Networking- yes it really is that important

I’d say most of my work is behind the computer in my pajamas looking like a hot mess. But one of the most vital parts of my career is networking. The thing that scares most people and seems like the “extra” part of any good client building practice. But as i’ve started my business over in 4 states and Florida really hit the ground running, and grateful for a contract job where it’s part of the job to network i have to say.. it’s not just “nice” to have networking, it’s part of the job. In fact, if you don’t dedicate offline-in person networking, your business will not be as far along as it could. I’m saying this while still knowing i have a long ways to go. I’ve lived in Panama City Beach for two years, and even after working my butt off in person, it really takes relationship building, time, and consistent face to face to build reputation, trust, and cliente. Not just with friends, but people you look up to, aspire to get knowledge from.. ya know.. the ones that make you feel uncomfortable to email or call.. yup… those ones. It’s absolutely necessary. This is a light kick in the butt for those with businesses or careers where finding clients is essential. (which, honestly all the business cards i’ve collected, is even MORE prominent that i grasped until this last year)

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As many of you claim not to read as much because you’re “lacking time” (btw how’s all those tv shows you’re caught up with?) I have a little writing exercise for you. How many hours per week do you spend OFFLINE in person networking? If you haven’t planned it out and made it a priority, i highly suggest you do now. Not only will building relationships over time help your business, but it gets you in front of people in the industry longer, giving pointers, practice for interviews and reaching out, and you never know who they can connect you with in the future. It’s always better to continue relationships and have something come your way, then to network out of desperation asking for a hand out.

We all have something to give.I don’t network with the intention that they’ll be my client, i’m hoping at some point we can work together, or if the relationship is strong enough, they’ll connect me with another business woman or future client. I network with intention to learn and give back. I want to be able to give what i have to help the people i reach out to. I also go knowing every person has something to teach me, and i’m all ears in personal and business growth.

Just a little reminder even if you don’t have a career that you NEED networking, it’s vital for relationship building, character building, connections, and getting over the fear of reaching out. (Though sometimes i take a deep breath before sending a first contact email) Networking online is great, but in person is always more effective. so reach out to 5 people this week that scare you a little. Offer to get them a cup of a coffee and pick their brain, or start by attending a networking event. You never know.. you may be the person they’ve been looking for or they’re exactly what you were hoping too.

Be bold today. After all, I’m friends with the Waffle Queen, Sarah because i stalked her business and thought we’d work great together. Stalked might be a little heavy of a word.. but I do some research before i reach out to businesses i think would fit both benefit from.LOVE HER.

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Shanna Star

exercise: plan out your networking events for the week. reach out to 5 people or companies and offer to get together. Attend one networking event and write down how many hours you dedicate to networking a week… start with 2 hours per week offline. When you email or connect, it’s okay to feel like you’re gonna poop your pants. It’s SO scary at first, it’ll get easier.

A little book suggestion for you!

Halloween Steampunk Salon Photoshoot

When your badass hairstylist wants to not only show off some of her new tattoos but has a brilliant idea of doing it in a steampunk Halloween way with color bombs inside the hair salon, i’m IN! i don’t photograph a lot of darker feel sessions, and i’m hooked now.

There are so many things i adore about Amber, she’s a light hearted, happy, strong, sexy, beautiful, smart woman, but she also has so much depth and with these dark tattoos, may surprise people until you get to know her. I’m lucky to have her in my life both as my hair stylist and encourager who gives me advice and love and one that makes me laugh until it hurts and also one we can share some ridiculous stories with.

She also incorporated a client and friend of hers, Cindy who’s just as badass too and loves all things Halloween. Here’s a few fabulous photos from our late night session!

Happy Halloween!

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Luxery Bridal Styled Photoshoot with Myah Glam and CO., Margaret Ellen Bridal, and Davista Photography

It’s not every day 3 businesses owned by women collaborate and also include 2 other businesses and work with 3 amazing models. At the very least, it should happen even more. I truly adored not only how smooth this day went, how fun, beautiful, and exciting but seeing women work together- believe in each other’s business, and encourage one another through the whole process. Each of these models slayed their session and were SO excited when one of the other women came out in another dress looking flawless. That’s something i wish you could’ve all seen (maybe when i can get an extra pair of hands constantly getting behind the scenes footage) you’ll see the expressions and hear the encouragement these badass and strong women showed during the whole process.

Margaret Ellen Bridal is located in 30Avenue in Rosemary Beach, not only was it her fabulous gowns but also was the location for this shoot. A dream location and honestly a dream to work with. Maggie has worked building her brand and i can’t say enough wonderful things about not only her personalized and private bridal shopping but also her down to earth personality and excitement about all things wedding and making each bride feel extra special, heard, and find the gown she’s been searching for.

Mariah of Myah Glam Co. and I have been working together for some time, owner and on location service around “Destin, Fort Walton, Pensacola, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa, 30A, Panama City Beach and surrounding areas for Wedding parties large and small.” Not only weddings, you’ll see Mariah and her team tagged in a lot of my boudoir sessions as she does the hair and makeup for my clients too. She is incredile to work with, and somehow always knows the vision i had for clients too. A little bolder of a style is her favorite (which is why i think i love her so!) she is constantly working on her business and expanding. i’m so proud of her already and know she’s doing great things here!

Shanna of Davista Photography. Okay, so if you follow me, you know this already. But i specialize in women’s portraits, weddings, and all things encouraging women. After living in 4 other states, home is here in Florida, and finding the other women i have already has been such a motivation to keep going.

Maggie, Mariah and I also brought in 2 other businesses we love. The Wedding Shop out of Panama City- you’ll see the gorgeous moongate arch below. Not only a wedding planning service, but your local wedding resource for decor, rentals, setup and tear down and all things to make your day complete! Bella Flora 30A is also seen below with the absolutely stunning bouquet!

The models went above and beyond as i bossed them around, full hair and makeup and wearing the gowns- they were up for all and any ideas, gave their all, and were just as excited for this whole beautiful process too. (Follow them on instagram Katie, Varda, and Diana.)

Now for a few of my favorites from this inspiring day, and a behind the scenes video.

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I can’t thank each of these women enough. It went even better than Maggie, Mariah, and I imagined and look forward to trying more in the future!

Margaret Ellen Bridal

Myah Glam & Co

Davista Photography

The Wedding Shop

Bella Flora 30A

Model- Katie



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Shanna Star

Below is a book i highly recommend! and perfect for today’s women in business theme!