Something pretty profound happened in my private Facebook group this week. One of our members posted an article about working the 9-5, and the title of that article was called "The 9-5 does NOT = failure." You can check out the article here! It's a good read and I was so happy this person posted it. As I read through the post it really got me thinking about my own journey out of the 9-5 grind and working for myself.
I'm the first to admit to anyone who meets me at this season of my life in business as a photographer that I'm still pretty new. I only started taking my photography seriously back in 2015. I'm not trying to discredit myself or anything like that because I stand by my work and everything that has led me to where I am in this moment but I'm just trying to prove that with a ton of hard work, determination, and focus, you can get where you want to go. Oh, and lots of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Have you ever felt alone and isolated as an entrepreneur? Have you ever felt like your dreams are so big that there is absolutely no way to make them a reality? Trust me, I get it. Been there, feel that... you are not alone. Being a dreamer is a lot of work. It's great work, but it's a lot. Being a dreamer means that the ideas never stop in our heads and we are filled with so much creative energy that sometimes it's a challenge to channel that energy and focus on one thing at a time.
I went on a little adventure recently. This adventure was developing a Wordpress based website through a popular platform amongst the wedding photography community called Showit. For many, many months I've been contacted by photographers who want me to build them a website with Wordpress/Showit. When it came time to completely distinguish my photography and design business as two entities, I figured it was the perfect window to design a Showit site for myself.
Mood boards serve as a crucial element in my design process. The collection of patterns, textures and images eventually become a style guide from which I build my client projects. Essentially, a mood board is my visual sandbox and a place where I can openly experiment with the different facets of any given design project. A mood board allows me to creatively show my clients a beautiful collage that represents their brand and vision.
Today I'm combining beautiful images from a recent brand style session with Elixir Cafe & Floral Design with a guide included at the bottom of this page to help you achieve gorgeous images from home! When my journey into entrepreneurship began, I started with learning how to style my pictures for my Etsy shop. They weren't good! I admit that because I didn't know what I was doing yet and I didn't have the knowledge yet to accomplish beautiful imagery.
In this past week I've been asked over five times something that goes like this, "Emma! How do I start a blog? Can you help me? I love your blog!" In an effort to be more present with my daughter and clients, I started compiling a list of questions that I'm commonly asked so that I can publish blog posts to answer them.
Have I ever told you how much I love Elixir Cafe and Floral Design here in our little town? Well, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have seen my stories and posts about my weekly visits to the shop. The owner is named Nancy. She's also a florist and she's also insanely talented. Nancy and I started talking almost immediately after I moved to South Bend. She was one of the first people to make me feel welcome.
If you asked me one year ago about film photography, I wouldn't have had an opinion or any knowledge whatsoever about this whole idea of hybrid photography (shooting film and digital). It never even occurred to me that this is something that would peak my interest. Well, after being part of the Mastin Labs Community for over a year and falling in love with drool-worthy images shared within the group, I quickly realized the ones that drew me in the most were typically shot on film.
I find myself here on the blog once again talking about my not-so-little-brother and his soon to be wife! In case you missed the surprise proposal story, check that out right here! I still think about that day and how I felt capturing it all behind my camera. It was truly special. Fast forward to this past weekend, it was time for their official engagement session! Natalie and Connor wanted their session to be somewhere that meant something special to them as a couple.