Opps I did it Again - The 2018 Ride to Conquer Cancer

Hi guys,  

So I did something, something a lot of people thought was crazy to do once but then I went and did it again. I signed up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

 

Last time I did this, in 2014, I signed up for a family member and a student fighting cancer and all those we have lost before. I started fundraising and training for this 200+ KM bike right from Toronto to Niagara Falls. I was excited and nervous (and insanely grateful for all the love, encouragement, and donations in support of my ride).

Sadly Auntie never saw me ride past the end of her driveway when she lost her battle just 2 weeks before the ride (but my husband and parents were there cheering us on). My student however, is a success story. After 3 years he's out of the hospital, done his treatments and doing really really well.

 

This year I am riding in memory of my Aunt, in celebration of my students success, and I also want to ride in support a friend and photography mentor, Jennifer Rozenbaum, in her fight against Breast Cancer. Jen recently underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy but has been incredible open in sharing her entire journey in the hopes of raising awareness and helping others. She's an inspiration!

 

I want to be a part of making more stories like my students come true through the research, treatment, and care that the Ride to Conquer Cancer funds.

 

I have set my goals for training and fundraising. Every day I'll be getting closer to reaching my fundraising goal of $2500 and my personal goal of finishing strong (without developing pneumonia this time hopefully). You can help me reach that goal by making a donation on my behalf today. It only takes a second and your gift has the power to change lives for the better.

 

Click the link to find out more and donate now - Rebecca's Ride to Conquer Cancer Page

 

Thanks for reading, and for your ongoing support. You guys are amazing!

 

Sincerely, Rebecca Nash-Emerson

 

P.s. know someone who might be interested in donating? Please share the details!

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.

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday Morning!It's a new week and I am excited to get it started. This morning I am feeling both full of excitement and nerves as I get ready to reveal my new hairdo to the world beyond my immediate family. I can't wait to see the reaction of my friends, students and co-workers. What inspired such a change?

 

I have set goals for myself and have been working hard on my health goals while starting planning for my year in business too.

As part of my goals, I want to start sharing more of what I have learned in photography and business with other small business owners, wedding industry professionals and photographers in the hopes that it will inspire others and help them achieve their goals. To do this though I have to take one GIANT step out of my comfort zone as I step out of the shadows and into public speaking (one of my greatest fears). I decidee that it is time to stop fitting in, blending in, and trying to be a part of the background. It's time to step up and be who I am out loud and on purpose.

 

So...I took a chance and got a new hair do. Not a major cut, instead a colour....purple (well more of a lavender or lilac colour really). Are you like me? Do you always aim to fit in by the way you act or dress? Maybe by the choices you are making for your wedding day (following trends even if they aren't you or doing something because its what your friends and/or family members all did)? Then let me share some wise words from an author I love.

 

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Whatever your day may hold - be who you are and stand out!

 

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

Living in the Present - Motivation Monday

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I don't know about you but on any given day I have a list of regrets from the past and goals for the future that I carry around with me.

 

If only I had done... If only I hadn't said.... If I had just tried to... When I get... When I tick off this goal...

 

Someday's it is so hard to stay focused on the hear and now.

 

Now, I'm not debating the power of goals or the importance of regrets if you have done something wrong but, where you are standing right now is a result of goals you set and may or may not have achieved. Why shouldn't you enjoy it, live it, and be present?

 

Where you are standing right now will be the moment you may soon regret for something you did or didn't do. So do it!

 

A goal can wait a few hours or days and I don't know about you but, I would rather regret something I tried and didn't work out instead of something I didn't have the guts to try.

 

Will you be present today? How will you be present? Tell me in the comments below!

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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Introducing Friday Favourites...

Time for a new weekly feature and fun post. (Don't worry, I know it's not Friday but I totally wanted to start this feature this week so I'm introducing it today and the first installment of Friday Favourite will go live tomorrow)

 

Each Friday I'm excited to start bringing you my Friday Favourites. A collection of 5 (or more) of my favourite things from the week. It could be blogs I've read, photos I've taken, books I read or more! But this isn't all about me. I want you to join in too...hope into the comments each Friday and share with me your thoughts on my picks as well as your Friday favourites. I love learning about what kind of things you are loving right now!

 

Make sure to connect with me on social media so we can keep in touch - I can't wait to chat with you more!

 

Find me on my favourite social media platforms at...

