We're really, really thankful you're here with us, walking this journey. (Yeah, we know it's not Thanksgiving yet, but a little gratitude never hurt nobody!) It's always nice to get some blog love, so if you're still reading this (and we hope you are; we're only three sentences deep!), drop us a line and say hi! Okay, but really, comment below and say hi...
You might remember Cierra and Dan from our beautiful snowy elopement shoot a couple winters ago, and when they hired us to plan and design their HUGE wedding, we were more than ecstatic! You see, Cierra and Dan have faced some incredible trauma in their lives and are so much stronger together, and we felt honored to be a part of something so special for them and their families.
We hope you're singing Chris Brown's "These Hoes Ain't Loyal" right now! That's goal one of two for this post. Goal two, well for that you'll have to keep reading.
It's very common to have disagreements about the way someone is running their business, and that's okay, but how do you handle those disagreements when they could directly effect you and your business? Perhaps you're working with someone on a wedding, or a styled shoot, or you're partnering on a workshop or event. How can you turn those disagreements into positive forms of communication that help provide resolve, when you could so easily be resentful or overbearing?
In our industry it seems like everyone has the title "educator" after their name, and while that's all fine and dandy, we think it's important to take a look at someone whom you're seeking professional and creative advice from in a full circle approach.
It's easy to add a few letters after your name (e-d-u-c-a-t-o-r), but what makes you someone worthy of providing advice or value to someone else's business or creative journey? Well, so often we hear people cutting down others saying "They shouldn't be teaching!" or "They shouldn't be putting on a workshop!" or "They shouldn't be selling that template in their shop!"
I'm sure you've heard of Christmas in July, right? Well we do it BIG around here. If you wanna read the story of how Christmas in July came to be, click here, but otherwise, I'm moving on and showing off how beautiful it turned out. Cam and I are celebrating 12 years this month, and this is the PERFECT time to reflect on joyous memories, and we are grateful for the friends and family in our life who come alongside us to celebrate and create a memory together. Lucky, yup, that's what we are.
Have you ever heard someone say "I need to learn to manage my time better" or have you said that yourself? Well, we've got news for you: You actually can't manage time. Trippy, right? But 24 hours is 24 hours is 24 hours. So what can you manage? You can manage yourself. It's kinda one of those mindset shifts (ya know, like our ideal client vs ideal philosophy mindset shift)--instead of learning how to manage time (which is impossible unless you've invented time travel), we need to learn how to manage ourselves better.
Can you believe that we're part way through August?! Like, that means that the holiday season is right around the corner and that baby Clarke will be making her way into this world in a month or so (eeeek!).
Okay, this is our first newsletter blog post, and to be honest, we've toyed for WEEKS on how we should format this and what should go into it, but then we realized, if you're a part of our tribe you don't judge us too hard and you just wanna know what's up. So, here's just that, and "What's Up with the Girls of B+P" message for ya to peruse.
Attracting your ideal client is such a hot topic these days, and with good reason! Chances are you got in business for yourself because you LOVE your art. But, taking on too much of something you don't like is gonna leave you feeling empty and burnt out. The age old question is how can we avoid that? Now we'll bring back the words 'ideal client' and tell you that working with your ideal client is going to make your job rewarding and gratifying AND it's going to keep you in business longer (since you'll have a happy heart)!
We are getting ready to leave--yeah, that's right, we leave TONIGHT for our biggest, boldest wedding of the year! Lexi + Scott are gonna tie the know (see what we did there?!).
Lexi and Scott have been so much fun to work with because they didn't have boundaries and they let us play with color--the bolder the better! The color palette for their wedding is a mix of berries, maroons, and fuchsia, mixed in with sherbet orange and touches of gold. Scott is Native American, so we added in touches of turquoise to color palette and it's so much fun.
You probably know this, but we think our lovechild company Apostrophe & Co is just the coolest thing since sliced bread, and we want to showcase some of those incredible women who come through our doors for our A&Co experience--an experience unlike any other boudoir experience.
So you know we're obsessed with styled shoots (oh wait, you didn't know that...then you CLEARLY don't get our newsletter emails...hit up the top bar and join our list girl!). Back to the topic: STYLED SHOOTS! By now you should know that we are in love with styled shoots, and so today we're going to give you your first freebie with us (eeeeek!). It's maybe not as official as we'd like (we'll get there), but it is just a simple copy-and-paste situation.
When Angelica and Zach got engaged, we were so ready for them to become an official #bixbyandpinecouple. We knew it was going to happen because Angelica and Taylor are friends (thank you to the Miss America Organization for that!) and they were both waiting for the day.
Ever get frustrated? Well that was us. We wanted to style this beautiful wedding invitation suite, but we just couldn't get it. Then, a couple people starting standing around watching and the pressure was on. Talk about stress.
Okay, but in all seriousness, what stresses you out? We talk about our last month on the blog today and we get vulnerable for a minute. Having two family members facing medical issues is not easy, but we have each other and tons of incredible memories--more than most people get in a lifetime.
Holy shit! In just over a month we head to Palm Springs to shoot for @apostropheandco with two badass boss babes, @samanthamcfarlen and @roguestyling and we. are. so. excited. Like. So. Excited.
This is what our weekend looked like. How about yours?
We celebrated Ashley's mom on Friday with a dinner party as she retired from being the office manager at our local dental practice. Between the drinks and the tears and the company, it was such a great night.
Shoutout to the vendors who made it possible: @uniquechicrentals and @grandeventrentals.