Archive for 'DC Lifestyle Photographer'
Unlike my favorite villain Carmen San Diego, I know where in the world I’ve been these last few months. No… I did not put the “Miss” in misdemeanor when I stole the beans from Lima or maybe flimflam every nation (you are welcome for getting the Carmen San Diego show song stuck in your head 🙂 ). I’ve been commuting to work in DC, taking care of our house with my husband slowly making it our own (and fixing a bunch of things), going to a few sessions and second shooting a wedding, and go running when I can. In my down time, I’ve been dreaming up on where the game plan for my business and life. It’s been frustrating, but I must say I am really excited for the outcome, especially for Erica Abbey Photography.
EAP business has been slow these last few months, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been down in the dumps about it because I was attracting the wrong type of clientele here and there in the past and I’ve been thinking for a while on how to fix this (it was a goal for 2014). I want to photograph families, couples, cute little newborns that are in a world filled with love and happiness. I want to photograph memories. I thought after so many years of research and trial and error I would have a workflow by now. I knew I needed something I haven’t had since college… a critique. I LOVED critique time in college and I’m probably the only one who did. I like hearing other people’s positive and negative feedback because it always helped me figure out what path I wanted to take my work. Sure, I didn’t always agree. But I really needed a mentor, a fellow photographer to look at my business with me and help me figure out which the right direction my photographs should take me. I found someone, and boy did she help me!! I know how I want my brand to speak of my work, myself as a photographer and how to showcase that. I’ll go into more detail next week when I unveil a little makeover to EAP. 🙂
I’m Über behind on blogging, so my apologies to my amazing clients I haven’t showcased yet! Here is a glimpse of some sessions that will hit the blog these next few weeks!
The ah-mazing, fun and loving Corcoran Family’s fall Session
A mitzvah project I did for synagogue (with the help of Andrew of course)
Second shot a wedding for my dear friend and fellow photog, Desiree
One of my dearest and closest friend from high school mini maternity session
A beautiful and special anniversary session at the Cherry Blossoms with a heart-felt vow renewal ceremony at the end of the session
Besides sharing their mini engagement session, I want to wish many years of a loving, happy and adventurous marriage to two of my dearest friends from college who we will be attending their wedding on Saturday!! Mazel tov MaryBeth and Phil!! 🙂
I miss printing my photographs. It’s a total given though, since I haven’t done any personal projects in a long time to allow myself to print out my images. One of the reasons why I did Project Life 365 last year was not only to find my creative side again, but give myself an excuse to print out my fine art again. For my birthday this year I decided to treat myself to create an album to showcase my favorite images, instead of printing a ton of square photos. I decided using MILK Books to create my album to showcase my year and I couldn’t be happier! They teamed up with Project Life 365 to give PL365-ers their own book template to efficiently showcase their year of Instagram masterpieces, and decided to go with that. Two weeks ago I received my 8×8 album in the mail and I am excited to show you MY Project Life 365 !
On two pages, I added two quotes from some of my all time favorite photographers that brought inspiration to this project. I love how the bold colors make the book more modern, plus I matched the colors to correspond to the facing page.
I have mentioned before that my theme for 2014 is the year of the photograph, offering multiple ways to help get your photos of your session off your computer. Today, I am happy to share a new tool that will help get your photographs on the wall! This baby is so cool! I can not only size images to show you why the bigger the image the better, but what would your images look as a print with a frame or a canvas and help create multiple layouts! This app helps you visualize what you want to see on your wall, and play around with different ideas until you find something that will help you remember those memories we captured together at your session. It’s this great app called Shoot and Sell! This app comes preloaded with different rooms as an example, but you can also upload an image of the very wall you are trying to hang photos on!
I had the opportunity to use it this weekend hanging some prints for a client, and got to take some iphone pictures to show you!
Say Hello to my trusty ipad!
This is an example of a stock image of a living room that comes with the app. I am using one to play with different options of a project I am working on for my own home.