I had the pleasure of going over to the Martin's a few weeks back to shoot this beautiful angel in their home in Roswell. Lauren had reached out to me a few months prior to setup her newborn package so I'll get to photography little Emma for the next year, and am so excited. Based on the outfits Lauren had for Emma at her newborn shoot, I can only imagine the bows and adorableness to come over the next year.
THIS IS ME
in one week
So many feelings. Nervous. Excited. Anxious. So many questions...can I do this? Am I crazy? What about insurance? Will I make it? And the nagging thought of "You have a kid now, you should be responsible and get a "real" job."
But I can't.
I can't do it anymore.
Something happened about 2 years ago with the pinnacle of a need for change happened when I went to a conference in Palm Springs called Designer Vaca. I went to a conference with nothing but other women who are designers and creatives....aka my people. It was a place where I didn't know a single person, I roomed with 3 ladies I never met, and I was terrified. But what happened was truly life changing. I met "internet famous" design bosses and realized...they really are just like me. They have the same doubts and frustrations and fear that I do. But they did it. They're killing it. And every single one of them said the same thing to me...just do it and don't look back. They all willingly admitted it will be hard, there will be times where you're scared of not being able to pay your bills, but give it your all. Give it everything you've got and you'll succeed. I left with friendships with women all over the world because we all realized how similar we were. That we weren't alone in our fears. I left with more confidence in myself and my talent, and more importantly I left with a plan. I was going to quit my job and finally go off on my own. Because I knew I had far surpassed the point where the fear of failure wasn't nearly as scary to me anymore as my fear of regret.
Will I make it? I believe so. I may be living off ramen for a while like I'm in college, but I'm determined I'll make it.
And if I don't, at least I know I gave it everything I had.
I started bullet journaling this year. I loved what I was seeing/hearing online and figured the start of the year was the best time to get the ball rolling. And on the first page, I doodled (very poorly) this quote. 2017 is going to be a big year for me professionally from a change perspective and its the year I need to finally start taking risks. Now being a mother, its ever scarier with a little one depending on our success, but its honestly now or never. So this will be gracing my desktop and my new fancy bullet journal for the time being. Enjoy!
2016 on a personal level was TOUGH. Between health issues with my pregnancy, work drama, and a slew of other curveballs - it took a toll on the work / life balance I had worked so hard to master. But on a professional level, it was my best year yet thanks to you all. Why?
- I got serious about goal setting and tracking.
- I made an effort to network every week.
- I found my work tribe.
- And my biggest goal accomplished - I launched the Be Free Workshop in February and hit my goal of hosting 4 workshops this year.
I had the biggest year yet and instead of focusing on advertising dollars or client chasing and sales funnels - I focused on sharing my knowledge, contributing advice to those who needed it, and creating community. And then a funny thing happened - I doubled my income from 2015...and that was with taking 2 months off for maternity leave. WHOA.
Since having Reagan in August, a fire has been lit inside me like never before to build a business that fits the life that I want - not have a life centered around my job. And while more money is always great - my goal this year - both personally and professionally - is freedom.
Freedom to have the flexibility to build the life I want.
Freedom to work from the beach for a week if I wanted.
Freedom to visit my parents without having to count how many "days off" I can have.
Freedom to play with my little girl in the middle of the day.
I've got some great things in the works for 2017 - bigger Be Free Workshops, a long overdue rebrand, and much more. Thank you for being a part of such a successful year and I hope you stick around for whats to come!
One of my (failed) resolutions this year was to create freebie wallpapers every month. It was a way to push me to do something fun with typography, one of my favorite things about design, and I love silly quotes to hang around my office, put on my phone, computer, etc. So 2017, hopefully I'll stay a little more on track but anyways, here's one to round out 2016 that I thought was fitting this year. I feel like 2016 was the year of finding your tribe. And with the launch of the Be Free Workshops, having a baby and talking to other mommies, I definitely feel like I added some great new people to mine and so this quote struck me the moment I saw it. Enjoy!
When Laura called me to ask if I could come take Stella's 6 month shots, I was more than delighted. For one, Laura is a close friend and I would get some catch up time with her, baby snuggles with Stella, and I knew she'd have the cutest outfit/props for Stella's photos. The pictures were a surprise for her husband and required some sneaking around on our parts, but Laura ended up being so excited about them, she showed them to him right when he got home that day!
If you knew the Harper's, these photos just scream Laura. She's one of the most fabulous girly girls I know (hence the pearls), who loves her some wine (the wine box is their favorite brand), and her and Josh own a sailboat and often take trips all over the world (hence the boat). I don't think there could be better symbolism in these photos of this time in their life with their precious baby girl!
On August 30, 2016 at 9:27 AM - my life changed forever.
Our beautiful Reagan Roxy Wingard was born. 8 lbs 14 oz, 20 1/4 inches, and a head full of dark hair. Read more here for the full birth story if you're interested!
Proud. Sad. Fulfilled. Inspired. Eagerly awaiting the next one. That sort of sums up the mix of emotions I had last Saturday when Mindy and I broke down our last workshop for the year. Our August event was everything I hoped it would be. We had 25 amazing women come listen and share their goals for their businesses (or ideas of a "one day" business) with complete honesty and transparency, which is just so incredible to Mindy and I.
Our workshop in June we had the sassy and brilliant Jenn Gietzen get real with us about all things branding, her social media strategy and what happens when Khloe Kardashian reposts your image. With a social media following of 25,000+, Jenn took the time to be transparent about the good, the bad, and the ugly of building your brand through social media. She also brought several items from both her print shop and passion project, NovaElle, for the girls to purchase. I've personally been rocking this super comfortable tee most of my pregnancy.
