Category Archives: Business

Follow Me on Instagram!

Are you following me on Instagram yet? What? Why not? It’s easy . . . Just follow this link and click “Follow” – Follow Cheryl Ford Photography I don’t “gram” (is that what the cool kids are saying?) like crazy. You won’t see 20 posts in one day from me, but I’m trying to be…

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My Business Strategy :: New Beginnings :: Inspiration

Let me tell you a little story about business strategy. It starts with the career that I had before I started my photography business. I’m still involved with that company as a part-owner and board member and work about 20 hours a month for them. It’s not a lot but it keeps me connected to…

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101 in 1001 Update

My 101 in 1001 list began in January 2013 – almost a year ago now. I’ve done a couple of updates through out the year on my progress. Almost 11 months in and of the 92 goals I was able to come up with, I have only completed 20. That’s a little disappointing for me…

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  • ToshaNovember 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

    This so cool! I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Ford FixNovember 13, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    Fun to see these again and see what you accomplished. I remember thinking it looked crazy 11 months ago. Now, I’m sure you’ve got this!ReplyCancel

    • CherylNovember 15, 2013 - 4:06 pm

      We’ll see – gotta change up those travel goals. Not. Going. To. Happen.ReplyCancel

  • Liesl DieselNovember 13, 2013 - 7:34 pm

    you might feel like you didn’t meet most of your goals, but you still met 20! that is probably more than most 🙂 keep it up!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Bodo PhotographyNovember 13, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    wow…. I’m really inspired by your list! Now I want to make one! Keep on pushin’!!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • CherylNovember 15, 2013 - 4:06 pm

      Put one together! I’d love to see it.ReplyCancel

  • SoniaNovember 14, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    Oh my!! What a list you have there. I have stollen some of your goals there. Thanks for sharing! =)ReplyCancel

    • CherylNovember 15, 2013 - 4:05 pm

      I’d love to see other people take on this challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney Lane ArnettNovember 22, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Whewww that’s a lot of goals. Great idea!ReplyCancel

New Short Promo Video

A few months ago I created a Cheryl Ford Photography promo video (with the help of the amazing Chamonix Thurston-Rattue). It’s called “I Love My Life.”  You can watch it on my web site or on my Vimeo page. I adore this video and it gives those who visit my web site and blog a…

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  • Chamonix Thurston-Rattue PhotographerAugust 3, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    you are such a rockstar! I love this video 😀 x.ReplyCancel

New Promo Video :: Cheryl Ford Photography

A labor of love and a leap of faith. That’s what went into putting this video together and then hitting the Publish button on this blog post. About 6 weeks ago, Chamonix and I were talking about helping each other to put together promo videos for our businesses. And in true Team Hard Core fashion,…

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  • Rikki Morgensen HickeyMay 9, 2013 - 4:40 am

    Love, love, love…this video! Combining your love of coffee, dogs, wine, taco’s dogs, family, photography….oh my gosh, all of it. Crazy cool!ReplyCancel

  • AlenaMay 11, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Love the cute!ReplyCancel

    • CherylMay 11, 2013 - 4:18 pm

      Thank you Alena!ReplyCancel

  • Rikki Morgensen HickeyMay 9, 2013 - 4:44 am

    ….but where were the nachos?ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Rosaschi JacksonMay 9, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    So you too Rikki…;-)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Bartlett FordMay 9, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    Thank you Rikki!ReplyCancel

  • Rikki Morgensen HickeyMay 9, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    I would now like to see a video for pure entertainment of Baxter and Annie!ReplyCancel

101 in 1001 Update – April 2013

Reviewing my 101 in 1001 Goals listing – wherein I write 101 goals and then try to accomplish them in 1001 days. I never actually wrote all 101 goals; I only got to 92. But I’m ok with that. I can just add more when I think of them. As I mentioned in the original…

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  • Hanna MazurApril 11, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    I want to do girls’ weekend trip 😉ReplyCancel

  • Michelle MurthaApril 17, 2013 - 11:36 am

    When you finally travel to New York City, let me know! I’ll take you on a city photo safari.ReplyCancel

