Monday, March 16, 2015

Photography and Me: Rebranding {Part 5}

I thought I was done with this series but it turns out I'm never done talking about photography.  Ha!  I've been thinking lately... branding a business is one of the hardest things to do as a business owner.  I've had so many looks it's hilarious!  I used to think of it as a weakness (like I was indecisive) but I've learned that it's actually the best thing you can do.  Think about it!  Even multi-million dollar corporations rebrand from time to time.  You have to keep up with the market and what draws people in.  Of course the most important part is having an unbeatable product or service... but a logo can really help make a good (or bad) first impression.

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I think it's important to rebrand each time you reach a new point in your business.  For me, as I've gotten better at what I do, gotten better equipment and so forth, I've been able to raise my rates.  As I've raised my rates and improved what I offer, I've found it beneficial to rebrand.  Not only has my style evolved but I've found that the more professional I've gotten in my work, the more professional I want my brand to appear.  Also, the older I've gotten the less frilly I've wanted my logo to be (;

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I changed a few things recently (probably not for the last time but for now this is where I'm at!)  This time I made a larger change and that was:  going by my full name!  I did this for two reasons.  One, I was finding that a large number of my clients didn't even know my name- and two, I think it's more professional.  I chose "Connie B" originally to be unique... "Connie B Photography" has a ring to it.  I also chose it mostly because it was easier for people to say.  Now that I shoot film I had to make a major change and that was it.

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So there you have it.  I started offering film photography to my repertoire, I changed my look, changed my name, and I'm loving it.  Ba-da-buh-ba-baaah. (Had to.)  So grateful there's a company like Tiny Prints that can offer custom business cards!  I was wanting something very specific and they were able to do it.  It was really hard not getting a folded card or square shape.  I loved all the variety to choose from. I chose the pearl paper for a pretty sheen.  So fun!IMG_0399
How about this blast to the past with old logos I used to have!  My how things have changed... (Go to my photography website to see my newest logo in action;)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Our First Couple Months in Utah

Our first couple months in Utah were so fun.  Tony's new job didn't start until the beginning of this month (March) so we got to spend sooooo much time together exploring and it also has given me the opportunity to do a lot of shooting (www.conniebphotography.com).  These images were shot on film although I admit I'm not crazy about the lab that has processed my film this year.   We haven't seen a whole lot of cold and snow but we've loved the times we did!

Good times.

Well, here's a reminder about the giveaway going on on instagram @connieballuff for a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My baby + Freshly Picked Moccs! (GIVEAWAY)

This is my fourth baby.  Isn't he adorable?  I can't get enough of him... he really is awesome everyday (when I saw that shirt it screamed Greyson and I couldn't pass it up).  Also, when I tried these sunnies on him he cried when I took them away so I also had to get those.
Anyway, since having four babies I can honestly say the hardest part of having a baby (once they start walking) is protecting their feet.  Either shoes easily fall off or seem to hurt their feet in some way... OR it seems the shoes are keeping them from walking normally (you know the ones) and when they're just learning how to walk, I don't want shoes making it harder.
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I kept these shoes on my baby all winter and just layered with socks and he never seemed to have a problem being cold.  I would recommend these to anyone who needs a fashionable and smart shoe for their littles.

Freshly Picked has so generously has donated a pair of moccs to one of you!  You'll have to follow me on instagram to enter (@connieballuff).  I'll be posting the giveaway March 9th!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thank you mild winter that we could play in our backyard without shoes...

Some days have been cold don't get me wrong!  We got snow this past Saturday night.  But many days in February (and days in January) have been so nice!  We even had several days in a row of 60 degrees.  So anyway... we took advantage.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Donuts in the morning.

We've loved exploring our new town.  Tony has been around a lot too which has made it even more fun!  We loved trying out Provo Bakery.  OH ThE swEEtneSS.  I dream about those raspberry and orange rolls...
Here are some film shots I got that morning on my Contax.  Good times!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Why I Stopped Blogging & Why I'm (kinda) Back

Over the past few years since I stopped blogging religiously I've had people ask me... "are you okay?" ... "I hope everything is okay with you."   It always kinda baffled me (but also flattered me that they cared) because OF COURSE things were okay!  I didn't have to be blogging weekly for my life to be perfectly okay... in fact, when I WASN'T blogging consistently things were BETTER than ever!  I have more time for my kids and my husband... we don't bust out the camera when a dance party ensues- we just live in the moment.  When I was a "blogger" I couldn't imagine NOT documenting something like that.

Why did I stop blogging?  I did already say... (you can read the post if you missed it).  And I stand by those words with all my heart.  (The:  "Good, better, best" philosophy... and what is more important than this space?)  Truly?  Blogging is not all that important after all (I found that out when I quit).  Sure, it was fun to document my families every move (give or take), to have readers, and to get free stuff to promote.  But the bottom line was, it wasn't where my time should've really been invested as much as it was.  I knew that.  I quit to get my priorities straight.  After that, I focused more on my Instagram account-which I shortly quit too.  (I am back on IG at the moment of course.. you know because you're awesome and follow heh heh jk).  I can see though, from an outsiders perspective, why they would think something was wrong with me when in a years time I quit Facebook, blogging, and IG (the only social media I was into).  But honestly I was just trying to simplify.  I wanted more focus on my family and that's what I got (I STILL want that!).  I definitely needed a break from those things when I took them.  But....
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That doesn't mean I think blogging is bad.  I never did.  I was just so wrapped up in it I could hardly fall asleep without my next post filling my brain.  Now do I even think about this space?  Ha!  It's awesome I feel like I control it.  And when I feel up to it, if time allows, I'll post.  When I want to take a few months off, I take a few months off!  I feel the occasional blog post fits my life again.  So what changed?  And why am I explaining anything to anyone?  (heh!) Well, the BIGGEST reason why I want to blog here and there again (and say HI) is because (drumroll please)...IMG_4180 IMG_4183 IMG_4186 IMG_4187
We moved!  I talked a little bit about this on some posts... about change... if you know my life at all you're not surprised we moved again.  I am though!  We thought we'd live in Arizona forever!
Another reason I feel I should post now and then again is for all our awesome family I left behind in Arizona (and my parents still in Germany) that would hardly ever see us if I didn't share a thing or two now and then.  Plus, being in a new state, it would be nice to connect with past friends.  You read me?  So.  Incase you don't know where we are by now...
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Yep, we moved to UTAH.  Crazy cause when I met my husband and told him how much I loved living in Utah he told me he'd never want to live there.  Turns out he loves it.  And right now is supposedly the hardest time to live here (in the winter)...at least, that's what I've been told.IMG_4205 IMG_4212 IMG_4216 IMG_4220 IMG_4221 IMG_4226 IMG_4238 IMG_4239 IMG_4241 IMG_4245
So there you have it.  My family has relocated ONCE AGAIN and I hope my family/friends/non-creepy strangers will appreciate the tidbits I share while we are here.  We don't know how long we will be here (we were thinking forever) so in the meantime, when I have the time, I will share.

*Couple things about these pictures: it's been REALLY warm here lately.  Like, 60 degrees.  So don't be fooled at our jackets, we technically didn't need anything that warm but we WERE trying to find snow.  Also, yes, Tony fell in the creek.  It was literally right after he told Brody he shouldn't do it because he could fall in.  So hilarious.