[Continuing with our series from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, meet Randi Lyman, of A Helping Hand.]
“A Helping Hand is committed to serving our clients in a confidential, non-judgmental way, with kindness, compassion and respect for them and their belongings. Randi and her associates offer the highest caliber of service and are committed to their client’s well-being and satisfaction.”
Randi is a member of the NAPO Golden Circle and an active volunteer with Austin’s NAPO chapter. One thing that sets Randi apart from other organizers is her membership in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
Not only does Randi specialize in chronic disorganization, she also offers virtual organization. Read up on what Randi’s clients have to say, and then go find her on facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.
[We are sharing images from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Meet Jamie Steele, owner of Steele Organizing.]
Jamie Steele focuses her professional organizing talents on “busy women and their families to find the order in their lives and their keys on the way out the door so they can enjoy their time together.”
One of Jamie’s more unique offerings is “Girls Night Out.” In her 2-hour workshops, Jamie teaches essential organizing skills for the home and office. She does this in a “home party” format, but instead of stuff, you leave with skills and tools! She focuses on busy moms, a family command center, eco-organizing, purses, and stress-free holidays.
Who among us can’t use help in those areas? Check out this lovely testimonial of Jamie’s work with a local Austin business.
“Jamie is a genius….She can physically organize any space making it more efficient….She also has the ability to organize you from a technical standpoint. Jaime synced all my devices, got an email system and calendar that worked for me.
– Deborah Donovan, GM The Frisco Restaurant”
You can learn more about Jamie on SteeleOrganizing.com. You can also find her on facebook, follow her on Twitter, and Pin her ideas on Pinterest.
After processing the images Monica purchased from her Senior Session, we just had to play with one of them for a watercolor. The old metal building she picked for one of her locations was full of color hidden from the naked eye, but brought to life by our processing.
If you like this water color effect, it can be applied to almost any image. And, since it’s a hand-applied technique, no two will ever be the same. These images look best on a gallery-wrapped canvas for a frameless effect that looks great on any wall.
[As we continue sharing images from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, we bring you Lita Daniel from Belton, Texas.]
Lita Daniel of Regain Your Space in Belton offers her services as a professional organizer–decluttering/organizing, maintenance, packing/unpacking, and paper management. She offers “cost-effective and easy-to-follow solutions for your home and office organization and storage challenges.” What sets Lita apart is that she also teaches workshops on the topic.
Lita’s retouched headshots ©2015 AsYouWishAustin.com
“I started my company, Regain Your Space, because I love helping people who want to enhance and de-stress their lives. By decluttering and organizing your space and using the skills that I will teach you, your life will be so much more productive and functional. Once you get organized, I’ll help you stay organized. ‘Every journey begins with but a single step.’ (Chinese proverb). Take that step now.”
You can learn more about Lita on RegainYourSpace.com (be sure to see this Pantry makeover and this one for a concession stand), or follow her on Twitter. You can even find her on the cover of a back issue of Central Texas Woman magazine.
Monica is a younger sister of one of our brides and is graduating in just a few weeks. We were lucky to spend a little bit of Spring Break with her to grab some Senior ’15 images in celebration of this milestone in her life.
These are some of our favorite images with a funky color effect all over them. We’ll adjust it further to Monica’s tastes when we re-touch her favorite images.
Monica, you can use your email address and the password we sent you to view your whole gallery online.
See what we did there with the title?
You may have already seen some changes to our website. There are more to come.
Since 2003, we have loved working with brides, grooms, and weddings. It’s amazing to work closely with a couple on the happiest day of their life together thus far. Weddings gave us our beginnings and will always hold a special place in our heart.
However, it is time for us to shift our focus. As You Wish photography is now concentrating on Romantic/Boudoir Portraits. Brides and boudoir clients–and even other portrait clients–have a lot in common. Everyone wants to feel confident, strong, empowered, and even sexy in their portraits. Boudoir photography gives this experience to women in a unique way that reaches them on a supremely personal level. (We will still offer other types of portrait sessions, too.)
||These images are from a trip to photograph a wedding near San Francisco. We stayed on a few days after the event for some sight seeing. The images both have a tilt-shift focus applied; the seals also have a bokeh effect in the extreme background and foreground.
To celebrate this “tilt”, we are offering a limited set of free boudoir sessions to our clients and their friends. Furthermore, with each session, we’ll donate to non-profits who help women. If you’d like a boudoir session, contact us to learn more about the offer.
So, contact us today for a wholly new portrait experience for you and/or as a gift for your “bae”, partner, or fiance.
