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.
I couldn't think of a better way to end 2016 other than doing what I love the most which is documenting love stories! Carmella contacted me a few months ago after finding me from Carly + Austin's Seattle Courthouse Elopement Downtown. How fun is that?! It's so exciting to me how the world of social media works because it works! When you put it out there, people find you. If Carly never would have found me on Instagram, Carmella + Chris never would have found me.
When Keely first contacted me about her senior portraits I could just feel her energy and knew it was going to be so much fun. The minute Keely walked up and I got to meet her for the first time in person I did a happy dance! She looked so dang cute! I always tell my clients not to overthink their wardrobe and keep it simple. I know clothes aren't everything, but they do help me do what I do best which is documenting timeless and beautiful photographs that won't go out of style next year.