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Wendy β€’ Apt. B Photography  Photographer {weddings + brands} + creative coach ✨ πŸ’™pugs + polka dots, CrossFit + coffee shops, woo-woo things + traveling 🌿Life = adventureπŸ“Savannah

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I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Not enough sleep this week plus not enough alone time to recharge can put me in a grumpy place quickly. And because I've been feeling extraordinarily happy lately, a down day is an unwelcome change and makes me frustrated with myself.
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But!!
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In the past, I would have let a down morning derail my day. I would have spiraled into a mood that I couldn't shake, and let my over-thinking mind take hold and start running the show.
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And I'll be honest - I'm not past the point of those things happening yet. I'm still grumpy as I sit here writing to you.
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But I have started to learn what life tools work best to get me out of a funk. What things I need to do to ensure the bad morning doesn't turn into a bad day/week/month.
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I need to write. (Hi, that's why I'm here!)
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I need to put on a happy song. (Currently listening to "Rose All Day" by Marc Broussard, recommended by my sweet friend @_jweim_ )
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I need to read for fun - not for learning. (The Magicians is sitting on my lap. Willing myself to open it, because it feels exhausting at the moment - but I know reading works.)
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I need to get more sleep. (Can't do anything about that right this second, but tonight it's going to be like a 9 hour night of sleep. πŸ™ŒπŸ»)
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I need to meditate. (It's only 5 mins...I can do it...I can do it....)
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I need to go to acupuncture. (Which luckily, I already have an appointment at 2. Thank goodness!)
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And then more than anything, I need to remind myself that feeling down is HUMAN. It's OK. And it's TEMPORARY.
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Anyone else struggling today? I'm giving away virtual hugs because I need them too. 😘

Secret gardens are the best gardens. Can I get an πŸ™ŒπŸ»?

Someone asked me last night what exactly I do every day. Like sure, I'm a photographer so I have photo shoots, but what does an actual day in the life look like?
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And the answer is different every.single.day. Which is honestly my favorite part of being a lady boss!
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But, I know I used to wonder the same thing about full-time photographers, and it turns out what I'd heard all along was true - shooting is maybe 15-20% of how I spend my time, and that's on the high end during wedding season.
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The rest of my time is spent in very different ways, so here's a little peek at of the kind of things on my to-so list lately...
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* Cull Lauren + Graham's wedding
* Send Lauren + Graham's wedding to @thefindlab (I outsource editing!πŸ™ŒπŸ»)
* Schedule sneak peeks of Shante + Chris' wedding on social media
* Send Megan + Dustin's galley to Debbie at Ships of the Sea
* Send graphic elements and copy for ad to Paprika Southern
* Email my second shooter for Orlando wedding with final details
* Add notes to coaching client's shared Google doc
* Send vendor recommendations to Nicole
* Confirm final details for coaching shoot on Wednesday (with model and client)
* Email Ashley for mid-month coaching check-in and some dates for next coaching call
* Send photo timeline for Liz + Chris' wedding to Ivory + Beau
* Make edits to Savannah + Rob's album proof
* Figure out final dates for Gainesville and Savannah fall mini shoots
* Reply to today's wedding inquiries
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It's kind of all over the place, right?! (And don't worry, that's not all for today - just a mix of things I've done in the last week and have coming up this week.)
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But that's the best thing - no two days are the same. And if you find that idea appealing, maybe you're supposed to be a lady boss (or dude boss) too...πŸ˜‰

✨ H A P P Y ✨

Honestly, this photo doesn't even need a caption. Just a bunch of 😍😍😍😍😍😍.

I give this posing direction a lot...
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"Ok, now use your hand to lead her in for a kiss..."
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And man, did Chris nail this pose. Such a simple movement turned into the sweetest, most intimate moment - which is exactly what I want to happen after I set up a shot. Give the direction and then let the couple infuse their personalities...and the love between these two couldn't help but come out in a magical way. ✨
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Planning: @houseofpata
Floral Design: @kiwifleursav
Venue: @shipsofthesea

Anna + Brian's maternity shoot was pure, lovely, light-drenched magic. ✨ It's a little hard to believe that just a week ago, Irma was wreaking havoc on Tybee (and making us postpone our shoot😩), and then today we got to dance with the light and play in the waves. πŸŒŠβ˜€οΈ

Sunday morning after a wedding got me like β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ.
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I changed up my coffee routine the last couple of days. I ran out of butter (and then promptly forgot to get it at the store when it was one of the things I went there forπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ), so I haven't had my typical Bulletproof coffee - and instead I've been going for just an almond/coconut creamer and a dash of honey, and I'm kind of digging it.
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I'm curious - how do you take your coffee? Any badasses who actually drink it black?? P.S. Isn't it the most romantic thing when someone knows exactly how their partner takes their coffee?? I see it sometimes when I meet with a couple for the first time - the girl usually sits down first and the guy runs to the counter to get them coffee without even needing to ask what she wants, and witnessing that little bit of intimacy makes me smile every time. ❀️

Oh you know, just shooting a wedding today at a secret garden tucked away in downtown Savannah...NBD. πŸ˜‰βœ¨πŸŒΏ
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And I get to do it with the lovely + talented @houseofpata! Last time we worked together it was in the same secret garden, and it was pure magic - so I can only imagine today will be just as incredible.
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After a weird, weird week, I'm looking forward to the normalcy of a wedding day - a couple in love, a gorgeous setting, and an epic celebration. My favorite way to spend a Saturday. ❀️
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What's everyone else doing to recover from this wacky week? Tell me in emojis in the comments!!

