Here I go again! Having a bitch, a moan and a cry as I type out my thoughts and feelings onto a screen in hope someone will read it and feel the slighted bit amused. Thats why we blog isn't it? As an act of entertainment for followers? Thats why anyone does anything on social media these days in order to gain a like or a follow? And I have nothing against this in fact I am pro "this" ... to a certain extent. If you are getting followers and likes and shares by causing harm to yourself in an idiotic manner then I am not for "this" but if it is that you are the type of character that will upload a humorous clip or image to social media only hoping to bring a glimmer light to someone's day then I am here as a supporter and I laugh along with you.
I am here to tell a tale. Rather I am here to "Blog" about why blog. Is there a sense of irony there? Who knows I am just going to get to the point. You see.. during my high school years I was always a writer and loved English. I won awards for short stories I had written and enjoyed taking my brain on a wonderful journey as I twined together words, sentences and paragraphs in order to create works of art through words on paper.
While I may not be the perfect writer.. I do have my giant share of spelling mistakes and poor grammar, I do love it. I finished school about 4 years ago now and its taken me 4 years to find the thing I love most. A career in photography. Along with this career I not only take photos I also, edit, create youtube content, build an instagram following and ... blog. Blogging clears my head and allows me to transfer all of the heart ache, sweat and tears onto a post.
As you may have noticed. I generally try to blog about things that everyone can relate to whether you're into photography, you're engaged, you're sick or you're sad. I've blogged about my concerns such as what to do when I finish my full time job, I've blogged about my journey to being a photographer and I am now funnily enough blogging about why I blog. These topics can be a source of inspiration, a spec of humour or can spark a new interest in following my journey.
Some comments have been made to and about me with regards to my blogging, youtube and what ever else I've been posting on. These comments are along the lines of... "She's just posting shit" (could be true) & my favourite one "She's trying to be one of those influencers but isn't going to get anywhere" I like that one... Once upon a time I would have listened to this and stopped what I was doing right away. But now mature me at the ripe old age of 22 with bruises and scabs knows much better. You see those people who are "anti you" and/or "anti you being you" are still following your bloody instagram. They are still taking time out of their day to talk about you. They are wasting their energy on you even if its just for 1 minute of their day. You are on their minds and thanks to the ones I am talking about you know the "haters" your likes, follows and shares are gaining because they just cannot miss anything on your social media accounts. They can't unfollow you because if they do they would have nothing to bitch about and their lives would be boring and the conversations would be empty and lifeless like a half sucked mango. This is directed at no-one in particular but is one of the reason I continue to blog. I am not only getting those frustrations out on paper but I am clearing my head of "dead weight". PHHHEEWWWW!! I feel better... Don't you?
Now on another note ( a liberating one at that) blogging on my own website gives me freedom of speech and actually allows my clients to understand myself as a person. I love showing my bright, bubbly and awfully bogan personality through my work, my youtube and my blogs. I can say what ever I like and I will know that some people out there will read my blogs and maybe laugh, maybe cry and maybe get a little shitty. And that's the whole purpose. I want to not only be relatable but I want you to feel. I want you to not just look at my work and book me. I want you to understand me. You can't just book a photographer. You need to know who they are. You need to understand them. And then... only then.. can you find it in yourself to want to book your photographer... which will hopefully be me if I haven't made you hate me by the end of this blog.
Writing is like a drug. Its addictive. Corny line I know but it's so bloody true. If you ever get 5 minutes to sit down and write something... anything.. it could even be a facebook status.. then do it. Put yourself out there and share away your feelings, your thoughts and your journeys. If you don't want to share them then maybe try reading some blogs. After all, a lot of us.. like me, put in a bucket load of effort into typing these beasts out. There is so much spell check involved and grammar and shit. Then, after you read it, like, comment and/or share. Show the world and help one individual spread their totally relatable (maybe even rubbish) blog because you can never support a writer too much.
I hope you enjoyed this one and I hope I didn't go off topic too much. I am currently sitting here with about 2 energy drinks and thoughts floating through the air like flying post-it notes trying to catch each one and write it down at a very unreasonably late time of the night.
Remember to like, comment and share! It takes 2 minutes to help people like me get out into the world with a tiny bit of exposure. (totally trying to be an influencer oh golly me)
So for the past month I have really had a strong focus on getting some engagement sessions completed. Why am I going to blog about engagement sessions? Well I am a 100% believer that engagement sessions are a fundamental part of the wedding planning process!
You see... My motto (that has been mentioned in past blogs) is "You'd rather have and not need it then to need it and not have it". I literally say this for everything even when I am at Kmart scootin' my trolly down that bloody aisle with all of the artificial plants!! So lets start here. Let's say you book me for your wedding day but you don't want an engagement session. Some clients will book with me over facebook/website etc. Now I like to meet my clients before their big day but sometimes this doesn't happen due to schedules on both ends. Therefore I can sometimes find myself coming into a wedding day where I don't know the bride or groom. Sure I've read their info form they filled out but I haven't had the chance prior to learn about the couple on a more personal level. This is where the engagement session is crucial. An engagement session gives me as the photographer a chance to get to know my couples and how they prefer to be photographed. I quickly find out what pushes their buttons, what poses they are most comfortable with and who leaves the toilet roll on the hanger without replacing it with a new one which in turn allows me to work with my clients on a level that makes everyone feel comfortable and as if we've known each other for ages!
You come to the engagement session and you have no idea how to pose or you say to me "I hate photos". Heres my chance to A. Make you LOVE yourself in front of the camera and B. Allow you to get familiar with posing and how to make your poses flow from being wrapped in each others arms to opening up like a book and facing the camera with those piercing eyes! After just a single 1 hour engagement session you will leave feeling like a pro and come into your wedding day fully prepared to work along side me as we make you look like a magazine cover bride/groom. You will have learnt all my handy tips and tricks to remember whilst posing for example I often have my couples take a few attempts at walking together hand in hand.... Seems easy right? NOPE! 90% of my clients will over think even a basic human ability and this is where my tip comes in handy.
1. Start with holding hands as you start to walk.
2. Keep your feet forward at all time and avoid walking with toes pointed outwards.
3. Walk slow... stroll
4. If your really panicking about "doing it wrong" then every 3 steps have your partner reach over with their outside hand and hold your hand with their two hands causing you both to bump shoulders and look more intimate.
You will finish up your bridal party shots and come with me to get your bridal shots and you will know exactly what to do when I ask you to both just take a stroll as I follow and capture you both. This will allow you to be more comfortable during the process.
Display! Display! Display! Your engagement session can be displayed everywhere! Your facebook feed, your wall, your office desk, hell! even at your wedding! Once you receive those images you will have endless opportunities to display your memories that have been captured! ANNNNNDDDDD at the end of the day the only thing you will regret is not booking in your engagement session! So what are you waiting for? Message me and book your engagement session in! I will help you to book in your Engagement and suggest fun activities, locations and props!
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