Monday Motivation for Small Business Owners | NJ Brand Strategist

MONDAY MOTIVATION

Monday's are tough! We're still in weekend mode but our list is long with things to do. Let's help each other make the transition a little bit easier. On Mondays, I will share a tip or trick I use to help me ease into the week. Hope it inspires you to take action and jumpstart into your day. 

The week hasn't even started and I already feel like I am spinning my wheels. Does this sound familiar? I hate that hamster in a wheel feeling and my strategy to combat that "fly by the seat of your pants" mood is to block off time in my calendar. My business besties reminded me how important this step is in our work week. Fight the overwhelm by booking some time with yourself. 

Create windows of time for breathing room. Block off your schedule so that you have time to slow down, catch-up and think. This is when we can be strategic for our businesses and not just task masters. This is when we can make sure everything we are doing matches up with our mission, our movement and our overall message. This is when our creativity can spark and we feel inspired.

So, book a coffee date with YOU! Open up that journal and brain dump. Write out your thoughts on post its. Meditate. Do whatever floats your boat but make sure to put it in your calendar. Because we all know, if it's not scheduled, it's not going to happen.

Have a great week!

 

 

Photo Styling Workshop | NJ Brand Photographer

STYLE SNAP & SHARE WORKSHOP - APRIL 21st in SHORT HILLS, NJ

Back by popular demand! I will be teaching my photo styling live workshop on April 21 in Short Hills, NJ.  If you have a smart phone and need visual content for your blog, Instagram, Facebook, newsletters and more, this event is for you. If you have been wanting to improve your photo taking game to finally create visual content that can boost your business, keep reading.

What is it?

A half-day interactive photo styling workshop where I teach my creative strategies, editing tips and tricks on how to create photo-content that you will boost your brand. Leave the techy stuff at home and get ready to dive into the creative fun of using your phone camera to tell you story. Learn and connect in a small, intimate group setting with a live hands on practice session at the end.  All you need is your smart phone and a curiousity to learn and try new things!

Who is this for? 

Bloggers, enterpreneurs, small business owners...anyone who needs visual content for their online brand presence.

What will you learn?

* How to create stand out photos using your smart phone

* How to edit your photos and create a signature style

* How to create a cohesive feed that represents your brand 

* How to tell photo stories that reflect your brand message 

* How to use tagging as a strategy to grow your audience

What will you need to bring? 

Your fabulous self, your cell phone with camera, your phone charger, a pen and notebook and any props that match your brand story/colors that you'd like to photograph (your products, your business card, your journal, your favorite book...anything that helps tell your story).  

What will you get?

* Continental Breakfast and bottomless cups of coffee

* Pop up shop + Networking

* Take Home Workbook detailing my go-to strategies for creating stand-out photos

* Access to the Prop Bar complete with books, desk accessories, word art, flowers, etc for you to borrow

After the workshop, you will feel CONFIDENT creating photo-content. You will leave with images ready to share on all your online platforms. You will learn how to edit and develop your signature style. You wil be excited to tell your brand story through pictures. You will feel creative and inspired!

If you are local to Short Hills, NJ and would like to join this creative experience, please register HERE. I would love to have you! Coming soon, I will be blogging about my students who attended Style, Snap and Share last November and show their visual content post-workshop. These ladies are killing it online!

"I took mikifoto's Style, Snap, Share workshop last November. It was amazing! I feel so much more confident when styling and sharing pictures for my business now. Mallika carefully took us through the entire process and made sure we all understood. The material was fantastic, the hands-on experience invaluable! She embraced everyone of our businesses, offered lots support, facilitated connections and empowered her fellow women entrepreneurs.

Mallika is an amazing teacher, facilitator and inspiration. She makes it so much fun to learn! I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to find new ways to effectively promote their business.... AND to have fun with it!" - Anne D, The Danish Baking Girl

Style Report | NJ Brand Photographer

Your photo session is booked and you're finally ready to be the face of your business. Now the big question arises...

WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT?

Clothing is key for any photo shoot. You want to wear something that reflects your personality, your style and your brand. It should fit what you do and how you work. It should relate to your audience yet also be a bit aspirational.   

I photograph a diverse group of women in business from creative entrepreneurs like designers, makers and artists to service based businesses like coaches and personal stylists to corporate-esque types like lawyers and real estate agents. Every career or position has its own flair.  So how do figure out your winning outfit?

I have collaborated with my friend and NJ personal stylist, Priya Virmani of Privee by Priya to share style inspiration for different kinds of entrepreneurs in different industries. This will be an ongoing series where she provides styling tips and outfit ideas for you to consider for your next photo shoot, as well as for your everyday style. 

Today's style report will focus on the health and wellness professional. This woman is passionate about healthy living and inspiring others to be their best selves. If you are a health coach, nutritionist, yoga instructor or chef, this style post is for you. 

