How happy are you that 2018 is finally here?

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I know I am, but is not just the excitement of a new year, there is also some relief, and even a little fear.  After the hustle and bustle of the holidays I am grateful to take off this first week of the year, more for my own mental sanity, but also to reflect. My goals and inspirations are written out, now its time to take them in, renew and get ready for what adventures may come. Sometimes while in the flow of life we forget to stand back and see how far we have traveled, I am definitely guilty of that myself. I constantly work and am always trying to step my game up, which is a great quality to have, but that comes from the desire of wanting more time and to be more financially stable. I have no problem with hard work but I also want to work smarter and don't want to wake up one day noticing I was working so hard that I missed time with people I love & experiences I wanted to explore. 

Each year I like to implement new positive elements into my life, not just to progress in my  business but to progress as a person, in general. Now lets rewind back to that little bit of fear I was talking about and try not to think about it in a negative way. Every time I have done something that has been a frighting to even think about I have not regretted it. It doesn't mean it always works out but what I learn from it is what was needed. Stepping out of my comfort zone is always a part of that, it can be scary but I now let the fear fuel me!  

In the spirit of the new year I wanted to share a few of my own goals, I like to focus on three main elements that make me whole, my mind, body and soul.  As for my body, health is a big part of life and I feel it connects so much to how your business runs, as well as how you feel. The last few years I have cut meat out of my diet, as well as  trying to improve my eating habits overall. I grew up loving junk food, I mean I secretly still do, but while learning more about the food we eat I have changed my bad habits little by little. I now feel healthier and confident in taking more processed items out of my diet this year, which may be a challenge as I love my treats. But this gives me a great chance to try new recipes and make a few new ones of my own, which I hope to share with you in 2018. As for soul, you can interpret that in many ways but as a human I feel we are all naturally spiritual. This year I want to help more and have such an affection for animals so it was obvious to me volunteering my time with them would be where to start. Using the skills I have is a great way to help them find homes and who doesn't want to take photos of cute animals?  Now for the big one, mind!  My main business goal this year is to feel ok with wanting more (thanks to Nina Roberts), which is really a series of several small goals, but I am excited to say my first act of putting myself out there in the new year will be to hold my first boudoir marathon in the Pacific Northwest. The studio is booked for February 4th and I will be sharing more detail very soon, so stay tune on how you can secure your spot!

So heres your reminder, take a minute to silence your mind, because we all know its much needed. Think about what worked and what didn't, not just in your business but in your personal life, all these things are connected and should be treated as so. Instead of repeating those cycles that are no longer working for you, pivot and re-aim, wanting to strive doesn't end with the idea of just putting your head down and working. I am continuously learning and as I take this time to reflect, I hope you do too. Please leave a comment or drop me a line. I would love to hear about your new goals or maybe just have a chat about your own journey!

                                                                                                       - Teresa Nuñez
 
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I'm Back...

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For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Teresa Nuñez of Nuñez Photography. I shoot Weddings, Boudoir & Fashion, love to be a crazy cat lady and will eat anything chocolate. I took a small break from posting, honestly, just to catch up! 

While still getting settled into my new life rhythm and starting a photography business, in a new area, there was lots to do. Along with my own obsessive compulsions for everything to be done immediately I definitely created some of the chaos. So while catching up on editing, doing branding touch ups, getting new systems in place and just being a human, this past year or so has been full of transitions in my life & business mentally, physically and even spiritually.

It took much longer to settle in our new home than expected, next time I move states I will definitely be more prepared. Not just the time it takes physically but mentally too, I was on the same style of schedule for almost 8 years with working at the same bar and doing my photography when I could. It took a lot to undo this normalcy I once had and move it to something new & better. It took a year until we could even get the rest of our belongings shipped over and once it did, it was almost like moving all over again. The clutter and mess, as well as the anxiety that comes with it, the need to have everything finished overwhelmed me. But once everything was organized and set up, my life started to feel normal again. There are still odds and ends to always finish but how nice it it feels to be able to move on to other tasks and to give my business my full attention.

