Thank You - London Bridal Expo Jan 2018

This weekend was one of our crazy busiest weekends of the year as we spent the weekend meeting amazing brides, catching up with awesome wedding vendors, and just generally having an awesome time at the London Bridal Expo.

Thank you to all the brides, grooms, moms, bridesmaids, friends, and wedding professionals who stopped by to say hello. Congrats to Angela B who won a portrait session and 16"x24" Gallery Wrap! 2018 is looking like an amazing year of working with couples who overflow with love as they celebrate their weddings, helping business babes rock their personal brand, and celebrating with women who are ready to see themselves differently while sharing their stories of beauty and strength in the Beauty Is Project.

Why I love the 2018 Desire Map Planner (+ a giveaway)

I'm so stoked to share that the 2018 Desire Map Planner Collection is here! It’s a radically different way to plan your day, because it puts your soul on the agenda.

 

Check out this review I did of the planner and all the reasons I love it.

 

 

 

This planner puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days and weeks according to how you most want to feel. The way it should be. Where most day planner systems are straight dates and to do’s, this planner is so much more…it has helped me combine my basics of a planner with my gratitude journal, my desire map, and my bigger goals not just for my business but for my life.

 

Based on the wildly popular book by Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map, this planner system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day. (If you haven't read it yet, you should check out the Desire Map Book and Workbook while you are there)

 

The 2018 planner comes with two versions, the Daily and Weekly edition, for the any type of planner person:

 

The DAILY planner for the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A-types who love keeping track of all the big and little things. This planner takes you through the year day by day, with unique soul prompts, scheduling space, #truthbombs, a Stop Doing list (because saying no is revolutionary) and a super condensed list called 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done.

 

The WEEKLY planner is for the big dreamers, Creatives, and entrepreneurs — the planner-types who want a bird’s eye view of their week. This planner takes a look at your week over a two-page spread, so you can plan your week with a bird’s eye view. Sprinkled with prompts for positive declarations and #truthbombs, the weekly spread also has space for your Core Desired Feelings, daily to-do’s, and a list of 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done. This planner also has an End of Week Check-in with unique Soul Prompts from Danielle with space for reflecting on life as you move through it week by week.

 

When you’re clear on how you want to feel, decisions come to you more easily, you’ll know when to say “No” and when to say “Hell, YES!” And then you can put it in writing. That’s what this planner does for me.

 

You can buy yours today, and start planning the life you’ve always wanted. GET YOURS NOW

 

Loving the planner? Ready to dive in? Keep Reading!

As an affiliate and member of the 2018 planner launch team (yep - I loved my 2017 planner so much they let me in), I have an weekly planner to give away to one lucky reader. Here's how to enter...

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me something you are grateful for before the end of the day on Sunday September 24th

The winner will be chosen and contacted on Monday Sept 25th.

 

I can't wait to hear what you are grateful for!

 

**All links included in this post are affiliate links but all opinions are my own**

Self Care Sundays - Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

A Sunday Morning Reminder...  

"Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For"

 

Last weekend I took a very quick, last minute trip to Ottawa to see my husband. There was a moment when my husband said 'no kiddo, no dog, no house or computer to worry about - hope you can enjoy this' and I did. I really did.

 

After a day of no business or housework, mostly unplugged (got stay in touch with my little girl) time...I was so much more relaxed and so grateful.

 

It was also a bit of a revelation too. Heck, everybody needs a day off sometimes. So from now on...Sunday is my day off. Whenever possible Sunday's are going to be no work - biz, house, or yard - days. It's time for me, my family, and a little self care so the other 6 days of the week I can give everything I do my 110%

 

I know my future self will be grateful for the things I do on Sundays to allow me to take care of myself to be the best wife, mother, photographer, business owner, educator and friend I can be. 

What will you do today?

On to a new Chapter...Saying Goodbye to the Photographer's Studio

After two fabulous years as one third of the Photographer's Studio, with Erin of Erin Woodgate Photography and Christine of Cheers to You Photography, it's time to say goodbye. As of August 31st, 2017 the Photographer's Studio will be closed and the office for Rebecca Nash Photography will return to my home. (Studio and On Location sessions will still be available throughout) It amazing to look back on how much I have grown as a photographer and business owner since we moved in back in August of 2015.

