19 August 2014

Radiating Positive Vibes is Essential to Life




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Positive thoughts and prayer go a long way.

I always pride myself for seeing the positive in every situation. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I've never been one to constantly be negative about a situation. If something is done and cannot be changed, then wasting energy on it isn't productive. It most certainly doesn't change the outcome.

I was getting frustrated with the whole marketing side of my businesses, but then I realized that I honestly had been doing very little and what I was doing was very passive. After all, running a photography business is 80% business and marketing and 20% actual photography. I cranked out the images from February to June, but not nearly as much as I should or could have done. Starting in June, I stepped up my game even more. I put myself out there EVEN MORE, networked EVEN MORE, had EVEN MORE sessions that I had before, etc.

I still wanted more. I wanted my business to grow and grow.

I had the opportunity to do another photography job in additional to my business and I got it. Long story short, it didn't work out like I had planned. I was bummed at the loss of that income, but at the same time, I saw that fail as a positive. When one door closes another opens, and I truly believe that. I then worked more and more on different concepts and have upcoming events that I'm a part of (hello, media pass!). In addition to that, EVEN MORE connections and opportunities. I always networked, but I kept it up and made it a point to introduce myself to people that I don't know. By working in photography and in fashion, it is just a given that you will meet people. It happens. Working with fashion definitely has its perks, because you have access to wonderful people with different skillset; models, makeup artists, hair stylists, stylists, other photographers, etc. All of these people work as a team. They also can help collaborate with you or work with you on an upcoming project or session (i.e. hire a MUA for a boudoir session or bridal session, hire a stylist for an editorial shoot, refer a shoot to another photographer because you're unable to, etc).

While I was still being frustrated, I thought long and hard about everything (I NEVER thought of quitting). I tried to keep positive and prayed for a sign. While I was out of a photoshoot, I had people notice me and they came up to me. When I was finished, they asked about me being photographer and gave them a couple of cards.

A little bit after that I received an inquiry about photographing a wedding. I then become even more sad, because I had originally not planned to do weddings. I photographed a wedding about two years ago, but that's it (I ended up quitting photography that same year; 2012 and didn't pick it back up until February 2014). My husband couldn't understand why that I didn't want to, since I did a good job on the one I did. After talking about it with a few other people (mostly people that I never met, but know from a secret worldwide photographer FB group), I decided that I should. I NEVER said that I didn't want to, I just hadn't planned on doing them. Instead of taking weddings on by myself immediately (which it won't be some time before I feel comfortable with doing that), I'm going to second shoot.

Well, on Saturday night, I got the opportunity to second shoot a wedding for my portfolio and cover a reception by myself. Yay :-)

So, here I am with another part of my business that I plan on growing over time. I'm so happy with how things are going. All that you did to do is to be proactive, good at what you do, and be positive. Things will work out :-)


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On August 6: I know that it isn't or won't be a big deal to some, but it's a big deal to me!! Yesterday on 500px, my image of Kym appeared on page ONE of POPULAR images in the fashion category (Scores are based on favorites and likes. The higher and higher your score, the more and more likes and favorites you need to move your score up, since they are worth "less" at higher numbers). Nevertheless, I think that's pretty cool, especially since this is one of my favorite images from her photoshoot and one of my favorites that I've taken.


Another cool moment? Laura from America's Next Top Model and America's Next Top Model All-Stars commented and liked one of my images that I took of a model (the model knows Laura and she had attended her workshop). Excuse me, while I fangirled out, because I did.

These next two weeks are going to be extremely busy; editing images, finishing updating my website (tweaking the design again), catching up blogging my sessions, cleaning out the room that will be my office, preparing for my upcoming sessions, etc. 

Until next time...



Linking up with:
Random Wednesday with Because Shanna Said So, Hump Day Blog Hop with Fitness Blondie

18 August 2014

A "Real Life" Purge? HAHA!!





Last week, Louisville made nationwide news (maybe in worldwide) for "having" a "purge" on Friday night from 8pm to 6:30pm. It started on social media, which led to the media picking up on it and it spread like wildfire. Since it was so widespread and due to the nature of it, police took it seriously, because you just never know if someone would try to really start something.

There has been reports in several other states of it "happening" there. When I say that it is "happening," I mean that someone created a fake poster.

So, I did what anyone else would do on that night... listen to the police scanner via the Radio 5-0 app to see what "might" be going down. At one point, over 86,000 people were listening in and that was just on the app.

