Support, not Shame

Even on days when I can only take little steps forward, I'm grateful for the forward motion. There is always something new to learn.

My friend @sarajanecase said it so well the other day that I'm clinging to her words and had to share them with you too:

"Choose one small adjustment to make today... One thing that will take you closer to the life you want to live. Keep it simple and don’t change yourself, change the way your engaging with yourself, give yourself support not shame!"

So I'm making some changes with the food I eat and giving a plant-based whole food diet a try, which means no meat, something I haven't tried for my stomach before. I'm excited to see what might come of this change, and I'm going to approach it with this quote in mind... giving myself support and grace and rest and time. 

What is a way that you can apply this quote in your life? How can you give yourself support and not shame? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if it's too personal for a public comment, you can always send me a DM on Facebook or Insta. <3 

Motivation Monday: Is this the way we would start?

Something for you to think about today and contemplate as we jump into a new work week.

For so many people, Mondays are something they dread... but I think that if you're doing work that you're passionate about and find meaning in, getting to start another work week can be so exciting! 
What comes to mind when you think about this question? I'd love to hear your thoughts and perspective, be it about personal life, business, friendship, weight loss, marriage or anything.
Such a powerful question, right?! 

Instagram Feed Color Audit

Hello friends! Today I've got a little #tuesdaytip for you - check out this resource called @colorkuler I found recently! You add your Instagram username and see your feed's color palette. It's a great way to do a little mini audit to see if your Instagram feed's colors are cohesive with your brand colors.

Here were the results I got from my feed, and what my Instagram looks like lately.

Totally captured my pinks and turquoise color. Just need to add a few more pops of yellow.

So what about you? Head on over to, enter your Instagram name and see if the images you've been sharing are on-brand and in line with what you're hoping to create visually. And be sure to tag me over on Insta if you share. I'd love to see yours too! 

She Smiles

I am a HUGE believer in the power a good lipstick can have on your confidence. That's why I've fallen in love with LipSense, and why I decided to sell it and share it with my friends.
This is the logo I designed for myself and my new business and I've started a new Instagram account too: @she.smiles.shaina. In that bio is the link to join my FB group where I share the stock I have for sale, tips and tricks and positive life inspiration. I'd love to have you join me. My launch party is this weekend on August 13th, with lots of fun in the group and in person if you're local.
I sure had fun designing for myself again. 😉 I'm addicted to design and LipSense! 🙈

Have you tried LipSense yet? What is your favorite color? Here are a couple of my selfies since I started using and selling this product. I think Coral-Lina is my current favorite. 

You can follow along, and find all the link you'll need HERE. Let me know if you have any questions. :) 

Sara Renee Photography : Branding & Website

Sara is a super talented wedding photographer who lives here in my tiny town. We've gotten to know each other over the years, and she was a huge part of the growth of Your Ampersand Studio in the beginning when I was discovering that photographers were my dream clients. I designed her previous logo, and was so honored when she came to me for a complete rebrand and website design when she was ready. 

Sara's brand has grown and matured a lot in the last two years, and that paired with her ideal client's personality helped us to come up with a clear vision for her brand update: creative, elegant & adventurous. 

Below is her final logo, alternate logo, moodboard and color scheme. I truly love how it all came together.

SaraRenee Photography BrandStyleBoard

Once we had her logo completed I designed some business cards and other visual collateral for her to start sharing. 


And then it was time to make it all come alive on her Squarespace website. This design began with the GoLiveHQ Banquet template as a base, and I modified from there. This is a site you need to see live to get all the little nuances and features. Its dynamic, showcases Sara's incredible photography, and since we launched, it got her completely booked out for weddings in 2017! 

Here, enjoy a quick walk-through of her homepage! 

One of my favorite things about Sara being local is that I got to shoot some new headshots for her to go along with her branding update and to use on her website. We took 20 minutes one afternoon at my favorite local spot and I captured these of her. 

Here's what Sara had to say....

I had a good foundation with clients but my online presence was lacking, to say the least. My website wasn’t strong, and that was a big problem in my eyes. I decided to work with Shaina and since then I’ve gotten more inquiries and it’s been amazing! Shaina is a gem in this world. She has great ideas and has been able to produce a clear vision, even though I was unsure about everything in the beginning. She has created some amazing-ness!

Follow Sara Renee Photography for more:  Instagram | Facebook

Are you thinking about taking some time during the slow season to rebrand your photography business? I'd love to chat with you about it! Visit my Design page for all the details, and set up a time that works for you so we can have a Skype (or in person!) coffee date.