Style Objective::

Parisian chic, friendly, radiant, flow-y, and comfortable

What my style says about me::

I believe in an organic approach to life, health and apply the same to my clients.

I dress with purpose and intention.

I am a minimalist, my style is understated and is important to me.

I adopt some trends but make them my own.

Key Elements::

Muted Colors:: Plenty of neutrals, grey mixed in with warmer tones like burgundy.

Soft, natural fabrics:: Organically sourced tops with jeans or comfortable harem pants.

Layers:: Soft tees, sweaters. Long sweaters or trench like vests. Scarves are a must.

Accessories:: Delicate jewelry.  Easily layered.  Beads are fun. 

Shoes::  Chic, non-athletic looking sneakers are a must.  

Hope these looks inspire you when looking at your our own closet or shopping around town. I love the softness of the fabrics and the delicate jewelry accents. Remember, these are simply ideas for you to develop your own personal style. If you want more fashion inspiration, make sure to visit Priya by Privee on Instagram

Monday Motivation for Small Business Owners | NJ Branding Mentor

MONDAY MOTIVATION

Monday's are tough! We're still in weekend mode but our list is long with things to do. Let's help each other make the transition a little bit easier. On Mondays, I will share a tip or trick I use to help me ease into the week. Hope it inspires you to take action and jumpstart into your day. 

Today's #mondaymotivation is to do something that feels daring and disruptive. What can you do that will push you out of your comfort zone? Maybe it's raising your prices 50%, applying for a podcast or conference as a speaker, saying no to a prospect that is not a good match - whatever it is...I challenge you to do something that makes you feel nervous and uncomfortable.

This is when the growth happens. This is when we step into our zone of genius. This is when we evolve into something greater. Sure, it sounds a bit cheesy, but it is so very true. The more challenging the task, the more we change as business owners and people.

So, tell me what you will do this week that feels like a stretch? Let's push ourselves together👊🏽.

Podcasts + Summits | NJ Brand Photographer

WHAT'S NEW WITH MIKI?

Exciting news from MikiFoto + Co! I recently had some amazing opportunities come my way....a chance to share my love for photography and passion for visual storytelling. 

PODCAST

This week I was featured on The Strategy Hour, a podcast by Think Creative Collective, about the importance of becoming the face of your business. I go into the process of finding the right photographer for your brand photo shoot, how to prepare for your shoot, what to wear, and how to make these photos last longer than three months. We also get into the most important shots you need for your business so that you can start prospering online. It was so much fun to share this information with Emylee, Abagail and their audience. Take a listen HEREhttp://bit.ly/TSH-029

VIRTUAL SUMMIT

I am also excited to announce that I will be speaking at the #LadybossBreakthrough Summit which will run over 3 days from the 21st-23rd of March. I will be partnering together with over 20 Ladybosses on the Breakthrough panel to speak to you about online business, blogging, brand and social media tactics, tricks and strategies that will get you back on track with your 2017 goals.

Now that the excitement of new year planning has started to die down, many of you might be left feeling like 2017 has taken off without you. I know that you had huge goals and plans for the year but you might be starting to feel a little overwhelmed and need a new dose of inspiration and direction. This FREE summit will do just that!

REGISTER NOW and grab your FREE virtual ticket! http://bit.ly/branditgirlandmikifoto

My topic will be : Power of Visual Storytelling and the Five Photo Stories You Should be Sharing. There will be so many amazing speakers who are leaders in their industry. I am honored to be part of this community and sharing my knowledge of brand photography.

If you are a podcast junkie like me, I would love to have you listen to The Strategy Hour. Let me know your biggest takeaway and if there are any questions that might not have been answered. And if you are an online learner, please join us at the #ladybossbreakthrough summit. It will definitely inspire you and re-start your 2017. 

 

Monday Motivation for Small Businesses | NJ Branding Mentor

MONDAY MOTIVATION

Monday's are tough! We're still in weekend mode but our list is long with things to do. Let's help each other make the transition a little bit easier. On Mondays, I will share a tip or trick I use to help me ease into the week. Hope it inspires you to take action and jumpstart into your day. 

Confession: I suffer from FOMO and shiny object syndrome. I have a tendency to chase what's new and exciting in fear that I am missing out on the next best thing. But I'm working on it.

Today's #mondaymotivation is to encourage you (and me) to savor the now and cherish today. Not what's coming soon. Not the latest and greatest. But the all the things that we have right now in our lives. Because if we really look at it, there is so much to be grateful for. And often, the time we spend trying the next new thing, we miss out on enjoying what we have.

Tell me....what are you loving about life this minute? How do you put the blinders on to feel thankful for what is on your plate now? Do you also suffer from shiny object syndrome?

Paradise Found in Antigua | NJ Photographer

On a cold Friday in New Jersey with the weather forecast predicting 4- 6 inches of snow, I thought it would be fun / torture to rewind just one week ago when we were vacationing in amazing Antigua.

