30 January 2013

Ever After Bridal Show | Marion, Illinois

I've been wanting to do this bridal show for about 2 years now but I just never thought I was ready to go into wedding photography. Now that I know it's what I want to do full time it only made sense that the timing was right to become a vendor. It was pretty pricy to reserve my spot but I knew that if I booked 1 wedding that it would all be worth it.

After I signed up, the best part came in designing a booth. I wanted my booth to scream Kacey! So that meant purple everywhere with white accents (what I want my future office to look like). I'm pretty much in love with purple. You should have seen my dad's face when I told him I wanted to build a purple wall for my booth. I think once I told him my idea he began to understand what I was wanting. I was wanting my booth to feel like a living room, more importantly MY home. Now, I don't have a purple wall in my apartment because I cannot paint (boooo) but if I could this is what it would look like. In the past I've been meeting brides for consults at the local Dairy Queen or other restaurants. Sometimes I go to their home. But eventually I'll have a place of my own to set up similar to this. I want them to feel comfortable and have a cup of coffee and talk about their big day. I want to hear all about their fiancĂ© and how he proposed and more importantly..... how she sees herself walking down the isle to the man of her dreams! This type of setting is what each bride and groom with have in their own home. They'll be able to see how pictures look printed on the wall, how their album would look sitting on their coffee table, etc. It's an environment that's comfortable and that's where the idea came for my booth. I hope to be renting a house soon and I'm really hoping to have an office space or a space big enough to do something similar to this!!! Cross your fingers.

My dad made that penny table for me last year and I just had to show it off.

I'm so happy with how my booth came out and I received TONS of compliments on it at the bridal show. Brides kept coming up to me saying how unique it was and that their favorite color was purple too. And grooms appreciated the chairs I had and "took a break" while their girls were getting informed on my packages, albums, etc. I literally had the best time and I couldn't have done any of it without the help of my dad. He drove with me to Menards to gather up all the building supplies for the booth and he painted and constructed the wall. I also want to thank my brother for helping him put it together the day of the show. I think the whole booth was set up in like 15-20 minutes CRAZY! My sister and sister-in-law stayed with me during the show to help hand out information and I honestly don't think I could have done it alone. There were times I had brides standing in line waiting to talk to me so they were there to help keep things flowing...and keep my slideshow running (good job, Alice). And last but not least, thank you so much to my mother for letting me borrow her black sofa table and my grandmother for letting me take her own living room chairs. I know it was rough having them gone for a few days but it was worth it. The rest of the stuff in the booth was in my own home. I bet my neighbor thought I was moving out LOL. 

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday. It's hump day, only 2 more days to go till the weekend!

25 January 2013

Chris + Loran | Winter Wedding

I should have blogged about this wedding last week but with getting ready for the bridal show I kept moving it down my "TO DO" list. My schedule was crazy and time just got away from me. Better late than never... right!!!

So, this beautiful winter wedding that I'm about to post is my step sister's wedding. Chris and Loran are high school sweethearts and on January 5 they stood in front of their family and friends and promised to love each other and support each other for the rest of their lives. Loran walked down the isle which was lined with candles and the church was still decorated for Christmas. The ceremony was short and sweet and before I knew they were officially married! Wedding days seem to go by fast but on this particular day it seemed like time was flying by. Loran and I had worked up a timeline that ensured a lot of time for portraits. She and Chris did a first look and that was awesome because it gave me more time to get bridal portraits. Since they saw each other before the ceremony and took pictures then, we had a ton of time after the ceremony to go off location to SIU campus lake. The specific location at the lake that Loran wanted meant that we all would have to walk through the snow. I had no clue and ended up walking through the snow with ballet flats! Needless to say, after 45 minutes my feet were froze but we ended up getting really awesome pictures. The things I do for great portraits!!! It really was worth it and I'm so glad to show you my favorites from Chris and Loran's big day. Congrats to my step sister Loran and her new husband, Chris. I wish you two many years of happiness together!

Priorities & No More Late Nights

For the last 3 years (I can't believe I've had a photography business for 3 years now) I have made my business my #1 priority. I would stay up till midnight some times, sometimes even later, just to get sessions edited and proofs uploaded for my clients. I would even check my email right before going to bed just so my clients could get a prompt response. I find myself doing work related things WAY too much and I only realized it this past fall/holiday season. Yes, I love my clients but there really needs to be a point in the day where I say "okay, it's time to stop working and enjoy life."  I used to ignore myself for thinking that because I'm single and not married yet. I don't have any kids to keep me busy. I used my single status as an excuse to be a workaholic because what else did I have to do.

I'm one of those people who really hates to say NO and I may overbook myself sometimes, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I absolutely love my job and I seriously have the best clients in the world. I don't know how I got so lucky to be waking up every day doing something I love. But just as much as I love my job, I love myself too and therefore I'm going to make sure that in 2013 I'm going to  make some time for me. Think about it, if your boss asked you to stay at work till midnight would you do it? I would hope not!!! I'm not really setting hours but I will no longer be staying up till all hours of the night just to get work done.

Happy Friday everyone!!! Remember to take some time for yourself and remember to enjoy life! Hope you all have an amazing weekend.

04 January 2013

My Life Through Instagram

If you know me, then you know that I'm pretty much the biggest Apple fan out there. Which means that my iPhone is practically attached to me at all hours of the day. I'm rarely without it. And of course, that means that there are lots of apps for photography out there that I've tried out. One of the best apps out there is called Instagram. If you have a smartphone and you haven't tried this app out yet, you should! It's a fast, beautiful and easy way to share your pictures with your friends and family. I'm constantly on the go and this app allows me to take creative photos without taking my Canon Mark II around with me  everywhere.

This weekend my step sister is getting married and she has asked me to be the photographer. It'll be a fun time with family and friends and I'm looking forward to posting pics from her special day.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!