Well, its less than a week until the studio opening and I couldn’t be more excited!! We have a ton of things to check out, from live music from a local band, a chance to see some of the speciality services I will be offering, displays with several product lines we have, crafts for the kids, never mind the giveaways and great food and drinks!
This studio truly has a been a labour of love and wouldn’t have been possible without a few key partners. I really want to highlight not only our amazing contractor Justin Mendes at Greenstone Construction Management, who helped make my vision a reality, no matter what the challenge, but also the wonderful Condredge Dole (a fellow Mahogany resident) and the owner of Redemption Handiworks, a woodworker and metal artist who made my signs. In fact, check out the video below for a little bit of what you can expect at the grand opening!
We would love to see you! Pictures are so important to me, that I thought I would do something different than the usual guestbook to celebrate the opening of my studio…
Wont you help us fill the frame with your picture? There is still time to RVSP at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you Saturday!
When I first started out thinking of trying to build my business, I often found myself stuck. Stuck by both real and perceived limitations, self doubt, time, resources, etc. I am sure this is all too familiar territory for any entrepreneur and creative. We are our business and our business is our way of being. It’s hard when you are both the janitor and the CEO to pull back and intentionally select and achieve goals. Ultimately, to be successful, we have to create the space and time to do so. As I expanded my business, I looked for information and resources that would help me get clear on any thinking and help me set inspiring goals instead of the never-ending long to-do lists we face everyday. When I took a course in coaching, I knew I was on to something that really worked.
Light Your Spark – Coaching for Creatives
Why should you invest in a coach? In a world full of easy access to the same information and in an industry which is has many different perspectives and advice to offer, it’s a challenge to get clear of on what works for you and your business. In the end, the only true competitive advantage which you have, is you. Wouldn’t it be great to get some clarity about what works for you and your business?
Five easy ways coaching can help you and your business.
- Get clear about your goals, determine your priorities and help to stay focused on them.
- Provide an objective perspective, bring an awareness to your blindspots and help you develop a plan to address them that works for you.
- Be accountable, keep you focused and on track, and help you course correct when you need to.
- Focus on areas that will benefit your business most. As a business owner its easy to get overwhelmed with the volume of competing demands. Coaching can help you focus on which areas will benefit you the most.
- Help you bring out the most in your biggest competitive advantage – you.
So, what does a coaching session look like?
We will schedule a time to either talk on the phone, in person or online through Skype. Before we “meet” you will receive a set of questions that help me to understand you and the areas you are looking to focus on better. We will spend about an hour or two co-creating some inspirational goals and the practical actions you can take to achieve them. If you loved our time together we can schedule another appointment either weekly, monthly or when you need a little extra help. It’s whatever works for you.
It really is that simple.
But don’t take it just from me, here is a little bit of what others are saying…
When I started working with Jennifer, I felt so disorganized in my business goals. As the owner of a small business, I have many hats– accountant, SEO expert, Social Media manager and photographer, among others. I was feeling very overwhelmed and underproductive. Jennifer worked with me to determine specific goals for my photography business. Jennifer helped me to narrow down broad, overreaching goals into very specific steps to attain that broad goal.
Through our meetings, she guided me to devise a plan to reach the goals, thus, holding me accountable. Each plan was broken into little steps, which made it very much attainable.
Jennifer is not only a talented photographer, but gifted in her interactions with people. There is simply so much advice for small business owners online. Jennifer’s personalized approach worked well for me as she got to know me and my business. Her talent in relating with clients and helping them succeed is invaluable!
Molly Garg, Molly Garg Photography
Are you ready? I wold love to hear from you email@example.com
Let’s set some goals!
Just because I am choosing some art for my new studio and was going through my portfolio, I forgot I never shared some of my favourites from this fun session I did with my son in the spring! I am having a hard time deciding between underwater art, some milk bath sessions or my “pug bath” series? What would you choose?
