recap between my last post and this post....
Since my last post, (LAST YEAR) a LOT has happened...
However, Since the beginning of 2019,....
Besides that, I also...
Besides all of this, I FINALLY had the money to buy myself a new camera. His name is Troye.
I was able to do a photoshoot recently of my friend Cassie to get some practice with it. And the shots turned out beautiful! It was so much fun exploring this abandoned church. Her shirt matched the pews! It was completely unexpected and unplanned. But it all worked out beautifully. I recently also took pictures at a formal event my church was having. I got some beautiful shots, I must say. So that was the 2nd time I got to use Troye.
The biggest thing I've done this year is...
I quit my job as an extended care preschool teacher.
I love working with children. But the schedule I had was not allowing me to do the things I love.
And there wasn't a better schedule to take. So I knew I needed something different. Something that would allow me more time to work on things for clients, but also give me more opportunities to meet with clients. Instead of telling Clients that we can meet in the morning or at night, this will allow me to give them a LOT more options. And I'm very excited about this.
It was very hard to walk away from these precious souls that I have taken care of and loved. But I have felt peace through it all. And I'm thankful God has helped me through this transition.
I felt like I've waited so long for this moment, and it's finally here. I took my time as I clocked out for the very... last... time. I stood and looked at the room I've worked in for the past 2 years. The lights out and nothing but the sunlight shining in the room through the window. I reminisced at all the sweet, funny memories I had witnessed. All the children that my heart had fallen for. And thought about all the rough things I had faced, and all the stress I had endured. And how it made me stronger and bolder and tougher. It made me see that I can handle more than I know. But only because I leaned on God to get me through, day after day after day.
I left that room grateful for everything I had learned and everything I had experienced.
And almost in disbelief that it was all over. That I finally reached the end of this chapter and am now starting a new chapter.
I told my co-worker/friend that it didn't seem to sink in that I wouldn't be seeing these sweet, little faces anymore. It didn't feel real. And while I will miss them, I am very excited to do something new. And create a life that I really want for myself.
I have a lot planned for my website and businesses that I want to do. And I will start executing these ideas over the next month or so. I'm so excited to put more time into my website. It needs some TLC. I'm so excited for the things that are to come. I'm hoping they are good things.
Thank you to all for visiting.
I had NO IDEA it had been late September since I made a post. I apologize.
October was a busy time for myself and the school I work at part time. I had no photoshoots, and only one Mary Kay party. I did however have a few meetings with a potential new client who needed work done on a website and wanted me to film and photograph some of their products. So far, that hasn't progressed any. But I'm here if they need me. Other than that, not much got done in that month. I was mainly focused on creating my "Maleficent" costume for Halloween which turned out amazing. The children's reactions were my favorite. Only one was a little scared. She didn't cry. But she didn't want to take a picture with me. Even thought mom really wanted her too. Because her daughter was dressed like Sleeping Beauty. It would have been completely appropriate. But I didn't want her scared. So I just waved and kept walking. It was such a fun night. And completely worth all the hard work I put into the costume.
Remember, remember the work of november
I just want to say THANK YOU to all my clients who hired me in the month of November. It was by far my busiest month of the year. (so far.) I had 4 (and a half?) photoshoots. I have 2 more scheduled. And I have some bookings for a birthday party in December.
I also have a new client. Her and her husband have created an awesome product. I get to help market it and I'm in the process of designing their website for them. As work progresses, I will be posting more about that. And sharing the link to the website so you can visit it yourself.
I also made another logo for Big Les. (the radio station mentioned in the previous post)
I'll be adding that soon to the Artfolio.
So as you can tell, this month has been very busy. And I am completely grateful for it.
I sent out a graphic and text message to all my clients on Thanksgiving Day, letting them know I was "thankful for them". I'm happy to say, the list of Clientele was long. I am grateful for that.
IMPORTANT: prices have changed
Also, just to let you know, I have changed my prices. For photography and videography as well. I do not have the time to update the prices on the videography page right now, but those prices will be changing too.