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After graduating college 7 years ago I wasn’t too concerned on starting a business it was more for the love of creating and finding my next inspiration. I assisted several great photographers, interned in photo studios, loved creating & shooting fashion concepts. Eventually it came the point where I wanted to really build my own business. The constant trial and error was frustrating, especially when a lot of my time was working at a bar to supplement my income. The money was good and gave me flexibility to peruse my own work, but the cost of living was high so most of my time was going into working to pay bills and help me financially with my photography.   

Moving was the next step in being able to build, the move alone was a lot, but worth it! Eventually it gave me more time not only for my business but for my life, to grow in health and spirituality.  All of it was connected and gave me the proper tools to figure out what the heck I was doing. My time became consumed again but in a positive way, I learned to love and appreciate my errors as they gave me strength. I was able to connected more with others (which is a whole other embarrassing post for me), to read & research and of course partake in the trial & sometimes error portion of it all. The more I learned and tried the more I loved it, even in frustration.

As people we should be transitioning often, always trying to better our self in ways only you can understand.  When things don’t work the first time reassess the situation and try another angle. I like to imagine myself boxing, bobbing and weaving, throwing punches but sometimes you just keep getting hit and have to readjust your approach. You may not win the fight but how and what you take from it will define your next step. We all have hardships, some more than others and we each go through these times to progress to the next faze. It really is about how you handle yourself in those dark or frustrating situations.

Regardless of who you are and where you come from there will be a struggles, I am thankful there was, without them it can be hard to be appreciative or grow. Maybe you don’t learn anything at all or created some of the issues for yourself, I have been their too. Some “lessons” took a couple times before I could hear past the fear to what my gut was trying to tell me.  Don’t let that fear hold you back, let it fuel you. Learn to listen to yourself, it’s not always easy deciphering through the negative thoughts to find what your inner self is trying to tell you. But please do, if its scary for you push though, all these things will help you not only for your business but in life.

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Should I Hire a Makeup Artist?

Yes, the answer is always yes! In planning your wedding or event hiring someone who can give you the look you want & accentuate your beauty is key. Especially when is comes to your photos, a professional makeup artist is skilled in knowing what works for every situation & equipped to handle it.

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I am always up for new ways to DYI and save some extra money, but unless you are highly experienced in the field of cosmetology I say stick with the pro. Even when going for a natural look, you still want to glow. Not only are you paying good money for professional photographs you also have a full day ahead of you and want it to last.

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Hiring a hair and makeup artist will help your day run smoother and you will  look flawless while doing so.  When getting your photograph taken there are certain techniques to help accent your features, the photographer will love you for this.  I have had weddings and even some engagement sessions where you can see improper makeup or bad hair applications. This can be devastating after hiring a photographer to capture your memories.

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So I say don’t risk it, let yourself be pampered! Not sure on how to go about it, here are a few tips to help.

1.  Take a look through their portfolio. Most have websites or electronic profiles you can look at in the comfort of your home.  Each bride has a different idea for there day so find the artist who fits your vibe.

2. Referrals. A good word of mouth can go a long way. 

3. Social Media. You can find many different artists and their work at a click of a button.  

4. Do a trial run. You will want to see how your makeup will look before the big day, that way you can make changes before its too late.

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You can also talk with your photographer, more than likely they have a handful of artists they trust and work with often.  One of my personal favorite artists is Marylu Gomez, she is amazedly talented.  Not only is she reliable, Marylu is very versatile which can go a long way in the world of weddings. Hiring a good team to work together is what allows myself as a photographer to create my magic for our clients.

I want to thank the team that made these photos possible.

Makeup - Marylu Gomez                     maryluartistry.com

Jewelry - Hannah Frost Jewelry           hannahfrostjewelry.com

Venue   -  Hamilton Oaks Winery         hamiltonoaksevents.com

Florals  -  Tustin Florist                         tustinflorist.com

Dresses - JM Coture                             jmcouture.com

Models  - Theresa Murphy                  osbrinkagency.com

               Merissa Underwood           merissaunderwood.wix.com

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