My story. Why I started and where I am going

Hi there sweet friends! For those of you who have been around for a while you know my story pretty well. For those of you who don’t welcome! We will start from the beginning. I was born and raised in south-eastern Wisconsin with the love of cheese instilled in me from day one. :) I have always been a creative person, in my family on both sides I am referred to as the artist. I always was creating an art project or had a brilliant creative idea. I took honors arts classes all through high school but those classes were not where photography came into play for me. It started to come into play when I was a senior in high school. Like any other senior, I went and had my senior pictures taken. Thinking that it was be like any other photography studio experience I didn’t think much of it. It was excited to be showing my personality. And that it when I got let down. This particular studio had a rotation of photographers so I didn’t get the one that I vibed with before. This one was AWFUL. She wasn’t sure of herself, she kept saying “umm” and making take my glasses off which at the time was what I wore everyday. By the end of the session I was frustrated and disappointed. We looked back at the photos and all my dad could say was that it didn’t look like me. Needless to say I was embarrassed of those pictures. So much so that we didn’t use them for the yearbook. My mom took a picture of me on our driveway before a family wedding. This is not at all to make you feel bad about my experience, this story is what eventually inspired me to pursue this career!

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Sunny’s Branding Session

Today I have another Entrepreneur Spotlight! Sunny is an incredible Instagram influencer that promotes loving yourself, your body and healthy living. She is such a wonderful and beautiful soul. It was so amazing to chat with her and to be able to showcase her brand through these images! She shared with me how hard it is to break into the modeling world as someone who is “too big” for traditional modeling and “too small” for plus sized modeling. Sunny has found that the bets way to showcase herself and her body confidence is through her Instagram account. She shares her outfits, a healthy lifestyle and encourages others to do the same! Pretty incredible to be able to connect with such a wonderful influencer! Check out my favorites from her session below.

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VJP Mentoring Launch!

Today is the day!!!! Today I launch my MENTORING SESSIONS!!! Ahhhh! I’m so excited!! This is an incredible new addition to the offerings of Vanessa Jordan Photography. I will now be able to connect with you one on one to dive into your biggest struggles with your business. Together, during one afternoon we will come up with a plan on how to overcome these struggles and make your business grow!

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Elizabeth's Branding Session (Entrepreneur Spotlight)

One thing I have really truly enjoyed since moving to Nashville is being able to connect with other entrepreneurs! Everyone here has a side hustle and is more willing to invest in small businesses more than I have ever seen before. It is so inspiring and heart warming. Since offering my personal branding sessions I have been able to tell the stories of my fellow entrepreneurs through my photos and it has been so incredible! So incredible in fact that I have decided to start a series on the blog called “Entrepreneur Spotlight”. In these posts, I will share the stories of these amazing side hustlers, why they do what they do and why they got started. If this inspires you to have your own personal branding session for you business, you can head to my full offerings here.

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12 South Photoshoot

You guys!!!!! This photoshoot was LITERALLY a dream! Since the new year has begun, I have been exploring more of Nashville. Once I saw ALLLLL the beautiful murals in 12 South, I was itching to starting shooting with a model again. Let me tell you, Megan did not disappoint! She was so fun to work with (and if you pay close attention, she was the bride model at eh Hope Taylor Retreat from August). Not only did we find ALLLL the murals in 12 South, she gave me a tour of all her favorite places as we went. (Let me know below if you want me to give a full tour of 12 South!)

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How to get files ready for the printer

Hey there friends! Today over on my YouTube channel I am covering how to package your InDesign files and get them ready to send to the printer. As a graphic designer this is SUPER important to know, especially if you want to become your own graphic designer for your business. Unless you are setting up designs in Vistaprint, Moo or any other platform that lets you get hands on with the production side, making sure your files are correctly packaged is so important. If packaged correctly, these files will cause a lot less headaches and back and forth with the printer to get it right.

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Learn something new with year with Audible

Hey there friends! I don’t know about you but in this new year I’m inspired to learn. If you don’t already know, last year I focused my year on a single word which was “LEARN”. (If you didn’t know that make sure you follow me on Instagram!) This year however, my word of the year is “GROW” which relates a lot to learn. You need to learn in order to grow and I’m taking everything I have learned last year and I am implementing it into my business this year. However, that doesn’t mean I stop learning! I have always believed in being a forever learner. I have mentioned before in previous posts how much I love podcasts, YouTube videos and reading lots and LOTS of books! There are so many resources out there for you to dive into and learn. The possibilities are endless! Unfortunately for most of us, we are so busy that we really don’t have time to sit and read a book or even watch a YouTube video in some cases. That is why I’m so happy to share Audible with you! (#ad)

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What's the difference between RGB and CMYK?

