Quick & Dirty Batch Editing in Lightroom

As scary as doing Facebook Live videos have been for me, I am really starting to enjoy doing them! It's really fun to connect with friends from all over and to share some things I've learned with this platform. It's helping me get over my stage fright and to feel more comfortable in a "public" setting in such a big way! It's even helping me in my voice lessons and being more confident singing in front of others, even if it's just around my house.  I am so happy that I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone and going in. 

I've been asking for feedback on topics that people may be interested in and I've been getting a lot of requests for editing techniques.  So I decided to do my third Facebook Live as a demonstration on batch editing in Lightroom. 

Facebook! I have a request! I'd really love to be able to switch from camera to screenshare in one video. This feature is not an option at this point in time, so I ended up making 3 separate videos for this one lesson: an intro video of me talking about what I'd be covering; the actual screenshare of the editing process on Lightroom; and finally a closing video of me saying thank you. Facebook! I have a second request! I'd also really love to be able to see comments and questions while the screenshare is on. I wasn't able to see what people were asking about during the demonstration.  

Despite the limitations, I really do love the Facebook Live feature! It's such an easy way to get info out to my friends and family and to anyone else who wants to follow along. 

Without further ado, I present to you the video on batch editing in Lightroom. I used Adobe Premier to stitch the three videos together into one quick and dirty video lesson. 

As always, please feel free to ask me any questions about any of this! 

Happy Wednesday! 

xo Suzie

 

Balance, Self Care and The FamVac

Last night, I did my first Facebook Live (embedded below). I was super nervous as I haven't been in front of an audience in years. Granted, I was behind a laptop, but still, it was a huge step for me.  I was in choir and theater in high school, was on the other side of the camera in a few commercials while in Seattle, have modeled here and there but it's been a long time since I've done anything like that. I declared the theme of this year to be "courageously vulnerable and vulnerably courageous" and in the spirit of that, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and start doing some live streams.

I didn't prepare as much as I would have liked. I had the topic in my head for about a week and I had planned to spend an hour or two preparing my talking points and collecting resources to share. Real life got in the way and I only had about 20 minutes to prepare! Eeeeek! 

While I was nervous and felt unprepared, It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I watched the video and found many places where I can improve for the next one. But hey, we all can improve all the time! After jumping into my first stream, I'm emotionally ready for the next!

For those of you who watched it, the resources and recap I promised can be found below. THANK YOU  for your support!

Recap:

  • There are no magic bullets to staying balanced! Every day requires a review and recalibration of how to organize and prioritize your time.
  • Some priorities will dominate your time one day or for a week or a month while others fall back and that's ok. 
  • Systems to support your balance take energy and time, but pay off in both the short and long term.
  • Try to remember that you're doing the best you can with what you have at that time and that is enough! Be easy on yourself if you don't get everything done.

FamVac (tm)

The "FamVac" came about when my friend Heather and I were talking about balance. I love my kids and love supporting them but SOMETIMES, taking care of the family and household as the sole provider can take me away from other duties and get me out of balance. There are days that I aim to dive into work, or want to exercise, or hang with friends and the household duties can suck me in. This is what we coined to be the FamVac. It's a joke, but also real. We all have vacuums that can throw us off balance. Getting back to center, remembering your boundaries and being ok with your choices seems to be key in staying centered and staying balanced. 

One Step at a Time:

There was a point a couple years ago when I needed pretty much a full recalibration in my life. I choose to tackle one area of my life at a time with no expectations on result and with no self-imposed timeline. I waited until I felt that aspect was feeling mostly integrated before I moved onto the next.  I know that has helped me build a very strong foundation that supports all areas of my life. And I'm still learning and growing and to be honest, I'm still in this process! I still check in with myself everyday to look at all the pieces, look for ways that I can improve and do my best to find a healthy balance between them. It takes time, but it's worth it!

The basis of all of this is self-care. I check in with myself through mediation, journaling, a gratitude practice and self-awareness to tap into what I need to feel right by myself and those around me. Self-care is of the utmost importance in supporting yourself and creating the life you desire. 

Steps/Areas that I tackled:

  • Emotional and mental health
    • Getting centered through meditation  and reaching out to mental health professionals for support.
  • Spiritual health
    • Tapping into source (the Universe, God, whatever word feels best to you) to increase my faith that I am supported beyond the physical plane
  • Relationships (personal, family, work, etc.)
    • finding my boundaries and communicating them; rebuilding important relationships and letting go of those that no longer served.
  • Physical health
    • letting go on unhealthy habits, exercising, home cooking
  • Environment
    • improving your home or workplace surroundings: removing clutter, painting the walls, add plants, etc.
  • Career
    • Getting clear on career goals and taking one step at a time to move toward those goals
  • Financial health
    • Creating a budget, tracking income and expenses, etc.

