Everyone is busy this time of the year.
And you hear people say, “I just wish I weren’t so busy...” Sometimes I think it’s not that we don’t want to be busy— not that we want nothing to do necessarily... I think we just want to be less frantic.
We want to be busy on purpose.
We want the busy to actually serve a greater goal.
Because the idea of working so hard for no definite reason is scary. What if we wasted our time? Time that balled up year after year until it was all gone?
Being driven without a clear direction is how we end up in a wreck.
I know this has nothing to do with photography (honestly my long-winded woo-woo captions never do anymore lol) but I’d honestly love to know:
Is there something that drives everything you do? Some overarching theme or word(s) that give you constant direction when you feel lost? I’d love to hear them. 👇🏼
How are the holidays going for you? I just finished editing our last wedding for a while and am planning on taking a little breather before the “engagement season” emails hit. How are you recharging this winter season?
Side note, if you didn’t know, Jared and I started a fun little travel vlog on YouTube! Go follow him at @jaredlung.creative to get the updates/watch the recent episodes of us in Cali. ✌🏻
Dear business owners,
Let’s talk for a second. Usually I’m aiming at talking with brides on here, but I know I’ve got a lot of entrepreneur friends here too and I have something to share with you.
Last year around this time I was preparing to jump into a business coaching course called @editorscourse with @katieoselvidge. Katie is about to close the doors on this season’s course and I felt like I needed to share my experience on here in case you’re supposed to sign on with her.
Owning a business is hard, but it’s very fulfilling. But... it’s still really hard. I’ve been full time for two years and last year, I was going to a lot of workshops trying to do all the things to get myself to where I wanted to be.
I did workshops where I got to take lots of pretty photos, workshops where I learned about blogging and branding and SEO, but Katie was the only one who I would say actually truly changed my business from the ground up. Not just the outside pretty stuff you see on here, but the inside stuff like dealing with mindset blocks and taxes and budgets.
You know that feeling when you have to go to the dentist to do something like get a root canal? Like, you know it’s not going to get better unless you go and do it but you also know every minute is going to be really hard and uncomfortable? That’s what it was like working with Katie.
But, with through the hard stuff came freedom, contentment, and clarity.
If you’ve wondered how I’ve been able to go full time in two years, shoot what I love, work with clients who are amazing, travel, and still have hobbies and be a healthy not-working-all-the-time person, it’s because of this inside-out work of having a life more beautiful than your brand that Katie preaches.
In the words of @nancyray, “My life does not exist to fuel this business. This business exists to fuel my LIFE.” Business owners, I hope you know exactly what this feels like and looks like. If you don’t, please know you have the choice to change this, and you should change it.
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I love making things pretty.
When I was in the 3rd grade or so, I checked the same book out of the library every week during reading time. It was a DIY book of crafts you could make. I thought it was the best thing ever. I wanted to make every craft that book had. •
I think that still flows through me today. I like to make things, and I like to take everyday items and make life more beautiful with them.
Sometimes I worry my love for styling photos comes across as too perfect or too feminine or something. But I’m learning to accept that it’s I love for a reason and hope that every pretty picture I create brings someone some joy.
Got my film scans back from our Cali trip tonight and I’ve got the travel bug all over again. 😬 I always worried that if I went to California I’d get spoiled on the beautiful light and abounding scenery and feel like it was my true homeland... Well, worries confirmed. 😂
It’s been good/healthy/refreshing to step into slow season and travel and NOT make business goals for the new year just yet but instead just be right where I am and think... and think and think.
I don’t think enough credit is given to the quiet space of nothing. Like, we praise hard work and grit and planning, but honestly I think my truest work/goals/pursuits are clarified and revealed to me when I’m just letting myself be where I am with no expectations for a while.
Not getting on social media or looking ahead at 2019 with all the goals and ideas in the world is strangely freeing. Like, I don’t know how it works, but there’s something about LESS that makes me feel MORE... more present, more myself, more filled up, more level headed, more directed.
Anyways, long caption and heady head-thoughts for a pretty photo while in Joshua Tree. ✌🏻Leave a comment if you’re in a place where you’re trying to do less so you can think more clearly and feel more joy during this season.
Fall vibes 🍂 I’m loving these film scans from @photovisionprints! Haley’s outfit + this floral color palette has me in the autumn mood fo sho.
Ps - I made this bouquet! I’ve always wished I could make pretty flower arrangements for my engagement sessions, but I’m not the most natural florist. 😬 But, I’ve taken a class or two this year and feel like I’m getting the hang of it! 💐
What do you think? Is an engagement session bouquet something you’d totally want for your shoot, or is it just me? 😏
When the bride’s getaway transportation is straight out of a James Bond movie... #tablerocklake#bestbrideever | I got these film scans back and can’t wait to edit this wedding this week before some major Thanksgiving fun.
Reception venue: @chateauonthelake
Hey, friends! Exciting things! First, I recently got back from SoCal and I’m happy to be home! ⛰🚙✈️
Secondly, I took over @bloomtheworkshop’s Instagram stories today! Go view the story to join us as I show a little peek into my daily life as a photog/entrepreneur and talk about this workshop that I loved attending!
I told myself once November hit, I would take at least a month off of social media on this account. Our creativity, in my opinion, suffers when we consume too much instead of making space for invention, play, and creating of our own. Aside from finishing editing my last sessions and weddings for this year, over this month I will be working on refining things in my life - both business and personal. I plan to write out my goals for next year, and examine how this business will change in 2019. If you’re needing a creative refresh too, I think you should try getting away from your normal routine, delete distractions, and ask yourself what sounds fun and creative and then go for it! #creativelywell
I promise not all portrait locations I use are big, golden fields. ☺️ I’ve gotten to take this sweet couple’s anniversary photos for three years in a row now! There’s something about growing alongside your clients that makes this job so worth it.
When life gives you lemons...⠀
Yesterday was a very Mondayish Monday, if you know what I mean.⠀
My new client email workflow (that I pride myself in) totally glitched and sent my poor, sweet 2018 brides about 9 emails that only our new 2019 brides are supposed to get.🤦🏻♀️ Then our hard drive said, “oh by the way, I’m at full capacity, so I’m not sure where you’re gonna store those 6 sessions you just shot, homie!” Then my laptop chimes in, “and I think I’m just going to stop compressing files for no reason, if that’s cool, too.” I took a breather and told myself I wasn’t going to lose it like I might normally do. I’m a human, life isn’t perfect, I’m doing the best I can, which is totally enough!
In case you had one of those days where you felt like you’re running in a hamster wheel of problem solving and life hiccups, please remember that you’re doing fine. It’s not the end of the world, not a ruined day, life will go on, and all the things that seem so pressing and difficult will pass and you’ll be okay.
After all that happened yesterday, I saw that at least 3 or 4 of my brides had been the first to like my instagram posts for the day— despite me mistakenly spamming them earlier. (Thanks for still loving me, guys!) To top it off, I received the kindest email from a momma client this morning and it was the perfect reminder that there are actually very few things to get upset over in life and business.
So, yes. You’re doing fine. You’re moving forward. Every little step counts. You’re not failing. You’re loved. Life will continue even when you have really human days.
I can’t believe we only have a few more weddings left for 2018! I kind of love this time of year because it means I can start goal setting for next year. I never want to grow stale in my professional or personal life, so it’s important to me to take an ample amount of time to refresh myself and seek God’s path for my life regularly. Sometimes this means being led down a path of being content and happy with what I have, and sometimes this is a path paved with a lot of change and growing pains. Either way, it’s always for the best!
What are some goals you’re dreaming up for next year, and how will you make them happen?
Neutral color palettes forever, please!
But for reals, be careful when choosing your wedding colors, dear brides!
Ever seen a wedding from the 80s where brides were all about teal and purple? Or in the 70s didn’t people go crazy over that mustard color and orange? (I’m not quite that old so I’m just guessing based off of what I’ve seen in movies lol.)
Color trends aren’t going anywhere obviously, but you have control over how classic and timeless your day will be. Be careful of fast-fading color trends and stay true to yourself!
Personally these have been my #1 favorite bridesmaids dresses I’ve ever shot! That grayish purple hue is so lovely! Neutral but unique, the best mix!
Not gonna lie, the last two days I’ve been so cold I couldn’t feel my toes and I’m dreaming of summer weather again already.
But I love getting to this point of the year because as a photographer, it’s almost the end of my shooting season, which means I get a break while it’s cold to hibernate! (Literally. I’m an introvert so hibernating is something that sounds great to me! Haha.)
Half of me is already starting to process how the year went, mulling over all of my clients and their weddings, and the other half of me is just sad it’s already over. Unlike years past, this year has felt like it’s going so fast!
Once my shooting hiatus begins, I won’t be on social media for a while to “reset.” Not only to reset myself personally and take a breather, but to ask the big questions about my business and decide what worked well and what needs to change.
Want to help me on this journey of constantly refining this job I do? Think of one word that my work evokes in the comments and share it with me.
What does SBP feel like TO YOU? What do you feel when you see our work? I want to know! Put it below!
Had fun hanging out at @hopeflowerfarm for @flowerstockathope yesterday and today! I definitely got broken in for fall weather. 🍂❄️ All you florists out there, your job is so complex and amazing! Brides, your florists deserve a huge 🙌🏼 because talking to these florists the past two days and hearing their stories makes you appreciate their hard work so much! Even though I’m not a floral designer or stylist (though sometimes I secretly want to be 😏) I still had an awesome time and snapped a few photos of the farm I’ll try to post! Anyone else have a secret dream of doing something like flowers or styling or any other fun, creative career? 👩🏽🌾👩🏽🎨👩🏽💻