Earlier this season, I got to spend the day with the fabulous Kelley McIntyre getting her all glammed up and visiting a few of her homes and clients throughout London. The goal of our session - to showcase a little more of who she is and what she does because this girl is so much more than just another pretty face.Read More
Ok, if you know me at all you already know two things... 1) I love to keep learning...about photography, about business, about lighting, about marketing, about art...
2) I love Zach & Jody Gray! This dynamic duo have taught me so much about photography and business, have inspired alot of things in my business, have invested in helping me reach my goals, and even flew up to photograph my wedding day.
And do you know what I will be doing this weekend? I will be spending the day Saturday at Hangloose Studios in Toronto, thanks to Henry's School of Imaging, learning from Zach & Jody in the workshop 'Making Money & Creating Light'. So wait...that's taking one part learning, one part business, one part lighting, and one massive part Zach & Jody. Sounds perfect right?
Let's rewind a little to the first time I met them...
I don't honestly know how I came across Zach & Jody, but I'm so grateful I did. After following their blogs, social media, and teachings on CreativeLive for a little over a year I was completely stoked to find in 2012 they would speaking at the Spring Henry's Camera Exposure Show in Toronto.
I knew I had to hear them speak live, and dragged my (now) husband in to listen to them speak (even though he doesn't photograph people if he can avoid it in any way - he likes subjects that don't talk back like tree, mountains, or waterfalls).
After their talk I was super excited to get to actually met them. Admittedly my heart raced a little as I approached them to say hello and grab a quick photo. Of course I was one of many people waiting for the opportunity so I said hello, got a photo, and wandered off.
I popped back about 15mins later to find Zach & Jody still there having conversations, answering questions, and just generally being awesome. I stood off to the side watching and listening (such a people watcher) when Jody walked over, stood next to me, put out her hand and was like "Hi, I'm Jody" I shook her hand with a simple "I know, I love you guys!". The real breathtaking moment for me...as we started chatting and I said something about following them online, Jody went "Whoa, wait...Rebecca...like RNashPhoto from twitter?"
OMG, Jody knew who I was. Believe me, I was on a cloud for the rest of the day. (i still get excited remembering this)
Back to the Present...
If you couldn't tell by this totally unplanned rambling...I'm super excited for tomorrow's workshop for the friendship, the learning, the inspiration, and the leap forward in my skills I know will be happening after so I had to share.
Are you going to be there? Let me know below and make sure to say hello (I'll be the crazy lady in the front row with the laptop)
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 London wedding celebration in a way that allows them to relive those joyous moments every time they look at them. London Wedding photographer Rebecca Nash Photography has a dedication to providing experience driven service to each and every couple she works with to enhance their London Wedding Photography.
It only seemed appropriate on my birthday to share something close to my heart. So here we go... If you know me well you around know this but if not, I have a confession.
Hello my name is Rebecca, and I have an addiction. I'm addicted to photography, business, and creative webinar based training from some of the world's best on CreativeLive.
I don't know how I discovered them, I honestly don't remember, but dozens of courses later I have a full blown addiction. I own some of the courses, I watched tons more live, and now it's my must see. I get up in the morning I check my facebook, I check my blog reader, and then I hop over to see what's on CreativeLive.
CreativeLive has introduced me to some of my new favourite people & sources of inspiration but also helped me learn from and reconnect with some of my old favourites too.
Meet a few of my favourite instructors...
- Sal Cincotta
- Jasmine Star
- Sue Bryce
- Kelly brown
- Zach & Jody Gray
- April Bowles-Olin
- Kari Chapin
- Lara Jade
- Brooke Shaden
- Tara Gentile
- Susan Stripling
- Lori Nordstrom
Why do I love CreativeLive so much?
- amazing instructors
- in depth teaching (most courses are 2-3 days but some are 5 full days or a video a day for 30 days!)
- extra resources (many instructors provide downloads of their slideshows, notes, worksheets and more!)
