Wednesday, October 31, 2012

stephen harper's photos go viral!


How fun is this!

Yesterday I posted a blog post about my celebrity sighting, thinking that my Facebook followers as well as my politics-loving Father would get a kick out of it. But it kinda sorta went viral and it lead to a total whirlwind of a week!

It started with an email from an editor, asking for permission to share some of my photos, along with the link to my blog. And then I got the tweet :)



Which lead me to the article on canada.com


(now, of course the landing photo was one with the bride & groom, 
but I HAD to screenshot the one of me and the PM 
because that's just way too cool lol)

And a couple of awesome tweets about it :)







And a story in the Huffington Post :) This was one of my favourite articles because the author called me funny. 

SWEET, BRO. 



A video on CTV!!



An article in The Ottawa Citizen



An article in The Globe and Mail



An article in the Toronto Star



Live phone interviews with Canada AM and CBC Radio

And an article in the National Post



Oh, and check out the CRAZY stats on that blog post...


And things finished off with a photo on The Rick Mercer Report last night. Super cool, and a little bit weird seeing as my Dad called this on the very day the photos came out! :)


(Season 10, Episode 6 if you're wanting to look it up!)

In conclusion...

THINGS I'VE LEARNED THIS WEEK:

1) People like celebrity sightings.

2) News travels fast.

3) Editors WILL find you. Even if takes an email, call, Facebook msg, AND a tweet.

4) PASS is the best and easiest way to share photos, ever.

5) I have the best network of people who fill me in on everywhere they heard the story, which was especially helpful since I have been in Montreal during all of this!

Oh, and I'll finish this up with my favourite tweet of the week, from one of the editors at Canada.com:


...now that's an accomplishment ;)

big-girl-blogging-pants


Because of Showit, my website has always been something that I'm proud of. Showit allows me to make changes and add photos to my site whenever I want, which means my newest and best work is always getting showcased to new potential clients.

But my blog...well, I signed up for my blog on the very first day I went into business. I picked Blogger because it was the first thing that came up when I searched "free blog platform" on Google. Which makes sense, since Blogger is a Google product and all...

But anyway, I set up my blog, picked a fairly random (& free) URL, and slapped a title on it in big, black letters reading "Laura Kelly Photography." I put up a post with pictures of the cupcakes I baked over the weekend. 

There, totally legit right?!

Looking back, my fairly random (& free) URL was pretty ridiculous. Sending people to my blog was always a hassle so I'd usually send them to my site and tell them to click "blog" on the left side. I mean, how would anyone remember this URL...


A couple months later, when my business was starting to really grow, I purchased a custom URL that I could use for my blog address. Something that made much, much more sense. 

But when I tried to set it up, I ran into problem after problem. And when it comes to things I don't fundamentally understand (like DNS management and proxy servers and such), I get frustrated very easily. So I gave up. 

And then the months rolled by and over a year later and I still hadn't set up my blog at the custom URL. But this week during a late night conversation in bed, I told Beans how I felt so silly having not finished the set up. He said "why haven't you mentioned it before now? I can help you."

Really good question...

So I handed over my computer, gave him my login info for all of the necessary sites, and ten minutes later, he says this:

DONE!

So don't I feel like an idiot for not asking for Beans' help sooner...

Anyway, all this to say I finally put my big-girl-blogging-pants on (although it's more like Beans put them on for me) and I finally have my blog pointed to a custom URL. Something much less sketchy than the free option.

This blog will now show up at:



Now that's legit.

And thank you Beans, for helping me do all of the hard things in life :)

P.S...the old address should be redirecting to the new one, so if you have it bookmarked you're probably fine to leave it the way it is. But please let me know if you run into issues with it because I def wanna know! (And by the way, I think right now you need to have the www. in there in order to make the URL work, but I'm looking into how to fix that. If you know how, hook me up!)

P.P.S...I'm loving Google's homepage today :)


Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

beans and i, looking in love and stuff :)


I sat down and plugged my computer in this morning (we're back in Montreal this week!), only to open up Facebook and see 22 notifications!

Feeling that "Hollywood" is quite rare for me...so I held my breath and squinted my eyes hoping that I'd see the notifications I was hoping for. And to my great delight, I saw this:



Excitement doesn't even come close. 

I literally squealed and went immediately to Jamie's blog, because I wanted to experience the photos there FIRST, in the way that I know Jamie would want me to experience them. 

And I fell in LOVE.

Here are a couple of my favourites :) 

























Jamie is super talented (and Beans is super cute), so going through her blog post was such a great experience. 