I've seen several people on social media saying people are so stupid for believing it and that if you commit a crime that you will go to jail. Ummm... no shit sherlock. Everyone KNOWS that crime IS still illegal and that the government did NOT make it legal to do so like in the movie. No one thought that movie was coming true. I mean, c'mon. Seriously? Crime is still illegal. Duh.

However, a local teenager DID create a poster as a joke. Just because people talk about what happened on the police scanner doesn't mean they believe it actually happened. People are just repeating what they heard. I'm pretty sure that we all know the difference between reality and make-believe (i.e. like a giraffe was NOT freed from the Louisville Zoo). If something really big happened related to that night's shenanigans, I'm pretty sure we would find out. We aren't that freakin' stupid. When you have something that caused such widespread panic, due to the media, it's hard to decipher what calls were real and fake. It did sound crazy and scary based on the calls alone (along with some that were quite humourous). Coming from a psychology background (bachelor's in Psych and master's in Counseling), it's pretty common sense to know about "mob mentality" and large groups and what "has the potential to happen." Better safe than sorry.




There were "reports" of:  (a lot turned out to be unfounded and basically prank calls)

-Tons of people in masks
-Tons of gunshots
-Tons of people with machetes
-Tons of people with knives.
-Threat to burn down the Kroger.
-People knocking on doors are saying, "Are you ready?" and We're Coming."
-Threats to Little Caesars.
-Home invasions.
-etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

The "highlights" of the night: (a lot turned out to be unfounded and basically prank calls)

-A giraffe from the Louisville zoo was freed (FYI: It wasn't).
-A shirtless man was holding a car and apparently had raped it??
-A DILDO HIT A WINDSHIELD!!
-A man stole beer AND pickles! PICKLES!
-A man in a spiderman costume was blocking traffic.

"The Louisville Purge" was so popular that #louisvillepurge and #louisvillepolicescanner was trending. Even the 5-0 Radio app (police scanner) was the number three most downloaded app in the iTunes store.

It was still entertaining but crazy at the same time. Yes, it would be crazy if the stuff being reported actually happened. On a positive note, the police did a great job handling all of the calls; real or fake (because obviously there were real calls mixed in with the prank calls). Either way, it was a pretty interesting Friday night.


By the way, The Purge is a HORRIBLE movie. I haven't seen the second one, because I hated the first one. You can check out my review of it, when it first came out; here.

14 August 2014

It's All Coming Together


Excuse the mess... Okay, it isn't a mess, but I had to have a new fresh look. I needed a new start and more minimalist look. I didn't want to pay for a new layout, because I'm cheap and have other expenses that are my priority. I also didn't want to purchase a new template or spend hours designing one, because I still don't know how often that I will be around. I found this one and made some tweaks to it. I'm hoping that I can come back to this space more and more, but my heart still isn't in it. I'm trying...

I also had plans of redoing my photography website, but it's perfectly fine now. I just want a change; that's all. The majority of people see my business via facebook anyway, so a newer design isn't that high of a priority. I meant to change my static home page and blog all of my recent sessions, but I never did. That's definitely on the agenda for the end of this month and/or next month. You know how things are.

Honestly, I don't know where the times goes or what I do with my time. Okay, okay, I know what I do with my time. Some days just get away from me, and then I look at the clock at it is 11pm. I operate on a different schedule than most, so that's why I am always awake around 3am or 4am or sometimes 5am. That's just how it works in our household based on our schedules. Even though, some days, I can be less productive, I seem to get a whole lot more done than when I was operating on a "first" shift type of schedule. It's different, but I love it. Don't knock it until you try it.

Since I began my goals around the 8th or later of each month, it's hard telling which month that I accomplished it, since they run together. I may have it on my July list, but didn't accomplish it until August 2nd or whatever. Whatever. I'll straighten up this eventually


Personal and Blogging July Goals (and part of August haha):

1. Rearrange the living room. Yes! It feels good. Almost like a brand new house.
2. Organize the office. The room is somewhat empty, but I'm waiting for my desk to arrive and then go from there.
3. Pay off a debt. Accomplished.
4. Develop a plan to pay off the remainder of my credit card debt. Check. There is an end in sight. I veered off the plan for longer than I care to admit, but it's back on track.
5. Catch up with posting Project 365, so I'm not even more ridiculously behind. Don't even get me started on that. One day.
6. Keep my private blog updated at least 20 times. I thought I would write more and keep it updated, but I haven't logged into that in about a month. I need to write more.
7. Blog on EHFAR at least 5 to 8 times. Check.
8. Reach 950 followers on IG. Accomplished.
9. Use the gift cards that I've received that I haven't used yet. Check.
10. Finish "Orange is the New Black" season two. Check. I cannot wait until season three next year!
11. Have a cookout at our house. We have cooked out three times, but it's just been for us.
12. Something on our SUV was recalled... Take it to the dealership and have them fix it. This is a must, since I'll be taking a mini road trip and want it fixed just in case.
13. Clean out both vehicles again.


