STOP, remember where you started

Look back. A brilliant speaker recently said “remember to look at how far you’ve come.” 

We can get so caught up in where we want to go, and the frustrations and worries and concerns about what is ahead, that we often forget all that we’ve already built. How far we’ve already come. 

Take a moment, savor it, look back at where you were at 20, 30, or even 40 years ago. What have you done since then? What have you learned? How have you grown?

Make a habit of celebrating, train yourself into that feeling of joy, celebration, accomplishment. The journey is rarely ever east, but we can make it more joyful. 

Savor it a minute and breath. You’ve got this. 

And I’ve got you, at least your images for your marketing, for your next big thing.

Drop me a message and let’s talk.

Remembering how far we've come

What you need for marketing images now!

I am so happy fat right now with marketing images. I did my own session recently and feel like I just sat down to a marketing thanksgiving dinner table! So many images to stand out, stop the scroll, and get my message across. 

Creating packages so my clients have fat portfolios of images they can use for a variety of marketing breaks my heart open. These sessions are so much fun, creativity on both sides gets unleashed (yes, even if you don’t think you have any, I guarantee you have more ideas than you thought you did. 

Here’s an example of some of what I got this week: 

A bunch of facial expressions to express different intentions (shock, calm, fear, love, silly)

And directionals, to be able to point at messages, readers follow eye gaze and hand gestures (i.e., looking or pointing to your call to action)

Directional images

And then there’s basic profile images. More than a headshot, getting images that cause people to click on your profile so they can see more — sometimes literally: why not use a full body image, so they can’t see your face immediately (save that for the website and marketing messages!), but with bright eye-catching colors so they want to click on it — and then they are on your page! HUZZAH! (Where you will have all your brilliant content ready to entice them in to learn more. If not, let me know, I work with some great partners that are happy to help you figure that part out!)

Have fun! Let me know how it turns out. I’d love to see your images. Or drop me a line and I can help create them for you.

How To Have The Best Play Date

Yes, yes, it really is all I can talk about these days: SANTA PLAY DATE! Part of that is because I know first hand how fun it is for the whole family and how beautiful the keepsakes are that we are offering. We had our two HopeKids families last weekend and everyone left with big smiles and happy hearts. It was so lovely to give these families some time away from their kids’ treatments and worries here in my West Wash Park studio, a sanctuary for them. Being able to give them a family experience, like any other family, meant the world to them, and it was our honor to create it for these children and parents. But that’s not the end of what we are giving HopeKids Colorado, we are also donating $50 of every session fee and 10% of all sales to the organization, so it can continue its incredible work.

Please join us in celebrating the season, giving back, engaging with your families, and a PLAY DATE with Santa! 

Part of what made the sessions such a success was they were well prepared. Vala Vincent Photography and I, Mariah Ehlert Photography, want to make sure everything is perfect for you and your families, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

  1. Make sure to show up on time. You get a private play date, the pre-scheduled time is all yours! But if you’re late, we won’t be able to move appointments around.
  2. Review the keepsake products and get an idea ahead about which you will want, it will help us to help you select the best images for you memories and gifts.

Kids 

  • Let them know this will be FUN, and talk about what it means to meet Santa; ask what they want to talk about with Santa; they can write him letters too.
  • No need to coach them on smiles, we’ll capture them naturally, and it can add stress for them.
  • Let them know Santa, Mariah, & Vala are ‘friends’, and excited to meet them.

Parents

  • Bring your best fart jokes, anything to get the giggles going
  • Be ready to show love to your family
  • Leave the stress on the front stoop; we sweep away daily
  • It’s ok if everyone got dirty on the way here, it’s life, it happens
  • We are here to help make the holidays easier for you, and capture some amazing memories and that annual holiday image to cherish
  • Yes, we have mirrors so you can do a quick check and feel confident and camera ready

Clothing

  • Yes: Similar color schemes: whites, tans, splash of red, greens, splash of gold or silver (here’s our Pinterest board for ideas)
  • Yes: Similar hues (light color schemes, or darks)
  • Avoid: Fluorescent colors, busy patterns
  • Accessories for the win: this is the best place to add drama to a wardrobe (versus in the fabrics): headbands, barrettes, necklaces, pins, jewelry, reindeer antlers

Pets (Sunday only)

  • Wear them out before the session: long walk, hard play, jog, dog park, whatever they love to get them happy and tired
  • Bring a favorite toy and/or treats, we don’t always use them, but it can them help focus in a new environment
  • Potty them before coming inside
  • Pet accessories are always a blast, let’s see what you have!

Have any questions? Send us an email, or ask on our Facebook page or on the Santa Play Date event page.

Have a wonderful week, we can’t wait to meet your families and photograph you.

Why An Experience Is Better Than A Gift

Life is short. It’s such a cliche, but we see it happening every day, and definitely every year when we send the kids off to the first day of school. Can you believe it? NO! Tears. Thumping heart. Moments fly by so quickly. How can we slow them down?

Brain science!

The more we can celebrate those moments, extend them and how they make us feel, the longer they will last. This part, is science. Neurotransmitters firing synapses and strengthening our ‘joy muscles’ (that’s my super not official term) the more we will feel joy. Our brains are designed to protect us from dangers; however, they do not understand the difference between a mountain lion attacking us and bills piling up, and queue stress response for both equally. How can we get out of this loop? JOY MUSCLES EXERCISES!

Part One: Savor. Part Two: Remember.

1. If we savor those memories, we make them bigger and stronger, and that feeling trickles down to our whole body (yes folks, the mind and body are truly connected). Side benefit of strengthening joy muscles: better health.

Yep, it’s true. The more we savor wonderful experiences, the more joy we will feel. How can I do that? Experiences. Create and participate in unique experiences. But don’t stop there. Relish in the, recount them, celebrate them, roll around in them as long as you can and flashback to them often.

2. Remember the memories: triggering that memory (photos work great for this, wink) triggers your brain’s response to it, which you conveniently strengthened in Part One. Do the same exercise again: savor it everytime it pops back into your mind. Turn that one little experience into a full-body happy feeling to reduce stress, increase happiness, and then spread it around. We could all use some wonderful feel-goods.

You’re all set now, go forth and work those joy muscles every chance you get!