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      My time with Katelyn James!!

      Investing in my “self” is always hard for me, I feel so guilty spending money on something that is for myself, or something that I cant actually hold and touch.  When I saw Katelyn James had 1 coaching spot available for the month of August, I knew I had to decide fast if I wanted it or not [ shes kind of a big deal 😉 ] The main thing I was concerned about was the fact that I would be almost 8 months pregnant for my headshots!! I thought there is no way anyone can make ME, hugely pregnant, look awesome for head shots for my website and blog, I wont be pregnant forever so I didn’t want to be pregnant in all my head shots, haha! I emailed her and she assured me that it would be great – so I took the plunge, and was it worth it??



      Katelyn is just as sweet in person as she is via the internet, I was so nervous waiting at Bertuccis restaurant, all these thoughts running in my head, the fact that I was sweating so bad, did I remember deodorant?  Is there anything in my teeth? What would I say? I felt so awkward as she walked up to the restaurant, but she hugged me like she had known me for years and I immediately felt relieved, she was nice!! she cares about your business and did her time researching your work and your brand/website/blog and she really paid attention and genuinely answered my questions, even the silly “duh” ones I had! She listened to all of my concerns and complaints I had, my worries and my stresses, and offered real advice and told me stories from her business that even made me feel a little better, and normal!! All of the advice she gave me made so much sense, and I can’t wait to put it all to good use, starting with blogging!!  We talked branding, logo, fonts, colors, patterns, website, blog layout, posing, shooting, lenses, editing, outsourcing, albums, family, Jesus, friends, marketing, I mean we covered just about everything business related, and some not business related, and I am so overwhelmed in such a positive way, I am motivated and ready to take on 2015 with a toddler and baby in tow!! Oh and I cant forget my awesome husband :p



      Thank you Katelyn for everything, for giving me the confidence and motivation to move forward in my business,I didn’t realize how much I hated being “stuck” where I was until I met with you!



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      • katelyn james - September 10, 2014 - 4:48 am

        Well this just officially made my NIGHT!!! 1. I love that you learned so much! 2. I love that you have a shiny new space online that’s so clean and updated and 3. I love seeing you use your headshots!!! I just loved my time with you!! And I can’t wait to see all that you’re going to accomplish!!!!! ps. YAY for preschool!!!:):)ReplyCancel

        • admin - September 10, 2014 - 9:33 am

          Thank you thank you thank you again! I am glad you like it, I was worried it would be too plain lol! And yes yay for preschool! I have a post coming about that on Friday!! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Rachel May - September 11, 2014 - 6:18 pm

        You are SO cute!! Yay for KJ coaching! <3ReplyCancel

        • admin - September 12, 2014 - 12:51 pm

          aw haha thanks!! and yes, yay for coaching!!! <3 so much fun!ReplyCancel

      • Barbara Spencer - September 12, 2014 - 11:13 am

        What a great post Samantha! You are glowing and lovely and although it was hot and humid that day, you don’t show it. Your new site is beautiful and you did it so quickly! I love your focus and determination. I’m excited about the future for you and await seeing more of your beautiful weddings!ReplyCancel

        • admin - September 12, 2014 - 12:50 pm

          Thank you Barbara!!! It was great to meet you, i hope all your business dreams come true!! :pReplyCancel

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