I’ve been teasing it for about a week now on all my social media, but Andrew Smith Photography is getting a brand new look with a brand new website! This blog won’t change much since I’ve already made minor adjustments, but I’m so excited to show you all I’ve been working on for the last couple months!
Almost two years ago I launched my current site, and for a while it served me well. Since then I have refined my style, there have been new internet upgrades, and I started to feel like it was becoming a little outdated.
Fall has arrived!!! What better way to to celebrate than to do a gorgeous engagement session on a perfect autumn night! That’s just what Lindsey and Joe did this past Tuesday evening and it literally couldn’t have been more picture perfect! I never thought I would be photographing a couple on November 1st in a t-shirt but I got to!
I apologize…it’s been way too long since I last blogged! It’s been quite the busy summer full of weddings and engagements! (Not to mention to new tech company I’m starting).
I haven’t really made it public this past year, but a year and a half ago Emily and I made the decision to move in with her parents. It was two weeks after I quit my engineering position and we were on a mission to start saving money. Emily’s parents were gracious enough to open their basement up to us, and that is exactly where I have been running the business out of for the last year!
I’ll say, it was a little embarrassing to admit we lived in a basement… In her parents house! However, we have big dreams, and sometimes you have to rough it out to make it happen! It wasn’t easy, and often times I found myself down about where we were at in our lives. I went from living in a large, bright, and open apartment to a dim, cool, and significantly smaller space. This is the reason the local Starbucks had become my second home!
Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time in a day to get anything done? You have that to-do list sitting on your desk, and you’re adding to it quicker than you’re crossing things off? It’s annoying, frustrating, and un-motivating isn’t it??
If you read my blog post a couple days ago I talked about my goals for this month. If you’re interested in learning more about them you can read about them here! My objective this month (not my goal) is to get myself into a daily routine! From day one of quitting my 9-5, and at the start of running my business full-time I lacked a routine. Some days I would spend hours in front of the computer working, while others I would spend time in front of the television procrastinating. Some nights I would go to bed at a decent time, while other nights I’d lie awake till 3:00am binging on YouTube. I’ll admit this was my life up until a couple weeks ago.
I’ve traveled up and down the east coast countless times. From New York, to the Carolinas, to Florida, New Orleans, the Mid-West and East coast is home, and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t traveled out west as much as I’d like. BUT…I’m making progress! Last year around this time I pushed further west with my trip to Vegas for WPPI. Then last October Emily and I flew out to Scottsdale, AZ for the United retreat!
We had a blast traveling to those places, but one destination seemed to keep eluding my wishlist of travel destinations…California. I have so many photographer friends that live there, but yet never visited! When I booked a wedding for this year and found that the couple lived in LA I decide it was time to get out of Ohio and finally cross California off my wishlist!
Right after the Rising Tide Society leadership retreat in Charleston, SC I boarded a plane headed for the west coast! This time it was truly the west coast! My flight landed in LA around 7:30pm, I picked up my sweet rental from Sixt Rentals, and I was on my way to explore!
I absolutely love design. Especially when it’s mimimal…That’s why when looking for a stand for my Apple Watch it started becoming impossible to find one that fit my style. I had almost given up hope until one day on Facebook I stumbled across an ad for a company called Native Union. Finally an ad that turned out to be beneficial!!
As I browsesd their website I began to notice that they not only sold Apple Watch stands, but ones for your iPhone, as well as beautifully designed phone cases. FINALLY some nicely designed products that meshed with my style!
Without hesitation I order an Apple Watch and Phone dock (seperate items), and a phone case. Within a few days all items arrived on the doorstep, and without wasting time quickly rushed to open the box. It seriously felt like Christmas.
March has been quite the month! Early on in the month I got to travel to Charleston, LA, AND Vegas! What a month! My trip to LA was my first ever to California and I completely fell in love! (More about my visit in my next post) Vegas was pretty great as well with WPPI!
In addition to all the traveling March has really been a month of self reflection and improvement. I’ve recently started listening to podcasts more frequently, reading books more often, and really focusing on creating a personal routine that helps set me up for success.
It wasn’t more than a few days ago that I was two miles in on the treadmill listening to “The Suitcase Entrepreneur” podcast. In this particular episode the host Natalie Sisson discussed turning your dreams into reality. Referencing Cameron Herald’s book Double Double, she discussed what he calls your “Vivid Vision”.
Essentially what your Vivid Vision is is a detailed view of what your life will be in three years from now. It’s narrated in the present test to give you a sense of what your life would be like if you were living it at this very moment.
Early last year a couple pretty awesome girls out of Annopolis Maryland started a group (turned movement) called the Rising Tide Society. Their mission; to educate and empower creatives through the spirit of community over competition. They began local groups called Tuesdays Togethers, and as of last August I’ve had the incredible honor to lead our very own area Tuesdays Together group.
Open to all, we meet once a month to network and talk/educte eachother about certain aspects of our businesses. It has truly been incredible to see so many people come together to help eachother out. People who look past competing with eachother, and instead help lift eachother up.