Rebecca Nash Photography on Facebook Rebecca Nash Photography on Twitter Rebecca Nash Photography on Instagram Rebecca Nash Photography on Periscope Rebecca Nash Photography on Pinterest

...and stay tuned for the first dose of Friday Favourites coming to you tomorrow!

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Time for an update

It's been a while, but it's time. Time for a headshot update. If you're anything like me, standing (or sitting) in front of the camera trying to look relaxed for a new professional photograph for your business gets those butterflies flying around in your belly. None the less, it was time for an update. Step one to success, work with a pro photographer. Step two, get a pro to take care of hair and makeup so you feel and look your best!

Without further ado, I present the new headshot.

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My goal was to create an image that was professional, looks like me, but showed a little personality too.

Check out some of the others.

Do you think I made the right choice? Which image would you have chosen? Hope into the comments and let me know what you think!

 

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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 everytime 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.

Find out more about London Wedding Photographer Rebecca by visiting the about section!

Who am I - meet Rebecca

I am a wife... I am a mother...

I am a recent bride (Oct 2014)...

I am an artist...

I am a photographer...

I am a hopeless romantic...

I am a wedding addict...

I am a believer in love...

I am passionate about artwork...

I am excited by real love stories...

I am a singer and a dancer...always, and just about anywhere (yes I even rock out in the car driving down the highway)...

I am curious...

I am an insane morning person...

I am a chocoholic...

I am a student...

I am a teacher...

I am friendly...

I am a book worm...

I am a magazine hoarder...

I am a dreamer...

I am insanely energetic...

I am unique...

I am not right for everyone...

And I am all good with that! I still love you meeting you, getting to know you, and trying to help you make your dreams come true even if it's not with me.

 

Who are you?

 

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 London wedding celebration in a way that allows them to relive those joyous moments everytime 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.

Stepping into the Frame for my own Wedding Day

There's that old saying ' always a bridesmaid, never a bride '  well for me it was more like ' always the wedding photographer, never a bride ' but on Oct 4th that all changed. On October 4th I put on my own white dress, smiled in front of the camera, and arm in arm with my daughter and my dad walked down the aisle to say I do to the man I love.

 

View More: http://zachplusjody.pass.us/rossandrebecca

Photography by & Copyright of Zach & Jody Photography

 

 

I am still overwhelmed by the emotion of the day, the experience of it, and the connection I have to the images of that day. (*Don't worry, much more coming about the whole experience soon, stay tuned*)

 

 

London Ontario Wedding Photographer

 

 

 

London Wedding Photographer - Rebecca Nash Photography

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 everytime 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.

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 London Wedding Photographer Rebecca by visiting the about section!

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

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!

The Ride...of my life

First off, let me apologize. This post is insanely late! I came out of the ride feeling surprisingly good (maybe a little too good thanks to all those endorphins), but within a few days I went down hill. I finally dragged my butt to the Dr's - the diagnosis Pneumonia - YUCK!

Now, just over 3 weeks later I'm finally getting back to my usual self and catching up on the things that need to be done.

 

The question that has allowed me to put this off for so long is this...where do I start? what do I share? how do I put into words what this ride has been?

This morning I had an email from a friend who had originally intend to ride beside me. He was apologizing for taking so long to ask me how the ride had been. This was my response:

"Oh my goodness! It was quite the experience. It was in many ways an emotional roller coaster. The joy of what I was doing, the pride that I actually made it through, the overwhelm of all the support along the route including my parents and fiancé, the grief as we rode past my late Aunts house (it had been less than two weeks since her passing), the determination to keep push on in those last 3 hours in the pouring rain on day two, and so much more."

 

The recap for those who haven't heard:

This year I challenged myself to complete the 2014 Embridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. It's a 200+ km bike ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls to raise finds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in Toronto. PMCF have a huge goal in mind to "conquer cancer in our lifetime" and are leading the way as the #1 cancer institute in North America and one of the top 5 in the world!

 

At the time I signed up I was biking 10km or so a couple times a week with the family and figured "why not?"

To be honest, in that moment when I signed up I had two opposite theories going in my head....

1) I'm superwoman and can do anything!

2) I will never raise enough to be allowed to participate so it's ok.

