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Sunflower Field Wedding Photography – Janis Joplin Inspired Same Sex Picnic Elopement – Six Hearts Photography – Friendors Inspiration Collaboration

Heya. You guys saw of our first ever Inspiration Collaboration over on Six Hearts and FEATURED ON ROCK N ROLL BRIDE. But you haven’t seen it here except for a sneak peek! So we’re sharing a few of our favorite images with a link to see more!

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS INSPIRATION COLLABORATION

Location: Private Sunflower Field, Atlanta, GA

China + Picnic: VINTAGE ENGLISH TEACUP

Floral Design: WRENNWOOD DESIGN

Paper Product Props: LIDDABITS DESIGN SHOP

Dessert: KING OF POPS

MUA + Hair Stylist: VIGILANTE COSMETICS

Dress: PURPLE ROSE

Hair Pieces: ARROW THROUGH HER HEART

Getaway Vehicle: KALE CARTER

Photography: SIX HEARTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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4 Topics To Avoid On Social Platforms – Friendors Consultancy

Living in 2017 means living on the internet. Sometimes, since this virtual world isn’t tangible, there’s a bit of a disconnect when sharing our thoughts. We feel safe and maybe share things we shouldn’t – our personal opinions that are our own and not really our brands. While your brand should reflect some level of you personally, we have to remember that we are not our brand.

We’re here to share 4 topics you should avoid on social platforms if you want your brand to stay well liked in the public’s eyes.

  • Sports: This one almost seems silly and you may even be wondering why, but people take their sports seriously. An sports fan who was considering hiring you? Their blood is boiling at your latest post bragging about your team winning against theirs.
  • Religion: Individuals have religions, not companies. Sharing your personal beliefs in your brand can close the door to a lot of opportunities, scare people off, and really limit your clientele.
  • Politics: Do we even need to go over why politics should be avoided on social platforms? Unless your entire brand is about being dedicated to some cause as an advocate, leave the political rants off your business and personal profiles.
  • Negativity: Read everything before you post it. If it has the slightest hint of negativity in any form – complaining, worrying, etc – don’t post it. Clients should be uplifted when visiting your profiles and putting negativity into the world doesn’t do any one any good and just makes you look bad.

Our advice is to audit your social profiles as they are now and remove anything that falls in these categories or anything questionable.

Our additional advice is to follow your gut despite our advice. If your company banks off Christian weddings, maybe it’s okay to post religious things. If you donate part of your company’s profit to womens rights, maybe it’s okay to post politics…

But if your company is not based in these fields, stay on everyone’s happy side and far away from these topics.

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4 Ways To Get Motivated About The Industry Again – Friendors Consultancy

Feeling jaded, burnt out? We know how it feels and we’re here to tell you that it’s normal to encounter boredom many years into your career – we think most people, regardless of what industry they are in, can get stuck doing things a certain way and get bored or burnt out on something they in actuality love, without realizing. (if you’re encountering these feelings too early on in your career, maybe you should reconsider your path instead of looking for ways to get motivated?)

You know you’re a die hard wedding and party fan, you know you love the industry, but are just a little worn out after years of wedding and event seasons – that’s okay. We’re sure Britney Spears has days where she doesn’t want to go on stage because she’s not feeling it. But you know what she does? She battles through like a Diva and loves every minute of it, finding new ways to enjoy it, and falls in love with performing over and over again – just like you do (and can do) with your business.

So, here are 4 simple ways to get you motivated about this incredible industry again.