I really love the fun and colour of these….which one is your favourite?
Grand opening is getting closer – Saturday October 22nd! We can’t wait and will be posting details soon – hope you join us!!
There something that is so special about a mother and child’s bond. They are some of my favourite connections to capture as a photographer, especially moments which are so fleeting. Like the time a momma spends nursing her babe. I was so blessed over the summer to have my partner in crime, Barb Toyama from Endless Summer Photography , visit me with her sweet daughter. From the way she still fit into mom’s hands, to how her little feet kick while nursing and then the way she reaches to touch her mom’s face gently, they are all to me, the “why” of family photography. We made these images together to make time pause for a moment, and I would love to make more for momma’s who are wanting to capture those fleeting moments too.
Here are a few of my favourites….
With the opening of my studio soon (if you aren’t on my newsletter get on it here for a special invite!) I am looking forward to being able to offer more of these types of sessions. Connect with me for more details!
I’m moderating at UnderwaterKids today, where I asked an important question – black and white or colour? Which do you prefer and why? I will feature the chosen photo on our Instagram account with a few tips on how I got the final edit :)! Help me out and vote for your favourite!
Is it the drama and simplicity of black and white?
Or the lovely palette of colour?
Which draws you in more? I want to know so leave a comment, or follow along on Underwater Kids on Instagram!
“A grand adventure is about to begin”
Winnie the Pooh
It’s been a busy, busy summer here with lots of exciting news and developments! I will be back to regular blogging soon, but for now, two of my favourites from a soft and sweet summer maternity session…
So thankful for all of my clients who are with my along the journey.
Tired of those same old fall family photos everyone else has and want something different? Looking to release your inner mermaid and have a unique maternity session? Want a little WOW factor on your Christmas cards? Then these sessions are for you. On August 13th and 14th from 9:00 am-11:00 am, it’s your chance to do something different and sign up for an underwater photo session!
An exclusive event hosted by award winning family photographers, myself and my partner extraordinaire, Barb Toyama , each custom session is approximately 30 minutes in length and includes your choice of five digital files from an online gallery. Priced at just $350 plus tax, these sessions won’t last!
Call 403-608-1875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your session today!
Calgary has had some wicked storms this summer, and the night I met this beautiful young grad, Halee, was no different. For hours before the session, it looked like we might get rained out, however we decided to try to make it work anyways, and I am so glad we did. As it turns out, the rain that came halfway through the session, was something that truly Halee loved, so it seemed fitting. Like all storms, it passed, and we were greeted with a rainbow and lovely warm sunshine by the end of the session. Now there’s a metaphor for life in there 😉
I had a lot of fun, thanks for asking me to capture some of your memories, and good luck Halee – you are a generous soul who will make a big impact in this world!
It’s officially summer and the kids are itching to get out of school (truly have they paid any intention for the month of June anyways?). Summer for me means long lazy days out on a porch or under a tree with a cool glass of lemonade, listening to kids playing in the background and taking the time to read a good book. Since this is the first week of summer, I wanted to share a few of my favourite books with you in case they inspire you to pick up a book this summer and explore. I love so much about these books, some of them recent favourites, others I have read and reread, and they totally changed my life, as well as my family’s. Books can do that if you let them. Like an old friend they wait, on books shelves, in drawers, or forgotten boxes, until one day you open them up and rekindle their magic. No matter how many times you crack open a good book, it speaks to you differently, totally relevant for that time in your life.
My top five “must read” summer books for 2016 are:
- Steal Like An Artist – Austin Kleon
A super easy summer time read, this books has some really sage advice about living life as a creative. It busts myths that there is anything like an “original” thought and offers the idea that the best creatives, “steal” from others to find their own path. Following ten easy steps to help you along to do the work , this book encourages you to embrace your influences, collect ideas, and invent your own way forward. Some nuggets which have stuck with me include the encouragement not to wait until you know who you’re to get started, make friends and ignore enemies, the idea that validation is for parking (amen to that), and keep your day job . And its got great quotes by many different artists throughout too!
