FINDING BALANCE!

FINDING BALANCE!

After talking lightly about this topic, I received some comments and messages asking me to talk a bit more about this.

Although I do not consider myself an expert on the subject and that all I have learned has come from experimentation, trial, and error, I have been managing my own job for 8 years and I feel that I may already have enough path and luggage to share!

And here I am!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKES TO RECEIVE MY PICTURES? | ONCE UPON A TIME A LOVE STORY! ADRIENNE + WES

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKES TO RECEIVE MY PICTURES? | ONCE UPON A TIME A LOVE STORY! ADRIENNE + WES

I have many people asking "and when will we have our photos?" and after receiving the answer they ask "so much time?". But deep down, it's never that long!

So, let's go to numbers?

WHAT IS AN "UNPLUGGED WEDDING"? - ONCE UPON A TIME A WEDDING! ANA LUÍSA + JOÃO

WHAT IS AN "UNPLUGGED WEDDING"? - ONCE UPON A TIME A WEDDING! ANA LUÍSA + JOÃO

When I'm chosen to document an important moment as a wedding, I don't care about the time, don't care about the money, don't care if they take more or less time to respond to emails!

The responsibility I feel for being present and documenting such a unique and unrepeatable moment in the lives of those two people always speaks louder than…

CONTENT CALENDAR - 30 days of ideas for you to post in your social media

Don't you know what to post on instagram?

You have a beautiful picture but you don't know what to write?

We've all been there, including me!

So I decided to give you some help and create a Content Calendar for social metworks with 30-day content!

Let's do it?

For those who have an online business, social networks are an important topic of any marketing strategy but building an online presence requires planning, consistency and... some work!

Social media allow us to create an audience with whom we connect to share content and experiences and no one looks at instagram just like a showcase of products shouting "buy me" "buy me" "buy me" anymore! No one wants to be on instagram or facebook to be constantly instigated with a "look at this post I wrote", "look at this product I have to sell", "look at this work I did".

In an increasingly virtual world, creating a closer relationship with our followers makes us more real and trustworthy!

My instagram, for example, has been a great bridge with people from all around the world, some of them who hire my services, it's a fact, but many of them that break the virtual barrier and the purely professional relationship and are today real friends.

So maybe it's worth taking a few steps back and realizing that our instagram is ourselves, our ideas, our voice! More than a lifeless showcase, where we show what we have to sell.


After downloading your Content Calendar the ideal will be for you to take some time to realize what kind of content you will be sharing each day and to prepare it.

I recommend you to start by doing a full week of content and then another one and then another in what is called "batch content".

And what is this?

Simple! It is to do a series of content concentrated at the same time, that is if you decide to take pictures you create a set of pictures in a row, if you decide to write captions you should make a set of captions for several pictures. Deep down is condensing content creation and doing it all together! This has worked for me, but try it and tell me if it works for you!


It isn't mandatory that you start it at the beginning of the month, you can start it any time, but always respect the suggested content for the weekend days whenever possible!

The goal is for your followers to know you better, to know better what you do and feel connected with you or not! I want you to be loved or hated for what you are, but that you never be on that halfway of someone who follows you just for following.

Imagine your instagram as a coffee shop where you meet with several people and where you can hang out, share ideas and experiences, because deep down, if it wasn't all this growing virtuality that we insist to give to the world, instagram could easily be the coffee shop in the corner of your street where you often go to meet your friends and where you spend endless hours talking about everything and nothing!


Your Content Calendar is here waiting for you!

And I'm also here waiting for your feedback!

Don't forget to have fun along the whole process! The goal isn't to end the month with more or less followers, but to ensure that your audience knows you better, knows who you are and can identify small details that characterize you and make you unique.

Believe me that it makes all the difference!


All the luck!

6 TIPS TO PLAN A DESTINATION FAMILY SESSION | SHANNON + CARLOS

6 TIPS TO PLAN A DESTINATION FAMILY SESSION | SHANNON + CARLOS

Many of the families we know and photograph travel with some regularity and this had led us to think about how could we help you to create incredible memories of these travels.

There are trips that deserve more than selfies and photographs where one of the members is always forgotten behind the camera.

Once you know what your destination is, why not…

COUPLE PHOTO SESSION, YES OR NO? | JAMILY + AFONSO

COUPLE PHOTO SESSION, YES OR NO? | JAMILY + AFONSO

Today we are going to talk about these sessions that are so often done only when there is a special reason but that, deep down, need nothing more than the will to happen!

After all, the happy moments of you two together are dateless, aren't they?

So, let's go?

DO YOU KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER? | MARIA JOÃO + PEDRO WEDDING

DO YOU KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER? | MARIA JOÃO + PEDRO WEDDING

The investment each couple decides to make in documenting their special day will always be a personal decision. Sometimes it depends on budget, others on the taste of each one!

