See the Beautiful Inside and Out - #MotivationMonday

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Ever wonder why some people see beauty everywhere while others never seem to see it?

If we cannot find beauty within ourselves, how can we recognize and appreciate the beauty around us. There is beauty in your kindness. Their is beauty in your love. There is beauty in your movement. There is beauty in your strength. There is beauty in your vulnerability. There is beauty in the simple rhythm of breaths in and out. There is so much beauty inside each and every one of us, if we only stop for a moment to see it.

As I dive deep into the Beauty Is project, I see more and more that our ability to see beauty in others and in the world around us is so closely tied to our ability to recognize the beauty in ourselves and love ourselves for it. As women step in front of my camera for a portrait, they are vulnerable in that moment and trusting that I can see and capture that inner beauty.

What is one thing you think if beautiful about yourself? (hint - you don't need to look in the mirror for this one)

On Etsy: Photographic Greeting Cards

Earlier this month I launched a new line of products at the summer markets and in my Etsy Fine Art Shop. The product? Blank Fine Art Note or Greeting Cards featuring 5 different images from the collection! I'm thrilled to say these products have had a hugely positive response right out of the gate.

Today I'm here to share a little more about this new line and why it's been introduced!

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Where did the idea come from?

To be honest the idea came from you. From the people who visit my blog, my shop, and even more so those who visit me at the markets.

 

Why did I create them?

The markets have become a place where I can get great feedback on my current work, what you would like to see in the future, and ideas for expanding the lines. It was at one of these markets that I was asked about greeting cards. When I referred the lovely lady to my notecard collections she expressed a need for single blank greeting cards where she could support local when she had birthday cards, get well cards, anniversary cards and even sympathy cards to send.

The more I thought about it, the more it just seemed to make sense.

I am a photographic artist, but I am also a lover of the written word. I love books, writing hand written notes and receiving something in the mail (other than bills). In the digital age, isn't it still something special to recieve a beautiful card with a thoughtfully written note from friends, family, or co-workers?

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What to expect?

Each card features a single image on the front and a blank interior. They are printed on beautiful stock with a smooth finish to make for an easy to write on surface (I love a textured fine art paper for my prints but when it comes to writing, smooth is best). Each individual card comes packaged in a protective plastic sleeve with an envelope (and a business card so you can let me know what you think).

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But what do they cost?

Just $5.00! That's right, just $5.00 CDN gets you one of these beautiful cards. That's less than going to Hallmark, or even the pharmacy! Plus, you get the artwork of a local artist and have supported arts in the community.

 

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So where do I find them?

You can find me in person at the Masonville Farmers Market Every Friday in August or hop over to the Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/rebeccanashphoto to check out these cards and more fine art prints from Rebecca Nash Photography. *Keep an eye for new images on cards coming later this month!

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London Ontario Wedding Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Nash is the Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind London, Ontario's wedding photography company Rebecca Nash Photography. Her passion is helping London, Ontario couples create art that captures the little moments, the details, and the emotions of their own unique wedding celebration in a way that allows them to relive those joyous moments every time they look at them. Rebecca also takes joy in sharing her personal perspective of the world through works of art such as the touring exhibition 'Windows on the War of 1812' and the art pieces big and small found in her Etsy Store. Find out more about Rebecca by visiting the about section!

Why Wedding Photography...An Impromptu look Behind the Lens

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Why do I love being a wedding photographer? Let me count the ways...

Okay, let's be realistic here. There are a lot of misconceptions about what being a wedding photographer is all about.

You know those meme's that go around showing the photos with things like 'what I think I do, what my friends think I do, what society thinks I do, what my parents think I do, and what I really do'? This post is going to be a bit of a written version of what I do.

First off, let's get rid of some of the misconceptions...

1) Wedding Photography is glamorous

2) Wedding Photographers only work one day a week

3) Wedding Photographers make a lot of money

4) Being a Wedding Photographer is easy, anyone with a nice camera can do it

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The realities are more like this

1) It's a long day (as long as 18hrs sometimes) with a lot of heavy gear to make sure you can get exactly what the bride and groom want

2) I work on my photography business 6-7 days a week between shooting, editing, consultations, image viewings, album design, marketing & promotion, engagement portraits, location scouting, and more

3) It might seem like a lot of money when you hire a wedding photographer. I even thought this at one time at the beginning of my career. Then one day a business mentor challenged me to keep track of all the time spent working on things for a single client. Well there's 8 hours of photography on the day of the wedding, and  half an hour drive each way, so 9 hours the day of the wedding - not too bad. The scary part was adding in consultations, phone calls, emails, downloading images from the cards, editing (roughly 2 hours sorting and editing for every hour of shooting), album design, image viewings, product delivery, file back ups, and more. Suddenly that 8 hours of wedding coverage was easily taking 30-40hrs or more! Now take that wedding photography fee, deduct the costs of albums, equipment, and assistants, and divide it by the number of hours. Suddenly I was making less than minimum wage and working hard than I ever had.

4) Wedding photography is long days, heavy equipment, a lot of pressure to get it right, lots of unexpected happenings and requests, coralling large groups of people that you hardly know and trying to do it all while looking calm, relaxed, and professional with a smile on your face.

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So with all of that in mind, why am I still in love with being a wedding photographer?

I love meeting new people!

I get excited to hear all their stories. Where did they grow up? How did they meet? How long have they been together? How did he ask? What is the dream for their wedding day?

I'm honoured to share such an important moment in a couples life.

I love to be able to help people. I'm not just a wedding photographer - I help couples in any aspect of their wedding I can.

I love creating artwork that I know my clients will love.

It challenges me on every level, every time.

There's no other job in the world like it.

I'm addicted to weddings ever since I was a little girl.

Every wedding is unique and a chance for me to enhance someone else's life and grow as a person & a professional.

That moment when you show your client their images for the first time and they relive just how they felt. Nothing beats it!

And that's just the short list!

 

So why do I love being a wedding photographer? Because it's just who I am!

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

 

BlogHer12: Sponsor Love for Sweet Stellas

Alright, unless you're new to this blog, you definitely aren't new to my BlogHer12 Sponsor Shannon from Sweet Stellas (www.sweetstellas.blogspot.com). Shannon is a mom and Artist creating gorgeous paintings and sculpted wearable art accessories you and your home. Shannon began Sweet Stella's while coping with Postpartum after the birth of her (adorable) son. I admire her strength, her talent, and her creativity, but now I have the honour of being sponsored with this talent artist, entrepreneur and friend.

Just last week I had the pleasure of seeing her works and mine adorn the same walls at the Art Exchange Square Foot show where Shannon exhibited three Beautiful works...Sprout, Grow, & Bloom.

Shannon has a created 4 amazing pieces for me to show off at BlogHer12 in NYC this August. First, a beautiful sculpted floral clip for my hair. Second, a hand sculpted teal pansy statement ring. Third, a textured pin for my bag. And Finally, And hand painted journal with sculpted accessories!

I have a love of jewellery, accessories, and especially beautiful note books. I can't wait to show them off!

I'm also excited about the upcoming launch of Shannon's new line of bridal accessories...here's a sneak peak of a few items that have recently appeared on her Instagram account...I can't wait to see the rest of the line!