Fundy Software Company Headshots

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Company headshots are a valuable asset to any company, whether you are a Portland Small Business or a Retail company based in Los Angeles. Not only do professional business headshots make your team look good, but they are exciting for your team. It shows them that each one of them is a valuable asset to the work you do. Welcoming the team behind Fundy Software into my Portrait Studio in Beaverton was SO FUN... mostly because they are all a blast to hang with. With them, work is like play. 

Fundy Software Inc is a local company here in Portland that has created the most useful software for photographers that I have ever used. If you have been a client of mine, you have seen me use it in our Design Consultation together. Not only is the product amazing, but the people that make up Fundy Software are truly family to me and my little family. 

It was so AWESOME being the one they trusted to do their new company headshots. Thank you, Fundy Software! 

Help Emmi, Chief Compliance Officer at WEconnect, choose her headshot: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/portland-headshot-photographer-emmi

Same Day Design Consultation

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VALUE. It’s the one thing I focus all of my time and energy on. I want to bring immeasurable VALUE to my clients. This isn’t easy because each and every person values different things… but this is also what makes my every day so fun. I get to find out what my clients Value, and make it my mission to give that to them. 

One major way I can bring the Value in my business is to do Same Day Design Consultations whenever possible. What is a Design Consultation? That is the first time my clients get to see their photos after their photoshoot! It is the MOST EXCITING part of the entire experience. Yes. My clients get to see their photos the very same day as their photoshoot. 

Fun Side Note for Photographers: Professional Photographer Magazine published an article of mine that I wrote for photographers about why Same Day Design Consultations are so awesome for me, my business and my clients, and you can check that out here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/2/12/professional-photographer-magazine

As I write this, I am in-flight on my way to Los Angeles from Portland (from what we have dubbed our “relaxing home” to our “work home”) to meet up with my clients Tiffany and Kevan. They are celebrating their engagement all the way from Canada by having their Engagement Photoshoot Experience in Los Angeles with little ol’ me. Not only will we take their photos today, but they will get to see their photos for the first time, Design their Artwork for their home with me, and will put in their order for their Artwork, meaning it will be in their home in WEEKS. WEEKS!! No waiting weeks just to see their photos- they will actually get to hang their relationship on their walls in a few short weeks. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is! 

I get so excited for my clients.. for a few reasons. One, I have been through this experience myself, so I know just how much it means to be able to stop and focus all of your attention on the ones you love most in this world. Despite all the work and errands and endless To Do lists, you will never regret taking time out to celebrate your relationships with the people most important to you in your life. Second, I have been fortunate enough to witness the transformation that happens in my clients lives after going through this experience with us. It’s not just a photoshoot- thats not how we work. This is LIFE. This is EVERYTHING. This is creating tangible fine art that will live not only in your home but in the homes of the generations after you. It is tangible artwork that carries on your legacy and tells the story of the amazing life you lived. It allows you, the person in the photos, to remember what makes you wake up each morning, even when times are hard, when there is an illness, financial struggles, wondering if you can even keep going- you look up at your artwork and are reminded of the things that keep you going. Nothing matters more. 

So as I sit here writing this, I’m excitedly anxious knowing what the rest of the day will bring. Tiffany and Kevan are going to get lost celebrating one another. They will make memories today that they will never forget, and they will let everything else wash away as they take time to focus on their reason for waking up each morning. He is her safety and comfort. She is his stability and his rock. I’m honored to capture this for you two today and always. 

Look out for an update on their photographs and artwork coming to the blog soon :D I never post photos until after they have received their artwork- because seeing your photos for the first time on your phone on FB is NOTHING compared to hearing the doorbell ring, opening it up to see HUGE boxes at your door, getting excited knowing that your artwork is only inches away from you, and then excitedly (yet carefully heehee) opening those boxes to reveal timeless fine art created with the sole purpose of celebrating you. THAT is infinitely more valuable than seeing anything on Facebook. So once Tiffany and Kevan hang their artwork, the internet will get to share in their excitement and jump and squeal and cry too :D 

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I’m really trying hard to refrain from quoting Britney Spears, but damn! I did it again!! (Minus the “oops”). Actually, as with many of my recent accomplishments, I feel as though it was much less my doing in making it happen than it was people around me supporting me and encouraging me. Since this isn’t the Grammy’s I won’t give a thank you speech, but I will just say that I am lucky to be surrounded by the people I call friends and colleagues, and I can’t help but think I was ready for the challenges because I have always been brazenly determined- even when I’m oh-so out of my league. Thank you friends for helping me make this happen. 

