Apr
18
Personal

Frivolous Friday vol. 109


Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: A spontaneous visit with my cousin (another one from MN) who let me know she was in town and leaving town the same day. So thankful it worked out for me to see her!

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Wrote 3 blog posts in one day -- a personal record.
2 -- Finally learned to cook fish.

In my continued effort to resupply the blood bank after my dad's aneurysm, I donated blood. The really kind technician didn't heed my warning that the right arm tends to work better. He thought the left looked like a better candidate. So I ended up getting stuck twice. Again. I'm considering a more emphatic approach next time.

Celebrating: It's a small victory, but I did Insanity (at least partially) four times this week. AND I'm making a concerted effort to work on my posture.

Can we please talk about how sweet this snuggle bug is again? Man I love her!!

Feeling Blessed: Tomorrow I'm heading to Boston to support my sweet and super-human friend Julie as she fulfills her long-term dream of running the Boston Marathon. Can't wait to wear boots again, eat yummy food, and see my friend conquer!


Add a Comment
Share This Post:
MJ2Day


Apr
17
Personal

The value of "Thank You"


This little surprise made our day recently when it showed up in the mail. One of our associate photographers, Rachel, recently shot a gorgeous wedding that I'm so excited to share with you soon. Our clients Khristine & Santino are not only drop dead beautiful -- wait until you see! -- but they are also apparently super-kind and thoughtful.

We don't ever expect to get a "thank you" from our clients for three reasons:

1 - They're paying us for a service and we are doing our job.
2 - I myself am not very good at stopping to say "thanks". So I guess, while this isn't something I'm proud of, it causes me to not expect it from others.
3 - The days and weeks after a couple gets married are typically CRAZY busy. So if we hear from them at all, we're pleasantly surprised.

So we are always so blown away and blessed when we get an email from a client with the sole purpose of thanking us, let alone when we get a hand-written card. Khristine & Santino took it to a whole other level, though, by including a print of an instagram photo taken of Rachel in action on the wedding day. A client sending US a photo!! haha -- so awesome!! This was so over-the-top sweet and blessed us so much, I just had to share. It's yet another reminder to me of the immense value of saying "thank you."

I'm so impressed with the instagram too -- I need to track down the person who took it and offer THEM a job! haha!

Stay tuned -- I'll be sharing Khristine & Santino's wedding photos on Monday!


Add a Comment
Share This Post:
Align


Apr
11
Personal

Frivolous Friday vol. 108


Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: It felt so good after shooting 22 hours worth of weddings and events in 5 days to spend some quality time with my family this past weekend. My cousins were in town from Minnesota and we played darts, ate out, ate in, and took lots of walks -- basically a whole lot of nothing. And it was wonderful.

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Finished my taxes -- hurray!
2 -- Wallpapered my bathroom mirror with TRUTH.
3 -- Turned on the AC for the first time this year. Yep, even though it's still snowing elsewhere in the US… it's 98 degrees here.

There's a Target literally across the street from my house. It's so dangerous -- it always sucks me in and hours later I finally emerge with more than I went in for. So I try not to go very often. But I had to bite the bullet this week, so I went in prepared with a specific list, and with heels on my feet (so I wouldn't be too comfy). I still ended up spending over $100. EVERY TIME.

Celebrating: Sara found a lost dog in my neighborhood who temporarily lived in my backyard while we searched for his owner. Thanks to Craig's List he was reunited with his family less than 9 hours later! What a relief. I break into cold sweats just thinking about losing Dixie! SO scary!!!

I got to go to lunch with my sweet friend Emily this week. Emily is a wedding planner here in Phoenix who recently came on as Align's newest designer! So she's a colleague, a friend, and now a team member. I'm so blessed because whenever I walk away from time spent with her, I am encouraged in my faith. I am so thankful for her and only hope I can do the same for others!

Feeling Blessed: I got THE SWEETEST email from a bride whose wedding I recently photographed. Not only did it make me so thankful that I've had such amazing clients lately, but it reminded me of how blessed I am to be able to be a part of capturing people's memories and helping them relive some of the happiest events of their lives.


Add a Comment
Share This Post:
Album Design Templates


Mar
28
Personal

Frivolous Friday vol. 107


Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: A full day off. I can't remember the last time I took one of these. And I worked really hard to plan ahead and make room for it in my life. It was so amazing to spend quality time with my family (that was LONG overdue) and not feel like I needed to get back home to a list of things I had to get done by the next day.

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Locked myself out of the house and had to sit on my driveway for 30 minutes waiting for my dad to come rescue me.
2 -- Put on my big boy pants and disposed of a dead bird that was in my front yard. Oh the joys of singleness.
3 -- Tinkered with the remote for a full six minutes trying to get the audio to work before figuring out that the volume was just turned down all the way.
4 -- Realized that I've been washing my hand wash/delicate clothes with delicate FABRIC SOFTENER rather than delicate detergent for the last six months.

So ya, it wasn't one of my brighter weeks. But it WAS amazing in so many other ways. I can't decide what to write about, there were so many blessings. I had to say goodbye to my Canadian friend Kari, who has been here for the past three months, and on her last day here, we sat outside in perfect weather at a Mexican cafe and ate the best table-side guac and street tacos. It felt like a holiday and I loved it.

Celebrating: Yesterday was Align's 2nd birthday! I can't believe it's only been 2 years since I launched my album design company. We now have 9 designers and serve over 300 professional photography studios worldwide and it feels like MUCH longer! There is definitely a lot to celebrate in our short two years and I can't wait to see what the next year holds in store!

I also want to celebrate Janelle -- our newest associate photographer -- once more! She and I got to spend some quality time together this week training, doing head shots and having dinner, and I can't wait until everyone gets to know this girl! She is incredible in so many ways -- she is a person of extraordinary depth and is so well-grounded. I feel humbled and blessed to have her on my team!

Feeling Blessed: I get to shoot TWO weddings this coming week! And the excitement kicks off tomorrow with this cute couple's big day!


Add a Comment
Share This Post:
MJ's Camera Bag


Mar
21
Personal

Frivolous Friday vol. 106


Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: Dixie-girl's birthday party! It's tough to beat hanging with dog-loving friends and their pups outside on a Saturday in March in Phoenix. If you missed it, click here to see the cuteness!

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Stayed up way too late because I couldn't put this book down.
2 -- Was told by my chiropractor that I need to work on my "scapular stability."

My friend Julie and I drove around to three different strip mall nail salons before finding one that could take us. Yet another win for perseverance.

Celebrating: This partnership! I remember sitting down to talk with Jared Bauman, the Co-Founder and President of ShootDotEdit a year and a half ago to ask him if he would ever consider letting go of the album design portion of their service and partnering up with Align, and after a lot of conversations and planning, this exciting partnership is finally a reality! If you are a photographer and missed out on the announcement yesterday, click here to find out how you can get one month of color correction FREE!

I love this photo that my friend Jordan captured of me snuggling my sweetie. It's not a perfect photo. It was taken with an iPhone in a dark living room. But I love it. Just further proof that the best camera is the one you have with you.

Feeling Blessed: It's our busy wedding season here in Arizona (i.e. gorgeous outside) and I get this weekend off!


Add a Comment
Share This Post:
MJ2Day

RSS Feed

PUG Align Twitter Blog Collage Templates MJ 2 Day Best of Weddings

BorrowLenses.com B&H Infinet Grace Ormonde Facebook Junebug Best of the Best 2012!



Blog Archives


Blog Stats



©2014 Melissa Jill Photography.     Website by infinet design Tel 480-269-0036     Fax 480-248-3146     melissa@melissajill.com