Business Highlight: Wedding Pro Coaching

Business Highlight: Wedding Pro Coaching

Lane’ is the reason Women should be in charge of all things business, because not only is she a brilliant business owner, she is creative and daring beyond compare.

When asked to shoot a second lifestyle branding shoot for her business, Wedding Pro Coaching, I wanted to jump up and down shouting yes yes yes! But I know how to compose myself so I just responded “sure let’s do it!” ;)

A Valentines Plan For You

A Valentines Plan For You

Finding something unique to do for Valentine's Day is a struggle for most of us. You either want to do something big, or you want to do something small. Either way, you just want it to be special! This year, take the simple approach and share your love in tiny, but big ways. Chocolates and roses are great, but try one of these cute Valentine's plans if you want to surprise your partner, sister, or best friend in an unexpected way.

Location Highlight: Frog Lake

At the end of January I made a trip back to Portland for a few photoshoots. One of those was for Keith and Jenny’s engagement shoot! Somewhere in the list of potential locations was the suggestion to shoot in the snow. It’s been a while since I had a full session in the snow, but I was SO excited when we put it on the schedule. I’ll be honest, I don’t travel to Mt. Hood enough, so I had no clue where to suggest our session would take place other than Timberline or Trillium Lake. Since we had already shot at Trillium Lake for their proposal, and since Keith and Jenny knew the locations WAY better than I did, I let them take the reins on this one. And so we ended up at Frog Lake!

I can only imagine it’s just as gorgeous in the spring time with the wildflowers and beautiful reflection of Mt. Hood in the water, but even with a heavy blanket of snow (and no reflection), I was stunned. These are some of my favorite location shots I was able to capture. Next time it snows, I expect another shoot here from one of you. Seriously, it was magical!

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Engagement Poses I Love

Engagement Poses I Love

It goes without saying that no two engagement sessions are the same, because no two couples are the same! Something that is disheartening to see is couples expecting that their engagement photos will be a cutout of what they saw on Pinterest or what they were told was expected of them, instead of allowing their natural relationship to influence the session. 

Something that I've learned over the years is that not every pose is going to work for every couple. Sometimes my favorite pose just isn't working one day for whatever reason. Or the pose that I think would work well might not be all that exciting or comfortable to my couples. It's important for my work to be adaptable. A common trap in engagement photography is to keep a backlog of poses to revisit each session. And not that every session can't include specific "winning" poses, but it's all too easy to get into a routine and forget the client behind the pose. Which isn’t my personal goal in shooting these sessions.

What To Ask At a Venue Tour

What To Ask At a Venue Tour

Alright so you’ve decided on your dream venue! Congratulations! I’m assuming at this point the venue still has your date available and you’re now ready to schedule a tour. Wondering what to ask besides the basics? I have 12 questions below for you to cover your bases. There will be nothing worse than thinking you have found your dream venue, and end up having a bad experience because you didn’t know there was an enforced volume limit for your DJ (which has happened)! Instead, make sure your dream venue becomes a dream come true by asking some of the harder questions up front. I’m keeping this post short and sweet so you can screenshot this post and be on your way. Here are the questions to ask:

Maid of Honor Duties

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If you're reading this, you're either curious about the title, or have just been asked to be the Maid of Honor for your best friend. You're likely on google, printing off all the checklists you can find. Your brain is buzzing and you don't know where to start!

I am here to offer some guidance. First thing is first. Breathe! Remember, you are not the planner. The bride has hired a planner so that you may be present on her wedding day. You might have a pile of chores following up to the wedding, but remember, you are human. You can only do so much. My tip? Prioritize! Create a checklist (like this one) of all the important tasks you need to do. Rate them based on importance and take each task on one at a time. In addition to the usual projects, such as sending out emails, and organizing the registry, here are some duties to add to your checklist:

  • Research the Vendors: Unless the bride knows who she is going to hire, or has received a recommendation from another couple, it’s your duty to help a girl out! A simple way to search for vendors is through local wedding hashtags on Instagram! It’s more fun and easier than spending hours on google or outdated vendor resource websites. You are able to see part of the vendor’s portfolio right away, and if you like them enough, check out their website! Remember to make a list of your favorites and send them to the bride. It’s still her job to reach out to the vendors!

  • Coordinate the Bridesmaids: Communication is key! You will have the responsibility of coordinating the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal, and the getting ready timelines. It’s easy for all of these events to go off schedule, but you get to play the boss and make sure it doesn’t! Tell the bridesmaids where to be, when to be there, and what the dress codes are. Make sure you are giving them buffer time in case they run late, so they can still be on time. This is especially important for the day of the wedding! The bridesmaids can easily lose track of time, so it’s your job to keep the order.|

  • Complete the “Boring Tasks”: From licking envelopes and sticking stamps, to creating the seating chart. Not everything about wedding planning is entertaining! Help the bride out with these boring tasks to make it go by faster. You will be better friends because of it! Other boring tasks include: sending emails, and handling the gift registry.

  • Give Her Love: Wedding planning is stressful, no matter how much help is involved. Steer her mind off the negative and encourage girl nights! Day drinking, pedicures, and Netflix are essential! Make sure she knows you have her back, and you’re there to lend an ear. Trust me, when it’s your turn to plan your wedding, you be she’s going to return the favor!

  • Help with the Surprises: Whether it’s the bride surprising the groom, the groom surprising the bride, or someone else surprising them both, you’re the first to know! Secrets are hard to keep, but think of their faces. You will be in charge of making sure the right people know, and the surprise follows through. Some examples include: Surprise Band/Musician, Surprise Decoration, Surprise Reception Announcement, Surprise Guest Appearance, Surprise Dessert, and Surprise Farewell Event. No matter how big or small, it’s always great to be a part of a special something nobody else knew about.

You're off to a great start! You've got this!

 

 

 

Five Weeks at Second City

Five Weeks at Second City

Tomorrow marks the fifth class at Second City here in Los Angeles, and boy have I learned a lot! Tuesdays are my favorite days of the week because it’s the day I get to connect with my peers, play a bunch of games, learn how to recover from failure, and basically laugh a lot! Second City generously allows its students to see most shows for $1, so there’s hardly any excuse to skip out! I’ve seen some of the funniest, most talented humans ever on those stages.

Watching an improv team perform, work together, release themselves of expectations, and fail so wonderfully is such an incredible feeling I’m trying to find the words to describe. When you see a team cooperate and have each other’s back, sure the scenes get funnier, but also the show just works better. It’s more entertaining to watch not just for the laughs, but the dynamic. Every person brings their own strength and value to the group, and when the team helps highlight that in others, you can’t take your eyes off the stage.