HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Wishing you hugs, kisses and so much L O V E.
Enjoy the day.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Wishing you hugs, kisses and so much L O V E.
Enjoy the day.
I have been having some serious winter blues. I feel stuck these days. Paralyzed by the cold weather. Unmotivated to leave the house.
Do you ever feel like that?
All this inside activity has my mind racing in a million directions. My journals are literally overflowing with ideas, experiences, products, workshops, things to do - try - read. But I feel stuck and disheartened. Not sure about any of it. Not ready to jumpstart.
Sure, it's part winter. But I think it has a lot to do with FEAR and trying a new path for myself and my business. But my heart wants to play bigger.
This morning when I opened my email and read Susannah Conway's newsletter , I found a sign that I am on the right path. This slow-mo stage may all be part of the process. Thank you Susannah for sharing this :
We should all have B I G dreams. It's what drives us to be better and to evolve.
So for now, I will keep brainstorming, journaling and dreaming. I will let my curiosity and ideas warm me up until the winter melts away.
This is what I remember from my Middle School days :
Braces. Benetton. Bi-level hairstyle. Feeling awkward in my skin. Desperately trying to fit in. And feeling oh so thankful for girlfriends who saw past all of this and helped me feel a sense of belonging.
The pre-teen years are rough. Reports show that a girls confidence plummets during puberty. Campaigns like #likeagirl speak to this issue. We all want to build our girl's self esteem at a young age so that they can grow up feeling confident and equipped to make smart decisions.
I believe in this too. This is one of the reasons why I am so fond of photographing tweens. My sweet spot are girls aged 10-12 (6th and 7th graders) because they are still young and playful yet open and ready to find their independent voice. They are on the brink of adulthood and in this day and age, it happens SO much sooner. I want to give them the gift of confidence. I want to show them how beautiful they are inside and out. I want to celebrate their friendships and show them that good friends are much more important then popularity or the newest app.
And photography can do all of that and more....
My goal is to champion girls' confidence with memories that they will treasure forever. It's like putting something in your back pocket that you take with you everywhere, especially when the times are tough.
There are so many occasions to gift your daughter this special photography session : acting head shots, double - digit birthday, graduation from elementary school, pre-camp celebration with friends or just because you have a great kid. Whatever it may be, photography will help HER see what YOU see in her. She will feel inspired and empowered.
Find out more about my glitter girl photo packages here. I am NOW booking both solo and BFF sessions for Spring 2015.
I admit it. I am a member of over five different fitness studios. I sign up with the best intentions to get fit, get healthy and lose weight. But after awhile, I start to get bored. The exercises become monotonous and then I stop going. A new place opens that is exciting and fresh, and I sign up for that. This goes on and on until I have memberships all over town.
Lucky for me, I found the bari studio in Summit, NJ. This place offers a hybrid workout unlike anything I have taken before. You get cardio, you get toning and you exercise using a trampoline. Imagine bouncing up and down, turning, twisting, kicking and jumping all on the trampoline while working your core. And they keep changing up the routine. It is so hard. And boy does it hurt so good.
What I enjoy most is the experience in this studio. It is positive, real, inspirational, helpful and so fun. They support you if you are a size 0 or a size 10. You could be in the over 40 club or a young teen (check out their teen classes on Sundays at 4 PM). They encourage you and invite you into their bari community. You are pumped to not only workout but to live healthier.
These ladies are doing something right because I am sticking around getting my ass kicked in group classes and I even signed up for privates. I love their energy so much that I even started working with them. Believe me, it is not easy to photograph young hot things. I would hate them if I didn't love them ;)
If you are looking for a challenging dynamic workout and to be part of a community dedicated to health and fitness, contact my girls at The Bari Studio. They will hook you up!
There sure is a lot of NOISE out there in the online world. And you may even convince yourself that there are a million YOUS doing what you do. But I would challenge you and say, there really is only one YOU and to rise above the noise, you need to share your story.
So how do you make your brand come alive? You use a powerful storytelling visual along with words that share your voice. Who you are? What is the experience like to work with you? What makes you different? Then you SHARE it - on Facebook, on Instagram, on your blog, on your website - everywhere!
Then BAM, you get noticed. People feel like they know you. People feel a connection to you. You start to rise above the noise. I am convinced that this formula works. Try this photo + words combo and get ready to photobomb your business.
This tool is always included in my REVEAL photography branding program which is launching this April. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get on my email list when it is announced.
That sure went fast. SEVEN years ago I started this little business of mine.
I first discovered my passion for photography when we moved to the West Coast in 2007. I had two young toddlers at the time so it wasn’t easy to travel across three time zones to visit family. I found myself feeling lonely and disconnected and it was heartbreaking that my relatives didn’t know my sons’ personalities. So that’s when I picked up a camera and started snapping away. I wanted to capture every moment from the laughter and the tantrums to the milestones and even the everyday moments in between. I wanted to help tell their story. Photography helped me feel connected again.
It became my lifeline.
The next thing I knew, I was reading books, taking photography workshops and finding different ways to learn the craft. I was hooked! Soon after that, I was photographing pre-school events and friends and family and everything in between. A few years (and thousands of photos later), I realized my passion wasn't just about photography. It was about people. I wanted to help tell other people's stories. I wanted to help them capture beautiful moments. I wanted to help them celebrate life.
That’s when I started mikifoto.
And boy oh boy what a journey this has been! Today I not only capture families and children, but my passion is also to give tween girls and women entrepreneurs a voice through photography. I also added one more son to my boy crew and have moved a few too many times, currently residing in NJ. I feel so lucky to have found this creative road. Photography has lead me to leadership roles, creative collaborations, building communities, launching events and a true love for storytelling.
Call it my 7 year itch, but I still get this feeling that there is still more for me to do. It could be with photography, or some combination or maybe even something entirely new. I am open to new possibilities. I just want to live this life feeling inspired, creative, collaborative and of course, having fun!
Cheers to 7 years and to whatever comes next.
There sure is a LOT of white where I live right now. But this church caught my attention last week.
If you ever wanted to slow down life a bit and start cherishing the everyday magic, join our Stop, Snap Celebrate photo challenge. Every week there is a new photo theme and you get to share in a private group on Facebook. It's all about creativity and community for everyone! All cameras, levels are welcome. All you need is an open heart and willingness to celebrate your life.
Join the Facebook group HERE.
It's a snow day here in NJ. We were expecting the biggest blizzard of all time but fortunately, it missed us and we only got a white wash. I am grateful we didn't lose power or it was worse.
The winter wonderland was just too pretty not to have a photo shoot. I have been dying to take some snowfall photos and luckily for me, I found the perfect subject. My 10 year old neighbor was camera ready and never complained once about the cold. Who says you can't enjoy a snow blizzard?