“If you want to sum up what lifts most successful people above the crowd, I could do it in four little words….a little bit more.”- John Maxwell
A little over a week ago, I fretted over my shoe choice and tried on exactly four different combinations of jewelry. We were on our way to a shoot we were partnering on with Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore and designer Coren Moore…. and when you know you’re going to be around the ever-fashionable, ever-fabulous ladies of the White Dress, you know you better bring your A-game. Y’know, accessory speaking.
But this isn’t really a post about my jewelry.
We have been lucky enough to work with Beth on several styled shoots before. She has been super generous in loaning us the dresses for several of the Walk Throughs as well as 2.0, and we also got to work side by side with her on the first Style Me Pretty “inspiration to reality” shoot that you might remember HERE. So we were crazy excited to work with her again.
But this isn’t really a post about styled shoots either.
See this shoot was different than anything we’ve ever really worked on before. For the concept to really work, everything needed to be shot full length on the same background with very little variation from us. We were also all working under some pretty tight time constraints, as everything needed to be shot, edited and turned around quickly for the upcoming trunk show. To give you an idea, we needed to get through all four looks, (including hair, makeup and style changes) as well as all the shooting in under an hour. So needless to say, there was a whole team of us working together to make that happen. It was a lot like a wedding in that respect. And that got me thinking.
Which is what this post is really about.
See, I know what it’s like to be at a wedding and have the timeline be so tight that you don’t feel like you have a second to do anything above what’s been asked of you, to do anything but just get the shots that are required. Or to be so buried and backed up in work that it feels like you just constantly have your head down digging yourself out, instead of being the one looking up, dreaming and pushing your business forward. And it becomes very overwhelming. Because we imagine that the shots we really want to get or the dreaming we really want to do will take so much more time than we’ll ever have. That we already have way too much on our plates to ever do more. So we throw our hands up and think, what’s the point??
But if there is one thing I’ve learned from Beth and incredibly successful people like her everywhere it’s this: Success is won and lost in the little things. In doing just…a little bit more. It’s doing a little bit more than what’s expected of you. Doing a little bit more than what’s required. It’s asking for a few more minutes to get the shot. Carving out just fifteen minutes a day to dream bigger. Leaving just that little bit of extra time to be unexpected. To be remarkable. See, Beth has built one of the powerful brands I’ve ever witnessed, and I believe she’s done it by waking up every single day and asking how she could do just a little bit more than she did the day before. And I think being around that kind of thinking is contagious. And… it’s inspiring.
Because at the end of the shoot, Justin asked for just two more minutes to try a shot that he had in mind. Literally just two minutes, and it ended up being some of his favorite portraits he’s ever taken.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed right now, thinking that you’ll never find the time to get to where you really want to be, that it’s never going to happen for you….. remember that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. And it rarely happens overnight.
And maybe all you need moving forward, is just a whole lot….of a little bit more.
And a HUGE congrats to the winner of our The J&M Ten Shoot Sac cover winner: Miss Carissa Uribe!! Shoot us an email Carissa & we’ll get you all hooked up!