Create BEFORE You Consume | Entrepreneur and Photographer Tips

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Create BEFORE You Consume | Entrepreneur and Photographer Tips

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We live in a magical time where we have access to entertainment, art, and friendship literally in the palm of our hands. I will be the dork here and say that the power of the internet still blows my mind.

However, this instant access, instant gratification, instant everything has many downfalls in my opinion.

I could bore you and go on and on, however I won’t do that. Instead I am going to share with you one major downfall that I feel can be detrimental to your creativity, your confidence, your mindset, and ultimately the growth of your business.

This downfall is the comparison game. I play it EVERY SINGLE DAY and my gut says you probably do too. Am I right?!

You scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc and you are flooded with so much beauty and talent. You are flooded with people showing themselves looking absolutely gorgeous doing epic things, creating incredible art.

Cue inner narrative:

“Wow, my photography is so boring. Why can’t I use light like that?”

“I need that lens. I need that camera.”

“I look like a slob. My kids look like ragamuffins.”

“I don’t travel enough. I don’t spend nearly enough time in bed with gorgeous lattes.”

“I suck at all things and will never be able to be half as much as these bad asses, I quit.”

 

Yeah, you know what I mean don’t you?

Here is the thing. Inspiration is a beautiful, wonderful, motivating thing. But it can also bring you down to a place that is hard to get up from. And it can also suck so much time out of your life that you don’t get half the things done you were capable of.

But here is the good news, my friend. I have a very simple solution, a practice really, that I have been implementing and it has changed my life.

I now have a hard and fast rule. Create before you consume! Create before you consume!

It is almost meditative and I will admit it was hard to implement. It took some major self control to not roll over, grab my phone, and start binging on all things social media.

Now, I wake up, make my coffee, meditate for 5 minutes (that is it) and then I create something. That can be as simple as writing a blog post, writing an email like this one to you, editing an old personal photo, writing a note to my best friend, scheduling my own Instagram feed or facebook posts, culling a session, working on one of my upcoming talks or retreats…. ANYTHING BUT CONSUMING.

Then, when I do start guzzling social media (because I absolutely do) I come from a more firmly rooted place. I feel more sure of my own abilities to be a creator and I look at others from a more subjective place.

I urge you to try this. Create before you consume. See how it changes your mindset. And let me know if it helps.

Xoxo,

Elena

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Seattle Beach Family Photographer | Elena S Blair Photography

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Seattle Beach Family Photographer | Elena S Blair Photography

I adore sun drenched images, however there is something so special and beautiful about a cloudy sky. It brings a depth and beauty that is so unique. I believe as a photographer it is important to be able to photograph in any type of light. I only cancel a shoot if it is super rainy. 

I have had the privilege of capturing this Seattle Family a few times and it is lovely fun time. We played in the sand, threw rocks in the water, and enjoyed a cloudy Seattle spring evening together. 

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Seattle Adventure Family Photography | Seattle Family Photographer

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Seattle Adventure Family Photography | Seattle Family Photographer

One of my favorite things to do in my family work is to incorporate the environment. 

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have a vast amount of beautiful locations all less than an hour from Seattle! It really is incredible. 

My families get to choose what type of location they prefer. Beach, park, field, urban, or mountain. Then, based on what I know about light and accessibility I help them to choose the best location in their chosen category. 

This family wanted to go to the mountains! Luckily I have a few favorite mountain locations that are super easy to get to. 

When you have a session with me it is a bit like an adventure. We explore the environment and really get to know each other. 

You get to spend quality time with your family and let me take care of any of the "stress" of having family photos taken. 

It really is a lot of fun! 

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Family Posing Made Easy | Posing Guide For Photographers

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Family Posing Made Easy | Posing Guide For Photographers

One of the biggest struggles photographers have is posing. 

You want your families to look relaxed. You want the family photos you take to look "unopposed." You want your families to love their photos. Right!?

We all do. 

Most of the posing guides out there are basically a look book. Something you can find on Pinterest. 

This is why it took me so long to put a posing guide out there. I wanted to find a way to teach posing that was valuable. I wanted to figure out a way that would teach HOW to pose, not just give ideas. 

That is why I developed, Family Posing Made Easy. This class is literally a step by step guide to posing. It breaks over 40 family poses down into steps that you can implement right away. 

It is NOT just a visual guide. 

My students have been putting out incredible work with their newly learned skills. Each month we do a cover contest and we share our latest family work to inspire and grow together. 

I am so darn proud of my students! 

