Colorful Coastal Engagement Session in Italy

Based on this amazing set of engagement photos from the Amalfi Coast in Italy, we have a new rule: everyone must travel to Italy at least once in their life. Sounds like a dream, right? For Aston and Victoria, at least, this dream destination was the perfect choice for their engagement session with Darin Images. Turquoise seas, ancient architecture, mountainous vistas – each of these images showcases the beauty of the land and the sweet, comfortable intimacy the couple shares.

More from the photographer, Darin Images:
“When Aston asked me if I would like to shoot an engagement in Italy, I was over the moon! While we were tossing around ideas of Rome and Venice, the Amalfi coast came to mind as it had always been a dream place for his fiancee, Victoria, and for me. Apart from the beauty of the Mediterranean landscape and coastal mountains cascading into a turquoise sea in a stunning panorama of picturesque villages, how could I say “No” to the origin of vongole, my all-time Italian favorite dish?
 
After a few months of research and preparation, we decided to shoot between Sorrento and Salerno, encompassing the most photogenic town of Positano. For the second part of our shoot, we cruised along the gorgeous coastline up then went up to the high altitude of Ravello for the grand historic villas. Working in new places is a challenge., and I am so lucky to have such amazing support.”

Photographer: Darin Limsuansub | Make-up Artist: Sandra Lovisco | Venue 1: Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano | Venue 2: Belmond Hotel Caruso | Venue 3: Villa Cimbrone | Venue 4: Restauarant Da Adolfo

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02.09.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

FREE Webinar: Pricing for Creatives

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We’re hosting a FREE webinar on Tuesday with business strategist and financial coach Shanna Skidmore and Once Wed editor-in-chief Emily Newman.

Together we’ll navigate the topic of pricing within the creative industry and how you can go about creating margin and finding freedom in your life and business.

During the 40-minute session we’ll also be sharing the experiences of floral and event designer Jessica Zimmerman and photographer Rachel May, both of whom have applied Shanna’s teaching principles to their own businesses.

SIGN ME UP!

The webinar will be held at 1.30pm EST on Tuesday, February 9, so don’t miss out! Even if you can’t join us live, sign up so we can share the recording with you.

Are you up to date with the free advice Shanna’s been sharing on pricing?

Do you feel like you have to say yes to every job?
Are you afraid of raising your prices?
What does it look like to be thriving in your business?

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02.08.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to Elope in a Simple, Beautiful Way

The concept of elopement is a beautiful thing to consider: “to run off secretly to be married.” The story of two lovers who know that they want nothing more than to be together is a time-honoured one, and while most couples choose a larger wedding with many guests, there is certainly something to be said for those who simply want to be wed. So, how does a couple elope while maintaining a simple, beautiful aesthetic that suits their personalities? These images show us that all it takes is a few simple things: a lovely dress, a non-fussy bouquet, and a special location – oh, and an amazing photographer to capture your memories forever.

More from the photographer, Amelia Fullarton:
“As a photographer, I love the idea of a low-key wedding experience that doesn’t sacrifice the visual elements and allows me to capture a few simple, truly beautiful moments. This editorial is all about two lovers escaping for a weekend away in the Byron Hinterland. It shows that an elopement or wedding can still be really incredible without a huge budget.  A heavenly dress, flowers, and a special location can simply be enough to make your day stunning.”

Photography: Amelia Fullarton | Hair and Makeup: Phoebe Barrett | Flowers: Blossom Hunter | Location: Tooraloo Farmstay, Byron Bay | Dress: Spell Designs

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02.08.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

The answer to pricing for creatives is here

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Over the past few days you may have noticed we’ve been sharing advice for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners on pricing and profit.

We wanted to let you in on why we’ve been doing this.

After Joy and I released our last course we sent out a survey trying to gather more information on what our community was really struggling with; what they wanted to learn more about.

The results were fascinating – and also unanimous. Everyone was struggling with pricing. Here were the most common responses.

  • Is there a “right way” to price my work? Pricing feels so arbitrary to me, like a big guessing game.
  • I know my services are worth more than I’m charging, but if I increase my prices I won’t book enough clients.
  • It’s hard to put a price on my creativity and my expertise. How do I communicate the true value of my service to clients?
  • I want to be able to charge more (what I’m worth), and work less. But how do I set those boundaries in my personal and professional life?
  • I have heard bits and pieces of information on all different pricing models, but I struggle with pulling it all together and applying it to my business.
  • At what point is my skill and expertise strong enough to raise my prices?
  • I’m booking a high percentage of inquiries, but I still don’t feel confident in what I’m charging.

Do these resonate with you?

It was obvious to both Joy and I that we needed to create a course to help address these concerns, but neither of us are pricing experts, which is why we reached out to Shanna Skidmore.

Shanna is a business strategist and financial coach who specializes in working with creative entrepreneurs. She has a degree in business and psychology, and she took every art class she ever could at college. She’s worked in the finance, fashion and wedding industry so she’s uniquely positioned to understand the nuances of the needs and situations faced by creatives.

We’ve also seen first-hand how Shanna has completely transformed several of our friends’ creative businesses and lives through the principles she has taught them.  

Because we know more of you need Shanna’s help than she has hours in the day, having her write a digital course for us was the best way we could make her teaching affordable and accessible.

The result is Pricing for Creatives – a 120 page digital course to take you from surviving to thriving in your business. Whether you’re just starting out or are an established business owner, we’re confident you will find tremendous value in this course.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the course website and read more.

The course has been officially released today and is on sale until February 11.

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02.04.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog