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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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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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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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The struggles of imposter syndrome

I don’t know about you, but there were sometimes this year where I struggled with imposter syndrome. Who am I to pursue this career in running my own business? What makes me good enough to do this? I’m sure I’m not the only one with those thoughts. In fact I have talked to other entrepreneurs that felt the same way. The world has a way of making you feel that what you are doing isn’t worth a dime sometimes, and in no way is this blog post a way for me to complain about how hard it is to run a business. Yes, it is hard, but if things were easy everyone would be doing it. Everyone tends to have those moments of self doubt, I mean we are only human! It’s natural to feel that way. But you need to remember why you started this journey to begin with. What can you bring to the table other can’t?

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Why you should have your pictures taken

Having your pictures taken may seem like something that we cringe at the thought of, but take a moment and hear me out. Think back to a company you really liked, a company that you really connected with. Why did you connect with it so much? It is probably because you can see yourself in the brand, in the owner, etc. Those companies usually have a face to their brand. It makes people connect with their company on another level. Which then leads to loyalty to the company. What I am getting at is being a small business owner is hard, you don’t want to be another faceless business. You want to be able to connect with your customers or clients so they will want to invest in what you want to offer.

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Top books that small business owners should read

Hi there friends! Lately I have been finding myself curling up with a cup of coffee (or tea) and diving into a really good book. I have been obsessed with self-help books and business books lately. They have inspired me to me able to improve myself and my business. I thought that I could share my top favorites in hopes that these can help you in your search for improvement in your business or life!

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Vanessa Jordan Photography Branding Packages

Hey there friends! I wanted to write this blog post because, if you haven't noticed two weeks ago I launched my branding packages in my shop and I want to talk a little bit about them! First off if you don't already know, I am a full-time graphic designer and I wanted to share that side of me with you. Something that has been brought to my attention, is how hard it is to create your own branding, create your logo, know what colors to use, know what’s going to look right and just know the tips and tricks that a graphic designer would know but, a small business owner really wouldn’t know. I created these branding packages in hopes that they will help you and they will give you kind of a jump start on your branding experience. So for example, one of the branding packages I have is called AB Modern. It's a very modern style, very minimalist, black and white and can really be used for pretty much any business.

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How to take great self portraits

As a photographer you may not think about having portraits taken of your self very often. But this is very important to establish your business and have future clients be able to see and connect with the face behind the camera. Not everyone has all the money in the world to hire another photographer to take pictures for them so the next best thing is self portraits. This may seem pretty daunting especially if you have never tried this before but I can assure you that there are easy ways to get stunning photos.

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Why you are not booking clients

Today I have a topic that most photographers have run into their first or even second year of business. Lack of clients. There can be multiple different reasons for this; you just started your business, there is no awareness of what you offer, you don’t share enough content or that your prices are too low. We will dive into each of these and ways you can improve to be a more thriving business with all the amazing clients you have dreamed of!

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How to find local models to work with

Hey there friends! Have you had the struggle of finding a model to work with when you have inspiration strike? Are your friends and family sick of being your models? Are you ready to work with a professional? It may seem like a daunting task but no worries! I will help you through it.

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How to Take the Best Photos in a Theme Park

Believe it or not, this picture of Cinderella's Castle was taken with my phone. No editing needed. Crazy right? You might be thinking, why would a photographer not bring her camera during vacation. Well simple, I don't want to be lugging it around and I know I can rely on my phone and my own ingenuity to get some great shots.

Since I have gotten back from my trip to the happiest place on earth, I wondered if other people know great ways to take photos on their vacations. You don't have to be a professional photographer to get some great shots from your trip! Phones nowadays have some pretty amazing cameras so if you know what you are looking for, you can get a great shot. Here are some of my tips and tricks to get these Instagram worthy shots.

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