So here it is. I have an article with Professional Photographer Magazine!! Special thanks to my partners Fundy Software Inc, Millers Professional Imaging, and Silverlake Photo, as well as my beautiful models, The Patrick Family!!

You can check it out here: https://ppmag.com/news/in-person-sales-change-one-thing-to-earn-three-times-the-revenue

You can also read about a couple, Tiffany and Kevan, that had their own Same Day Design Consultation- just like I talk about in the PPM article :D

Check that out here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/2/12/same-day-design-consultation

Michelle Lagos Consulting Headshots

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Michelle Lagos came over to our photography studio in Beaverton, Oregon for her headshots and of course we danced and laughed our way through. You don't get together with this woman and NOT have an amazing time. Lagos Consulting is Portland's premiere Website Designer, Developer, and Digital Strategist. She is DYNAMIC... to say the least. We knew that Michelle is used to being behind the scenes, so pampering her with Hair and Makeup before the photoshoot, and guiding her through the Design Consultation to choose her favorite photographs after the photoshoot was extra fun for us. When someone continually gives and gives beauty to the world, you can't help but want to pour ten times that amount of love back onto them. You, Michelle, and the epitome of a giver and I am so happy we had the opportunity to create with you. 

As always, thank you to our Hair and Makeup Artist, Aubrey Kay Evans, the owner and powerhouse behind Beauty By Bre. 

And of course we had to show off her amazing personality, because if you don't know Michelle in person, you MUST make a date to meet her. You'll probably meet her at her favorite dining spot in PDX, the delicious Harlow, and you have my personal guarantee that you will have FUN and walk away totally inspired and motivated to do the things you've been wanting to. Michelle is in one word: AMAZING.

Visit our studio in Beaverton, Oregon, minutes away from Nike! 

See Stacey S.'s Portrait Photoshoot in our Studio here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/portland-portrait-studio-stacey-s

It's a CELEBRATION!

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That's right! 2018 marks NINE years that The Yodsukars has been an operating business. It's pretty insane to think that it all started with a Groupon-type deal on The Knot.com in 2009 for a $99 Engagement Session. We photographed somewhere around 80+ sessions the following year because of that deal... we had no life and missed out on everything, BUT it laid the groundwork for what The Yodsukars is today. And what are we today? I'll leave that for the end of this post. First, I think its only fitting as we Celebrate starting our company 9 years ago, that we hear from the Founder, my best friend and husband, Forrest's father, and the reason our business exists, Rich Yodsukar.

     Being a business owner has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. Knowing that the direction of our careers is completely up to us - if we want to work more, or work less - has been so empowering. It's also been completely terrifying at times not knowing exactly when our next check is coming. As cliche as this sounds though, what's kept us going is believing that the universe will provide us with exactly what we need, and that is what's gotten us to this point in our lives and careers.  - Rich Yodsukar

Today, The Yodsukars is a Mission backed up by a lifestyle. On paper we are a Photo + Cinema studio based in Portland, Oregon and operating in Los Angeles as well. In our hearts and minds, we are just a little family set on changing the world one life at a time. What began as a studio focused on weddings, has morphed into a multi-layered company with departments catering to Businesses, Families, and Educating Other Photographers and Business Owners how to use their business to Find Their Happy. We have grown A LOT over the past 9 years, learning countless lessons about managing money, taking care of our clients, improving our technical skills, and marketing (to name a few, of course), but the one thing we have learned that I am MOST PROUD of and most EXCITED about is this...

We have learned to define SUCCESS on our terms. We have learned to create our own definition of HAPPINESS. And whats even cooler, we have learned the importance of allowing ourselves to redefine and recreate that as often as needed. That's one reason we moved from everyone we knew and the hometown of our business to a brand new place where we knew no one. I'm happy to say that 20 months later, we have established our business, found our friends and family, and created our home here in Portland. Instead of replacing one home with another, we have a new passion of adding homes, friends, and family... and businesses. 

The next opportunity is right around the corner. Keep us in your thoughts as we are looking to add another exciting adventure to our lives (not a baby you guys!!!!), so we can continue to change the world one person at a time.

XOXO

Christine

A little backstory on my WHY for being a business owner: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2017/9/7/sharing-my-why-on-being-a-business-owner

 

Portland Portrait Studio >> Stacey S.

STACEY THE MAGNIFICENT

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My newly renovated Photography Studio in Portland, Oregon is kind of my favorite place ever. I get to sip on freshly brewed espresso while listening to the CHILL iTunes station (it's sooo chill), all the while photographing the gorgeous people of Portland. Sometimes I get to create boudoir photos in my studio, and other times we create branding photos for another kickass Portland Business owner. Last week though, I had the immense pleasure of photographing this woman right here.

This is Stacey. Stacey is special to me because she embodies what I love about life... LOVING LIFE. Stacey is someone who grabs her life by the horns and takes a wild ride, calling the shots while simultaneously allowing the unexpected to happen. She travels up and down the West Coast from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Portland catering to her clients that adore her for being their Special Needs Pet Nanny. Yes. Special Needs Pet Nanny. She's the bomb. 

THANK YOU STACEY FOR BEING YOU AND SHARING YOUR ENERGY WITH MY AND MY CAMERA. 

XOXO

CHRISTINE

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Help Emmi Choose Her Headshot

WHICH HEADSHOT SHOULD EMMI CHOOSE?

PUT THE NUMBER OF YOUR FAVORITE HEADSHOT IN THE COMMENTS.

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Emmi has not only created a life she loves (and a personality that I love), but she has created a whole new way of doing her job. "Emmi's research focuses on individual privacy preferences, exploitation, elements of communication in medical research, integration and regulation of medical technology and medical decision making in the context of societal ethics." Yep. She's AMAZING. And she's definitely the person to find if you're ready for an in depth, yet wildly entertaining conversation about... well, anything. She's the best! 

So let's help a sister out and help her choose which headshot she should incorporate into her Professional life as Chief Compliance, Ethics and Privacy Officer extraordinaire!!

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See Michelle Lagos', of Lagos Consulting, breathtaking headshots... and one totally badass Portrait where she brings out her MOB Boss self ;) MOB: Mom Owned Business! See it here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/2/5/michelle-lagos-consulting-headshots

Shoot Like A Mother

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Momming is damn hard work. I know! I have a two year old son and somehow have managed to step away long enough to continue to run my Photography studio in two cities with my amazing clients. The most rewarding work, though? Photographing my son and my husband experiencing everyday life. 

Wether you have a simple point and shoot camera or a professional-level DSLR or even just your phone, this class will teach you how to capture the soccer games, the recitals, and most importantly those precious moments at home snuggling up together or making pancakes on Sunday morning. 

You will learn the same techniques I have used in my Photography business for the past 8 years, creating gorgeous and timeless photographs for hundreds of families. You will get easy to use knowledge to capture these moments and learn how to keep them safe forever in print...And enjoy delicious bites to eat, coffee and champs, because like I said before, Momming is hard. 

And oh yea, babysitter included ;)

Purchase your $49 ticket for your educational Mom's day out, and learn to Shoot Like a Mother: www.theyodsukars.com/education-products/shootlikeamother

I can't wait to see you there! 

XOXO

Christine

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See more of the work we do. Here is a beautiful Portrait Session for the Bald Is Beautiful Project that we do with Breast Friends, an amazing organization supporting women surviving breast cancer. 

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Honor isn’t a strong enough word to describe what photographing this mother and daughter felt like to me. I met Laura through working with Breast Friends for their Bald Is Beautiful project. If you haven’t heard about the amazing work that Breast Friends does for women living with and surviving cancer, then I implore for you to look at them and what they do- I am getting teary-eyed just talking about it, they are so supportive and helpful. 

So I photographed Laura and her daughter, and when we met for their big Reveal, they knew these photos were too meaningful to just let them sit somewhere on a hard drive or cloud- THEY HAD TO PRINT THEM. Laura, her daughter, and Laura's wife Deb decided together on this stunning piece of art (pictured above - The Wesley Statement Piece). Laura is the one who described the meaning of this artwork the best... in my own words adapted from what she said that day, it went a little something like this:

'Right now, this artwork shows us being happy during a difficult time, but I don’t let myself think about how difficult it is. I just have to power through it all. But years from now, when we are far beyond this experience and this cancer and the treatments, I won’t have to remember only the difficult times and the doctors visits... I’ll get to look at this and remember THIS moment out of all of them. THIS will be what the result of my cancer was- the love and relationship I have with my daughter. That is all that matters.'

