Staying Motivated in a Moment of Rejection

Today was a little discouraging - so what?

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There are very few things that excite me more than an inquiry popping up in my inbox, besides really good coffee and seeing my dog when I come home from school. I think I check my school and photography emails more than I check my twitter feed. 

I was waiting at a coffee shop that I haven't tried before.  I wanted to get some stuff done like pay my very overpriced electricity bill and get rid of my amazon bill due to my online shopping addiction. I'd like to say I was pretty productive today. I was also looking forward to meeting a potential bride here today, but I got an email I never like seeing. She found another photographer who was a better fit. That was my moment of discouragement for the day.  Talking to a new client over a cup of coffee was supposed to be the highlight of my day. I could either do two things; be bummed about it and go home or turn this into a learning experience. I took my 5 minutes to feel sorry for myself and then went right back. I ended up staying at the coffee shop sipping a really huge (it was the smallest size) hazelnut latte and what do you know - 3 more wedding opportunities came my way! 

When someone tells you they've decided to go with someone else whether it be a different trainer, mentor, or photographer, take this as an opportunity to learn. How can you use this experience to make your business better? Or your client's experience better? Or even carry yourself differently? If you can't change the situation, then change yourself. I learned that helpful tip from a new podcast. (I'll talk about that later). I wish I could give wiser advice on what to do in the moment of rejection but I'm still learning myself, as a 20 year old student. 

There's a few things that I'd like to improve on as well. I'm working on better tailoring my emails to be more informative and more interesting by starting to create more email templates yet still be able to keep them personable. With that, I'm also creating a client welcome guide! So exciting! The guide is going to be magazine style, including pages on what to expect from a photo session with me, how I describe my shooting and photo style, tips on what to wear to a session, and a bunch more. Every day my goal is to improve one small thing to contribute to the bigger picture, my passion and business. 

As I mentioned, I've been listening to podcasts to help better myself and my business every morning while I do my makeup. Check out "The Daily Boost" or "The Happy Melly Podcast" on spotify for a little inspiration every morning. Check them out for a quick pick me up in the morning, you could even include a motivational podcast on your morning commute!

But anyways, what did I learn today? That this is going to happen to me a bunch of times and the only thing I should take away from rejection is the positives. 

Jasmine is Glowing!

Jasmine & Steven

I met Jasmine through Her Campus at VCU, for some reason we both were excited to sit next to each other at the first meeting even though we've never met before. Well, I'm glad I did! Jasmine's major at VCU is print and online journalism (check out some of her articles). She's written some awesome articles about food - we're both foodies! Jasmine is expecting to graduate in 2019.

Jasmine and Steven have been together 4 years going on 5 and I already know their baby is about to be soooo beautiful. I'm happy I was able to convince her to take these maternity photos! At first, she was a little worried about how they would turn out but now she's glad I made her! There was absolutely nothing to be self conscious about! We were originally supposed to take photos on the rocks at belle isle, but we ended up on a time crunch so we took photos on the rocks behind the parking lot. Yes, the parking lot. It really wasn't the prettiest venue back there but we made it work, and the optimal lighting did my job for me. You can't even tell there's a bunch of busy cars driving over the bridge behind us. That's a photographers job - make the best of what you have. Jasmine brought some super adorable baby converse to the shoot too. She said she's definitely excited to dress him up in cute little clothes. Check out some of their photos!

 

Corin & Adam

December's Wedding

When I heard Corin describe her wedding, I knew it was going to be beautiful and such an amazing day to photograph. A ceremony and reception in a big beautiful barn, very very sparkly bridesmaids dresses (one of my favorite parts) and the color scheme! Throughout the day I learned something special. Corin and Adam have such a strong support system behind them filled with a bunch of awesome people!!

As soon as Corin saw her dad, tears started flowing down her face. I know I'm going to have the same exact reaction when I'm in her position (whenever that day may come.)

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Here's photos from some of my favorite moments

Ashley Luck, Class of 2017

Meet the soon to be graduate who's already starting her career.

Ashley Luck recently did her VCU graduation shoot with me and I'm excited to share a couple facts about her! She's a mass communications major with a concentration in digital journalism, and she chose this major because she loves keeping people informed and telling people's stories. You can tell her love for her major through the photos I'm posting below! She brought her AP style book, journal, and recorder to accompany her at our photoshoot! 

Ashley chose VCU because she's from Richmond and loves the city. She says her favorite thing about her major is getting to meet new people and sharing their stories. Ashley has even scored an awesome gig post-graduation so I'm sure she's ready to be outta here! She's a general assignment for the tidewater review and she will be covering local news for West Point, New Kent County, King William County, and King and Queen County in Virginia. 

Ashley is also a fellow dog lover and coffee addict! Congratulations on making it through college, Ashley!

Tinker's Holiday Bash!

One of the best local gift shops if I've ever seen one!

I recently photographed an event at a local gift shop, Tinker's. It was their 29th annual holiday bash! This event kicks off their Christmas season, they don't sell anything Christmas related before the holiday bash. I'm glad I was able to be apart of it. I was so busy snapping photos that I wasn't able to shop, which hurt my inner shopper especially since I have a slight shopping addiction. I'm definitely going to be coming back when I find some time to grab everyone a quick Christmas present!! Even their soaps are to die for! 

I haven't submitted anything to a magazine before but I think I'm going to finally take the leap and do it because I'm honestly so proud of these photos. If you haven't been able to check this store out yet, I highly recommend you do. Give yourself some time too because there's so many little trinkets in here to look at. 

Also I HOPE EVERYONE IS VOTING TODAY!!


Naomi Vinod, VCU Class of 2017

After hosting a contest on my Facebook page, Naomi was the random winner of my free VCU graduation shoot! 

Naomi is a biology major and her dream job is to work in the medical field and be apart of Doctors Without Borders. I asked her why she chose VCU in the first place and she told me that she really enjoys learning about new and different cultures and expanding her mindset. VCU is definitely the place for emerging yourself in different cultures and a variety of people!! She's also in an academic fraternity, Delta Epsilon Mu (ΔEM).

After a rainy few days, I was a little nervous the weather wouldn't be on our side today. She drove all the way from NOVA straight to our shoot. It was pouring in NOVA but thank goodness the weather held out for us today and for the rest of the shoots I had scheduled on this busy Sunday! If you want to know something crazy, she didn't even realize she was able to graduate early until hours before her classes were set in stone. What an amazing surprise! I need that to happen to me!! 

I was only planning on editing a few photos today but I got so excited I ended up finishing the whole thing!