Stopping for Breath

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Here I am, with what seems to be the briefest of moments to breathe – and an opportunity to reflect all be it momentarily, on a very crazy few weeks.

We all spend time in one way or another playing a game of “if only” in our minds;

“If only I had A, B or C everything would be different”
“If only this would happen then I would be able to do that”
“If only, If only…..”

It really has been a wonderful set of weeks for me personally and professionally. I went from looking to finding on a work front and at the same time, managing the creation of my own wedding this past week gone – all be it in full partnership with Sarah, as we realised our Chic Afternoon Tea wedding Celebration for 30 of our closest friends.

The challenge then lies in the world of balance. One of the things to strike me since branching out on my own, is just how little time there really seems to be in the day – as you have one “blink and it’s over moment” after another. It is an odd catch 22, to spend whatever time you have initially, looking for a continued level of work, before finding it and then having no time to look for what comes next. I think that in the events world in which we work there will always need to be a balance of sorts. Of course, whilst concentrating on the here and now there has to be your own management of the future. What we have to be careful about is not neglecting what we have because we immediately shift focus on to what we think we then need to find.

My experience has taught me that you never know what is around the corner, and you have to take a view on every opportunity and just what it may lead to. Dismiss nothing but keep focused – be open to everything, but don’t “waste time”. Most of all though, maybe the best advise I can offer is to do everything you can to breathe – to not panic and smile – always smile….and enjoy the here and now that you have earned through your hard work.

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Creative Overload – break it down!

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If you live or work in a creative industry, all be it on behalf of someone else, there can be times when in today’s world – with so much information available, you find yourself completely overwhelmed with one creative idea after another, and it can become extremely frustrating when trying to work out how best to incorporate these ideas in to the events that you are working on.

There will also be times of course, when the clients with whom we work don’t want an overly creative solution for their event, and there can then be a tendency to become bored with repeating the same tried and tested methods of managing what could be events with much more WOW.

So how do you take a creative overload and break it down, and stay motivated during those times where we are working on the more subdued events?

During the course of the day I try and be as aware as possible about what is going on around me and how I might be able to take things I have seen and incorporate them in to an event at a later date. What materials are people using to display things in shops, florists – designers – food and beverage….and these ideas get stored, written or otherwise, for another day.

Online and in magazines, seeing a photo shoot and how it has been put together, an idea turned on its head as the model in Guatemala is seen leading a goat down a rocky road, all dressed up and with everyone looking on…..just really interesting set ups for which only one small element might be useable – and in certain cases all of it – should the right event come along (I actually have that one stored for something I hope to work on….)

Taking photos whilst reading the Metro on the train, or of something someone is wearing – inspiration in whatever place, in whatever form – and knowing how to develop this idea further both with or without client and their input at a later date. There will always be the more “mono” type of event, but by adding a little “stereo” in the form of a different place card, welcome cocktail or starter serving plate – can still allow those creative flashes to have their place and who knows – just by talking to the client you may find they are open to a different approach for an event that has run the same way for umpteen years.

There is little point in becoming frustrated and embracing the ideas of others will help you become more creative yourself. With Twitter, Hipstamatic and Facebook – Youtube, Fliker and Pintrest there are so many ways to share your thoughts in a forum from which others can gain inspiration and you can highlight just how you think an idea can play a part in someone else’s design and creative process.

Love to shoot, love to share.

Luxury or Necessity – A Wedding Planner’s view

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This week I have been lucky enough to team up once again with the wonderful Love Me Love My Wedding team and feature on their blog with a post that hits very close to home.

For an honest view on whether or not you might need the assistance of a wedding planner check out the link below.

http://www.lovemelovemywedding.com/wedding-planner-a-luxurious-necessity-or-necessary-luxury/

The next question is an obvious one…..if you decide it is for you – how to choose?

Check in for that post in a couple of weeks and in the meantime, do get in contact.