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2018/03/23 23:17:02

After spending the last week soaking up so much business knowledge, deep conversation and laughter with lovely new and old friends, I could fill dozens of pages about how grateful I am for this little business of mine and the life it lets my lead and the people I get to meet and now call friends. To be honest, three years ago I was lonely. I was living in an apartment in Hoboken far enough away from home to make it difficult to drop by often, I was three hours from my college friends, and all my home friends had moved away. I felt like every moment was spent hustling and grinding and when I had a spare two seconds I’d get to see Scott, but I knew no one in my life choosing a path similar to mine: entrepreneurship. I felt so frustrated trying to relate to conversations with my friends about work in the corporate world, and no one really, truly understood my struggles of starting a business unless they stood in my shoes..That was until a random Facebook post for a second shooter led to a whole new world I never knew existed. Soon after, I met one of my first and still one of my dearest friends in the creative industry @jenniferlarsenphoto and we met over coffee and quickly bonded over our dream to one day be full time wedding photographers. A few months later, @risingtidesociety was founded and I volunteered to lead a Northern NJ chapter of entrepreneurs. Now, I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without this creative family. From our local group, to the leaders of other chapters across the country, to mastermind groups that I’m in with other creatives, I truly couldn’t imagine better people to call friends and be in community with. Now the only issue is that so many of my dearest friends live in different states. I’m so thankful for technology helping us stay connected, but love those few days a year that we get to see each other and hug and bond in real life. There’s nothing quite like that, and I’m so thankful for this week that let me do that.
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2018/03/24 03:25:49

BRB. It’s Spring Break! 💙👌🏻🌈😍💯🙌☀️
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2018/03/24 03:32:58

I am so close to finishing this beautiful commission piece! It has been a labor of love and I can’t wait to show you all when it’s done!
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2018/03/24 03:28:04

Friday Motivation: Give it 💯⠀____ ⠀Anyone else ready for Saturday? ✋🏻⠀⠀I was all excited and energized this morning because Ryan finally came home from his business trip in Kentucky! 😊But now that I've fed and watered him, I am ready to crash. ⠀⠀And can you believe that he didn't bring any delicious barbecue sauce home with him?! Who goes to the barbecue capital of the US and doesn't bring his lovely fiancé home some BBQ sauce? 😍🍗🤤🥩😩 Oh well, at least he's cute.⠀⠀Time for a Coke and work on my client's Lilly Pulitzer inspired bedroom design - Happy Friday y'all!⠀⠀_____⠀#repost #📷 @mydubsado #giveityourall #motivation #bedroomdesign #lilypulitzer #darlingweekend #friyaymotivation #friyayvibes #friyay #thedailykitten
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2018/03/24 03:26:21

Being at work this week has been extremely difficult. I just got back from vacation, BUT my little one has been home for two straight days with a fever, and I've wanted nothing more than to be home with him 😢 Watching him go from his normal energetic self to putting himself to bed almost 3 hours is so tough on this mama's heart .....#littleman #sickday #outdoorsman
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2018/03/24 03:22:29

The Power of COMMUNITY (in marketing) // ⠀📣⠀“You can have amazing products + amazing things to say, but it’s only in the presence of your community that it really starts to matter,” explained Moj Mahdara, CEO of @beautycon ⠀⠀We couldn't agree more, Moj. 👊⠀⠀Online communities have become a natural extension of our social lives and, as a result, branded communities have become the new "standard". From influencers to affiliate partners to sponsored ads flowing through our social feeds, when executed correctly, research has shown communities drive significant brand affinity through trust + improved customer relationships.⠀⠀But what does that even mean for our marketing efforts? //🤷⠀⠀The "value-add' for a brand to invest resources in communities is when they have a strong relationship with their customer. It allows them to speak transparently about their product/service which creates natural advocacy + establishes trust.⠀⠀So how does a brand authentically enter that space? //⠀🤝Sometimes communities can be a vulnerable space + a brand's participation needs to be done carefully. Brands need to utilize compassion, be empathetic, be passionate, + be a resource for the customer/community member. ⠀⠀At the end of the day, your mission should always be at the forefront of your community + comes from a strong foundation. Maintain the momentum you've established ⠀by taking a step back once in a while to re-evaluate your strategy. This space is constantly changing + being able to pivot can help you + your community evolve. 📈⠀⠀What insights have you gained by connecting with your customers? We'd love to hear your tips for community building + success stories in the comments below!⠀🔽🔽
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2018/03/24 03:25:24

“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”4 years. 48 months. 1,461 days. The void is still present and I miss you more with each passing day. I love you, Mom. My cup runneth over.
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2018/03/24 03:24:13

My thoughts exactly about it finally being Friday and the sun showing it’s beautiful face! Bring it Spring - I feel like we are about to defrost 😆 #rachelbauschphotography #lifestylenewborn #babyboy #pasoroblesnewbornphotographer
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2018/03/24 03:11:14

