The Front Porch Project Part 2 | Bedford, NH

The Front Porch Project Part 2 | Bedford, NH

 

COVID-19 can’t keep us from having fun! I started the Front Door Project around the same time as many photographers around the world and I can not believe how much this project has been welcomed by so many families in the area! You can see my first blog post HERE. Once I shared that post, my inbox was full of other families who were hoping to have the same photo experience during this isolating time of a pandemic. I am not kidding when I tell you this whole project has brought me so much joy, even if its only for 3 minutes far away from a smiling family! I love the smiles, I love the creativity and I just love seeing these final images that I get to deliver to these families. It’s so crazy to hear from many of them that they had never had a professional family portrait taken of them all together. I am so thrilled to be apart of this project, capturing loved ones together. Here is the second blog of my Front Door Project. I hope these make you smile.

 

Theses photos are free, however if you would like to make a donation we have been supporting the Greg Hill Foundation. As many of you know my husband is an operations director for the 99 restaurants and with many employees not able to be at work during this time, this foundation means a lot to us.

 

https://www.thegreghillfoundation.org/

Free Editable Wedding Postponement Card | Wedding Wednesday

Free Editable Wedding Postponement Card | Wedding Wednesday

 

 

 

 

This virus has been causing panic and crashing wedding plans left and right. No bride deserves to have their wedding day ripped right out from under them just weeks weeks away. But if you’ve made the very hard decision to postpone your wedding and you’re wondering how you should let your guests know, I’ve created this editable wedding postponement card just for you. Edit, print, and send!  

 

Whether you choose to mail these or send them online, they are a simple way to let your guests know to save your new date. You’ve probably already dropped a substantial amount of money on your save the dates, wedding invites, postage and more. Save yourself the headache and grab my free postponement card HERE.

 

Alyssa & Craig Engagement Session | Portsmouth, NH

Alyssa & Craig Engagement Session | Portsmouth, NH

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I am bringing back this Alyssa and Craig’s engagement session to today’s wedding Wednesday not only for engagement inspiration but also, these two were to be married this coming Saturday but with all that is going on in the world right now, their wedding day is now in June. I am still so excited for them and I am looking forward to giving them both hugs once this is all over! Enjoy their engagement session photos for some E-sesh inspo!

** FROM THEIR PREVIOUS BLOG**

Alyssa and Craig had their engagement session this past fall in downtown Portsmouth, NH. I have only been to this town twice before their session and I have to say I am so glad they chose here!  I just loved that we had so many different locations to choose from, and the light was just so perfect! The weather was starting to get a little chilly, but it felt good to walk around without jackets, chatting the whole time and laughing! We had so much fun and I am so excited to celebrate the Eve of Henry’s birthday with them this April!

The Front Porch Project | Bedford, NH

The Front Porch Project | Bedford, NH

“The purpose of this project is to bring us together when we might feel isolated.  I aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop or at the gym.  Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now in [Bedford].These days are challenging for every single one of us. As we stay at home to hopefully limit the spread of COVID-19, we lose the unspoken connections we shared by simply being out-and-about in town.But even if we are separated, we are together.”- Cara Soulia

With all that has been going on in the world right now, we have been trying to keep ourselves busy with a schedule. No not a schedule, a check list. I’ve attempted the schedule and it just did not work for us. So, since I love me some paper and a sharpie marker, I’ve been making us check lists daily.  Things that have been on our check list include: checking in with Ethan’s class on google classroom, ABC mouse has offered 2 free months of their program, so the boys have been enjoying that, science projects, walks, bike rides and scooter rides, nature walks, scavenger hunts and of course, crossing off my list of to do’s for my business and let me just say, crushing those goals!

After seeing all of the breaking news about the Coronavirus I have been wanting ways to get out of the house for fresh air and some social distancing since it definitely helps break up the days. We have participated in a town wide shamrock scavenger hunt, a bear hunt and sidewalk chalk messages in our neighborhood and the Front Porch Portrait Project. The Front Porch Portrait Project was started by a photographer in Newton, MA  and since has been traveling around the world bringing joy to many photographers and families. When I saw this project was taking place in different states, I knew I wanted to bring it here to Bedford, NH.

I posted in our neighborhood facebook group about this project and I could not believe the positive feedback I had received from everyone! I opened it up to start with my neighborhood and my bible study group from our church, Bethany Covenant Church. I started a private Facebook Group for everyone who expressed interest in joining me in this project and from there, chose a few dates from the past week and got busy creating my routes and travel times. I had captured photos of over 35 families in 3 days!  I had everyone provide me with their cell phone number so that I was able to text them when I was on my way and when I was out front of their home. I used my 70-200mm lens and I stayed close to my car / at the edge of the lawn with more than 6ft. distance from one another. I am telling you that this project made me so excited. I put jeans on and make up each day I had these planned and I felt more awake than I had in the last 2 weeks of staying home. The boys came with me for the ride to visit the families but they did not get out of the car. Ethan even did some video and photos of me behind the scenes working from a distance and I am so proud of his skills!