As You Wish will still be available as a Wedding Consultant. This is different than a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator, we aren’t going to plan the event for you or wrangle all your vendors on wedding day. If you are struggling with any part of your wedding planning, book an hour (or more) of our Wedding Consult time to help you brainstorm, troubleshoot, etc. We have over a decade experience with a wide variety of event types and unique challenges; we’ve seen it all. Let us “download” our experience into your event.
[Amy is next up in our series of from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers.]
Amy specializes in staging homes to maximize sale prices for owners and to help homes sell more quickly. She’s also skilled at general organizing, re-designing, and lighting. Amy sports a fabulous attention to detail that will take your home to the next level…whether that’s for you or for potential buyers.
Amy’s retouched headshot ©2015 AsYouWishAustin.com
“Staging Sells! – Staging is not an option.
It’s a competitive market in todays economy — buyers expect homes to be ‘staged’. Often these homes project more selling power and sales price! Don’t put your home on the market without me! Too many objects detracts from the home and confuses buyers. The first step to listing your home is to prepare the exterior for great curb appeal. Interior changes make a good first impression. By removing and repositioning furniture, the buyer will see your architectural details and focal points of each room. Having years of experience, I can create an openness and appealing look buyers require. On vacant homes it is just as important to place some furniture and accessories in areas that show the buyer what the potential layout can be. Vignette staging is available for these homes with my inventory constantly changing to keep up with the new trends.”
Learn more about Amy von Andrian and AVA Designs and read the glowing compliments from her clients. You can also find her on Pinterest and Linkedin.
As part of our professional headshots package, we like to share a little about our business-owner clients along with their retouched image. First up is Jennifer, who organized the kickbutt headshots for Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Thank you for all your hard work on the dual event, Jennifer!
Jennifer Lava is a Professional Organizer who specializes in working with creatives and their unique organizing challenges. We met Jennifer back in 2009 and have really enjoyed getting to know more about her and her work over the years. If you are overwhelmed by any of your stuff at home or work, give Jennifer a call. Her sweet nature and calm demeanor will put you right at ease.
Jennifer’s retouched headshot ©2015 AsYouWishAustin.com
Creative professional organizing for creative people
I work with creative, and not so creative, people who are ready for a one-of-a-kind organizing system for their home or office that reflects their uniqueness.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, I will help you be more at ease in your space.
- If you can’t find your stuff, we will craft a system together that will make it simple.
- If you can’t work the way you want to, we will develop a system that allows for you to be as organized and productive as you want to be.
- If you are moving, I will help you make your house presentable for sale. I will help you save money on moving costs. I will help you unpack in your new space and set up new systems to get you off on the right foot.
- If you need more space where you are, we will work together to reclaim the square footage you have been losing to clutter.
I can save you time, by creating a system that will make your processes easier and eliminate the time wasted by looking for the things you own, and I will save you money, by making it easier to find the things you own so you don’t have to repurchase them. By making your bill paying system easier, you don’t waste money on late fees. And I have an extensive list of resources and contacts that I enjoy using to help people solve their problems and dilemmas, and receive discounts at several retailers that sell organizing products and tools that I am happy to pass along to my clients.
You can learn more about Jennifer in Austin Monthly Magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple (Sam’s Club) Magazine, and of course, on Jennifer’s site: JenniferLava.com and blog.
It was a joy working with the members of NAPO Austin and their guests at the recent Kick Butt Business Bootcamp presented by Lisa Montanaro. Lisa is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker, and Author. Whew! Lisa wears many hats!
During breaks from the bootcamp, attendees were able to join As You Wish photography for a headshot mini session. Here are a few of our favorite pre-touched from the day.
If you ordered a kick butt headshot, look for an email from us with instructions for viewing your gallery and selecting your favorite for a full re-touch.
And if you are in the market for a new headshot, let us help you create one that is just As You Wish!
Party Favors are meant to say “thank you for coming to my party” and harken from the days of kids inviting their entire homeroom to the party. At the end of the party, every kid would be given a token of appreciation for attending. Usually, this was a small bag filled with candy and little toys.
Favors have grown. They are more elaborate and more expensive. In many cases, they are personalized. They are still, however, pretty different in the South compared to those at weddings held in the northern states.
