Have Courage | Connecticut Wedding Photography by Heidi Hanson

Anyone that knows me knows that I go through a lot of cell phone cases for my iPhone.  It’s not that I’m clumsy but it something that happens a lot.  Or my kids make it happen a lot or my multitasking causes it..yah I’ll blame it on that 🙂

When I say a lot I’d say that I go through about 6 cases a year.  One every two months on average.  Seems about right.

Of course I can’t get the industrial strength ones, b/c I want a cute one (i.e. cute = kate spade).

Now my phone I should say is in great shape.  Because usually when the phone drops the front goes one way, the back goes another way and my phone lands back down (not face).

So as usually more morning was hectic, kids got up late, didn’t want to go to school, barely anytime for breakfast, they wanted chips, you know the usually morning.

So as I dashed out of the shower and heard my phone go off, my slippery fingers botched the phone grab and smash…all over the bathroom floor.

Of course a few obscenities were said, but for some reason I stopped and read something.  Never having seen this before.

HAVE COURAGE

Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty.  Wow what great timing.

Okay so I only buy kate spade (did i mention cute) and this was the first time I had ever seen the inside of the back of my case.

I’m not sure why it caught my attention today, but it did, and I’m seeing it as a sign.

So as I go through my ever increasingly difficult day (week/year, lol), I’m trying to maintain courage.  Face my difficulties and get through them as best I can.  Because I will be stronger having faced them.

So to everyone out there, HAVE COURAGE in everything you do

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FEELING SEXY AND A CONTEST | HEIDI HANSON PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALIZING IN WEDDINGS IN CT

You are beautiful. Your true beauty lies in becoming yourself ~ Anonymous

I know a lot of us don’t like the way we look, myself included, but I’m working on that 😉

Boudoir shoots are fast becoming one of my favorite things to shoot.  Boudoir photo sessions are tasteful photos that hint at sexiness. They’re fun, sexy and all while maintain your comfort level. Plus they make a great gift for that special someone, for Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, Christmas or even as a deployment gift.

Typically boudoir sessions are done in the privacy of your home or in a hotel or friends house.  Sessions are usually around 2 hours and include multiple wardrobe changes.  You don’t have to be a size 0 to be sexy!  Look at Adele, she’s hot!

Boudoir sessions are also fun if you bring your friends, they also make for a great bachelorette party!  So today I wanted to announce that I’m doing a contest for a Boudoir Party!  Invite your friends to bring their sexy lingerie, hot high heels or their partner’s favorite football/baseball jersey.  Bring some bubbly and be prepared to have more fun than you thought possible!

So here’s how the contest works. You have to comment to this blog post and say why you’d like to host a boudoir party.  Winner will receive their session free!  All you have to do is invite four ladies to their party!  And if that isn’t enough the winner will also receive a mini-book from their session!  For your guests, each girl will pay $100 for the session and have the option of two outfits (more can be added for an additional fee), and a DVD of edited images from the shoot.  All photos will be placed on an online gallery for easy order (password protected of course)!

So all you have to do to win is just comment below about why you would love to host a boudoir party!  That’s it…winner will be chosen next week!  Girls it’s time to bring sexy back!!

BRANDING | CONNECTICUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEIDI HANSON (Formerly PHphotography)

Ugh the dreaded “B” word.

Yes this is something I should have done a while ago and was procrastinating, which is weird because I don’t generally think of myself as a procrastinator.

So one of my big hairy goals from Justin and Mary was re-branding, because I didn’t really have a ‘brand’ per se

In fact their advice was awesome, just keep a folder on your desktop and drag anything that catches your eye onto it…so I’ve gone one step further and made my own Pinterest board.  What did we ever do before Pinterest? We literally can plan entire weddings, find a cocktail recipe, ideas for birthday parties and what to make for dinner tonight on Pinterest.   Pure Genius!

I know yes I’m procrastinating, back to branding.

So orange, for as long as I can remember has been my favorite color. Literally the brighter the better.  Maybe not fluorescent, but definitely tangerine.  My high school graduation we all had to wear white (well the girls) and the boys had to wear red.  Well me being the rebel I am I had to be different….so I wore a pant suit (not a skirt like what we were supposed to), so you could see my pants below my cap and gown (oh the horror) and craziest orange shoes ever.  Oh I loved it and oh I heard crap about it from teachers, but really were they not going to let me graduate because of my shoe color??

Nope.

So fast forward to college graduation, the rules were less rigid, so I went with a modest pair of fluorescent orange platforms and super, super short orange sun dress….those were the days. Loved those shoes…I think I still have them, hmmm….

Okay again procrastinating, so back to branding.

Orange, my color.

What looks great with orange?

I thought long and hard about this and research so many other places and google image searched and still found myself coming back to Pinterest.

So what looks great with orange?

Gray.

OK, so now that I have the colors down I’ve been adding things to the “My Brand” board and have a decent idea of how this is all coming together.

But had I not been pushed by Justin and Mary, I can only imagine me ending up with purple and pink (ugh my two least favorite colors).  Which of course my daughter loves being a ‘girly girl.”

So orange and gray, here’s a little sneak peek….

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Stay tuned for Branding Part II.

FAVORITE THINGS | CT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEIDI HANSON (AKA PHPHOTOGRAPHY)

For those of you who know me (and now those who don’t), know that I never sleep. If I get 3 hours a night that is amazing… So I often will get up and make a list of things I need to do, things that I think might make a good blog post, a little phrase to get me through to the next day, etc.  So last night as I got up the song “My Favorite Things” popped into my head, you know the one from the Sound of Music…Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens….

So today I’m going to list a few of my favorite things (not necessarily in any order)

My daughters giggle (whether it be evil or not)

My son’s honesty (even though we pinky swear that it is a secret!)

Photography (duh, as my daughter would say, yes she is only four but very wise)

The color orange

The smell of gasoline and fresh cut grass (not necessarily together)

Massages, manicures and pedicures (who doesn’t?)

Clean sheets

Bubble baths

Martinis

Pier 1 Imports and Target

Christmas (my favorite time of the year)

My doggies

My husband’s constant support

The beach, doesn’t matter which one, just give me some sand and some water

And last but not least, a photo of one of my favorite things

What are some of your favorite things?

MY DREAM | CT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEIDI HANSON (AKA PHPHOTOGRAPHY)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

 

 

 

 

Ten

Not 9, not 11, but 10

10 is the number of action items I was given after my mentorship with Justin and Mary.

Ten Steps to get to my big hairy audacious goal….Full-Time Wedding Photography

Some of them are short-term and definitely attainable; in fact I can do a couple today 🙂

And then there are those that are longer-term, making me stepping outside my little comfort zone and really pushing me to fulfill my dream.

Ten things to help me accomplish my dream.

Ten things to help me reach for the stars.

Ten things to start right now!