I needed to simplify it for myself. But also make it customizeable for my clients.
I've been listening to my Clients, and the one thing I keep hearing the most is "custom". I keep hearing that you want a "custom" amount of pictures. But if I have "packages" of this many and that many, that doesn't leave much room for you to get a estimated price on your custom number of pictures. Does it? Nope. So by charging per picture instead of per "package", this allows you to build your own package and estimate the price for yourself. It helps you to see if this will be a good deal for you, without having to come to me. We're cutting out the middle man here. Which is, myself. But this makes the process simpler for me and quicker and easier for you. We're getting straight to the point. I'm very excited and happy with this change.
And please remember that consultations are always free. So if you ever want to talk to me about your options, we can totally do that. We can talk about things like: shooting locations, special effects on your pictures, getting prints or even payment plans. So feel free to schedule a meeting with me today! =)
There's a LOT going on. Be sure to follow my Facebook page facebook.com/ladymusicc to keep up with all that's going on. I try to post on here. But if I forget too, you will see it on there. There's also discounts, giveaways, and you can see previews of projects I'm working on, as it's happening. So be sure to follow me on there. Or Instagram @Ladymusicc because I post on there as well.
Thank you SO MUCH for supporting my small business and my "not so small" dreams.
Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Let's go Christmas!
That's all I can think to name this entry as I start to type.
There's been so many things I've wanted to get done, or get to and haven't had a chance to do because I had so many other things to do. But FINALLY, I got a break and have been able to get things done. One of those things being....
I've wanted to show my full list of services I offer. Along with different packages to choose from, what comes with those packages and how much those packages cost.
And FINALLY! I am happy to report that it's all officially up!
I still have to post the Bundle packages, but that won't take long.
graphic design services
Due to so many people requesting of my Graphic Design services, I decided to add this "service" to the site. I wanted to give this as another option for people to choose from.
A few years ago, when I was thinking of putting myself out there and really begin advertising myself and my services, I assumed I'd put the job title "Photographer, Videographer, Graphic & Website Designer". Now I know, it's a mouthful. Could you imagine that on a business card?
I could. But, that's my job to be able too. However, I knew that was too much to advertise. So I decided what was most important to me was to be known as a "Photographer and Videographer".
So those two services were going to be the only ones I listed. And yet, here I am planning on adding a third service. Which is Graphic Design. Whether or not that makes it onto my business cards is still questionable. But, as of right now,....
I will be adding Graphic Design packages and prices, very soon.
Website Design is something I'm still doing as well for Clients. Only a few select Clients. I'd rather keep it this way for a while. But if word gets out more, or if people are interested in me creating them websites, then Website Designer may make it onto my job title as well. But until then, I'm leaving that one as a "hush hush" service. ;)
New music video "wild angels"
One last thing before I end this blog entry at 3:20 AM.
I am in the works of filming a new music video to Martina McBride's song "Wild Angels".
I will explain more on this matter later. Why I'm doing and what it's for, all that jazz.
But the thing I'd like to highlight about this project, is that I will be recording myself singing to it. Not just filming myself. But I will also record myself singing it and make a music video to it as well. I must say, I'm terribly excited about this particular project. It's the most excited I've been about a music video since "Into the Blue". I am however nervous about people hearing me sing. How I'll sound, what they'll think, all the usual crap. But regardless how I FEEL, I am moving forward with this. And I am VERY excited. I cannot wait to share it with you.
More details on that are on the way. So just sit tight...
Thank you for checking in. You're such a lovely person.
Have a great week!
Well, I tried. It was catchy. Sort of.
And by "April hours" I mean all the hours I've spent in April (and March) working on projects. I've been so busy spending "hours" on other people's projects, I had no time for my own.
The "May Powers" was my way of saying, good stuff is to come in May. Hopefully I'll get to show off my super "powers". And by that I mean, stuff I've been making & working on.
When I last wrote, I know I said I was going to try and update the blog once a month. I forgot too last month. (I was VERY busy.) And this month I haven't even touched my site. So updating the blog was the last thing on my mind. But here I am, at the end of April. Better late than never, eh? And while I'm here, let me tell you about some new stuff.
