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Happiness, It’s Different for Everyone

I believe in dreams and I believe in following your dreams. Everyones dreams are different, and I love that. I love that we each have our unique dreams. Among other goals, some of us desire to be rich, some of us to be popular, some of us want to love others, some of us want to be loved, some of us want to inspire others, and some of us just want to be inspired .

I would dare say that although each of our goals are different (as they should be), the underlying purpose of our dreams is finding happiness. Happiness doesn’t look the same for everyone and I’m glad it doesn’t. I hope in my life I get to celebrate happiness in all it’s varieties by loving others and encouraging them to follow their dreams, whether their dreams look exactly like mine or completely different.

I find happiness in a lot of places, my friends, my family, my work, and my God. This last week I found happiness in working with my friend to bring together a shoot that highlighted her amazing talents as a hair stylist. So to close off this week I’ll leave you with piece of our happiness.

Hair and Make up by Mary Hess of Serendipity Salon in Logan, Utah

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Long hair is fun but sometimes it’s so hard to deal with.  That’s why I really do prefer a messy look.  I usually look disheveled but I love the long waves on this girl.  I fell in love with this hair find on Pinterest.

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Your Questions Answered Part II

Ready for a second installment of your questions answered?  Here we go:

Danacer asked: How do you know when you are ready to open your own photography business?
Answer: This is a a great question. I think that the answer is different for everyone. I’m not sure I’m an expert at this but I do have an opinion. There are a few tell-tell signs that you might be ready. If you are taking pictures for friends or family and you get to the point that you can provide them with a a full gallery of good pictures (25-40 images), I think you can be confident that you can also provide that for clients. If you do a a shoot and you are only thrilled with 10-15 images, it might be too soon.

It would be a good idea to evaluate your personal life as well. How busy are you with the other things you have going on in your life? Ask yourself if  you can take something else on.  Ask yourself if  you are ok with the fact that you might have to give up some of the comforts you currently have.

Running your own business comes with personal sacrifices. For me those sacrifices are that I have to get up at 5am in the morning to work. I have to leave my children 2 nights a week and sometimes more. Sometimes I miss soccer games and pack meetings, and that’s hard on my mommy conscience. I’m not a total loser mom, I try to make up for the things I miss in other ways. I invest in my kids as much as possible,  Running your own business is awesome but  you need to be aware that there are some sacrifices.

Lastly, I would just say if you want to have a business be honest, get licensed, and pay your taxes. If that isn’t something you’re  ready to do then stay a hobbyist until you’re ready, there is no shame in that. Hope that info helps!

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Laura asked: If you put the camera on RAW do you have to set the pixels when the photos are in Photoshop?
Answer: No. If you are shooting in RAW then you probably are using a RAW editing program. I used to use Adobe Camera RAW which came with my Photoshop set up. I’ve since switched to Lightroom. I do my RAW edits (exposure, white balance, crops) in Lightroom and then just export them as jpegs before pulling them up in Photoshop.

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