But unlike many other investments and choices you can make for your day, the photographer's choice should be based on…

6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR BABY OR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION AT HOME

6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR BABY OR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION AT HOME

I'm back to the blog and in a family mode!

This is perhaps one of the most common questions coming through email: Make a photo session at home or in a studio?

Photographing families with very young children, babies or even newborns can be…

HOW TO CREATE A WEDDING MOOD BOARD TO YOUR WEDDING?

HOW TO CREATE A WEDDING MOOD BOARD TO YOUR WEDDING?

After explaining What is a mood board?  and Where to find inspiration for your wedding?, it's time to do the hard lifting and scratch this task from the list!

But fear nothing because I will be with you step by step so that this task will be successfully executed and completed.

I also included a download with all the steps and with…

WHERE TO FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING?

The Internet is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, however, if ideas are not clear and we don't know exactly what, where and how to look, the most likely is that we spend hours wandering from image to image, from content to content without getting anywhere!

Today I give you the best 4 places to find inspiration for your wedding, as well as some tips to a better search and to find what you are looking for.
Let's do this?

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1. PINTEREST

It's undoubtedly a complete search engine full of images that delight. You can find from ambiances to ideas for your dress, inspiration for flowers, hair, make-up among other details.

HOW TO SEARCH:
The search should be as specific as possible.
That is, instead of looking for, for example, "wedding inspiration" or "bride hairstyle" you should be more accurate and use "wedding beach inspiration" or "bride boho hairstyle".
The more specific the search, the more precise the content presented!

PROS:
. It has an inexhaustible amount of information;
. It allows you to create boards by theme which makes the information you find easy to organize and filter;
. It allows you to share the boards you create with the groom or bridesmaids, for example.

CONS:
. It has too much information and requires a good synthesis and organization capacity.

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2. INSTAGRAM

It is the most used social network of all times with its strong visual component beating many other social networks.
But it may as well serve as a search engine for your inspirational images!

HOW TO SEARCH:
Being a social network what makes Instagram act as a search engine are the hashtags!
As in Pinterest, the more precise the hashtags the better and the more accurate content will be.
Instead of searching for #weddinginspiration it becomes more accurate if you search for #beachweddinginspiration, for example.
Here you can also search for some vendors like, for example, #weddingphotographer, or #weddingdress.

PROS:
. It also has a huge amount and variety of contents;
. It allows you to archive the images you choose in collections which also makes the organization easy;
. Through an image, you can reach the suppliers of various details which can help you in the search and selection of vendors.

CONS:
. The search can be done in a computer, although the image archive can only be made through the phone because it is a platform optimized for mobile phones.

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3. BLOGLOVIN´

For those who are not familiar it is a platform that makes a collection of several articles from different blogs with a search field that can be our best friend!
There are countless blogs on this platform with a great content variety! Here you will find articles and blog posts, not just images!

HOW TO SEARCH:
Use the search field and be as specific as possible.

PROS:
. It also has a huge amount and variety of contents;
. It allows you to archive the articles you choose on collections which also makes the organization easy;
. In addition to the images, the corresponding posts bring up lots of tips, suggestions, advice and DIY articles.

CONS:
. It’s a platform of contents and not only of images, so when you click on an image you are redirected to the corresponding blog post;
. The length of some posts makes the content more time-consuming and hard to achieve.

 


4. SPECIALTY WEBSITES AND BLOGS

There are many, more international than national (portuguese), so for quantity and originality of content is worth internationalizing the search!

My suggestions are three websites/blogs that are part of my daily inspiration routine:
Green Wedding Shoes
Rock My Wedding - We have already been selected vendors of this amazing website and, because of that too, we cannot recommend it enough!
Junebug Weddings

PROS:
. Not only you will find single images but more complete weddings articles which make it easier to understand the context and the way of integrating various elements in your wedding;
. These are websites/blogs that have highly selected content and so you are guaranteed to find quality inspiration.

CONS:
. You are not allowed to save the content in an organized way within the websites/blogs, but you can use an application like Pocket to store the articles that interest you the most;
. The extension of some posts makes the content more time-consuming and hard to perceive.


Finding inspiration doesn't mean you have to be connected to the internet.
You can replace digital images with magazine clippings, little everyday objects or even take some inspiration from the places you usually go to!
What is important is that you spend some time on this task because it will save you time in the future and, above all, because it will help you communicate in a more clear way what you want for your day!

And don't forget to have fun in the process!
Good inspirations!

ONCE UPON A TIME A BABY! MARIANA

ONCE UPON A TIME A BABY! MARIANA

Everything passes by too quickly, and we live in this permanent race against time so that, in the end, we will have some time left.

When a baby is born we have the feeling that everything is so intense that it goes even faster than the clock hands.
Hours and days add up to changed diapers and barely asleep nights and, almost without noticing it, the tiny baby can no...

Welcome 2018 (or maybe not!)