Featured video of the month....
Now introducing a NEW section to the Home Page. "Featured Video of the Month." YES!
I recently made a Blooper video to the short film "When December Comes". Took me 4 years to get to it. But I finally made it. Me and my older brother (who stars in it) watched it together. We were on the phone and watching it at the same time, commenting on how funny it was and how much fun we had filming it. After watching the bloopers, we decided to go back and watch the real film. We loved it! We were laughing and awing and were both impressed with the sound and visual effects. However, I was disappointed when I saw it only had 11 views. 11 views. ELEVEN!
That's just sad. After all my hard work on this video. From the music to matching the sound effects with our movements. From the visual effects to panning and zooming in and out to create the illusion of movement; this was serious work. Even if it was for comedy's sake.
And after all this hard work, I have 11 views. It was disappointing to both me and my brother.
So I came up with the idea to feature it on the home page. To see if I could get it a little more attention. And I thought, this would be a great way to get my other videos some attention. Maybe an older one that's tucked away and hard to find. It's easy for my newer ones to get attention. It's the first thing you see. But the others that you have to dig for, they may get over looked. Which is sad, since some of my favorites are the older videos.
This way however. I can bring those to the front and let them shine! Giving older videos a chance to be noticed again. Let them have their moment in the spot light. So this is a new addition I'm really excited to have on the site. So be sure to check that out every month.
This month, the only work I did as far as photography or videography goes, was I did Prom pictures. And they turned out fabulous! (I think.) It was a race against the rain. But it finally stopped raining and we were able to relax a bit and take our time with the poses. I'll be posting those soon.
Wedding Film - "Always & Forever"
I FINALLY finished a wedding movie for my dear friend Sydni McAllister. Through a series of events, it delayed the project. It only took me 2-3 weeks to make her wedding film. But it took a whole year to get to work on it. Her wedding was March 11th, 2017. It was finished a few weeks before their anniversary. I worked on it some here and there throughout the year. But the most work was in these past few months.
This has been such a huge project for me. It's been a 14 month long journey.
And honestly, I've loved it.
I have appreciated the opportunity to make a wedding movie. And to make it for my good friend Sydni, at that. But also to make the other things that come with that.
At this point, I'm in the process of mailing them out.
I mailed Sydni her DVD, as well as some CD's with pictures I took from her rehearsal day and wedding day. I also sent her the soundtrack, all in one package. I then mailed her a surprise poster that has her and Michael's vows on it. I can't wait for her to get it and see her reaction.
I also mailed out a DVD to Josh Vest. My friend who filmed along side me. The whole thing was his idea. I just made it happen. But it was a privilege to get to work with him. I'm grateful he trusted me with his footage. I hope he likes overall what I did with his work and how I blended my footage with his.
Graphics, websites & a lot of work
Over all, this month I've been working on people's websites, and making graphics for different events. I've baby sat at the beginning of this month. And later this week will house-sit for a couple. April has been very eventful for me. Even though I only did 1 photoshoot, I've still had lots of other work I've been doing.
But I am grateful for the break. It's allowed me to catch up on other projects.
New videos to come...
As I mentioned earlier, I made a new blooper video. Since I'm in the absence of not having anyone booked, I decided to use this time to catch up on my own personal projects. As well as work on projects that need to be done for other clients.
So I'm going to try to make as many videos as I possibly can. Including some for my younger brother & I's youtube channel: "Playtime with I/C" which will be soon changed to "I/C Videos".
It was my idea to give it a new name. This new name will be revealed in our Season 2 videos, along with a new logo and title sequence. The logo is going to have an "icy" look to it. I drew a quick draft for my brother and he totally loved it.
I'm staying busy. I'm working and I have content on the way for you. I just need some time for myself to add all this content to my site. Hopefully, I can make that happen soon.
If you read ALL of this, or scanned through it.... Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. Have a wonderful week.
So much has happened since I last posted a blog entry.
