Friday Favourites

Hey hey! I'm so glad you came to join me for the first ever Friday Favourites post here on Rebecca Nash Photography.

 

This week I'm excited to share a few favourites that I came across this week or that really hit me this week as something you might love too.

 

Blacksburg Belle

Okay, I'm just putting this out there. I read a LOT of blogs and email newsletters each week but there is just something about April and her blog Blacksburg Belle that I just adore.

 

I love the style and colours, her totally down to earth voice, and that she showcases not only her knowledge (if you are in a creative business, there is so much you can learn from here) but also her style and quirky sensibilities.

 

It didn't take long for me to feel like April was someone amazing to learn from but also to feel like she was a friend. I mean, we have so much in common (like the fact that we both love Gilmore Girls and I just can't wait for the new mini series on Netflix - ekk!)

 

Check out Blacksburg Belle!

 

West Elm

So clearly I am super late to the game here.

 

No I didn't just learn about West Elm, I've heard about it so many times but it wasn't until I completely fell in love with a table from them that Jillian Harris used in a recent episode of Love it or List It Vancover that I finally hoped over to their site and fell in love with a whole lot of stuff.

 

I wanted to go through and redecorate so much of our home (and finish finding the perfect pieces for the office too) already but between Bouclair's new Atelier line, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and Ikea I'm just itching to redo everything!

 

This Terrance Console Table is one of my favourite pieces right now (and the one I fell in love with on Love It or List It Vancover)

 

Renovation & Decor Shows

Who else is addicted?

 

I feel like it's a right of passage to a certain degree. I remember watching my mom watch these kinds of shows on HGTV even just a few years back and not really given them a second chance. Now a few years and milestones later (like turning 30, getting married and living in a home we own for more than 5 yrs) I'm a addicted to some of these shows and the contractors and stylists behind them. This is a good thing, and a bad.

 

On the positive side - I have new inspiration and ideas. I have a better sense of both the costs of certain types of renos that I have dreamed of doing as well as what actually adds value.

On the negatives - I totally want to redo the majority of our home and have all these crazy big (and unrealistic for us right now) ideas on how to make our home work better. There has been a whole lot of eye rolling from my husband for sure.

 

My current favourite shows include...

Love It or List It Vancouver

Property Brothers (and of their shows)

Master of Flip

What are your Friday Favourites? What have you been crushing on this week?

Hop down to the comments below and share your favourites too. Can't wait to see what you are loving this week!

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Behind the Scenes of my Business Blog Tag!

This blog post is a part of the ‘Behind the Scenes of My Business’ Blog Tag started by April of Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing the behind the scenes stuff of our businesses. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out this post right here.  

 

Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)

I am the creative director & photographic artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography.

Rebecca Nash Photography is a high end, experience driven wedding photography studio focused on creating the first family heirlooms and memories to cherish for London area couples.

 

Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love meeting couples, hearing their stories (how they met, what they do, their vision for their wedding, etc), and being able to help someone celebrate their wedding day!

 

Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?

Bookkeeping! I know it's a necessary part of the job but man, inputting all the numbers drives me a little crazy.

 

Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?

I'm going to go with my Nikon D3s (with lenses of course), my desktop computer, and my phone.

 

Question 5: What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?

My goal would be to create a resource of information from my experiences as both a wedding photographer and as a bride, as well as inspiration for the wedding day accessible to all brides right here.

Whether a bride books me or not, I want to do what I can to help them have the best possible experience.

 

Question 6: Who are three creatives that inspire you?

Three creatives...I can't pick just three. A few creatives that inspire me (and who's blogs I therefore stalk) are Sal Cincotta, Jasmine Star, Sue Bryce, Susan Stripling, and Zach & Jody Gray

 

Question 7: What do you listen to (if anything) while you work?

When I'm editing a portrait session, it's all about the upbeat somewhat pop like or country music if I'm listening to music.

When I'm editing a wedding, it's more likely to be a mix of energetic songs and something with a little more romance.

The reality, however, is that the soundtrack to my life is usually CreativeLive.

 

Question 8: Morning person or night owl?

Well, it's 6:27am here and I've already had breakfast, gotten dressed, etc and don't have to be anywhere til 9am. Does that answer it?

