@eatplaycbus ||| Triplets Maternity

At the beginning of the month I had the honor and privilege of working with Megan (@eatplaycbus) and her husband Stephen for a little maternity shoot in German Village. I've been following Megan on Instagram for a while now, she's a passionate, vibrant and passionate lifestyle blogger in Columbus, OH. She is also a wine lover and food enthusiast! 

Upon meeting Stephen and Megan, absolutely fell in love with their positivity, authentic ness and enthusiasm to work with me. We started out shoot at Winans coffee shop in German Village and ended up roaming around the village for almost 2 hours talking, getting to know one another and connecting!

Megan and Stephen are expecting triplet girls in the next few weeks and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this journey they're taking as brand new parents. I'm certain they will be amazing, supportive and loving to their three girls. 

After they are born, I get the privilege to do a lifestyle photography session with them at their convenience and when they are comfortable. I am too excited to witness such a beautiful miracle and be such a meaningful part of this experience. 

A huge shout out to Megan, Stephen and their little babes for trusting me to photograph something monumental in their lives. I adore you all!

Main Engine Press | Justin Bell

HAPPY OCTOBER, FRIENDS!

I know it’s been far too long since I’ve written a blog, but HERE. I. AM! I have been insanely busy pushing my limits on Facebook, Instagram, Podcasts, Networking and trying to keep up with my website too! To say that I’m busy is an understatement, but honestly, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and am eagerly looking forward to what my future holds.

Last month, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting up and working with a talented, kind-hearted, gentle and passionate individual that was introduced to me at the beginning of the year by my dear friends, Matt and Ali Fulks. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing….drumroll please! Justin Bell with Main Engine Press. The more I get to know him, the more I fall in love with him, his ideas and his spirit. It’s a true honor knowing Justin, and the more people that get to know him-the better! He’s incredible!

Justin opened his shop in June 2018. I was his first customer, ordering over 100 shirts for Jay’s Cruise for the Kids (a motorcycle-based fundraiser in honor of a man, Jason Anthony McCreedy, who means the world to me to this day!). Justin was eager to be a part of the fundraiser and supported my vision in it’s entirety. He even HAND DELIVERED the shirts to my home, an hour away from the shop, without expecting anything in return. Since Justin is his own overhead, he was the one to HAND PRINT each individual t-shirt. When I went to visit the shop last month, I got to watch the process from beginning to end. He explained the intricate steps passionately and with grace, making me feel the same passion he has for printing! Justin’s dedication to his craft is inspiring, fluid and is a true reflection of his personality. I dug a bit deeper with Justin, so my readers can get to know this amazing human, too!

1) When did you start Main Engine Press (MEP)?

a) I started it as a brick and mortar space in early 2018. I came up with the idea when I was in college, around 2004-ish I think. I actually still have the sketch book where I first drew up different names and logos for it, and I used to write up rudimentary business plans for it back in the day.

2) What made you want to jumpstart your own business?

a)I worked with a series of printers and design firms for about a decade after I graduated. I was always so frustrated with the way business managers made decisions and the cynical ways they treated their employees and customers. Always in the back of my head was Main Engine Press, and the knowledge that it would be so much better and more positive than the places I worked for. Finally I said enough was enough and I just made it happen. That’s such an important lesson that I wish I had learned years ago, but I’m so glad that I learned it.

3) What is MEP’s mission?

a) The mission is to be a good, quality, reliable, dependable, and hard working printer and designer. It’s really that simple. Reliability and dependability are so important to me. Everyone talks about them, but the only way to be reliable and dependable is to work hard to be reliable and dependable.