I have created a wedding movie for a client of mine. Still waiting for her to finalize everything. But I'll be shipping that to her soon.
I was booked for a weekend to do mini-session photoshoots for a few different people. It was going to be out of town. I was super excited for the road trip and the opportunity to work with people outside my local area. But the entire event was cancelled and reschedule for a weekend in March. It was a huge disappointment. Especially because of all my hard work and preparation I put into it. But things happen. And you just have to roll with it.
I've been focusing on buying things for photoshoots. Props and things for effects, like reflectors. And still keeping all my pages updated. Including the site. Just added a new header. (finally) it had said "Happy New Year" for far too long. I like the new header.
I have a photoshoot coming up in March of twin babies. It's their 1st Birthday. I'm super excited. It's going to be incredibly cute. I'll give some hints: Pearls, cupcakes, pastel colors.
I can't wait to execute this and post pictures.
Still working my part time job as a K3 Extended Care teacher. Staying busy with that. So a lot is happening,. It's mostly little things. Preparation for things to come. Trying to buy things I need for upcoming events. Things like that.
I just purchased a car decal for my car window that says my name and information on it. It's really pretty! Or at least, I think so. I'm super excited about adding that to the back of my car. I'm hoping it will give me some more attention. And help spread the word about my business. Since I'm in traffic every day. Free advertising!! Yeah!!
I've also been getting a lot of instagram followers which is awesome. I even got some more on facebook. So I have been getting more attention. Which is good for business. Hopefully some of those followers will be people who would like to hire me. We'll see. Either way, it's just nice for people to see my work and support it. I'm grateful for that. Always.
As things progress, I'll try to post more. Especially as events are booked.
Thank you for visiting and reading my posts.
Have a good weekend.
I am happy to announce that the entire "Creatures" section is finito!
Now all I have left to do is the other 5 sections in the "Personal Projects" photography section. Still a lot to do. But I've got 1 down! And that's progress. That's what counts!!
I really want to get it all down so I can focus on other projects. I just want to be done with it. I have an obsession with finishing things. Like, can we please!? PLEASE. LET'S FINISH THIS. Like Home Depot. Let's do this! So yes, I'm still chipping away at that.
I want to make a music video. I'm starving for it!! But I have other things that need my attention right now. Hopefully after the first of the year, I'll be able too. I'll keep you posted on that if and when that happens.
I've also added a new "section" to the home page that features "personal stats" about myself. Basically letting first time visitors know what I've done thus far. In both my photography and videography. I quite like how it looks. The stats are low right now, but in time, I'm hoping they go up. Hey, gotta start somewhere right?
In other news, I am going to look at a car Monday morning. (11/13) It's a white, Jeep Liberty. The Jeep is located in Montgomery, Alabama. Which is about an hour and a half from here.
And in short, if I like it, we are leaving with it. Which means, I get to drive it back home. All. the. way. home. Which is nerve racking for me, but also very exciting. It will give me a good hour and a half to bond with my very first car! And learn the new vehicle.
Having my own car is a HUGE deal. It's a very necessary and vital step that needs to happen before my business really takes off. It's not just convenient for me in my day to day life, It's also a great benefit to my business. I can take props with me for photoshoots. Let people ride with me, if they need it. And the biggest thing is I'll be able to travel as I need. Instead of borrowing my mom's car and leaving her stranded somewhere. I'll be able to hop in and drive to a location where I'm filming or photographing at, and not be wondering "how is my mom getting home?"
I think having my own car will give me the convenience I've been wanting. Some peace of mind I've been lacking. And the confidence in knowing that I'll be able to move forward with my business, and not be hindered because of transportation issues.
So all in all, I'm very excited for what's to come.
In the meantime, I have 3 photoshoots coming up. And 2 (as of right now) coming up in December. So some new pictures will be coming at you real soon.
Thanks for checking in!
Come back again.
Awesome song by Jason Mraz.
So, a lot has happened since I last updated this blog.