Enjoy! 

family posing made easy posing course for photographers elena s blair | marti austin

Marti Austin "Since taking this course I've learned how to gently guide my families into natural positions and then let the moments unfold naturally to truly capture their personalities and relationships!"

martiaustinphotography.com | Facebook.com/martiaustinphoto | Instagram.com/martiaustinphotography

family posing made easy posing course for photographers by elena s blair | sweet liv

Hali Resney Tomczak "I love having go to poses to go to, I feel so much more confident directing my clients into connected poses and then letting their beauty together shine trough from there💛"
www.sweetlivphotography.com | https://m.facebook.com/sweetlivphotography/ | https://www.instagram.com/sweetlivphotography/

family posing made easy posing course for photographers elena s blair | maleah metz

Maleah Metz "This course had made me so much more confident when going into sessions (and not just family photography!) I still consider myself a beginner, but I’m so much more comfortable now with interacting with clients and making them feel more relaxed and at ease in front of the camera ✨"

www.maleahmetzphotography.squarespace.com | www.facebook.com/maleahmetzphotography | www.instagram.com/maleahmetzphotography

family posing made easy posing course for photographers elena s blair | karra cappelli

Karra Cappelli "This course has helped me be more vocal during sessions. Elena lays out simple commands and actions that can be implemented in all sessions. Thank you Elena!!!"

www.facebook.com/karralynnphotography | www.instagram.com/karralynnphoto | www.karralynnphotography.com

family posing made easy pose course for photographers by elena s blair | tiffany magnuson

Tiffany Magnuson "This course has helped me to see the natural way of "posing" It's no longer stressful to get shots of families."

www.instagram.com/canyon_heart_photography

family posing made easy posing course for photographers elena s blair | cheryl minix

Cheryl Minix "I've learned to direct so that I am able to capture connection. This little just learned how to give "lovins". Momma clearly is soaking up the moment, closing her eyes and freezing this moment into her heart for evermore. And Daddy? Daddy is thinking what did I ever do to deserve all this...Thank you Lord!"

https://www.facebook.com/MyOnlySunshineCherylMinix/ | www.instagram.com/myonlysunshinecm | cherylminix.zenfolio.com

family posing made easy pose course for photographers elena s blair | sarah hailey

Sarah Hailey "I learned to first of all set expectations with my families before we even begin the shoot, especially with dads! Getting these relaxed poses actually takes a lot of coaching. I also learned to slow down and pay attention to the little details. A little change in posing can make a huge difference!"
www.sarahhaileyphotography.com | https://www.facebook.com/sarahhaileyphotography/ | https://www.instagram.com/sarahhaileyphoto/

family posing made easy pose course for photographers elena s blair | kristen pay

Kristen Pay "To date, this is one of my favourite family captures. The pure bliss on mom's face. The way dad is whispering in her ear. The kiddos looking on in complete wonder. I love it. <3 The raw emotion of people photography gets me every single time - it is hands down my passion to capture other peoples realness.

This course was one of the best purchases I've made. I love photography, but when I started up my business I was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. I was terrified to direct people. Being able to rely on ideas and cues that I've learnt has been pivotal in me overcoming these fears. Because I've been able to overcome these fears, my photography skill has greatly improved. Because I've learnt HOW to talk and direct, I can now really focus on getting the images I want."

https://www.kristenpayphotography.com/https://www.facebook.com/kristenpayphotography | www.instagram.com/kristen_pay_photography_

family posing made easy pose course for photographers by elena s blair | cari anne bradley

Cari Bradley "I have learned so much from taking this course and have taken huge steps towards the more connective family photos I love!!"
Cariannephotography.com | Facebook.com/cariannephotography | Instagram.com/carianne_photography

family posing made easy pose course for photographers by elena s blair | rishelle barber

Rishelle Barber "I am working on focusing on family posing more and moving around a location less. AKA more variety with posing vs. a million different spots in a location. Also, I love when hair blows around in the breeze. This course has made a huge difference in establishing the building blocks of my family sessions. I give the poses names to help me remember them... like "french fries" (everyone standing in a bunched up group), "kid sandwich" (duh), "love line" or "condiments" (holding hands, but spread out a bit), etc."
www.instagram.com/rosey.shell_photography | www.facebook.com/roseyshell | www.roseyshell.com

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Outdoor Family Photography | Family Photography in Seattle, Wa

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Outdoor Family Photography | Family Photography in Seattle, Wa

Summer in Seattle is a magical time. I always say, if the weather was like this year around we would have a major population problem! 

Summer in Seattle is also the start of what I like to call Family Portrait Season. This is when I start photographing families every weekend all over Seattle. 

We enjoy the sunshine, our beautiful parks and beaches, and each other. 

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