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Behind the Camera: Planning for the Year || Lynchburg, VA Wedding Photographer

I know, I'm a little bit weird (please tell me I’m not alone in this! ha!) because I LOVE the process of planning and especially love getting a new planner and starting to organize my year. I get out my pens (of course, you know I color-code my planner!)

When I’m first plugging in dates, it seems like I have tons of free time. Everything I’m writing in are big, important dates- like weddings I’ve booked, birthdays & anniversaries, school start dates, etc.  But I learned if I don’t plan days off ahead of time, I can so easily over-book myself and feel the burnout.

One of the most important things I do when I’m first planning out my year, or when I book a new wedding, is I will, of course, block out the actual wedding day, but I will also schedule a work day AND a day off.

With a new baby on the way, this year is going to be totally different and face a whole bunch of new challenges, so setting myself up for success is going to be so important! I have a whole list of my wedding and event workflow, and know how much time I need to block off for my workflow steps- from uploading cards, culling, editing for my blog, and outsourcing steps, which is so helpful when planning ahead. I know that I most likely won’t have super long stretches of time to get everything done in one day, at least at first, so having that time set aside is super helpful.

Behind the camera: planning ahead for the year || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com

I also schedule a day off for each wedding that I shoot. I learned quickly that if I don’t go ahead and block it off on my calendar, I will try to squeeze some things in on that day & end up not getting the day off. This is especially important for months like June, September and October- the super busy wedding and engagement photo sessions.  Also, taking time off for important dates, like Birthdays, Anniversaries, and planning vacation and time away with my family. It can be SO difficult to take a day off when you work for yourself, but please, take it from me, the burn out you’ll feel if you don’t is not worth it!

So tell me, am I alone in LOVING the “school supplies” and fresh starts of new calendars, planners, and color coding.  Do you schedule your work days and off days ahead of time as well?


Lynchburg and Charlottesville Wedding and Portrait Photographer || www.ashleyeiban.com

Ashley Eiban is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving the Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and surrounding areas. Available for travel world-wide.  Ashley is passionate about cultivating genuine relationships built on mutual understanding, trust and lasting friendship.  

Currently booking a limited number of wedding and portrait sessions for 2018.  Contact Ashley today for additional information! 

Staunton, Virginia Church Wedding || Central Virginia Wedding Photographer

It's difficult to even know where to start for this sweet wedding! Ryan & Rachel were seriously super sweet, and their gorgeous Fall wedding day was so perfect! The leaves were just starting to change colors, I was so excited to find a few spots perfect for photos with those golden yellows and oranges! All of their friends and family were so sweet, loving, and excited for these two! I love being at a wedding and feeling like a part of the family by the time I go home! 

Ryan and Rachel chose to do a "no peek" instead of a first look, and it was so sweet. They held hands around the corner and prayed together before walking down the aisle.  For our bride and groom portraits, these two walked through a field, through some trees, and even across the street to the rows of corn! I love when couples trust me and are up for anything and everything! And their photos turned out so well because of it! 


Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Central Virginia Wedding Photographer || www.ashleyeiban.com

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Staunton, Richmond, Charlottesville, Bedford, Lynchburg, Farmville, Roanoke, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide.  Currently booking a limited number of weddings for 2017.  Contact me today for additional information! 

 

Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding || Lynchburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

When I dream of a gorgeous backyard wedding, THIS is exactly what I dream of! A backyard on a mountaintop, overlooking the entire city of Lynchburg, surrounded by gorgeous greenery, friends and family! Such a beautiful day from start to finish! Barrett & Isabelle's wedding was gorgeous! They got married at their childhood home nestled in Lynchburg, Virginia with THE most amazing views of the city that you've ever seen! 

One of the things that Isabelle loves most about Barrett is that he can always make her laugh- and goodness could you tell on their wedding day.  They were both so happy and carefree, it was such a blast! 

Thanks so all the amazing vendors that helped so much with this gorgeous wedding! 

Hair: Carol at Classic Hair & Tan in Lynchburg, Virginia 

Florist: Meg Laughon 

Venue: Basten family home

Bridal Gown: Celebration Bridal in Lynchburg, Virginia 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Celebration Bridal

Band: Dragonfly in Central Virginia

Catering: Avenue Foods in Lynchburg, Virginia

Cake: Kissed Cupcakes

 


Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia.  Serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, Farmville, Winchester, Hampton Roads, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world wide.  

Ashley is passionate about serving her couples, creating genuine relationships built on mutual understanding, trust and lasting friendship.  Currently booking a limited number of weddings and portraits for 2016 and 2017.  Contact us today for additional information! 

Weekend Update || Central Virginia Backyard Wedding, cooler weather, and reconnecting time

Happy Monday! I know, I'm in the minority here, but I actually like Monday's because they are my "get things done" day! Emerson is back in school, and I get to start the new week with my cup of coffee, my to do list written out and diving into the wedding photos from over the weekend! 

I couldn't wait until Wednesday's wedding post to share some photos from Hunter & Robyn's wedding! Their day was so sweet- and the weather cooled off and stayed shady for their full ceremony! They had a beautiful first look moment, and so many friends and family there to celebrate with them! 

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Backyard Wedding in Central Virginia || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com
Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Backyard Wedding in Central Virginia || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com
Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Backyard Wedding in Central Virginia || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com

 

Sunday was a fun, relaxing day where we welcomed the cooler weather, extra cups of coffee, and even made chili and salted caramel cookies together! I love those slower days where we're able to prepare for the week and reconnect! 

How was your weekend! Is it finally cooling off there? 

 


Charlottesville and Lynchburg Wedding Photographer || Ashley Eiban Phot

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia. Serving Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Farmville, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide.  

Currently booking a limited number of sessions for 2016 and 2017.  Contact me today for additional information! 

Being Productive in busy season || Charlottesville and Lynchburg Wedding Photographer

It's officially busy season here in Central Virginia and I love it! Every single weekend I'm doing what I absolutely love and getting to celebrate with amazing couples! But, along with busy season means having A LOT more things to do, but less time to do it! Even when I'm shooting multiple weddings in a weekend, family sessions on the weekdays, I still want to maintain my client experience and produce images as soon as possible! 

Charlottesville VA Wedding Photographer || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer || www.asheyeiban.com || Ashley Eiban Photography

The number one adjustment I've made this year to ensure that items on my to-do list are getting done, is scheduling an "Office Day" for myself.  And yes, I actually write it in my planner, and then put in my tasks in a block scheduling format on my iCalendar.  I refuse to do ANYTHING else on my Office Day other than be in my office. I won't volunteer in Emmie's classroom, meet anyone for lunch, schedule client meetings, or photo sessions on this day.  It is a day that I fully dedicate to tackling my workflow for the day.  If I have a double-header weekend where I'm shooting two weddings, I will make sure to block of, you guessed it, two office days.  

Charlottesville VA Wedding Photographer || Lynchburg Wedding Photographer || www.asheyeiban.com || Ashley Eiban Photography

It's a simple solution that has helped me make huge strides in tackling my to-do list and staying productive during my busiest season! What simple changes have you made that have shown huge improvement? 

 


Charlottesville Wedding Photographer || Lynchburg VA Wedding Photographer || Ashley Eiban Photography || www.ashleyeiban.com

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia.  Serving Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide.  

Ashley is passionate about chasing your dreams and doing what you truly love. Because of this, she has been serving couples for over five years and is incredibly thankful for each and every client.  Currently booking a limited number of wedding and portrait sessions for 2016 and 2017. Contact Ashley today for additional information.