Real talk...this week has been rough. I had my pity party earlier but I'm back to being focused on the positive and what I have control over. I'll just have to roll with what I can't handle as it comes right? So to keep myself (and hopefully others inspired), here's some new free desktop and mobile backgrounds to keep you focused on that silver lining! Enjoy!
*Mobile downloads are set to iPhone sizes, but can be used with any phone
Watching my niece and nephew grow, and their gorgeous parents blossom with them, has been such a rewarding thing. Casey & Lisa make parenthood look so easy, and I hope Thomas and I have half the patience and never ending calm that they do.
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Our annual 30 minute photo sessions will be held November 5-6th.
As most of you know, Thomas and I will be expecting our baby girl this September (so excited!). So I'm tentatively planning on taking September and October off for a maternity break but wanted to get a head start on booking fall sessions since I'll be out for a little bit (and also because the holidays seem to fill up faster and faster every year).
This year, the dates I have planned for mini-sessions are November 5th and November 6th (weather permitting) at a to be determined spot. I'm only accepting a limited number of sessions this year so make sure you reserve your spot early...and get rewarded!
Our 30 minute sessions are $150 per session (so $135 total if you book early). You receive all edited photos (I basically edit everything that comes out) a web portal to view and download your photos, and you may also print through your web portal - perfect for holiday gifts.
Tomorrow I get to shoot with the Butler's again and I'm so excited because they have a new addition to their family! Last fall we headed to Old Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta and spent the afternoon walking around the lake, playing on the playground, and making memories. They were the sweetest family and I can't wait to see what a wonderful big sister Brooklyn is. Being around them just for that little bit of the afternoon last fall, you can't help but see the overwhelming love they have for each other. #squadgoals
Mindy and I just hosted our 2nd Be Free Workshop on Saturday, and it was AH-mazing. Our kickoff back in February seriously couldn't have gone any better, we had about 40+ ladies show up that work in all different fields - some freelance, some on the side hustlers, some corporate - that just wanted to meet some like minded women in the area and discuss all things work/life balance. I mean, I literally left feeling like this:
So for our 2nd workshop, we wanted to get a little more granular on topics and discussed all things selling and scaling your business with two awesome boss ladies in Atlanta. Our dear friends behind Deep South Social, founders Jessica Berinato (of Breathless Paper Co.) and Ashley Schoenith (of heirloomed + IceMilk Aprons). Given that the topic was much more focused, the audience was much smaller than our kick off, which we actually wanted. We got the exact turnout we aimed for, which is great. The reason for this was we wanted to test out a true Q+A style workshop. Instead of just going up and discussing a topic with just the panel chiming in and questions at the end, we had the whole thing be a discussion. And I'm really happy with the results. The group was small enough (about 22 ladies) to manage the session and let everyone get their answers in. We posted some topics on the board that we'd talk about, but having the audience lead the conversation actually worked out really well. The conversation flowed very naturally and I feel like all the Be Free ladies feel a bit more connected with each other in that kind of environment. You know when someone asks a question you were dying to ask or know, it sparks a natural dialog.
So different format, but same feel good vibes when we left. We're so excited about our next one in June (we're keeping about an every other month schedule) and if you want to go ahead and buy tickets, you can do so below!
We're still finalizing our topics and speakers, but if you want to read more about the event and get the details, its all listed here.
So big thank you to everyone who came out and supported us, who's supported me with this little idea I've had brewing for years deep inside me, it means more than you'll ever know!
And a huge shoutout to our sponsors, for the swag, the food, and the amazing drinks!
First trimester took me out of this weekly habit for a bit. But I'm back at it! Download this week's desktop design below!
I've known Jessica for years and when she told me she was quitting corporate America to start her own personal training business, I was beyond thrilled for her. Not only had she been my workout buddy for like 3 years, but anyone who knows her knows how infectious her positivity is. I couldn't think of a more perfect career path for her and was so excited when she asked for my help in branding it.
What sets Jessica apart to me is the core mission of her business. She not only wants to help people get healthier and more fit on the exterior, but she wants to help them battle those demons on the inside as well. Anyone who's been in the fitness world long enough knows there's plenty of unhealthy folks in the industry who make look the part in every way, but on the inside, they're absolutely miserable. Thats not what living a healthy life is about...and Jessica wants to help change that.
Perhaps it was because I know her and her style, but I don't think a branding project has ever been easier. We agreed on everything right out of the gate, making only minor revisions to her brand and website. I love how bold and fun it is, which really is Jessica in a nutshell.
Here's a look at her brand mood board:
Here's her logo, business card design, and website:
Here's what Jessica had to say about the project:
If you're in the Atlanta area and are looking to kickstart that lifestyle change, I encourage you to reach out to Jessica. Just like her company states, she focuses not only getting healthy on the outside, but the inside as well. And in her good samaritan spirit, she of course offers free workouts through out the year. Check out her (newly designed) site for more info!
I've been MIA for a while on blogging and social media in general, but basically its because its really hard for me to not tell everyone I meet whats been going on in our lives. So we announced some news over on our personal family blog earlier this week, but the gist of it is...I'm pregnant! Our little bundle of joy is due September 8th and we found out if its a he or a she later this month!
In an effort to approach this whole food issue a bit differently, I thought I'd take a stab at trying to check off my recommended servings and see what happens. So I created a tracking sheet to hang on the fridge to help me in my experiment. This first week, I decided to just eat as I have been to see how I would fare against my goals. And just as I thought....not well at all.
January has been a crazy month already. And what probably should have been things I could have taken negatively, I don't know, for some reason I just feel like everything is going to work out. Maybe its the 2016 new year, new attitude resolution mindset still having a hold on me. Either way, I've just been inspired left and right this past week. By people's posts, their vulnerability, their actions, and really...just their kindness. So to celebrate those amazing folks who inspire, here's this week's freebie background.