I recently got to work with one of my FAVORITE people in two shoots! 📸 I’m not a director by any stretch of the imagination BUT when I get to work with people who are easily instruct-able and foster confidence, it not only makes a shoot super fun but the photos turn out stunning!! 🥳 #lovemyclients
If this isn't the coffee-ist Monday I've ever had... ☕️ As a parent, as my kids get older, I am a much busier person that I ever thought I would be. And I don't get a lot of 'me' time. 👌🏻 But early this morning, I had the opportunity to meet with my very best friend for (praise God) coffee so we could catch up on life and business. 🥰 I didn't want to get out of bed this morning - at all. I almost used an excuse to play hookie from all that I had to do today (which, let's be real, isn't much). I was exhausted and she told me I looked it. (ps - that's a best friend). 💄 But I was thankful for that time with her this morning. No agenda, no need to be 'on' or spectacular or anything but tired, coffee deprived, un-put-together me. She didn't care - she just loved that I showed up. ✨ I'm used to complaining about a lot of things. Not necessarily bad things, just inconvenient things. But I'm starting to see past the 'inconvenient' and be thankful for the priceless moments. 🙏🏻 So here's what I learned this week: 💻 I worked a lot but I met tons of new people. 🚙 We had to take a quick out of town trip, but I got time with my family during the ride. 🙌🏻 I had to get up and be at church early, but three people accepted Jesus as their savior. ⏰ I got up early again today but had coffee and quality time with my best friend. What are you thankful for, in moments of what may seem like inconvenience? I’d love to know how you’re growing! 👇🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #learningtolive #liveonmission #liveintentionally #realtalk #butfirstcoffee #coffeeshoptalk #charlestonwv #charleywest #wv #almostheavenwv #business #blessed #worklife #suckitup #srcwv #whatilearned #thingsthathelpedme #happymonday #nevermissamonday #bossmom #mamapreneur #coffeepreneur
✨ Apply truth bomb liberally. ✨ Rinse. ✨ Repeat. Yesterday in church, Pastor Scott got real with us and dove into a subject that’s quite stigmatized in and around Christian life and even still in our society. 🙌🏻 He admitted his own past and current struggles with [anxiety + depression] and gave us some truth and clarity and light in a place that is all too often dark and confusing and hopeless. Yesterday, he presented the idea for us to “Live Irresponsibly”. 🤔 As a parent, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a business owner, I have a lot of responsibilities in my life. A lot of opportunities to worry about. And worry I do. 🖤 I worry about what people think. 🖤 I worry about loss. 🖤 I worry about the future. 🖤 I worry about failure. ___________________________________________ But something he said to us really helped me let go so I wanted to share with you... “No attack or plot against you can happen outside the knowledge of God.” How freeing to know whatever you face later today, God already knew about and is working on your behalf to resolve?! 💯 The one that is above all and in all, also knows all — before it happens. At times, He prevents and protects us. Other times he prepares us for what’s to come. And even in unfortunate circumstances, He provides us with comfort and peace and people to love us and pray for us. ✨ So what I learned yesterday is that regardless of our circumstance and the outcome, God has us and our deepest fears and worst realities surrounded. 😉 Whatever you’re facing — in your marriage or relationships, raising your kids, hard conversations, at work or in your business, personally or financially —I urge you to carry that truth with you in your every day. 🦄 #learningtolive #srcwv #worship #sundaypics #churchmedia #ilovemychurch #whatilearned #wv #charlestonwv #almostheavenwv #lookingforachurch #anxietyhelp #churchphotography #nottodaysatan #nevermissamonday #mondayfunday #mondayinspiration #mondaymotivation #thingsthathelpedme #whattodo
Recently, I found myself in a spiral of letting my business go. To be honest, I started acting on a really exciting dream and picked up other responsibilities so the rest is history. (Or so they say) 🤷🏼♀️ I get like that sometimes. One track mind. Incapable of juggling more than one ball so I drop all of them and go home - leaving the juggling to the go getters, the pros. Anyone else do that or am I the big pink elephant in the room? 👀 Scott revealed that hard truth to me when I was talking about what was on the books. It took me a minute to 1. Not be offended - which is another post for another day. And 2. Take seriously what he spoke to me. 🤔 So this week, I started showing up. And not for my profit or gain but so I can share with you lovelies things I learn, people I love and things that helped me grow as a person and as a business owner. I hope you'll stick around, friends! *Side note: if you know someone who wants to shoot BTS for me on the regular, I'm hiring! 😂👌🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #neverstopgrowing #commit #buildingmyempire #theeverygirl #liveandlearn #brandphotographer #thingsthathelpedme #rachelhollis #girlwashyourface #showup #brandambassador #serialentrepreneur #charlestonwv #alwaysdreaming #enfp #type9 #highI #gettingtoknowmyself #dreamer #peacemaker #knowyourpurpose
