You Are Not An Impostor | Photography Advice

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You Are Not An Impostor | Photography Advice

Hey Friend,

Have you ever heard of impostor syndrome? No. Well let me tell you a little bit about it. It's that little voice inside your head that says "hey you, are you crazy? Don't you see all the other bad ass artists out there who are so much better than you. Who do you think you are?" 

Yeah. Impostor syndrome is mean. 

But all I can do to push past it is believe in myself. I take risks. Sometimes I fail. But I learn so much from those failures. 

Nearly seven years ago I took a leap of faith and started a business in a very saturated market. I juggled my job as a registered nurse, my role as a good wife, all with a toddler at my heels and a newborn in my lap. It was freakin hard. But guess what? I came up on top after falling down many, many times. 

You can too. I know you can! 

To push past imposture syndrome I put my head down and I do the work that I know is so important. I don't care if I am not the best artist in all the land. I don't care if my work isn't on trend. What I care about is my heart and the heart of my business which is to create meaningful and connected photography for all the families who trust me to capture them. 

What we are doing as artists is important work. Just think about photographs that you have of your own childhood. They are absolutely priceless.

Photography matters. 

So next time you feel like an impostor do me a favor and remember this. There is only one you. Only you can make the art that you do. Only you can see things the way you see them. What you are doing is important and meaningful. You have a unique and beautiful gift that needs to be shared with the world. If you didn't, you wouldn't even have the urge to make it. 

So don't give up! You are not an impostor! We are in this together!! 

I wrote a blog post about this a few months back. You may find it helpful. Click HERE to read it. ;) 

Love,
Elena 



 

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Gina & Brian | Seattle Maternity Photographer

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Gina & Brian | Seattle Maternity Photographer

I don't eve know where to begin with this session. We had to reschedule a few times but finally we set a date. We met at one of my favorite Seattle locations that is usually packed but for some reason we had it all to ourselves. 

Maternity Photography Matters

I know many hesitate to capture this time in life, but I promise, it is important. You will soon forget your round belly and the intense excitement that is present when you are expecting a baby. 

Gina & Brian recently moved to Seattle and I just know it was meant to be for me to be their photographer. We had so much fun at their session. It felt like I was getting together with old friends. We laughed, we explored, and we got to know each other. 

As you can see, their relationship is genuine and sweet. Gina is a stunning pregnant mama and was very natural in front of the camera. 

We have since done their birth space and full newborn session but each session deserves a blog post. So until then, enjoy her gorgeous Seattle maternity session. It was magic. 

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Argal | Seattle Family Photographer

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Argal | Seattle Family Photographer

The Argal's and I go way back. 

Back to New Mexico, actually. Gen and I are both from New Mexico, both nurses, and both photographers. However, we never knew each other in New Mexico. We met here in Seattle. Such a small world. 

She let me practice my photography skills on her little lady nearly seven years ago when I had no idea what I was doing. I am forever grateful for those who let me try out my skills in the beginning, for because of them I am where I am today. 

We met on a sunny fall evening back in November. We only had about half an hour before the light faded away. It was the perfect amount of time. 

Life is strange. There are constant changes. But if you open your eyes, you will realize that those changes lead you right where you need to be. 

 

 

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Fritts | Seattle Family Photographer

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Fritts | Seattle Family Photographer

You have seen this family all over my portfolio. It's because they are dear friends of mine and they grace me with their faces in front of my lens every year. We met 16 years ago at Seattle University. Alicia and I were in nursing school together, along with her twin sister. We spent so many hours together studying and getting through nursing school. It was so hard but it was so fun. I am so thankful for her and the relationship we formed all those years ago. 

Well fast forward to now and Alicia and Jeremy have three of the cutest kids alive and are kick ass parents. We try to see each other as much as we can but as you can relate, life gets busy. I brought my girls along with me on this shoot and we had so much fun playing in a very muddy Christmas Tree Farm. 

I have been messaged many times since posting images form this session if I offer Christmas Tree Mini Sessions. The answer is no. I can't do mini sessions. I am literally not capable. ;) I can't be limited to a time frame or minimum of images. While I am pretty fast, I need to be able to capture everything I see, every moment. When you do a shoot with me you get all the images I edit, you never have to choose your favoorites. BUT, if you want to do your annual session with me at a Christmas Tree Farm, let's do it! 

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Roberts | Seattle Family Photographer

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Roberts | Seattle Family Photographer

We met in the mountains. It's hard to believe that this location is a mere 55 minutes from my house. Seriously, you guys, Seattle has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. We have a rad city, amazing beaches, and can be in the mountains in under an hour. It is a place made for me, that is for certain. 