When Laura said that at the Reveal with myself and her wife and two of the Breast Friend women there, we all were crying and in awe. When we work together, MAGIC HAPPENS. I love you and your family so much, Laura. I can’t wait to hang THIS in your home and give you the memories of this journey that you choose. Thank you for the honor. 

The Wesley Statement Piece, named after my dear friend's son, is a magical way to showcase four of your most meaningful photographs on one single piece of Artwork. It is one of our most popular pieces, and definitely our most popular Single Piece Composite design. Here you see the piece in its Medium size, 30x30 inches. 

The Wesley Statement Piece, named after my dear friend's son, is a magical way to showcase four of your most meaningful photographs on one single piece of Artwork. It is one of our most popular pieces, and definitely our most popular Single Piece Composite design. Here you see the piece in its Medium size, 30x30 inches. 

Watch the Behind the Scenes Video from our very first Bald Is Beautiful Photoshoot Day.

If you'd like to learn about Breast Friends, you can find out more here: https://www.breastfriends.org/

And you can follow along as we continue to photograph more amazing women for the Bald Is Beautiful Project each month here in our studio in Portland, Oregon by going here. 

 

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We are honored to be working with Breast Friends of Oregon on their Bald is Beautiful project. November 2017 marked our first month of portraits where we photographed these beautiful women, and here is a look at our day together. 

Thank you for having us.

Makeup by the amazing Pincurls By Tracy 💗
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XOXO

Christine

See a recent photoshoot with did with the stunning Stacey S. to Celebrate her Happiness here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/portland-portrait-studio-stacey-s

Asking For Things I Have No Business Asking For

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I was talking to an online group about all of the crazy things I have asked others for- asking for Work, asking for connections, asking for help… Some turn into some of the biggest accomplishments in my life and career thus far. Others were huge HUGE bombs.

My friend saw what I wrote, “I ask for things I have no business asking for” and she responded something to the effect of “I love that you have no fear.”

Here’s the deal. I am DEFINITELY afraid when I ask for things. I get extremely anxious and I try to talk myself out of it every single time. I think, “It’s stupid to ask. They have too much going on, I shouldn’t bother them. I’m not going to get it anyway so I shouldn’t waste my time. I’ll ask on Monday instead.” I have A LOT of fear. But the fear doesn’t matter. It’s what I do despite the fear that makes the difference between where I am now and where I was yesterday. And today I am closer to where I want to be and the person I want to be than I was yesterday.

What do you want to ask for? What have you been wanting to ask for for months now? What do you want?! Asking is so freaking hard, but if I have learned one hard lesson in our 8 years of owning our Photo + Cinema business, it’s that NO ONE and NOTHING is going to be given to me. People don’t wake up in the morning and think, “Gee, how can I help Christine Yodsukar today?” NO! They wake up and think about all the shit they have to take care of that day, the things they don’t want to do, the errands they forgot to do the day before, their kid is crying because they want breakfast, they are late on a deadline, and they have a client who is making them want to quit their own business. Everyone is human and just trying to do their best just like you are. They don’t have the time and energy to make things happen for me. Or for you. I have to make things happen for me and you have to make things happen for you. This is where the ask comes into play.

If no one is going to bring you a triple latte with extra foam and four pumps of hazelnut on a silver platter then you need to ask them to do so. You need to ask very specifically for exactly what you want, because if you don’t then they might bring you a coffee but it might be a peppermint decaf with coconut milk and you’re like WTF is this?! Ask and be specific in your ask so if the opportunity is there, people can give you what you want.

So how do I go from the fear of asking holding me back to actually asking? I play dumb. I literally shut off my brain (as literally as I can), and I type the words and hit send. Or I pull up the person’s phone number (and after ten minutes of giving myself excuses) I press the green phone button and the phone starts ringing. Then when they answer I say the words I need to say- very straightforward, no hoopla, no flowery words, I just say what I need to say. I disconnect myself from my anxiety and my fear for that moment I hit send or that moment I verbally say the words. Afterwards, you would think that’s when I freak out, but by that time the opportunity to freak out has passed and I’m on to the next big thing that scares me.