Resources:

  • Calendars, calendars, calendars!!!!
    • NeaYear calendars (I LOVE THESE!!!)
    • Phone calendar/computer calendar/Google calendar integration
  • Google Docs and Google Drive--the best free resource!
    • Make weekly to-do lists in each area of your life that you would like to prioritize and balance. 
  • Ask for help when you need it!
    • Hire help, have groceries delivered (INSTACART!), reach out to friends, family, therapists and pastors...whoever you can think of who can help support you.
  • Google Sheets for budgeting money and time. Faves below:

For the full stream, please check out below. Thank you again for your support and feel free to reach out with comments, suggestions, questions, etc. 

New Mini Sessions Thursday, 2/22 and Friday 2/23!

Personal Styling Offer and New Mini Sesh

 "My new dating profile pictures have been a hit so far! ❤️❤️ This gal is lining up some dates and hopefully someone will be worthy of some of my free time and sexiness ;) " ~ Client, February 2018

Come see what the fuss is all about this Thursday 2/22 and Friday 2/23. I'm back at mini sessions this week at Echo Park Lake! 

I'm still running the February special for $45 for a 30 minute shoot (plan for 45 minutes total) through the month of February. The caveat for this special is that I'll be hitting one specific neighborhood on one day of the week.  To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites.  You'll get up to 2 edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE CALENDLY LINK BELOW TO BOOK.
*This special does not include appointment times outside of the availability times and location on the Calendly link.

https://calendly.com/suzannestrong/eastsideminisesh/02-22-2018

I am also opening up a few longer appointments this month that are not as restricted by day or neighborhood, offered well below my normal rates at this super low introductory price of $65. To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites. You'll get up to 6 edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each.  Please contact me directly to arrange a date and time at suzanne@suzannestrong.la

AND! HOLY SMOKES, you guys!!!

My good friend, Betty Barajas, aka The Rock and Roll Stylist, is offering a CRAZY low styling rate to go along in conjunction with my dating photo special. Betty is a WHIZ at styling for any look: from vintage to contemporary.  

BOOK HER NOW for in-person styling when you book a mini session with me this for this Thursday, 2/15 for ONLY $25!!! When you sign up with Betty for this special, please bring 2-3 outfits for her to put together into ONE amazing fit--because we want you to look as fly as possible in these photos.  You guys have NO idea what a bargain you're getting! Betty is so excited to help me help you find authentic connections in LA, that she is offering this at a crazy discount. 
Contact Betty at letsrockmensvintage@gmail.com to book!

And if you want to shoot another day with me this week (click links below to reserve your space) and are not available to have her assist in person on Thursday, Betty is offering her virtual styling expertise via Skype or FaceTime at $25 for 1/2 hour or $40 for 1 hour. She can also assist you with virtual styling for the mini shoot on Thursday if you'd like to get a jumpstart before your shoot. 

As women who have been involved on the internet dating scene, Betty and I know how important it is that one looks like their best self in their photos...through the images and how they choose to express themselves through their clothes.  WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

***Styling services are an add-on to the photo shoot and are not required to do the shoots :)

Crazy Special on Styling!

Personal Styling Offer!

Holy smokes, you guys. 

My good friend, Betty Barajas, aka The Rock and Roll Stylist, is offering a CRAZY low styling rate to go along in conjunction with my dating photo special. Betty is a WHIZ at styling for any look: from vintage to contemporary.  

BOOK HER NOW for in-person styling when you book a mini session with me this for this Thursday, 2/15 for ONLY $25!!! When you sign up with Betty for this special, please bring 2-3 outfits for her to put together into ONE amazing fit--because we want you to look as fly as possible in these photos.  You guys have NO idea what a bargain you're getting! Betty is so excited to help me help you find authentic connections in LA, that she is offering this at a crazy discount. 
Contact Betty at letsrockmensvintage@gmail.com to book!

And if you want to shoot another day with me this week (click links below to reserve your space) and are not available to have her assist in person on Thursday, Betty is offering her virtual styling expertise via Skype or FaceTime at $25 for 1/2 hour or $40 for 1 hour. She can also assist you with virtual styling for the mini shoot on Thursday if you'd like to get a jumpstart before your shoot. 