 

Days later as the reality of this 200+ km bike ride started to sink in I realized that along with my excitement and nervousness something else had started to emerge. What if I did it? How would I feel? How would my daughter and fiance feel to watch me finish this huge task? What would my co-workers and students think? What if I really could make a difference? I could make a difference in the lives of current and future cancer patients with the money I raised. I could make the difference in my own health (physical and mental) with this huge challenge. I could make a difference in what my daughter believed not only I, but she was capable of too. I could show my insanely patient and supportive fiance that I wasn't just dreaming big but that I could follow through too. I could set an example to my students by showing them the things I was doing with raising the money, eating healthier (I sat and ate with them 2-3 times each day), biking to work (so they could see me being more active). I didn't tell them about these things, I just did them and answered their questions anytime they asked. Suddenly I saw all the potential of what this ride could be. What a positive force it could be and that I was not the only person affected by my decision to participate or not.

 

As often happens, life through curve balls. Schedules got busy, I made excuses, and training did not go as planned. Finally, three weeks before I kicked my butt into gear and got my first 45km day in. The next day I planned to do the same, or maybe a little more. I only got 20km in that day. That night I got the call, my Aunt who'd been in hospital for a few days at this point was fading fast. I rushed to be by her side and with my family. A week later I returned home after days at the hospital and the following memorial services.

At this point I once again doubted everything I was doing. Could I really make it though this? I wasn't as worried about the physical at this point as the emotional. Thank goodness for the friends and family who stood by me.

 

Come 8am on Saturday June 7th, there I was...all suited up among the sea of riders ready to go with my daughter and fiance looking on. It was actually here!

There were moments when my body ached. There were times when I sat on the side of the road and cried (my late aunt's home was on the route). With some encouragement of friends and family who came out and supported in person or sent words of encouragement along the route I made it to the finish line with my new friend Robert by my side, my amazing Fiance Ross smiling and snapping photos, and the rain pouring down on us. As I crossed that finish line I was overcome with emotion. Relief that I had crossed the lien and could rest (and get warm and dry). Pride that I had completed this journey. And so many more, but, I held it together. I really did...until Robert leaned over to hug me just feet behind the finish line and whispered in my ear "Your aunt would be proud!" Then the waterworks truly began.

Today I'm thrilled to share this experience with you. I know I haven't shared so many of the moments along the way...the stories of riders encouraging each other, of survivors sharing their stories, families by the road with signs of encouragement & how their own lives have been touched, of my parents & niece joining me in camp, and so much more but let's face it, I could write novels for days!

I still have a ways to go in my fundraising (you can still donate at www.conquercancer.ca/goto/RebeccaNash) but I am still in awe of the entire experience. I know that I came out of that ride a little different from the woman who stood at that starting line and I'm so grateful for this experience.

 

*Huge thank you goes out to my fiance Ross for not only his support, his belief in me, his cheerleading, but, also for his photography skills in capturing the ride so you can see a little of my journey!

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

London Photographer Rebecca Nash - May 13, 2012-3

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

 

Behind the Lens - Being the Best Me (Health & Happiness)

You know the old expression...you can't take care of anyone if you can't take care of yourself... Well let me tell you, I am a huge fan of this expression. I spout it off to friends and family. I push them to make changes so they can be the best versions of themselves and be better moms, spouses, friends, creators, workers, etc.

And then I look in the mirror and often wind up thinking something like this

- wow I look tired!

-where did those bags come from?

-who's that sad old lady in my pajamas

 

Now it's time to get back on track, it's time to take care of me. Why? Because it's important for me to be the best I can be. When I'm taking care of me I'm a more energetic mom, a more supportive partner, a more creative photographer, and a more successful entrepreneur.

 

So how do I become the best possible me? How do I take care of me?

I'm not a high maintenance girl (anymore). Taking care of me is about feeling healthy, it's about feeling energized, it's about being inspired, and it's about valuing myself.

My top 5 ways to take care of me:

1) Eat a healthy rainbow of fruits and veg plus some lean protein!

2) Workout everyday! It doesn't have to be a huge deal but even just 15 mins on my Gazelle leaves me feeling energized and fabulous! (I'm even working on a goal of running a 5K on Nov 3rd even after swearing I'd never be a runner)

3) Meditate - Okay, Confession here...this is still a work in progress but that few moments of quiet time to concentrate on nothing but my own body and mind works wonders!

4) Sleep! Okay this one seems obvious but for me, a natural early bird, living with a night owl spouse whom I love to spend time with, I have a tendency to burn myself out fast so whenever possible I give myself an early bedtime and try to stick to it at least 5-6 days a week

5) Read - Reading is the workout for the mind. No matter whether it's photography & business, biographies, magazines, health and fitness, or even a romance I just feel so at peace when I dive into a good book and leave the world behind for a few minutes or hours on end!

