Work Your Plan

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Lately, as my workload has increased along with my personal creative endeavors, I am finding it more and more difficult to keep track of all I want and need to. Once upon a time I was able to easily recall everything that laid ahead of me. Now, years later, the list of errands and tasks and projects I have seem to come into my memory like a drift of wind, just to breeze away again at the hint of the slightest recall. With the recent surge in the bullet journal trend & planners, I finally decided to give in and see what the fuss was all about.

I’m not usually a consistent person, except for in my inconsistency. Ideas, energy, creativity, all come in spurts, and these spurts are just as inconsistent-sometimes lasting a month or a season, sometimes only a few days or a handful of hours. Therefore, it is incredibly important to me to get things done when I can. This is when that remembering comes in handy.

Write It Down

I’ve always been one for checklists. Back in school (too  many years ago for me to mention here!) I loved having teachers who gave a list of upcoming work, because I was one to get things done early and out of the way, leaving plenty of time for other endeavors. That need for lists carries through to today. Because, while I am not consistent, I am very highly organized, and it seemed to me that if I began writing down & organizing my to-do lists, I could perhaps, be much more productive.

Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan| Blog| Instagram| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay, GAWriting things down tends to increase your chances of doing those things. Planning helps you to organize & prioritize those things, setting goals, eliminating tasks, expanding ideas. It can seem complicated or even unnecessary at first. But when you find the tools that work for you, it makes everything simpler. Yes, it will take your time and commitment to execute. It will also be an extreme help in getting you to where you want to be. And there is just something so incredibly satisfying in checking something off of your list.

Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not crazy with my lists, and I don’t plan everything-(though, there are times of anxiety when that doesn’t seem like a bad idea.)

My life currently consists of mainly my kids/family, massage therapy, artistic outlets, food, & writing. When creating/looking for my perfect planner, I basically needed to organize two of these: my daily “to-do” list, and my blog writing. It took a bit of trial & error, but I think I’ve finally found it.

Recollections

Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan| Blog| Instagram| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay, GAI tried other planners & printouts, & finally found this one from Michael’s that was simple, beautiful, & works for me. I love the variety of inserts & stickers you can purchase separately, to add to the planner & make it your own. If you need to simplify or expand your journaling/organizing you can, with very little effort.

Change it up to fit your needs.
Decorate.
Prioritize.
Record.

There’s even plenty of space for me to art journal and to jot down quotes and poetry!

Loving my new #recollectionsplanner from @michaelsstores Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan| Blog| Instagram| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay, GA

 

Shop for Your Own Recollections Planner

Do what you love, Love what you do

When you do what you love and love what you do, life becomes both simpler and fuller, more enjoyable, and better balanced. You start to find peace, and things come more at ease. For me, these planners keep me organized, & help me in doing all of that.

 

What is your favorite planner? Did you buy yours or make your own? What do you use your planners for? Tell me in the comments!

~Poetry. Life. Photography.
Leslie Byrd Photography 🌹📷

 

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You will fall for this… Valentine Session & Freebie

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Every Love Story is Beautiful…

And Leslie Byrd Photography wants to help you capture it!

Couples are among my favorite to photograph; the love, the emotions, the beauty of connection! And right now I am offering a special on ALL Session Fees!

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The remainder of January 2017, and all of February, save 10% off of ANY session fee!
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Valentine Heart Snow Globe| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay Georgia| GA PhotographerShow off your favorite couples photographs with this absolutely FREE Valentine’s Snow-globe Template. My free template for photographers features a heart-shaped snow-globe filled with red heart confetti and white snow, falling around the image you must want to display and feature. The snow-globe is set on dark cherry wood base, and marked with the current year. The background has a pink and purple bokeh, and highlights one of my favorite love quotes; each layer is fully customizable in Photoshop, so you can use what is provided, or change it up to make it your own. Get your free template here.

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THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED, CREATED, AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

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Happy New Year! & Downloadable Cover Photo Template

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Thankful for The Old…

2016 brought the official start of Leslie Byrd Photography.

I had an engagement session, two weddings, several portrait sessions, a few family sessions (including one precious newborn), a session with a local band, and a redesign of my website. I am now on Instagram, I’m currently verified on Google, and I’m slowly getting noticed on ViewBug.com and Twitter.

Like most photographers, I have had a slow start. But I am enjoying much of the process, and growing so much along the way. There have been several steps forward, several steps back…and I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for all who have taken steps with me along the way. You all are amazing, and I cannot wait to see what this next year holds!

