#rollsroyce: Can we show some love to my stunning #uibride & #uigroom for the epicness of their reception exit. They went out with a bang. These two love cars and classy things like this. During their engagement session we saw a vintage car and took some signature shots by it. They stole the show standing next to this beauty.
#bts: Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing some inspiration so lend me your eyes for a minute.
Recently someone asked me “How do you handle feeling like you give your all, you know you work hard, and it’s not appreciated?” In the moment I remember pausing because I have felt that way a time or two and so I wanted to be transparent as much as possible.
Here’s my response: You have no control over what people think or assume. In fact, if you know you’re doing what you’re suppose to do and you’re giving you’re all then that’s all you need to focus on. For instance, when I spoke to Jessica (my gorgeous client in this video) about being an engineer (which she is), I loved hearing how hard she works. How passionate she is within her career and how she loves what she does. For me, it’s the same with Photography and Videography. There’s are days when I’m running off of 3-4 hours sleep. Editing, shooting, Admin work, etc. not once have I mentioned taking time for me (notice that). I give my all because I love what I do. I can’t control what others think I am or am not doing and honestly I can’t focus on that. I’ll drive myself crazy - lol. So, if you’re reading this and you feel like all your efforts go unnoticed or unappreciated, step back for a moment and appreciate yourself. Pat yourself on the back for your hard work. Pat yourself on the back for having a successful business. Give yourself credit because you work hard and you’re amazing!
Hey IG FAMILY! I’m going LIVE AT 5 (that rhymes -lol) on FACEBOOK! We’re continuing the series of “How To Find Vendors Using The Internet”. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Brides & Couple’s so if you have a question you can leave it as a comment here & JOIN ME LIVE on Facebook! Click the LINK IN MY BIO & select “FACEBOOK LIVE THURSDAY’S” when you scroll! See you in a few!
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One of the most influential people in a women’s life is her mother. She’s the first example of what it looks like to care for children, raise a family, and more. She’s also the one person that knows how to get directly to your heart by saying what you need to hear when you need it. She’s your biggest cheerleader, and your most genuine encourager. She wants the best for you and always wants to see a smile on your face. Today’s not Mother’s Day, but it’s a great time to just hug, kiss, or tell your Mother thank you for loving me.
It's no secret that "HOW TO" Videos rank really well on YouTube. Everyone wants to know how to do something and that's a great thing. What better way to grow and stretch yourself then to learn something you don't know, but here's the catch. You have to actually implement what you're learning, and that's where most people fail. Yes, I said fail.
Let me invite you into my world for a second.
I allot time (daily) for learning. It's very important to me. I know that I don't know everything and I also know that things evolve and so must I. I take that information and I make it my own. How? I figure out how it applies to me and then I implement it to compliment my company.
The grind is the most important part. People always ask me how I do so much as a solopreneuer. I don't even realize it because it's embedded in me. It is a part of my makeup. I never want to absorb content and not plant it. I'm always planting. I take a mustard seed, plant it in good soil, and the rest is up to a higher power greater than I. At the very least I can say, "Faith without works is dead." In other words, you HAVE TO put in work. No one owes you anything. If you don't put in work you won't see results from everything you've learned. It's like a car with gas, but no engine. It won't go anywhere.
A good friend and a glass of wine
Someone to say it's gonna be alright
A good friend and a glass of wine
A little pick me up to get me through the night
We talk trash n' we laugh and cry
That kind of therapy money can't buy
Every now and then, every now and then
Every girl needs a good friend and a glass of wine.- @leannrimes
I'm sitting in the airport right now getting ready to fly to Atlanta and I felt led to share this message. Doing anything new is always scary, but in the end it's ALWAYS worth it. It's easy for us to stay complacent with what's safe, but we won't go very far or do anything new. As an Entrepreneur you have to have a strong mind and great will. You need strong arms to carry the weight of growth, pain, and victory. Yes, all three come with the territory. It's not all cotton candy.
BEAUTIFUL MORNING People ask me all the time why I love to capture Bridal Party shots where the girls are often grouped together. Well, I'm spilling my secret. "Being Yourself is Beautiful" is not just something I say, it's something I truly believe in. My company is modeled around it. Because of this, I want all of my #uibrides & #uibridesmaids to feel beautiful in their skin. I love seeing them all smile and truly be in the moment. This picture is truly an example of that. All beautiful. All stunning smiles. ALL being themselves.
