Branding

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You’ve finally taken the leap to invest in branding imagery for your business! Hooray! Seriously, throw the confetti & pop a bottle of champagne, let’s celebrate! This is a big deal on multiple levels. The first is, that investing in your business and yourself is never a bad idea. The second being you can use these photos to help you reach your ideal clientele and ultimately create more, serve more, and even make more (Dolla dolla bills y’all!).

So the next step in the process is to plan. First, you’ll want to go through the detailed questionnaire I’ve sent you. That way we can really dig into your business and how you want it to be seen. We’ll set up a consultation to go through everything and plan all the details. From locations to hair & makeup, to what outfits you’ll be wearing. Here are some of my favorite tips to maximize our time together.

Tip 1 – Prepare your stories in separate bins

One thing you’ll hear me talk about is your stories. These are different aspects of your business/you that you want to share with the world. A story could consist of practically anything that you think is significant to you and your ideal client. Take Leanna for instance. She creates hand-lettered decore for parties and home. So we created different party stories that correlated with the launches of products.

An easy way to organize for your shoot is to prepare a bin for every story you plan on telling. Inside that bin, put any props, products, outfits, and accessories. It’ll make the switch over seamless and you’ll know exactly where everything is.

Tip 2 – Plan your outfits for the 4 seasons

Unless you’ve booked a branding membership, this may be the only professional photo shoot you have all year. So you’ll want to plan your outfits for different seasons. Plan on short sleeves, sweaters, sundresses, and whatever speaks to you in different types of weather. That way your photos stay evergreen and you can utilize them all year long.

Tip 3 – Invest in yourself

Now I know you’ve already dropped a pretty penny on this session. But by continuing to do so you’ll be putting your best foot forward. I suggest investing in hair & makeup and a few new outfits (or shop a friend’s closet). If not a stylist to help you feel your best on the day. If you’re feeling amazing that will translate to your photos and you’ll be even more excited to share those photos in every corner of your business!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

How to maximize your branding session | Pep N Pop

Engagement

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Mikeala & Stanton’s sunrise engagement session at Rough Ridge was epic for multiple reasons.
Summers in North Carolina are riddled with thunderstorms. From June to September you can bet on at least a few showers or storms ruining your afternoon plans ESPECIALLY in the mountains. So anytime my couples want to do a mountain session I try to set aside another day just in case.

This time tho I didn’t have that opportunity. I had a wedding the day before and Mikaela & Stanton were coming all the way from Wilmington (5 hours away) for their epic mountain session. The one day we had booked called for a washout in the afternoon. It was too close to the shoot to reschedule their Air BNB so we opted for a sunrise shoot instead of a normal afternoon shoot.

I won’t lie, shooting a 12 hour wedding the day before, getting 2ish hours of sleep, and then hiking a mountain in time for the sunrise isn’t something I’d recommend you do on a regular basis. However, sometimes we have to put our comfort aside to make our couple’s dreams come true. And it was 100% worth it!

Not only are these photos beautiful, but we had the whole mountain to ourselves. It was so nice not having to work around people. I would definitely do a sunrise shoot again, but hopefully I’ll get a little more sleep the next time around.

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Sunrise Rough Ridge Engagement | Mikeala & Stanton

Wedding

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Kaitlyn & Vincent were married at Seapark Mansion in Gastonia, NC. Every detail was impeccable and stunning! It had elegance, sweet sappy moments, and an EPIC party!

Sometimes tho, things happen on our wedding day and all we can do is laugh. Kaitlyn’s incredible gown had a bow attached to the back. For some reason that heavy and beautiful bow didn’t have the best support so it kept breaking. We probably sewed that bow at least 3 times. My blood, sweat, and tears literally went into their wedding day! Thankfully a shout stick took the blood right out. 😉 Kaitlyn was carefree and laughed each time and we joked that Vincent would have to cut her out of the dress by the end of the night. Hopefully, that didn’t happen, but they sure partied hard and that bow did not budge!

Every wedding has to have something crazy and these two handled it perfectly and didn’t let anything ruin their amazing day!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Black tie wedding at Seapark Mansion | Kaitlyn & Vincent

Wedding

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Meredith & Jonathan’s wedding at Alexander Homestead was the perfect relaxed day. They kept things simple including a short ceremony so they could focus on the party! They even included their sweet pooch as part of their day. After getting to know Meredith & Jonathan a bit, I can say that this was a perfectly suited venue because Alexander Homestead takes care of it all. So for this low key, carefree couple, it was the best day ever!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Relaxed Alexander Homestead Wedding | Meredith & Jonathan