Products - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 2)

Products - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 2)

Do your love a wedding album that uses your photographers to tell the love story?

Do you have a space on your wall just waiting for the perfect image?

Let’s chat about a few of the options for amazing digital and physical products your photographer might offer for your wedding photographs

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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)

Time to Kick Some...

 

In our busy lives we are always looking to hustle harder and do more. Often we just don't know where to start.

This is where I have found myself lately - so much I want to do. 

In my journey to do more, accomplish more, and make things happen I got a little overwhelmed. And when I get overwhelmed, sometimes I just shut down. 

Then someone shared this quote with me. I may not know every step I am going to take but it's time to lift up my foot.

Do Something Everyday that Scares You

 

Psychologists agree, change is scary. Our bodies and minds react to change in order to keep us safe. To make us think about what we are doing, but, sometimes that reaction can hold you back too.

Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone to make things happen. To chase our dreams.

So want scares you? What do you hold back from doing?

For me there is a list of things...

  • Blogging More Often
  • Talking about my Business in everyday conversations
  • Getting on Video
  • Asking for the booking
  • Standing on Stage sharing my knowledge and experience
  • Sharing my struggles
  • Sharing my success

...and so much more.

 

 

Someone once said (there's much debate on who originally said it) "Do Something Everyday That Scares You" and it's something I want to start doing a whole lot more of.

 

Are you with me? What are you going to do today?

My Favourite Image....a challenge from the #VantagePoint Project and Light.Co

When Tim originally reached out to me I was super excited. Not only had someone at the innovative company Light.Co noticed my work, they wanted me to be part of a project they were working on. (If you haven't heard of Light.Co yet you should check out their new 16 lens small camera - it's got amazing potential and I am definitely hoping to test one out soon.) As part of their #VantagePoint project, Light.Co was reaching out to photographers, asking us to share our favourite image that we have taken and a bit of the why and how of that image. Right away I was on board but I will admit, this post has taken a lot longer to come together than either of us expected. Why? Because after almost 8 years of photographing professionally, and working with some really amazing people, choosing a favourite image is hard!

So today I introduce you to a few of my favourite images from the last 8 amazing years of photography. These images come from one of my on location styled sessions to create unique stylized portraits and the experience of the whole day with Karla was a huge inspiration for the new line of Contemporary Portraits we introduced in the winter. 

 

 

We were up at the crack of dawn (ok, a bit before that) - Karla prepped in hair and makeup while I loaded up and made my way (with my hubby) to the beach in Port Stanley before the firsts rays of light began to show over the horizon. 

Especially for this session, we had rented a beautiful parachute dress. This dress, formerly a 35 foot military parachute, had strength and femininity. It had structure but still had flow. It was a practical item made beautiful. It represented so much of the strength, softness, and beauty that exists in every woman.

We encountered many struggles along the way including...

  • it was 4:30am, where was Karla going to change?
  • There was a storm rolling in, were we going to be able to shoot at all?
  • Karla would be back lit as the sun rose behind her, how would we make sure she did not become a silhouette?
  • The dress was massive, how were we going to get it to do what we wanted it to?
  • The wind was blowing, hard, how do we keep her from being blown away (it was still mostly a parachute after all)?

 

Equipped with my camera, lenses, reflectors, flashes, and my husband as my assistant we made it happen. We walked the beach, threw the dress for shape and volume, grabbed the dress to help Karla not get blown away, climbed lifeguard towers for a different angles, and outran a torrential downpour to take cover under a local overhang. 

In the end though, we had fun, created beautiful portraits (and even better memories), and gave someone an experience that made them feel strong and beautiful. That right there, is what it's all about.

 

Purple Hair, Don't Care - the lessons I learned with purple hair

In October of 2016 I decided to make a radical change. I went from something close to my natural hair colour to...purple hair. And when I say purple, I mean purple!

I have done a number of different hair colours throughout my life ranging from a light blonde to an almost black with a whole lot of blondes, browns and reds in between. I enjoy changing it up from time to time. But this, this crazy bright purple. It was different.

 

I had been thinking about purple for more than two years (ever since I first saw Jewels Grey on Creative Live and then met her at Shutterfest - that woman is seriously awesome) but just never had the courage to commit to it 100% and follow through. What if it didn't look good? What if clients didn't trust me anymore? What if people looked at me differently?

 

So what finally pushed me to get it done? I was going in to get my hair done for my wedding anniversary (at my husbands suggestion and offer to pay for it too - talk about bonus points) so I asked him what he thought I should do - blonde, red or purple. He (being the honest and blunt man he is) turned around and said 'well, we both know you're too chicken to do the purple so whichever one of the other two you like'.

 

In that moment my brain only registered one thing...

 

Challenge Accepted!