We did move into a new house. And I did get my internet back. I've been working as much as I can on the site. Trying to get all my content that's on the old site, on to this one. Including some new content that wasn't added to the old one.
I just finished the "personal pets" page and the "miscellaneous" page.
I have "wildlife" left to do, and I'll be done with the entire "creatures" section.
I still have the other sections to code for my personal projects photography section. I'm hoping it goes by faster than it has been while coding the "personal pets" page. It seemed to have taken forever. And I still have 2 pages to add content too in the "photography for clientele" section.
I'm just taking it all, one page at a time. (Sounds like what the title of this entry should be.)
I also FINALLY created a playlist for people to listen too while they browse the site.
So you can now click on that on the front page and check that out. If you want.
In the meantime, I've been booking people for photoshoots which makes me incredibly happy.
It makes me feel like I'm a little bit closer to living my dreams. And don't get me wrong. I feel like I am. I'm just not living it to the fullest capacity that I'd like too. But baby steps. Baby steps. Every little session or piece of work I get to make for someone, takes me a little bit closer to my goals. It makes me feel like I'm heading in the right direction. And I'm doing all I can.
Other than that, I'm busy with my 2nd job. And trying to learn how to balance my time between these 2 jobs. I'm also in the process of trying to get my first car! Super excited about that. But also really needing it. I hope something works out soon. It's getting difficult having to share a car and work around other people's schedules.
If there's anything else worth mentioning, as always, it will be posted here.
Thanks for checking in!
(Song reference to "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons)
Quick update: I have officially finished uploading all the graphics to the "Clientele" section.
So you can now see all the various graphics I've made for my clients.
In other news,... we will be moving into our new house in 2 weeks!!!
I am completely and utterly excited and happy. Soon after, we will have internet. And hopefully progress will begin to move forward and we can get back up to speed.
As far as my part time job goes, it's doing good.
Hoping to start spending the money on things for my business.
Well, that's all.
Thanks for reading!
Have a great week.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel!!!! I SEE IT!!!!
So, first off THANK YOU to all the visitors who have visited my site this week. LOTS of page views. I was pleasantly surprised. Thank you so much beautiful people. I'll do my best to give you cool stuff to look at when you come here.
Moving on now, we are under contract for a house. It's in our desired location. And the seller is actually someone we know. So we're super confident about this purchase. And we're very excited that next month we'll have our own house again.
Which means for me, INTERNET!!!!! Which means for you, NEW CONTENT to look at.
I'll be able to get back to regularly updating this site. I'm terribly excited!!
The closing date is my Dad's birthday, September 5th. After that, we'll get settled in, get the internet hooked up and it's full steam ahead.
I'm so excited and happy and I wanted to share it all with you.
In the mean time, I'm starting a part time job. I start Monday. This will give me some money to put towards my business. I'm super excited for that as well.
If I have any new details to share with you, believe me, I will.
Thank you for visiting the site.
"...'Cause I love how it feels when I'm breaking chains..."
Great song by Imagine Dragons. "Whatever It Takes".
I'm at that point right now. I'll do whatever it takes to get my site done. To get my business going. To catch up on my projects. I need to hustle more. I've got a lot to do.
I have recently made a new music video. (just for fun) Completely unscripted. But I love how it turned out. I'm planning on posting it this weekend.
In the meantime, I've got pictures to organize, edit and upload.
Work is crawling at this point. Like I said, I just have to work harder. Time to hustle.
I want to get some momentum going again. I feel like I'll never get my business off the ground. And I don't like that feeling. I want to know it's going to happen. I'm going to get it off the ground. Have a launch date. Something!!! Time to hustle. That's all I know.
We're still at the temporary house. Still having to come to church to use the internet. But I at least wanted to post something. Things are happening. You just can't see it.
Thanks for reading.
Check back for more updates.
Corinne 27 Daydreamer, Queen of Narnia, Middle Earth Dweller, Child whisperer, Wanderer, Daughter of the skies, loves to laugh, longs for the mountains, dreams of flying, mother of a cat Princess named Marvel and a German Shepherd Husky Wolf named Rosco.