As women who have been involved on the internet dating scene, Betty and I know how important it is that one looks like their best self in their photos...through the images and how they choose to express themselves through their clothes.  WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Please check her work below! This is a dream opportunity for y'all!

***Styling services are an add-on to the photo shoot and are not required to do the shoots :)

What's so great about these February mini sessions?

February Mini Sessions Are Killing it!

"When someone is able to capture your happiness and your true self in a photo, this is who we call a true artist behind the camera. Thank you Suzie!"  ~ Client, February 2018 

The first round of mini sessions for dating photos were SO MUCH FUN! I met with 4 new clients in the arts district in DTLA to kick off the special.  Two of the women I shot said they're already getting tons of new likes on their dating profiles! Check it:

 "My new dating profile pictures have been a hit so far! ❤️❤️ This gal is lining up some dates and hopefully someone will be worthy of some of my free time and sexiness ;) " ~ Client, February 2018

We had SUCH a great time chatting and wandering around the arts district! And oh yeah, we ended up shooting a bunch of amazing pictures too ;)  One really cool moment was when  two of the women crossed their appointment times over by a few minutes and they ended up connecting and networking for their jobs!

"A HUGE thank you to my amazingly talented friend Suzanne Strong.  We shot last Friday, and I am telling I have never felt so comfortable in a photoshoot until this day. Suzie has a way to make you feel comfortable, she made me feel like I could shine just the way I am and she captured my happiness like no one else has.

"These are some of the shots for my dating profiles, and I am really excited to start sharing them there. She is having a great introductory price right now for these kind of shoots. I highly recommend her! So any of you guys and gals that would love some photos that capture your true self, your magic, and your energy, contact her for more information! <3"  ~Betty B., February 2018 client

I'm still running the same special for $45 for a 30 minute shoot (plan for 45 minutes total) through the month of February. The caveat for this special is that I'll be hitting one neighborhood on one day of the week.  To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites.  You'll get up to 2edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE CALENDLY LINK BELOW TO BOOK.
*This special does not include appointment times outside of the availability times and location on the Calendly link.

Book ECHO PARK mini shoot on 2/15 or 2/16

I am also opening up a few longer appointments this month that are not as restricted by day or neighborhood, offered well below my normal rates. Please check the Calendly link below to book an hour session, now at this super introductory price of $65. To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites. You'll get up to 6 edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each. 
*Westside clients, please note that the rates for this shoot will be $85

Book ONE HOUR mini shoot on 2/13 or 2/14

Check my work as well as some of the new shots from last week.

I LOVE THIS PROJECT and can't wait to make magic with more of you! 

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions :)
Let's bring more LOVE to LA!

xo Suzie

February Photo Special!

SUPER $45 dollar special running now!

I started online dating about a year and a half ago after the dust settled from my divorce. I was surprised by how seemingly inauthentic a lot of the photos I was seeing were. I know that a lot of the people I was swiping through were probably way more interesting than how they were coming across in their photos.

I was also surprised at how many people are looking for authentic love and connection in LA. I want to help more people find the connections that they’re looking for in this big ass city. If you’re participating in any kind of online dating, I believe it all starts with using photos that really reflect who you truly are, inside and out! And one of my main talents is taking photos that reflect YOU!

SO! I’m running a photography SUPER special right now for all the single ladies and gents! I want to help you manifest your goals in love and connection by capturing your true essence with the perfect picture of you.

I’m currently booking 45 minute mini-sessions for only $45! For this super sweet $45 price, you’ll get 2 beautiful and edited selects to use on your dating profile. Please use the images on your other socials as well (with the agreement that you’ll use them on your dating profile)!

If you’d like to book more time than the allotted 45 minutes please register for consecutive slots, priced at $45 per ½ hour. Please contact me directly if you’d like to discuss a shoot with a broader scope.

I’m running one day Eastside and one Westside. Please follow the links for info and to sign up. If there is enough interest, I will open up more days and times for this special.

Westside: https://calendly.com/suzannestrong/veniceminisesh/02-08-2018
Eastside: https://calendly.com/suzannestrong/dtlaminisesh/02-02-2018
After securing your spot on the calendar link, I’ll be sending you a very short survey.

Samples of my photography work here in the photos. You can also check my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/suzanne_strong/ or my site at https://www.suzannestrong.la/


And PLEASE pass the info for these mini sessions along to your single friends. I want to help as many people as I can!