 

You are probably thinking - whats the big deal? So you changed your hair colour. Here's the big deal, for the first 31 years of my life one of my most used skills in my day to day life is to blend into the background and be invisible whenever I can. Don't get me wrong, I have stepped on stage in front of 500 photographers including some of my mentors and spoken, I have performed in plays and concerts, and on a wedding day just try to get me to stop directing the family members during portraits BUT outside of those times when I choose to step forward to be seen, I enjoy blending into the background.

 

Now, as I stepped into my day job, my business and my community I definately stood out. For more than 6 months, I never stepped into a room and blended in. People stopped me on the street. People did a double talk as I walked by. Whether I wanted them to or not, people noticed me everywhere I went.

 

It was an eye opening experience and I learned a lot of lessons along the way.

Tune in to Part Two to find out what they were.

The May Not Live Forever... #mondaymotivation

 

So many people see a list of things I have accomplished and thing I am strong and brave. They even go so far as so call me superwoman.

 

Now, I truly believe that each and every woman has a strength and beauty that makes her a Superwoman in her own right, but, I am still working on knowing and loving my own internal Superwoman.

 

Brave is not a word I would use to describe myself. I am scared of rejection. I am scared of failure. I am scared of my own shadow half of the time. In the past Brave would not have been anywhere on my list of words to describe myself but, it's time for change.

 

This past year I have stepped out of the shadows and been brave. Brave enough to be noticed and unable to hide when I changed my hair from my natural colour to a bright purple. Brave enough to launch a new line of services I hold close to my heart that I hoped others would love as much. Brave enough to reach out to the media to help share the news of my new portraits and even appearing on live TV. Brave enough to book my own portrait session, flaws and all, to celebrate who I am.

 

"The Brave May Not Live Forever, But the Cautious Do Not Live At All" - Meg Cabot

 

How are you being brave today?

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

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

5 Tips to Avoid Bridal Show Overwhelm

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It's that time again!

As the fall quickly creeps up on us the excitement of Bridal Show season is right on it's heels.

 

 

Today I wanted to bring together 5 simple but hugely helpful tips to help you get the most of every bridal show you attend. Take 3 minutes to check out these tips and head into the show re

 

Tip #1 - Print Labels

Please please please, if you disregard everything else in this post, do this one thing!

At almost every booth there will be a form or giveaway to sign up for. Save your hand (and sanity) by printing out labels ahead of time that you can peel and stick right onto these forms. You win because it's quick, easy and one less thing to think about. You also win because vendors can actually read your information to contact you when you win!

 

Key info to include:

  • Your Name
  • Your Grooms Name
  • Your Wedding Date
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your Email Address

 

Tip #2 - Bring inspiration

 

Looking for a florist but have an idea of what you are looking for? Bring photos!

Tear them out of magazines, save them on your phone gallery, or have a pin board handy.

It's a great way to find out if your style and a potential vendors style match plus, it gives you something beyond price and date to get the conversation going.

 

Tip #3 - Know What Vendors You Need and Ask Questions

 

Take a look ahead of time and know what types of vendors you really want to look at.

If you are early in your planning, yes - take the time to check out all the vendors but figure out which 3-5 types of vendors are top of your list and have questions ready to ask. This will help you if you SOOO much start to get overwhelmed.

 

Tip #4 - Take photos

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When you see something that inspires you - take a photo! Whip out that smart phone and snap a photo to job your memory later then, take it a step further - take a photo of the business card of the company that has inspired you and THEN take the photo of the inspiration.

This can do more to jog your memory of the people, products and ideas that inspired you or resonated with you in some way.

 

Tip #5 - Book Consultations

It's an amazing feeling to walk out of a show having booked your vendors (or at least a few of them) but what if you aren't ready to sign on the dotted line just yet? Book a consultation!

 

Chose your top few vendors that you are considering and ask if you can book a consultation on the spot.

I know it's one extra thing to do but trust me, you will walk out feeling like you accomplished something AND it's so much easier to book on the spot then having to find their card later, call or email, and try to figure out schedules later. You'll also have a better chance of getting your preferred date and time.

 

 

Bonus Tip

 

It's tempting to take that bag of cards, brochures and information and put it away for a few days after walking the bridal show for a few hours but time gets away from us so quickly! By the time you get back to that bag in a few days or weeks (or even ekk months) you may not remember some of the details like 'which venue was it that was so excited for you?', 'who was that lady who got your to pet her album?', 'who was that florist with the amazing centrepieces?'

 

Bring your fiance or a friend along to the show and plan a lunch/coffee/or dinner date after to sort through the info you got while it's still fresh in your mind. I promise, you will be glad you did.

 

I hope these tips help you (and the brides around you) to have an absolutely blast attending bridal shows and help you to get the most out of them.

Your wedding day is going to be amazing and I can't wait to see it all come together!

 

Yours Enthusiastically

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P.S. Brides (and past brides) - do you think I missed an important tip for making the most of Bridal shows without getting TOTALLY overwhelmed? Add it in the comments below for all your fellow brides!

 

5 Ways to Avoid Bridal Show Overwhlem