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I've been thinking, thinking things over, thinking that I should share more, thinking that I should give back a little bit more and thinking that I should think harder on what I can do in the industry...that's a lot of thinking!
Mike, my husband, is so helpful. So incredibly, overwhelmingly helpful...it almost makes me jealous. Umm, ok, let's face it, I am jealous, but let's solve one Whitney personal issue at a time :)
His thoughtfulness and helpfulness was one of the first characteristics that attracted me to him. I always strive to be more like him in that way. When I first started my business, I had no idea where to go. I didn't know a single thing about obtaining a business license and paying sales tax, much less just focusing on "getting business." Thanks to my helpful brother-in-law and oldest sister, they helped me secure my first professional camera so that I could start building my portfolio and gave me tons of advice on how to start and operate a business. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Then, when Mike and I became engaged, I was stumped. I didn't know the first hand details of planning a wedding and my mom and sisters were there to help me along the way of all the little details (and big details) of planning a wedding.
So, this leads me to the Resource Room! In the name of giving back, each Thursday, I want to mention/list one business item to help photographers (or any entrepreneur) out and list one wedding resource for all my clients and in general, all brides out there. I decided to call this little blog segment the Resource Room because I want it to be like a chatroom...feel free to leave helpful comments and advice below to all my blog readers :)
For my inaugural Resource Room business item, I want to mention Sage Wedding Pros....I have a feeling I will be mentioning topics from Michelle's blog often, because let's face it, her blog rocks and I check it about 20 times a day waiting for that next mind-blowing piece of advice on how to run a better business! Today Michelle has a great post for all the Mamapreneurs and Papapreneurs out there (parents who run their own business): Check it out HERE!
For my wedding resource this week, I first want to mention Pretty Chicky. Shari over at Pretty Chicky is constantly posting gorgeous weddings from all over the country and giving credit to the designers, etc so that if you fall in love with a particular style dress, you'll know where to find it! It's a great blog to gain inspiration on wedding colors and themes, and also, to find out what the latest trend in weddings is this week :)
Since a post is just not a great post without a photograph, here is a dapper image of my sweet Bear from San Francisco a few weeks ago...
Be sure to check back, well, every day, but especially on Thursdays for the Resource Room! :)
"Dear Photographer Friends (and friends of friends...),
I am excited to invite you to be part of a special Mother's Day Photography Event for mother's that live in the lower Eastside of Santa Barbara.
As a quick introduction to those of you that don't know me personally, my name is Chrystal Sturm. My family lives in the lower Eastside and we LOVE our neighborhood. It is one of friendly neighbors, front porch BBQ's, and peaceful Riviera views. It is also made up largely of lower income families..
We want to offer a one-day event for our Eastside Mommies to have (perhaps for the first time ever) professional portraits taken of their family! Photographers will only be asked to take the photographs (no editing, no uploading, no fuss required). And we ask that you to bring your own gear (camera and memory card). There will be tripods available and a full 'studio' set ups on site.
We are still fine tuning the details, but here is some of the information.
• Date : Saturday, June 13th
• Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (6 hours)
• 2 Portrait Stations
• 2 Photographers / hour
• Requesting photographers commit to 1 - 2 hour time slots (we'll take whatever you can offer!)
• Goal is to offer 5-7 good shots/family (about 10 minutes)
• 12-16 families/hour
Specialty Color Services on E. Cota has generously offered a free 8x10 to each family photographed - to be picked up after the event. SO rad!
Staples has donated CDs and sleeves so that each family will be able to have digital copies of their photos.
Each photographer will have an assistant from Santa Barbara Arts Alliance Program which is a city-run non-profit organization that provides at-risk youth and young adults with training in the creative arts. They are all very talented and have a passion for art. I believe this could be a chance to change a life!
Like many of you, the family photographs that hang on my walls are some of my most treasured possessions. What a neat opportunity this is to share your talents and give back to the community!
If you are interested in being a part, please respond at email@example.com. If your schedule does not allow you to be part of this event please consider forwarding this email to anyone who might be interested.
Other ways to contribute:
• Suggestions for additional ways to serve the community through this event
• Baked (or bought) snacks and bevies for the event staff and photographers would be welcome!
• Suggestions or introductions to other organizations that might want to partner in this event
• Come by to love on the kids and their families as they wait; make silly faces to get the kids to smile for the cameras; visit & get to know the SBAAP youth
• Help with the set-up/break-down
• Donate services and/or products for give-aways/door prizes/etc.
• Prayer for a successful event!
Thank you all for your consideration. I'm really looking forward to this and hope you all can be a part!! For questions or more info feel free to email me directly or call me at 805.252.5084."
WARNING: this post is 100% completely and totally personal and even a tad bit sappy :)
So, have you ever been driving down the road and hear a song that reminds you of a great time in your life? Yesterday I was running errands like a mad woman before our anniversary trip this weekend to San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma (can I get a woohoo!?!) and I heard a song that I have not heard in years, no more like ages...."I'm gonna be (500 miles)," by The Proclaimers. Why, you may ask, is this particular (weird) song so memorable to me? Think back to, geez, maybe 1992 or 1993. My oldest sister, Beverly, had this navy blue Prelude---and it was a 5 speed. To this day I have never seen anyone shift gears so fast and change the radio station as fast as she could ;) Her hand was constantly on the radio buttons, impatiently waiting for the next great song. Hearing "I'm gonna be (500 miles)," reminds me of that time and how cool I felt to be riding along with my older sister. I can't even remember where we were going...probably running out to the grocery store for hamburger buns or maybe driving by the post office, but I still had the time of my life riding around with the windows down with Beverly listening to what was probably a one-hit wonder.
