5 reasons why you should care about good graphic design

Hey there friends! I'm so excited to share today's blog post with you! Today, I am sharing my top 5 reasons why you as an entrepreneur should care about good graphic design. It may seem like a silly thing to worry about but as a graphic designer, I see many businesses fall to the way side because they don't look professional. Their graphics and designs look cheap and they are making mistakes that they may not even realize! Not everyone is a graphic designer so this blog post is to help you! PLUS I have a new project launching on April 27th that relates to exactly this!! To stay up to date on that launch, make sure you are subscribed to my emails! Now without further ado, here are my top 5 reasons why YOU should care about good graphic design.

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Preparing for Graduation with Basic Invite

Hey there, seniors! Are you ready for graduation? Are you a little overwhelmed with everything? Maybe you are graduating high school and getting ready to start on your journey to college. Or you are graduating for college and are starting on your road to higher education or into the “real world” for your career. It can all be a little scary and overwhelming but it’s nothing less to be proud of that you have come this far! It’s a great accomplishment to celebrate your graduation of higher education of taking the steps into starting your higher education! With celebrating comes a party and what better way to help get the word out than Basic Invite invitations.

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The 3 Secrets to creating your perfect branding for your business

I’m so excited to be sharing with you today; my three secrets to creating your perfect branding for your business. It is not at all easy to start a business and get it off the ground. Take it from me when I started my photography business while I had a 9-5 that I absolutely dreaded to go to everyday. I was stuck and photography was really a passion I loved to pursue so I went for it. It can be really difficult and often frustrating when you have responsibilities and needs from your day job as well as your side hustle. However, once you having some key secrets to develop a killer branding you will for sure get the ball rolling.

Keep reading to see my list of three secrets to conquer!

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Is it ever too early to book a wedding photographer?

With planning a wedding, soooo many things come up and you often feel that you have to plan so many things so early in advance. But are you planning too early? These are all my professional opinions and what I have discovered with my own clients. In my professional opinion, somethings ARE too early to plan and your photographer is one of them. Why? You may ask. Well, typically you would book your photographer and venue a year in advance, these are the two vendors that do need the most lead time when you book. Two to three months after you book your photographer you would have your engagement session, which will then give your photographer time to edit your photos and for you to send out “Save the Dates” and the rest falls into place. If you were to book your photographer two years in advance, you would have to wait much longer until your engagement session and may even forget about it as the time rolls around.

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6 things you need to do to prepare for your branding session

In past blog posts I have told you what a branding session is and why you need it for your business. (If you haven’t read that post you can read it here.) Today I am so excited to share my six go to tips on how to prepare for your branding session. These sessions are sooooooo important for your business so you don’t want to waste anytime during it! It my take a bit more planning before hand but let me tell you it’s SO WORTH IT!

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Penny’s Branding Session

Hey there friends! Today I have another Entrepreneur spotlight!!! Today I am showcasing Penny who runs Luxe Lathers Boutique. (You can check out her online shop here.) She sells amazing homemade soaps, lip balms, and such much more that are all natural! She has scents that smell like the ocean, roses, chocolate and even for all of us nostalgic millennials…..Victoria Secret Under My Spell perfume. She has it all! It was such a joy talking to her and taking pictures to showcase her and her brand.

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What I have learned in 25 years

As my birthday comes near I have come to reflect on all that I have learned for the past 25 years. Believe me, I have definitely learned a lot and soooooo much has changed since day one. For starters I am more independent than I was at a day old as well as my tastes in foods have certainly changed. But really though, from the day I was born to 25 years later a lot of growing has happened, but through all of it I have come to find three things I have learned.

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Hustle n Hearth Styled Shoot - My full review and experience

Hi there sweet friends! I have been BEYOND excited to share these pictures and my experience at a Hustle n Hearth styled shoot! So let’s start from the beginning. I was so lucky enough to be invited personally to this mini workshop and styled shoot that I couldn’t contain my excitement as I left early Saturday morning. It was cold but not too bad in comparison to what my hometown was facing at the moment. The venue was down in Shelbyville, TN which is a little over an hour away from me so I made the trek and dare I say it was SOOOOOO worth it!

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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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