 

 

I'm excited for the opportunity to...

  • be with my family more
  • offer more flexibility in meeting and session times
  • work in new spaces
  • invest more in my client service and continuing to grow
  • take time to find the perfect new space to serve my wedding and portrait clients

Featured: The Gem

 

I'm thrilled and honoured to have been featured this week on the website "The Gem" by Allyn Lewis. The gem is a great place for business owners to connect and learn but what I love most is the open conversation of mental health as it relates to our business and lives.

 

You may not see it, but everything you do – from the way you run your business to how you interact with your clients – stems from your story and what you’ve been through. One of the first exercises I walk my clients through (in fact, Rebecca was the very first person I walked through this process!) is determining the theme of their business in one word. Most of the time, people have no idea what this is, and I can often see it before they do. For Rebecca, her standout superpower is support. It’s not that she’s supportive because she’s a nice person (which is totally true), she’s supportive because of her story.

From suffering from mental illness and spending four years raising her daughter as a single mom to managing three learning disabilities and a full time job while running a business (Rebecca Nash Photography), this Gem has seen the contrast between having and not having support. And because of that, she knows how powerful it is to be there. She shows up for everyone in her life in to the fullest capacity, which is why I am so honored to share her story with you! This interview will leave you inspired to conquer any struggles you’re facing and proves that you can still show up for others no matter what you’re going through.

During the day you teach kindergarten. How do you possibly find time to keep up with photography? Share your secrets!

As with most things in life, it’s not always easy. Our schedules are often jam packed and even a day that has nothing planned becomes a full day. I don’t find the time for my photography. I make the time for my photography because I love it. It fulfills me.

In the end, I schedule everything – my time with my family, my time for my business, and my time for myself too.

On top of scheduling everything, I find ways to simplify and automate the tasks I can so that I can give my personal time and attention to my clients and the tasks that needs me most. One of the biggest time savers of all – email templates for all my standard emails (ie. first inquiry, how to prepare for your session, session confirmations) that include all the most important information and frequently asked questions. It takes only a moment or two to personalize these but makes sure each and every client (and fellow vendor) gets all the info, links, and resources they need quickly and efficiently.

Keep Reading "The Difference Support Makes with Rebecca Nash" on The Gem

PRESS RELEASE: London Photographer Rebecca Nash Dedicates 2017 to speaking up and reaching out to support Mental Health

PRESS RELEASE: London Photographer Rebecca Nash Dedicates 2017 to speaking up and reaching out to support Mental Health  

Tuesday January 31st 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Local Photographer Rebecca Nash announces a dedication to donate to donate 10% of all sales in 2017 to support mental health in London and beyond. Going even further, Rebecca Nash Photography will donate a gift certificate for a portrait session to the fundraising efforts of Mental Health organizations in London and surrounding areas for each session or wedding booked before the end of January (session does not need to occur in January).

 

Celebrating her 8th year in business in September 2017, Nash decided it was time to really give back in a bigger way to the community that welcomed her.

 

Some of my earliest memories are of time spent with my family supporting our community. I remember days spent outside the Sobeys in our small town helping to sell car draw tickets. I remember easter mornings helping set up the Easter Egg Hunt in our town. I remember riding on the float or, when I was a little older, handing out Hot Chocolate in the Santa Claus Parade. I remember being a Kin Kid.

My parents were dedicated members of the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Grimsby. We raised money for Cystic Fibrosis in every way we could to give back and held local events that supported our community too. Community service was just part of what our family did, of who we were.”

 

This new initiative is the culmination of Nash’s experiences, her desire to give back to her community in a meaningful way, and provide support (and a voice) to a cause that is important to her.

 

Nash has begun to share her own experiences and struggles with mental illness that inspired this new dedication to supporting Mental Health organizations in her community.

 

“Not long after my daughter was born I was diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. There was no major event leading up to the diagnosis. No massive panic attacks, no episodes of hiding from the world crying...it was just life as usual as far as I knew but someone recognized things might be the norm for me but there might be something more to it. I will never be able to thank Kay, my college program coordinator, enough for recommending I go for learning disability testing.