4) Why the name “MEP”?

a) It’s named Main Engine Press because ever since I was a little kid I loved the space shuttle. The idea of it, the imagination the reality of it, everything. It’s named Main Engine Press because ever since I was a little kid I loved the space shuttle. The idea of it, the imagination that went into it, the genius reality of it, everything. I remember that in 5th grade we had to write about who our heroes were. Everyone wrote about some basketball player or actor or something, but I wrote an essay that was called “The Space Shuttle is my Hero” and it got published in the newspaper. Probably because it was so weird that a little kid would think that, let alone write it down. Anyway, I always had this fascination with the main engine of the space shuttle. Like, it was the peak of human achievement to me, and every space shuttle launch they would say “press to MECO.” I wondered what that meant, so I asked the librarian one day (this was before the internet, seriously) and we looked it up and I learned MECO meant “main engine cut off.” Basically, it was during the launch when the shuttle was just like “open up the throttle and let it fly” until the engine stopped. THAT BLEW MY MIND. So that’s why it’s Main Engine Press. Press to MECO, you know? 😊

5) Where are you located and how can people reach you to place orders?

a) Main Engine Press is online at mainenginepress.com, and there are lots of ways to get in touch with me there. So far I’ve done jobs from inside Ohio and from different states that range in number of from 1 piece to 1000+ pieces. I always respond right away and love to talk to people about their ideas and projects!


PODCAST | September 2018

Last August, I got to attend an Emotional Intelligence Leadership Training Program called Next Level! I realized, through this program, something that had been holding me back from getting to where I wanted to be professionally and so, I acted upon it immediately. I met with Anthony Tabler, now my marketing manager, shortly after the Next Level Trainings and he has been a HUGE blessing, form of encouragement and source of positivity in my life. He even holds me accountable every single day. If you want a marketing manager who is going to light a fire under your ass, empower you and encourage you, I HIGHLY suggest Anthony! I can’t speak more highly of him, I really lucked out (but nothing is an accident).

The thing holding me back was spending money, worried that it wouldn’t be invested rationally and that I wouldn’t get the results that I expected. Funny thing is; I wanted the progress of growth to go smoothly, quickly and efficiently. So far, it has been 100% trial and error with my marketing strategy, but to be honest, the road traveled thus far with Anthony and my team of creatives is worth more money than I could ever earn for myself. The experience is where it’s at!

With many suggestions that Anthony threw at me to boost my online presence, I began doing podcasts that probably had no direction, but were authentic, real, raw, no-bullshit conversations with people that I love. The more I did them, the more I fell in love with the idea of broadcasting my interviews worldwide! I’m now doing podcasts/interviewing people about their passions every week and eager to hear and learn more through my friends and family whom are willing to be heard!

I don’t want to go on and on about these podcasts (or do i?), but they’re humorous, authentic and the real deal. If you think you’d be interested in being a part of it all, please feel free to email/text/call me and we can chat about topics that you’d like to discuss and when! Right now, I have 17+ guests looking to tune in, so the wait may be a few months out, but that gives us time to plan our podcast and we can be on our A-game!

Below are instructions on how to go about the first steps to being a part of the podcast. As soon as you favorite me, I will get a notification and will be able to include you in any podcast via invitation!

Download the App “Anchor”

1)     Open the Anchor App

2)     Tap “Listen” on the bottom left corner of the app

3)     Type “Whitney Gets Real” (my portrait is on the podcast cover)

4)     Tap the star next to “Whitney Gets Real” so that it turns yellow!

a.     (You have now added me as a friend/favorite!)

5)     Once you have tapped that star, I will get a notification and you will be added back as a favorite/friend

6)     When receiving an invite to my podcast, all you simply have to do is answer your phone when you get a notification that I’m calling from Anchor! The podcast begins as soon as you answer the phone, so be ready!

Christmas in July 2018 | Natalie Asfoura

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today, I'm going to be on the topic of PHOTOGRAPHY FOR FUN! Yes, believe it or not, I still get to be creative as an artist after college. It's not always about the money...and sometimes, doing business like this allows for more creative space and relaxation as an artist!

Last year, a good friend of mine from middle school, Natalie, hit me up and asked if I'd be interested in helping her create a "Christmas in July" card. My answer was pretty obvious and we set a date for it to happen in Columbus! Natalie came down and we shot on site near my house! She loved our shoot enough to reschedule 2018's session, only this time, a little more thought out and hilarious. 

