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Top 3 Books for Female Business Bosses!

Owning your own business can be hard. Like REALLY hard most of the time.

When I first started Joc’s Photography I spent my time scouring the wide world of Google for any insight on how to make it as a serious female business owner; even if I was just starting out. It seemed like it took me FOREVER to track down tangible “mentors” in the art/entertainment industry and I promised myself, that as soon as I began to see progress, I would share my insight one day so other young women won’t have to struggle as hard as I did to find their place in the world.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. Even though I’m a good few years late, I’ve decided to share three books that have truly changed my life in the best ways! As a single female entrepreneur (also working a full-time job) it’s tough figuring things out on your own. You know, trying to juggle your dreams, with your love life, and friends/family — it honestly gets overwhelming at times; but, regardless of how hopeless the journey may have gotten at times, the insight I’ve gained from these three ladies through their books are always good to re-up my creative tank and keep me pushing towards my goals!

 

#1 — THE GIRLPRINT by Valeisha Butterfield Jones

I must admit, when I purchased this book, I was a bit biased since I have personal ties the author. See, Valeisha grew up in the very same small town as I did and to see her go on working for the likes of Russell Simmons, President Barack Obama, and found her own nonprofit organization was all the testimonial I needed to hit that ORDER button! Though we’ve only had conversations in passing, I inherently expected her to pour her soul onto these pages before opening that Amazon box, and boy oh boy did she deliver!

If you are a woman interested in art, entertainment, or business in general, this book lays out a strategic blueprint (that Valeisha used herself) to help you propel your dreams into action. Even though I had big dreams prior to reading this book, my inner determination kicked up a notch when I closed the back cover. The Girlprint really gave me the push I needed business wise to work through the ups and downs and plan a course of action as a lady boss.

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You can buy THE GIRLPRINT here:  http://amzn.to/2gfkrv6

 

#2 SUCCESSFUL WOMEN THINK DIFFERENTLY by Valorie Burton

I forgot what initially inspired me to order this book, but I’m thankful for it! This book is laying in my bag tattered and bent up from having been read so much. I remember thumbing through the pages for the first time and thinking “Where have you BEEN ALL OF MY LIFE!?!” Of course, it was an exaggeration, but for a woman in her early 20s at the time, I felt like I was aimlessly wandering around life trying to figure out what it meant to be a woman post-grad. I was just growing in my personal faith/spiritual walk at the time I first cracked this baby open, and I was pleased to find the author discussing the importance of trashing the “‘I’ll do _________ someday” mindset and thriving from setbacks instead of wallowing in them.

When you’re a business owner, you’ll have rough periods. In the 10 years I’ve been freelancing as a photographer I’ve had some pretty low moments (personally and business-wise) but applying principles spoken of in this book has allowed me to grow where I have been planted and renew my love for the art that makes my heart sing! If you want to cultivate the attitude necessary to real kick butt in life, you need to purchase this book like YESTERDAY!

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You can snag Valerie’s book for yourself here: http://amzn.to/2gfVpfg

 

#3 OVERLOAD by Joyce Meyer

JOYCE MEYER IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL! If you are a woman of faith (or considering growing in your faith) this book is definitely for you. I know you may be thinking “Um Joc, what does Joyce Meyer have to do with being a female entrepreneur?” My answer to you: everything!

Living in this age it’s easy to become overloaded with the limitless options in food, homes, career paths, men…so being able to center yourself, calm yourself, and focus on saying ‘yes’ to what really matters is vital for a prosperous life. In business as a woman, you are tasked with wearing SO many hats that you need a book like this to help you take hold to your peace of mind and become rooted in your faith. Afterall, what you believe in and think about the most eventually shows up in your life somewhere down the line. If you’re a photog wife and mom struggling to keep your head up. If you’re a freelancer with a full-time job (like me) wondering how on earth you can fit LIFE inside of life. If you work a corporate job and feel like no one really hears your voice. GET THIS BOOK!

You’ll learn how to finally let go of emotional stress, activate peace, and how to apply biblical wisdom in a practical way so you can experience life like you never have before!

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This book was so good, I ordered TWO copies (so I could give one to a friend) and I purchased the audio reading for the car. Go on and get your own copy here: http://amzn.to/2gyM7b5

 

Drop me a comment or email and let me know what you think of these books! I hope they change your life like they’ve changed mine!

Peace & Photos,

Jocelyn

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Welcome Back Special!!

…..and the surprises keep coming!

In honor of being back, we here at Joc’s Photography want to offer our new AND existing clients some goodies!

If you are a new customer, we are offering discounts on our two most popular packages! If you’re a returning Joc’s Photography client, or just want to order more prints — we’ve slashed ALL of our prints and cd orders!

New customer = anyone who has booked a session May 2017 & beyond

Existing customer = anyone who has paid in full for Joc’s Photography services before May 2017.

Restrictions: this special does not apply to NEW Joc’s Photography wedding clients. 

Visit http://www.JocsPhotography.com to cash in on this deal now!!

Special ends August 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Jocs Photography Welcome Back 2017

Melissa + Marquel Engagement Sneak Peek

When I found out one of my favorite ladies from college was engaged, I was almost as excited as I was when she and her fiance asked me to photograph their love story! For weeks we went over inspirations and with all of this crazy NC weather, locked down a date. We had everything set for an outdoor shoot when the good Lord decided to throw us a curveball and send a monsoon just hours before we were scheduled to start our session.

