Small Business Series No. 19: Louise Dean Designs

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Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with the lovely Louise of Louise Dean Designs. Charmed by her English accent and won over by her beautiful work, I couldn’t wait to share a little part of the heart of her business with you. If you follow my instagram, I’m sure you’ve already gotten to see some Louise Dean Design goodies because we did a shoot together last fall. But take some time now to hear from Louise herself!

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Name: Louise Dean

Business Name: Louise Dean Design LLC

Website: www.louisedeandesign.com

Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Cake

Favorite Artist/Album: The Beatles / Abbey Road

Tell us a little about what your business:
My business reflects my passion for making beautiful things and as it is still evolving I would say my main goal is to make lovely sustainable pieces, people can keep in there homes that will be loved and stand the test of time. I hand paint all of my designs to begin with, in my studio using inspiration from my travels around the country and world. To create my textile pieces, I scan my artwork and generate repeats in the computer. My digitally printed linens and cottons are produced in the US and select pieces are hand screen printed in my workspace. Everything is created in limited amounts, which means we can put a lot of thought and love into each individual piece.

When did you start your business?
I began planning my business in December of 2013 but didn’t launch until May 2014, it took while to get things in place to start up.

What inspired you to start it?
My Dad has ben a huge inspiration to me. He has run his own business my whole life and to see him not only succeed but go through every part, the whole rollercoaster, was a huge motivation and a great example of someone working very hard at something they love to do.

What would you say was your biggest challenge to overcome?
I would say my biggest challenge was and is my own self. I saw a quote the other day saying:

“a woman who needs no validation is the most fearsome thing”

I would love to become that woman sometimes and to stop over analyzing and needing justification.

Who/what was your biggest encouragement and why?
My husband, Rob. He encouraged me to start my own business and he gives me lots of great feedback so that is extremely encouraging. He is apparently my biggest fan haha but he believes in me and that is wonderful to have at the end of each day.

What is your favorite part of your business:
My favorite part…hmm… painting, starting out doing something new is so exciting Seeing my designs on product is always cool and I love seeing people get excited about placing my designs in their homes too. I guess there is a lot I love that’s why I do it!

If you had advice to anyone who might be starting a business like yours?
I would say don’t worry about what other people think and see where is takes you.

Always have a pen and paper handy (I keep one next to my bed as I have been known to wake up and scribble things down at 3am) Take time off at the weekends, it is important and stay organized!

Anything else about your small business that you’re passionate about?
Too much to write :-)

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Love, love, love the quote about “a woman who needs no validation is the most fearsome thing,” I do think with all the social media craziness these days I find myself comparing and finding worth in things like that. Such a good reminder of what we could do if we choose to focus that attention on our goals instead of our insecurities. Thanks for sharing Louise! xoxoely

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Why I Became a Photographer

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January and February are typically our slow time. So Ryan and I use these months to do our taxes, sleep a little and take some time to reflect on the year and re-evaluate where we are, how we feel about what we have done the past 12 months and set some goals on what we could be doing better. It’s a good time to step back and focus again on what we want Ely Fair Photography to be.

I recently listened in on a webinar through Creme Brands, which encouraged artists to create their brand around the why, not the what. Answering the question of why I am choosing to shoot weddings and family portraits, and not focusing on what is inside my frame. Which in general I feel like I’m pretty good at having the perspective that I am “creating memories for people”.

So, awesome, how more general and stereotypical can I get on the why? Of course every single person who owns a camera wants to “make memories.” Thanks for that Kodak marketing.

Anyway, so I took a moment to really think why being a photographer was meaningful enough to me to step away from a steady 9-5 job that had benefits and more friendly tax incentives to pursue Ely Fair. And, because I’m not a word person, my mind settled on these photos.

You see, I didn’t grow up around my grandparents. It was a relationship that was saying hello over the phone on Easter and Christmas, cards with checks in the mail on my birthday and a visit every 3 or 4 years. I probably had more one-on-one in-person interactions with my pediatrician than I ever did with my grandparents. And I’m definitely not saying this to complain, there’s no hard feelings between anyone– it was just life living several states away. I love my grandparents– but it was hard to know them.