The key is to play dumb with yourself. You’re not afraid and you’re not nervous. Heck, you’re not anything. You’re just a robot saying the words you need to say to ask for the thing that you want. Done end of story.

Now this is going to be helpful for those of you that know what you want and who you need to ask to get it or get there, but for those of you that don’t even see the possibility of asking as a real thing, we need to go a tad bit further. If there is something you want, something that you think about constantly or even just often, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE IT. Yes you have to work for it and you have to make it happen, but you are absolutely allowed to have it. You are worth it. You are good enough. Stop comparing yourself to other people, other business owners, other photographers, other parents, other young single dudes, and focus on growing yourself. Compete with yourself. If you are in your business simply to be better than your neighbor selling a 3 hour session and all the digitals for $99, you will never win. But if you are in business for a purpose and everything that you do is working toward that greater good, then every single step will be a win.

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So now you can write down all of those things that you want and you dream about that you never thought you were good enough to have or deserved to do, and now you can start making action plans to make them happen. You can start figuring out who can help you get closer to those goals and you can ask them for what you need.

The bottom line is this: we get one life. Don’t waste it worrying that you’re playing by the rules and being better than $99 Tommy Thomas. Forget Tommy and make your own game with your own rules. Make your life YOUR life. Do good. Spread love and joy. And be Happy.

XOXO CHRISTINE

I share my WHY when it comes to being a business owner, and why I feel fierce AF in the pursuit of my business goals here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2017/9/7/sharing-my-why-on-being-a-business-owner

"You Should Be A Life Coach"

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The best compliment I received recently was that I should be a life coach. I laughed when I first read it... but then I though, “I guess I kind of am a life coach.”

A life coach is supposed to help you make your life better. That’s exactly what I do. I work with people to find out what is important to them - like really truly forever and always important to them - and then I give them ways to celebrate that every single day. I give them ways to call upon that happiness when life is sucking. I give them ways to put focus on the things that make them happy instead of ‘the laundry is piled up, we ate frozen pizza for dinner... again, and I’m so.so.tired.’ I give people the opportunity to revel in the beauty that is their life.

I guess I am a life coach 🤷‍♀️😆

Photos of a recent life coaching clients “Way to Celebrate” 😉

I’m so lucky to do what I do. I’m so lucky to do it with the people I do it with.

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A Lesson in Love... That I'm Learning

Self love is the most important kind.

This is a lesson that I had learned... but am trying to relearn all over again. 
I am sure some of you understand what I am talking about. As a young adult there comes a time when you really feel like your life is just coming together in such amazing ways; you are making a good living, being healthy and fit, nurturing all the meaningful relationships in your life, improving yourself everyday... You love the person you have become.
...and then something happens that rocks your world. 
For me, that something has been becoming a mom. I put all of my focus on being there for my son, Forrest, that wanting to go to the gym for an hour seems so selfish and like SO much work. I feel guilty when I'm working, because it means I am away from my family. I eat more processed foods. I hang out with friends less... and never at night HA! I don't meditate as much as I used to, and I spend a lot of time talking about Daniel Tiger and Paw Patrol. 
Life is different. I'm re-figuring it all out. 
So while my something has been becoming a mom, your something could be anything.
Like Shannon. Shannon is a woman that I had the pleasure of photographing recently. We had an amazing time- it was so effortless and so rewarding. 
Yesterday she posted her portrait on her facebook along with a message that really hit me in the gut. 

"I am learning to look at my crow's feet and to appreciate all of the work that it took to get there."


DAMN. She changed my whole perspective in that one line.
YES, my life is totally different. 
NO, I am definitely not the person I want to be right now. 
BUT, I am working on it, and I have been working on it... AND its taken me a lot of hard work to get to be the person I am right now, despite not being in the gym 6 days a week and despite getting a bagged salad for dinner last night and only working for half of the day instead of the whole day.
We are not perfect because of how we compare ourselves to other people. We are perfect because we love ourselves for who we truly are. 

So after this long email that may seem to be about me... I'm writing to tell you that whatever it is that has rocked your world and whatever it is that is making you feel less than, it doesn't make you any less perfect than you were when you loved yourself before. Chances are, you've taken on a whole lot more life in the time between then and now, and you're probably kicking ass in ways that you didn't even realize. 

So today, throw some glitter in your haair (something I did...) and get your nails painted like the galaxy (something I also did...) and ENJOY the life that you have. Be comfortable, be happy, and be you, damnnit. 

