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Befriending People in your Industry *My Life*

Before I moved away from Charleston, I made a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do before I moved back to Orlando. One of the biggest adventures I wanted to have was to go to Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. I had always heard that it was one of the most scenic places to visit in the South, and now I understand why! Man, was it beautiful. And if it looks familiar to you, it’s because several movies have been filmed here, including parts of The Notebook and The Patriot.

My friend Caroline and I deemed this day “CarolineLucyFunDay” because it was one of the last times we hung out before I moved away. It was important to the two of us to have a little time to just hang out, talk photography, and more importantly talk life. I am ALL about taking the time to relax and enjoy life with the people you love. My relationships are what make me tick! More specifically, I think it’s great to befriend people within your industry; in my case, creatives hanging out with other creatives. Caroline and I are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other; we text back and forth about which picture to post on our blog, how to fix a problem on our sites, how to get our work published, etc. We also love chatting about how we can use our talents to help others. I can’t tell you how valuable that is! Another benefit to being friends with other creatives is that it provides me with support; we go through the same problems with our business, so I can ask them about how they made it through a struggle. I find this through Pursuit 31, a group of  Christian women creatives. These women are always jumping at the opportunity to help others with their business and provide any type of advice they can. Lastly, it is so fun to get inspired with the people within your industry. Go check out a new exhibit together, try something new, or even go in on a project together! For example, I love talking to my friend Brooke about her new fashion and style blog and getting inspired by her creativity. The benefits you will reap from not “going it alone” in the business world are endless.

I hope you enjoy these pictures of our day at Cypress Gardens! We even ended it with a mini portrait session of Caroline. As a photographer, it’s good to get on the other side of the camera sometimes (another reason why I love to do lifestyle portraits of other creatives). Caroline let me practice some new techniques and equipment! By the way, make sure to check out her amazing photography business, CarolineRo, here.

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How to Create a Unique *Holiday Card*

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is receiving Christmas cards in the mail! Holiday cards are the perfect way to update your friends on how your family is doing. It’s your opportunity to tell others what the year was like for your family, whether it was about celebrating a great soccer season, a new pet, or a big move. Also, people love seeing beautiful photos of your family. It’s a great way to let your friends know how your family has changed in a year. Instead of going the traditional route, I urge my clients to take a more unique approach. Create a beautiful card that everyone will cherish; a card that you can frame and keep in your home forever.

Take a look at the examples I posted below. I made these two cards on Minted, one of my very favorite sites for modern and unique designs. It is so quick and easy, and actually really fun! My recipe for the perfect holiday card is this: First, take the time to do a portrait session with a professional photographer. This might be of your whole family, just your kids, your newborn, or a lovely shot of your family’s pet.

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Once you have lots of beautiful images to choose from, think about what you want your card to be about. Is it a simple sentiment for the holiday season? Or do you want to write about the previous year and events in your family? From there, go on a site like Minted (other great card sites are Pear Tree Greetings, Paper Culture, and Tiny Prints) and choose your favorite design. These days, it’s so easy to create holiday cards; Minted lets you upload your photo, and view it on all sorts of designs before personalizing it.

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If you need a second opinion, just ask your photographer. Now all you have to do is buy some pretty Christmas stamps and mail your cards. Trust me, a simple photo of your kids or your family will bring a smile to the face of your loved ones!

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