Changes Coming To The Blog

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Changes Coming To The Blog

 

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been showing up on this blog week in and week out for over 5 years now.  For the majority of that time I’ve been present every single week and shared with you all things going on with DBP, my personal life, promotions and client sessions.  Blogging has allowed me to show up on Google consistently as well as showcasing my latest work to potential clients.  But of course it wasn’t all flowers and butterflies.  While I love sharing parts of myself and business with the world it has sometimes taken a toll on me.  I’m a huge believer in batch working and would try to batch as many blog posts as possible so that I never fell behind, but every once in a while life would take over and I’d wake up extra early on a Monday morning scrambling to add photos to an already written post before it’s published (having forgotten to do it the week before as intended).  That’s when I had to take a step back and reassess some things.  As my work load has increased some other things are now having to take a backseat, including weekly blog posts.

So what does that mean for you?  Not much.  I still plan to show up here and share with you all relevant tips for your upcoming sessions as well as client sessions, but it won’t be weekly.  I feel like if I’m able to do a session roundup twice a month that will still give you guys something to read when you stop by DBP as well as showcasing my latest work.  As things stand now I’m currently sharing sessions from over 5 months ago which isn’t fresh or new.  So in an effort to keep up with my busy shooting pace I’ll be dropping by the first and third Monday of each month to share with you my latest client work in a roundup post, sharing tips as well as giving you insight to what’s going on with me and my brand.  So no big changes, just showing up a couple of weeks less each month.

While I’m still unsure if this will be a permanent change I know that at least for the next year or so this will help to alleviate some of my workload.  And if I ever feel like I’m able to get back to weekly blog posts I promise you guys will be the first to know.  Thank you so much for sticking with me over the years and taking the time out to read and comment on my posts.  I’ll see you guys back here (same time, same place) in a couple of weeks!

 

– Denise

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One Word: Abundance

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One Word: Abundance

 

I’ve been doing a word of the year for the past 4 years.  Each year this word has manifested itself in my life in various ways, sometimes not in the ways I’d originally planned for them to, but in a transformational and positive way none the less.  I’ve gone from Fruitful to Dauntless to Leap to Transition.  And in year 5 I am going into 2020 with the word Abundance.  But before getting into that let’s wrap up 2019 which was FULL of TRANSITION!

When I decided on the word transition for 2019 I knew that my business would be changing…and what I hoped for was the better.  I decided to step away from certain aspects of my photography career, like shooting weddings, to focus more on branding clients by introducing packages that would suit a multitude of clients.    It was scary to put all of my energy into this one aspect of my business, but I knew it was what I was passionate about and that if handled properly it could catapult me to the next level.  Well, it certainly catapulted!  2019 was the BEST year for my business to date.  After 8 years in the game I saw my highest revenues, highest client numbers and truly the happiest I’ve ever been in running this business.  Spiritually, the number 8 signifies new beginnings and this year was definitely a rebirth for DBP.

So, going into 2020 the word ABUNDANCE kept coming to mind.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it my word of the year because when most people think of the word abundance they think of over-indulging or money.  And while an abundance of money is always welcome in my life I didn’t want anyone to think I’d chosen this word for that specific reason.  But I’ve now come to learn that you don’t choose the word, but it instead chooses you.  Seeing it come up time after time I knew I had to choose this word so I decided to look up it’s literal meaning:

a·bun·dance: a very large quantity of something

Then I began to think, yes I want my life to be filled with large quantities of fulfillment, joy, love, family, friendships, and yes, even prosperity.  I want to go even BIGGER and BETTER in 2020.  I want to take my business, my life, and my goals to higher heights.  I want, and finally have come to realize that I deserve, more.  It’s as simple as that.  I’m no longer putting limiting beliefs on myself and my dreams.  Going to Paris this year with a group of photography friends and capturing an amazing session taught me that I’ve been dreaming too small and that God has much more in store for me.  I just have to believe it.  So going forward I am receiving large quantities of everything good in my life.  It will be a year of expectancy and I’m so excited to share this journey with you all.  If you chose a word for the year I’d love to know in the comments below what it is and why you chose it!  Let’s bring in 2020 with a positive affirmation and wanting more for our lives and businesses.

