Archive for ‘it’s just business’

November 17, 2011

EXPOSED – It’s HERE!!!!

by z.lynn

Stay tuned for details…

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November 16, 2011

#15 – All Things Bridal – Thematically Correct

by z.lynn

Setting a theme can add a level of elegance and a certain, umm, ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your wedding day or engagement photo session. Be different, and thematically correct with a theme. It can highlight things or activities that you enjoy as a couple, your fav book or poem or even your fav movie.

Check out this couple, these shots are just as beautiful and steamy as the movie they are based off of, The Notebook. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
The Notebook Engagement Story

Have fun!
Z
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November 16, 2011

Just Do It

by z.lynn

Nike catapulted this iconic phrase into the stratosphere over 23 years ago with the help of their ad agency, Wieden & Kennedy. It’s a simple phrase but can be applied to almost anything that we endeavor to do. It reminded me of a post from top photographer, Jasmine Star, on her struggles with the completion of her magazine, EXPOSED (still SUPER excited about getting muse copy in the mail!!!). She waned and doubted a bit in the process and even stopped working on it for awhile but ultimately got back up and finished it. She just DID it.

Thinking about my own life this morning and not wanting to get out of bed, not wanting to make the phone calls, not wanting to cook dinner and wash clothes and clean the house yet again after grown enough people that can do it themselves. The-book, Tell Your Time by Amy Andrews, Helped me to see that these are my roles, either thrust upon me or accepted by choice. Which is so true. Another role that will be quickly added is that of Delegator, mommy needs some help! LOL

Midways through my second cup of coffee this morning, I reminded myself that no matter what happens, my success or failure is a direct result of the effort that I exert. Be it a little or be it a lot of effort. I’ve been pretty lax in the effort department, which is the easy way out. Managing your household or owning hyour own business is just that, YOURS. You (read betw the lines- “I”) get out of it what you (I) put into it and the lack of activity, in essence, can signal that you (I) do not want to succeed…for whatever reason. As the old saying goes, ‘fail to plan and you plan to fail’.

But this all starts with a choice. Choose to get up, choose to plan, choose to write, choose to stand, choose to succeed, choose to dream, choose to live.

Just do it!

Have a fabulous day!
Z
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November 8, 2011

EXPOSED by Jasmine Star

by z.lynn

EXTRA, EXTRA, read all about it…

EXPOSED – The Biggest Mistakes, Loneliest Heartbreaks & the Small Victories Along the Way

Jasmine Star has just released her limited edition magazine entitled EXPOSED – a behind the scenes look at the personal triumphs and setbacks that have catapulted her to international fame as a top wedding photographer. This is an anthology of the experiences of Jasmine Star, the person, not the business. As a fan of her work and style, I can’t wait for my copy to arrive in the mail and I promise to share with you all the juicy details! Since she is a ‘friend in my head‘, I know she wrote this JUST for me!! Thanks, girl!

I’ve always admired her tenacity and positive attitude, come what may, and strive to adopt the same philosophy in my own life. In the face of outright criticism and betrayal from people close to her, she has gone on to become a successful photographer. Check out CreativeLive’s interview with her for a sneak peak of the new magazine.

For those interested in purchasing the magazine, click here.

Congratulations, Jasmine!

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Image by nicolernorman via Flickr

Muah,

Z

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November 7, 2011

#14 – All Things Bridal – Make your ‘maids merry

by z.lynn

while the MOH bears most of the responsibility in your wedding, the BM’s are not without accountability – at least not financially.

although it is your day, consider those that you choose to be a part of your wedding party. they must be willing and able to comply with most, if not all, of the time commitments your wedding will entail – dress/shoe shopping and sizing, helping you assemble and mail programs/favors, rehearsals not to mention setting aside an entire day for the ceremony and reception.

most importantly, they must financially bear the cost of being a BM. this timely article from ellybevents helps to shed some light on the true costs to being a BM:

http://ellybevents.com/blog/2011/10/true-cost-of-being-a-bridesmaid/

help them to count the cost!

 

happy planning!

Z

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September 29, 2011

#13 – All Things Bridal – Know your vocabulary!

by z.lynn

What type of fabric is this dress made in? What kind of neckline is this? What type of dress is this?

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart via http://firstview.com/

There are many designers and many salons and many dresses, but the basics remain the same. Terminology, that is. Not to say that you must know everything there is to know about dresses. However, understanding how to communicate your desires is helpful in finding the dress of your dreams. Here are a few terms that you will want to be acquainted with:

Dress types:

Mermaid  or ‘ fit and flare’, Empire, Ballgown…

Veils:

Cathedral, Fingertip, Birdcage…

Necklines:

Sweetheart, Halter…

Fabrics: 

Taffeta, Organza, Silk, oh my!

Check out these articles for more important terminology:

http://weddingfashionfiles.com/2009/07/17/wedding-dress-vocab-101/

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/wedding-dress-terms.htm

http://wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/wedding-dress-shopping/articles/wedding-gown-neckline-glossary.aspx

Happy Dress Shopping!

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September 28, 2011

It’s a new day…

by z.lynn

That song that Jennifer Hudson has been singing in those Weight Watchers commercials is stuck in my head! Mostly because I’ve been away from my business for too long and it’s time to get to work! But also because I feel that I’ve finally gotten my father and personal life stabilized enough that I can return to some semblance of my business at least until I’m back 100%.

“It’s a new dawn, a new day
a new life for me
And I’m feeling good”

“It’s a new day!!”

So thanks, JHud!