, I knew we had to incorporate it somehow. We captured this really cool shot and I LOVE how it turned out!!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Branding photography sessions are fun to explore your craft, your personality, and your marketing content through. Find someone who will embrace the unknown and explore the possibilities as they unfold. That's the fun of it!!!
I hear this from clients all the time...I feel so awkward in front of the camera and that's why I've been putting this off for so long.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please know that I've got you!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's my area of expertise!!! Making you feel comfortable in front of the camera by first educating you on what the process will look like and what you need to do to feel prepared. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My first tip is to wear clothing that makes you feel beautiful. You don't have to go out and buy a new wardrobe for your branding shoot. Well...if you have the budget for that and that makes your heart happy....feel free to go ahead. But honestly, just go through your closet and find pieces that make you smile when you see them and that when you've seen pics of yourself in that outfit, you think DANG I look GOOD!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I also ask my clients to consider bringing at least four outfits...one for each season. This is a great way to stretch your images for content throughout the year. I've worked with several realtors lately and it's great to have images that match the time of year. It then looks like you've been busy and are doing a GREAT job of documenting your work and are actively seeking out and working with clients. If you are using the same three images over and over again...people take notice. It might be subtle...but people notice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So give yourself a nice variety for content throughout the year and plan your wardrobe options accordingly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tiptuesday
Y'all have heard of Dave Ramsey right? He's the financial guru that is painfully honest and will guide you to fix those finances like a BOSS!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kevin and I have been on the Dave Ramsey plan in the past. And we've decided to get back on the wagon as we begin preparing for his upcoming retirement. We have several financial goals that we want to achieve in the next 18 months and it was time to get serious about telling our $$ where to go instead of it telling us where it was going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was recently doing some reading and a great point was brought up. If you have a goal to increase your savings, or pay off debt, or add to that travel fund, or save for college or retirement....one of the best things you can do is get a side hustle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What does that mean? Take on a part time job. Or maybe look at a hobby you are passionate about and see how you can monetize it. Or maybe you join a direct sales company. Or maybe you uplevel that little side etsy shop you've been playing around with for a few years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whatever it is...with a little focus and some strategy, a side hustle could be a great way to ear mark some extra money for those financial goals you've set. We are trying to teach our kiddos now how to save, how to budget, how to stretch their $$. And let me just say....when they say parenting toddlers is tough work...they are lying to you!!!! Parenting teens and young adults is the hardest EVER!!!! And I'm not talking about dealing with Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll kind of issues...I'm just talking about the life lessons of money, putting gas in your car, and why you need insurance. Whew...I'm freakin exhausted!!!! .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But seriously, a side hustle is a GREAT way to add to your bottom line or pay off the debt that never seems to disappear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So let's share a little...if you could start a side hustle, what would it be?
What's holding you back friend? Are you afraid to just do the dang thing your heart's been dreaming about? I hear ya!!! Did you know that most people never take the leap of faith to get started? It's hard, it's scary, you're worried about what people will think, what if you fail, what if you SUCCEED? ALL THE QUESTIONS...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But if I were to sit down with you over coffee, I'd tell you that you can do HARD THINGS! You CAN dream a bigger dream. You CAN chase the things your heart whispers to you. You CAN do it!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was there in 2008 when I knew I had to make a career pivot...and I've done several since then. But I've not only survived, I've thrived. And you can too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Most people think the first thing you'll need to have in place when you're starting a new venture is the logo, the branding colors, the fonts, yada yada yada. Actually, you need some really great branding images to get you started. The rest will come in time...but invest in great images to use throughout your social media, your blog, your website, and anywhere your content or business will live. People don't connect to logos or fonts, they connect to YOU!! Pictures of you and what you do. Find a photographer that you trust, that gets what you are doing, and that honestly....makes you laugh. It really is more than just head shots. Branding images invite people in....we do business with people that we know, like, and trust. So make sure your hire someone that understands how to capture who you are and what you do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So get out there and chase your dreams...it's never too late to do the dang thing!!!!