3 Ways to Get More from Instagram

3 Ways to Get More from Instagram

Instagram makes me feel salty. I know I am not alone, if you were to talk to any entrepreneur or person who is invested in growing their influence on the platform, they can tell you the struggle is real. Engagement is down, being seen is down. Should you throw in the towel, especially since Instagram seems to make changes monthly? Obviously not! But we need to dive into the changes before getting a strategy, and the recent changes are a challenge.

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Instagram Changes

The highlights from a recent article I read made sense {although they didn’t source their information, so please take this with a grain of salt}. I have been seeing some of my Instagram posts, as well as those I post for flop, even when they are being posted at the right time in their analytics. Here are some key points: (more…)

Houston Senior Photographer | JW’s Houston Senior Session

Houston Senior Photographer | JW’s Houston Senior Session

Houston is full of awesome areas to do a senior session – and I had so much fun with JW! Being a Houston senior photographer means that I get to explore our city to find fun ways to incorporate my client’s personalities into their images.  Not only did we get to use the awesome murals in downtown Houston, but we were able to find a beautiful wooded area for a more traditional vibe. One thing about JW: he loves to workout and football. We were able to go to a gym and get some super fun and unique senior shots that really show off his personality.

Senior photos are the kind of thing that you look back on to remember exactly who you were in high school. I know I remember vividly! In such a transient time, you want to make sure that you’ve got a photographer that will capture that for you. When JW and I met, he had a clear vision in his mind for these pictures. I tried to pay homage to exactly who JW is, while also thinking about his family and the things that they would want to see when they look back at these photos.  We had a blast – and I think you’ll be able to see that when you check out the images!

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Wedding Budgets + Regrets

Wedding Budgets + Regrets

wedding budgetsLet’s not lie, wedding budgets are a little intimidating. Ok fine, they are down right huge and could possibly give one an anxiety attack. And unless you are marrying Prince Harry, what you want and what you can afford most probably don’t match 100%. I don’t know about you, but inspirational sites like Style Me Pretty and Pinterest have wonderful ideas that do not help with a frugal budget. I know this because I have been there!!

So how do you prioritize your dream of having an ample cascading bouquet and that amazing photographer who speaks to your soul? Or that venue with the white washed barn look and that beaded gown you tried on that fits every curve of your body perfectly? A recent survey by Zola found about wedding budgets and regrets with real couples and the findings were not surprising to me.

Wedding Planners

A whopping 20% of couples wish they had hired a wedding planner. To that I say “amen!!”. Planners, not venue coordinators {there is a difference!}, are instrumental in making your day flow. They oversee the schedule, they keep everyone on time, from the caterer, to the florist, to the DJ and photographer. They are on it! I cannot tell you the number of times the schedule at a wedding has gone off track.

A bride is late by over an hour because of hair and makeup is so common that I talk to every bride about this and tell them to leave an extra 35 minutes in their timeline for them just in case. A person in the wedding party is late, delaying pictures.Your mom adding 5 extra family groupings for pictures after the ceremony. It happens! And all of these things throw off your wedding day and make it so your schedule goes way off track, leaving less and less time for pictures. But you know who is amazing at reacting early and ensuring these things don’t happen or derail the day? A planner. They are truly worth their weight in gold and worth the prioritization over laser cut and bejeweled invitations.

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Photography

Even higher, 22% of couples wished they invested more in their wedding photography. In fact photographers land the second spot on what makes your wedding day most memorable, right behind the venue. Again, a huge huge “amen!” to this. Photographers are right beside you almost the entire year of your wedding planning and plus your wedding day. We get to know you and your fiancé, your family, your love story. We dine over food and become part of each other’s lives. So on your wedding day, who is there when you’re are getting ready, for your first kiss and first dance? We are! Having a connection with the right photographer makes all the difference in your wedding images.

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Some of my favorite moments on a wedding day are when I am in the thick of it. I have held more than one wedding dress so the bride can pee. I have hugged numerous moms throughout the day. We have have held hands and teared up during important dances. I have danced with numerous couples throughout the night, including line dances I am terrible at! And at the end of the night we always hug and make dinner plans for the future.

At the end of the day, once you have hung your dress and are snacking on some extra wedding cake in your hotel room, the memory of your day will be in the hands of one of the vendors you trust the most: your wedding photographer. So it makes sense that you allow in your budget a little extra for them.  For my wedding we cut back in other areas to afford ours.

So what is the right budget for a photographer? I know a lot of couples try to stay around the $2000 or less mark, but that budget might get you a photographer who doesn’t know flash and so you wind up with grainy images or ones that are out of focus. I would start at minimum of $2900 and up for an 8 hour day, and make sure you interview/meet with them in person. Ask for samples of their work. It only works if you are laughing at the same jokes and you have seen their latest wedding and you love it!!

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Now as to where to cut in your budget to get the memories you desire? That is harder, I’d say hire a planner and have them help you!

Winner Winner!

Winner Winner!

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We have a Winner!!

Thank you to everyone entered the giveaways over the 5 days, the amount of support was phenomenal! Capping off the giveaways was the portrait session with full hair and makeup from Twisted Couture and the winner is Whitney Evans!!! I cannot wait to capture you and will be in touch soon about the details and scheduling the session!

Recap

To recap the giveaway winner for each day here is who won:

Free Storybook Cosmetics Eye Shadow and Brush Set: Kendra Hughes

Free Landing Page for your Website by Ashley Love: Tara Leitch

Free 6′ Drip Cake from Wink by Erica: Nicole Derrick

Free Full Social Media Assessment: April Tillery

Free Full Portrait Session with Full Hair and Makeup: Whitney Evans

Day 5: Giveaway for a Full Portrait Session

Day 5: Giveaway for a Full Portrait Session

Social Media Assessment Winner

Congratulations to April Tillery from Tree Climber Creations!! You won the free full social media assessment! I will be in touch Monday about it, I can’t wait to dig in and get started!!

Day 5 Giveaway: Full Portrait Session with Hair and Makeup

Holy smokes, it’s the last day of the giveaway! And we are going out with a bang!!! The last giveaway is for a full portrait session with yours truly plus hair and makeup from Twisted Couture. This is a big deal as it is rare these sessions go one sale, let alone are free.portrait session Swish + Click

All The Details

Before the session, you get full hair and makeup from Twisted Couture. That way when you go into the session, you feel confident and amazing! The portrait session is a full 90 minutes of fun capturing you, you + your family or you + your beloved. This timeline allows for up to two locations, wardrobe changes and props, as well as us communicating before the session to come up with a plan that is perfect for you. This can be used for anything: family, senior, lifestyle, brand, engagements, bridals, you name it. I want to give you something of amazing value!

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This portrait session includes all the edited high resolution images to a private online gallery for you to  download, print & share. Printing through me is extra, and this prize has a $1125 value!!

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How to Enter

To enter for your chance to win, fill out the form below! Then, double your chances by heading to Instagram and tag 2 friends that would love to have a portrait session with yours truly!! That will give you two entries, and will whet your appetite for a session!

The winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday January 8th before 2pm. Check back on the blog and Instagram to find out who the lucky person is!

Good luck!

xoxo Christine

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Day Two of the Swish + Click Photography giveaway starts Saturday January 6th, 2017 and ends Monday, January 8th, at 7:00 am. By entering, your email will be added to my email list, which you can unsubscribe from at any point.