📣 read to the end and then PLEASE VOTE! 📣 did you guys know I have a podcast where I share helpful content for both couples who are planning their weddings as well as wedding professionals running their own businesses? well, now you do! it's called @youmightnotlikeit and I have no doubt there will be an episode or 10 that speak directly to YOU. find out more on www.laurakelly.co! BUT, that's not the purpose of this post. I am debating between two topics for a future podcast episode and would love for you to weigh in! ✔️OPTION A: the biggest mistakes I made when I first started my business 🙅🏼♀️ ✔️OPTION B: things I wish every bride knew before their wedding day 👰🏻 say A or B below to vote! ✨ . . . #laurakellyweddings #ottawaweddingphotographer #ottawaweddingphotography #ottawaweddings #ottawaweddingphotographers #ottawabride #2020bride #ottawabridal #ottawaweddinginvitations #ottawaweddingplanner #ottawaweddingplanners #ottawaweddingvenues #ottawaweddingphotos #ottawaphotographer #ottawaphotography #laurakellyphotography #tipsforweddingphotographers #weddingpodcast #podcastsforbrides #podcastforbrides #weddingpodcasts #youmightnotlikeitpodcast #resourcesforphotographers #photographerresources
I miss meeting couples in my living room over coffee! ☕ but feeling very very thankful for the magic of zoom & facetime so that we can still connect to chat about the details for their 2021 weddings. if you read my last post about the pressure of 2021 bookings and want to get in touch, send me a message through www.laurakellyphotography.ca and we can set up a virtual meeting! . . . #laurakellyweddings #ottawaweddingphotographer #ottawaweddingphotography #ottawaweddings #ottawaweddingphotographers #ottawabride #ottawareception #ottawaweddingdecor #ottawaweddingplanner #ottawaweddingplanners #ottawaweddingvenues #ottawaweddingphotos #ottawaphotographer #ottawaphotography #ottawavenue #stonefields #stonefieldsestate #stonefieldsheritagefarm #stonefieldsloft #stonefieldswedding #stonefieldsweddingphotographer #stonefieldsweddingphotography #stonefieldsweddingvenue #stonefieldsweddingphotos
ready for the big question? 💭 what EXACTLY is happening with 2020 WEDDINGS? I'd also like to know exactly what's going to happen, but as we say in survivor, the game is afoot, jeff. here's what I do know about my clients and their experiences: ▪️ may 2020 bookings are extremely unstable. almost all of my couples from may have switched to new dates, the earliest of which being october 2020, all the way to june 2021. ▪️ june 2020 bookings are waiting out the storm. some are inquiring about new dates, but many are waiting for the word from their venues about what they should do next. ▪️ july / august / september / october bookings are fairly stable, with the odd date being moved to 2021 primarily for the appeal of security and comfort. ▪️ 2021 is starting to get pretty congested. if you've been waiting to make a move on a 2021 booking, my best advice would be to step on the gas and make those first few pivotal decisions that will ensure you're not forced into 2022 (not that there's anything wrong with 2022, it's gonna be a gorge year people!) I will keep you posted as things evolve! for now, I just want to send love and thoughts to those who are struggling with wedding planning during such a strange time. I hope you've had a chance to read some of my last few posts about your emotions being totally valid. if you need a reminder those posts are there for you! 🖤 (photo by @wademuir)
how are y'all coping with weekends now that you're working from home? do you have wild friday night plans from your living room? personally, I'm still trying to find the motivation to put on makeup and switch out of my favourite sweats. but ry and I have decided to make every night a movie night, getting caught up on random old movies that people talk about but that we've never seen. so far we've watched: a few good men (ry has seen but I hadn't) children of men (accidental men theme) and we're planning to work our way through philip seymour hoffman's entire film career. name a movie older than 2010 that we should have watched by now!! 🎥
need to transform a banquet space to be your fairytale wedding reception? there's a pro for that. I get asked ALLLL the time about whether I think my clients *need* a wedding planner. the short answer: sometimes yes, sometimes no. I like to use the analogy of an interior designer. do you need one? maybe, if you have a unique space to furnish and no idea how to do it. but not everyone needs a designer, because not everyone needs to live in a space that's cutting edge, fancy, or magazine-worthy. my clients often feel that they'd need wedding planning to be their full time job to execute their vision, and plain and simple it just won't work for their busy lives. for others, they don't need a red carpet feel. they don't need all the details. there's no shame if simplicity is your game. I'll be there to capture every happy moment ✌🏻 #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawaweddings #ottawaweddingphotographer #ottawaweddingphotography