I think that innately as humans we crave to be known and to be known by others. And for me the way that I got to know my grandparents was sitting down with my Grandma Mecozzi and going through boxes of old, faded square photos with creamy white boarders. She had three boxes, one of them floral print, one blue and one pink. And she would sit down with me and tell me all about them. Every photo came with a story and a new jumping point to have a deeper understanding of my family. In addition to the time together, it allowed me to know my Grandparents in a way I never could with out a time machine– I got to know their past.

Ely_Fair©-2I got to see my grandma when she was pregnant. So adorable, although she wasn’t too keen on the photo. And see my Grandpa so handsome in his Air Force uniform. And hear the story about how he didn’t have a middle name until he enrolled in the AF and had to choose one. George is what he chose. And stories and images of my Grandmother’s favorite house she ever lived in. And what it was like to shop on the base grocery store. And the photo of my grandpa holding up my Aunt in front of the cows– so imperfect with the disheveled chair and a little underexposed– but that photo speaks to me in silent words that touch my heart.

So for me, photographs are about relationships. The way that they can start a story that allows you to have a deeper relationship with others today, and in the future– and that’s what I hope will happen with my work. I think it’s really hard these days with Pinterest and Instagram to feel like you have to create a world that is perfect, with clothes that are matching and the latest cute trend.  But when it comes down to it, my heart leans towards the moments of everyday because although they may be messy and a little disheveled, the everyday is real and worth knowing.Ely_Fair©-3 Why I became a photographer

(Isn’t my grandma the cutest in those glasses??)

So, you tell me. What speaks to your heart? I would love to hear.

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Brides of Oklahoma Shoot with Emerson Events

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See more photos on the Brides of Oklahoma Website!

Vendor Credit:
Event Planner: Emerson Events & Design
Cake: Amy Cakes
Hair: BLO.
Treats: Brown Egg Bakery
Invitations: Chirps & Cheers
Jewelry: Naifeh Fine Jewelry
Rentals: Mariannes Rentals for Special Events
Venue: Oak Tree Country Club
Make Up: LJ. Hill Makeup Artistry
Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions
Food: Cheever’s Catering & Events

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Weekend Favorites: Surprise Wedding!!

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Year in Review: Weddings 2014

Year after year we feel honored and blessed to have been a part of our brides and grooms wedding days. We want to take a moment to thank you for inviting us to document your day, we cherish these moments as much as you do.

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And after showing you our best pictures of 2014, we will show you our WORST. Our end-of-the-night-after-a-sweaty-day-of-work Selfies. This year we decided that we wanted to document ourselves at all of your weddings. We only managed to remember to do it for 8 of our weddings, we will do better next year. New Years resolution pinky promise.

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Year in Review: Engagements 2014

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Year in Review: Small Business Series and Corporate Work Favorites of 2014

One of the surprising developments of 2014 was my love for working with businesses. If you had told me two years ago that I would be falling in love with environmental head shots, I would have laughed at you and argued about how I would never stray from the emotion and excitement of weddings. But I think that owning a business has given me so much perspective on how much love is also poured into lots of people’s work. Which makes these near and dear to me.

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Year in Review: Kiddos & Newborns

Wow, I know I say this every year. But 2014 flew by. I can’t believe it’s that time of year again that we are doing our year’s favorite photos. But here we are. Thank you so much to so many of you who have made our year so great.

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Cottage Hill: Merry Christmas, Darling

We are excited to have done some work with Cottage Hill for the holiday season! They have prettier words than me, so you should go read the article :-)

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Photography by Ely Fair Photography :: Creative Direction + Floral Design by Poppy Lane Design :: Hair and Makeup by Kelsie Loyd :: Calligraphy by Design Roots :: Wood provided by Big-Name Lawn Care :: Cards by Rifle Paper Co. provided by Dutch Floral & Home :: Special thanks to Melissa Click and family

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