Musings | Cleaning Up

I’m in the process of going through my old computer and taking all the files off. During this process, I realized how important it is to organize your files from day one.  Sure you can search and you’ll find what you need eventually, but how cool would it be if all your images were in one place?

Here’s how I keep my personal images organized:

1:  I have a folder for each year. 

2: Within each year I have the month number, the month, and then the year ( 01_January_2013). I do this simply to keep all the months in the year in numerical order and then I add the year just in case I accidentally drag the folder to a random spot and drop it like it’s hot. When I find the folder I accidentally moved, I know exactly where to put it back.

3. Within the months, I have folders for specific events that occurred during that month: birthdays, favorites, and travel destinations.


Everyone has their own way of organizing their images, this is just one option. Why did I decided to write a blog about organizing? Well…organizing makes me happy AND my personal images that were stored on my old laptop were a huge HOT MESS! I should know better, right?! Well…my professional images are impeccably organized, but clearly my personal images need a little attention.

While I was cleaning up, I ran across some work from my beginning photo students at the University of Nevada, Reno. The class dealth only with black and white images and the students had to print every final image from each project. It was time consuming, but such a great experience. Check out their amazing images…



I hope you enjoyed the images. I’ve always had such great students!!

Be the change…

P.


Musings | Met an Angel

Do you ever feel like people are put in your path for a reason? I do and I met the sweetest woman today.

As
many of you know, our family relocated to Denver during the summer of
2015. I decided to teach photography full time because I knew I wasn’t
going to get my business up and running over night. (Even if I had a
load of clients, where would I photograph them??? I didn’t know where to
photograph and what the rules are here!! I barely knew how to get to
our house.) Over the last 10 years, I developed my business purely using
word of mouth references. It doesn’t work for some, but it works for
me. BUT, developing a local clientele using this method of marketing
takes a very long time. Needless to say, it’s been slow going. This time
last year, I only had one session. In October alone, I’ve had so many
more sessions than that! Word is getting out and I couldn’t be happier.

So
back to my angel from today. I was at my daughter’s school and met a
lovely woman. We were chatting about kids and then I mentioned I had to
run off to work. She inquired about my profession and where I worked.
Once she found out I was a photographer, she was very excited. I told
her about my business and how hard it is moving to a new town and
starting a business from scratch….again. She was almost stunned. She
informed me that she too has a photo business and she was getting ready
to close it. We shared websites and she loved my style. Then she asked
if she could send me her clients! What?!!? That’s just what I needed.
She also mentioned other opportunities that I can tap into to help get
my name out and we have plans to get together and share info. What an
amazing woman to share what she’s worked so hard to develop. I can’t
thank her enough.


So when things look bleak and you’re
not sure if “it” is worth it, just be patient. Someone will cross your
path or something will happen that puts it all into perspective. Thank
you to my angel, I bet you she has no idea how happy she’s made me. ❤️

Remember to help others,

P.


Side
note: very few people come to my blog for my musings…most love
images. So, here’s an image I took in Kauai a few years back. Enjoy!


Engagement | Conifer

I sure do love engagement sessions! It’s almost two hours of my clients snuggling and smooching. :) Coach A. is a swim coach for my daughters’ team and it was so great to hang out with her and her wonderful groom-to-be outside of a pool! She’s so cute!! And G. is such a nice man. I thoroughly enjoyed our stomp through the weeds in Conifer. We even managed to catch the aspens before they all blew away!

Thank you so very much for letting help in the announcement of your upcoming nuptials. You’re a wonderful couple and I wish you all the very best.

You’re amazing!

P.