Photography Business Goals for July (and part of August haha):

1. Reach 375 likes on FB. Check.
2. Have the "Military/Patriotic" photoshoot posted on my FB page. Check.
3. Have the "Military/Patriotic" photoshoot posted on my website/blog.
4. Have the "Hippie" photoshoot posted on my FB page. Check.
5. Have the "Hippie" photoshoot posted on my website/blog.
6. Have the "Colorful Downtown" photoshoot posted on my FB page.
7. Have the "Colorful Downtown" photoshoot posted on my website/blog.
8. Have the "LNFO Fashion Show" posted on my website/blog.
9. Have mini sessions go live. Check.
10. Watch 1-2 live webinars.
11. Submit to 1-2 magazines. I didn't submit to any magazines (shame on me), but I did submit to a website.
12. Update my picture on my "About Me" page on my website.
13. Update the static image on my website.
14. Make a new cover photo for my FB business page. Yes, and I'm in love with it!!
15. Do another surreal self-portrait. I did, but I didn't like how it turned out, so I scrapped it and didn't show anybody.
16. Do at least three photo shoots. I did more than that!
17. Go to a networking meeting. Yep!!
18. Make a list and get to purchase the next equipment for my business (probably will purchase it in August). Unfortunately, I haven't and unable to purchase it this month, since another more important expense came up. I'm not mad at it though :-)
19. Become a member of the LFC. 


Personal and Blogging August Goals (I'm going to only do these for the remainder of the month)

1. Do two OOTD posts.
2. Blog about 8 times on EHFAR.
3. Get whatever the recall on my SUV was taken care of.
4. Grill out again on our patio.
5. Try two new hairstyles.

Photography August Goals (I'm going to only do these for the remainder of the month)

1. Do three MORE photoshoots.
2. Clean the entirety of the office out.
3. Put my desk together when it comes in.
4. Plan on what else I'll put in my office and how I'll decorate it.
5. Blog these sessions (Military wives, LFNO, Colorful Downtown Lex, and Boho shoot)
6. Edit photos from all my latest sessions.
7. Make a new purchase. Eek!!
8. Post the boudoir session and the session that I did last week (have to keep the theme secret) on FB.
9. Rearrange my website and make minor tweaks.
10. Watch 1-2 live webinars.
11. Pick out what images that I want on my newest business cards.
12. Make a plan for September.



What have you accomplished this month so far? What else do you want to accomplish for the remainder of the month?

06 August 2014

Things You May Not Know



Here I am back in my little space that I have neglected so long. I can't say that I completely miss it or I'm yearning to be back in full force. I mean, blogging takes up A LOT of your time, between commenting, networking, taking photos, writing, social media, etc. I just don't have time for all it. However, I do miss the relationships and networking. It seems that once you drop off the radar and start being inconsistent, people jump ship from you and all I hear are crickets. This makes me sad. Remember when I was super excited about a new separate private blog? Umm... yeah, I haven't written anything in that either lately. Fail.

Right now, I'm concentrating on growing my business even more, networking, getting my name out, being noticed, finding my ideal clients, etc. It's all very time consuming, but I LOVE it! I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm constantly on facebook and maintaining a web presence and updating my page daily (if not more than once per day). I'm a member of about FORTY facebook groups (private and secret) that deal with business, networking, photography in general, etc. A few of them are local to my area and some are in areas about 1-2 hours away. I still have my website, but I haven't updated it with my newest sessions. I smell a project!!

Some fun events this month coming up: a photoshoot at an actually haunted mansion and a fashion show! Woo-hoo!


I saw this on Protein and Pumps, and figured that I would join in on the fun!




1. I'm happiest when... clients change their profile pictures to one of the photos that I took.

2. Especially if it... is receives hundreds of likes.

3. I've always wanted to... stay at home and work for myself.

4. My family and I... don't live in the same city.

5. I was a terrible... person at sports, which made me feel even worse because I was always picked last.

6. My first job was... when I was sixteen years old. I was a cashier at a grocery store.

7. I could probably eat... the same foods and never get sick of them.

8. I stole... my husband's heart. Awww!!

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9. I was born on the same day as... Channing Tatum and Jordana Brewster. I was also born on the same day, same year, and around the same time that Chernobyl blew up.

