Work Your Plan

Bullet Journaling, DIY, Ellijay Georgia, Photography, Projects

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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.


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.

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


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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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A Photographer’s To-Do

Clients, Photography, Presentation Packages, Sessions

An Eventful Session

A weekend of cake making & decorating (not the norm), capturing wedding images for friends and clients (hopefully soon to be the norm), and spending time with family (every day, day in and day out).

After a whirlwind mix of working, laughing, relaxing, and working some more, the wonderful chaos continues. The mind of the creative is often never-ceasing, always turning with new ideas, things to try, and then of course, the absolute must-get-dones.


The After Party…

The photograher’s work does not end after the session or event. No, for us the work has only just begun, as we go in to cull through each image, carefully editing and processing them, giving each special attention to provide you with the best possible finished product.

We often make light of this work, but consider that normal portrait sessions can turn out up to 300 images depending on session length and your photographer, of which you will only receive between 10 & 50. Beyond that, large events and weddings should produce 50-100 images per hour, while you will typically receive an album or disc of 200-500. That is a lot of time pouring into making sure each image is carefully cropped, exposure (lighting) is good, colors are nice, and any unwanted blemishes or distractions are edited out or toned down. And don’t forget going over the proofs with you, and ordering any prints, canvases, and photo books (if available and offered)! And then there is the presentation boxes that so many offer, all of the correspondence back & forth.


Like most photographers and service providers, Leslie Byrd Photography works hard to go the extra mile and provide excellent service. At the top of my mental to-do list, something I never have to write down, is two things I try my best to run my new business by:

Having a photographer who believes you are beautiful, results in your having images that are beautiful.


Treat everyone how you would like to be treated by others.

I firmly believe we all have beauty in us, and that we all deserve to be treated with that same beauty. Whether it is  a special note or gift in your presentation package, or helping a bride to fasten on her pearls before a wedding, Leslie Byrd Photography is all about you.

What would you add to a Photographer’s To-Do List? Tell me below.

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️


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