Friday Night Kitchen Dance Party Playlist

Guys, it’s been AWHILE since I posted a playlist. Don’t worry though- the dance parties continue even when the playlists don’t! If you’re new to this, Andy and I listen to alllllllll kinds of music, and we dance to anything that basically moves us. Listen to the actual playlist on SPOTIFY here!!

Top 5 Songs on our faves list for this week:

1. San Holo- We Rise

2. Carlos Vives & Shakira- La Bicicleta

3. Deorro- Bailer

4. The Chainsmokers- Setting Fires

5. Lady Gaga- Born This Way

Are You Listening to Your Clients?

We’ve all found ourselves in a conversation that is completely one-sided and almost difficult to get out of. You know, the one where someone corners you at a get-together and talks your ear off, and you’re looking around with pleading eyes to see if anyone can save you.

Think back to your last few client meetings. Have you ever been that person? The talker who monopolizes the conversation, and you don’t realize it until you notice the glazed looks on the faces in front you?

Stop talking about yourself!
This is going to hurt a little, but if I don’t tell you, I’m not sure anyone will. Our clients are contacting more than one photographer (I know this is a surprise, sorry for ripping the band-aid off!). But seriously, we need to stop sending emails that sound robotic and are filled to the brim about US. No one cares about that stuff. Clients already KNOW what we have to offer. They know it, so why are we wasting their time sending them boring emails?

If there’s anything we can learn from Dale Carnegie’s book ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’, it’s to listen to people!

One of the best things you can do for yourself and your business is to get to know people. Ask them questions, listen attentively, be sincere and honest, and take a genuine interest in people.

Photographers, listen up!

Three Steps in Applying this to your life right now:
1. Respond to inquiries with questions.
I personally like to ask a few questions just to see if the couple and I would be a good fit for each other. Some of the questions I ask include, “What do you like to do together?” “How do you spend your free time?” “How did you get engaged?” We need to stop doing all of the talking and let them do the talking.

2. Make REAL connections.
Stop trying to fit yourself into a box with your clients, and try letting your clients fit better with you. One thing I have learned is that if you try and force a connection between you and your clients, you will end up with unhappy clients. We already know from all of the literature and blogs out there that every client or couple is not going to be the best fit for us. Be genuine. Be yourself, allow your clients to get to know you as well and you will see that the process is not only easy, but natural. That is probably the best way to build your tribe.

3. Don’t rush or force it.
What do we all need more of? TIME, right? I feel like everyone is always saying that they don’t have time for this or that. When a client gives you their very valuable time, reciprocate with yours. Don’t rush your meetings or force things to go one way or another. In my experience, the most successful entrepreneurs are the ones who show care to their clients and share their time. People want nothing more than to feel taken care of and safe. Figure out how best to do that and do it well.

Questions?
Feel free to drop me an email at michele@micheleashleyphotography.com or leave a message below.

Did you Miss the last installment? Find it here!

5 Reasons Why You Should Rent the Runway

Happy New Year!!!

Today we have Guest Blogger Michaela (seen in the photos below) giving us her Top 5 Reasons for using Rent the Runway.

In case you didn’t know: Rent the Runway is a service that offers high end designer clothing for rent, giving customers a gorgeous dress or outfit to wear without the high end price.

Michaela’s 5 Reasons To Rent The Runway

  1. You get to wear gorgeous, designer dresses for a fraction of the price. These are photos that you’ll have hanging on your wall and will be looking at for years to come, looking your best is crucial! You invest in high quality photos with an amazing photographer, why skimp on your attire?


    Why you should Rent the Runway | Michaela Moebius | Michele Ashley Photography
  2.  They send it to you with everything you need, and make it totally easy to return. If you’re getting married, you have enough to do. Rent the runway has super fast shipping, and makes it fool-proof to return.

    Why you should Rent the Runway | Michaela Moebius | Michele Ashley Photography
  3. You get a second size for free. If you’re worried you wont know which size to choose, don’t worry! Rent the runway let’s you choose two sizes so you will never end up in a too- tight dress on photoshoot day.

  4. You can order shoes and accessories to match your outfit. Rent the runway even offers multiple suggestions on what would be a great match, making a perfect photo – ready outfit effortless for even those who are not fashion savvy.

  5. Confidence is key: photo day is a major deal, and confidence and feeling great is going to impact the magic in your photos. What better way to amp up your smile by wearing a gorgeous, flattering designer dress without the price tag? Even if your shoot isn’t a black tie affair, Rent the Runway has other options like jackets, casual dresses, and tops to fit whatever vision you have for your shoot.

Still wondering how Rent The Runway works? Have additional questions for Michaela? Comment below and we’ll get them answered for you! All set? Do yourself a favor and check out Rent The Runway here!

Kara + Dan Engaged | Boston Public Garden | Boston, MA

I just love shooting in Beacon Hill and Boston Public Gardens, so when Kara and Dan told me they wanted to shoot in those areas, I was so excited. With autumn leaves changing later this year, we hit a good amount of gorgeous colors and decent weather the day of their engagement. These two were incredibly easy to work with, take a look at some of my favorite moments from this sweet Boston engagement!

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Erin + Brendan Engaged | Mountaintop Engagement | Princeton, MA

So where do I begin with this stunning couple? Just a heads up before you skip to the photos, they claimed they weren’t great with photos. Re-read that sentence before scrolling, because these two are so incredibly adorable and PHOTOGENIC, my head spins when I think about this engagement! We met on top of Mount Wachusett in Princeton just before sunset. And boy did we hit the jackpot. The most gorgeous Fall colors combined with an insane sunset (and THIS COUPLE!)… this shoot will make anyone fall in love with New England.

E+B:
Thank you both so so much for choosing me to document your love, if the wedding is even a fraction of what we got here, I may explode 😉 Can’t wait for next Fall!

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