Anticipating the New…

Thank you, 2016, and here’s to anticipating whatever 2017 brings!

I am hoping to continue with sessions throughout this new year; I have several ideas in mind, and I look forward to meeting new friends and clients and helping to capture many more memories. I look for opportunities and inspiration everywhere!

And a FREE GIFT for you!

Speaking of opportunities and inspiration, I would like to offer you this FREE DOWNLOAD of my New Year/Celebration Photo Tile Template; just click the link and download to open and edit in Photoshop. Let me know how it works for you, and feel free to email me, or comment with any questions. I am pretty sure this is my first available download, so I hope it works for you, and that you all like it!

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Happy New Year!
From Leslie Byrd Photography!
Leslie📷❤️

THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED, CREATED, AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

©2017 Leslie Byrd Photography

This image is the sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography (so no stealing!), & may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography (otherwise you’re ripping off my work, or you might not get good quality prints!).
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography (PLEASE stop cropping out my watermark! I worked hard and would like people to know I took these pictures!).

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Mini Fall Sessions going on NOW!!!
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Doe Eyed

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This sweet deer is all “doe eyed” as she poses beautifully and regally for the camera.

It is a warm day with a shining sun and soft breeze. I am just leaving a photo session where I have captured the interior and exterior of a beautiful cabin that is a rental property within Coosawattee River Resort in the North Georgia Mountains. Coming out of the steep gravel drive, and just at the edge of the heavily wooded property, we spot them- a small family of deer- one doe and two spotted fawn.

Deer, along with other wildlife such as wild turkey and bear, often frequent the spacious resort set along winding roads and within acres and acres of mountain and forest. Here, they are able to find retreat and respite from hunters within the beautiful gated community. It is certainly not the first time I have witnessed them driving through these curving hills, however, it is the first time while having my Nikon DSLR about me!

I roll down the window, take off the lens cap, aim, and SHOOT! Gorgeous!!! She stands stall, and poses perfectly, contrasting brilliantly, tan hide against thick emerald wood. While many images were handed over to the rental property (along with image rights), I was able to retain this one for myself to share with you all, and I could not be all that more pleased. I only wish that I had more captures to share. Perhaps again sometimes soon.

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Katelynn-16|Portrait Session| In-Studio

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A Little Crazy, A Little Country…

And a lot of fun!
This past weekend I had Katelynn in the studio for back-to-school portraits. She wore her hair pulled back in a loose ponytail, and had on black and white tank button-up over spaghetti strap black tank, and jean shorts. With subtle and fresh makeup and natural style, this girl was worried about nada when it came to looking good for the camera.

We turned on some music, and got to work. A brick  backdrop was used for this session, along with a light wood plyboard for the floordrop; the two worked well together for a slightly urban feel, which juxtaposed nicely to Katelynn’s fresher and softer appearance, and lent well to her personality.

Floor Sessions –

Sitting Poses

To create a slightly different and unique session, we kept this photo-shoot localized low to the floor; all of the poses were sitting or crouching with slight variances and angles leading in to new poses, to create many different looks. We were able to capture over 80 shots this way, narrowed down to about 35 final images. It also helped in keeping lighting consistent, and in allowing for comfort. Not only that, but it forces creativity, as you must think outside the box of typical standing and sitting poses when you limit yourself to use only the floor. In this case, it turned out beautifully, with some amazing and cute captures.

A little About the Model

Name: Katelynn
Age: 16
A Favorite Song: Wagon Wheel
A Favorite Color: Pink
A Favorite Movie: Twilight
A Favorite Quote: “You worry ’bout you and I worry ’bout me.”

This is one southern girl with a bit of an edge! Thanks for coming in, Katelynn! I hope you have a great school year. Stay true to you!

THESE IMAGES WERE CAPTURED AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), AND CAPTURED IN STUDIO WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

They are the sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography (so no stealing!),
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography (otherwise you’re ripping off my work, or you might not get good quality prints!).
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography (PLEASE stop cropping out my watermark! I worked hard and would like people to know I took these pictures!).

Enjoy my images! I love my job!
Thank you!

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Teddy| Newborn Portrait Session| Ellijay GA

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Those adorable little hands and tiny feet! What a cute little “Teddy!”
Two-week-old Theodore recently came into the studio with two of my favorite past clients, Jenny & Darin, for this sweet-as-can-be newborn session!

