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Holly, where have you been?

Hello! If you're wondering why you haven't seen me post to social media, this is the post for you to read. I have two reasons.

The first reason is Facebook. Each year, Facebook has made it harder and harder for a business to use its platform. Instagram is owned by Facebook, so same with Instagram now. I get it, Facebook is “free” and businesses gain from it, but I can’t tag my clients anymore. If I can’t tag my clients, they can’t see their images and their families can’t see their images, so what’s the point? Instead of posting sneak peeks to Facebook and Instagram, I’ve been emailing them to my clients. It seems to have worked better because their friends and family are able to see their images!


The second reason in a nutshell is social media addiction. I'm going to admit that quarantine made me LAZY. Being stuck inside had me checking social media way too much! I found myself consumed with scrolling through endless info/opinions and I just had to put an end to looking at it and get back in my work groove (when I was able to go back to working). When I stopped looking at social media, I had to stop posting to social media too, which also meant I had to stop posting to my business accounts! Stopping my normal social media advertising made me much more productive with editing though. It takes more time than people realize for me to post sneak peeks to Facebook and Instagram. After I pick a few favorites, I usually take forever to think about what to write as the caption, then I get frustrated because Facebook won't let me tag my clients, then I hear the notification dings and after I check the notifications I get sidetracked and so on and so on. This kills my productivity level. Then, throw in homeschooling, which I've never attempted before, plus a busy Fall season and I just stopped. I stopped posting and I stopped looking.


But, I like for my clients to see sneak peeks. Like I mentioned above, I started emailing sneak peeks directly to my clients and I think it worked out well. Starting this past Fall, instead of the cheesy social media posts from me, my clients received web-sized sneak peeks to their emails that they could post wherever they wanted to post. From what I could tell, their families and friends were ACTUALLY able to see their images because Facebook and Instagram weren't hiding my business page posts from them! Again, I think it worked well and I might stick to it for the new year, so we'll have to see. Also, I'm thinking this will give me more reason to showcase images on my blog again, which is an area I always seem to lack in. I don't know why I lack posting to my blog, since blog posts don't get lost like Facebook posts do, but I do.


Which brings me to showing you Fall sessions from 2020:




















I'll be posting Fall sessions from another location next time. Thanks for looking!!



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