This was my third time capturing this family. They are full of ruff and tumble boys, sweet baby snuggles, and a whole lot of love. They are down to earth and so much fun to be around. Enjoy. 

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Black Friday Sale | Seattle Family Photographer

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Black Friday Sale | Seattle Family Photographer

I hope that all of you had a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. :)

I am super excited to announce my first ever Black Friday sale. Now, I have literally never woke up at the crack of dawn to hit the malls. In fact, we were 100% with REI last year and every year where we #optoutside instead. BUUUUT. I don't see any harm in a little online savings for all. This sale is for ALL my photographer pals and my beloved clients as well. Perhaps the most exciting is the announcement of my 2017 in person workshops! Can't wait to see who joins me!! Read the whole post for all the announcements. 

2017 Family As Art In Person Workshops 

Very limited space. Save $200 if you register now! 

2017 Schooled In Person Boutique School Photography Workshop 

Very limited space. Save $200 if you register now! 

Save 50% On All My Photoshop Actions! 

Save 50% On All Prints & Custom Albums! 

Clients, there is nothing more valuable than the tangible. A print or a custom album is the *perfect* gift for the holidays. This is my first ever sale on prints and albums! Prints and albums will arrive in a beautiful box with a ribbon. Ready to give! Enjoy! This is also the first time I have ever offered albums. So exciting! 

Just use the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout! 

If your gallery has expired, simply email me to have it reactivated. Sale ends Sunday so you have time! 

Thank you, everyone for your support and for supporting small businesses this Holiday season! 

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Baby Juliette | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Baby Juliette | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Yesterday I blogged about this families maternity session and now I want to share their newborn session. Four baby girls. So much love. I have captured them many times over the past few years and every time I feel like I am catching up with old friends. They are laid back, sweet, and loving. I enjoy every moment with them. 

I am always booking maternity and newborn sessions. Contact me today if you are pregnant or have a new baby and would like a session like this. <3

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Kimberly | Seattle Maternity Photographer

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Kimberly | Seattle Maternity Photographer

I am playing catch up on blogging, as usual. I have a goal to blog every session before the end of the year. Do you think I can do it? 

This family is very special to me. I have captured them many times and I enjoy each and every one of my session with them. This is when they were expecting their fourth baby girl. She has long since arrived. :) 

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Holiday Card Design Tips | Seattle Family Photographer

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Holiday Card Design Tips | Seattle Family Photographer

I honesty can't believe it is this time of year again. I know we all say it but it is so true, every year just seems to go faster and faster! I LOVE giving and receiving holiday photo cards. Each day the mail comes during the holiday season I feel butterflies in my tummy because I know I am going to get to see my friends and family's holiday card creations. I display them proudly and it is always hard for me to take them down. I just love seeing all those beautiful families up on my wall. 

In the past I have designed and sold holiday cards, however I don't anymore. The reason is simple. There are so many AMAZING consumer design platforms out there that take away the middle man and allow my families to design their cards exactly how they want in a matter of minutes. I provide the images and they create their cards. It really is lovely.

That being said, I wanted to share a few tips on how to make an impactful and artistic holiday card that will have your families and friends smiling from ear to ear all season long. 

1. First, I want to share with you my favorite consumer card sites. I love ARTIFACT UPRISING  and MINTED . What I love about both of these sites is that their cards are modern, clean, and elegant. They use high end materials and are simply luxurious to the touch. I urge you to have a look around both sites.  I know you won't be disappointed. 

2. When designing your card, I personally believe less is more. I know you have many memories and photos you want to share, however I find it WAY more impactful and elegant when you choose just one photo for the front. When there are too many little photos on the card it is overwhelming to look at and not nearly as pleasing to the eye. I prefer to have one image on the front with the message and a little collage on the back. Here is an example (designed quickly by me, not by one of my recommended sites): 

Front

 

Back:

3. Avoid cards that have images  on diagonals or wonky angles. I think it is much more clean and modern to have your images straight with clean lines. 

Yes:

NO

4. My last tip is don't be afraid to use an artistic shot for your card. No need to send out a traditional image. Be creative and choose an image with movement, laughter, or scenery.  It will make your card unique and fun! 

I can't wait to send out my cards! If you are making cards from a session with me, I would love to receive one. Cheers and Happy Holidays! 

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Mort | Seattle Family Photographer

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Mort | Seattle Family Photographer

This sweet family made their session a weekend experience. They live about an hour out of Seattle so they decided to stay in a hotel for the night. I LOVE that. I love when families value their photos so much that they make it a whole experience. I never take that for granted. I know you are giving me a whole evening or morning of your life and I promise that I will deliver images that hold meaning to you. 

We met on a stormy day that cleared up just in time for our session. We explored and played, they snuggled and loved and these are the images we made. Enjoy. 

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