The Boxy Cable Knit Sweater

Clothing should be a means to make you look and feel great. Weather you realize it or not, there are some mistakes you may be making. Its nice to have knowledge of the latest fashions, but everything you see in the magazines isn’t for everyone. Also be aware some things aren’t for anyone. Have you seen pieces such as that? it makes you wonder what the designer was thinking.

Since fall is creeping our way, lets look at the cable knit sweater. Its heavy, and admittedly it does the job to keep me warm. However, it can be one of the most strangest looking sweaters when worn. What happen to my waistline? It disappeared in the sweater. The cable knit is the most frumpy sweater one can wear for sure. Look at it paired with my Ann Taylor A-line skirt. The contrast is beautiful , but the look, not so much!

The sweater needs to fit tighter down the side of the seams.  It would have worked if it were lose fitting without the elastic at the hemline. Perhaps it would look nice with slits on each side of the sweater. This would cause it to drape the skirt more. This is too heavy of a sweater , it’s weighing me down. The sweater is a size small, but you’d never know by the fit. Never forget the female shape when choosing a sweater.  Remember quality over quantity. Choose your clothes wisely. They should always look flattering to your figure. untitled-1477

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Following Your Passion And Dreaming Big.

Entrepreneurship makes me thrilled to do something I truly want and believe in. It isn’t work if I love what I do. Anything I do in life can be exhausting.  After doing what I love there is such a fulfillment and since of pride like no other.  When following my heart it comes with fears and naysayers. It’s important that I have faith, because there are many times when things look impossible. This is when I talk to my inner voice, ” where there is a will, there is a way.”

How do I stay focus with such an enormous lack of family support? Just that, I stay focus! Growing up I’d always say, a family is what I was  born into. This unstable unit will never  dictate my journey. Often times during the beginning of my photography  career I’d wonder why it was so tough to launch my business. Who doesn’t want to preserve memories? Sure I’ll have family members ring my phone of of the hook to have their pictures created by me. Besides we are family and they’d get not only my creativity , but the family discount. Right?

Over the years of attending  photography workshops; hearing the list of  steps to obtaining a photography business, included step one: Ask your family if you can create their photos.   ” Believe it or not, it has been the hardest thing since I received my first DSLR in 2006. My support system has been through strangers has been awesome! They believe in me, they see my vision. I can’t spend sleepless nights wondering why my family members don’t seem to see it. In fact, if I have to pull their legs, beg and try to prove to them why they should allow me to create their memories. I don’t want them as a clients anyway. They’ll never be a walking advertisement for me. I needed people who simply loved me because they love what I do. Not one photographer fits all.

I’ve been told by many people. That I’m too old, to still be playing with a camera. “Why don’t you get a real job. ” The thing is throughout my day I see photos. I see them when I drive my car, walk in the park or even at the mall. I see them in my head. I think of how an image would look if it only were framed. It’s been my passion since I was nine years of age. How do you turn that off?

It’s frightening because anyone with a camera today, thinks they’re a photographer. The latest iPhone takes great photos. Can I charge $3,000 for a wedding with an iPhone on hand?  I’ve come to respect that. I realize  they aren’t the clients I need. I’m looking for clients whom realizes that filters aren’t skills, and a photo with your hand elongated from a camera phone isn’t wall art. Uncle Jack taking pictures with his iPad at your wedding isn’t a wedding photographer. I’ve learned to accept that there are all types of people in the world. There is someone for everyone.

Despite all of the competition in the photography world. I stopped focusing on the people who won’t. Instead I give my all to those who will. They love my professionalism. I can make a girl feel like a million bucks on her wedding day! My love for little babies has helped me create the most precious newborn pictures. I counteract the negativity by going on and giving my all to those who want it.

The first thing I do after booking a session is prepare for the session. I lay out what I’m wearing, get my gear packed, fuel my vehicle , check the distance that I’m driving, plan weather I’m staying over night in the town  or driving back home. It’s all exciting to me! It’s what I love. The images I create will have my heart stamped on them. Each time I see a photo that I created posted on social media or from an album. It tickles my soul.

Now that the market has changed. Video is something that photographers may want to consider. I’ve gotten a jumpstart on creating and editing videos. It will eventually become part of my package. A short clip of your session.

It’s not all about the money. If I worry about the money, I”ll never do a great job. With the drive I exude, the money will come. There was a time when I could barely get $100.00 for a session and that was ok, because I love what I do.  Realistically I couldn’t withstand a living for myself. Operating ay business comes with expenses. If my passion is going to be the way I take care of myself, I must earn a decent living . Once I stopped worrying about the income, I began to receive $2,500 for a session. Sure some would think that’s insane! Yet I have colleagues that charge much more. Although I’ve been told I’d never make a living being a creative. As in my dreams my supporters pay for my lonely sleepless nights studying my craft. Believe it or not, it truly is more to it than pressing the shutter.

I dream big. One day I’ll need an answering service for my photography and videography business. Don’t let anyone steal your joy. untitled-1515-2-2