It's finally here! After months of hard work and a million different details, we are so excited to launch Mike & Sara Graham!
This is our new wedding site. We will be showing exclusive weddings and engagements (and stories of love) over there. sara G photography will be showing all of our other sessions that we will do from time to time. We will spend a lot more time updating everything over at Mike & Sara Graham, but you can still follow sara G photography on Facebook. Be sure to jump on over and check out the new site and then tell your friends about all the new things coming!
We've been around the block a time or two. We've photographed everything from seniors to families, to newborns to weddings. But for us - it has always been about the story, the story of love.
We're about to celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary. We didn't know where God was going to take us on this journey, but eight years later, I can truly say we love each other more now than back then. I may not have puppy dog eyes looking at Mike each day, but I am more convinced than ever that God knew exactly what I needed. The love we share runs much deeper than the look in our eyes now. I'm grateful to have married my best friend and to get to work with him throughout this journey. I can't think of a better teammate!
The longer we have been married, the more we have valued marriage and family. We love the couples we get to meet during this journey and care more about their marriage than the wedding itself. We know that the wedding day is just the beginning for what God has in store for them. It's an important day, one they will never forget. One that marks a milestone of what they stand for and where love is going to take them. So for us, we have decided to make this our priority. We want to have time and love to pour into one another, but also pour into these couples that are beginning their journey.
So - we're breaking up!
No - not Mike and I - the business! Actually, this will allow us to do much more together than before. This break up is something that doesn't hurt - but something we are both really excited about! We've been pouring a lot of time and energy into getting this right. It hasn't been easy, but we know it will be worth it. We are incredibly thankful for so many friends that have helped us along the way. Not much is changing about how we've done business, but now it will all just be stated and upfront. Trust me - it's a GOOD thing!
sara G photography will still exist. You can book family, birth, senior, and all other sessions through here. But - we have a lot more that we will be pouring into our new wedding site. It's something you won't want to miss! The full launch is coming soon so be sure to check back next week!
There are a lot of things that Mike and I have in common. But, we have always been an "odd" couple - meaning we are very different. We think that's why we work so well together. We truly compliment each other and his weaknesses are my strengths, and vice versa. The longer we have been married, the more alike we have become and I think it's one of the beautiful things about marriage. So - here are a few things that make us different from one another.
loves LOVES movies! I actually feel like it's torture to sit quiet for 2-3 hours and prefer tv shows, specifically reality tv.
2. I love cheese! I think it should be it's own food group. Mike could skip it all the time and refuses it on most things.
3. Mike is steady. I can change emotions on a dime. Luckily he is always consistent and provides stability for us as a family.
4. Mike grew up on the water in Florida and loves being in and on it. I am very cautious on and around the water because as a family we were not big swimmers or boaters.
5. I hate studying and Mike loves it. College was a little bit of a shock for me. I never studied in high school but was able to carry straight A's. Mike can spend 5 minutes "studying" and can remember 90% of the information thanks to his idetic memory.
I laugh at the irony. 2014 I've blogged more than any other time and nearly every workday. I then write about how important consistency is and then fall off the grid. What kind of example is that?
Sometimes it's ok. And sometimes it's worth it.
So, get your priorities straight. Choose your family over work. Sometimes this may be choosing your friends over work too. Remember who helped you get where you are and what life is all about. I love my job, but it is not my identity.
After the last post, our family started encountering some difficulties. We need to be together. I will be with them and letting the work things that can wait, wait. Taking care of myself and my family is crucial in keeping the joy in this business.
Thank you for your patience and if you think about us, please pray!
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I had another colleague questioning Facebook and why her posts were only being seen by 10% of her followers. I have followed her for awhile and looked up to her a ton in the industry. Being a part of this community, we like to share ideas and help one another out. As part of that, it was only fitting I reached out to give her some insight on some things I have learned. Trust me - I don't have all the answers! But I have found some things that have proven to be successful in growing my business and getting the word out to more of my followers. Most of these I didn't discover. I would love to take credit for all these bright ideas, but I can't. It's really just a compilation from many others that have been willing to share with me.
As I sat down to write out a few helpful ideas, my email grew a little longer..and then longer...and longer. So, I don't really feel like I could put all this information in one place at one time. So, instead I'm going to split things up over several posts. Obviously this is meant much more for other photographers or small business owners, but it may be helpful to anyone looking to grow a following and interact with some of those friends you have made.
So, today I thought I would start with something a little shorter and probably the key to everything else: consistency. Once I went full time with photography, I quickly realized the most important thing I could do was to be consistent for not only everyone else, but also myself and my family. I really try to work out of the office Monday - Thursday. Weekends are usually reserved for weddings or other shoots, so I know I'm easily going to work a five day work week.
One of the biggest changes I made when I went full time, I blog every day, Monday-Friday. Well, ok, there are a few days I have missed, but for the most part I really try to blog something each and every day. This allows for all your friends to know exactly when to expect new information. In a perfect world, I would have the post go up by 9am every day and then post the link to Facebook. That doesn't always happen...but when I am ontop of things, that is what I aim for.
So, whatever you do, be consistent. Start with one thing at a time. Write a blog post each day...or even start with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if you don't feel like you can post every day. Same thing with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Come up with a plan and STICK TO IT!