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Get Them Occupied: How to Capture the Essence of Your Kids

Ever wonder how to get those amazing shots of your kids?  You know, the ones with the bright eyes full of laughter and happiness, but without blurred legs running past you.  Having three girls of my own; six, three and one, I’ve learned (more often than not…the hard way) that kids will be kids.  And if you want to truly …

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Planning a Photo Exhibit | Tips From a Raleigh Photographer

Your Ability To Earn Is Tied To Your Unique Talent As a Photographer The hardest part of being a photographer/artist is putting yourself out there and accepting that you deserve respect and appreciation for your unique talent. A tremendous factor in the level of success that you can reap and the prices that you can charge is your reputation. Regardless …

Six Steps to Networking with Success

Last July, I moved to Raleigh from Northern Virginia and started my new career a week later. Not only was I new to my marketplace, I was new to my industry as well. I had started a business that was based on building relationships and I didn’t know a soul. Even though this was somewhat daunting, I approached it with …

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Raleigh Small Business | Kickstarter

I am not the first to say it, but I will say it anyway. My life changed the moment I became a mother. Before deciding to start a family, I was a professional with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I managed a hotel, spent my days elbow deep in marketing, forecasting, financial planning, human resources. My staff lovingly called …

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Small Business on Instagram | Introducing the NEW Vend Raleigh Relay!

Looking for a great way to get your business in front of new eyes? The Vend Raleigh Instagram Relay can do just that! Cary Heise, Vend Raleigh Founder, has been following RDU Baton, a collaborative photo project to show the world how amazing life in the Research Triangle is through Instagram, for quite some time. Inspired, she wanted to bring …

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What I Learned from Hiring a Business Coach

I started 2014 so optimistically, declaring resolutions and making goals for changes in my photography business that I hoped would bring growth.  Early 2014 brought about some tough times personally, which drew me away from my business, and the growth and goals.  In the middle of the year, I realized I’d hardly had any sessions or gained any new clients, …

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Vend Raleigh is Not Faith Based, But the Founder Is

Time to return to Belize. Will you join me? As long as I’ve been leading Vend Raleigh I’ve been serving on international mission trips, mostly in Belize, Central America. Even though we are business partners, faith is often a common denominator between us. As Vend Raleigh has grown, many of my relationships with you have grown far past business and I …

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A StepUp Story: Why StepUp Matters to Jamila Smith

Vend Raleigh is proud to present it’s 3rd Annual Illuminate Conference on Friday, October 3, 2014. This full day of speakers, workshops, and networking is a chance for Raleigh Mompreneurs to gain valuable skills, connect with friends, and grow our businesses. We have real businesses (#RealBiz), we are worth it (#WorthIt), and we will get hooked up (#GetHookedUp) through the …

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When the world says you can’t, shout “Yes, I can!”

Here we are in the last part of 2014, which has gotten me thinking. At the end of every year, we tend to reflect on the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly moments of the previous 12 months. We make resolutions and often pick a “power word” for the upcoming year, and for the first six weeks or …

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Why You Should Start a YouTube Channel

Before I even answer that question, I’ll pose a couple for you… 1.) Have you ever done a search for information within YouTube? 2.) Have you ever done a Google search & clicked on a YouTube link that popped up in your search results? Chances are, you probably answered YES to both questions.  YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine …