I had a great conversation with a dear friend of mine this week. One that made me reflect over my own journey – the bumps in the road, the let downs, the moments where I felt like I was soaring, and the baby steps a long the way. It all matters. It all makes a difference and causes us to be the people we are today. We talked about how, no matter what, we believe in each other and that never changes.
One of the things he said to me was a quote that reminds him every day to build his dreams… Nobody Cares, Work Harder. As harsh as that may sound – my goodness it is so true. It doesn’t matter what your excuses are – it doesn’t matter what you are dealing with and going thru.. work harder if you want to succeed.
I have a tendency to come across as a hard ass sometimes. I tend to be very realistic and try not to let others make excuses without having a solution in mind. It’s not for any other reason than I truly believe that you can build the life you want. Each and every day, I wake up and hustle. I hustle to not fail, to be a better human than I was the day before, to be a better business owner, to reach dreams that sometimes never felt possible. I fight every day because I see things bigger than what is “right now”. I see a bigger and better future and I will take every opportunity to get there.
Are you making excuses? Are you allowing your fear to drive your story? What if, you worked so hard that you accomplished your dreams? What if, those dreams became reality and you could dream up more things?
So, when you start to think of the one million excuses as to why you can’t have the life you want…. ask yourself… are you working harder? Take a leap of faith and push for your dreams. Nobody cares, work harder.
Oh girl…. I know you’ve been wanting one! Leave all the excuses behind and let’s do this!
Each year, I run a sale on boudoir sessions for my birthday – this year… we are giving one away!
The Prize: 1 hour session, hair and makeup + digital images
Details: You must complete the items listed below for entries into the contest. Contest ends May 5, 2020 and winner will be announced May 6th at 7pm in the FB VIP Private Boudoir Group – join that HERE.
****Don’t forget the last step with button in blue at the bottom****
I’ve gone back and forth on what to write for my blog regarding the current state of our world.
I’m heart broken for the countries that are devastated by this virus, I’m heart broken for the families in the US that are struggling to find the bare necessities at the grocery stores.
I have gone to all the extremes over the last few days and as I sit here at 5am this morning, I have to fall back on my faith and believe that we will rise above and be a stronger human race on the other side of it all.
I am thankful for those that work for companies that are still able to earn a paycheck and still provide for their families. There are so many that are not as fortunate. I am thankful for the businesses that are able to adjust and change their business models to allow their employees to either change their job or work from home.
For my fellow small business owners, entrepreneurs, and side hustlers that all of a sudden becomes your full time job. DONT STOP.
When you stop working on your business… you will stop the momentum. Yes, your sales will most likely fall drastically during this time. However, I choose to believe with all of my heart that we will rebound from this.
Let’s spend this time doing the things we haven’t had time to do.
Improve your processes. Clean up your emails and templates Clean up your files and hard drives Re-do your branding and website Organize your back office and shelves Plan out your promotions for the rest of the year
Imagine if you spent the time being productive instead of sitting in an state of panic and fear… when it does rebound… you will be way ahead of the curve and ready to conquer your world.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you later tips and info on family sessions, head shots, senior sessions and boudoir sessions. Why not start planning for your future session while you have the time. We will also be sharing info on how we can make progress in our businesses and keep moving forward.
If you can, shop local businesses, pre-book your appointments, share these businesses with your social media… ask what you can do to help. Sometimes – it’s more impactful than you know.
Ethan’s Senior Session | Crossroads High School | Class of 2020
Ethan and his momma came in a few months ago to talk about doing his senior session. You see, his mom is a typical mom… she LOVES pictures. She can probably come up with just about any reason for pictures… I love her for that. Ethan, is a typical boy – he dreads them and really was there because he wanted to make mom happy. My promise to him was that we would be fast, he could wear what HE wanted to wear and the images could be what he wanted them to be…. I honestly don’t think he believed me when I told him all of that. However, the day he showed up – I let him take the lead and it was the perfect session for him.
Ethan is a Senior at Cross High School and is planning to take a year off before going to school and travel, which is such an exciting opportunity. After a year of exploring and soul searching Ethan plans to go to school to study either art or archaeology.
A little bit about you…
Think ahead to your 10 year high school reunion, what do you want to be remembered for? “Just being remembered at all would be nice.” Side note: I think we often don’t see the impact we make on others. My hope for Ethan is that he looks back and see’s that he made a bigger difference than he dreams of.
Thank you Ethan for allowing me to be your senior photographer.
Beautiful Evolutions Senior Sessions
Interested in learning more or booking one of our senior sessions? You can see more information here on our website: Beautiful Evolutions Seniors. We offer mini and full sessions – all of our full sessions include full hair and makeup for our girls – and our boys will receive a credit towards their session for not having that need. Each senior can choose an in-studio session or an outdoor session at a location of their choice. We will help you will all the planning and details to get you ready for your big day.
Head Shot Photos for Caryl Woolard – Yoga Instructor
Often times, our journey through life takes a few turns. Something that we maybe never thought was an option, becomes a bigger opportunity and causes us to grow. To grow bigger than we dreamed. To push us past the comfort level of what we know as our norm. Caryl started a journey into yoga a couple of years ago and this has taken her into a new world of teaching and leading others through this journey. It is so cool to be able to watch her evolve through this journey. I’ve been lucky enough to have several conversations with Caryl and it’s almost as though I can see her mentally and physically grow. It’s truly an honor to be able to document her in this journey.
Caryl came to me at the beginning of her yoga journey to photograph her at an outdoor location. This time around, we wanted a bigger emphasis on just her. I love these images and I love the strength that she possesses – inward and out.
Head Shot & Branding Photography with Beautiful Evolutions
Head Shots… does just the name of it make you cringe? There are not many people that actually look forward to getting their head shots done. However, with the right photographer… it should be an easy process. My goal before every session is to understand what your business is, what you want out of your head shots, what type of message you want to send to your potential clients. These things all play a factor in a successful head shot session. When you book a head shot or branding session with me, we will dig in a little bit so that we get you more than “just one decent picture”. I want you to really love your images and USE them. You are paying for a session… you should get the most out of them! Want a little more info? You can head over to the portfolio page here –> Head Shot Portfolio or you can click the button below to get the pricing details and some email info.