Posted on: Monday, May 11, 2015

Career Series: Tips for Women in a Corporate Job

tips for women in a corporate job

Career Series:  Tips for Women in a Corporate Job

This is the third post in my career topic blog series which has been a lot of fun and popular so far.  As I think about it, the tips in this article may be good for women who work in a Corporate job, or any type of job or career, even those who are self-employed.

Work Hard but be effective:  Women are some of the most productive and resourceful people I know.  Success happens when you focus on the job tasks that align with the business mission.  If you're in a corporate job, these are the job activities that will contribute to your quota/objective/paycheck.

Be the Best at what you do and Share your Knowledge:  Perhaps there is something to be said for sticking with a job long enough to really get good at it and know every aspect. Then, share your knowledge to help others succeed as well.

Do what you say you will do:  Quite simply, deliver on what you say you will, this will build trust with your clients and coworkers.

Be Sincere:  Be kind to others, give people the benefit of the doubt, be present in your interactions, listen and engage.

Manage Your Time:  Don't let time manage you.  Focus on what matters, don't multi-task as much, and be more mindful to each task you are doing.  Also, make time for you, that is one investment of time that will pay you back through peacefulness and allow your creativity to flow.

Be Professional:  Strive to be impeccable in communications, dress, and manner.  You should still let your personality show, but always maintain.

Set boundaries/expectations:  This one has taken me a long time to get, but it works.  If the job task doesn't contribute to your quota/objective/paycheck, it's probably not a priority.  Make it clear to others what your objectives are and that really helps them to understand where your focus is and what you're motivated to do.

Don't let go of your Femininity:  Women are such beautiful, caring individuals and so don't be afraid to let that come through, in appropriate ways of course!  Bring your beauty and positive view on life into your work and I promise it will only benefit you.

Support Other Women:  Support the other women at your job or in your field.  Have each other's backs and celebrate the uniqueness of each.

Build Respect:  Do what you say you will do, deliver consistent results/stats, maintain professionalism.

Realize you can't please everyone:  Don't beat yourself up over the ones you can't please.  Just keep focus on the positive interactions and the ones that work for you.  Be resilient and flexible.

Keep things in Perspective:  There are always going to be things we can't control in work life, so don't sweat them.  Focus on what you can impact, and what will ultimately contribute to your paycheck.

Get a Hobby:  Work life is a lot more bearable when you have plenty of family, friends, and creative activities to balance it out.  Photography and blogging have made me so much better at my corporate job simply because the creativity makes me happy, uses another part of my mind, and keeps me learning new skills.

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Posted on: Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pretty Eugene Summer Photos: Hendricks Park

Pretty Eugene Summer Photos

Took these photos the past couple of weekends over at Hendricks Park in Eugene, OR.  This is one of my favorite places to go shooting photos, whether just to walk along and practice on landscapes and flowers or to bring some friends and take portraits.  This magical place is full of meandering paths, tall fir tree forests, rustic benches, and a beautiful rhododendron garden.  Today's blog post is perfect for mother's day weekend with a few portraits of my expecting friend and her family.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Love and Peace, Shanti
Summer Photos

Summer Photos

Summer Photos

Eugene Summer Photos

Posted on: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How to Create Studio Portraits at Home

studio portraits at home

home studio portrait photography

I just love these yellow rose portraits that I took of my friend's daughter last weekend.  These were taken in the front room of my rental house.  I have used variations on this set up for several shoots now, all producing a studio-like look even though the setting is actually inside my home.  This inspired me to share a few tips for creating studio-like portraits in your own house.

Choose a window lit area of the home:  For lots of my indoor portraits I use this set up in my front room where the background is lit and white from my front room windows.  I found these old glass window frames at an antique shop and they fit perfectly into the front room windows and make a pretty, rustic background.  You could also use a white wall as the background, situated so that window light is on the subject's face.

Add off camera flash:  In my set up I added some off camera flash firing through an umbrella to light her face.  I could still use some perfecting in technique, but you can see in the picture below, I set up the flash to fire slightly to her right with a soft strobe (around 1/100 power).  On her left some big silver reflectors bouncing window and flash light back onto her left side.

Clear up clutter from the photo area:  Here in my set up, I only have a couple of props to enhance the scene, all other clutter has been removed from this area.  You don't want unnecessary clutter to take away from your portrait.

Light background, simple colors:  I also love using white and light colors for all my props and keep the model's outfit simple so not to detract from the portrait.  I adore using this white sheepskin, soft sheer curtains, and a simple yellow rose bouquet to add gentle color.

Open Aperture:  Especially when you're shooting portraits indoors, it's helpful to use a wide open aperture on your camera to allow the most light into your lens as possible.  This also enhances your subject details and detracts from the background which will be blurry.  These portraits were shot with my 85mm lens at f 2.2, ISO 500, 1/250 shutter speed, with off camera flash at 1/100 power.

indoor portrait photography

studio portraits at home

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