 

Question 9: How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?

3. Me, Myself, and I

No but seriously, at the moment I am the chief everything officer over here but hire out some jobs as needed.

I'm looking forward to adding an assistant in the near future as well as a regular second shooter (as opposed to contracting one of the people on my short list)

 

Question 10: What’s your favorite social media platform?

Personally, I'm completely head over heels addicted to Pinterest. I love checking out Instagram too (and really should be better at using this platform)

Professionally, I'm learning google + and all of that but facebook is definitely still my social media home.

 

Question 11: What’s your least favorite social media platform?

I'm going to have to echo April on this one, I don't really understand, and therefore don't really use, LinkedIn. That said, it is a goal to learn it better because I don't want to discount it when I haven't really tried it

 

Question 12: What works best when it comes to marketing your business?

The best marketing both for usefulness and just all around knowing how it's going is definitely meeting people in person (I'm working on telling people what I do in conversation more when there's a possibility) and my awesome clients sharing me by word of mouth, by sharing their photos, by posting on social media.

 

Question 13: What’s one thing about your business that your blog readers probably don’t know?

I don't consider myself to be in the photography business. Yes I am an artist but, my job is to help my clients plan, celebrate, enjoy, and remember their wedding day. At the end of the day I'm in the business of helping people and there's no better business, my photography is just the best way I know how to help them celebrate.

What do I mean? I have helped them find vendors, laced brides into gowns, fixed accessories, decorated getaway cars, and even taken a bride dress shopping. It's their day to celebrate and want it to be full of nothing but amazing memories so if they need help, I will be there to do all I can.

 

Question 14: If your business were a fashion accessory, what would it be?

Okay this is a really cool question.

My first instinct was to say a strand of pearls. Elegant and classy.

Then I thought a little more (while typing all the answers above) and realized my business is more like a diamond ring. How?

Well a diamond ring often comes from investing time and energy into building a beautiful relationship. Likewise, great wedding photography comes from building a great relationship with not only your spouse by the professional you are working with also. It's because of this that I take the time to get together with every client and get to know them so that on the wedding day it's not some stranger photographing them but more of a trusted friend.

A diamond ring also takes a financial investment, so does my photography. Why? I put a lot of time, energy, and myself into working with a wedding client right from the first consultation through engagement portrait shoots, the wedding day, the editing & design process, and through to delivery so I only accept a limited number of bookings each year. I'd rather work with a few amazing clients and give them the best possible experience than trying to fit in everyone I can and only doing so-so.

One more similarity (but I could probably go on for a lot longer) is when you buy a diamond, you buy it for life. You think of it as an item that you will have for a lifetime and will be part of the legacy you leave behind. When I create artwork for my clients, whether it be wall art or a custom designed album, I am conscious of the fact that this will be their first family heirloom that will be passed down. It will tell the story of who they are, how they came to be a family, and what their love was like. There's is no greater gift I can give!

 

Question 15: What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?

Get any illusions of a glamorous life out of your head.

You will work hard every day, you will have to keep learning and adapting, and it will be a struggle sometimes, but, if you love helping people and have a passion for creating art it can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you ever do!

 

I’m tagging these 6 people to answer these questions in a blog post (via video or text) on their blogs:

1) Shannon of Sweet Stellas - not only an awesome artist but a mom, a writer, a coach, and working to be a certified doula, I also have the pleasure of calling this lovely lady a friend (and bridesmaid)

2) Zach & Jody Gray of Gray Photography - this duo spends a lot of time and energy celebrating their clients lives with photography and investing in other photographers through education and coaching. I've learned a lot from them and can;t wait to celebrate with them next weekend

3) Amanda Sue Howell - Because let's face it, I love reading what she has to say (and between April and I we pushed her enough that she's finally diving into Gilmore Girls)

4) Sage Grayson - because thanks to creativeLive and April we're now buddies and pretty cool too!

5) Susan Roderick - You may not be on CL everyday anymore but we still love you. Share a little bit about your new adventure!

6) Jasmine Star - Alright J*, add your style!

7) You! If you have a blog I want to hear more about what you do! Grab the questions, get writing, and be sure to comment below with so I can come learn more about you.

