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I met Ashley (otherwise known as Fancy Ashley) last year at the Influence Conference.  We hit it off immediately and have become close friends over the last 6 months.

Ashley is a wife to Sean and mama to Teddy and Reagan (otherwise known as the Little Presidents).  She has a heart for Jesus, glitter, sequins, pink lipstick, and cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs.  She has a knack for celebrating the everyday…so I’ve asked her to share some of her tips for making life a little more fancy.

Without further ado…here is Ms. Fancy herself:

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Hi! My name is Ashley and I blog over at Fancy Ashley. I am a huge believer in celebrating every day and even the smallest accomplishments! I am also a HUGE believer in adding a little fancy to each day. I’m going to share a few of my favorite tips and tricks to celebrate YOUR everyday and make your life a tad more fancy…who doesn’t need more fanciness in their lives?! I truly believe it’s the little things that can make or break your day! More fancy and fun and celebration is always the way to go!

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fancy ashley tips

1. Add a bright lipstick to your daily look! I always say that bright pink lipstick is my signature color because I have been wearing it for years and years! Pick a lipstick color that you LOVE and make it YOUR signature color! It doesn’t have to be bright, it just needs to be a color that makes YOU happy!

2. Use paper straws! Paper straws are so much fun and they come in a variety of colors and prints and patterns. I have started quite the collection of them. I drink pretty much anything out of them, whether it be my morning smoothie or my nightly cocktail. The little things like a pretty or bright colored paper straw, adds such a statement to any beverage. My kiddos even drink their smoothies from them!

3. Get dressed up! Let’s face it, I’m a mom, so, most days, I am living in workout clothes. But, on the days/nights that I get to go out, I get dressed up and go all out with my ensembles. Why not?! There are so many of us that have closets full of fun clothes that we don’t wear often enough!

4. Wear big baubles! I am big on wearing 2 necklaces at a time. I love the layered look. A fancy necklace can totally dress up jeans and a sweater. I love wearing a casual outfit with big baubles. It’s a fun juxtaposition.

5. Whether you are celebrating a huge accomplishment or just the fact that it’s Friday, toss confetti in the air and pop the champagne! Every single day is worth celebrating!

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xoxo!

 


I am so excited to welcome one of my girlfriends, Madison Vining, to my blog.  Madison and I met about a year and a half ago at a photographer get together.  We became fast friends and now our littles are even buddies.

Madison is a successful senior, family, and boudoir photographer.  She teaches the Advance workshop along with Trisha of TG Photography.  Madison has also recently put together a group called the MVPs which is an amazing resource for photographers.  Which is why I’ve invited her to share with us today.  If you are a photographer or aspire to be…this is the group for you!

Hey Mads!  Welcome to the blog.

What’s in your camera bag?

Currently in my camera bag:

– Canon 5d Mark III

– Canon 50mm

– Tamron 28-75mm

– Sigma 85mm

– Tokina 10-77mm (fisheye)

– 430 Ex II flash

– Gary Fong diffuser

– Lots of 4GB CF cards

– Simply Color luxe shaped business cards

– Chapstick

So, tell us about the MVPs 

When photographers first start out, I think their first instinct is to scour free photography forums online for tidbits of information. On equipment, on lighting, on posing, on how to market, on how to edit, etc. At least that was how I spent a lot of my time when I first began. And it was frustrating! I felt like I was spending all this time and only getting teeny tiny bits of information, never the whole picture or step-by-step breakdown that I needed. I came across several online classes (each around $200) and those were more helpful but still left me wanting more.

Now that I am running a successful photography business and teaching workshops to photographers all over the country, I am ready to give back and fill a hole in the industry that I wish had been filled back when I was starting. REAL, ongoing, in-depth, HONEST mentoring. To be someone who has been there and done it and is willing to help others without holding back. So The MVPs was born.

The MVPs is an online forum (run through a private Facebook group) where I am accessible to my MVPs for Q&A, exclusive video content (personal pep talks, tutorials on editing, etc. that other people do not get to see)… it’s full of freebies (templates, actions, textures…) and super fun contests where members can win prizes like publicity opportunities or private coaching calls. We also do cool activities like weekly blog challenges and website critiques that make sure we are reaching, securing, and maintain our exact target clients. It’s a lot of information and a lot of fun!

What made you realize you wanted to teach and share your successes with other photographers?

The photography industry is extremely competitive. Those who have “made it” sometimes look down upon and certainly never want to help those who are trying to make it. I just don’t feel it has to be that way. I want to be the friendly face and the helping hand that aspiring photographers can find in an industry that can be overwhelming and a little bit hostile. There is enough success for everyone!

When is your next Advance workshop? 

The ADVANCE workshop is a super fun UH-MAY-ZING workshop that I teach alongside Trisha of TG Photography. Photographers fly in from all over to dive deep into the areas of lighting, posing, editing, and marketing. We have live senior models: newborns, family, and a senior, and everyone gets an up close and personal look at how Trisha and I run our businesses and also a chance to learn hands-on for themselves. Also, the swag is kind of amazing.

The next workshop is October 12th. It is the third one we’ve done and it will be the last one offered at the introductory price. I am happy to give Jenny Collier Blog readers 10% off their tuition… contact me for details. I would love to meet you all in person!

Anything else to add?

Just a big thank you to you, Jenny! I am an avid reader of your blog so I am super honored and excited to be featured. Thank you! And keep rockin’ it!


 

Introduce yourself:

I’m Stephanie Flynn, owner of Tulsa Fit Body Boot Camp- Tulsa’s only indoor, women only, group personal training facility.

What is your motivation to stay in shape?

So I can continue to become a better person, inside and out, every day. Staying in shape helps me stay strong emotionally and spiritually as well- they all work together. Keeping my physical, emotional and spiritual health strong helps me lead a fulfilling and HAPPY life!

I have absolutely fallen in love with boot camp.  Can you tell my readers more about what each session entails?

Sure, FBBC offers 30 min workouts that give you twice the results of an hour workout, by giving you the after burn effect. Basically this means that you burn calories at an accelerated rate because of the style of training we do.  The workouts include cardiovascular and resistance training exercises that stimulate fat loss, tone your body and are modifiable for all fitness levels.

Also, another benefit of boot camp is nutritional guidance.  Can you tell me what is one of your favorite go-to healthy foods?

OATMEAL! I LOVE LOVE oatmeal. It is so versatile, filling, nutritious and easy.  By adding a banana and some cinnamon, you get a quick and healthy breakfast.

Or just by adding some eggs and/or protein powder, you can make healthy and delicious protein pancakes, muffins, and other treats.

What is a quick & easy recipe you suggest?

Protein pancakes (for breakfast and /or snacks-

6 egg whites
½ c dry oats
Cinnamon
Pumpkin spice
One banana

Blend all of the ingredients together, then heat a pan and spray it with nonstick
spray. Pour batter onto pan I look pouring them into several mini pancakes.)

Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, flip then cook for one more minute.

Serve with 1 Tablespoon of all natural nut butter= delish!

Do you have any special offers at FBBC currently? 

Yes, for the New Year, you can come do our 4 Week Total Body Makeover for $39 if you say you are a reader of the Jenny Collier Photography blog.

P.S. Jenny has done an AWESOME job on being consistent with her workouts and nutrition! She looks amazing and is setting a great example for her family.  Keep it up Jenny!