Friday Tips #11

Hello, lovelies! This month I took a break on #fridaytips because J and I really needed some time to enjoy life and his holidays! I shoot two weddings during our holidays but besides that, I also had time to go to the beach and walk around with my love. It could be completely off but this is a special year because we´re getting married and we´ll be on vacation almost the whole September! We´re doing a road trip around Italy and I´m thinking about doing some shoots there, but only a few spots available because it is our honeymoon and we must enjoy it as it is supposed! I´ll talk about this issue next week, so stay tuned 😊

Let´s start our favorite Friday morning routine ❤

Signature Style System: I talked about this course here some weeks ago and I finally did it! I must let you know that I don´t buy workshops like crazy, in five years I only invest in two online workshops. The first one was more about technical issues and this one is about your soul, being yourself and letting go all the  "inspirations" that suffocate you. At this time of my life, I didn´t feel I need more information about how to shoot, the best poses or how to edit. I already know my style. I´m not saying that I know everything, but being an artist is about what you feel happy with, and there´s no success if you´re not being yourself or trying to be someone else´s just because he or she has success.
There is no right or wrong. No perfection at all. You need to know your camera better than you think, you need to improve every day, study technical issues because they will definitely help you to do your best with your vision or style. I loved this course and I ended up so much more confident about who I am and where I want to be. And most important, who my ideal client is. Yes, get ready because you´ll have so much work to do! I used to worry about followers, especially on my Instagram account, I really got mad because they´re always changing like I gain 10 and then loose 3, BUT now I know that this isn´t the most important. I speak from my heart, I share what I most love like I´m talking to my ideal client and this freedom makes me feel much more relaxed. I still have work to do on my site and my daily routines, but I´ve learned so many things about myself with this course that I´m already grateful for my decision. Nadia won´t tell you how to shoot, how to edit or how to pose, she has the mission to let you know the true you, what you love or hate, who you want to work with, etc...The course will close tomorrow, so you still have 24 hours to 'join the revolution'. You can read more details and join it here.

What we´ve learnt so far, the biggest pieces of advice from starting Deliciously Ella: well I´m a big fan of this girl. Why? Because I think she is genuine. This is the most important after all. This was not planned to share because she only posted yesterday but the moment I came across with her words I immediately knew that I wanted to share this with you. Her story is real. If you think that the success you see now is like a fairytale this is an excellent example that before this there was a long road, with doubts, insecurities, criticism and so on. When we have a business we want to inspire people and most of the time we don´t talk about our problems, but they´re still there on a regular basis. If you have some time, read her post. You´ll feel inspired and that you´re not alone on your freelancer trip.

50 things to do about yourself: Yes I´m a lists girl! I love to write lists for everything. Shopping, working, housework, holidays and so on. I found that on Pinterest and I want to challenge you to pick four things to do until the end of July and share it with me on comments! Deal? Get it here.
My choices:
- Go for a jog or walk by the beach
- Send a handwritten letter to a friend
- Listen to an album from start to finish without doing anything else
- Donate your old books and clothes to charity

I hope you loved today´s post! 

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Much love,

Your wedding Invitation // Paperless

Hello lovely! Today I´m sharing a useful way for you to make your own Save the Date and Wedding Invitation. If you want a beautiful card, with personalized details you just come to the right place!

With Paperless post you have infinite possibilities. You can personalize everything: use your photos, text (many fonts available), backdrop, card design, envelope liner, and color, stamp, and postmark, reply card option and so on. 

You may do online invitations or you can print them also. If you want online invitations you just need to buy coins, just to give you an example with $28 you buy 200 coins, that´s an affordable option to have amazing invitations without spending much money.  

After you personalized your card you have a page where you put some details of your event, including the location that automatically generates a map so your guests won´t be lost. You also have the option to leave a message, to show or hide your guest list, to include your phone number and add a gift registry. Before you send your invitation you´ll create an email list and then you can monetarize everything in this tracking page, who opened your invitation, who answered and you can also request RSVPs and schedule an event reminder. Isn´t it amazing?

Now I´m sharing some of my favorites invitations ❤ 

Let´s start with SAVE THE DATE.

*partnership with paperless post

I hope you loved today´s post! 

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Much love,

A & H // IN LOVE

Hello lovely! It has been a long week, ending tomorrow with a beautiful wedding in Sintra. How about your week? Are you focusing on your dream? Hope so! Because I am every single day, even de bad ones.
I met this sweet couple during our trip to Algarve. They chose this amazing beach to celebrate their love and I couldn´t be happier with it!

I love to eternize the love between two love birds. I want them to be genuine, focus on each other and cuddling. These two were all of this and more. They aren´t afraid of showing their love and be themselves. Aren´t they lovely? 

I hope you loved today´s post! 

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Much love,

Friday tips #10

Hello, lovelies! I´m so happy with #fridaytips, I´ve received so many kinds words from all of you and also from some friends that I never thought they would read it! So, thank you so much for being such an inspiration for my heart. I feel so close to you around here and this makes me feel blessed. 💕

Let´s start today´s tips! Well, at this time of the year I prefer a cold tea instead of my beloved warm coffee!

Friends, friends of friends & special prices: Well, this is a delicate subject. I´ve been there a lot of times and you probably have too. After some bad decisions and regrets, I finally came to a clear opinion. You don´t have to do it if you don´t feel like you really want to. It is your business, you have your target client and you´re investing your time and equipment like any other work you do. To sum it all up, you are investing your money. If you think, you are paying to work. Does it make sense? These people who ask about discounts, I´m sure they love to be paid for their work too. I´m not saying to say NO to everyone, you have to evaluate each situation: the relationship you have with this person, if this kind of work will fit your portfolio and if you have the time to do it without affecting your business plan. I don´t like when people ask for a special price just because they know me or they are a friend of a friend of mine, in true I think it is rude. Nobody on this planet should question your value, only you know it. Sometimes I make special prices, BUT because I want to. And I´m happy with my decision. And most of the times to friends that didn´t ask for it or to my clients that trust and love my work and have been with me for years. It is a gift I want to give them, it´s not an obligation. If you´re not comfortable and happy giving a discount to this or that person, don´t do it. Explain you cannot do it because it doesn't fit your business plan and inform this person about the value you charge and feel happy with. People will understand it, and if they don´t, just let it go, that just means they don´t value you as an artist and your beautiful work!

70+ Terrific Blog Post Topics: I loved this! Sometimes when you know you want to talk about something but you have no idea about the title, this list will help you a lot. Or even when you´re lack of inspiration to blog maybe this can bring out a super idea! You can check it here.

Lance collective - free ebooks: Dear Portuguese friends this is for you! Filipa made some very useful ebooks to help us: site planner, copyright checklist, social media kit and so on. They are five and you can download them here for free! 

I hope you loved today´s post! 

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Much love,

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