I met Justin and Samantha via a publication that they saw my work in this time last year in Dade City, Florida. We initially met over Skype and the goal was to discuss their wedding photography needs. We did that, but, we also connected on a personal level and I love that I now can claim these two as not only clients but dear friends of mine.
Daniella & Michael | Engagement | Lower Peach Tree, Alabama
March 17th, 2018
Daniella and Michael chose to have their engagement shoot on Michael's family property in Lower Peach Tree, Alabama. Perhaps you have heard of the King-Criswell Plantation house in Uriah, Alabama? Well, Michael is a direct descendant of the King lineage. When we arrived at the property, Daniella began sharing with me a lot of the history that went into the land. It was a working plantation at one point in time, and held it's own community on the property, equipped with a post office & corner store which are still standing today.
Brittany & Trey decided to get married at the beautiful & historic Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile, Alabama. The Greek Revival home is donned with white washed wood, large windows with natural light pouring in, huge old oaks surrounding the property, and a gorgeous driveway lined with azaleas, roses, and crepe myrtles.
Brittany and her bridesmaids arrived the afternoon of the 23rd of February and began putting the final touches of their hair and make up in place and helped Brittany prepare for her first look with her soon-to-be husband, Trey.
Brittany's mother and sister, Jessica, helped Brittany step into her gown. Brittany, in her gown standing in the beautiful white light pouring into the upper room at the Bragg, was nothing short of radiant.
Your Brand is Your Reputation
You might be thinking, “I’m a small business - why do I need a brand?” Well, what about your reputation? Do you need to worry about your reputation as a small business? Of course you do! Your brand is your business’ reputation, it’s the impression you make on potential clients. And a successful brand will tell those clients what’s special about you in a positive light.
I feel like this post should begin with a drum-roll, so, just do me a favor and do a little drum-roll on your keyboard before you keep reading... (*insert wink emoji here)
I have already shared a little bit about my heart and planning experience regarding this workshop but now it's time to actually dig deep into the day itself. It's also a chance for me to brag shamelessly on my incredible attendees and vendors who were absolutely amazing.
"The reason they believe that they can find someone cheaper is BECAUSE THEY CAN. Clients CAN find someone at a lesser cost because this is a saturated industry filled with people trying to operate a business with little to no business education what-so-ever. They have no idea that by devaluing themselves and their time, they are also devaluing the entire industry and causing a loss of income for most photographers across the board.
It was then that I remembered that I too started off this way. Inexperienced and uneducated on all things business, pricing for profitability, as well as lacking the technical skill to charge an amount that I would need to survive off of. " ... read more
This year has not started off on the best foot for me. From day 1 (literally, not figuratively) I have experienced trial after trial. It seems as though everything I had carefully and perfectly and intentionally planned is one by one falling apart. This is the place in my life that I am known to run. My whole life, I have been a "runner" (now that on IS figurative! ha!). As soon as a trial faces my way, I fight until I am weak and then I run.
I can't tell you how many people have said that to me. This has cost me many cherished relationships in the past...
Recently, someone reached out to me regarding my process of finding self-forgiveness during my time of becoming an unwed mother.... (read more)