The South invented the Groom’s cake. Originally, guests did not eat this cake at the reception, but it was cut and boxed to be send home with each guest at the end of the night. As Groom’s cakes became more flavorful and more elaborate, we started eating them at the reception–often on the same plate with a sliver of the bride’s cake–and stopped boxing them up to send home with guests. Small party favors (boxed candy, pictures, etc.) began to serve as the norm at weddings in the South. Southern wedding favors can range from $0.50-$5.00 depending on the budget and size of the wedding.
Yankees have always had a bigger thank you gift for their guests. Many are personalized with the couple’s names/date. It’s common to see wedding favors in the $15-20 when planning a northern wedding.
The expectations and norms between Yankees and southerners are different when giving wedding gifts, too.
In the South, engagement parties are becoming more frequent, but are still only a celebratory occasion, and not a gift giving one. Later, couples will register for gifts…and that will be the bulk of what they will receive at their (usually smaller) showers. Those invited to the wedding, but not to a shower, will also bring gifts to the reception. So, southern wedding receptions will have gift table complete with a decorated box or basket to corral cards. The bride and groom may take the cards to open on wedding night (money for the honeymoon!), but the gifts are usually delivered to their home or to the bride’s parents’ home.
Northern couples register for gifts early in their engagement. The engagement party is more like a Southern shower and guests are expected to bring gifts for the couple. Receptions up north can be costly affairs and many guests will give both an present from the registry for the engagement party and a cash gift on wedding day.
Blending of Cultures
Money has varied meanings in a many cultures that emigrated to America. Jews may give money in multiples of 18. Some brides carry a drawstring purse that matches her wedding gown; all gifts of money are given to her. (there are also many money-based traditions that have begun to spread across cultures, such as the Czech Redovy, a bridal dance where guests pay $1 or more for a shot of whiskey or cup of wine and a chance to dance just a few seconds with the bride.
Attending the NAPO-Austin Kick Butt Business Bootcamp? Add kick-butt headshots to your kick-butt day!
Headshots by professional photographer Lori Luza of As You Wish Photography will be taken onsite. This makes it ultra convenient for you to just show up looking your best, and get your head shot taken for your promotional materials.
Special Rate for Attendees = $40 for the photo session (plus taxes and fees).
- Purchase your headshot. You will receive one retouched printable image for brochures, business cards, annual reports, etc.. You’ll also receive a web-friendly version and a square version for social media profiles.
- Select your timeslot. Headshot appointments will last 15 minutes and will be available after the event and during the lunch break
NAPO-Austin presents Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp
February 17th, 2015
Hosted & Sponsored by NAPO-Austin Chapter
Presented by Lisa Montanaro. Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker, Author
Are you Ready to…
- …kick your business into high gear?
- …create the business model you’ve been striving for?
- …stop working so hard and, instead, work smarter?
- …charge what you’re worth, and reach the levels of income you’ve dreamed of?
If you answered “yes”, then you can not miss this event!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
What do you get when you combine an attorney, mediator, trainer of entrepreneurs, business coach to organizers and other entrepreneurs, and an owner of a successful organizing business? You get a kick-butt presenter that you can’t miss!!
During this bootcamp, you will:
- Go through an in-depth business building assessment to get really clear on what’s going on in your business and where you need to be putting your attention.
- Make some powerful mindset shifts that will have you think and act like a 6-figure business owner.
- Leave knowing exactly what to do, with a clear plan to take your business to the next level.
- Topics include: Define Success/Your Role in Your Business, Passion/Unique Areas of Brilliance, Marketing/Unique Selling Proposition, Ideal Client/Target Market, Multiple Streams of Income/Leverage, Outsourcing/Delegating, Accountability Checks/Tools, Business Systems/Operations Manual.
- Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for years, join us for some invaluable expertise for your business!
- Early Bird Rate = $149 (until January 6, 2015)
- Regular Event Price = $169 (until February 3, 2015)
- “It’s Not Too Late” Rate = $189 (until February 13, 2015)
Registration closes on Friday, February 13
Space is limited to 60 attendees.
First come, first served!
- Please arrive 15 minutes early at 8:45am to settle in before the workshop begins.
- Complimentary parking is available.
- Complimentary morning coffee & tea service will be available.
- A complimentary lunch will be served to all attendees during which you can network with other attendees, and ask Lisa more questions.
Add on Private Coaching with Lisa
Lisa will be offering one-on-one, targeted 2-hour private coaching sessions after the Bootcamp to assist you in applying everything you learned in a focused way to your business. Lisa’s process with clients is like a laser beam to help you blast through issues holding you back, come up with a solid plan, and give you the tools to implement, so you know that in 2 hours, you can experience a huge shift.
Special Rate for Attendees = $300 for a 2-hour private session (regular rate = $400)
• There are only 6 live session spots – so first come, first served!
• Choose your slot when you register using Lisa’s Time Trade link.
Wednesday/Thursday February 18-19, 2015
• Coaching Sessions at 9am, 11am, and 3pm
Can’t make any of the live slots?
Don’t fret! If you are a Bootcamp participant, you can do your coaching virtually by phone or Skype with Lisa within 30 days after the event, and still get the special rate. Just register now, and then you and Lisa will choose a mutually convenient date and time to do your session.
Third in a series, this article continues the topic of creating a brand for your wedding.
So, what if there isn’t a “thing” that is you and your groom? You’ve probably seen the book-themed wedding between the two librarians, Star Wars and other geek-branded weddings, and garden weddings. Basically, if it’s way out there or pretty common, we’ve all seen pictures of it. What makes your wedding “you”?
Here are some wedding “brands” I’ve photographed or consulted with over the years:
- green & brown – brides Savannah, Persephone, Emily, and more all had these colors and they were all different. Savannah included fun cowgirl bridal boots paired with a duck-hunting camo groom’s cake for Len; and yes, it was elegant at their country club.
- tie the “knot” – Kyle proposed after a climb. We staged their engagement with climbing gear. And, a proper climbing knot was the little symbol that ran through all their printed materials. They even tied all the ribbons at the event with knots instead of bows.
- hues of blues – Carrie used three shades of blue gave this wedding and reception depth, dimension, and texture.
- movie – The Princess Bride wedding scene was their ceremony script. The entire event took place in a historic movie theater. The cakes were adorned with bows made from strips of film and stood on stands made from film reels. A Bond film was their reception entertainment. Finally, guests threw popcorn to wish them well.
- rainbow – For brides Rachel & Melissa, their friends didn’t all look good in any one color, so they went with a rainbow scheme. Each of them kept the colors in the same shades/families. Rachel ordered rainbow Gerber daisy bouquets, and paired each groomsman’s boutonniere flower with the color of the maid he was escorting. Both were very pretty.
- twin hearts – One bride found two interlocked hearts she liked. I helped her mock them up with her and the groom’s initials. That motif, along with the font I used, became a large part of her theme.
- font – Laura fell in love with a font. She loved the way their initials looked in it and ordered all her wedding accessories with the monogram in that font. I used the same font for all her printed items: Save the Dates, Invitation folios, etc. Even the cake topper was a the font/monogram done in metal work.
- Christmas – Ricci didn’t want a “Christmas wedding” but she did want a December one. She chose red and red roses. At the reception, the only “Christmas” was a tree in the corner. As she put it, they “didn’t try to hide the elephant in the room” but they didn’t show it off, either. Their event was elegant and guests loved the nice weather for the outdoor ceremony and indoor/outdoor reception.
- brown & pink – Stacy & Jan both had these wedding brands at the same church in the same year. Each bride’s take on the shades and look made them unique even with the same backdrop. One of them was and elegant take based on the UPS truck the groom drove.
- wine – I’ve worked several wine-themed weddings. Even when at the same location, they were all quite different. One used the porch of the location for the ceremony and the cover doubled as their chuppah. Others married among the grapevines. Some partied in the barrel room while others held more intimate dinners with gorgeous views of the property.
- family – This is what it’s all about, right? Consider these moments: One bride said vows to the groom’s son promising to be a good mother to him. Another bride’s 9-year-old daughter gave her away…and the groom gave her a little ring during their ceremony. And, for a best man that was killed while serving his country, a candle on a pedestal stood in his stead; the maid of honor brought the flame of his spirit on a taper she carefully carried down the aisle.
Whether you have an obvious “theme” or not to your wedding events, it is easy to incorporate what makes the event truly about the two of you and your union.
Finally. We got to see Jill Duggar’s wedding dress this week. And wasn’t their wedding sweet and cute? We just had to record this episode and see the
big huge wedding.
As wedding professionals, we’re ready for some of these styles to hit the market, again. The strapless look is far too common and is simply boring. We were hoping that Princess Kate’s dress would spin some new styles, but it didn’t have a huge impact. With Jill’s wedding in the media and Jessa’s right around the corner, hopefully, these modest styles will have some influence on the overall look of gowns, even among those that aren’t necessarily a modest cut.
Update: …and now that we’ve seen Jessa’s gown, we’re even more impressed! Jessa’s beautiful blush gown could be “gown of the year” for 2014!