Being the youngest sooo has it's perks. But I think my favorite has been having two awesome sisters to look up to. I have realized over the years that most older siblings do not realize what an impact they have on their younger siblings---every thing you do is observed and copied and I'm so thankful that I have such classy role models.
After hearing The Proclaimers, I just had to listen to a certain song (and please don't ask me why I have Cher's greatest hits on CD and on my ipod...). There's this song that Cher sings (and it's so old!), but it's called "Just like Jesse James." Flash forward from my riding around days with Beverly to the late 90's---now I was riding around with Heidi, my middle sister. Heidi was in high school and I was in middle school and every once in awhile she would take me to school or pick me up and let me tell you, I thought I was the stuff. Heidi drove a white Ford Explorer and unfortunately for us (because I later drove this car) it didn't have a CD player...it just had a cassette player, which was lame but we so rocked it! Heidi is well known in our family for being a car singer--not just a hum along kind of gal, but "I'm going to belt this song out like I'm in concert" kind of singer. Heidi was always dramatic singing "Just like Jesse James," and sometimes I would beg her to rewind the cassette just so I could hear her sing it again. My friends were always jealous that my older sister would let me ride in the car with her (yeah, maybe mom made Heidi come get me but I told everyone that she thought I was cool, too :) )
Hearing these songs takes me back to two very different, but two very amazing times in my life. It makes me wonder what song will take me back to this point in my life. I am so incredibly blessed and downright fortunate to have two loving and caring sisters in my life and I'm so proud of them!!! I can't even tell you what a great mom Beverly is to my nephews and I know that Heidi will be just as amazing to their little girl :)
This is when I surprised my mom in March:
And from last week:
As I mentioned above, I'll be out of town for our ONE year anniversary trip :) I'll have email access and be returning phone calls next Tuesday! xoxo
Well, it's finally here....Monday is the BIG day...marathon day that is. While others will be celebrating Memorial Day and stuffing their faces with hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade pie and ice cream, I will be be running...running 26.2 miles in Los Angeles...for the glory of it! Wait, why am I doing this again? Oh, right, because I'm an overachiever and this was one of the items on my 101 things in 1001 days list (please don't even get me started on my lists...there's the "before 30 list", "the bucket list"...etc, etc). Actually, it was only a half-marathon on my list, but you see, there I go again trying to outdo myself on my list!!! I'm a bit nervous, but I'm also excited and I know that I'm prepared and I'm thrilled to be running with a lovely running group full of hilarious ladies who make me laugh the whole way...I'm pretty fortunate! But still, wish me luck! :)
Hopefully I'll be alive and well and posting after the marathon to let you all know how easy it is! ;-)
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and I hope most of you are spending time with your family this weekend and remembering why we have this holiday!
Enjoy these photos as I tried my hand with product photography ;)
At PresentationCampLA, everyone participates in some manner: presenting, leading a discussion or showcasing a best practice, or sharing their experiences. Others help with logistics, securing sponsorships, organizing sessions, or settng up/cleaning up. This is a self organizing collaborative event that is designed be a fun, rewarding and a unique experience.
PresentationCampLA is a great opportunity for participants to learn from, teach to, and network with professionals involved in improving presentations in the Los Angeles area - and around the world!
Format: The idea of an unconference came together when people realized that the best times they were having at conferences were the times between sessions - where people with like interests could meet ad hoc. The spirit of BarCamp is to facilitate this type of interaction for an entire day. Rather than having scheduled speakers, everyone who is interested pitches sessions the morning of the event. Those sessions receiving the highest votes are put on the schedule and groups form for intense learning. Yeah - you think it won't work - but it does!
Based on participants' skill level and interest, we may set up separate tracks for: Fundamentals, Advanced Skills, Professional Speakers, Coaches.
Do you have a topic you'd like to speak on? Do you want to learn something new about public speaking? The emphasis is on short, interactive, hands-on workshops rather than lecture. We'd love to have you! And please spread the word!
More info: http://barcamp.org/PresentationCampLA
When I went to Charlotte to visit family a few weeks ago, I also went to an awesome photographers meet-up. We all know each other through the bschool, an online community for photographers. It was so great getting to meet Heather, Aaron, Stephen, and Rolf to exchange ideas and network.
Fast forward to last week: Stephen, one of my new charlotte photographer friends, lets me know that he'll be in LA and SB for the week shooting a wedding and wants to get together (and we ate at this really good breakfast joint near the beach). We had an enlightening talk about the industry and I got to meet his super nice mom :) Towards the end of our conversation, we both discovered that we admire what the other one is doing, yet we fail see how much we are accomplishing ourselves. We talked about the tests and trials of owning your own business and I mentioned a famous quote that my Dad has told me my entire life: "Rome wasn't built in a day."
I have been known to be a little (ok, ok, very) impatient with things in life. Whether it was playing softball or studying for trig in high school, Dad would always tell me "Well, Whit, Rome wasn't built in a day," to remind me that everything worth having and working for in life takes time and if you can complete it in a day, then it's probably not that great in the first place. I used to get so frustrated about softball, wanting to go from a regular left fielder to a superstar the next day and hearing that quote always reminded me to be thankful for how I've progressed, but to continue to work hard for what I want.
I told Stephen this is how running a business is. You can project how you want your business to be in 5, 10 or 15 years and yet, sometimes it can be so frustrating to know what to do next or how to get there with all the obstacles in the way. Chanting that often said quote in my head helps me realize how far I've come and how exciting it is to be where I am today (and it remind me of my Dad :) )
Stephen, i hope your wedding was absolutely fabulous in LA and I can't wait for you to blog about it!!
Here's a sneak peek of Katie and Matt...I'll be blogging their wedding soon :)
Happy Hump Day!