gratitude

The first 100!

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Hey guys! I just wanted to share this cute photo of baby Aaron that I took on Sunday. I posted this photo late last night on IG with the quote: Smile “It’s a language which we all understand” the amount of love this image got in such a short amount of time was incredible!

This photo got 100 + likes, I know that’s not much, but for me that is! It was an amazing feeling to reach my first 100 hearts! My images usually get 30 – 70 likes after a few hours, this little guy reached 100+ in less than 10 mins!

My main goal is to continue to improve so that one day my work can reach 1,000s of viewers. I want to share my images with the world.

If you currently don’t follow me, I would appreciate it dearly if you to visit my instagram page and for those who are already following me THANK YOU!!!

-A.L.

Artists know your worth…

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During last night’s photography class, my teacher said something that truly impacted me in a positive way. A student asked about how much he should be charging people for events. I find myself in the same situation, so this question was perfect.

The teacher said that we should not under charge even if we are still students. The reason is you don’t want to devalue your work. At the same time, we should not be over charge because we are still in the learning phase. The teachers said people don’t realize how much work goes into photography or any creative field.

When it comes to photography, customers don’t understand that the price you are quoting them is not only for the time spent taking photos, it also includes the hours spent doing the photo editing. Photo editing is a must, no image no matter how good your equipment maybe is ready out of camera, you need to edit it. Editing makes a huge difference colors are more vibrant, blemishes on the face are covered and the image is sharpened. Every step done in editing is with the sole purpose of presenting the best image possible to your customer.

The same applies for quotes I give for graphic design projects, it takes work and it takes time. I work full time as a designer for a company, but I am also a freelance designer, so I am working on projects on my free time, and time to everyone is valuable! My rates on design projects are on the low side compared to other designers, but I can see firsthand why they charge what they charge. They deserve it! You as an artist are providing them with a creative service.

So if you are a creative of some kind remember do not hesitate to charge what you in your heart feels like a fair rate for the work you can provide.

If you are interested in attending the free photography workshop you can check out the events page for dates, times and locations.

Keep creating,

-Alondra

 

Be Patient

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Be Patient….

We live in a world where we expect everything to happen or to be given to us instantly in this “microwave society”. We want it fast and with very little effort, but that is not how it works. Take the above snail, it has a destination it wants to get to. The snail can only move so fast and it knows it, so all the snail can do is be patient and keep moving forward inch by inch.

The best things in life are achieved by working hard in the direction of your goals/passion.  Everything you are working for will be awarded at its due time, so learn to be patient. Remember its not about the destination, its about the journey getting to your destination.

Don’t worry about the successes or achievements of others around you, use that as  motivation and continue to work toward your goals. Be patient, focus and get to work!

Have a great week everyone!