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Bite-sized podcast episodes about about wedding photography. I talk about running a business, personal goals, and I share a lot of personal photos over on my Patreon for each episode. I post 10 minute episodes about twice a month!

Nessa K Podcast Nessa Kessinger

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Bite-sized podcast episodes about about wedding photography. I talk about running a business, personal goals, and I share a lot of personal photos over on my Patreon for each episode. I post 10 minute episodes about twice a month!

    22. lowering my prices, travel during COVID-19, EOS R6 talk, and Sigma VS Canon lenses.

    22. lowering my prices, travel during COVID-19, EOS R6 talk, and Sigma VS Canon lenses.

    This post is possible because of my lovely Patrons! 3
    https://www.patreon.com/nessak

    Lately:

    I'm still excited about the templates you can download in this post - https://www.patreon.com/posts/39602383
    I've been doing SO MUCH documentation and turning them into little weekly vlogs:
    January San Juan vlog: https://youtu.be/zBnwSKUwPrw
    More weekly vlogs: https://youtu.be/kjou7KXPUX8 and https://youtu.be/djmCp3T5Gc4

    Things I mentioned:
    Cinnamon Iced Tea (literally, you don’t add sugar and it tastes like sweet tea!) - https://www.harney.com/products/hot-cinnamon-spice-tea
    But I tend to drink it in “decaf”
    https://www.harney.com/products/decaf-hot-cinnamon-spice-50-sachet-bag
    “Are you Booking enough? Are you CHARGING enough?” A full how-to guide on wedding pricing - https://www.patreon.com/posts/are-you-booking-20203030
    The primarily Sigma shot elopement in Seattle - http://www.nessakphotography.com/lighthouse-at-mt-vashon-elopement-photographer-seattle-forest-wedding/

    Things I’ve been loving:
    This video on how to make tiny eggs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1t-HKitR24 (she also debunks all of those “just melt jollyranchers and it turns into blah blah” fake cooking hack videos!)
    These calm lighting paintings by Jim Holland - https://twitter.com/CGdrawing/status/1287307124599476224
    3D artist Paul Milinski. Honestly, I just want more pink stuff in the world - https://www.instagram.com/paul_milinski/?hl=en

    • 10 min
    21. Don’t stop b-logging (hold on to that feelin’) and an update on rescheduled weddings.

    21. Don’t stop b-logging (hold on to that feelin’) and an update on rescheduled weddings.

    This podcast was brought to you by my lovely Patrons!
    https://www.patreon.com/nessak/

    Lately:
    I went to the drive in to see ET and it was glorious.
    I’ve been cooking loads.
    And actually, I haven’t taken too many photos because I’ve been sharing clips in weekly vlog format here:
    My last weird weekly vlog - https://youtu.be/kjou7KXPUX8

    Things I mentioned:
    Focusmate.com
    My personal post from Paris - http://www.nessakphotography.com/paris-vacation-trip-photos-what-to-see/
    The “multiple image swipey” thing I didn’t describe well! https://www.instagram.com/p/CB-o8KggI9k/
    “Uncomfortable Conversations on Inequality in the Wedding Industry” Uncomfortable Conversations on Inequality in the Wedding Industry (Part 1) - YouTube
    People Are Not Props // How to Avoid Tokenism in Your Portfolio — Catalyst Wedding Co.
    Things I’ve been loving:
    • This compilation of a mom packing cute Bento Box lunches for her kids - https://youtu.be/Iv54BB4R7PY
    • Hamilton. It’s on Disney. You know it, I know it, and it’s v good.
    • This sweet tweet from a teacher sharing pictures from children who created their own representations of the Eiffel Tower on oversized paper - https://twitter.com/mrs_darl/status/1280564427478249473

    • 12 min
    20. talking candidly about difficult conversations with wedding reschedule policies

    20. talking candidly about difficult conversations with wedding reschedule policies

    THIS ONE WAS SO HARD TO DO!

    I'm talking about how I feel bad because I'm causing friction being one of the only vendors that can't do all days next year (because so many other vendors are able to just hire on more staff to take on more weddings and I'm just one person) and how hard those conversations have been with clients wanting to post-pone to Saturdays next year instead of Fridays or Sundays. I hope you can't relate. But also hoping you can because it feels so weird and isolating.



    Lately:

    I cut 4 inches off my hair and made the perfect soft boiled egg

    photos available here - https://www.patreon.com/posts/37276551

    I organized all of the tools in the house and continued to drink daily tea during my work times.

    photos available here - https://www.patreon.com/posts/37276551

    I've been abusing the "portrait mode" on my camera with my "mall chicken" recipe food photos and my beautiful cat, Pickles

    photos available here - https://www.patreon.com/posts/37276551

    I did my first curb-side pick-up food because I couldn't stay away from The Charmery AND it's finally been nice enough for me to work in my shed!

    photos available here - https://www.patreon.com/posts/37276551

    Things I mentioned:

    Daily check list (downloadable, printable!)- https://www.patreon.com/posts/33033702

    My public YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/losergoescrazy

    Stop motion video for David Ramirez - https://youtu.be/bg3YF2b1Cxw

    This video is 11 years old! Dang.



    Things I’ve been loving (links available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/37276551)


    - I recently listened to a class on illustrating "props" that said if you need to draw a chair, don't just draw a chair. Draw the chair you need to see in that space. Draw the plate you'd love to see your character showing up at the store and buying. And guys and when I saw this store, I just wanted to draw everything. 3

    - You've probably already seen at least one of these pieces of art, but this "glitterstretchmarks" instagram that photoshops (you guessed it) glitter into stretch marks is amazing. It's a branch project off of Sara Shakeel's larger glitter series

    - "Community." I'm re-watching it again. Do you like it? Coolcoolcool.