  1. Go to a conference – they excite like no other. The classes (if you choose wisely from the line ups) are totally beneficial and educational, get you pumped like a mofo, and have you coming home with so many new ideas. But it doesn’t stop there (man, I swear). They also have PARTIES at these conferences. And guess what? These parties are for YOU. Yes, that’s right – after a lifetime of making other peoples parties bomb ass, you get a bomb ass one for you and all your Friendors. After watching everyone else drink and have fun event after event after event (times almost every weekend of the year), you get to grab yourself a few cocktails and shake your cute lil thang. And when you’re dancing like a wild child in the middle of the dance floor or talking with an entrepreneur you admire that you got to meet after class, you remember why you began in the party industry to begin with – you love events and want everyone to have this heart exploding feeling you feel right in this moment. Going to your own party makes you appreciate all parties.
  2. Attend a wedding without any expectations. This one is a little difficult because it’s mostly in our heads. We all get caught up with wanting every wedding to be the prettiest wedding ever, the one wedding that makes us go viral online and makes the phone start ringing so much that you have to hire a team of receptionists (the dream!). We want these things so badly that we forget about the couples and create expectations in our head and are let down by our own fault, instead of appreciating each love story for what it is – beautiful. We challenge you (and ourselves!!) to go to a wedding without any expectations. Don’t be sad if a couple spends 500 on flowers instead of 5,000. Don’t think DIY means ugly (we’ve found it to usually mean the opposite because artists do DIY weddings often). Don’t think about how you would have done it if it were yours. It’s not yours – it’s theirs and it’s perfect and you should just enjoy the honor of being a part of it.
  3. Do something just for you at the wedding. We know we just told you that it’s all about the couple and to drop your expectations at the door, but if you’re feeling down – go in with plans to do something just for you to make you enjoy the night. We once told a DJ who was tiring of playing the same top 40’s music every weekend to choose a song he really dug before each wedding, whether it was one the crowd would know or not, and make plans to play it. Just for himself. Mix it in some fun way to make it about the crowd so they enjoy it too. It will rejuvenate you to go in and get something you want out of an event and to see other people digging it.
  4. Personal projects are where it’s at. By personal projects, we mean a couple of things. We mean personal as in nothing to do with your career personal, and personal as in a decision to make your career more fun personal. Styled shoots are a great form of personal projects – the kind that make your career more fun which makes your personal life better. It’s your chance to do what you would do if it were yours (it’s okay to have those thoughts, just not at every wedding!). You’re tired of seeing the same style weddings every weekend? Design something you want and get it published and put it on your website. You sell what you show so if you show what you want, your personal life gets better because you enjoy your weddings more. And don’t stress over it – these personal projects aren’t things you have to do and you shouldn’t treat them like work, even if it helps your work life. They’re projects. Fun art projects.

Until next time, click here to read more Friendor Tips.

XOXO

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Social Media Scheduling Tools – Friendors Consultancy

Hiiii! We know lots of you, including us, struggle with the overwhelming task of Social Media. It’s this weird ground that’s really time consuming and often times confusing. We all try to find ways to simplify the process, and one of those ways is scheduling.

We’re here to share with you some tools that are for scheduling your Social Media so you can get off that smart phone and computer of yours and get to living your life, all while still maintaining an online presence. You’re welcome. 😉

There are soooo many scheduling systems, it seems, and these are just the ones we’ve used before or heard good things about.

 

 

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the leading social media management system, in the form of a dashboard. It seems to have the widest reach across all platforms within one management system: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, MySpace, WordPress, TrendSpottr and Mixi. You can have multiple users, social profiles, etc. There are free as well as paid plans.

 

Buffer

Buffer is used by Fortune 500 companies, like Fortune (get it? hahaha, punny), Business Insider, and other big names. It allows posting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest. They bank on “Schedule As You Discover”, with browser extensions and apps. As far as we know, there are no free accounts, only paid. But, you can get a free trial. (note that this one includes Pinterest while Hootsuite does not)

 

TweetDeck

TweetDeck is a Scheduling System for Twitter, by Twitter.

 

Facebook

Facebook allows you to schedule posts within their platform now, for free – so why wouldn’t you? (If you don’t know how to schedule posts on your Facebook page, let us know and we’ll write about it.)

 

(note that none of these include Instagram)

 

Publish

Publish is a mobile app for posting to Instagram  (although Instagram doesn’t allow scheduled automatic posts, you can go ahead and set your posts up and manually post them) and it’s actually our favorite. Not only does it let you schedule your Instagram posts, but it also chooses when you should be uploading them for you – you know, the best times.  It will just pop up on your phone and say it’s go time. You can override that with your own times but we just suggest sticking to their word. There are free as well as paid plans.

 

Latergramme

Latergramme is another mobile app for Instagram posts. It doesn’t have the feature that Publish has where it chooses the best time for you, but it’s super easy to use. And free.

 

(note that Instagram also allows your posts to push to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and some other social sites that most of us don’t use. This means Publish and Latergramme are really like  scheduling tools for these sites as well. Wham Bam!)

 

IFTTT

IFTTT is a site we talked about in our 3 Apps You Need post. It’s a recipe creating system that allows you to create ‘If This Then That’ formulas between your social sites. It’s not technically a scheduling tool but it helps. Example: if you post to Facebook, then automatically push the post to Twitter as well, or whatever other formulas your mind can come up with. Just connect all your social sites and get to it. It’s free!

 

When choosing how to manage your social media, we think it’s mainly a matter of how much, if any, money you want to spend, whether you want to knock out all your platforms in one system or not, which social sites are the most important to you, and, you know, everything else. Good luck choosing!

Let us know if you need any help and what you’d like us to write about next!! :)