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.

 

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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!