    - I'm like 90% sure I've shared this already, but Present & Correct has stationary and office organizing supplies that I look at and just... want to touch and hoard and not really do anything with. Just me?

    • 10 min
    19. The benefits of “clocking in” on a workday AND beneficial distractions.

    19. The benefits of “clocking in” on a workday AND beneficial distractions.

    Lately:

    Sam and I have been going for walks around our neighborhood without our phones, but one day, we brought the Leica.
    (links and photos available at on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/36892369)
    I've been doing a bit of illustration and making daily tea and treats for myself: (links and photos available at on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/36892369)

    I've been spending time working on my shed:
    (links and photos available at on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/36892369)
    Legit feeling like a dang carpenter:
    (links and photos available at on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/36892369)
    Things I mentioned:

    FOCUSMATE.com

    7 Slow-Season Tasks Wedding Photographers Should All Be Doing! - https://www.patreon.com/posts/7-slow-season-be-33337461

    Self Compassion is better than self esteem with Kristin Neff - https://youtu.be/MEyJ_H1U5SQ?t=13

    Brene Brown podcast on over/under-functioning - https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-anxiety-calm-over-under-functioning/

    Things I’ve been loving:

    - SKILLSHARE CLASSES! I've been being super frugal and trying to only spend money on things that are experiential (like I re-upped my subscription to Skillshare (if you want two free months, you can sign up here! https://skl.sh/2SHUbJR)
    - My new teapot (another experiential purchase. And it was only $12!)
    (links and photos available at on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/36892369)
    - This comic that I truly wish I knew the source of:
    (links and photos available at on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/36892369)

    • 9 min
    18. how I’m preparing for a shift towards smaller weddings (hint - it involves spiders)

    18. how I’m preparing for a shift towards smaller weddings (hint - it involves spiders)

    Grant for entrepreneurs of color, women, and veteran owned businesses - https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/

    Grants for photographers impacted by COVID-19 - https://www.format.com/photographer-fund

    (photos and clickable links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/18-10-minute-how-36320749)

    **Lately:**
    Here’s my shed.

    (photos and clickable links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/18-10-minute-how-36320749)

    **Things I mentioned:**
    Vanilla Chai Tea: https://www.target.com/p/bigelow-vanilla-chai-black-tea-20ct/-/A-13278029
    Staying in with Emily & Kumail podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/staying-in-with-emily-kumail/id1503412182
    “The Big Sick” - streaming on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Big-Sick-Kumail-Nanjiani/dp/B07193L7RD
    Focusmate for all your accountabilibuddies needs - http://focusmate.com

    (photos and clickable links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/18-10-minute-how-36320749)

    **Things I’ve been loving:**
    Holy crap, these Bahn Mi sandwiches - https://www.blueapron.com/recipes/chrissy-teigen-s-pork-banh-mi-with-quick-pickles-roasted-broccoli-3
    These amazing ice cream sculptures are so pleasant to look at - https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2020/04/22/olivia-bonilla/
    This freaking video of this 6 year old girl playing guitar and singing “I wish you love” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CDT0cwGKxY

    (photos and clickable links over at https://www.patreon.com/posts/18-10-minute-how-36320749)

    • 8 min
    17. on staying calm, not being able to plan, and COVID-19 business resources

    17. on staying calm, not being able to plan, and COVID-19 business resources

    March -> April.

    image and links available on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/17-10-minute-on-35793191

    Links that might help you:

    Go through the process to “cancel” your Adobe subscriptions and get a discount - https://fstoppers.com/apps/want-save-money-your-adobe-subscription-try-simple-trick-439951

    Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund - https://onestop.md.gov/forms/maryland-small-business-covid-19-emergency-relief-grant-fund-5e7a6d8db5d67700fe1e6050

    These links are to the government SBA loans:

    https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

    These are the two most popular links that I have heard of so far:

    The Economic Disaster Relief Loan (this loan may or may not be forgiven)

    https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

    Paycheck Protection Program, this one is forgiven as long as you retain your employees, but self employed and independent contractors can also apply for this one, which has to be done through a bank related to SBA, so you may want to check with your particular bank.

    https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

    Lately:

    I've been trying to make the perfect gluten free bread while also not following instructions. Here's my attempt at a baguette:

    image and links available on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/17-10-minute-on-35793191

    I also tried to do stuff with polymer clay:

    image and links available on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/17-10-minute-on-35793191

    And I've been drawing a lot!

    image and links available on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/posts/17-10-minute-on-35793191



    Things I’ve been loving:

    SO MUCH cinnamon Iced tea: https://www.harney.com/products/hot-cinnamon-spice-tea?variant=16152853086279 - honestly, the “hot cinnamon spice,” “decaf hot cinnamon” and “herbal hot cinnamon spice” all taste literally exactly the same, so if you can’t do caffeine, you have options!

    I'm kind of really addicted to watching speed drawing (time lapse drawings) and Karoline is my new favorite Patreon illustrator to back - https://www.patreon.com/karolinepietrowski/

    I also love late night talk show hosts doing their shows from their living room. It's so weirdly nice. John Oliver has been in a studio situation and it's also really weird to not hear the audience laugh at his jokes, but that's been my favorite video-news source lately - https://www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight

    And my favorite non-overwhelming news source (because you cannot escape the news) is absolutely the "What A Day" podcast! https://crooked.com/podcast-series/what-a-day/

    • 10 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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