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Ten Reasons I love my job

05.21.2012

I’ll be honest. I didn’t used to love my job. In fact, it was my unhappiness at my previous job that prompted me to start my own photography business.

Now I can honestly say I love my job. Without hesitation.

10 Reasons I love my job

1. I get to work everywhere and anywhere, whether it’s from home, on location while photographing, or from a coffee shop. Or you know, France or something.

2. I am not a morning person, and my job allows me to set my own hours. While I do get myself out of bed by 8:00am most weekdays, I love that I don’t have to sit in traffic to get to the office.

3. I love being able to take a day (or several) off to attend to family, friends, or other events…like vacation!

4. I can work in my pajamas if I choose. Or, most often in yoga pants and a tank top. That’s my kind of business casual.

5. Getting to know my clients and building the relationship with them over the course of time leading up to their wedding day. I love being able to be much more than just another “vendor”. My clients invest with me, and I love investing in them.

6. I love being able to create photographs that people will cherish forever. I get to play a small role in recording memories. I know that my work is meaningful.

7. I get to share my craft through volunteering, photographing events for my church.

8. I get to photograph people in love. I get to photograph pretty things. I get to hang out with people who are happy. I get to work with people who are excited about marriage!

9. I believe whole-heartedly in marriage and I love that I get to play a part in two people becoming one, committing to each other for life. Getting to witness a marriage is an absolute honor!

10. I get to do what I love, I get to blaze my own trail, and can honestly say I love my job!

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Why do you love your job?

 

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Thursday Tips: Doing Away with the Disc

08.18.2011

That’s right. I’m doing away with the disc of images in my photography collections.

Ooooh. What does that mean?!

No, it doesn’t mean that I won’t be offering my clients the digital negatives, it simply means that I won’t be offering the digital negatives on a disc.

But why? Everyone else offers a disc!

  • Well, first of all, discs (CDs or DVDs) are so 1999. No, those aren’t fightin’ words. What I mean is, when was the last time you inserted a disc into your desktop or laptop computer? You were probably just transferring files, right? Possibly photos to your computer? Then, what did you do with that disc? Put it away, or maybe even misplace it? I know I totally do that.
  • Discs can go bad. Yes, like they can stop working and go corrupt. Discs don’t last forever. I highly recommend backing up photos from any disc to your computer. And then again online.
  • Longer delivery. I don’t just slap a disc in a plastic jewel case and call it a day. For my past clients, I have ordered personalized cases, which take time to design and order. Discs take time to burn.

Instead, I’m ushering my tech savvy clients into the next decade with a fast, accessible, and secure solution: cloud storage. What does this mean?

  • Faster delivery. That’s right, I can deliver digital negatives to clients two weeks faster than delivering digital files on a disc. Faster delivery means you’ll have your photos even sooner, and the faster you can share your photos.
  • Security. I’ll be able to offer you a secure, multi-site backup, all online. This means that you can rest assured that you’ll always have access to your photos. Should some type of catastrophic event occur, you can be at ease knowing your precious photos are online and safe.
  • Accessibility. With the awesome company that I’m working with, you’ll not only have the ability to access your photos at any time, download them at any time, and share them at anytime, you’ll also be able to access them from anywhere – your laptop, iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. This means you can share on the go – when you’re visiting family across the country or friends across the world.

And see the little blue Facebook symbol? That means you can share your photos straight to Facebook without even needing to log in. And the green button? That’ll allow you to download the photo.

Are you excited yet? All 2012 clients will receive access their photos in this new, easy, accessible, secure way.

Thoughts? Comments? Does this totally get you pumped?

But what if we totally want to have a disc too?! Don’t worry, it’s still an option.

Questions? Email me hello [at] catieronquillo [dot] com.

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Thursday Tips: Remember it’s about Marriage

06.23.2011

Wedding planning is crazy. It’s fun to look at venues, color swatches, and taste cake flavors. It’s also roller coaster ride of emotions, choices, and decisions. I remember. I was there not too long ago. And it’s easy to get caught up in the details and not see the big picture. I know there’s an idiom for this… is it “can’t see the forest for the trees”? That sounds right, I did say I was bad with idioms.

Here are a few tips to keep your focus of your wedding on marriage:

1. Let your groom help. While he might not be interested in picking out linens (he might!), he may want to have some input on the music or the cake. Cent did! Your wedding should be a reflection of the both of you, so make sure to keep him in the loop.

2. Ask your groom for his opinion. It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else thinks and wants, your mom, his mom, your sister(s), your friends, and everyone else with an opinion. But at the end of the day it’s a union between the two of you, so make sure to ask your groom what he thinks!

3. Go on a regular date night. I used to think that date night was just for people with kids so that they could get away for an evening. Not so! Date night is important for every couple. Go to dinner, chat over dessert, and focus on each other. After a long week, it’s so nice to sit across from your fiance/husband/spouse and just spend time together.

