Lots of catching up to do!! Here is a quick sneak peek of the fabulous photography duo – Katie & Brad!!
As I get older I begin to realize how valuable time is. Time with family, time with friends, time in business, time spent shopping, networking, sleeping… [insert anything that occupies your precious time… here]. And I am remembering each moment that passes… is a moment we can’t get back.
There are things in life that can make your life busy and more complicated… or there are things that can make life easier, well spent, not regretting those single moments that disappear with the blink of an eye.
So here is the truth. What if I told you… that WE CONTROL OUR BUSY-NESS? What if I told you that each and every decision we make could either save us time… leading toward a better quality of life – or we could make a poor decision and lead to a busy life… filled with work and rushing from one thing to the next… and waking up at 65 years old wondering where the heck our life went?
Well I have BIG news… It IS our decision! We (and only we) have the ability to make those decisions… that either make our life easier… or harder. Complicated, or less complicated… busy… or relaxed.
My friend (and a former fabulous bride of mine) Anna… makes the decision to begin dinner at the beginning of her day… before she ever goes to work… so that when she gets home it is ready… and she and her husband can enjoy an amazing home-cooked meal without cooking after a 10 hour work day. This was a small decision… but it was simple…and has changed her quality of life… See?
What about buying a permanent luggage tag? I am sitting in an airport writing this post right now… on one of many frequent flights… and I promise you… for the last 5 years, each and every time I fly… I fill out that annoying little piece of paper with my name, phone number, and address on it. I get so tired of filling that thing out! There is ONE simply solution… buy a permanent luggage tag! Why didn’t I do this before?!
What about… Hiring someone to clean your house?! Can I hear a Hallelujah? There are people who enjoy cleaning their homes. I am not one of them… ha! (Not most of the time anyway)… I always feel my time could be used much better doing something else…so why not hire someone to clean your house… so you can spend that 8 hours doing something you love! Makes sense to me!
Creating templates for blog posts… HUGE time saver. If you have a blog, and you are not using templates… WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOURSELF!!
(Regarding photography…) What about hiring someone for album design… or outsourcing your basic edits? (What would you be doing if you weren’t stuck behind your computer?)
When it comes to my business, periodically I write down things I feel are working FOR me… and I write down things that are working AGAINST me. What is making my life easier? What is making my life more complicated?
Here enters: Collages.net
When I first began shooting… My system was… Shoot (on film)… Print, buy an album or two (matching) from Target… (Except I pronounced it like it was french because it made me feel fancy, as if delivering a Target album wasn’t fancy enough… I’m tellin’ ya… I pulled out all the stops!) then I would insert photos… one by one… and four hours later (literally) I was done… No one told me I was doing things the WRONG way… more importantly… the HARD way… I just did what I knew to do at that time. Since then, I have learned quite a bit… I’ve learned what works for me and I’ve learned what doesn’t… Each day I learn a little bit more… but there has been one thing that has been extremely helpful to me in my business.. and that has been Collages.net. They are an event hosting company… (and much more – I’ll get into that later)… but when I needed a company to host my events…for clients to view and order, I wanted to find an option that was both easy and convenient on the front end and the back end. I had tried a few options… and it just took entirely too long on the back end. I needed something to make my life easier.. not more complicated…
If you are interested in trying Collages out… Click here and type LACY into the promo code… You can try them free for 4 months… I do realize every vendor is not for every photographer… but I have sincerely loved them from day one!
They are also an album company… So if you are not working with an album company yet…and you need one… They are fantastic!
Ohhh my gosh…where do I begin…! I met Steven years ago when I was photographing at Grace… He worked there at the time… and I was shooting… our paths crossed and the rest is history! He just might be the most… who am I kidding… He is THE most creative, talented, genius I know… He can make something… out of nothing… and make it look incredibly easy. Move over MacGyver! (If you are reading this and you don’t know who MacGyver is… please don’t ask me… lol You will make me feel incredibly old…) ;) So back on topic… When Steven introduced me to Ferrin… he brought her to my house…I’m pretty sure I was in my PJ’s… (No… Really.) Maybe it was work out clothes… Either way, rest assured… I was lookin’ ROUGH! But she didn’t seem to mind! She was just the sweetest thing ever! SO fast forward to last week: We were shooting engagement pictures with a few different classics… Some Old Chevy’s… etc… and we get in the car to drive back… and we start talking… Now… If this is not a small world I don’t know what is… We were talking about where we grew up… and (you will not believe this…) I told her I grew up on Colorado street… and she looks at me and says.. “MY mom grew up on Colorado street!” I said… “What was her address? Mine was 1409.”… and SHE says, “1411!” WHAT?!? Her MOTHER was my mother’s next door neighbor! (Insert jaw-dropped face here!) Her family… knows my whole family! CRAZY! I mean… Really?! I understand this whole 6º of separation thing…but THIS was just…crazy! So I had to share… Ha!
Steven & Ferrin… I am beyond excited to spend such a special day with you two… You guys are beautiful and I feel lucky to be capturing such a sweet day for two amazing people! :) Here are a few favorites!
Heather & Zack… You two are amazing! Truly. Heather should teach a class to future brides on “How to plan your wedding and be stress free!” Really. Sounds like a good book title to me! Yes?I don’t think she has a “stress bone” in her body! Haha! She “goes with the flow”… and is so laid back about everything…Which makes my job… well… easy! Not to mention… when I met her for the first time… I knew I was going to looove working with them! She was just genuinely sweet-spirited and kind. I truly enjoyed our shoot on Saturday… and hanging out a little while after… which I’m sure would have lasted longer if the sun wasn’t going down and the temperature was changing drastically! haha! OH! And I can’t forget Madison… Ohhhh Sweet Madison! One of the coolest dogs you’ll ever meet! She is just SO sweet…and playful and “lovey”… I tried to sneak her home with me but she wouldn’t fit in my camera bag!Madison… Thank you for being the best little model ever!
We photographed Heather & Zack at the beautiful Royalty Pecan Orchard!