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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Completing Challenges

I had a little video shoot up in LA on Friday. While it's too soon to share the details of the actual shoot, I still wanted to share my experience while it was fresh on my mind. Quite frankly, it was extremely challenging, most likely the most challenging thing I've had to do so far for my job.

When the opportunity presented itself I knew that I had to do it. But the thought of it was so scary and it was extremely easy to doubt my ability to do it. I wasn't right for this, I don't deserve this, I'm not qualified enough for this. I'm just me.

A script was sent to me the night before the shoot. Panic set in. J talked me out of my pile of self-doubt a bit, reminding me that they picked me for a reason. While this tided over my fears a little bit, they were back full force the morning of the shoot.

When I arrived at the studio I was put in a makeup chair. My hair was put in a ponytail, peach lipgloss was put on my lips, a jean jacket was added to my outfit. Then it was time to go to.....the set. I walked into the room and definitely said "holy shit" out loud to myself. The room had at least 12 people in it. A lot on laptops, some with cameras, lights, headphones, etc.

Holy shit.
A mic was immediately added to the band of my jeans. It felt like a phone in my back pocket and I kept mindlessly grabbing at it out of habit. I was guided to the table I would be sitting at, two cameras on me, lights, so many pairs of eyes I wanted to vomit right there. I immediately blurt out "First timer! Just want to put that out there!" as some sort of awkward disclaimer so they know I'm likely going to suck. I wasn't a youtuber, I didn't do vlogs (but maybe I should so I get more comfortable with that sort of thing?), I was inexperienced, and I was a mess.

We had two shooting sessions, one before lunch and one after. The session before lunch was pretty brutal. I was flubbing lines, moving around too much, not being "natural" enough. The whole "be yourself but say these specific things you wouldn't naturally say" thing is not easy for me.

And all those eyes....

When we took a break for lunch a lot of the people on set were encouraging. We did some more practice runs to try to make me feel more comfortable. And it did work, somewhat. At least during our second sessions, if I messed up (I kept saying "virgin" instead of "version"....awkwarddd) I would just laugh at myself instead of feeling like I wanted to die inside.

I guess the point is that I did it. I challenged myself. I took an opportunity even though it was scary. Even though the entire experience was extremely hard for me,  I knew I wanted to blog about it.

As small business owners or internet personalities or bloggers, it is easy to give off this "idea" of what we are like, what our life is like. It's just too easy to make assumptions based on what one chooses to share publicly.

But I do not have it all figured out, I'm not good at everything. The truth is that we all have our flaws. We all don't always have perfect hair. We all don't always look stylish. We all don't always succeed. We all struggle. And I feel like that is just as important to share as our triumphs are.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Wedding Ceremony

We got married at the 29 Palms Inn in Twentynine Palms, California on May 17th, 2014. I had heard so many say it would be the best day of my life, and well, they were right.

I absolutely love our venue and we are already talking about going back (it's also a hotel). It is a bit out in the middle of nothing, circling around an oasis, and there are so many unique quirks and details. It was like no venue we had ever seen before (being wedding videographers, we have seen our fair share) so we knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate our day. 
Jordan and I woke up together the day of our wedding. Since we were doing a first look before our ceremony we didn't see the need to "hide" from each other for the majority of the day. Plus, if I had spent the night alone in our two bedroom hut I probably would have gotten NO sleep whatsoever. So we woke up to each other with the thoughts of "omg it's our wedding day!!!"
As the girls were getting ready in our adobe hut, I felt relaxed. Which is crazy. I am unfortunately rather anxiety-ridden and I am so so thankful I felt at ease the entire day (except perhaps the few minutes leading up to the ceremony when I was like omgomg it's happening). Even my mom and friends took note of my chill attitude.
(I mean, is he the cutest or what?)
Our first look. (Tee hee) This moment is a blur, all I really remember is J saying "Let's do this already. I wanna do this!!"
Can we talk about how it was hot as hell? The weekend before we got married was 20 degrees cooler than our wedding weekend. Temperatures were pushing three digits for us. Just a couple days leading up to our wedding we rented a couple industrial misting fans and they did wonders for keeping our guests cool. We kept our bridal party photos limited since it was during the hottest part of the day, but everyone was good sports!
 The walk down the aisle.....the music, the way the light was shining down...I won't forget it. I met J's eyes and didn't look away. I remember my dad leaning in and saying "This is your moment." There were tears, of course.
More tears. I swear I probably kept it together for one little sentence and then it was all waterworks. I also remember all the waterworks giving me quite the runny nose but I wasn't about to straight up blow my nose during our wedding ceremony so I was repeatedly sniffling. Sexy bride, let me tell ya.
And we did it! So happy! So fun sharing a glimpse into our special day with you guys! Next up I will share our reception photos. It was quite the party if I do say so myself. *cough* snow machine *cough*

Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to see something I didn't share.

(Photography: Heather Saunders Photography, Makeup: Brie Does Makeup, Signs + boutonnieres: Delovely Details, Dress: Grace Loves Lace, Belt: BHLD, Robe: Silkandmore, Suit: JCrew, Neckwear: Accents, Invitations: DIY) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Craft Show Fabric Sign (No Sew!)

I am already getting excited for upcoming holidays shows! I have been thinking a lot about my ways to improve my display and make it more festive for the holiday season.

I've had my mind on a sort of "table runner sign" to add on top of my current beige table cloth. Upon looking online, I couldn't find something that was a) exactly what I was envisioning and b) a price I was willing to pay. No worries, it was time to DIY it up! It has been far too long since I got a little crafty.
I chose to make a black sign since it is such a big color in my product and branding. I also thought it would help break up the use of beiges and wood shades that my display is currently made up of. But you can really use any color you would like to match your branding! Here's what you'll need:


Fabric paint (color of your choice)
Exacto knife
Fabric - roughly 3 ft by 9 ft (I cheated on this, read below!)
Spray Adhesive (Repositionable kind)

Let's talk about the fabric for a second. I am not the brightest sewer in the....sewing class? This bitch can't sew. And the thought of buying cut fabric from JoAnn's gave me anxiety. So I totally cheated. I bought a single black curtain from Target. Yep. Then I folded the edges of the curtain into the size I wanted and secured that shape using fabric tape. So it's up to you, how comfortable you are with sewing. I decided this was the easiest route for me and it actually worked out quite well.
To create the stencil I printed my logo out on a large piece of paper. If you don't have a wide format printer you can get a larger copy of your logo from Staples or Kinkos. Then I used an exacto knife to cut out the letters. Don't forget to have something underneath the paper that the exacto knife can slice into!
When your stencil is created it's time to secure it to the fabric using spray adhesive. Following the directions on the spray adhesive can, I sprayed the paper with a single coat and then lightly pressed it onto the fabric. This will allow you to remove the paper from the fabric once we are done using the stencil.
With the stencil in place, I used a foam brush to blot the paint over the stencil. Be careful to move the brush straight up and straight down, not on an angle. Once you have covered the entire stencil, give it a few minutes before removing it from the fabric. I continued to let my fabric lay still and dry overnight.
And there you have it! A custom logo sign made out of a damn curtain. Pretty happy with it if I do say so myself!

How do you make improvements to your booth display? xo JA

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