4. Make your big decisions together. Marriage 101. After you’re married you’ll have a lifetime of decisions (big and small) to make together. I think this was one of the big ones I hadn’t really thought about prior to getting engaged. I was so accustomed to making decisions based on what was best for me. Now, we make decisions on what is best for “us”. Start early and make the big decisions together.

Remember that at the end of the day, the wedding will be over and you’ll be married to your best friend, your confidant, the one you love.

What tips do you have?

Happy Thursday!

 

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  3. See more inside scoop with other posts on wedding advice for brides & grooms here.

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Photo by Travis Hoehne

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Thursday Tips: When to Schedule Your Photo Session

06.16.2011

The Summer is HERE!

As a non-native Texan, this heat is just killer. Although, I may be starting to get used to it. Kind of.

With it being so hot (and getting hotter!) this time of year in the Dallas area, like I’m talking 100+ degree weather, I thought it would be helpful to suggest the best times to schedule your portrait session – engagements, bridals, day after, and Beloved sessions. Because, if you’re like me, you don’t want to look a hot mess. A hot, sweaty mess. Unless you’re one of those lucky people who doesn’t sweat. And if you are, what is your secret?!

A few things to consider if you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex:

  1. If you’re wanting to shoot an outdoor session, I recommend the fall (late September to early December) or the spring (March through early June). And even early June in Dallas is cutting close into the hot zone. We can certainly shoot in the winter, even if there’s snow, you may just have to bundle up a little more than usual.
  2. If for whatever reason, timing only permits a session in the hot, summer months, then I recommend scheduling your engagement, bridal, day after, or Beloved session in the morning. Early morning, as in when the sun is rising. Even if you are not a morning person, (and let me tell you I am not one either!) shooting in the early morning provides much more comfortable temperatures, usually in the 80′s. And the light is also just as pretty as sunset.
  3. And of course, there’s shooting indoors. While I personally prefer the outdoors, and natural light photography, we can always shoot indoors, should it be needed. Especially here in Dallas, where the weather can go from sunny, to cloudy, to storming in a matter of minutes.
  4. So what time of day should you schedule your session? You may think that since it’s nice and bright in the middle of the day that it would be an ideal time for a session. No! Actually, it’s probably the worst time because it is SO bright that it cause squinting, it’s super hot (in the summer), and can cast unflattering shadows on your face.
  5. I recommend clients schedule their engagement sessions about an hour and a half before sunset, during the “golden hour” when the light is nice and pretty. So in the fall and the spring that right around 5-6pm depending on when Daylight Savings Time starts/ends. Sessions usually last about two hours.

Why do I love shooting at the “golden hour”? Because you get golden light, like this:

Golden Hour Dallas Wedding Photos Catie Ronquillo

And the golden light on the right? LOVE! These were shot in mid-May and the weather was amazing!

Best Golden Hour Wedding Photos Dallas Catie Ronquillo

Happy Thursday!

For other Thursday Tips check out these previous posts:

Wedding Day Timeline
Feed Your Vendors
5 Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Coordinator
Why a Second Shooter is Important
Let Your Personalities Shine
Remember to Take a Break
Contacting and Meeting Your Wedding Photographer
How to Find Your Wedding Photographer
5 Reasons to Have an Engagement Session

 

what next?

  1. Share this with brides you know!
  2. Subscribe to our new monthly e-zine: tips from the best in the industry on creating a stress-free wedding that honors your relationship and, most importantly, building a lasting wonderful marriage.  Leave a comment below or click here to sign up.
  3. See more inside scoop with other posts on wedding advice for brides & grooms here.

Contact Dallas wedding photographer Catie Ronquillo

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Thursday Tips: Feed Your Photographer & Vendors

05.26.2011

There’s this term I learned from friends, Justin & Mary Marantz. It’s called “hangry”. It’s when the powers of hunger and anger combine, to create hungry anger. Also known as, the state of being “hangry”.

And Cent will happily attest that I can get hangry if I haven’t eaten. It’s too ugly for him to try and reason with me until food has been consumed.

A few reasons to feed your wedding photographer and other vendors:

1. If you don’t feed your photographer, we’ll most likely have to leave your wedding to get something to eat, which could delay the events of the afternoon/evening.

2. We’ll love you even more for it. Seriously, we definitely appreciate a warm meal after being up and around for several house.

3. Happy photographers = better photos! I don’t know that there’s a scientific correlations, but I’m pretty sure it’s true.

And if you’re at all concerned about your photographers missing a moment of your reception, don’t worry! I think I’ve mastered the art of gobbling a plate of food in about ten minutes. We try to eat when you’re eating, because honestly, no one wants a photo of themselves while eating.

It may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, if you feed your vendors, you’ll have happy vendors. And if for, whatever reason, you don’t plan to or cannot feed your vendors, PLEASE let us know in advance so that we can plan to get something to eat.

And because posts are just better with photos….here’s something that’s coming up soon!

Happy Thursday!

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