 

Here’s how you play:

  1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer them and publish as a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.
  1. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)
  1. Use the title: Behind the Scenes of My Business Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.
  1. Use the hashtag #MyBizBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag

This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing just a little too much information about yourself. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post right here.  

THIS BLOG TAG TOPIC: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

I thought it was only fitting that we start by getting to know some of our favorite bloggers and each other much more personally.

Here are the questions and my answers for this topic.

Question 1: How tall are you?

Answer: 5'8" if I'm not wearing heels ;)

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

If I do, it's hidden from me too.

I'm a quick reader? I don't know is that's a hidden talent.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

When I can't comment to show you love!

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Well its like when people say like like 10 million times in like one sentence. (Or the actually say things like LOL in normal face to face conversation)

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

That's a tough one...I think right now I'd have to go with 'Brave' from Sara Bareilles

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

MyALaModeBoutique

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Reading or indulging in a Gilmore Girls Marathon! I will read just about anything...depending on the day you might find me with something business or photography related or I might be tearing up with a little Nicholas Sparks.

If I have too much energy though a private dance party in my PJ's is more likely.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Chocolate. Chocolate is pretty much a vitamin, Vitamin CH

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Not yet...

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Tempted to steal April's Answers....

Fiction: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Nonfiction: Eat, Pray, Love

 

But instead I will go with...

Fiction: The Other Boleyn Girl (or any of Phillipa Gregory's historical fictions from the Tudor Period)

Non-Fiction: the Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product or tool?

Mascara - I have zero eyelashes without it

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

About 5 minutes ago when I was daydreaming while walking and tripped.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate Milk! Oh how I miss chocolate milk...

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Pride & Prejudice

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Somewhere in the nerd/loner/artist category

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Underwater as long as we had more space than a submarine

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC...Mac's hate me

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Hmmm...depends on your definition of romance. Does doing the dishes and cooking dinner count?

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

No idea...I don't really follow many.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

Jasmine Star (does a photographer who blogs count?)

I’m tagging these ten people to do this ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag by answering these same questions in a blog post:

(Disclaimer: As April said....It’s totally cool to NOT participate if I tagged you and you either: don’t want to do it or don’t have the time. You won’t totally crush my feelings.)

 

Shannon from Sweet Stella's

Jody from Zach & Jody Photography

Jasmine from Jasmine Star Photography

Shelagh Cummins

Amanda Sue Howell

Why I'm Building a Blog That is True to Me (part of the "What #BelleLive Taught Me" blog tour)

#BelleLive  

Last Month I had the pleasure of being (virtually) attending yet another AMAZING CreativeLive course.

 

In this course we did not talk about aperture, shutter speed, lighting, or photoshop. Instead, with the help of April Bowles Olin of Blacksburg Belle, we dove head first into our blogs and everything related. (Check out the #BelleLive course 'Build a Successful Creative Blog' on Creative Live right here** - I promise it's worth it!)

 

Why did I join this course?

 

I admit, when I first saw April's course on the course calendar, I wasn't interested. I mean, I know how to blog right? And I've never heard of this April chick so, what's the big deal? Then one of my online partners-in-crime, the fabulous Amanda Sue (find her over at http://www.amandasuehowell.com/), started telling me how excited she was. Amanda was a longtime follower of April's whereas I was a dedicated CreativeLive fan (boarding on on Obsessively addicted, but the good kind of obsessively addicted of course). For me, Amanda's endorsement was enough for me to decide to do some online stalking research on this April lady.

 

Once I started reading April's blog I fell down the rabbit hole. I knew that a) April knew what she was doing, b) I could learn alot to make my blog SOOO much better for all of you, and c) this chick was cool! I mean just start poking around and you'll discover April in a tutu, April playing with a ginormous red balloon, and our mutual love for all things Gilmore! (Don't believe I love Gilmore Girls? Go Read 30 things you never really needed to know about me. No seriously, I'll wait....)