"Very gently and quietly, almost as if it were the blood singing in her veins, or the water of the stream running over stones, she became conscious of a new feeling within her. She wondered for a moment what it was, and then said to herself, with a little surprise at recognising in her own person so famous a thing: is happiness."
β€” Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out
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I have had this quote saved on a Pinterest board for longer than I can remember. And I kept thinking, "This would be a great quote to post on Instagram...but I'll save it for a time when I actually feel happy." _
Ugh, just knowing how many times I thought that in the last few years makes my heart ache a little for the Wendy of the past.
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Don't get me wrong - I've had plenty of happy and joy-filled moments over the last few years. But to share this quote before now would have just been an attempt to convince myself and all of you that I was truly HAPPY. Like, deep level, legit happy.
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So, I kept saving the quote. Waiting for the right moment when I would read it and resonate with it and know the time had come when I could share it honestly.
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And, friends...today is THAT day. I can actually, truly, deeply, genuinely say that I am the happiest I have ever been.
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(Pssst...My life isn't perfect - far from it! There's all sorts of stuff that goes on behind the scenes of this IG feed that's less than pretty that you never see. So tell that prickling voice in your head to just HUSH CHILD and keep reading.)
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But my life is GOOD. And I am HAPPY. And this quote is an honest statement in my life now!
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I remembered this quote today in particular for a special reason...
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Guys, today marks two years of being a full-time photographer! Two years of being fully in charge of my life. Two years of my dream being a reality. Two years of the best and hardest and scariest and most fun work I've ever gotten to do.
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And today was the right day to finally post this quote.
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Because I recognize happiness in myself...and it might be the best feeling I've ever had.✨
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Photo: @mackenseyalexander

When I'm shooting a wedding, I do everything in my power to capture it as naturally as possible, with as little posing and as few moment re-dos as possible.
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Even when we are doing bride + groom photos, my posing instructions are meant to make it look less like I was directing the shot and more like I am just capturing how the couple is interacting on their wedding day. (Don't worry - you'll never feel like you don't know what to do with your hands! I'll make sure you have instructions but then I'll let your love and personalities do the rest of the work.πŸ˜‰)
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So when I first started shooting 8 years ago, I thought it would be impossible to get all those pretty detail shots of the bride without spending an hour just posing her in unnatural positions.
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But y'all, back then I didn't know this SIMPLE trick.
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Never. Stop. Shooting. (Yes, that's the whole trick!)
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This photo of Lauren doesn't exist because I told her to pick up her dress in that hand and hold her bouquet just like this in the other hand and twirl five times until she's dizzy.
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This photo exists because as Lauren was turning around so her train would fall perfectly for the next shot, I KEPT SHOOTING.
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So rather than Lauren seeing this photo in her final gallery and remembering turning around over and over just for one shot, she will probably not even remember this moment specifically - which will instead allow her to remember how the entire day FELT - which is always my goal.
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And the way to accomplish that on a wedding day is to be ready at all times to shoot the little things that happen naturally. Once you start looking for them, you'll be more prepared when they come, and your final gallery will be overflowing with sweet, organic moments that perfectly tell the story of your couple's wedding day. ✨❀️

Welp. I still don't have power. In case you missed it on my Stories, I lost power yesterday morning - yes, two full days after the hurricane passed. πŸ˜‚
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But I can't complain - not even a little bit. Because my house didn't have a lick of damage, and I had power when it mattered during the storm. With so many people losing their homes and being without power for weeks, I think I can survive a couple of days in the dark.
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And here's the funny thing - I keep hearing the same thought in different connotations lately - that it's not what happens to you that matters, it's how you choose to handle it.
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So. I could be frustrated or angry or annoyed. And honestly, of course it's frustrating and annoying to not have power. It's inconvenient and in a world based around ultimate convenience, that's a bummer. And I could let this derail my week entirely...
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But, I'm CHOOSING not to let it do that.
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Instead, I'm choosing to enjoy the smoothie I got at Whole Foods for breakfast because I can't cook at home.
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I'm choosing to enjoy the time I'm getting to spend working from coffee shops for the free wifi.
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I'm choosing to enjoy taking myself out to meals alone, partly because a girl's gotta eat somewhere and also because why the heck not? It's something to do outside of the house.
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I'm choosing to enjoy the quiet at night and the need to conserve my phone battery by replacing mindless scrolling as I lay in bed with reading books I love.
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I'm choosing to enjoy taking pictures like the one above because I'm spending more time walking around downtown than usual.

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I'm choosing to feel like maybe there's some reason I need to be out and about in the world more this week rather than staying holed up at home working all day.
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Y'all, it's all in how you choose to handle a situation. Life will throw shit at you always. That's the nature of life, and it's never a punishment - it's always an opportunity.
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What in your life could be completely transformed by how you look at it? If you want to share, drop it below! If you just feel like idea this resonates with you but don't want to get specific, leave your fave emoji instead. ✨

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