- interactive (you can attend classes online while they are live and ask questions of the instructor and your fellow attendees through the chatroom)
*I am a CreativeLive affiliate and any purchases made through the links above help to fund my education addiction*
At the end of last year, I dove head first into as much photography and business learning as I could find. I became further addicted to CreativeLive, I subscribed to every free webinar and resource I could find from pros like Jasmine Star, Zach & Jody Gray, Sarah Petty & The Joy of Marketing, Sal & Taylor Cincotta, Sue Bryce, and many more! My first step - What do I want my business to look like? So here is the new look of Rebecca Nash Photography.
I began remodeling my business to move into 2013 with the business I want to have. I came to a few big realizations...
1) I placed myself in a middle ground market where I charged what I thought I should, did just what was needed or expected, and tried to fill my calendar (getting frustrated when it wasn't happening)
2) I sacrificed doing things the way I wanted, the way that inspired creativity and fueled my passion in order to do whatever people asked me to do to keep some money coming in
3) I never set myself up for success
Over the last month I have been participating in an online course with Jasmine Star called "reSTARt". Jasmine has challenged us to restart our business and set up for success.
I have taken her direction seriously. Starting from the considerations I had already made into my mission, my vision, and my goals, Jasmine has pushed me further to think about the way I present myself and my work, the way I interact with clients, the experience I want my clients to have, and the way I want them to talk about me.
Our first assignments included crafting a set of emails that would outline all the information potential clients would need when inquiring while getting the information I needed to serve them well. By creating the basics of these emails ahead of time I can personalize each email to the inquiry and be sure to showcase 3 key things - Personality, Portfolio, and Promptness in my replies.
The Second Assignment was to narrow down the words we want people to use when they describe or recommend us. What 3 words would we want them to use, how does that represent our brand, and how can we show work & create an experience that upholds those words. I had a much more difficult time with this and came up with six - 3 for my imagery, and 3 for my client experience. See them below
The Third Assignment had the biggest impact on me. She challenged us to create a conversation map which allows us to plan out our consultation conversation to be sure we provide our clients with a positive experience while presenting them with all the information about what we offer in a clear, concise but not overwhelming way. I love how this allows me to convey my enthusiasm while still keeping the consultation on track.
Now Jasmine has given us a new online assignment. She's sent us on a photography & branding SAFARI! Our job as participants - find, photograph, and collage (or in my case pin) our likes, loves, inspirations and more to help us zone in on our own style. Check out my crazy mismash of ideas on Pinterest on Rebecca Nash Photography's Branding Inspiration & reSTARt Photo Safari Pinterest Board
I hope you'll join me on my journey to creating the photography experience of my dreams to give you the best I have to offer!
London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.
It's a new year, and at the beginning of the year I knew this was going to be a year of change. One of the biggest things I wanted to change was my body. No this isn't about poor me I'm fat. This is about the way I feel (though losing weight always feels good too).
Looking back just a few years ago, I felt different. I woke up energized and ready for the day. I felt optimistic, strong, healthy. I drove my friends and co-workers crazy (in the best sort of way) with my tireless energy and optimism. I slept soundly every night.
Now, a few short years later...I have trouble getting out of bed. I feel slugish all day long. I lack the energy and enthusiasm most days that was a cornerstone of who I was. I suffer from frequent headaches and an additional 20 some odd pounds of laziness and junk food around my midsection. I sleep poorly at night.
As I type this I am reminded of just how much of a difference there is. Many things have happened during these years. I met and fell in love with an amazing man who has supported me and my beautiful daughter. I bought my own house, and then sold it to share a home with my boyfriend as a family. I began my own business. So many wonderful things.
However, there is always the downs also...my business did not thrive as quickly as I had hoped. My spouse received a layoff notice. I started part-time work on the side. I stopped working out. I stopped my healthier eating habits. I was hit with health issues. Stress became an even more significant part of both mine and my families daily life.
There are some things I cannot change, but there are many things I can.
This year it's time for renovation and renewal of so many areas of my life including my health (healthy eating & fitness), my business (new focused direction & renewed passion), my home (my sanctuary of family), and my relationships (with my daughter, my spouse, and myself).
Join me as I share my journey in all these areas with both my triumphs and my failures and the realizations I know will come along the way.