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Another year older…

02.23.2010

One of the things that is so amazing about social media is that on your birthday you can receive a ton of birthday love! This morning I woke up to so many birthday wishes in the form of text messages, Facebook messages, and Tweets. So awesome!

Cent woke me with a little birthday song before he left for work.

My parents and sister called me this morning to do the traditional birthday greeting, thanks family!

I spent the day working out as a preemptive strike to all the cupcake consumption that is about to happen. Seriously. I’m currently in possession of five different kinds of Red Velvet goodies. I know, I need to stop, but I can’t help it. And now that so many people associate Red Velvet with me, I can’t stop now! So I figured that I would do a little review of my Red Velvet cupcakes in upcoming posts.

I had the chance to catch up with one of my very best friends and bridesmaid, and we remarked that although we don’t talk very often, when we do get a chance to chat it was like no time had past at all.

So thank you family and friends for your birthday wishes. I feel so lucky and so loved. You make my heart smile.

And because posts are better with photos, here is the Red Velvet cupcake from Sprinkles. There’s one here in Dallas!

Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake(Photo from Muy Yum on Flickr…because I ate mine too quickly for a good photo.)

Happy Tuesday!

PHOTOGRAPHERS, RESOURCES

Sharing is Caring: 5 Quick Blogging Tips

02.19.2010

I don’t consider myself a blogging guru or expert by any means. What I know about blogging and blogging effectively has come from a combination of education, trial and error, and observation of successful blogs. And getting into a rhythm. And making it a part of my routine. Trust me, it’s not as easy peasy as it may seem.

At The Simple Plan, Michelle Loretta asked me to share my experience with blogging and any advice I could offer.

So I’m hoping this is helpful. If this is helpful to at least one person, I’d be over the moon.

  1. If you are going to start a blog, I recommend hosting your own blog and building a blog using WordPress.org. Note the “org” versus “com”. The “org” version is hosted on your own server and URL. Like “yourname-yourcompany.com” etc. versus “yourname.wordpress.com” which is owned by WordPress. Also, WordPress will give you the most bang for your buck, in my opinion, since it’s free, has a ton of free plug-ins, and you have control.
  2. Set a schedule for yourself from the beginning and commit. If you decide you will blog 3 times a week, commit to blogging 3 times a week. If you decide to blog once a week, do it, and do it well. Because if you start blogging four times a week, then drop to two, then drop to once a week, then to twice a month…your readers will notice the inconsistency. Be consistent, whatever you decide your interval to be. Work it into your schedule.
  3. Be authentic. Write in your regular voice, as if you are having a conversation. Because that’s the essence of a blog. A conversation. You don’t have to write as you think you “should” be writing or sound. If you will be interacting with clients, your blog should reflect you, so that when you meet in person, the transition is seamless.
  4. Build content before publishing. If you are worried about not having enough content to blog, or that you don’t have enough time to blog, build a bank of content. One of the nice things about WordPress (and Blogger can do this too) is the ability to schedule posts to publish at a later date. You could potentially write all your posts for the week or the month over a few days and then schedule out your content. This is also helpful if you are launching a new blog. Write for a few weeks before you launch, and you’ll have some great content to share over time!
  5. Be personal. I’m a big advocate about being personal on your blog. It allows readers to connect with you. For me, I blog fairly often about my obsession with red velvet cake and cupcakes in general. After posting about it, I had an engagement session where my clients brought me cupcakes. So fun! And now, it’s pretty funny how friends, readers, and other vendors associate me with red velvet cake. I like it and it’s a true reflection of me. Obviously, there are privacy boundaries, but be as personal as you feel comfortable.

And just for fun, said cupcakes from awesome clients:

Happy Friday!

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ENGAGEMENT, PHOTOGRAPHY

Steph & Jules: In the Snow!

02.17.2010

It snowed last week. Like, it seriously snowed. At least for Texas. I mean, when I moved here, I didn’t know that it could snow. THIS MUCH. Cent had told me that in the three years he had lived here it snowed on occasion, but it never stuck around for very long. Well, last Thursday, it didn’t just snow, it SNOWED. Non-stop for more than 12 hours.

I now have a vague idea what it’s like to live where it snows regularly. Note: I said vague.

Last week was the first time I drove in the snow and I was pretty nervous about it. Especially when Cent told me (on a precautionary note) not to slam on the breaks or else that would cause me to fishtail. What?! Thanks. So there I was, hands gripping the steering wheel, driving between 20-30 miles an hour to the post office. Then, since I was in the area, I decided to hit up Barnes & Noble. As I was looking at books, I was also checking on Twitter. Oh life has changed since Twitter hit the scene. It was there that I heard from photographer friends about organizing a last minute shoot since it was snowing. And well, it doesn’t snow everyday in Dallas!

So big thanks to my friend Celina Gomez for getting this together super last minute, and Magaly Abbott and Valerie Valdez for joining in on the fun!

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

Meet Steph and Jules and their adorable wolf-sized dog, Johan.

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

Steph and Jules were total troopers and up for anything!

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

Steph and Jules, you guys killed it!

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

Seriously, I’m surprised Steph didn’t melt the snow!

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

I should have shot a video of these piggy back attempts. Hilarious!

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

They were all good lying in the snow, my kind of couple. Up for whatever.

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

Then again, they were keeping each other warm.

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo

Steph and Jules, you two were adorable. Thanks so much for coming out at the last minute to get some snow action!

Arbor Preserve Snow Photos in Plano by Catie Ronquillo
Happy Wednesday!

PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING

Fun Details: The Ranch House in The Colony

02.04.2010

I love details. Details from a wedding really make the day. It allows the personalities of the bride and groom to shine through. I wanted to share a few of the fun details from Kathy and Cary’s wedding that I was invited to shoot with Allison Davis.

Since the ceremony was in a different location from the reception, they provided these great maps for their guests.

I loved their cake.

This was my first wedding where they had pie. So fun!

This is a clear labor of love: each stone was labeled with each guest’s name.

And I loved this: a popcorn buffet! A fun spin on the candy buffets that have been a big trend for the last year or so.

Details help set the tone, the personality, and the feeling of the wedding day. Think about all the fun things you can bring together!

Happy Thursday!

CLIENTS, RESOURCES

For Brides: Online inspiration for your wedding

02.03.2010

Now I love me some magazines, but I’m also a big fan of online wedding inspiration. When I was envisioning the look of our wedding, I would totally scour for photos, ideas, and traditions online…while at work. It was a way less obvious way of browsing for wedding inspiration than flipping through a wedding magazine. I used to work in a cubicle, staring at a computer screen all day, so a little respite into the blogosphere was very welcome.

Are you looking for online inspiration for your wedding beyond The Knot?

Well good news! A brand spanking new online wedding magazine launched today! Introducing Nonpareil Magazine:

Nonpareil Online Wedding Magazine
It has tons of DIY goodness, affordable, yet stylish centerpieces, and tutorials!

Another online wedding magazine that I’m a big fan of is Utterly Engaged. Having launched last year, they are now in their seventh issue:

And of course, it wouldn’t be a blog post of mine if I didn’t offer a few more blogs to peruse for inspiration and entertainment galore!

Happy Tuesday!

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