And yes, I girly it up a little too...maybe I do a face mask, maybe I take a longer shower, maybe I even go all out and paint my nails, get my hair cut, or dye my hair.

 

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

Behind the Lens - My Fears

   

 

 

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

Rebecca Nash & Windows on the War of 1812 at Medium London

Come join me here in London, Ontario at Medium London for a showing of my pieces from the Gallery Exhibition Windows on the War of 1812. Learn about how reenactors are keeping the history of the period alive through not only the battle reenactments but maintain the way of life in appearance and action throughout the events.

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Refreshments provided. I can wait to see you there!

Find out more and get your tickets on the Medium London Website

Contemporary Elegance Portraits with Shanel

This past weekend I had the fabulous experience of getting the beautiful and energizing Shanel of From the Heart and Soul in front of my lens for a day of beauty, elegance, glamour, and a few good laughs along the way. From the moment she walked in through hair, makeup, and clothing changes this woman just radiates confidence, poise, and the very definition of contemporary elegance through the portrait artwork creation session. I'm thrilled to share with you today just a few of the many sides to Shanel in art with her portraits!

 

Jillian Michaels "Maximize Your Life" Recap

I had the great pleasure this last Friday, of attending Jillian Michaels "Maxmize Your Life" here in London, Ontario at Budwiser Gardens.  

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Was this planned way ahead? No Way!

Did I want to go? Heck Ya!

So how did I get lucky? A friend won two tickets and couldn't get a sitter so she took me instead of her husband!

 

Rebecca Nash & Debbie Watson at Jillian Michaels "Maximize Your Life" Tour - London, Ontario

 

Now as soon as I started posting that I was going to be attending, people started asking me to share what I learnt so here we go...

 

When it comes to Food Labels...Read the ingredients list. The top item has the highest content in the food but, while the top 5 ingredients are the most important, keep reading. You're likely to find multiple different types of sugars listed. Why? The powers that be have allowed different names for sugar (alot less of them in Canada compared to US) but if you added up all the different types of sugars in your food that majority of those foods would have a first ingredient of sugar? Scary thought!

 

If there's an ingredient you can't pronounce or sounds like it came from chemistry class - don't eat it! It's not real food (exceptions exist such as Quinoa, Kefir, etc...I can't pronounce them right half the time either).

 

Turn on your BULLCRAP meter...If it sounds too good, It probably is! Learn to see the bullcrap!

 

"If you have the why, you can tolerate any how!"

Remember this when you build your goals. Make them specific and tie them to the emotion you know it will make you feel. If you can do this, then no matter what sacrifice it takes, you can achieve it!

 

Be Present in the Now.

Homework - For one week, set an alarm that goes off once and hour on the hour for every waking hour. When that alarm goes off take a moment to stop and ask yourself: 1) What am I doing? 2) How do I feel about it?

Keep track and focus on the things that make you feel fabulous - How do you get more of this?

 

"Can't be fearless, but you can be without regret"

Just think about that one for a moment.

 

Considering taking a risk but scared? Look at it like this and learn from it...

1) What's the worse case scenario?

2) What Then?

3) Will it kill you?

4) How is it different from where you are now?

5) What do you have to lose?

6) What if it works?

 

"Only Hurt People, Hurt People"

 

So her big question was...."Can you do it? Yes! But will you?"

 

I would love to hear whether this gave you a moment's pause or an AHA moment....Comment Below please!

 

 

 

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

Style Me Monday:Self Portrait Shoot Fun

Okay, the time has come for the reveal!  

Weeks ago I shared with you two outfit ideas for my new business profile images. My goal to update to include photos that help you recognize me when we meet and get a sense of my personality (and by extension what to expect of Rebecca Nash Photography). I want you to know me!

 

I have battled with finding the right feel. I am professional but fun, quirky, and relaxed too. I am young, creative, and artistic. I want to show my style but be approachable. I'm super passionate and energetic when I get going? How do I show all of this in an image?

 

Today, I'm pleased to share with you the first round of results for the self portrait shoot for your feedback!

 

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Which of these images would you most like to see as the face of Rebecca Nash Photography?

 

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

                                                                                                                                                   

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 it to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience.

"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