Hello and happy Monday, friends! Wow. I mean, can you say whirlwind? Between being on Showit Live last week and launching the Evoke Retreat (which SOLD OUT in just 4 days!!), last week was all a bit of a blur, as you can imagine. First off, to everyone coming to the April Evoke Retreat, I just have to send you a huge, heartfelt thank you!! I am so incredibly honored and excited for the amazing event we are planning and can’t wait to spend an entire weekend with all of you fabulous photographers traveling out to the PNW for the retreat!
After announcing that our April event was sold out, I received so many messages and emails asking when the next one would be- so, we went back to the calendar and got to work planning a second Evoke Retreat for 2016. I am so, so excited to officially announce that we will definitely be adding a second date at the breathtaking Skamania Lodge! We already have a wait-list building for the May event, CONTACT US or leave a comment on this post if you would like to be notified 24 hours before registration goes live to the public. UPDATE: Since writing this post, we’ve announced our Evoke Retreat, May 13-16, 2016! Registration is now open!!
If you’re interested in learning about my simplistic approach to business and photography and want to spend an entire weekend (Friday to Monday) with a fabulous group of photographers from all over the US, the Evoke Retreat was designed for you. While registration isn’t currently open for the May event, details about our one-of-a-kind senior photography retreat can be found on our dedicated Evoke Retreat Website. Feel free to check it out and decide if this is the right fit for what you are looking for. I am happy to answer any questions you may have, just post them here, as I will be checking back often. I hope to see you this May!!
Special thanks to my beautiful senior model and client, Maddie, for making this blog post gorgeous! This girl is absolutely lovely- inside and out and we had the best time during her senior session. I absolutely LOVED that she wanted to spend a large portion of her session in the river, so fun!! Maddie, you are fabulous in every way! Thank you so much for an amazing session! Much love!
There was a time in my business when I was heading down a path leading to a place I thought I wanted to be. A place that was pulling me further and further away from who I really was and went against everything that I stood for. Truth be told, while there was company happy to keep me there, I had never felt more isolated or alone in my life. Or less like myself. It felt fake. Forced. I was an imposter- and I hated it. I was lost. But little did I know, getting lost helped me and for that, I am grateful, because it gave me the opportunity to explore and discover who I really was and truly find myself.
Young & Free was the result of losing my way. And what a beautiful little mess that was discovering it. I’ve said on numerous occasions that Young & Free has always been weaved into every piece of my business since day one- and I wholeheartedly believe that. But I didn’t see it. How could I? I was too busy trying to be something I wasn’t, trying to keep up with Photographer A, comparing myself to Photographer B, griping about Photographer C and secretly obsessing over Photographers D-Z. Not once did I stop to reflect on what I truly wanted, what my heart desired, what made me tick, what I loved, what inspired me. And only me. The only photographer I should have been concerned with was the one I ignored most. Myself.
If you happened to catch my recent broadcast on The Senior Scope, you know that my brand is very personal and symbolic to me. (I also talked a little bit about this topic on Showit Live earlier this week, too.) I believe in my heart that we have the opportunity to build a business that we love. A business built on authenticity and inspiration, with a brand that reflects who we are as individuals and creatives. If we take the time to re-discover who we truly are and keep that at the center of everything we do- we will never be lost again. We will be found- and that is a beautiful place to be.
If you’re feeling lost, looking for inspiration and want to hear more about my approach to branding and business, I strongly urge you to take a peek at our Evoke Retreat, happening April 22-25, 2016 at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson Washington. We will covering this topic in-depth, as well as a multitude of other topics during our weekend together. Space is limited to just 12 attendees and we only have 3 seats left! Click here for more information about the Evoke Retreat!
Special thanks to my amazing senior model and client, Madie, for sharing her gorgeous senior session with a topic that has been on my heart lately. ;) This gorgeous girl is lovely in every way and epitomizes what my photography and brand is all about: Young & Free. I just love that about her. Much love!!
