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Is it really almost March? 2013 is flying by, but not before offering the most amazing opportunities! Kismis Ink has a few surprises in store that we’ll be revealing in the next few months, so get excited! But first, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a guest speaker at the Essentials Workshop at the gorgeous new Blue Lane Studios on March 2nd. If you haven’t registered yet, you have a few more days so jump on it here!
I can’t thank Shay and Ashlee enough for inviting me to share some insight on social media and how it’s been a tremendous tool in my business success.
A few weeks ago, I posted these words below on my Instagram and I wake up with this truth daily. Set the bar high.
The last few months have been a whirlwind of travel, weddings, events, and trying to recuperate from my first (and hopefully last) battle with a bad kidney stone so unfortunately my blogging has fallen behind. But, the silver lining is that we’ll have lots of eye candy for you almost weekly until the end of the year! We’ll start off with this vintage shabby baby shower/welcome party that I’ve been dying to share! Get your Pinterest boards ready…
I was honored when our dear friend, Julie, of Chic Designs & Fabulous Events contacted us a few months ago for her son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Saray’s baby shower. She sent me over the details and I fell head-over-heels in love with the her vision! I mean, the ice-cream station, vintage crib for gifts, an absolutely breathtaking cake…my list of favorite details is endless.
We had the opportunity of working with a fantastic team and want to take a moment to thank Natalie of Chic Sweets, Samantha of Signature Event Rentals, Erin, Johan and Priscila of Priscilla Cakes, Kristin of Kate Ryan Linens, The Regent Brandon, FH Weddings, Connie Duglin Specialty Linen, Olympia Catering & Events and everyone else for all of their hard work and stunning details to make this such a special day for Julie and her lovely family. We had such an amazing time not only documenting these precious details but celebrating along with them such a blessed occasion!
Little Gianna is almost 3 months old already and I’m sure she is being showered with lots of love and stealing hearts with her beauty!
Meeting the elegant Grace Ormonde and inspiring Jasmine Star all in the same week has left my head spinning! As I try to wrap my mind around last week’s events, I can’t help but feel extremely blessed to be part of an industry with so many talented and motivating individuals.
When I first heard about The Fix and realized it was coming to Miami (about a 4 hour drive from Tampa), I knew I had to make it happen. My favorite city + my favorite writer? Yes, please! I have been following Jasmine’s blog since 2009 and I know I’m not alone when I say she is an incredible inspiration. She’s a wonderful wedding photographer but beyond her lovely images, her words talk to my soul. She motivates me to find my online voice and gives me hope that I’ll be able to share with my readers my unique thoughts and aspirations in a way that will make a difference.
I came across Jasmine’s blog through Showit. Khaled and I have been using Showit since shortly after opening our business a few years ago and have seen the community continue to grow and inspire. I still remember when Showit had only 6 other pages ‘liked’ under their Facebook page- Kismis Ink‘s page was among those…yes, I felt really special. :P
When Khaled and I arrived at Awarehouse for The Fix, the first person we ran into was Andrew. We had met Andrew at the PASS tour in Orlando last summer and it was great to see him again. His smile is contagious and he’s always so much fun! After Khaled left, (I think he just secretly wanted to eat up all the Cuban pasteles at the hotel and practice his Spanish while I was away) I connected with other attendees while we waited for the doors to open. The evening was incredible. I met many Facebook friends, including Ashley Goodwin. She’s seriously the sweetest gal and I’ll have to find a way to hang out with her again! You may remember her from Jasmine’s CreativeLive workshop. Ashley is helping with The Fix tour and doing a great job-she’s a pro on stage! I also met another FB friend, Jillian Tree. She’s adorably kind and graciously offered to snap a photo of JD and I after I sorta-maybe jumped into his convo with a few other attendees! It was a ‘now or never’ moment for me and I’m glad I did. JD is as kind as can be and after a few minutes of chatting with him (mostly about yummy food), we were instant friends!
Ashley got the event started by going over the details of how the night would unravel. It was great to hear that the attendees would have several opportunities to ask questions and discuss the struggles they face in their business. Jasmine’s presentation was on point. She gave incredible advice, shared her experiences, and talked about the struggles she has overcome.
I have many, but my biggest take-away from The Fix is to EMBRACE change. As Jasmine explained, it’s the one thing that’s constant in our businesses.
I plan to print this quote that Jasmine shared and hang it in my office as a constant reminder:
“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Peale
As silly as it may seem, over the years I often wondered what it would be like to finally meet Jasmine in person. Where would it be? Would it be in Vegas among thousands of photographers at WPPI or a chance run-in during a break in the halls? I have yet to attend WPPI and I never imagined we’d meet in Miami, the city that my soul considers home. My parents moved from California (where I was born) to Miami when I was two years old and it doesn’t matter where I travel or reside, Miami will always be home. So what better place to meet Jasmine than where I grew up and share so many fond memories (almost all including delicious Cuban food)?
I’ve never considered myself to be the kind of person that gets ‘starstruck’ (actually, I’ve never been before) but I must admit that I looked up the definition and yes, I am super starstruck when it comes to Jasmine. I had all the symptoms as she walked over towards me at the photo booth after her presentation. Shaky hands, forgetting what to say, heart pounding…I felt like a teenager meeting a celebrity. I can’t believe I just wrote that, but it’s true. After a few seconds of taking in that Jasmine was standing inches away and conversing with me, I was finally able to relax a bit. She was beyond generous with her time and even signed my copy of her Exposed magazine. Watching Jasmine give her undivided and genuine attention to each of us there that evening was incredible. I’m grateful for Jasmine’s efforts, for everything she does to inspire this industry and I look forward to seeing her continued success. A HUGE thank you to her team and the wonderful supportive individuals around her that helped make this tour possible.