Natalie then sent me a meme (attached below) which made me crack up laughing! We were on a mission to get models, the appropriate clothing/visual and vehicle too! I reached out to a few of my friends and had a ton of awesome feedback about the shoot. Natalie and I were looking for 2-3 models and instead, had 4! amazing models! Natalie finally sent out her cards, so the coast is clear to share away!

A huge shout out to my models; Amber, Windi, Tiff & Jenna. Another huge shoutout to my favorite MakeUp artist, Tatum! An additional thank you to Jacob Ryan Blume for shooting with us, too!!! One more shout out to Jake Danieri for letting us borrow his '95 SUPER CLEAN Jeep!!!! And of course, to Natalie...I can't thank you all enough for making something like this come to life before my very eyes. Can't wait for next year's card/idea!!!

 

Mason Anthony | May 24, 2018

On my way home from Hawaii, I got a text from someone special! Keshia had been friends for years with Jason, my former fiancé who got struck and killed on a motorcycle in December of 2017. She was texting to let me know that her baby was born and that her and her partner, Wes, gave him Jason’s middle name.  I obviously couldn’t wait to get home and hold him.

Even with all the medical complications she was going through, Keshia made it a point to show up to Jason’s motorcycle ride to benefit the kids of Sullivant Gardens Recreation Center, which really meant a lot to me and I’m sure him too.  Eventually, I’ll be posting a blog with those images. We had a great turnout and I can’t wait to do it again next year for such a great cause!

Welcome to the world, Mason Anthony!

Patty & Bill | May 20, 2018

As I mentioned in my last blog, I was honored enough to tag along with my friend Shane to witness his Dad marry someone super special in Kauai, Hawii. (PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! We were on another island and did not get to see/experience anything having to do with the volcanoes erupting!) I had never met Shane’s family, but he reassured me frequently to be myself and everyone would get along swimmingly.

Shane and I decided to show up a day earlier than everyone else to feel out the island, our condo and how far our bodies could walk in a day! We explored the south rim of the island on the first day, and then it was party time with Shane’s family!

When I posted the last blog, I purposefully left out Patty and Bill’s wedding images, as I wanted to honor them separately by giving them their own blog to look back on and enjoy. Interestingly enough, I got a phone call from Shane yesterday, stating that someone very near and dear to all of us, even to me…a completely good stranger, passed away yesterday. Details were not necessary, just hearing the news of her passing crushed my heart for not only her daughter, but for her grandkids with whom she’s been residing. Her granddaughter, Abby, told me in Hawaii that Grandma requested the presence of every single person in that house for a full-course dinner she had prepared for everyone. Despite her fear of flying/turbulence, this woman was 95 years old and made the trek from California to Hawaii for her daughter’s beautiful beach wedding. I don’t think she would’ve missed it for the world.

So today, I write this blog in memory of Grandma. I remember escorting her down the stairs on the wedding day as the photographer, helping to make sure that she got in and out of the car safely. She was patient, loving, kind and someone I will cherish and look up to for the rest of my life.

To Grandma!

Hawaii | May 2018

Well!  It’s obvious that it’s been a few months since I’ve written a blog, so this one is LONG overdue! Did you guys know that I went to Hawaii in May?!  Feels like just yesterday, but time flies…it’s been proven. Leading up to May 15, 2018, I lost several friends, family and loved ones to natural causes, accidents and overdoses. I was seriously looking forward to Hawaii for a recharge and a new, fresh outlook on life. The older I get, the more I realize that THIS is life…death is a part of it. I’ve learned one lesson fairly quickly-the intensity and frequent loss of loved ones can be straining on my work ethic. I become sluggish and unmotivated. All I want to do is sleep and turn my brain off from rotating in a million circles, getting nowhere fast.  Before I left for Hawaii, I informed family and friends to withhold any bad news (if any at all…) until I came back to Ohio. Thank goodness, I returned to NO bad news and felt refreshed as ever. 8 days just wasn’t enough. It never is!

The reason for this 4,500 mile trip was actually a wedding! My friend Shane, who I met while working at Starbucks in 2012, invited me to be his plus 1 to his Dad’s wedding. We shortly after bought our flight and started saving for spending money!

