Soapbox Savvy - Can I just go back to a regular job now??? Nope, here’s what no one will tell you. Confessions of a Houston Wedding Photographer.

Can I just go back to a regular job now???  Nope, here’s what no one will tell you... Confessions of a Houston Wedding Photographer.

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Simple Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

A positive sense of self is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Children with high self-esteem feel loved and competent and develop into happy, productive people. To help build your child's positive self-image as he grows, consider these dos and don'ts. These pictures were captured by Image Studios Group LLC of her daughter making her own cookies. She got a huge sense of accomplishment and was so proud that she did it almost by herself. Remember to #charisheverymoment

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Facebook... Ouch, Another hit under the belt.

Facebook just hit small businesses with another blow.  As the owner of 5 small businesses, I refuse to pay anymore for reach on Social Media.  It is getting tougher and tougher to make a living and our budget just can not "REACH" that far anymore.  Good luck facebook as I'm sure you will continue to prosper. I will stick around as long as I can but this last year I have become very disapointed with all the changes and I am spending less and less time with you.

Image Studios Group LLC, PicAdilly Props, The White Glove Boutique, Bold Cowgirl Jewelry & 2B Free Jewelry

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Active Child Photography - Houston Based Photographer

Image Studios Group LLC is known for their award winning Active Child Photography.  We're a Texas Based Photography Studio and Organic Boutique.

No batteries, No noise, No Problem ;) Just how this mom likes it!

 

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Etsy Starts a New Pattern

Etsy has unveiled a new seller platform called Pattern that enables users to create their own custom website.

The platform enables sellers to use their own domain for a website that is powered by their Etsy shops and integrated with other familiar tools. According to Etsy, Pattern will help sellers take their businesses to the next level easily, quickly and affordably.

“We know from our research that more than a third of Etsy sellers are interested in opening a commerce site of their own, but many have found the process to set up and maintain a custom site too difficult. From finding a domain and host, to setting up a site, to loading all of their content, to adding and managing inventory, the process is complex, time consuming and can be frustrating. And this is just to get started.,” Etsy said in its announcement.

Pattern is fully integrated with a seller’s Etsy shop. Not only does the platform import all shop listings and content, but it also syncs orders and inventory between sites, provides analytics integrated with Etsy shop stats and uses the same tools for checkout and shopping that Etsy sellers already use. Etsy notes that setup with Pattern is easy and typically only takes a few minutes. What’s more, Pattern offers five themes, and sellers can further customize their sites with logos and brand colors. Sellers with Direct Checkout enabled can try Pattern for free with a 30-day trial, with the service costing $15 a month after that.

In addition to Pattern, Etsy unveiled a new design for the landing pages of Etsy Sellers called Shop Home. The Shop Home gives sellers more creative control over the design of their shops and enables them to better highlight their brands within the Etsy marketplace.

“The new Shop Home and Pattern by Etsy together allow Etsy sellers to highlight their brands both on and off the Etsy marketplace and provide them with the tools they need to tell the unique stories of their creative businesses,” Etsy said in its announcement. “Sellers have told us they need help marketing and branding their shops and we look forward to helping them showcase their businesses to buyers around the world, on their own websites and on Etsy!”

 Etsy Starts a New Pattern  by  Allison Howen

Etsy Starts a New Pattern

by Allison Howen

 

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Freelensing - What the Whaaat???

Freelensing, the poor mans tilt shift. 

After owning the Lensbaby Tilt shift lens for over a year as it sat on the shelf collecting dust I sold it... Now, fast forward 4 years and NEW glasses. I'm ready to try again! But, since we are renovating the studio I'm just not feelin the $500 on buying another tilt-shift and decided to try the DIY hack version with an old 50mm 1.8 lens, I already own.... About $80 ;)

 http://petapixel.com/2013/02/04/freelensing-make-a-diy-poor-mans-tilt-shift-by-breaking-a-cheap-prime-lens/

http://petapixel.com/2013/02/04/freelensing-make-a-diy-poor-mans-tilt-shift-by-breaking-a-cheap-prime-lens/

I challenge you...

Self Worth... Sounds easy enough and yet sometimes it's not so easy to believe. I've always said, "the bad stuff is easier to believe" I think that's an Erin Brockovich term but it stuck with me.

I see beautiful women every week that don't realize their own beauty much less their own self worth. As women we tend to scrutinize ourselves much harder than others could or would ever think of. We see everything that we DON'T like instead of everything we SHOULD like. Habits are formed unconsciously. So, unconsciously we put our selves down and point out our faults everyday. Creating self doubt, low self esteem, and lack of self worth. Those are just the minor leagues in the "I love me" games we play everyday.

I am challenging you...

For 1 month... That's it, 30 days... Every morning look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself OUT LOUD good things about yourself. After just a few days it starts to become a habit... After a habit is formed it become routine... A routine becomes your new way of life...

I promise you, you will see yourself different after 30 days and others will take notice of your transformation.
 This was me at 28 I had 3 beautiful babies and my self esteem was at an all time low after a nasty but necessary divorce. I was challenged by another woman from the crisis center to do this very same thing. Every morning for one month. It was as if a switch was flipped on...

This was me at 28 I had 3 beautiful babies and my self esteem was at an all time low after a nasty but necessary divorce. I was challenged by another woman from the crisis center to do this very same thing. Every morning for one month. It was as if a switch was flipped on...

Peace, Love & Photography

~Cheryl

Use YOUR BRAIN to take better pictures!

Use YOUR BRAIN!

What do I mean by that???

In today's society everyone is a photographer. The market is flooded with tech savvy individuals who call themselves photographers. To get ahead in the market you need to USE YOUR BRAIN! Anyone can take a picture... Seriously! You just point the camera and click a button. Then go to your computer and add a few filters and some actions and whala you have an image! At-least that's how some photographers conduct their business. And here's the kicker! Customers actually pay good money for that. Whatever happened to setting up the shot "in camera" creating a finished image worth printing and not just sharing online, or worse sharing on instagram "which I LOVE btw" and adding a filter and then sending to Facebook!

Look, I'm not saying I'm the expert photographer who knows everything and creates only perfect images. But, I do think as a professional photographer, I have honed my skills by USING MY BRAIN to take the picture. As a true artist, you should learn as much as possible about using your camera and natural light to take the best possible images, then use software tools to add that special touch after the fact.  If not, what set's you apart from all of those tech savvy aspiring photographers who know how to use photo-editing tools. Lightroom and Photoshop are readily available to photographers at all levels, and fairly inexpensive. This means if you choose to rely heavily on editing tools, you’ll face stiff competition, and since we are overloaded with photographers who know how to use photo-editing tools, the competition is crazy and ridiculously cutthroat.

Solution: If you learn as much as possible about your camera and shoot in all different situations and shoot in all different light that's available, and shoot... and shoot... and shoot some more! You’ll have knowledge that differentiates you from all of the other NON-BRAIN USERS in your field.

Don't get me wrong, filters and photo-editing software are valuable tools, I use them too. But, for most photographers it doesn’t help them excel in this field. As a true artist, you should learn as much as possible about using your camera and natural light to take the best possible photos, then use software tools to add that special touch after the fact.

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Your BRAIN is what separates you from every other photographer out there. Your, vision is what creates your calling card. Learn to use YOUR BRAIN to create your own style and you’ll be well on your way to building a following of people that recognize it and appreciate it.

Just a little Soapbox Savvy ;)~

Peace, Love & Photography  Cheryl