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February 15, 2010
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I absolutely love my job. Sometimes I can’t believe that my work is to create, inspire and empower people! And then I realize, yes, Eliesa, this is your work, but it is also deeper than that – it is my purpose.

This past fall, I launched LOVEe Consults, which is my one-on-one mentor session for photographers (or any small business owner for that matter), and I am simply smitten with these days! Yes, they are all about learning, but again – it’s deeper than that. They are more about having conversations, exploring our deepest secrets and dreams and developing a plan to create the best life possible for us! Just as much as I teach the photographers who sign up, they teach me so much more!

This past week, I had a LOVEe Consult with the lovely Emily Steffen. I absolutely love this girl! One of the best things I adore about Emily is the fact that she gathers inspiration from SO much more than images. Many times we talk about looking at magazines, ad campaigns, labels, websites, branding, etc. to be inspired, but in Emily’s case, she doesn’t seek inspiration through any of those visual aesthetics. Instead, she is majorly inspired by crafting, knitting, sewing, gardening, baking and simply loving. I realized in our conversations that sometimes, as working artists, we forget to be creative in the sense of creating. Maybe that statement doesn’t make sense. It is SO important to have other outlets of creativity besides just taking photographs (or painting, drawing, etc – whatever your art might be that you get paid for!) I realized I really haven’t had another source as a creative outlet for quite some time, and I am empowered to do so! 

The essence of who you are and what you love  = happiness.

Another awesome conversation we had was about how stinkin’ far behind the Midwest appears sometimes. We are, in fact, not far behind in Minneapolis, but sometimes people’s mentalities are when searching for a wedding photographer and how we need to educate our clients on our shooting styles. We talked about how funny it is when (usually the older generation) make comments about your photos, such as, “Oh, isn’t that nice.” or “Yes, these are sure…different.” Emily put it into the perfect quote, ” In our state, when people call your photos ‘different’, that is Minnesotan for ‘suck’!” The fabulous part about this statement is that when you do find your perfect clients – the words/feelings/comments about suckage will absolutely never be an issue – ever again! I am also a firm believer that there is some KILLER talent pumping out of the Midwest now that is truly remarkable – and I am SUPER stoked for this revolution!

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There is no doubt in my mind that Emily is going to do some really amazing things in her life! In her own words, her goal is…

“To share the love and effect the world in a way that I can to make an impact. I want my life the be simple and I want to live my life to simply inspire people.”

LOVEe

My consultations are more than a how-to-be-an-amazing-photographer, they are truly meant to be life-changing.

If you are interested in more information about a LOVEe Consult, click here!

If you are READY for THIS, e-mail me: eliesa@photogen-inc.com

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