Why I Love It – A great mix of the practical and inspirational, you can’t help but want to do things differently after you read it. Re-reading is highly recommended!
2. The Book of Awesome – Neil Pasricha
Written a number of years ago, this book is by far one of my family’s favourite. Based on a really popular blog called a 1000awesomethings.com, it focuses on the small, seemingly insignificant everyday miracles that really makes for a happy life. It’s witty and wise, feel good and nostalgic, all at the same time. I used this book during a time when my oldest son was focusing on only the negative. We would read it together and it wasn’t long before he was smiling and laughing and it gave us a starting point to talk about the smallest “good” things that made us happy that day. It started a tradition in our family where every night at dinner, we talk about the three things that made us happy and we were grateful for in our day. Now that’s truly an awesome book!
Why I Love It – Great reminder that the key to happiness surrounds us everyday. Re-reading is highly recommended!
3. Start With Why – Simon Sinek
This book is for anyone at any point of their lives who wants to inspire others, and really communicate the “why” of what they do, especially in business. In a world where there is so much noise and things vying for our attention, focusing on the why is really fundamental to differentiate your business and truly connect with people. Using some of our most memorable leaders, from Martin Luther King, to the Wright Brothers, this book offers a powerful framework for your business to start communicating, marketing, etc with. Read it now over summer and start up in a big way in the fall.
Why I Love It – Powerful tool to lead and communicate with.
4. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
You most likely have heard about this book as its been pretty popular, with good reason. Written by the author who also penned “Eat, Pray, Love”, this book tackles fear, creativity, and how to pay attention to the subtle signals in the universe, that “magic” that surrounds us. When I was reading it, there were many times where I got goosebumps and would text my friend Barb, to tell her about it. It got so bad that I had to send her the book so she would know what I was talking about (and not think I was crazy). Luckily she liked it too, and so often we can see it working in our lives, and now she writes me. Either that or she still thinks I am crazy and is just indulging me ;).
Why I Love It – A simply powerful and inspiring book that really spoke to me as a creative. Re-read to take more away with you!
5. Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson is the genius behind one of my favourite blogs The Bloggess , a brilliantly funny (think dark humour) blog about her life and where she deals very honestly about mental illness (disclaimer – don’t click this link if you are easily offended), and the brilliant book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”. I got both of these books for my son and I to read as we both love her blog (no judging my parenting either ;)). Delivering a powerfully inspirational message to be happy, despite everything, this book encourages you to be unique and really embrace who you are. And its so funny that most of the time I have tears streaming down my face when I read it, while my husband shakes his head saying, “oh no not that book again”. Read both of the books in fact, but maybe not while in public….unless you’ve already embraced the “furiously happy” mindset ;).
Why I Love It – OMG. So. Funny. AND she mentions Neil Gaiman and Brooke Shaden in the same book.
Those are few of my favs for this summer and ones which I will be reading again. What are your favourites? List them below to share!
Happy reading makes for a happy summer in my books (so many puns). Take the time to read a new book, or reread an old friend.
There are a few things that are worth getting up for so early in the morning, but to me, a horse is one of them. I love horses and used to own and show them a long time ago. I was thrilled to bits when Erin asked me to photograph her gorgeous big horse Riggs. We really lucked out and had a beautiful morning in early May, and that morning sun really brought out the fire red in Riggs’ coat. He is a ham too – most of the pictures had to be from further away, or he would be searching through my pockets (or camera) for some treats!
He is an incredibly beautiful animal and a gentle giant. I really was stuck by how closely bonded they are and hoped to convey that closeness though the pictures we made that morning.
A few of my favs below…
And finally, I leave you with one that really says what Riggs loves to do beyond anything else….
Thanks Erin for inviting me out to photograph your bond – it’s something special and he is an incredible horse :).