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    I am so happy to have you here if this is our first time visiting! For those that don't know me, I started my photography business, Harvest of Memories, in 2009 and never, ever imagined I would be where I am right now, which would be running my business, full-time from my home! I am not your average photographer. I am unique and creative photographer. I am a wife and mother of two precious girls and hit the ground running when I started my business. I have taken photographs for people all over Ohio and gained so many clients just by word of mouth. HOM is not a "pose and shoot" business. I produce inventive, original, timeless photographs to cherish important memories forever. I am currently serving Central Ohio including Columbus, Gahanna, New Albany, Granville, Westerville, and Newark, Ohio.

    "Life is pretty simple to me.....pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around their neck that says 'Make me feel important.'" -Darlene Hall

    Photo credit to Amanda Estep Photography. (www.amandaestepphotography.com)

48 Things to do!

My husband asked me the day I was scheduled to leave for WPPI if I was nervous or excited?  With zero pause, I said to him, “Both!”  The question I had for myself was, “Why?”  I was nervous because I wondered/worried what if I didn’t understand a concept and would be completely lost.  I was excited to meet people willing to stand on a stage and basically let me hear specifically what has helped their business.  For those of you just starting out in the photography industry, know you run into people from time to time not so quick to share anything.  It was made clear by everybody that different views would be shared and guess what….they were right, but that didn’t disappoint me because I actually find it fascinating how each person thinks differently.  I truly enjoyed all of the classes that I signed up for that I came home with a list of 48 things to do!  Not just things to do, but equipment to consider and shooting techniques so now I must start working super hard to knock things off my new list!

I was most excited to hear Jasmine Star speak that I stood in line an hour before the presentation so I could get a good seat.  I would say 4th row, right in the middle was pretty darn good!  (Considering the size of the ballroom.)

Anyway, she spoke about Ghetto Fabulous Marketing, which I think is an awesome title.  She is not only creative with her picture-taking, but also with the way she writes is also impressive to me.  It’s all pretty simply really.  Focus on your assets/liabilities, helping others, and being YOU!  I found myself speechless to be in the same room with somebody that I find myself looking at her work and just dream.

She recently released a magazine titled, “Exposed.”  http://www.jasminestarblog.com/index.cfm?postID=1245&exposed-the-magazine

Of course, I bought it right away and read about her first experience at WPPI, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and how she ordered pizza to her room because she didn’t know anybody there.  She was told before she left for the conference, ” To Get Uncomfortable and by doing so, life would flip and turn in a new ways.”  Her magazine quotes the following:  “When I changed my focus and allowed myself to Get Uncomfortable, my career quickly grew because, while I cared about my photography, I also cared about helping others along the way.”

So…with that being said, Jasmine announced that there would be a question and answer portion and that anybody wanting to ask a question would have to step up to the microphone.  Without a single hesitation, I found myself 2nd in line to ask a question.  I felt my inside shaking like crazy!  When I sat down, I found myself remembering this section of her book instantly and thought, “Well, I think that would be considered getting uncomfortable.”  I look at what I did and still can’t believe how quickly I got up from my chair!

If that wasn’t enough, we had the chance to get a picture taken with her and chat if we wanted so I was fortunate enough to talk to her again, we clicked a picture together, and she signed my magazine!  Let me also mention that this photo looks completely calm and relaxed, but oh let me tell you…there were about 125 people waiting/elbow to elbow crowding around her.  She handled it all with a smile on her face the entire time and gave each of us her attention when it was our turn so my appreciation for Jasmine Star has escalated to another level.

This quote was very powerful that Jasmine shared with us so I couldn’t think of a better way to conclude this blog entry.  My 1st WPPI experience was AMAZING!

“You will go farther being genuinely interested in two other people, than trying to get 200 people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

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Viva Las Vegas!

I feel much better now that I sat down and wrote the schedule for my friend Lori and I while we are in Las Vegas this weekend.  It will be nice to know when we will be together and when we will roam around on our own.  This is going to be so much fun!  I’m wondering what’s more exciting…the WPPI conference or no children for 4 straight days!  I can’t wait to tell you about the speakers and dinner dates!


