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Is There Such a Thing as a “Perfect Picture”?

Is there such thing as a perfect picture? | Alexis the Greek blog

I’ve been in the photography business now for about 5 years altogether. Though I’ve gotten steadily better at my camera settings and “lining up the shot,” I’m surprised again and again at the reality that a picture doesn’t have to be perfect to be powerful.

In today’s fast-paced culture, businesses are expected to churn out content faster than ever before—often forcing them to choose between “done” and “perfect.” According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, some 10,000 hours are required to become a “master” of anything; but when you’re expected to post once a day on at least 3 social platforms in order to stay top-of-mind, suddenly even 10 minutes becomes a luxury.

In every one of the photos in today’s post, I would love to change at least one thing. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t serve their purpose: to catch the right person’s eye in an email blast or an Instagram feed. Read More

Business, Inspiration, Wellness

The Top 5 Pieces of Advice I’ve Gotten In Business

The Best Business Advice | Alexis the Greek blog

Statistics say invariably that most new businesses close within two years of opening. I myself have seen many storefronts come and go in my hometown, on commercial strips where I worked before I opened my business, and on online retail spaces like Etsy.

Perhaps even more often, I’ve heard friends and peers say they plan to start charging for some product or service, only to hear a few months later that they’ve put their business idea on the backburner, usually mumbling a vague reason before changing the subject.

While business ownership may not be for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine, for some I wonder if perhaps the dream is there, but the confidence or direction simply isn’t.

Therefore, in honor of the 2-year anniversary of the moment I was fully committed to entrepreneurship, I’m sharing 5 of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten in business. These tips kept me going when it felt like the odds were stacked against me, and provided a guiding light when my circumstances or just business ownership in general felt too big to take on. I hope you enjoy them! Read More

Business, Inspiration, Reviews

If You Only Buy One Book on Success, Buy This One

Books on Business Success: If you only buy one, buy this one | Alexis the Greek blog

Tell me if this sounds familiar: “The only person who has the power to limit what you can do is you.”

How about this? “You are the ceiling on what you can accomplish.”

Or maybe this one: “If you really want it, you’ll make it happen. If you don’t, you’ll make excuses.”

Maybe I just grew up in an incredibly Tony-Robbins-centric world, but I must have had these ideas repeated to me in some form every week of my childhood. My parents said these things, my teachers said these things, my karate instructor said these things. They became the kind of words I’d receive with a wave of my hand and a, “Yeah, yeah. I know.”

I won’t say that they didn’t shape my approach to life. They did. They trained my willpower muscle. I accomplished a lot because I kept myself in check with these standards.

But, like anything else, when you’re fed the same thing over and over, it starts to lose its flavor.

Therefore I am incredibly grateful that somebody positioned this idea to me a little differently when I hit my late twenties. This “somebody” was an author, and he wrote a book called The Big Leap. This book reframed the way I approach—well, everything in my business. Read More

Business, Inspiration, Popular

How I Knew It Was Time to Raise My Prices

How I Knew It Was Time to Change My Prices | Alexis the Greek blog

Storytime

About a week ago I tuned in for a Crowdcast Q&A with Rowan Made. Near the end, Bre, the founder, was asked how many clients she ever had at a time.

The short answer was that these days, she tries to not exceed 3 or 4. The longer answer was that a few years ago, she was out walking with her husband when he asked how many clients she had… and she didn’t know. She counted 12 off the top of her head; and when they got home again, she looked at all her open projects and found that the real total was closer to 14 or 15.

“Just thinking about that number now makes me exhausted,” she said. She also added that at that time, it was just her—no other people on her team, and no designers she outsourced to when she was overloaded.

Warning Signs

I’ll be honest—that sounded all too familiar. At any given time, I’ve tended to assume my total project count is somewhere around 6. I may have even thought that when I tuned in for the Q&A. 

But on a rainy day recently, I was needing to organize my notes for my biggest design project, and I decided to count my own open accounts. The end total? 12. Double what I thought it was.

To somebody who doesn’t own a design business, this probably sounds like great news—more clients! More than you know what to do with! You must be killing it!

Well. Actually. Read More

Business, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Wellness

What Brings You Joy? My #1 Tip for Entrepreneurs

Self Care with Alexis the Greek

As a designer, stylist, and photographer, I was surprised to find recently that some of my most popular posts (on social media, my blogs, and live streams) are actually about self-care and mental health.

It made me realize that a lot more people than I perceive experience the same anxiety, pressure, and self-doubt that I do. It also made me realize that the way I’ve gone about building my business has been unique.

In my business, I’ve made sanity and making money equal priorities. Not everyone goes about building an empire this way. Some people play it safe and err on the side of protecting their hearts and minds, and then never get their businesses off the ground; others throw themselves entirely into money, without ever recognizing that no amount will ever be “enough.”

What made me choose (because I did choose) to make sanity and money equal priorities?

Well, honestly, at my last job, I had terrible, life-controlling anxiety. Multiple times a day I’d experience dizzy spells from either forgetting to breathe or hyperventilating, and I’d have to find a dark, hidden corner somewhere to close my eyes, tuck my head between my knees, and pray.

People around me liked to joke that one of my “bad days” at work was like anyone else’s best day—that I could get 3X more done in an hour than should have been humanly possible. Part of me was flattered and pleased by these types of remarks; another part of me felt like at any moment, all the spinning plates were going to fall and smash to bits. Read More

Featured, Guest Posts, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Photography

Community Over Competition: Raya on Assignment and Alexis the Greek!

Raya Al-Hashmi and Alexis the Greek

A beautiful part of growing up in a world with internet is getting to learn from and connect with others in your industry. While the old way of seeing friendly competitors as just that—competition—the new way of seeing them is as colleagues, allies, and even mentors.

I recently had the pleasure and honor of doing a photo swap with the lovely Raya Al-Hashmi of Raya on Assignment. Just for fun, we took each other’s portraits and answered a few of the same questions about working as brand photographers in the tight-knit community of Portsmouth, NH. Whether you’ve worked with one of us or both of us or neither (yet!), I think you’ll enjoy hearing the different ways we see our beloved town, the faces in it, and the creative marketplace.

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Featured, Inspiration, Lifestyle

If I Gave a TEDTalk Today, This is What I’d Say

Alexis Paquette TED Talk | Alexis the Greek blog

I’ve had this dream for a while that one day, I might get to give a TED Talk. I don’t know when I got the idea into my head; I just know that at some point, I realized it was there, and it had been there.

This is probably a manifestation of something we all secretly want—to be able to say our piece, to impact some part of the world with a truth we’ve discovered. What we have to say is ever-changing, I expect, but if I was asked today to give a TED Talk, this is what I would want to say: Read More