 

I went through what seemed like a million hours of testing (I think it was actually only 8 hours) and came out thinking “I’m going to look stupid, what was I thinking - there’s nothing wrong with me I’m just a lazy procrastinator and too sensitive to everything”

 

I still remember sitting in the office waiting for the results a few weeks later. There was a huge lump in my throat, I couldn’t sit still, I felt like I was on fire from the inside. One of the people who had tested me walked in, a smile on her face, and told me we had some things to discuss. I wasn’t just silly for thinking I didn’t do things or learn like other people - I had a reason. I have learning difficulties and a general anxiety disorder.

 

At first I didn’t know how to react. What does this mean? Am I going to be able to finish college? Does this mean I’m going to fail? Do I have to go to a special school?

 

I cannot even begin to express the sense of relief that washed over me in the next few minutes. The woman came around the desk, sat down next to me and said ‘don’t worry - we have a plan to help’. We spent the next few minutes going over exactly where my learning difficulties and anxiety were, what they meant, and what could be done to support me so I could continue on in my program just like everyone else.”

 

Nash is excited to connect with organizations in the London community to get even more involved.

 

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CONTACT: Rebecca Nash-Emerson, Creative Director - Rebecca Nash Photography

226-973-7115 or rebecca@rebeccanashphotography.com

PRESS RELEASE: Local Photographer Changing the Way Women Look At Themselves Through Portraits

PRESS RELEASE: Local Photographer Changing the Way Women Look At Themselves Through Portraits  

Tuesday January 17th 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Local Photography Rebecca Nash is changing the way women look and feel about themselves through a transformative new series of Contemporary Elegance Portraits by Rebecca Nash Photography.

Together with a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, Nash is creating an experience based on helping women look and feel their very best and creating images that help them taking that feeling home.

 

‘So many women today are so busy in their everyday life, striving to do more or do it better, that they dismiss their own accomplishments’ Nash says “What if for one day you stopped, you let someone pamper you a little with a makeover, you stepped in front of the camera feeling your most fabulous, and let someone else show you the strength and beauty you possess?”

 

The inspiration really came from the struggles Nash has experienced in her own life. She sites the lack of self confidence, the poor body issue, the fight to keep all the balls in the air and forgetting to take care of herself as the driving force that brought her here.  

 

“In my eyes, I was a failure. I couldn’t check everything off my to do list everyday. I didn’t have that cover model physique and magazine worthy home. I couldn’t make my daughter’s worries and struggles disappear. What good was I?” Nash says “Thanks to a few friends and family members I began to recognize that those things didn’t define me. There was more to the story.”

 

This year Nash is challenging Women everywhere to make some big changes. Instead of making a promise to loose some weight, to eat healthier, or whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, let’s make it our goal to love ourselves, to be kind to ourselves.

 

Need some help along the way? Nash’s new contemporary elegance portrait experience might be the perfect thing to help you feel your best. The sessions officially launch Feb 17th 2017 but she’s holding a couple spots available before then to remind you of your beauty and strength. “I want to remind woman, and give them tangible proof, of the superwoman they are everyday.” Nash says.

 

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CONTACT: Rebecca Nash-Emerson, Creative Director - Rebecca Nash Photography

226-973-7115 or rebecca@rebeccanashphotography.com

Giving Back in 2017 - Why Mental Health?

I am so excited to be taking steps to get back to my childhood of serving and supporting the community I live in.The last few years I have struggled with how I could give back in a way that mattered when I couldn't commit time in the amount and with the consistency I really wanted to.  Then, as 2016 came to a close and I was spending time focusing on reflection in my business and personal life the pieces just seemed to fall into place. There was a way I could share my successes, that I could get involved with a cause that means so much to me, and that just felt right. (If you missed the announcement go check out the post) I am a little overwhelmed with the supportive response I have received already since the announcement but some questions keep coming up...

 

1) Why did you choose to support mental health?

2) Which organizations in particular are you supporting?

  So, if you are curious too let's dive in!

 

1) Why did you choose to support mental health organizations in London & beyond?