hope you're all holding on tight to your person today! I'm fully loving having my husband working from home with me :) it's a bit weird to have the whole gang around when I do my usual workday rituals like making three coffees in the same mug and watching real housewives of atlanta while I'm editing, but they're getting used to it! I'm curious, have you learned anything about how your significant other works now that they're at home with you? (stay tuned for a full update on how ryan kelly crunches numbers from the dining room table. it's riveting stuff.) . . . #ottawaweddingphotographer #laurakellyweddings #laurakellyengagements #ottawaengagement #ottawaengagementphotos #ottawaengagementlocation #ottawaengagementlocations #ottawaengagementpics #ottawaengagements #ottawaengagementphotographer #ottawaengagementphotography #ottawaengagementphotographers #engagedottawa #ottawabridetobe #ottawabride #ottawaweddingplanner #ottawaweddingideas #engagementphotoideas #modernengagementsession #ottawaengagementsession #ottawaengagementpictures #beachengagement
not sure who needs to hear this today, but you are not wrong for feeling annoyed that this is happening to you. you can be both intelligent / safe / cautious while also feeling resentful and irritated at the current situation. you can be healthy and safe while also worrying about the cost associated with changing a date on a wedding invitation, or having to call off your bachelorette weekend getaway. you can be rational / smart / kind but also find yourself asking why *this* year? why *this* month? why us? you are fully entitled to every single emotional response that comes up for you. you're not alone in any of this even if it may feel that way. #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawaweddings #ottawaweddingphotographer #ottawaweddingphotography
a light testing shot of a completely unorganized groom prep details set up... and yet, there's something about it that's so perfect. I've never been a photojournalistic photographer (someone who observes and captures, but doesn't influence, control, or change), but I'll admit that I've got a soft spot for the wedding day as is. tell me, beautiful brides and grooms to-be, where do you sit on the real vs. perfect spectrum for your wedding photos?? 💭
throwback to a simpler time, before the 6 feet apart rule... 😂 (listen, you gotta laugh through it with your friends. I'm on a mission to make this week a little bit lighter, to keep the wedding inspiration coming, and to fill your feeds with happy faces and beautiful things.) #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawaweddings #ottawaweddingphotographer #ottawaweddingphotography
uncertainty. it's definitely the buzz word of the moment. I'm sure you've seen it pop up in a subject line in an email from every single business you've ever worked with, every app you've ever used, every big or small company who has your credit card info. I have such a heavy heart when I think of the couples who are dealing with uncertainty during what is supposed to be the happiest time of their lives. even if you're not in the wedding world, you know that a gathering like this has a million moving pieces. it's ALREADY a juggling act to get them to fit together, so I can't imagine what it would feel like when the things you thought you knew started to come back into question. something as definitive as a date, as set in stone as a guest list, as sure as the invoices that have already been paid. that way I see it, my job is simple: to be a source of calm (just like in the bridal prep suite), who makes this time as easy as possible (probably why we started working together in the first place), and be your biggest cheerleader. in a pile of uncertainty, I promise you can always count on that.
need help picking outfits for your engagement session? 💡there's a blog post for that! I just hit publish on a post featuring 6 new colour palettes for your engagement sessions. go see it all on laurakellyblog.ca!
remember what green grass looks like? me neither. good thing there's photo evidence to remind us ☝🏻(love this shot of the white chapel at stonefields, one of my fave spots to shoot!) I'm actually spending most of my day today away from the desk and deep in the packing game in preparation for a little family time away. we're taking the kids on their first ever road trip -- let's see how this goes! as a kid, we used to do the 24 drive down south every single year. I have the BEST memories of listening to the Now3! CD and reading the twilight books from the backseat. if my kids are anything like me, they'll be hooked on the long distance drive, I know it. you're probably going to want to follow along on our family adventures over on my personal account >> @laurakelly.co!