As the new year begins, I've been reflecting a lot on the amount of support and love I have received from family, friends, and clients in the last few years.
Everyone in my life has been so amazing in supporting my photography and pushing me to keep going even when I am feeling lost.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been there for me!
That being said, I have also met other artists that do not have the support system that I am blessed to have, and so I wanted to give a quick list on ways everyone can support their favorite local artist!
1. Share the Crap out of Everything!
This is the simplest way to help your local artist. Share their posts!
Do you follow them on Facebook? Share their posts whenever you see one pop up. If you don't see one pop up, take the time to check their page and share a post.
Instagram? Click "Share to" and it will allow you to share to wherever you want! (PS you have to click on the three little dots in the top right of the post).
Twitter? Retweet the post!
But what exactly does this do?
While local artists do try their best to get the biggest reach possible, sharing a post increases their reach exponentially.
For example, let's say I post an image to Facebook, and 100 people like my page. Now, do to algorithms, what if only 50 people saw that post? I'm only reaching half of my potential audience. Now, three of my friends share that post, and 50 of their friends saw the post. That's 150 more people!
Seriously, just share the crap out of their posts.
2. Slip into Their Comment Sections!
This one takes just slightly more effort on your part than clicking a share button.
Even if it's just some emojis, like smiley face + heart, that boosts the probability of the post being seen by more people, which increases the reach of the artist, which in turn increases their change of making a sale or earning a new client!
Of COURSE we love it when we receive comments about how much people like our art (all artists have self-doubt to an extent and any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated), and comments that go into detail about what you like about what you see can encourage others to share the wealth of friendly words, and may even push others to book or purchase!
For some reason, social media just LOVES to bring back old posts, so if you happen to have the time, scroll back through your favorite artist's feed and comment on an older post. This will cause the post to show up in other people's feeds since there was an action taken on the post. Don't ask me why, maybe social media is just nostalgic!
Also, don't forget to just click the like button or "heart" it on Insta while you are working your way to the comment section. Every little bit is appreciated!
3. Use Your Words!
Obviously we just talked about commenting on posts, so I mean real words! Verbal language! It's so easy it's funny.
Let's say you have a friend who just bought a house and is looking to decorate. If you know a local artist, you could just mention that you love their work and that your friend should take a look as they might find something they love!
Heck, my mother even just walks up to strangers and refers people, granted, she's a real estate agent and her whole career is about referrals. She received one of my prints as a canvas poster and went to Hobby Lobby to have it framed. the entire time, people were stopping by and commenting on it, and she just kept bragging about how they should go to my website! Remind me, I need to get that woman some of my business cards!
I actually booked my first Colorado gig by budging in on a conversation. I was ringing up a customer at this store I used to work at, and they were talking about how they needed to find a photographer to shoot the boy's senior portraits. I felt super awkward, but I mentioned that I was a photographer and would love to help them out. The lady booked me for his senior portrait, for family portraits, and for real estate photos! That's three sessions that I could have missed out on if I hadn't spoken up.
It's amazing how less awkward it gets the more you do it. Eventually you're just like "Hey, I'm here, what's up!"
So next time you're standing in line at the grocery store, or wherever, and you overhear another person talking about needing a product that your favorite artist offers, let that person know where to go look! Your local artist will be so thankful!
4. Spend that Money, Honey!
As artists, we completely understand that not everyone can or will want to support what we create. One, everyone has different tastes, and two, everyone has different budgets, and that's totally okay!
If you can, even the smallest purchase can help your artist. If not, please refer to the other steps! I cannot tell you how many clients I have booked due to referrals and social media exposure, which is utterly amazing and cost my supporters just their time and kind words!
I haven't written a blog in a very long time... but I promise I have been busy!
Here is the brief list that I will go into details with further into this post:
1. Photoshoots of 2019 thus far
2. Photoshoots Scheduled for 2019
3. Available Dates
Photoshoots of 2019
Clients: Darrell and Anteria
This beautiful couple flew to Colorado from Michigan for a vacation and decided to get their engagement photos done while they were in the Centennial State!
They tied the knot on September 27, 2019 in Michigan. I wish them many, many years of happiness to come!
De'Edra bought her beautiful home early this year, and I had the blessing of going and taking photos of her home as it was being built. It was neat to see the whole process! She moved into her home in late spring.
Jovanna had a last minute senior portrait session earlier this year. She was such a trooper, posing in the cold weather, but looking so relaxed about it!
Clients: Logan and Jade
I am so happy I was able to photograph this lovely couple's engagement session! Their wedding is coming up next month on November 10! I am so excited!
Clients: Megan and Justin
This couple toughed out a 10 degree weather day for their engagement photos! I was seriously impressed with how well Megan handled the cold - especially since her hand had to be ungloved to show off her sparkly accessory!
Clients: Megan and Justin
Megan and Justin tied the knot on September 20, 2019! It was a beautiful wedding, and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it!
Clients: Brittney and Bradley
This gorgeous couple has one of the best venues booked I have seen so far in Colorado. Their engagement photos were shot last spring, and they will be tying the knot in a few weeks on November 2! I can't wait!
Clients: Kelly and Joey
I was able to photograph my friend Kelly's engagement photos to her beau, Joey, while I was vacationing back in Minnesconsin ;). I will be her MoH in her wedding next year!