 

 

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Anna N. | Lifestyle Session

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Anna N. | Lifestyle Session

 

Wow!  What a year 2019 has been!  I seriously can’t believe this is the final blog post of the year.  I still have LOTS of 2019 sessions to share with you guys over in 2020, but today I’m rounding out the year with my summer session with Anna.  Anna is a mechanical engineer student and blogger based in Charlotte, NC.  When she reached out to me about booking a session she indicated she wanted her session to show both parts of who she is.  A woman working towards a degree and the fun, flirty side of herself and that’s exactly what she got.

 

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We met up at Amelie’s located in uptown Charlotte and captured images of her studying over a yummy cup of coffee.  It’s safe to say that she makes studying look good!  We then made our way along the streets of uptown for a couple of fun looks to show off her blogger/fashionista side.  It was so much fun spending time with Anna (and her sister who came to help out!) and getting to know more about her.  I’m always amazed by people who work a full time job, go to school AND have time to blog on the side.  I know what the blog struggle can be like and I commend anyone that can make time for all three.

 

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And that leads me to a new transition for the DBP blog…for now at least.  Over the last 5 years I have shown up on this blog almost every single week sharing pieces of my life, client tips and of course sessions of every single client I’ve worked with.  It’s been no easy feat but I knew that consistency is key with anything you do in business.  I have decided that I will be making the move to doing only 1-2 blog posts per month.  They would be a mix of client roundups (featuring more than one client session per post) and tips that are useful for anyone wanting to book a future session.  This allows me to share sessions with a faster turnaround time (that way you aren’t seeing shoots that happened in the summer all the way in the winter) and gives me a bit of a break.  When you’re a one woman show it’s not easy to do everything yourself all of the time.  So if you happen to visit my blog and don’t see a post from that particular week don’t fret, I’m not going anywhere.  Just come back in a week or two and I’ll have fresh content for you!  I hope you guys have an amazing end to your 2019 and I’ll see you over in the new decade!

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Tia B. | 40th Birthday Session

 

Tia B. | 40th Birthday Session

 

It’s not secret that if you’ve been reading my blog for a while that things are a little backed up over here.  When you only write one blog post per week, but you shoot multiple sessions per week things tend to get backed up.  But that doesn’t mean certain sessions still aren’t worth celebrating NOW!  I had the absolute pleasure of capturing Tia’s 40th Birthday this past summer at her uptown Charlotte apartment complex and it was a dream!  She was of the sweetest clients I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and made my job super easy.  It was a gorgeous, sunny day and thankfully the humidity didn’t kill us which for the south is always a winner.

 

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I’d never had the pleasure of shooting a session in one of the luxury apartment complexes so this was a true pleasure for me.  We made our way to the lounge area, by the pool, to the entertainment area, the gorgeous rooftop that had a perfect view of  the Knights Stadium and finally finished up in the lobby.  When you live somewhere like this you don’t need to look elsewhere for a shoot location.  It had literally everything we needed all in one place!

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After our time together ended Tia planned a birthday party for herself as well as a much needed getaway so needless to say she brought in year 40 with a BANG!  I’m so thankful that she allowed me to be a part of this joyous moment in her life.  And if you are celebrating and upcoming birthday and want to commemorate the moment with a photoshoot then I’d love to hear form you!  Contact me today so we can chat and see how I can help you bring your birthday vision to life!

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Lorena H. | Branding Session

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Lorena H. | Branding Session

 

Meeting new clients is always a treat for me.  And when those clients come to me with a vision already in mind for their brand it’s that much better.  Lorena reached out to me regarding a branding session for not one, but TWO businesses she was ready to uplevel I was super excited to hear what she had in mind.  The first half of her session was all about her life coaching business, Legacy Driven.  Lorena feels that her sole purpose in life is to love people back to life.  She’s a certified life coach  that knows what it’s like to be broken  and have to put yourself back together.  Her mission is to help others that are in similar situations come back from that place of brokeness and with her infectious, vibrant personality she’s fit for this position 100%.

 

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The second half of her session focused on her other business venture, Corporate Missfit.  Corporate Missfit stems from her love of fashion and how it soothes her soul.  She’s never liked to fit in and loves everything style related from jewelry to home decor to vintage clothing.  She began by selling clothing from her own closet and it spiraled into a business!  She’s the Corporate Missfit because she’s a corporate leader in her full time gig, but by looking at her you’d never guess it.

 

Lorena is about as a driven as they come and I could tell that just during our short time together.  She’s a go-getter that will go after her heart’s desires.  I am so excited to see what the future holds for her and all of her ventures!  And if you’re starting a new venture and need updated images then I’d love to help you bring your vision to life as well.  Contact me today to see how I can help.

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