Not long after my daughter was born I was diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. There was no major event leading up to the diagnosis. No massive panic attacks, no episodes of hiding from the world crying...it was just life as usual as far as I knew but someone recognized things might be the norm for me but there might be something more to it. I will never be able to thank Kay, my college program coordinator, enough for recommending I go for learning disability testing.

I went through what seemed like a million hours of testing (I think it was actually only 8 hours) and came out thinking “I’m going to look stupid, what was I thinking - there’s nothing wrong with me I’m just a lazy procrastinator and too sensitive to everything”

I still remember sitting in the office waiting for the results a few weeks later. There was a huge lump in my throat, I couldn’t sit still, I felt like I was on fire from the inside. One of the people who had tested me walked in, a smile on her face, and told me we had some things to discuss. I wasn’t just silly for thinking I didn’t do things or learn like other people - I had a reason. I have learning difficulties and a general anxiety disorder.

At first I didn’t know how to react. What does this mean? Am I going to be able to finish college? Does this mean I’m going to fail? Do I have to go to a special school?

I cannot even begin to express the sense of relief that washed over me in the next few minutes. The woman came around the desk, sat down next to me and said ‘don’t worry - we have a plan to help’. We spent the next few minutes going over exactly where my learning difficulties and anxiety were, what they meant, and what could be done to support me so I could continue on in my program just like everyone else. 

2) Which organizations are you supporting?

Canadian Mental Health Association

The CMHA is a great resource for information and has been working to reduce the stigma around mental health while increasing the availability of services for all ages throughout Canada.

Current stats suggest 1 in every 5 people struggle with mental illness. Look at you facebook friends list - how many of your friends and family may be struggling but too afraid of being judged to speak up and ask for the support they need? Vanier Family Services

This is one of the first places that was able to respond and to offer support when my daughter began to struggle with her self image an more.

It wasn't until we were there talking to a member of the team that I really realized the range of mental health services they offered to children and families.

Join us for 'A Celebration of Beauty - Yours!'

Oh My Gosh, I'm so excited!  

It's been months in the works, I have been dropping hints (subtle and not so subtle) about something big coming to Rebecca Nash Photography that is near and dear to my heart.

 

So why am I so excited now? 

Today, it's time to ask you to mark a date on the calendar to come and celebrate with me in studio. What's the occasion? It's the launch of Contemporary Elegance Portraits by Rebecca Nash Photography and I want to celebrate with you! 

 

It's a Party!

Join me in the studio on Friday February 17th 2017 from 5:30 - 8:30pm to catch up, to check out the new products and services, and to celebrate the beauty of the amazing people in our community including you!

 

Need more of an incentive to attend? How about...

  • refreshments & snacks
  • giveaways
  • and more surprises (coming soon)

 

RSVP on Facebook to keep up with all the latest updates right here - 'A Celebration of Beauty - Yours!' Facebook Event Page

Giving back in the Month of January (and all year long)

Some of my earliest memories are of time spent with my family supporting our community. I remember days spent outside the Sobey's in our small town helping to sell car draw tickets. I remember Easter mornings helping set up the Easter Egg Hunt in our town. I remember riding on the float or, when I was a little older, handing out Hot Chocolate in the Santa Claus Parade. I remember being a Kin Kid.  

My parents were dedicated members of the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Grimsby. We raised money for Cystic Fibrosis in every way we could to give back and held local events that supported our community too. Community service was just part of what our family did, of who we were.

 

I am excited get back to those routes and to spend 2017 focusing on celebrating beauty while supporting amazing people and local organizations. 

 

How?

 

Rebecca Nash Photography will donate 10% of all sales in 2017 to mental health agencies serving London, Ontario and beyond.

 

In the month of January, for each wedding or portrait session booked (doesn’t have to occur in January) Rebecca Nash Photography will donate one gift certificate to a non-profit organization focused on mental health to be used to in their fundraising events.

 

 

Want to be a part of it?

 

Are you ready to feel your best? Join me in studio for your personalized Contemporary Elegance Portrait experience and support local mental health organizations!

Book now by calling 226-973-7115 or emailing info@rebeccanashphotography.com