Register at 7am

9am-11am, Lori and Darlene

11am-1pm, Darlene (Lori roaming around.)

2pm-4pm, Darlene (Lori roaming around.)

3pm-5pm, Lori (Darlene grabbing a snack, roaming around.)

Dinner together


8am-10am, Darlene

8am-10am, Lori

11am-12pm, Darlene and Lori


Jasmine Star, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Lori and Darlene

6pm-8pm, Lori (Darlene roaming around.)


8am-10am, Darlene

8am-10am, Lori

Jasmine Star, 11am-12pm, Darlene and Lori


3pm-5pm, Darlene and Lori




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Reflections-My random thoughts

So I’m trying to figure out the best thing to “chat” about so that I can officially get my week started.  The past few days have been rather difficult as our puppy ran away on Saturday.  I have spent the morning doing all of my normal chores and I’m still looking out every window of our house.  I’m still surprised I will be visiting the animal shelter this morning to fill out the official missing animal report.  I thought for sure Ellie would be back by now and I pray she is okay.  We will remain hopeful for good news and we want to thank all of our friends that have asked how they can help us.  My husband doesn’t have a facebook account, but when I have told him how many people want to help us, he too is very thankful.


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February 15, 2012 - 10:48 pm

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Ignore Everybody!


I have so many things to admit to in this post.  The first one would be I have a notebook that is full of notes from classes, interviews I have with people, and any kind of notes I put together that I don’t want to forget.  Needless to say, the notebook is the perfect example of what people call, “Organized chaos.”

I decided it was well worth the time to look at all my notes and see what other tasks I told myself months ago to do that are still left outstanding.  (As if I don’t have enough to do right now.)  I have already discovered 2 new websites bookmarked and have crossed things off that I have purchased.  I’m telling you….this notebook is a mess of things.

Anyway, another thing to admit would be I was watching Suze Orman the other day on TV and she said something pretty impressive to me that I did share it on my facebook.  She was asked, “What is the biggest mistake people make with money?” She said people that work 50-60, sometimes 70 hours a week working to make the money they make and don’t spend more than 1 hour a year to learn what to do with it.  As I’m putting my taxes together from last season, I found what Suze said beneficial for my company as well as with our home finances.

With that being said, my final point would be my handy, dandy notebook, can you tell I watch Blue’s Clues a lot, I had the name of this book and felt compelled to purchase it.  I’m proud of myself that I typically buy everything brand new, but thanks to Suze Orman’s advice, I reviewed the “used” price and saved some money and can’t wait to read it!  I think it will include a lot of great advice so I wanted to share it!

From Amazon:  “When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar. Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog-gapingvoid.com-and a reputation for pithy insight and humor, in both words and pictures.MacLeod has opinions on everything from marketing to the meaning of life, but one of his main subjects is creativity. How do new ideas emerge in a cynical, risk-averse world? Where does inspiration come from? What does it take to make a living as a creative person? Ignore Everybody expands on MacLeod’s sharpest insights, wittiest cartoons, and most useful advice. For example:-Selling out is harder than it looks. Diluting your product to make it more commercial will just make people like it less.-If your plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Nobody suddenly discovers anything. Things are made slowly and in pain.-Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. There’s no point trying to do the same thing as 250,000 other young hopefuls, waiting for a miracle. All existing business models are wrong. Find a new one.-The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours. The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.After learning MacLeod’s forty keys to creativity, you will be ready to unlock your own brilliance and unleash it on the world.”

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Treasure Hunt with my Daughter Cora

I just couldn’t let another beautiful day like today go by without getting outside and playing around with my new lens that I purchased well over a month ago.  Today was the day to get out of the Studio and go on a treasure hunt with my daughter.  I took her to a little shed up the road from our house that I have been looking at for the past year….wondering what it looked like up close and if we could actually walk to it.  Sure enough…we made it and I’m sure Cora thought it was pretty neat that for once I wasn’t saying, “No, get down.”  I decided to be a kid again and walk thru the woods with my baby girl and find something fun together.

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