Thursday Ramblings: Awesome Clients, Flash Mobs, and Jimmy Fallon

Y’all it’s Thursday which is practically Friday in my book. And Thursday means it’s date night and I am so ready for some down time with my husband.

Not my business partner, but my husband. Last night we had to prep for our tax meeting which took place this morning so you know I am even more ready to let loose. Running your own business is no joke! But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am beyond grateful to wake up and do something that I love. Not to mention, we work with the very best clients anyone could ask for. A friend recently asked me if our clients were really as amazing as I make them sound. You make it seem like you guys are BFFs, she said. When you have clients whose family and friends create flash mobs at the reception, how could you not want to become BFFs with them? Yes, that really happened at Anthony and Nicole’s wedding. Our clients really are that sweet and that fun, I told her.

In other news, is anyone watching Jimmy Fallon these days? I’m completely obsessed. I’m now requesting Jimmy Fallon lunch breaks. Earlier this week Vitaliy and I did precisely that. We made lunch and sat down to enjoy some much needed laughter. I had to put down my plate when I watched this lip sync battle because I was laughing so hard. But our favorite skit to date is this Obama-Putin conversation that we’ve had on repeat at our house. In light of all that’s going on in Ukraine, sometimes you need a little laughter to stomach the difficulties.

Well friends, that’s a little Thursday ramblings from me. I’m off to round out my day and close up shop. Any good videos you want to share for a lunch break laugh-fest tomorrow? Have a great night everyone!


The Refine Workshop

Rooftop restaurant at W Hotel in San Diego

This month has been a blur. The days are flying by and I have found myself not applying my “less is more” motto to my scheduling.

But every opportunity has felt too good to pass up. Including our current trip to San Diego for Alison Howard’s Refine Workshop which just wrapped up yesterday. Alison is a luxury wedding planner based in San Diego who has years of experience to speak into the lives of those just starting out or wanting to take their businesses to the next level. As usual, Vitaliy and I chose to divide and conquer which is how we try to do most things in our business. I attended the workshop and Vitaliy photographed the event.

While I’m not a wedding planner myself, I was thrilled at the opportunity to take a look into another aspect of the wedding industry in order to challenge myself in new ways. And to be quite honest, one thing I took away from the event was how much photographers and wedding planners have to offer each other. I learned so many things that could apply to my own business and I can’t wait to get home and start implementing some of the new ideas and changes we want to make to Pictilio in order to create an even better experience for our clients.

Alongside Alison, we also got to hear from Tim King of Tim King Photography, Cathy Olson of Love-Inspired, and Kylie Carlson from the Wedding and Events Institute. Alison brought together a great crew for her very first workshop. And while the speakers were top notch, there is nothing I find more valuable than the people sitting alongside me. I love attending workshops because of the relationships built with other attendees. And this was such an intimate group that it made the process of making friendships even easier. I can’t wait to stay in touch and see what everyone makes happen this next year. But right now, I’m going to close this computer and go explore San Diego with the man I love most.

Missed you, friends! xo

A little rooftop cocktail hour at the W Hotel in downtown San Diego ending the first day at the Refine Workshop.

Off To Grandma’s House

Cherry blossoms laughter

I often doubt my abilities of being a good friend, but these two women are teaching me how it’s done.

I first met Monika online during a 30 day vlog challenge that I try to forget every happened. Though it was a humiliating 30 days it did teach me a lot. And more importantly, it introduced me to Monika and I couldn’t be more thankful to now call her my friend. Monika then introduced me to Yuliya who it turned out goes to the same church as Vitaliy’s cousins where I had previously met her sister years earlier. It really is a small world we live in.

We took our relationship off the computer and into real life when we teamed up to go through Jasmine Star’s ReStart CreativeLive Workshop. Not only did our businesses grow as a result, but so did our friendship. Sadly, we don’t live close by each other so we try to plan 2 day retreats once a quarter to get together for serious girl time and business inspiration. It’s amazing how seamlessly these two can go together when like-minded creatives get together.

Monika and Yuliya, thank you for calling me your friend. I am grateful for every love note, text message, and prayer. I thank God for bringing Picmoya together! I love to laugh with you, dream with you, and eat with you. I cannot wait to see what God does in our lives and businesses this year. Thank you for your constant support! You bring me joy. xo Candace

Our most recent getaway took place in Dinuba, CA at Monika’s grandma’s house. There is nothing quite like going to grandma’s house even if it’s not your own grandma. It’s still the best!