I had the pleasure of capturing this beauty for some updated headshots. Let me brag on this Queen a little bit. So, do you know those amazing rides that you see at theme parks like Universal Studios? I mean the really cool rides that you get on and just have a blast?! Yeah, you're thinking about it now. Well, this Queen is behind that! She's an Engineer for theme parks! I was so inspired and motivated to keep pursuing the ideas I have as a creative (even if they seem too big for me) because of Jessica's career story! #teamjessica
Photographers & Cinematographers always ask, "What equipment do I use?" I always smile yet worry (not being offensive) because it's not the equipment that makes the shooter. The equipment is the tool. For instance, two cooks can have the same ingredients to cook the same meal, but I guarantee that meal with taste different between the cooks. Why? First experience with cooking. The second reason would be the quantity of those ingredients used, and the third would be presentation. Think about it. Sometimes someone can cook something and it's too salty. Then another person cooks that same exact meal and it's just right! My point, it's never the equipment that allows me to produce what I produce. It's muscle memory, experience, creativity, innovation, and a desire to provide a great client experience. In fact, there are A LOT of things that I do behind the scenes that also contribute to what I produce and that's without camera in hand. Don't get me wrong. Asking the question isn't a bad thing, it's just not the end all be all. You can have the latest and greatest piece of equipment and still produce crap . Yes I said it...poo poo. I've seen Creatives produce stunning work with a lower end camera model and others produce mediocre or crap with a higher end model several times. Why is that? Scroll back to what I said a few sentences ago. It's those important ingredients that they are missing. So, if you're a Creative reading this post, let this inspire you to not hide behind fancy equipment. Get in the trenches and stretch your knowledge. Get mentored by someone you look up to or someone who produces quality and isn't always flashing the latest pieces of equipment they've purchased or have. Yes this isn't always free. Free education can only take you so far! You might have to invest. I DID & STILL DO! STUDY! Yes, I mean this! I study everyday! I make it a habit to keep my skills sharp and my head knowledge always in growth rotation. I hope this encourages you and if so, share how you're going to approach strengthening your muscle memory and more?
If a world where everyone else's life is in your face (even if you don't want it to be), it can be hard to see how important self-awareness is of oneself. That sounds redundant, but I want you to really understand this. You have so many amazing attributes about yourself and so many amazing things to share with the world.
Do you have your hearts rhthym? What makes it skip a beat from excitement? What makes it beat slow from the empathy you have for others?
What are you good at? Believe it or not, yes, I'm a successful photographer and cinematographer BUT I am more than that. There's a lot of other things I CAN DO/DO that may not make my Instagram page, but they are a part of who Anesha is. So, what's your biggest strength and how are you double-downing on it?
Who has permission to speak into your life? You know, it's not wise to give everyone is anyone this key; at the very least it needs to be someone who isn't going to pacify you or condone things that are negative in your life.
What do you listen to? Growing up I was always made fun of because I was smart, different, and intelligent I never knew how much this was a gift not a curse. My only regret is not believing this sooner in life, but I'm so glad I'm past that negative chapter. So what are you feeding on?
I see quite a few new followers (now you're family) on here ::waving hello::, so I wanted to take the time to do a #fridayintroductions. Yes I know it's not Friday - lol. Welcome, I'm Anesha Collins. CEO & Operator of @unashamedimaging. I'm originally from Staten Island, New York where I was born and raised before moving to the state of Florida. I'm a football and quotes lover. You'll see me share quotes on here with my posts often so if you like quotes this is the place to find them. I'm an Internationally Published Wedding and Events Photographer & Cinematographer who strongly believes in being yourself because
(although it is rare) it is truly beautiful, and that's what makes being yourself worth it. I built my business somewhere between wearing a stethoscope around my neck (as a nurse), to picking up a camera and never looking back. I'm a go-getter and focused type of woman mixed with a twist of silly and adventure. That means, while I believe in being organized and focused, I also believe in savoring the moment and living life. Genuine relationships are important to me. My work has been featured on @huffpost , @theknot , @borrowednblue , @munaluchibride , @howheasked , @harnessmagazine, the NFL, @catalystwedco (Spotlight Interview that was amazing), @blackbride1998 and more. I'm also a member of @risingtidesociety and the recipient of
Orlando Florida’s 2017 Best of Weddings Award for Best Videographer & Photographer.