For our winter break, my family visited this beautiful island in the Caribbean. From the golden sand to the fresh fish to the lush rainforest to the bustling harbors, there was so much to do and see. We snorkeled, paddle boarded, tubed, kayaked - it was an outdoor water paradise. We never got bored and enjoyed the warm, friendly culture of the local people. My inner #islandgirl was in heaven. Plus, the island of Antigua is still very natural and not overly commercialized, making it even more of a special place. 

Where we stayed? We chose Curtain Bluff and this property went beyond our expectations. It felt more like a private country club then a hotel because everyone knew your name. The staff was courteous, the food was delicious and the grounds were immaculate. They had two beautiful beaches, pool, tennis courts, water sports, kids club, spa, tea time and even a library of books. The place was not huge so it was safe for the kids to roam on their own. The best part was ALL the rooms opened up to the beach. I could go from my bedroom to the sand in seconds.

Where we ate? Since Curtain Bluff is an all inclusive, we ate the majority of our meals on the property. But the one day we did go out, we tried OJs Beach Bar & Restaurant.  The restaurant is right on the beach so you can take a dip in the ocean while you are waiting for your food. The view was spectacular, the fish fresh and tasty and you can't beat the ocean breeze. 

What we did? Again, it was hard to leave Curtain Bluff because it had everything at your fingertips. But we did take a few excursions in Antigua including a trip to Shirley Heights. Located on one of the highest points of the island, this lookout has a spectacular view of the hills and English harbor. The best time to visit is on a Sunday during sunset. Not only will you be mesmerized by the colors of the setting sun, but the steel drum music and local cuisine make for a festive and fun atmosphere. 

We also took a trip into St. John, the capital city of Antigua, to enjoy some shopping and a break from the sun. You can find the duty free shops along with the local craft market. 

Our favorite activity over vacation was chartering a private sail boat. This is a must do to the see the island from a different perspective. We saw sea turtles, soaked up the sunshine and viewed a glorious sunset up close and personal. Our captain was a local who shared stories and history of the island. We felt like explorers. Another remarkable experience!

Overall, we had a relaxing yet active vacation. We all fell in love with the beauty of Antigua and appreciated the slow vibe of island life. Would we go back? Everyone agreed YES! We would all definitely go back even as early as next year because Antigua and Curtain Bluff are both special places.

Hope you enjoyed the visual journey. Do you visit the Caribbean often and what is your favorite island? 

Style Report | NJ Brand Photographer

Your photo session is booked and your finally ready to be the face of your business. Now the big question arises...

WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT?

Clothing is key for any photo shoot. You want to wear something that reflects your personality, your style and your brand. It should fit what you do and how you work. It should relate to your audience yet also be a bit aspirational.  

Your outfit should communicate confidence and position you as the leader in your industry. You want to paint the picture of success. It's this vibe that will attract your ideal clients and help build connections. 

I photograph a diverse group of women in business from creative entrepreneurs like designers, makers and artists to service based businesses like coaches and personal stylists to corporate-esque types like lawyers and real estate agents. Every career or position has its own flair.  An outfit that works for a jewelry maker may not be suitable for a business coach. So how do figure out your winning outfit?

I have collaborated with my friend and NJ personal stylist, Priya Virmani of Privee by Priya to share style inspiration for different kinds of entrepreneurs in different industries. This will be an ongoing series where she provides styling tips and outfit ideas for you to consider for your next photo shoot, as well as for your everyday style. 

Today's style report will focus on the corporate professional. This woman is closing deals, speaking on stage and servicing demanding clients. She works in an office and leads a team. If you are a lawyer, realtor, author, speaker or consultant, this style post is for you. 

 

CORPORATE CHIC

Your style objective::

>Approachable, Polished, Open/Receptive, Professional, Disciplined

What your style says about you?::

>I am confident and efficient in how I conduct my business. I represent the interest of my clients. I stop at nothing/I am a go-getter. I am a deal maker.

Your key styling elements::

>Fit.  Clean lines with the perfect silhouette. This could be a fitted dress with a jacket or dress pants with a sweater or blouse. Skirts could be A line in shape but just as easy to wear a casual skirt but with a fitted, cropped jacket/sweater/top.

>Layers. Be it in the form of a jacket or sweater.  Play with sharp, statement jackets or a flow-y long jacket (softer trench like), belted sweaters and jackets also add to the look.

>Bag.  Large, structured tote or shopper.  Preferably no cross bodies. Add a colorful scarf on the handle of your bag to add Parisian flair.

>Shoes. While pumps are always an easy go to, they are not always the most comfortable.  Opt for block heels, ballets flats but with attitude (prints, bold colors etc.) . 

Hope these looks inspire you when looking at your our own closet or shopping around town. I love the professional vibe with the feminine touches. This corporate chic style will definitely turn some heads and get you noticed.

Coming next week is a style report for coaches. If you want more fashion inspiration, make sure to visit Priya by Privee on Instagram