Annawithlove at Indigo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I am so excited to finally share some big news that I've been keeping secret for months! You can now shop a selection of my fine art photographs online at Chapters / Indigo!  Plus, I released three 11x14 sized art prints of our best sellers which you will only be able to buy exclusively at Indigo.
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The Ivy At Verity

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sometimes when you cannot hop on a plane to take you to an incredible destination the next best thing is a wonderfully relaxing stay-cation!  I teamed up with my creative gals Stephanie + Tiffany along with the The Ivy at Verity to capture our experience & stay at Toronto's Best Kept Secret.  When Stephanie called and said there was a boutique hotel in the city which had 3 rooms with each of our own aesthetic and style to say I was excited would be an understatement! You will see below how each of the rooms we stayed at in the IVY were perfectly tailored to our style!

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The 90 Day Year

Monday, June 8, 2015

Something you may not know about me is that I am addicted to learning.  Whether it's learning new photography techniques or business strategies I consider myself a lifelong student and believe strongly in always working on self development.  For the business owners out there (and aspiring business owners) investing in yourself is essential in growing and maintaining a successful business.  It's not about how good you are, it's how good you want to be!  Back in December I signed up for a course called The 90 Day Year, I had been a long time supporter of the fabulous Melanie Duncan so when she teamed up with Todd Herman to launch this new program you better believe I was paying attention.

I quickly became a huge fan of Todd, he's a pretty no-nonsense guy (which, if you're like me you love people who keep it real and give it to you straight!).  Todd trains Olympians on the mental game and works with super high net-worth business people as well.   He is an incredibly gifted coach, teacher and all around awesome human being.  I cannot tell you how much I learned from him over the last 6 months.  After watching the 4 part free training videos on the course I was instantly hooked, I think you will be too :)

To watch the 4-part free training videos sign up HERE & keep on reading to hear a little bit about my journey + experience (plus my interview with Todd!)

About 7 minutes into the video Todd shows us a great model on the 5 stages of growing and scaling a business in any niche.  He tells you EXACTLY what you're core focus should be at each stage (very valuable stuff!)

Video #2 - The Alter Ego

If you ever worried about the judgement of others then you will love this video! You will also learn what the top performers in sport and business do to achieve peak performance.

Video #3 - Time Thieves
I remember watching this video back in December and feeling a wave of relief, finally someone who hit the nail on the head.  This video shows how to be more productive & work more efficiently.  I think we've all struggled with being exceptionally busy, but not getting the results for all that hard work.  Todd reveals why that is...

Click here to hear all about The 90 Day Year program

I don't talk much on the blog about my experience transitioning from full time job to running my own business.  I still remember the day I left my full time job.  It was the scariest and most liberating moment of my life.  You know all the terrible things we say to ourselves - the worst case scenario?  None of the those awful things ever came even close to happening! I didn't fail, I didn't go into debt and I didn't regret anything.  Quite the opposite. My business steadily grew and continues to grow everyday.   When you start seeing the goals you envisioned for so long becoming your reality there are many pinch me moments to be grateful for.

Although on the surface it all looked glamorous (the polished Instagram view of things) on the back end what most people didn't see is how much work it took - the countless late nights editing, working through every weekend, the constant nagging feeling of overwhelm, knowing where you want your business to be and then being hard on yourself that it's not there yet...WAY too many tabs were open in my brain and as a result I wasn't focusing not he right things in my business.  Through working with so many women entrepreneurs I quickly realized I wasn't the only one frustrated by this.  Towards the end of 2014 I knew there had to be a better way of doing things.  It was around this time when I saw The 90 Day Year program. What I loved about Todd & program is that it teaches you tactical strategies about growing your business and learning how to operate efficiently to get the right things done.

The FB community in this program were so helpful.  After writing a fairly long post about social media tips & tricks I got the biggest surprise of life when my phone rang the next day and it was Todd Herman himself on the other line calling to say thank you (!!!) I tried my best to collect myself but my surprise and delight just flowed out of me.  Talk about knowing how to make a lasting impression? I will never forget that moment when Todd called me.  This right here is someone who cares and loves what he does.  He wanted each and everyone of us to succeed and was right there with us every step of the way.  We set up a Skype interview where I talked about what I loved most about the program. This was my first "interview" and oh my gosh I was so nervous but after a minute chatting with Todd it was like talking to an old (very smart) friend.  I truly hope by putting myself out there it helps some of you gain clarity and inspiration!

...yes, I did say 90 years instead of 90 days LOL - & guess I have to work on my "listening" face too huh?...another great life tip? Get use to laughing at yourself a LOT! 

I'd highly recommend this program to anyone who is fed up with not feeling like they have control over their business and mind.  This course doesn't waste your time, it gives you clarity and perspective and lets you get out of your own way so you can thrive in your business.  There is no quick way to success, you have to be willing to do the work and commit to it - I promise if you do, you will get extraordinary results and meet a TON of inspiring individuals along the way!

Read more testimonials here!

I teamed up with Todd and became an affiliate to help promote and share this program because I have seen first hand what an amazing impact it's made in my business.  By clicking on the links above I may receive a commission.  It's not lie when I say I believe everyone deserves to make a career out of doing what they love, it takes work, patience and lots of love but it's the greatest journey you'll ever go on and boy is it worth it.  

Lots of love

Ps. Have any questions? email me at and I will do my best to answer them as soon as possible! 

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The Palace of Versailles Pt. 3

Friday, June 5, 2015

For the last few months I find myself from time to time leaning away form colour and going towards black & white images.  I think I will always be more drawn to colour as a whole but sometimes I like to take it back to basics and enjoy the simplistic beauty of black & white photography.  You notice different details when an image is striped away from the colour, things you would have otherwise missed (I love that!) Hope you all enjoy the last set of images from Versailles!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Continuing our tour of Versailles through my lens today.  Once we left the main palace I was again left speechless at the sheer mass of the grounds.  We explored the the main fountains and then rented bicycles to explore (they also had golf carts & segways you could rent).  We soon arrived at Marie-Antoinette's estate aka 'The Queens Residence'.  This alone was another "mini" palace where I learned (thanks to Kosta) she spent most of her time and rarely went to the main palace.  Like the palace everything wad dripped in gold...I can't say I minded one bit.  One detail I couldn't get enough of was the tassel's on all the chandeliers in the estate (don't you love?)
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The Palace of Versailles Pt. 1

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Palace of Versailles...
It feels wonderful to be back in my creative space on the web doing one of the things I  love most, sharing photographs with you! I cannot believe that I have been holding hostage so many beautiful photographs from Europe.  Time to jump back in an re-start the journey!  We begin in Versailles...
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