Fast forward, 5 months FLEW by. Next thing I know, I’m hopping on a plane, heading to a paradise that I’ve been DYING to witness my entire life. ((Fun fact; I made a goal for myself when I was 20 years old that I wanted to hit all 50 states before turning 30. Hitting, meaning I’m in that state for more than 24 hours! I have Alaska and Texas left!!!!!)) We landed in Lihue, HI on the island of Kauai, the “sleepy” island in the afternoon, headed straight to our condo, walked to the ocean—which was a 2 minute walk from our place and enjoyed the sunset, salt water and sunshine.  The next 8 days flew by like our trip never even happened. We knew it was going to happen that way, so I tried to get up early, photograph everything I saw and adventure like a pro.  I got to meet Shane’s family and felt right at home, like I was part of the crew the entire time. I adored them and am so glad I got to hang out and build new relationships with amazing people…and I got to photograph/witness Shane’s Dad marry an amazing, funny and beautiful woman. This trip was one for the books, that’s for sure.

Hawaii has a special place in my heart. I hope everyone gets to see this magical place at some point in their life. It’s too magical not to. Spend the money, you won’t regret it!

Enjoy!

 

Pet Friendly Hotels | Columbus, OH

Happy Thursday to my favorites!

There is a huge demand for animals participating in weddings, but in Columbus, the dog laws are a bit strict and don’t necessarily accommodate our furry friends.  That’s why I’ve compiled a list of pet-friendly hotels that will allow your pets to be a part of your wedding day, even if it’s just the “getting ready” part!

1) Hotel LeVeque is a 5 star hotel at an average rate of $229/night. I’ve personally been to the tower (which is partially residential as well!) and it’s STUNNING and worth every single penny, even just for the photography opportunity for you and your pet! Check it out for yourself!

 

https://autograph-hotels.marriott.com/hotel/hotel-leveque/

2) Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention is also downtown and accommodates pups. It is a 3 star hotel, meaning it’s a bit more affordable and in a friendly price range. Average cost per night is $150!

 

https://www.druryhotels.com/locations/columbus-oh/drury-inn-and-suites-columbus-convention-center

3) Hilton Downtown Columbus is one of my all-time favorite hotels in the city, not only because they’re pet friendly, but because the Gallerie Bar and Bistro is one of my ALL TIME favorite restaurants in the city! Bill, the executive chef there, has an incredible menu and is sure to have you leaving with a full and happy belly. If you’re into sharing your human with your furry loved one, they’ll leave just as happy!

 

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hilton-columbus-downtown-CMHDWHH/index.html

4) Hampton Inn and Suites downtown also accommodates pets for a fair price of $150/night and is centrally located in the middle of Columbus! The reviews of this hotel are 4.5/5 and you can tell the staff here strives to make their guests leave happy and have a superb experience. Check it out for yourself!

Bristol | Second Birthday

Happy Sunday, friends!

I hardly ever get into 4D work, but this past weekend, I experimented with iMovie and retouched a quick video of my sweet niece on her second birthday! Her Daddy spoiled her with a Minnie Mouse convertible and let me tell you, isn't her reaction to the horn THE BEST?! Sometimes, I wish I was into video, as I find it really intriguing. A good challenge for my future? HELL YES!

Have an amazing weekend, y'all! Thanks for reading! Here are the stills from her party! 

Really, though. Who IS Whitney Brewer?

A few of the many looks and faces behind Whitney Brewer Photography!

Finnegan Enthusiast

...and lover of "sheels" (sneaker/heels)!

Mechanically Inclined

...and loves to get her hands dirty...anywhere, anytime!

Steeeeeelers!!!!!

...and has a small obsession with motorcycle boots.

(See Boots?)

...fan of dresses, tattoos and hats! AND dancing in the street!

Patch Collector

...and an adventurist/adrenaline junky. Fun fact? I've jumped out of two airplanes and have been riding motorcycles since 2014!

Supporter of Self-Love

...and pushes for HUMAN empowerment!

Luna Lovin'

...and rebuilding her from the ground up!

I hope I've fueled your Monday with eagerness to learn something new, explore a little more and love just a little bit harder. Have a great week, everyone!