Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Where it all began... Valentine's Day 2003. Andrew & I worked together at the rec center. He came at the end of my shift on Valentine's day with a beautiful rose in his hand. The night before he'd learned I was newly single when I said "I guess I'll be buying myself roses for Valentine's day". As he handed me the rose, he proceeded to tell me that "A girl like you with such class shouldn't be buying herself roses on Valentine's day". It only took us another couple weeks to officially start dating and we were married a year and half later! When you know... YOU KNOW! And we DID from the very first conversation we had! The rest goes down in history as a fairytale book!
So today.. this Valentine's... 7 years later, there's a knock at my door. There are beautiful roses, a heart shaped balloon, and a cute stuffed puppy dog with this note attached.
I couldn't be more thankful for my wonderful husband and all that he does for me! Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! A special Happy Valentine's Day to my husband, Andrew! <3

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Building the Brand "ME"

I GOT MY NEW SUIT TODAY!!!! YAY!!!! Thanks to Tamee Marie who is the BEST SUIT DESIGNER EVERRRRR!!! I just love her!

As for me, each year it seems like I have certain goals. For years it was a pro card.. but even more than that it was to better myself or expand in certain areas. This year so far I've really been focusing on the brand "ME". Before I would send out emails, and network and such.. but this year- I'm really doing my homework.. each day contacting 2-4 companies and racking my brain looking for sponsors and opportunities within the industry. I've already set up one photo shoot the week after my show to get some GREAT high quality shots. I'm also contacting some other photographers I've not worked with yet to see what I can learn and try to grow in that area. So for the 50 or so rejections (or just lack of return messages) I've gotten so far, once I get that ONE, it will be worth it. What people don't realize though is how exhausting that is! It's like being a struggling actress looking for work! LOL! But HEY! It's just a part of the process!!