 

So needless to say after the necessary research I decided I had a lot to learn so I signed up to attend free. I think it took me all of 15mins once I started to watch the livestream to be a little overwhelmed with all the info (and the insane resources April was providing in the workbook for anyone who signed up, and the resource package for those who bought the course). I knew I needed the info so I went over and clicked that buy button. Now safe in the knowledge that I could sit back and enjoy the first time through, and make insane notes that made no sense to anyone but me later, I was good to go!

 

Since the course ended, I've been taking the time to sit down and work through the videos and workbooks in more manageable chunks. There is so much to learn that I know I will be coming back to this course again and again, but for now, I have to move forward with something April taught me...

 

Done-is-better-than-Perfect

So, What Did April Teach Me?

Where to begin...

Know Your Ideal Reader (inside and out)

 

Remember to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid!)

 

It's About Quality NOT Quantity

 

Write For One Person

 

What Changes Can you Expect at Rebecca Nash Photography?

Lots!

 

For one thing, it's time to get back to where I started and where my heart has always been  - Weddings!

 

I have always been excited (to the point of insanity from my fiance's point of view) about everything to do with weddings. I love hearing a couples stories, following them through the planning process, being part of their day, getting to capture all the details that makes their wedding uniquely theirs, and sharing the moments of their day in art when it's all over.

 

At the same time, I'm almost obsessive over rings, dresses, decor, invitations, cakes, and more! (Just check out my pinterest boards and you'll see what I mean)

 

So needless to say you're going to see more real weddings, more stories revisited, more ideas & detail I love, and more of my inspiration for wedding photography showing up on the blog very soon.

 

You're also going to see more of me.

 

For the last few years of blogging I've been so concerned with getting posts up and trying to look as professional and proper as possible that so many of my posts have lacked personality. They've lacked heart. They've lacked me!

 

Thanks to April, I've found my voice again and you'll hear alot more of it in every post from now on!

 

Behind the Scenes

 

Whether it's creating new art, redecorating the office, working with clients, or checking out new training. I'm not afraid to pull back the curtain and show you a little more of what's happening at Rebecca Nash Photography every day.

 

So Here We Go...

A huge, huge, humungous, ginormous thank you goes out to April Bowles Olin and CreativeLive** for bringing us #BelleLive. Thanks to you, I'm excited to blog again and actually have some idea what the heck I'm doing! Thank you both also for supporting this little blog tour sharing all the knowledge we've acquired. You Rock!

Also, much love to my fellow bloggers who have watched the course, are participating in this blog tour, and have been connecting in the Facebook Group. The love, support, and knowledge sharing is amazing! I can't wait to celebrate personal successes for each and every one of you!

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

**course links include an affiliate link. I'm completely addicted to CreativeLive for professional development and the affiliate program helps to fund said addiction. **

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 everytime 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 wall art pieces found in her Etsy Store. Find out more about Rebecca by visiting the about section!

May Blog Renewal thanks to #BelleLive

Okay, I know I know...It's Sunday evening so why am I on the blog writing to you? Because I'm excited to share with you. I hope you'll take a moment to read on to this short post and get involved in the conversation!  

May is here and while the May flowers the old saying promises may have not arrived yet, the season of renewal has arrived!

Last month, I planted the seeds for something fabulous - An Etsy store that allows me to share my art and make it available to people all over the world!

This month, it's time for renewal. There are certain aspects of my business that need an infusion of energy and vision.

One of those things is right in front of you and I right now, my blog!

 

When I first began blogging, I was energetic and enthusiastic about it and each and every post just radiated with that passion. As time went on, I let the blog take a back seat.

 

This month I've started the journey to creating the blog that you as my fabulous readers deserve by diving into a course on my favourite online learning site, CreativeLive.

I spent 3 full days with the fabulous April of Blacksburg Belle virtually in her Build a Successful Creative Blog course learning to love my blog again, write what matters, and connect with my community!

 

I'm so excited to review this workshop, do the homework, and make changes. The changes may start slow and small (I've already made some, can you see them?) but I promise you, by the end of this month I will present you with a refreshed version of the Rebecca Nash Photography that will become the resource and community I dream of sharing with each and every one of you!

 

Want to have a say in the changes? Tell me in the comments below all about your favourite parts of the blog and the things that you'd love to see me lose. Got a big idea? Throw it out there, I might just fall in love with it.

 

 

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