What’s up everyone, today’s post is going to be a special one!
There will NOT be any photography materials, Pinterest friendly pins, or site engine optimization (SEO) keywords in this post. This is just going to be a plain simple chat with you and me. Because I have 1 BIG announcement to make, 2 confessions that I want to share with you, and 3 goals that I want to achieve for YOU in The Photography Express (TPE) before the end of 2014.
You probably could guess what I’m about to tell you. I know are you smart 🙂
YES, I AM GETTING MARRIED!
The wedding is going to be held this Saturday October 18th in Atlanta USA. In fact, I mentioned about my proposal to my girlfriend back in March in this post. Thinking back the past 10 months Melonie (now my fiancé) and I did lot of things to prepare for this day to come.
Since we did not hire any wedding planner, we basically did everything ourselves. From cutting/sending invitation cards, booking with vendors for cakes, flowers, DJ, photographer, videographer, to printing programs and writing to-do list for everyone that is helping our during our wedding day.
It was tiring since we both have a full time job. It was frustrating because both our parents have different value/expectations. There were also arguments between Melonie and I during planning. But overall, we enjoyed this journey and we overcame the obstacles.
I can write many more pages about my upcoming wedding and I certainly don’t want to bore you. So for now I just want to share this happy moment with you all.
My 2 confessions
There are 2 things that I haven’t been doing a great job recently:
1) Replying emails
Many of you sent me emails before and I have replied. But for the past 2 months I have been lagging behind with replying emails to many of you. I want to apologize up front because I usually respond emails within 24 hours. However, due to my upcoming wedding and recent job change I didn’t have time to do this after work.
I am expecting to have more time after October 27th so I’ll gradually reply back with you all. For those of you who emailed me and are still waiting for my response, I sincerely apologize and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
2) Free PDF
If you have signed up my email list, you probably noticed that I said I’m getting this free PDF done but you have never received it. I want to say this is under process right now and I’m planning to finish it before the end of year.
I know I have been talking about this for a long time and it’s still not done. I want to use this opportunity to also apologize for the long wait.
In fact, there were several occasions that I want to release this PDF but I just don’t feel it was good enough for you out there so I held back. So in this moment, I’m doing some major revamping work to this PDF. Please hold tight for just a little longer.
To give you a little sneak peek, this PDF will give you quick solutions to 5 of the most commonly photography questions I got asked all the time. This is an ultimate guide for you to keep wherever you go so be sure to check my upcoming emails about the release date.
My 3 goals
There are three goals I want to achieve in TPE for YOU before end of year.
1) More photography tutorials in video formats
One of the things that I enjoyed the most is teaching people and photography. So instead of writing more blog posts (sometimes it takes longer than making a video), I’m going to do more photography tutorials WITH MYSELF IN THE VIDEO. There will still be screen share like the ones I did before. Most importantly, in order to be more engaged with you all, I’m going to let go with the fears and put myself in front of the screen.
2) Auto responder emails
For those of you who doesn’t know what is an auto responder email, it is a chain of emails that will be sent to you on a regularly basis once you signed up for it.
I’m going to finish writing up a series of auto responder emails before end of the year for all of you who signed up my emails list. Everyone who signed up before is going to be automatically enrolled in this email. Overall It’s going to be a weekly email that will last about 6 months. As time goes by I’ll add more content to the emails.
3) Answer more photography questions
One of the most popular features in TPE is The Knowledge Express. This is a place where I give quick answers to all photography related questions. Regularly I only do this once a week, but before end of 2014 I’m going to answer 2 questions a week and the posts will be out every Tuesday and Wednesday. So you will get 2 photography answers for you 2 days a week and a regular blog post out every Thursday.
I want to say thank you once again for your support. Last but not least, I am expecting to be pretty busy until Oct 27th so there will NOT be any post until that time. For now, take care and have a great week!