This young lady had portraits done of her in her Quincineara gown with her celebrants!
Client: Nayan - Parents are Laura and Sanjeev
This young man was born last April. I was able to be a part of his mother's maternity portraits the previous autumn, and was lucky enough to also be selected to take his newborn pictures!
This young man will be graduating next spring! I just shot his senior portraits in September, and I was so excited that we were able to use graffiti as a background!
This young lady will also be graduating next spring! She was such a trooper walking all around James A Bible Park for her portraits, but she made leaning on trees look fashionable!
Client: Colgrove Family
And to wrap things up with what has been accomplished so far this year... I was able to photograph family portraits for Tisha and Gerry! Just look how cute their babies are!
Scheduled for 2019
November 2: The wedding of Brittney and Bradley
November 3: The wedding of David and Lacey
November 10: The wedding of Jade and Logan
Available Dates for 2019
Ahhhh... Valentine's Day. The day created to give us all the chance to tell our significant others how much they mean to us with boxes of chocolates, cards, teddy bears, or quite possibly an engagement.
Valentine's Day is all about the reds, the pinks, the gifts, the kisses, the hand-holding...
My significant other and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day all week this week. It sounds incredibly cute, I know, but in reality, we just did not want the hassle of going out on actual Valentine's Day.
On Monday we went out to dinner at Joe's Crab Shack. It's where we went on our first big date. It's where we went to celebrate a year later. It's where we went when I got my new job. It's our place.
On Wednesday we went out to Olive Garden with Jeremy's family to celebrate the day of love. Jeremy's family rarely goes out to eat, so it's always a special occasion when we all go together.
Tonight I will get home, Jeremy and I will exchange cards (we agreed to not get each other gifts, but rather save up our money to buy a house hopefully this year), and we will sit down to watch a movie. I'm voting for When Harry Met Sally, as I have never seen it, but have been wanting to for quite a while. He hasn't cast a vote yet, so we will see what happens when I get home :)
Romantic comedy (or just romance) is one of my favorite genres of movies. I love love. I love the cheesy stories, I love realizing that I have my own cheesy love story, and I just love the happy, stupid feeling you get from watching those movies.
So... to celebrate Valentine's Day, here are some photos of couples I have shot throughout my years as a photographer, accompanied by some of my favorite romantic movie quotes (some are from novels)!
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return."
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
"You had me at hello."
"You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."
"It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic."
"So it's not going to be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day."
"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
Yesterday, Saturday, January 26, 2019, I had a senior portrait session with the beautiful high school senior, Jovanna!
Jovanna and her mom, Christina, found out about Imbeccable Images through a recommendation by Gerry and Tisha, wonderful clients of mine, on the Nextdoor App! Thank you, Gerry and Tisha!!
I have been wanting to do a session in Golden, Colorado for a while now, and was so excited when Jovanna and her family agreed to have her senior pictures taken there! Golden offers that diversity in backgrounds for portraits in a short distance - the Clear Creek Trail for nature shots, and then the cute downtown area for more urban shots.
I would definitely recommend Golden to any photographer looking for gorgeous, outdoor backdrops for pictures.
Jovanna, I sincerely hope that you are enjoying your photographs on your personalized web page. For the rest of you, here is a sneak peek!
View Pricing info For this Session at the Bottom of this Blog:
Taken on the rocky edge of Clear Creek, not far off the trail at all.
Taken on one of the several bridges that crosses Clear Creek in the Golden area.
Taken along the trail that goes along Clear Creek into the woods.
Taken downtown, Golden, Colorado.
Taken downtown, Golden, Colorado.
Time: 90 minutes
In general, here is my calendar for 2019. I am looking to fill it up a lot more than it is, so please, if you know anyone looking for senior portraits for 2020, last minute photography needs for large events, family photos, whatever it is, please let me know!
Please keep in mind that in 2019, thanks to my new career at Circle Graphics, I have every single weekend open!
JANUARY 6th: Engagement Session with Darrell and Anteria
JANUARY 12th and 13th: Booked for Personal Time
JANUARY 19th: Property Photos for De'Edra
JANUARY 20th: Booked for Editing Time
JANUARY 26th: Senior Portrait Session with Jovanna
JANUARY 27th: Engagement Session with Jade and Logan
MARCH 30th: Temporarily reserved for the birth of Sanjeev and Laura's baby session!
MARCH 31st: Temporarily reserved for the birth of Sanjeev and Laura's baby session!
APRIL: All weekends temporarily reserved for the birth of Sanjeev and Laura's baby session!
JUNE 21st: Booked for Personal Time
JUNE 22nd: Booked for Personal Time
JUNE 23rd: Booked for Personal Time
OCTOBER 20th: Wedding of Jade and Logan
OCTOBER 31st: Booked for Personal Time
NOVEMBER 1st: Booked for Personal Time
NOVEMBER 2nd: Booked for Personal Time
NOVEMBER 3rd: Booked for Personal Time
DECEMBER 21st: Booked for Personal Time
DECEMBER 22nd: Booked for Personal Time
DECEMBER 28th: Booked for Personal Time
DECEMBER 29th: Booked for Personal Time
PENDINGS (Finalizing Date)
Engagement Session with Kelly and Joey
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