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Tuesday Fun - March Madness

So, I've mentioned before that I absolutely love sports!  Although I haven't had the opportunity as of late to keep up with it as much as I would like over the years, I absolutely look forward to March Madness the most.  It's like a holiday for me - especially when it comes to making my bracket.

I get absolutely emotional when it comes to my bracket.  I make one every year and I love when I can take the time to spend HOURS researching the strengths and weaknesses of each team and decide on who I think will win.  As of late, I have not had that time luxury.  =(

This year, I have Kentucky winning.  I just can't seem to get myself to go against them.  I really think that they could go undefeated this year - as I don't see a team that could face them and actually win.  Anyways, here is my bracket - I will say I'm a bit embarrassed this year because I'm doing very poorly. I randomly decided to have Georgetown in the championship game against Kentucky (poor move) and they lost in the Round of 32.  Hopefully I can at least win the league I'm in ;)

Have you done a bracket?

Things to Look Forward to in 2015

The fact that it is March and I am just now getting a push as to what I would like for 2015 to look like. Better late than never, right?

I'll be completely honest.  I have a degree in Public Relations, I have learned the importance of social media, blogging, search engine optimization (SEO) for the purpose of business/campaigns and I absolutely do a horrible job at keeping up with it.  That's something that I absolutely have to get better at.  Even when I'm not shooting, I have to constantly create interactions and engage - have a strong social media presence not only on a personal side, but on a business side as well.

As I'm nearing the end of my Master's degree program, I realized that I really need to get into the habit of efficiently utilizing the tools that I do have.  It comes first by mastering SEO, making sure that I am properly advertising where I need to be, and also utilizing the tools that I already have available (blogging, Facebook, Instagram).  I am coming across some very interesting techniques that I am really excited about utilizing.  

I am also realizing how important it is that I create a business budget.  I typically set a budget for my personal expenses (that I have somehow slacked on the last few months), but never really do much as a business.  Being that I am starting to gain a larger client based than before, I'm noticing that I really need to do so.  How much do I need to put into equipment - how much for advertising.  How much is too much?  When do I say no?  All of these are questions that I have to ask myself when it comes to budgeting (among others).

I've booked 2 weddings on my own and I am second shooting 3 thus far.  There will most likely be more that I am second shooting for as the Spring starts to roll in some more.  But I am really excited about shooting these 5 because 

1. That's almost total amount of weddings that I have shot period. I've shot 2 for 2014.  3 for 2013. 1 in 2011. I will jump from have shooting only 6 weddings, to shooting 11.  In just a year.  The crazy thing is, it is only March more could come.

2. I'm getting my foot in the door.  The quality of my images have drastically improved since I've first started.  I'm not the best, but I do feel more confident in the work that I can produce for these weddings.  It will allow for my wedding portfolio to be stronger - which can ultimately bring in more clients.

I am hoping that I can really get a decent amount of second shooting over the summer.  I have been put on a couple of priority lists for second shooting for a couple of photographers, so we will see where that goes!

I really would love to begin booking more portrait sessions.  If I can bring in about 10-15 clients this year, I would be pretty happy about it.  Thus far I have 1 booked - so it is coming pretty slowly.  But of course, that largely comes from have to better advertise.  

While I have aspirations for where I want to take this year - I know that there are things that I need to do to complete them.  But I am ready for the challenge and I am looking forward to an already amazing year! 

Also, I will be doing a lot better at blogging - I promise =)

 

Lynchburg, Virginia Photographer | Bethany & Tracy

I'm working on a personal project.  While I won't share the details of the project other than making the statement that I'm working on one, I wanted to take the time to share a post about my session with Bethany and Tracy! 

First, I do want to share a bit about this location.  I took a different route back to my dorm one day and passed by this beautiful property.  I wasn't sure if it had been abandoned or not, so I did a little research, called the owner to get permission to shoot on the property and the rest was history.  I absolutely fell in love with it.  There was so much to do there.

Shooting in the winter, especially in Lynchburg, takes a lot of dedication. It rained early in the morning leading up to the early afternoon then out of nowhere the sun came out.  So other than having to deal with the mud, we were able to enjoy the beautiful sun (and the obnoxious wind).  Bethany was on my hall last year and her friend, Tracy joined us!  We walked around a bit as I took turns shooting them both.  It was fun and they are both very photogenic! I'm glad that I have girls willing to come out to model for me ;) 

Anyways, here are some of my favorites from our shoot! 

Photography Challenge

Last year, I want to say,  I began a 30 day photography challenge that unfortunately lasted a couple of days.  I'm not even sure why it fell off, but I figured that I should get started and pick it up again.  Because first of all, I always want to find ways to get better, but secondly, there is absolutely no reason why I shouldn't pick up a camera every single day.

I'm going to start out small and begin with this challenge and eventually branch out to doing a much longer one.  If I continue at a good rate, I'll definitely want to do a 365 day one by the start of next year!

 

Anyways, here is the list of the challenge that I'm going to follow! I'd love if you join it with me! I'll be starting on July 1!

Because I Got Behind

Let's be honest,

I have been doing a horrible job with keeping up with this blog.  The past several weeks have been crazy! So many sessions on top of school and being a Resident Assistant that I just edited them all and didn't even take the time to post them here!

I believe that I have roughly 5-6 sessions to get posted within the next week or so, bare with me! They're coming! 

I did get a slight victory by posting the Fashion Show blog yesterday.  I felt really accomplished about that one ;)

But in the meantime, I am very excited to get them to you all soon!