So, your life is a chaos? Smile, wave.. and move on!

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2018, the year that didn't start the best way...
… at least for me!

We always have the vision of a beginning of the new year marked by great resolutions, by the fulfillment of all the desires that justify having swallowed, in a single time, a handful of raisins that tasted more like a punishment.
There are those who have a new home, a new car, there are those who decide to wake up sooner, or later and even those who decide to begin the diet already aligned in the resolutions of the previous year, interrupted 38472749 times by the force of a chocolate square.

Here a chaos has settled!
I know that there are much more serious and unavoidable problems: illnesses, irremediable losses, accidents... and that compared to this, I have a crumb of a problem in hands. And so I'm not saying it was the worst start of the year, but it's fair to say it was not the best.

As you know we left the space where we were in Carnaxide.
And this is a good thing. We always change for the better, right? But having to leave the space until the 31st of December and with the new LX Factory spaces under construction, we were in a kind of halfway to the place where we should be.
Until the 11th of January, the day we received the keys to the new space, my life was a borrowed room, two doors away, full of piles of furniture and boxes waiting, like me, for a better end. Boxes and more boxes and more boxes.

Sessions, editions, submissions were suspended. And for so I apologize and thank you for all the care and understanding. After all, I work with and for the best and this confirmation only made me seen, closer, the blue sky beyond the clouds.

Then I wanted to share all this with you and didn't have a website!
Having decided to free all the first week to complete the moving part and to think that from there, in a blink of an eye, I would define the new site, was a completely wrong shot.
I was postponing the site at the pace of the moving delays, at the rhythm that some papers needed to be signed and several contracts were made.

No space. No website. And, much worse, without taking advantage of what is supposed to be the quietest time of the year to rest. And 2018 didn't wait! It would be so easier to delay the new year a month so that everything could be in the right place at the right time but…

It was a difficult and chaotic beginning of the year, still with loose ends and edges to polish, but I will get there without hurrying the hurry that time already has.

Always eager to do more and more and even better and always leaving the door and arms wide open to welcome you!

And where did we move to? To LX Factory!
But space itself is so incredible that it deserves a whole other post, right?
Stay tuned!

 

ONCE UPON A TIME A WEDDING! CATARINA + LINO

ONCE UPON A TIME A WEDDING! CATARINA + LINO

One of the most incredible... but also the longest and most tiring days of last year.
To prove that yes, it is possible to play the role of a guest and a godmother and still record every detail with emotive and professional eyes.
As long as there are energy and goodwill, as long as it is done with love and that...

ONCE UPON A TIME A STORY! ANA LUÍSA + JOÃO

ONCE UPON A TIME A STORY! ANA LUÍSA + JOÃO

We start the week and this publication in a thank you mode.
Thank you for the support, the sharing, the many messages and comments to the last post. The great majority of encouragement, kindness... but not all in this mood, as expected.

Nothing was written lightly, in fact, it was...

IS IT EXPENSIVE TO DO PHOTOGRAPHY? THE PRICE AND VALUE OF PHOTOGRAPHY!

IS IT EXPENSIVE TO DO PHOTOGRAPHY? THE PRICE AND VALUE OF PHOTOGRAPHY!

This is a less easy and, perhaps, even controversial topic.
But there is always a time when, less comfortably, we talk about topics that are not addressed to anyone, but that can always clarify some doubts and help realize what it is to work with a professional photographer.

When I started working in the photography industry this...

ONCE UPON A TIME A STORY! MARIA JOÃO + PEDRO

ONCE UPON A TIME A STORY! MARIA JOÃO + PEDRO

We have been going through a difficult time in our history.
Perhaps a period in which the impotence in face of so many tragedies, human attacks, natural catastrophes has become our daily bread. Difficult to swallow.

This day was no different. A little more than a year ago, the fires around a city that had just welcomed me, left me in the excitement that...

ONCE UPON A TIME A STORY! CATARINA + LINO
& TIPS TO FIND A PLACE FOR YOUR SESSION

ONCE UPON A TIME A STORY! CATARINA + LINO <br> & TIPS TO FIND A PLACE FOR YOUR SESSION

It's been over a year since this session. Days, hours, new chapters added up.

The place remains the same with the normal changes by the passage of time, of the high and low tides and of the elements. The story is still being written today, with the necessary delay of all the good things in life.

This is one of our favorite places. And maybe it would make sense to take some of our favorite people here. Them.

It's not always easy to...

IN THE TIME THEY CELEBRATED THE DAY OF MY BIRTHDAY*

IN THE TIME THEY CELEBRATED THE DAY OF MY BIRTHDAY*

My month. My day.

A day to pause. To enjoy. To inspire so that I can be back on track with new eyes.
I doubt that I can go to sleep without seeing and answering all the emails, it's stronger than me. Good stories can't wait. Although mine is so often suspended in the written pages of yours.

But today is the day to...