Newborn Session- In Studio

The first of my new in-studio sessions, it was fitting to have a new addition join me, and an absolute pleasure to work with this little guy to create these precious images for his mom and dad. I had just received the wood-grain, and brick backdrops I had ordered, in addition to a silky black cloth previously acquired, and collected an assortment of soft, warm blankets to utilize during this session. The room was made warm, with soft fans blowing, a window unit on to create a comfortable atmosphere. In the background, classical instrumentals playing. Surfaces had been cleaned and wiped down, a lavender diffuser turned on, camera equipment checked and double checked…everything done to ensure preparation and a nice environment for this little family.

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Welcoming the Family

It is so nice working with clients I have had sessions with previously; often times there is a pleasant familiarity, even a friendship, that lends itself well to a session. A level of trust goes a long way between photographer and client, especially where babies are concerned. And although it was my first time meeting little Theodore, there was a comfort present that transitioned to positioning, posing, and photographing the little man and his parents.

Capturing a Newborn… Who Captures Your Heart

Babies can often be the most difficult of persons to photograph- they cannot take direction the way most children and adults can. And extra care must be given when positioning and posing them, as not to cause any kind of harm or discomfort. Gentle touch is key, and slow and steady is definitely the winning pace. Unexpected mishaps are sure to occur- spit ups, blowouts, fussiness and outright rages- as well as the expected feedings and diaper changes. It can take a great deal of time and patience to capture the little wonder of the innocent babe.

Parents’ Pride & Joy

What I love capturing for clients almost as much as their sweet child, is the relationship that they have with their little one. It is truly an amazing bond and such a beautiful thing to witness; there was plenty of this unique attachment to be privy to, and to capture during this session.

Jenny & Darin, congratulations on your newest addition!It was great seeing all of you and helping you to capture these beautiful memories!

These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography (that’s me!), and captured in studio with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera (semi-professional grade but still kinda fancy!).

©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

They are the sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography (so no stealing!),
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography (otherwise you’re ripping off my work, or you might not get good quality prints!).
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography (PLEASE stop cropping out my watermark! I worked hard and would like people to know I took these pictures!).

Enjoy my images! I love my job!
Thank you!

 

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Jennifer| Photography Portrait Session in the Park

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Photography in the Park

"Leslie was AMAZING and we had so much fun! Superb!" - Jennifer Houle| Family Portrait Session, Ellijay Georgia

A sweltering Summer Day… Barely a breeze… Sun, shining from directly overhead, and not a cloud in the sky. Sounds like the makings for a great day at the park! But…not exactly the best conditions for an on-location photo shoot…

Without cloud cover, the radiating sun can too easily create harsh, blown-out highlights across subjects, and just as distracting shadows. The wrong pose, slightest tilt of the head in the wrong direction, shows on squinty-eyed, grimaced faces. And oppressive, humid temperatures can quickly cause even the most entusiastic of clients to drag their feet and rush through a session.

Not the case with this bunch…

Family and Fun!!!

It’s a great experience when photographer and client can meet cohesively together with ideas and excitement for a successful session. It is important that all can easily communicate and transition from pose to pose, idea to idea, and work together. Parks are a place for playfulness, and that playful energy was definitely brought along and welcomed. And likewise, an effortless back and forth of dialogue to create beautifully stunning images.

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

A group of five females, I worked together with them to capture both individual, and group images. Especially important when highlighting teenagers and children in a portrait (or anyone in general, really), is directing them in a gentle way to find and bring out a bit of their unique personalities, and the ability to translate that into the camera. Even better is when client(s) has a contagiously lighthearted attitude, and “out-take” images are purposely created to keep things fun and interesting; it creates a rare session dynamic that keeps it moving forward, full of smiles and inspiration.

Working Against the Elements

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

One of the things that I find myself and the client enjoying most about on-location park sessions, is that it allows for us to move from spot to spot during the course of the photography, creating a wide variety of poses, natural props, and backgrounds. Even the most unfortunate of circumstances can often provide opportunity for beauty, fun, and creativity. Direct, overhead, harsh natural light, for example, may call for images to be taken closer to the cover of bushes and trees, where branches and leaves create a natural filter. When the light cannot be avoided, there are times when a simple soft, peachy preset can be applied post-processing, resulting in an airy feminine portrait that borders on ethereal.

Thank You!

Thank you, Jennifer, and your delightful crew, for the awesome session! It was such a FUN experience, and that was due in large part, all to you! There were so many favorites from this session, I’m not sure where to begin! I’m so glad I was able to provide you with so many more than we expected, and I hope it provided you with great memories and gifts to pass along. I look forward to working with you again!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography,
taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography,
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography.
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography.
Thank you!

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