just curious

Hello friends,

We’re friends right? And friends help friends so I am asking for some help. Hello Sunshine has been around for a few years and I am so grateful for all of the reads, shares and comments; it truly means a lot. However, I have been wondering, what do I want from this and more importantly, what do my readers want from this? If you look at stats, which I rarely do, the most read post ever was this one (a big thank you to Aimee, Caylum and everyone else for sharing it!).

Does that mean I should write about more wedding stuff? Wedding ideas, trends, things I’ve seen, things I’ve done, Wedding planning (which I’d like to do more of)? Give me a gig, and I am happy to write about it!

But my next most read post was this one. Perhaps everyone loves a great debate. Should I write more about design? Or more about local stuff? Or more local designy stuff?

The third most read was this one. Which probably means I should talk about Oprah more… Or things I want.

Rounding up the top 10, there’s a post about hosting Aimee’s wedding shower, the sneak peak of Halifax’s new library, old photos, the up and away halloween costume, my lonely boy post, the DIY fakeo fauxdenza post, and boobielicious.

Topic-wise, it is all over the place, which means both me and you are all over the place too. I do think it sums up my ‘career’… I mean really, what is my job?

I have a few upcoming posts in mind and will be welcoming guest posts too. I was also thinking trying to go a bit more local. Places to eat, things to do, etc.

Embarrassing disclosure: I have not visited the Art Gallery in twenty years! I am such a bad BFA girl. 

So while I think about the future, the friendly favour I am asking from you is to answer this quick poll I created below. Maybe I can get a better feel for what I should be talking about. As always, feel free to offer some ideas in the comment section. Love you all!

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how many hats can a self-employed gal wear?

Things are getting serious here… I ordered a tripod. Not an expensive one, just one to help with jitters.

Working at home can wear on you at times and minimal interaction with people, can make a self-employed gal lonesome. So this summer, I mixed things up and moonlighted as a photo assistant for the super-talented Ms. Shannon George. Shannon is an associate with Alex MacAulay, and I was thrilled to be a fly-on-the-wall at five beautiful Nova Scotia weddings.

From a university chapel with a reception at a barn by the ocean…


To Saint Mary’s Basilica with a reception at the Prince George…


To a vineyard in the valley…


To a University faculty club (no photo available)

And finishing off at cottages by the ocean…


It was a refreshing wake-up call, showing me how nice it is to step away from the computer and try something new. And I can now add a new title to my non-existent business card:


(Still working on my title)

With this being said, I have no intention to be a photographer, but I would love to learn more about assisting and photo styling … and that’s what I plan to do!

Here are great posts I found online by one of my favourite bloggers, Emily Henderson:

How to become a prop stylist and this A day in the life of a stylist

As for me, my responsibilities as an assistant included (but not limited to) keeping on schedule, carrying and setting up gear, holding lights, standing in as the “sun” effect, modelling for test-shots, helping Shannon scout locations, assisting with the bounce lightening and being a blubbering-fool when it came time for speeches.

Guys… after a summer of weddings, I must say I grew quite fond of my new-found career! I guess a perk to being self-employed is never requiring an official one-line title under my name. xomeg

All wedding photos by Shannon George, copyright of Alex Macaulay