    • CherylApril 17, 2013 - 11:04 am

      That would be awesome! Thanks.ReplyCancel

Maximizing Your Time and Workday Efficiency – Part 1

Read any good books lately? I’ve read like a ton (technical term). And I’m applying what I’m reading to my life and seeing some major changes. The books I’ve been reading are falling into the category of “making your life better, calmer and more enjoyable.” That’s a category, I promise. Three great books I would…

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  • JaimeMarch 15, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Interesting ideas. I’m excited for 6-10! Some of these clearly don’t work for some jobs (mine) but some definitely could make a difference in my day and how I organize my time and efficiency. For example I totally start my day with email/social media and sometimes that rolls downhill for way longer than is reasonable or necessary.ReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 15, 2013 - 12:17 pm

      😉 just wait until you see part 2!!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee InglettMarch 15, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    I love #5! Look it’s 6:58 and I have been sucked into your fabulous list :)Although I have successfully risen, fed, and booted a 12 year old out the door for school. That feels like a “project” in and of itself some days.ReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 15, 2013 - 8:16 am

      Thanks Renee. I know you have A LOT going on in your life! I mean seriously, how many times have you started your day with no plan and then you read your e-mail and someone has something THEY need from you and then your day goes on this trajectory that has nothing to do with anything??? I just got to the point where I said NO MORE! It won’t work for everyone in every type of job but it works for me 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michelle MurthaMarch 15, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    Do you use any software to help you organize and keep track of your to-do list?ReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 15, 2013 - 8:17 am

      Michelle, I don’t use any software per se. I do keep a lot of my organization on my iPad and in an app called UPAD. It’s an app where you can write notes (I have a stylus pen) and I keep track of all my lists and projects there. I am planning to do a post all about how I use that app. I couldn’t live without it!ReplyCancel

  • Chamonix Thurston-RattueMarch 15, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    awesome awesome awesome! so grateful for this advice. I’m going to put it into action asap 😉 u rock! xReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 15, 2013 - 1:16 pm

      Yay – I’m glad you found something useful here!!!! Wait until you see 6-10!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy ZhangMarch 16, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    I can’t agree with you more on #4, and I personally find it so hard! It’s become a silly habit of mine to check email whenever I’m idle. I gotta work on changing that!ReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 17, 2013 - 8:17 am

      I know! It’s so hard to resist looking at it at first!ReplyCancel

  • Simone SevenichMarch 18, 2013 - 10:26 am

    Really well written, good ideas – try to implement. I wait for 6-10! I can verleren lot of time, as planned! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 18, 2013 - 1:19 pm

      Thank you Simone!ReplyCancel

  • […] into this two-part post on maximizing your time and your workday, please check Friday’s post Maximizing Your Time and Workday Efficiency – Part 1. In that post, I set up the basis for this strategy I’m using to maximize my workdays and keeping […]ReplyCancel

  • Trish G. Parrish {TGP} Weddings & EventsMarch 26, 2013 - 12:05 am

    These are really great recommendations, Cheryl! I, too, subscribe to only checking my email twice a day (11AM and 4PM) and I have completely turned off push email notifications on my iPhone and MacBook. It’s made a world of a difference, especially in my productivity. However, I still struggle with allowing calls to go to voicemail. I also think it’s important to set proper expectations with clients when you conduct these type of time management/productivity/efficiency practices. I know many, including myself, value promptness.ReplyCancel

    • CherylMarch 26, 2013 - 7:56 am

      I totally agree. My phone doesn’t ring THAT much but if I’m in the middle of something, I’ll let a call go to voice mail. Phone calls can really get me going in the wrong direction with my day. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] Maximizing Your Time & Workday Efficiency – Part 1 […]ReplyCancel

101 in 1001

A goal-setting strategy I’ve been wanting to set up and try for a while is called a 101 in 1001 list. What is a 101 in 1001 you might be asking about now? It’s essentially setting 101 goals to try to complete in 1001 days … so about 2 years and 9 months. It’s a…

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  • Chamonix Thurston-RattueJanuary 11, 2013 - 11:17 am

    haha we both blogged about this today. i totally didn’t realise WHEN you were going to be sharing this list – funny coincidence 😛 I’ve got 32 goals on my list so far – can’t wait till i have more and then i’ll share too! 😀ReplyCancel