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Press | Featured on Ever Ours

October 26th, 2010

Our coffee shop love e-session has been featured on Ever Ours – written by the lovely Lydia, a lyrical, romantic realist. Check out her blog here.  You’ll love it! We’re honored, Lydia.  Thanks for featuring us! A PREVIEW View the rest of Lydia’s awesome wedding blog + our editorial here.

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Our coffee shop love e-session has been featured on Ever Ours – written by the lovely Lydia, a lyrical, romantic realist.

Check out her blog here.  You’ll love it!

We’re honored, Lydia.  Thanks for featuring us!

A PREVIEW

View the rest of Lydia’s awesome wedding blog + our editorial here.

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Photographer’s Corner | Chalene Johnson and SMARTY

October 7th, 2010

“WHAT SEPARATES THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO OWNS THEIR OWN BUSINESS THAT ISN’T PAYING THE BILLS, AND THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO IS A MILLIONAIRE IS ONE WORD – DISCIPLINE.” – CHALENE JOHNSON ___________________________________________________ To have a thriving business as a wedding photographer, you’ve got to emphasize the honing of your skills in business, we daresay even more than […]

 

“WHAT SEPARATES THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO OWNS THEIR

OWN BUSINESS THAT ISN’T PAYING THE BILLS, AND THE

ENTREPRENEUR WHO IS A MILLIONAIRE IS ONE WORD -

DISCIPLINE.”

- CHALENE JOHNSON

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To have a thriving business as a wedding photographer, you’ve got to emphasize the honing of your skills in business, we daresay even more than in photography.

Where can you start?  Two key steps:

  • Educate yourself in business
  • Build a strong network.

We’re constantly on the lookout for a great networking organization.  Here’s one for women entrepreneurs: SMARTY.

what is SMARTY?


From SMARTY | SMARTY is based on the idea that highly successful women-owned businesses are a result of three essential elements: a solid foundation of sound business practices, a supportive, collaborative community, and curated ongoing education and opportunities that offer growth and expansion.

Recommended to us by the lovely Eva Chiou from The Wedding Pantry, we had to check out this OC SMARTY event with the inspirational Chalene Johnson!

who is chalene johnson?


From TurboKick.com | Chalene Johnson is an entrepreneur, TV fitness personality, clothing designer, author, motivational speaker, choreographer, wife, mother of 2 and relatable girl next door.

You may know her, like we know her, as the high energy adorable trainer from Turbo Jam!

We’re not go-to-the-gym kinda people. We’re the workout-from-home, a virtual exerciser if you will.  Turbo Jam with Chalene was actually one of the first fitness training videos that I [Drexelle] actually really enjoyed.  If you haven’t seen it, try it out!  She’s awesome.

We were super stoked, as apparently so were many other ladies as the room was packed, to hear her story of incredible success at the SMARTY event.

So we drove down to the lovely Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.

Checked into the Orchid Terrace for the SMARTY OC event.

And sat down in the packed room to hear her speak on Developing Entrepreneur Discipline and HOW IMPORTANT your daily to-do list really is.

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“MOST OF US WON’T REMEMBER WHERE WE PARKED AND WHAT DAY IT IS.  SO WHY DO WE EXPECT TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING WE NEED TO DO WITHOUT WRITING IT DOWN?”

- CHALENE JOHNSON

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“ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL MUST DO WHAT NO ONE ELSE WILL DO, BECAUSE IT IS PAINFUL, BECAUSE IT IS CHALLENGING, BECAUSE IT TAKES TIME.”

- CHALENE JOHNSON

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She was so sweet and took 1 on 1 questions afterwards.

Chalene with Cassie Piasecki, the stylin’ SMARTY Orange County leader

I had to meet Chalene and thank her face to face for her awesome workouts and, of course, the amazing evening.  As an almost OCD Type A personality, I had to ask her personally about the how to get away from being the excessive to-do-lister that I was.  Her advice?

  • Prioritize your to do list to top (MUST do today), high (must do this week), and medium (get around to someday).
  • Only fill your day’s to do list with what you know you have time to do.  If you find you don’t, move it to another day so you don’t feel like a failure for not accomplishing everything.
  • Break your to do list to more manageable chunks.  Instead of broad tasks like “improve PR”, break it up to “google PR reps, print descriptions of 10 PR reps, read descriptions” etc.

She shared tons of great stuff.  Hear more inspiration from Chalene Johnson here.

Check out the next SMARTY event here.

What helps keep you disciplined?  Share your tips with a comment below!

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Engagement | Franny + Matthew

September 13th, 2010

Franny and Matthew are deeply in love and, truly, simply adorable.  We hit it off with them right away. We love that feeling when you connect with a bride from the start.  I (Drexelle) personally felt like good friends with Franny right from our 1st phone call.  When she first called to just ask a […]

 

Franny and Matthew are deeply in love and, truly, simply adorable.  We hit it off with them right away.

We love that feeling when you connect with a bride from the start.  I (Drexelle) personally felt like good friends with Franny right from our 1st phone call.  When she first called to just ask a few questions, we ended up chatting for an hour.  She was so lovely to talk to from the beginning that we couldn’t wait for their engagement session.

the romantic proposal

Matthew spent the entire day with Franny and her dear grandmother, anticipating the immense decision Franny would have to make in the evening to come.

He had planned a romantic surprise for the moment he would ask her to be his wife.  A gondola, champagne, and the sun setting: More details on the proposal…coming soon.

the e-session

Franny and Matthew had several locations they really wanted for their engagement photos.  It’s very important to us to get them as great of an experience and imagery as possible so we came early to scope out all the locations.  We wanted to make sure we found the most beautiful spots as well as save the time it would take to find one at the shoot.  Once they were there, we were able to just focus on getting them comfortable and loving our cameras!

The 1st spot was Kean Coffee in Newport Beach, CA – the scene of their very 1st date.  AWESOME to have your 1st date site be used for your e-session!  We loved it…not to mention the YUMMY sipping chocolate.

Matthew could NOT keep his eyes off Franny.  He kept pausing during the shoot and saying, “Look at how HOT she is.”

Franny, he’s a keeper.

Smooth, Matthew.

Then, it was time for a relaxing picnic and read at the park.  Franny just looked perfect with the florals around her.

This location wasn’t originally planned.  But, as we drove by it, we just had to stop and take photos of them there.


If we could describe their emotions during the shoot, it was pure joy.  It just shone from them so genuinely.  It was such a blessing to photograph.

the slideshow

View more beautiful images of Matthew + Franny in their slideshow here.

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