This brought me so much joy. I absolutely loved seeing how creative people were and I loved getting to see them and talk to them all from a distance. I am excited for the time when we can have family sessions that are longer than 5 minutes and I can get a little closer to capture those special details, but this brought joy to me and everyone involved. Thank you Bedford!! Stay Safe! xoxo

 

** If anyone in the BEFORD, NH area would like to join this project with me, please let me know! You can fill out a contact form here or send me an email alibphotography.info@gmail.com**

Beabout Exposure Vendor Feature | Wedding Wednesday

Beabout Exposure Vendor Feature | Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Friends! I am going to be interviewing vendors that I love working with through this series and I am so excited to introduce you to my FAVORITE husband and wife videography team, Beabout Exposure! I met Phill in November of 2018, when we worked our first wedding together at The Pavillion at Pinehills. We instantly became friends and it felt like I knew him and his family for forever! We had a great time working together then, and I knew I was excited to work together again for other weddings in the new year! I also couldn’t wait to meet Britt and the kiddos, Logan and Piper!

I finally met Logan and Piper during their family session this past fall. Henry was with me for their session and he and Logan became friends instantly, which was so nice!! Once this season of life is past us where we need to stay inside, we need to set up a play date!

I asked Britt and Phill a few questions about their business to help you get to know them a little more! If you are looking for a videographer, Beabout Exposure is your team!!

What inspired you to create your business and how did you motivate yourself to keep going when things were difficult?

Our equipment and location were major sources of inspiration for us.  Phill started a business in security simulator training where he would film active shooter scenarios for local police force training and we started brainstorming how we could put our camera equipment to more use.  That’s where our location came in, we are located in Plymouth and surrounded by amazing wedding venues. We have diversified our portfolio to incorporate commercial and real estate work to help offset any difficult times.

When did you start your business?

Our parent company SEIGE USA LLC was born in February 2018 and we filmed our first Beabout Exposure wedding in November 2018

What is your favorite part of the wedding Day?

Phill- Portraits are my favorite part because it allows us time to get artistic and creative with our couples.

Brittany- It is so hard to pick just one part of the day because there are tons of beautiful little in between moments that I absolutely love, but if forced to pick just one the first look is definitely a favorite.

What Book Are You Currently Reading? (Entrepreneurial, Business, Marketing, Blogging related). If you’re not currently reading a book, just name the last one you did read.

Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Wilnick

What Has Been Your Best Business Purchase? (Your best purchase that made a big difference to your online business, for example: a WordPress Plugin, Website Software, a new server etc)

HoneyBook (CRM)

What is the one random thing you carry around with you  at a wedding? This can be anything from practical to silly…. For me, I always have glue dots to help make the rings stand up if I am getting a detail shot of that… also…. snacks. lol

First and foremost, we do not leave the house without snacks and water lol.  The most random object we bring is a nice wooden hanger, sounds weird but nothing detracts from a beautiful wedding dress like a clear plastic hanger lol.


What are your 3 favorite wedding websites/blogs?

How to film weddings Podcast

Craft 5k Wedding Films

Fulltime filmaker

Who is your Biggest Inspiration?

We get a ton of inspiration from other wedding videographers like Forestry Films, White in Revery, Sculpting with Time,  and Veiled in Motion

Name a favorite business website? (not your website – ideally it should be Entrepreneurial, Business, Marketing, Blogging related)

Craft 5K Wedding Films

What inspired you to create your business and how did you motivate yourself to keep going?

Phill shadowed Alex during Allison and Dan‘s wedding in November of 2018 and the rest is history.  We absolutely love cultivating relationships with our Beabout Exposure couples and truly enjoy spending their wedding day with them. The joy we get from our work is motivation enough to keep doing what we love.

Comparing your business from when you started to now, what has been the main thing that allowed you to expand your business (How did you go from small time to big time success)?

Building relationships with our couples, fellow vendors, and venues has really paved the way for much of our successes and built up our client portfolio.  Building off of those successes we put a major focus on  investing into our business with educational courses and equipment.

What is your work day like? (Do you wake up early, work late, communicate, what jobs do you do yourself, who do you talk to etc)?

We wake up early EVERYDAY between 5-6AM (we have children to thank for that)! While it says we work 9-5 we are ALWAYS working on our business.  We split many of the day to day tasks associated with Beabout Exposure, Phill has a full-time job in Boston and Britt handles the household and children.  Britt responds to most of the new inquiries and emails and writes the majority of the descriptions and blogs, while Phill handles all of the client phone calls and all of the IT side (website, ads, equipment settings, etc). In the midst of wedding season a lot of editing takes place on the train during Phill’s commute to and from work. We try to play on one another’s strengths and weaknesses to divide and conquer the tasks that need to be completed.

What should other entrepreneurs reading this interview – be focusing on to expand their business

Focus on building relationships and networking with other professionals in the industry,  and invest in you and your business.

 What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

Network!

What advice would you give brides who are looking for their ideal videographer

Look at the videographer’s portfolio, if you can see yourself in one of their videos reach out.  Pay attention to audio quality and lighting those two elements can make or break a film. Talk with them over the phone, meet in person, Skype, etc. Ultimately, stay true to yourselves as a couple if it feels like a good match great, if not, find someone you feel comfortable with.