// Fun Fact: I almost played in my high school football team! Maybe I'll do a YouTube video about that. Until then, thanks for joining and I'm excited to learn more about you. How did we get connected? Share one fun fact about you in a comment!
Hey IG Family! If you're a Bride, Recently Engaged, or a Couple in Planning you don't want to miss this @brideswhobrunch event being held at the beautiful @luxmoregrande ! SAVE THE DATE NOW: DECEMBER 3, 2017 (11a-3p)! I'll be here as well! For more information visit @brideswhobrunch Instagram page! Additional details coming soon.
I'm totally breaking up my Instagram "feed theme" to talk about this beautiful soul. Please keep her in prayer as she will be having an evasive procedure and we want to keep her, her husband, and her surgeons lifted up. I've posted about her before, so there's no sly motives. I felt led to share my heart again. @nataliefranke has been one of the most humble, supportive, and giving people along the journey of my career. She welcomed me with open arms and never judged me by my exterior or by the place I was in my career compared to hers. She's been a ray of light and a wise counsel. She gave me one of my biggest speaking opportunities that opened up so many doors, and motivated me to keep speaking my truth. We're both @garyvee superfans AND she's the only person that understands why I share his content so much without thinking I'm a nutbag. I want to send a virtual hug as big as the universe to this lady boss. You are strong. You are a fighter. You are a winner. You are an encourager. You are a beautiful person, and I'm so glad our paths crossed. I already sent you a private message, but I had to share with the world how amazing you are! You've got this beautiful! Some of the strongest soldiers have the toughest battles!
#BoudoirInMotion: Can I just say my #uibride totally slayed during this special treat for her hubby. I wish I could share the full video on here. I know I don't share these much on here (for different reasons), but if I do I keep it classy; after all my ladies are just that. Ladies, this is the perfect gift for your hubby. You can give it to him during your honeymoon or after, and if you decide to do a session beforehand you can spice it up a little and tell him not to open it until...well, I'll let you decide. Some of my Brides call me to do one as a part of their Anniversary gift. *New Blog featuring this topic! Subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss the release.
#thursdaymotivation // Life really does bring us more beauty then pain. It really does give so much to us then not, but it's easy for us to focus on the latter. Looking at this gorgeous bouquet by @amyblossoms I can't help but focus on the positive things that have come into my life.
HELLO NOVEMBER & HAPPY WEDNESDAY! I'm super excited because November is my birthday month! That's right!! Let the countdown begin! I'm also excited because I get to finally wear boots (a New York girl in Florida) - lol. I want to do something special for my birthday this year, but I have no idea what to do, so leave me a comment with some suggestions on what to do! I want to have some fun - lol. How are you guys liking NOVEMBER 1st?!
One thing that I love about @jasminestar is her logical thought process and practical approach to go after what you want which starts with drive. So I ask you, what are you pursuing? What is YOUR why? Figure this out and let this be your foundation to sustaining your purpose.
My happiest moments weren't complete if you weren't by my side
You're my relation in connection to the sun
With you next to me there's no darkness I can't overcome
You are my raindrops, I am the seed
With you and God who's the sunlight I bloom and grow so beautifully
Baby, I'm so proud, proud to be your girl
You make the confusion go all away from this cold and mixed-up world
I am in love with you
#BTS: Bridal Suite + @unashamedimaging // Listening to @lecrae featuring @torikelly "Find You" as my beautiful #uibride has some girl time with her ladies right before they slayed the day in their gorgeous gowns. There's always one bridesmaid that's the life of the party and I love it! Keep being yourself hung! You fit right into the #uiweddingfamily ! @thomasadrianna1 was such a pleasure to work with and had such positive energy! Loved it! She made these girls look flawless in this sideswiped updo. : @thomasadrianna1