Hey there friends! Have you ever felt out of the loop when people talk about RGB and CMYK? Are you wondering why does this matter to me and push it aside? Well in today’s YouTube video I have diving into all of the reasons why you should care! How it will help you business, make you look more professional and why it is something to keep in mind if you yourself are designing things from scratch. Here on the blog I will give you the cliff notes version. :)

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What is a Branding Session and why do you need it!

Hey there friends! We are already a few weeks into 2019 and I couldn’t be more excited! Who has already started to tackle their goals?!? Something you may want to think about as you start to crush those 2019 goals for your business is having a personal branding session. You maybe asking, what is that? Why should I spend my hard earned money on something I can go with a tripod and a timer? Well yes, you could do that but having a branding session can add so much more life to your photos that a timer and tripod would! Let me explain.

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How to Edit a Template + YOUTUBE CHANNEL LAUNCH!!!

Today is the day!!!! I’m so excited to share the new side of my business I am launching today! Today is the day I launch my Youtube Channel! AHHHHHHH! This has been something that has been on my mind to do for a while but I wasn’t exactly sure how to approach it. Well now the day has come that everything is all organized and ready to go! I plan to post a new video every Tuesday so we can still give some love to the blog posts that will still be coming up every week. But you will be able to look forward to behind the scenes videos, what to expect during certain sessions, videos on different graphic design topics to help your business and much more! I’m so excited to take you on this journey with me and please let me know if there is anything you would want to see!

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How your can advance your business with emails this year!

You maybe wondering, why do I need emails? I don’t want to be spammy so seem like I am pushing to sell to my clients. I hear you and I feel the exact same way. But what if Instagram or YouTube or any other social media platforms disappeared tomorrow? How would you be able to communicate with your audience? That’s where an email list comes in. This is a list that only you can control so if all of social media suddenly crashed tomorrow you will still have an audience to speak to. Now how exactly you get that email list? Well, that’s where Convertkit comes in.

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How to find the best wedding package for you

Hey there friends and happy new year! I know there are many people out there that have just gotten engaged over the holidays and let me say, CONGRATULATIONS! This is such an exciting time and I'm sure this year will be filled with all sorts of planning. Something that I have many of my engaged friends ask me is about photographer packages. Which one is best? What should I look out for? What is the best package for me? Well today there is no need to worry because I will be sharing with you how to find your perfect wedding package! PLUS there is a special drawing at the end of this post to get 30% off your wedding package with me! Make sure you read all the way until the end to find out how to enter! Without, further a due let’s get started.

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Why I love Honeybook

To start off, when you log in you have your dashboard. This is a summary of everything that is going on for your business. At a glance it can tell you what projects you are working on right now, what events are coming up on your calendar, tasks to do, etc. It’s a great way to get a feel of what you have to tackle each day! You can click into each of these tabs to get the full view of your projects, calendar, etc.

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Business and Personal Goals for 2019

This past year has been pretty incredible for my business. I started to really focus on it to pursue as a full time career, I organized my own styled shoots, built up a client base, invested in my education and moved across the county! It’s crazy to look back and see how far I have come. Today I want to set some new goals 2019, and also by sharing this list helps keep me accountable and staying on track.

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My Favorite Holiday Traditions

Since the holidays are fast approaching, I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday traditions. Some of these have changed over the years and some have been a more recent addition but all in all they are great ways for my family and I to get together and enjoy the season with each other. I am very excited to get home and start in on these traditions that are always filled with happy memories.

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Blue Apron Review

For the past two weeks I have been trying out Blue Apron! It's been honestly really fun. I get to try out new recipes and taste new things that I normally wouldn't try! Since the holidays are around the corner and I will be traveling very soon I thought what better time to try! Blue Apron is great for couples or for the whole family! they have options per how many people you will be feeding. I choose the three meals a week but you can also go two to two. Before each week’s meals are delivered you get to choose what meals sound best to you! They everything is prepackaged and delivered right to your door. It honestly, worked out really well. They only things you need to have is the tools, salt, pepper and olive oil which is all what most people have anyway.

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