A great business owner and recently said “I promise, if you invest in yourself as a business owner, it will return to you!” “ invested in growing myself and my business, I spent the money and it returned to me three times what I was making!” 💯 You’d be surprised to find out what my favorite part of your Brand Session is... 👀 Of course I love the day of your photo shoot. Getting to be a part of creating the visual aspects of your brand is the bees knees! But more than that, I so enjoy our time together before your big day! 🐝 In every brand session, I encourage my clients to take advantage of the planning meeting and social media strategy session before the magic even happens. It sounds super daunting and like a huge commitment but these two things are one in the same. I include this in every session for a few reasons: ✅ To get to know you and your brand better. ✅ Help you understand why I do what I do on shoot day. ✅ So you can breathe life back into your business! This is the most important of them all. Check out Instagram stories a little later today so find out what I mean by this! ☕️ So if you’re ready to see what this is all about and you’re ready for a breath of fresh air, hit me up. Seriously. 💨 Invest in yourself as a business owner and I guarantee it will return to you ten fold! #buildingmyempire #investinyourself #communityovercompetition #charlestonwv #glitterguide #breathelife #brandambassador #iamforyou #brandstrategy #socialmediastrategy #coffeeandconversation #almostheavenwv #buildyourbrand #brandshoot #brandphotographer #personalbranding #lifestylebrand
A couple of weeks ago my ✨NEW✨ friend @courtneydorseyphotography took advantage of a fabulous offer I promoted! 🤷🏼♀️ What was it, you ask? Ok, twist my arm, I’ll tell you. She got an entire brand shoot for 50% off my normal cost‼️ 👀 What in the what?! I know. It’s a pretty epic deal. We even took advantage of the amazing talents @mrskellielilly and she got her make up done pre-shoot! (I’ll be sharing those photos soon!) ❤️ Courtney opted for my promote + refresh option which consists of ((three)) hours of non stop photography, hair and/or make up and a complimentary shoot planning and social media strategy consultation! 🤔 I bet you’re wondering why in the world you didn’t get on this deal and I for one am asking myself the same question! ☕️ So I’ll tell you what... I’m going to open a limited amount of spots to get in on this amazing opportunity. 🤫 DM me if you’re interested and I’d love to chat with you one on one and answer any questions you might have! Talk soon, k?! 😘 #brandphotographer #branded #brandyourself #mysmallbusiness #buildingmyempire #flashesofdelight #youregoldbaby #studiophotography #lifestyleguide #worklife #newbornphotography #barboursvillewv #charlestonwv #cwv #almostheaven #countryroads #charleywest #photographer #communityovercompetition #glitterguide
When Taylor first contacted me about her shoot. I quickly realized that what we were planning would allow me to explore another avenue of branding that hadn't quite been tapped yet. 🤔 You see, she's not a business owner. And she doesn't plan on becoming one in the near future. She is a recent college grad (CONGRATS!) and needed some photos to add to her portfolio for potential employers. 💼 Branding isn't one size fits all. It's all about you and what you bring to the table. You could be a model/actress or someone looking for the perfect career and need photos for a portfolio. You could be a business owner and need photos to represent the thing you sell or the people you serve. Or you could be a bachelor/bachelorette looking for some updated lifestyle photos to show off on your favorite dating app! 📲 First impressions are everything - let me help you make a great one! 🙋🏼♀️ 🥘: @navarinorestaurant
ITS SHOOT DAY!! 📸 @taylorpickens and I are taking over Huntington a little bit later to work images for her portfolio! 📁 It’s so dang cold outside it’s hysterical that we are still shooting BUT we will get this done and it will be the most epic 9° shoot EVER. #countonit 👌🏻 Follow along on Instagram stories to check out all the fun we’ll be having!