Have you heard about the Evoke Retreat (senior photography workshop) happening in Spring 2016 at the beautiful and breathtaking Skamania Lodge, in Stevenson, Washington?! If not, where have you been?? And if so, have you registered yet?? The Evoke Retreat is a senior photography workshop experience unlike any other- trust us, you don’t want to miss it! Our goal is to offer quality and affordable education for photographers in an intimate, inspiring environment. This isn’t strictly a portfolio-building event or a quick glance at the business side of being a professional photographer- this is an in-depth and thorough educational opportunity for photographers looking to take their business and photography to the next level, while simplifying the process.
APRIL 22-25,2016 SOLD OUT
MAY 13-16, 2016
- Spending more time working than living
- Struggling with the demands of your business
- Hating your pricing/sales structure
- Not booking enough clients
- Struggling with your senior model program
- Feeling like your marketing efforts aren’t working
- Needing help with your posing & communication
- Looking for an easier way to run your business
- Simply looking for a little pick-me-up & inspiration
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, the Evoke Retreat is for you.
We have an entire website dedicated to the Evoke Retreat with all the information you need to decide if it is the right fit for you and your business. Space is limited to just 12 attendees and they’re filling in fast! We would LOVE to have you join us for a weekend of memories, fun, learning, inspiration and beauty. Much love!!
If you missed my Periscope broadcast this morning for The Senior Scope, that’s a total bummer! But, you’re in luck because you can catch my Senior Scope Replay here! I shared my heart on a topic that is very near and dear to me: BRANDING. For those of you who have followed my journey over the years, you know that it has been a growing process to get my brand where it is today. This is likely the case for all photographers- or any small business owners out there.
When I started my business, I had no idea who I really was as a photographer. It took time for me to discover my style and what I was truly drawn to, to unveil what my strengths were- as well as my weaknesses. As I continued to learn, grow and understand who and what I was in this industry, I realized that my authentic brand had been there beside me the entire time. It had been staring me in the face, weaving it’s way through every inch of my photography, making it’s presence obvious- it just took time for me to truly recognize it and make it known.
I am Young & Free. My clients are Young & Free. It’s not just two words, strung together because they sound nice. It’s a mood. A feeling. A way of life. Who I am. Who they are. What I am all about. It’s real. It’s now. It’s authentic.
I am my brand. My brand is me. While it may evolve over time- and it should- it will still always be there, just as it always has been, beside me, every step of the way. Because even as I continue to grow- my brand will grow with me. And even as I find new ways to express what Young & Free is and what it means to me- it will still always be the heart of who I am, what I stand for and what I do.
Happy Monday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I am feeling revived this morning! Like I’m ready to tackle this day head-on, at full-force. I’ve got the Gilmore Girls streaming on Netflix, Starbucks by my side and my To-Do List in front of me. Bring it on, Monday! Bring. It. On.
It finally looks and feels like Fall here in Oregon, as we had quite an Indian Summer this year. As I pulled images for this blog post this morning, I can’t help but feel a little melancholy. There are nothing but gray clouds outside my window, while my computer screen is filled with gorgeous, warm, golden sunlight. While I love the rain- call me crazy- I also love the sun. I think we got a little spoiled here in the PNW with sunshine…
I am so excited to share Ellie’s beautiful senior session with you all today! Ellie is one of my amazing Class of 2016 Senior Models from Bend, which is over the mountains and through the woods, in Central Oregon. I actually met her a few years back, as she is friends with my nephew, so you can imagine how excited I was to have her on my Senior Model Team this year! And trust me, this girl is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside- and I love that about her! Ellie, I can’t thank you enough for choosing to be Young & Free and picking me as your senior photographer. You are such an amazing girl and I know you have a bright, incredible future ahead of you! I’m crossing my fingers that we can plan a few more shoots in the coming months! I absolutely LOVE working with you- I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did! Much love!