10. My all time favorite film is... It constantly changes based on my mood, but I love Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

11. I do a pretty mean... chicken, steak, or french fries.

12. I'm still mad... I don't try to stay mad for very long.

13. I met my husband... at his house. (We were introduced by my ex's friend).

14. I always knew that I wanted... to NOT work for anyone else.

15. I'm not afraid to... take chances.

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16. I make the best... out of EVERY situation. There is ALWAYS a positive. (Duh... everything happens for a reason).

17. I have almost no... sweatpants. I don't wear them ever!! Actually, I do NOT even own a pair. I like being fashionable and put together (It takes the same amount of effort to put something cute on... promise!)

18. I always cry... when someone else does.

19. I'm now a... homebody and wouldn't have it any other way. Bars, clubs, dancing... yuck! NO thanks! Totally not my scene.

20. I spent 12 years... in choir (from sixth grade to senior year in college). I spent even longer doing
piano and dance.

21. I wish my folks would... ???

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with... piano and dance.

23. I believe if everyone would... stop complaining about petty shit (as simple as what someone decides to share on social media---get over yourself), think before they speak, and show compassion the world would be a better place. Oh, and realize that their opinion is not the only way to think and that people may disagree with them!! No need to get butt hurt.

24. I can't stand... when people are constantly negatively. Those people can find something negatively in a super lighthearted post. I feel extremely sorry for those people.

25. Whenever... the television is on, I'm 8 out of 10 times not paying any attention to it.



Now off to do some editing... 


Linking up with:
Random Wednesday with Because Shanna Said So, Hump Day Blog Hop with Fitness Blondie

25 July 2014

Currently



Loving:
1. Whenever the weather happens to be 70 degrees. It is chilly, but it is so much better than the disgustingly humid and hot 90 degrees and "feels like" temperatures at 100+.
2. Grilling out with the husband on the weekends.
3. So blessed for the new and upcoming opportunities coming my way.
4. When people love my photography and want to work with me.
5. That my debt is dwindling down. The end may not be near now, but there is an end in sight! Light at the end of the tunnel is coming!

Watching:
1. Dating Naked.
2. The Snack-Off.
3. Finding Carter.
4. Leann & Eddie.
5. Candidly Nicole.

Anticipating:
1. Fall. I don't want to wish anymore time away or anything, but I love that time of year. I want to wear my blazers, jackets, skinny jeans, and boots.
2. My upcoming photoshoots.
3. The upcoming fashion shows, where I'll get to be a photographer.
4. Grilling out and cooking steaks again. Yum!
5. Whatever life has to offer.


Working on:
1. Editing images from my past photoshoots.
2. Gathering ideas for my upcoming and potential photoshoots.
3. Cleaning and organizing the house.
4. Updating my photography website blog with my newest sessions.
5. Trying to decide what to wear and how to wear my hair for this weekend.

Wishing:
1. I wish the hot and muggy weather would go away. (As I am writing this, Friday at 1am, it is 63 degrees and I'm loving it).
2. There are some things that could potentially happen that are pretty good. Here's to hoping for the best!
3. I wish I wasn't so impatient. I want things to happen or want to know the details ASAP (about whatever it may be in life).
4. I sort of (kind of, maybe just a little) wished I hadn't ran my blog into the dirt. I don't necessarily miss it, but I do sort of miss the interaction that it gave. I'm still constantly on facebook (my personal account), instagram, and periodically on twitter (so, I'm still around!).
5. I wish it wasn't so hard coming up things for these lists. I don't really wish for much. I either go out and get or work towards getting it, if I can't get it immediately. Either way, it usually happens; sooner or later.


Poor pitiful Bentley. He had allergies and kept licking his paw, which left a bald spot. The vet gave him a cone. However, he is such a smart dog and maneuvered himself in a way, where he was still away to lick. As I was trying to stop him and move the cone, the cone cut his open bald spot. He has had to wear it even longer. He looks so pitiful. We do take it off, so he can enjoy chewing his bone. Whenever he starts licking his spot again, we put it back on because we don't want him to wear it for longer than usual. He was so mad when he first had it, because he couldn't fit under the bed where he sleeps. Somehow, he has figured it out and goes under there; cone and all. He's my angry little sunflower.
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