And get this! I got to take a couple photos of her too, after we finished our session and were just hanging out. She made one of them her profile picture...

Can you say...HUGEST HONOUR EVER?!


P.S... I totally get how clients feel
when they finally get to see their images :)

It makes me want to be FASTER than I already am!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

gratitude.


There was no way for me to anticipate the relationship I'd have with my Brides.

Simply because I don't think it exists all that often! The whole clients-turned-friends situation. 

I posted a couple things on my Facebook page last week, and if this doesn't show you how lucky I am to have the clients I have...I don't know what will :)

THE FIRST:



So although I had lots of places I could send him, one of my loveliest clients EVER reached out with a personal message letting me know she would be happy to have Weezy for the week of the wedding! 

I mean...how sweet to offer! I had to take her up on it, because I know how much I would enjoy a week with Shawna and Shawn lol, so surely Weezy would be in great hands :)

THE SECOND:



So, how could this little post turn into an offer that makes me SO grateful for my amazing clients? Well...

A couple hours after I posted this, I got an email from one of my 2013 Brides, letting me know that she knows a place I can buy real hair extensions for my wedding, and that...GET THIS...she would actually be willing to sew them together for me!

I had been trying for a couple weeks, maybe even more, to get my hands on some hair extensions that will work with my colour, length, etc. and suddenly I had a lunch date with Brittany so we could venture to this creepy wig store to find the best match to my hair colour. 

I mean...what?! How did all of my problems just magically get solved...

I am so grateful for my Brides and Grooms, they're such good people :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

life in montreal {my day with jamie delaine}


In case you don't know...this is Jamie

She is lovely. She is also a photographer. And the inspiration behind me starting up my business and running it the way I do. I adore her. 

And today marks another thing crossed off my list...



#24: meet jamie delaine

HERE'S THE STORY...
April 3rd, 2012.

As I sat in bed, after getting slightly sick of reading my book, I checked Google Reader to see if any of my Vegas friends posted anything new. To my great happiness, Jamie Delaine (whom is not one of my Vegas friends unfortunately, but the photographer I aspire to most), had recently posted about her tuesday flus & dreams.

I read...and then I reread...and then I read again. Until I was 100% sure that she said she would be willing to come back to Montreal sometime to shoot. I emailed her within minutes telling her:

I want, no, I neeeeeeeeeed you to
shoot me in Montreal.

I also said something cheesy about how she was the photographer I would kill to be in front of...

I hoped and prayed and crossed all fingers and toes that she would write me back saying something along the lines of, SURE THING, how's tomorrow work for you?! And although it didn't happen exactly like that... she did reply.

She wrote that she'd be coming to Montreal sometime in August. She gave me a date and said, how's this? Regardless of what I had going on, I would make it work. 

But then she sent me another email, before I even had time to reply. Unfortunately...it was bad news. Her wedding calendar filled up to the brim and she wouldn't have a chance to hit up Montreal after all. 

I was pretty disappointed...but I figured that since meeting Jamie was on my list of 101, somehow it would work out. Somehow, I'd find myself in front of her camera. 

SOMEDAY.

And to my great delight, about a month ago I saw on Facebook that she was planning a Montreal trip for this fall!

And even though Ryan was back to working like a crazy person, and I knew that he wouldn't be able to take a day off to head to Montreal for the session, I booked a time with Jamie for just me. Some head shots for my website, I thought! 

Booked, paid, okay...I'm going to meet Jamie :)

And then something crazy happened. Ryan was asked to work in Montreal for 2 weeks, get this...DURING the time I'd be going to meet Jamie.

So suddenly the engagement session was BACK ON! Jamie kindly changed the time of our session so that Beans could join us on his lunch break. I 

I'm writing this from my hotel room, after just getting home from the most amazing day spent with Jamie. There are barely words to describe how great it was to finally meet her, have her take engagement photos of Beans and I, share a coffee with her, and stroll the streets of Montreal. 


We went to the most amazing cafe called Olive et Gourmando. Jamie had been there before and I can't even explain just HOW delicious the food was. We had coffee and lunch (truffle mac & cheese...to die for), and chatted about all kinds of things for hours.

We found a really cute little shop with scarves and bags and handmade jewellery. Definitely could have hung out in there all afternoon, there was so much to look at. 

Anyway...I adore Jamie. So so so much. I can't thank her enough for being such a lovely person to spend some time with while I'm here in Montreal. Oh, and of COURSE...I can't wait to see the photos ;)

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