Thankfully resilience is one of my most handy personality traits/skills; so my photography crew and I switched into gear and discovered that The Renaissance Hotel North Hills in Raleigh was a beautifully contemporary backdrop for a classy engagement session. With a lot of patience and a few good attitudes, we all headed over to the hotel lobby to begin setting up — the rest is history.

Peace & Photos, Joc

 

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GUESS WHO’S BACK?! + Sparrow Maternity Sneak Peek

It’s been a wild and crazy year for me and I’d taken a 9 month break from photographing. Well now I’m refreshed, balanced, and getting back into the groove!

What better way to bounce back than with a maternity session!?! It just shouts “new beginnings” right?!

I was so honored to continue the love story of college friends Zakiya and Kevin by photographing their little nugget of joy-to-come Ian. It seemed like we had to reschedule a million times but we finally settled on a sunny day at the lake where the photos were just….. well see for yourself!

Peace & Photos, Joc

Joc’s Photography – $27 New Year Shoot Special

Kick off the new year with the best $27 you’ll spend this season!

Take advantage of the Joc’s Photography New Year Photo Shoot Special and bring in 2017 with a bang! Check out the details below and email jocsphotography@hotmail.com to book your session!

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DETAILS:

  • 15 minute session*
  • $27 cash is due in full at the time of your shoot**
  • NO LIMIT on the number of people you can have. Bring friends & family
  • you will receive 5 of your favorite edits on a hi-resolution cd

*   you are able to book an extra 15 minutes for an additional $27.  The clock will begin at agreed start time.

** There will be no change kept on hand so, bring exact dollar amount. CASH ONLY. You will receive your edits via email by Monday Jan.2 and your cd during the week.

For questions please email Joc at jocsphotography@hotmail.com

or visit

http://www.JocsPhotography.com

 

WIN 2 Free Wedding Bands!

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The holidays are around the corner and this has been quite a year for Joc’s Photography! Since I love all things — LOVE — I decided to close out the year by blessing one lucky couple with 2 wedding bands of their choice…..FOR FREE!

That’s right — you get to save about a thousand bucks on wedding bands for your special day!

Here’s how to win:

  1. LIKE the Joc’s Photography Facebook Page

  2. Share a photo of you and your fiance with a little blurb on how you met and what makes your love story so awesome. Make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoJocRingMe

  3. Your photo will then be added to the contest’s Facebook album. The photo with the most likes + shares by Sunday November 6, 2016 will win 2 sparkly new wedding bands. The winner will be announced the next day via Facebook! 

EASY RIGHT?!

What are you waiting for…… get to posting!

ps. subscribing to the JocsPhotography.com mailing list will help boost your changes of winning!

Peace & Photos, Joc

FINE PRINT:  One (1) winner will receive a code for TWO (2) JVL Titanium wedding bands of their choice. The winner will be notified via Facebook on Monday, November 7, 2016 of winnings and redemption details will be emailed within the week. Winner MUST have an active Facebook account AND be following the Joc’s Photography Facebook page.

LaMonique + Benaiah MARRIED! Sneak Peek!

Where do I start?!

When LaMonique and Benaiah announced they were getting married this past New Year’s Eve I cried tears of cotten candy and sunshine! Since they’d been dating, we’ve always played around with the idea of me photographing their special day. With so much creativity in our group of friends I knew I’d play a part somehow!

In addition to being an honorary bridesmaid — I had a blast with my creative partner Rich Griffis capturing this special day. Of all the beachside weddings I’ve had the pleasure of attending, this has to be my favorite so far. After raining literally all week (including the day before and after the wedding) God held out His sunshine for this very special couple!

Enjoy their sneak peek!

Peace & Photos, Joc

Photography & Design: Joc’s Photography and Rich Griffis

Ceremony Decor / Details: Beachside Occasions, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Reception Decor / Details: Essence Events

Ceremony: Pastor Jairod Barnes of Tree Of Life Ministries

DJ: Isaac “Ike Luv” Evans

 

KEOSHA + ANGELO MARRIED! Sneak Peek!

On Saturday March 21st I had a wonderful time capturing the wedding of Keosha and Angelo Maddox. The first wedding of spring, it was a beautiful sunny day — not a drop of rain in sight! This couple was big on family and big on love! Enough talking….enjoy the sneak peek!

Peace & Photos, Joc

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Joc’s Photography is Now Taking GOALDigger Nominations for 2015!

It’s time for YOU to start sending in nominations for the 2015 GOALDigger Project presented by Joc’s Photography!
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REMEMBER you can nominate YOURSELF or someone else.

Remember ‘goal diggers’ transcend every industry: musicians, photographers, stylists, boutique owners, chefs, politicians, beauty & hair specialists, jewelry designers, teachers, actors & actresses, writers, singers, filmographers, classic dancers, restaurant owners, fashion designers!!! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Portia and Stephen Proposal/Engagement!

When my college friend Stephen contacted me to let me know he wanted to roll out the perfect proposal for my friend Portia I was all for it! 6-28-14 has truly been magical!

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