Happy Friday, friends! I don’t talk about myself a lot here, (being a photographer, sometimes I forget how to step in front of the lens every once in a while) but I want to give you a chance to get to know me, the girl behind the lens! 🌴My name is Niki, I’m a 25 year old Florida native. I’m a full time youth pastor and I love my job! Something photography and my job have in common is that I get to help show others how to find joy in their life, and I feel honored to have that opportunity!🐱I. Love. Cats. There, I said it. I’ve been raised my whole life with a cat and I currently have three running around my house, Toby, Tag, & Snickers (bonus points if you can guess the namesake of the first two). I also have chocolate lab named Gus, he’s a big lovable dummy. If you stick around you’ll be sure to see them appear on my feed!☕️Coffee gets me going, which is kinda the point, right? Some of my favorite moments are the Saturday mornings when my husband, Matt, wakes me up with a hot mug of a fresh brew, the curtains are open to let the sun spill light into our room, and we spend the morning with coffee and cuddles. Wanna instantly be my best friend? Get me a cat mug! Also the local Starbucks baristas recognize my car. 📷Surprise! I love taking pictures! Like a said before, photography gives me a chance to capture others’ joy. If I can send you feel empowered, beautiful, and strong in ways you didn’t see before, then I’ve reached my goal. I learn something new after every shoot, and I get so excited when I feel like I’m growing as a photographer. I’d so be about exploring this gig full time, but for now I’m just enjoying the time I have with my craft and my clients.🍟@whataburger has my heart, y’all. And I’ve had in-and-out so don’t test me. BUT, when Matt and I are trying to be good, I really like to cook! I have a meal planning app that lets me try new meals every week and it’s so much fun to try to cook things I wouldn’t ever have thought of or tried! Some meals don’t exactly turn out... but thankfully whataburger is right down road. There’s a lesson in that somewhere. 💕If you got this far, you’re the best! I’m making a conscious effort to be a little
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2018/03/24 03:15:55

#flowerseverywhere AMIRIGHT?!⠀⠀Photo @danielrweddings⠀Flowers @dandieandiefloraldesigns⠀Venue @creditvalleywedding⠀⠀
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2018/03/24 03:09:15

Jessica came up with such a unique way to pick her flowers on her wedding day!She gave each bridesmaid a bouquet of different flowers that stayed in the same elegant dusty rose tones, then decided to make her own bouquet a combination of the flowers used in each of the bridesmaids bouquets.Photography: #patcoriphotographyVenue: #housemountaininnFlowers: @universityfloristlex
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2018/03/24 03:09:17

Currently packing for a weekend away....and I think I've got the essentials covered! Stress Away, Lavender and Cedarwood for SLEEEEEEP + Tension, Tummy, Sneezy support, our immune boost cream + owie cream....And yes, our diffuser is coming to the hotel with us! What oils are your MUST HAVES in your bag when you travel? ... #momblogger#momprenuer #mombosslife#weekendgoals #friyay #theresanotherforthat #naturalwellness #holisticlifestyle #holistichealth #naturalliving #oilylifestyle #oilymama#oilymamalife#momlifestyle #homeschoolmama #momprenuers #joyfulmama #joyfulliving#happylife #therealdeal#creativepreneur #thatsdarlinglove #thatsdarling #theeverygirl #darlingmovement #lifestyle #momsofinstagram #blogginglife #tilinsiders #livethelittlethings
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2018/03/24 03:02:25

Speaking of Tumblers being my favorite form...⠀I just mailed up this tumbler to the exhibition “Atmospheric”⠀an exhibition juried by Linda Christianson at the The Clay Center of New Orleans. If your in the area you should check it out the exhibit will be up from May 4 – 26, 2018.⠀⠀https://www.nolaclay.org/⠀.⠀.⠀.⠀#modernceramicsmovement #waketomake #handmadeceramics #ceramicsofinstagram #amodernmaker #communityovercompetition #risingtidesociety #calledtobecreative #ceramicsinstaguild #makersgonnashare #makersgonnamake #waketomake #ceramicsMD #ceramicsmaryland #keepmaking #calledtobecreative #artistofinstagram #creativityfound #creativepreneur #creativelifehappylife #theinstagramlab #tilinsiders #lisayorkarts #makersmovement #lovalartisan #contemporarycraft #creativemarket
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2018/03/24 02:12:54

He protects her, and she squeezes the life outta him 😍😍😍 This relationship has been so sweet to watch since day one! Happy #nationalpuppyday 🐶❤️🐶••Ps. Millie was supposed to be in this photo...but squirrel 🤦🏻‍♀️
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2018/03/24 02:05:33

Best book to read on what / how to eat: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by @michael.pollan
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2018/03/24 01:59:31

We often get asked where we find certain items whether it be a shirt, a mug, baby items, and even random things like where we get our super delicious peanut butter so we decided to compile a list on the blog of some of our favorite items and where you can get them! Lucky for you… they are all from @amazon! We will be adding to the list whenever we find another “fav” item so don’t forget to check for updates!✨Mama Favs✨✨Planning & Organizing✨✨Entertainment & Decor✨✨Beauty & Wellness✨✨Baby & Toddler✨✨Food & Drink✨
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2018/03/24 01:51:32

She was beautiful but not like those girls in the magazine. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. --- F. Scott FitzgeraldThese words give me all the feels! 💕💕#bysophiaandco Planning and design: @bysophiandcoPhotography: @tennealmcnair Catering: @getplateddcFloral design: @violetgardensfloralCalligraphy: @scriptbysimoneMUA: @hellooo.gorgeousModels: @genesislevelVenue: @dumbartonhouseVeil: @noononthemoon.bridal
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2018/03/24 01:33:39

#Friyay ! // Curious question: I’m working to have a shop section on my website. Would you be down to check out team ADR for random shoe selections and home accessories? Let me know! #ihavethisthingwithfloors #ihavethisthingwithshoes #apparentlyihavelotsofthingsforthings
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2018/03/24 01:30:03