XOXO
Christine

Speaking on Self Love, you can read about my WHY here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2017/9/7/sharing-my-why-on-being-a-business-owner

I'm Published! In Barnes and Noble!

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It's true! It happened!

It's only been on my Goal List since 2013 (in various forms), so to say I am EXCITED does not even do the extreme level happiness that I feel justice. 

I am honored to have been asked to write a featured article for Shutter Magazine The Lighting Edition. It came out August 2017 in Barnes and Noble. 

My article is Light Through a Wedding Day where I take you through all of my special How To's for getting the same gorgeous lighting as I do on a wedding day. It's a freaking amazing article- I can say this because I have been teaching about Wedding Day Lighting since 2014 and the amount of photographers that message me, text me, email me with photos from their first weddings after taking my course.... it's unbelievable! These photographers go from being so totally overwhelmed (just like I was!) when it comes to lighting a wedding day, to being totally in control and producing stunning cinematic photographs. Receiving those messages and photos from them MAKES MY YEAR. 

You can find Shutter Magazine in Barnes and Noble (did I say that already? :D) and you can also see the full article on behindtheshutter.com here: https://behindtheshutter.com/light-through-a-wedding-day/

Thank you so so much Sal Cincotta and Alissa Zimmerman for trusting me to teach and guide your amazing followers. Much love to you both!!

PS. If you want to see a really embarrassing video of my ugly crying while going into B&N and seeing my article for the first time, you can see that here thanks to my amazing friend Andrew Funderburg (creator of Fundy Software which I could not serve my clients without): https://www.facebook.com/andrewfunderburg/videos/10214211425185465/

Thank you for the support and the love everyone!!

And if you're interested in learning more about Wedding Albums, you can find that here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/education/

Sharing my WHY on being a Business Owner

Recently I had a conversation with Rich about life and purpose and WHY I am passionate about building and growing my business(es). We had never talked about this before in our MILLION AND ONE deep talks we have every day... but I told him my secret WHY.
He asked me why I keep it a secret, and I told him it's purely because of embarrassment, but he said "this is the type of thing you need to share with the world, with people you know and people you don't. It will give them more of a connection to you."

So here goes...

Growing up and all of my life I have been judged (haven't we all?) as being stupid and flaky and countless variations of those. These are all words that have been said to my face by peers and people I lookup to:
STUPID: In 12th grade AP CALCULUS class, a class I wholly struggled to get through and ultimately dropped out of with tears streaming down my face to a teacher that said he would never fail me as long as I kept trying as hard as I was, sitting behind another female student I pushed past my fear of embarrassment and raised my hand to answer a question. The life-changing inspiring teacher I was lucky enough to have called on ME to answer the question since I never raised my hand and I could feel his excitement for me to get this correct. Well, I got it incorrect and the girl sitting in front of me turned around and said, "How did you even get in this class? No offense, but you're too stupid for it."
FLAKY: In My fourth year of College at Emerson College getting my BFA in Acting, I went in to meet with my advisor before each new semester to pick and finalize my next semester class picks that would fulfill my requirement and help me graduate. Before my last semester, I met with her only to realize that somehow, I did not have enough credits to graduate. Devastated and confused (I think she and I both were) we made a plan to get me graduating on time in May and taking two classes over the summer after graduation to finish my credits. Even though everything worked out, I felt confused at how this happened when we talked over the amount of credits I needed and how many I was fulfilling each time we met, and perhaps I put too much trust in those meetings. We had a follow up meeting with my dad there to make sure everything was all good for graduation and when he asked how could this have happened my Advisor simply said, "She's flaky." 

These events and other very similar-feeling events embarrassed me and infuriated me. I knew that I was not stupid OR flaky, and that to prove this to anyone and most importantly to MYSELF I had to work harder than I ever had before, research more, work longer, be smarter, take more chances, never settle, and always push myself further. 

Some people get called stupid. Others get called fake. Others are seen as lucky or given more opportunities. In the end, I push myself so hard to be smarter, work harder, take more chances, and push myself further than I did the day before and for now that's the best I can do

Thank you so much for this photo, Priscilla Howell. You are a huge piece of my heart and I love you.

Thank you so much for this photo, Priscilla Howell. You are a huge piece of my heart and I love you.

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