If you have an opportunity to attend The Fix at any of the upcoming cities, do so. I’m sure it will be an unforgettable evening. Be sure to give Jasmine and the crew a big hug from me too!
I love how Khaled goes along with my crazy ideas. I whisked him away Monday evening after work for a mini-road trip. He barely had an idea of where we were going or why, had no time to change, but he still obliged. What can I say, he’s incredible. A friend let me know a few days earlier that the one and only, Grace Ormonde would be at Salon Tease in Naples, FL for a book signing. An opportunity to meet her in-person, hopefully see some of my Naples peeps, and a road-trip? Despite the threat of a downpour, I just had to make it happen!
Upon our arrival, we were greeted with stunning decor, beautiful models, and wonderful company! We spent the evening catching up with some of our favorite industry friends (some of them I hadn’t seen since the Inspire Smart Success event in Mexico last December and The Special Event in Tampa last month), meeting new ones, and taking in the beautiful environment.
It was a true pleasure chatting and getting to know Grace Ormonde, she is elegant, warm, and absolutely gorgeous! A huge thanks to David Frohmberg, Sir Daniel and the rest of the talented vendors that created this spectacular evening. Our friends, Nanette and Karl of Luminaire Foto, photographed the event and I can’t wait to see their lovely images from that evening. Here are a few images that Khaled snapped in between laughs, fabulous conversations and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Thanks to Karl for this lovely image of Khaled, Grace Ormonde, and I that evening.
We fully intend to follow Grace Ormonde’s advice, “Always celebrate love, live the dream, and keep the love.”
Dazzling, sparkling, and, INSPIRING. That pretty much sums up the ISS experience in Mexico. The luxurious event, held in Cancun, Mexico, was filled to the brim with exquisite details, expert speakers and an electrifying atmosphere. It was absolutely amazing to shoot and participate in such a creative, fun-filled environment. I can’t thank Stacie, founder of Inspire Smart Success, enough for trusting me with such a huge endeavor. Each day was filled with so many unforgettable details and experiences. It’s hard to pick a favorite from the event, but shooting the fire-dancers during the Blanco Party was definitely a thrill! Everyone at the event was warm and welcoming and we built an instant bond. I can’t begin to describe and count the immense talent behind this event. The gorgeous paper products created by Tifany of Gourmet Invitations, the beautiful cinematography of Ryan and Eric of Epic Motion, the unparalleled service by the staff of Now Sapphire resort, just to name a few.
Last summer I had the privilege of attending ISS-Orlando as a guest and it was an incredible experience but it could never have prepared me for what I experienced in ISS-Mexico. I must admit that shooting this event was not an easy task, especially without my amazing second-shooter (aka: my hubby) but I couldn’t have done it without the help of Karl & Nanette of Luminaire Foto. We had a blast together (you’ll see a bit of the fun in their photobooth at the end of this post) and it was a blessing meeting both of them.
Besides making new friends and sharing unbelievable experiences together, here are some mentionable highlights of my time in Mexico:
-Almost (accidentally) throwing Mike Colon off a lifeguard tower, this one to be exact. (Thanks Austin for the snapshot, priceless memory and thank you Ana, our talented model)
-Preston Bailey complimenting our work and autographing his book with, “Mariana & Khaled, you both have an amazing eye.” Yes, right at that moment life couldn’t get much better.
-Rooming with Krystyn of Bridal Beauty Chicago. I had never met her before and instantly felt like she was family.
-Christopher Confero and Clayton Gray. LOVE them both to the moon and back.
-Opening my dinner invitation on Day 2 to find that it was with Sonny Ganguly…you know, the guy that created Sony. (I guess it’s a bit of an inside joke).
-Working closely with Sandie (Stacie’s mom), Rachel, The Jens and the rest of the crew. They did a phenomenal job and it was such a pleasure.
-Getting to know Ceci Johnson. I met Ceci before in Miami last year and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to chat more with her in Mexico. She’s a big inspiration and I absolutely love her work.
-Tajin Seasoning. Lisi Korn, although we didn’t get to hang out as much as I would have loved, a big thank you for introducing me to the delicious seasoning. I finally found it in Tampa and use it on everything!
-It was hilarious and fun to spend time with Dana Larue and her hubby, Hunter. The monkey showing his ‘affection’ to Hunter was probably one of my favorite memories.
-Riding the van from the airport to the resort with Youngsong Martin and getting to know her and her hubby was a great experience.
-Traveling with my airport pals ❤ Petronella, Eddy and Marilyn, Eileen and her hubby, Brad.
-Meeting Kathy Romero. I can’t describe what a wonderful and inspiring woman she truly is. It’s no wonder why her beautiful face is gracing the cover of the first issue of ISS Magazine. I might even have to create a blog post to feature her and how she’s motivated me in many ways. Kathy…We’re.On.Fire.
There are just too many memories to list, but I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and share amazing memories with such a wonderful group of top-industry professionals. Wishing 2012 is full of much success and happiness for each of you!
If you haven’t attended yet, I highly recommend you check out and register for one of the upcoming ISS events!