ribbonsofred The last, beautiful addition to our family arrived in a blaze of glory on Tuesday, March 15 at 12:28am! Meet Paris Hope Swigert. She was a tiny little 6lbs 1oz and 19" long. She looks so much like her sister, which is so fascinating to me!

My dad would have LOVED her!
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ribbonsofred Your blog serves your business and brand in so many ways. One of the most important things it can do for your brand, is showcase your authentic self. People buy from those they LIKE, KNOW, and TRUST. Your blog can bridge all of these gaps by simply BEING YOURSELF. Imagine that! #RORTinyTips 1mon

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ribbonsofred My big, strong, nothing-could-shake-him Dad passed away last week on Wednesday, February 24th from his battle with cancer. I'm due with Baby Girl #2 in just three weeks, and I pray her sweet presence brings our family some much needed healing. Her middle name, "Hope" took on a whole new meaning these last six months. I truly believe we got more time with my Dad because of her. It gave him something extra special to fight for, and that in itself, is a blessing.
This little Polaroid is so us. I get my feistiness and warped sense of humor from him. This photo is just a typical day in our family. Goofy as hell. This is why I value photography SO much. Just one, simple photo can bring back so many beautiful memories. #CancerSucks #36Weeks
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  •   ribbonsofred @dianaelizabeth_ Thank you so very much. Our family could really use the prayers!! 2mon
  •   aprilzieglerphotography I'm so sorry Renee. I lost my dad soon after I got married & it was hard knowing that he wouldn't meet our baby girl. But I see glimpses of him in her & that makes my heart so happy (she has the same mischievous glimmer in her eyes as he did ). I hope you'll get to see the same in your new little! Hugs to you! 2mon
  •   ribbonsofred @aprilzieglerphotography You are so sweet to write me. I so appreciate it. I'm so sorry you lost your dad as well. It's so very hard, but I know he's not in pain anymore, and I try to find peace in that. I sure hope my little girl reminds me of him; my dad and I were so similar! 2mon
  •   danapugh No words. Just love. 2mon

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ribbonsofred Responsive design (IE: Having a mobile-friendly website and blog) is not just an option anymore—it's a necessity. With mobile devices surpassing desktops and laptops in popularity, your site must look good and work easily on a multitude of devices. Your potential clients can view your site from anywhere these days, and your business has to accommodate that. #RORTinyTips 2mon
  •   ribbonsofred @christyjaneczko The platform is irrelevant. Responsive design can actually be built on any platform! I always recommend WordPress for my photography clients because it allows them to blog and easily update their site. To dive deeper, I recommend a template with responsive design for those who are new. I recommend a custom website with responsive design for those who have been in business 2-3 years and are making a profit. I hope that helps! 2mon
  •   getbraizen Amen! 2mon
  •   my4hens Omg nursing and typing haha I have had to start this like four times. Once my ducks are In a row I'm gonna be messaging you. Also that was a close call with autocorrect haha. My phone didn't want to say "ducks." 2mon
  •   ribbonsofred @my4hens HAHAHAHA @ "ducks"! Hit me up any time you're ready! I'd love to talk! 2mon

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ribbonsofred The nursery is coming along! I just refinished this $40 Craigslist mid-century modern dresser, and I’m in LOVE! 2mon

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ribbonsofred Trends are short-term fads, and you don’t want to base the longevity of your business on something that will burnout quickly. Don’t be trendy. Be timeless. #RORTinyTips 2mon

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ribbonsofred Happy Valentine's Day! ️ We couldn't be luckier to have this cute valentine in our lives! (Heart Bloomer by: @sadiethenty!) 2mon

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ribbonsofred Your homepage should be intuitive and thought out! Homepages that are simply a slideshow, are notoriously bad for SEO (how people find you through online searches like Google, Yahoo, etc.) A homepage with some substance and clever planning, can boost your SEO and influence your potential clients to visit the areas of your site that are 1.) Important to you and 2.) Important for your business. This can result in people staying on your site longer, feeling more attached to you/your work, and more inquiries! #RORTinyTips 3mon

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ribbonsofred Yesterday, I posted a photo of the "three" of us about to go "sledding". I could only do six pulls around the yard, but Aria didn't seem to mind. I would count down (to give myself a breather in between sled pulls), "1.. 2.. 3!" and off we'd go. She'd squeal and yell, "Weeee!" as we went around the yard. Imagine my surprise when just on the second pull, she followed my, "1...." with, "TEW!" #HolyCrapCanSheCount 3mon

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ribbonsofred As a photographer, you spend your time telling other people’s stories, but what about the most important story of all? Yours. Everyone has a great story to tell—turn yours into a beautiful brand. #RORTinyTips 3mon

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ribbonsofred A happy snow day for the "three" of us! Off to pull Aria in her baby sled for... probably 15 minutes. Ha ha ha. 3mon

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ribbonsofred Always start with the logo, but don't stop there. Get a stationary suite with business cards, thank you notes, and pretty packaging—just to name a few. Your clients need to feel appreciated before, during, and after you've worked together. Their brand experience with you doesn't end with the shoot. Have a site built. NOT a cookie-cutter template. Don't you dare stuff yourself into someone else's idea of average. You are unique, so is your photographic eye, and your site should be a reflection of that. Settling for average, makes you average. Strive to be better. Invest in yourself. You ARE worth it. #RORTinyTips 3mon

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ribbonsofred I dreamed about our little girl last night—ALL night long! She had big eyes, dark blonde hair, and LOTS of rolls. It's the only time I dreamed of her and actually saw her face. Just 6 more weeks or so, until we get to meet her! 3mon

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ribbonsofred In business, there are always going to be ideas that do not work. Don’t let it discourage you! #RORTinyTips 3mon

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ribbonsofred Starting off your Monday right with #RORTinyTips! Is your logo just decoration or is it truly working FOR your business? 3mon

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ribbonsofred I'm knee deep in pretty portfolio pictures—hoping to have the new Ribbons of Red site live soon! Next week, my #RORTinyTips return, so get ready! 3mon

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ribbonsofred If you don't brand yourself and your business, other people will. #RORClients 3mon

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ribbonsofred The magazine I designed for Belle Lumière (@bellelumieremagazine) will forever be one of my favorites. Film + Modern Design makes me swoon! #RORClients 3mon

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ribbonsofred Every pregnancy, I buy something special to commemorate our baby-to-be. When I was pregnant with Aria, I found a beautiful antique baby ring (circa late-1800's to early-1900's). It had, "BABY" inscribed on it. I threaded it on a gold chain and wore it until she got old enough to grab at it.
With Baby Girl #2 on the way, I was lucky enough to find another ring to commemorate the last addition to our family. It's a bit smaller (to represent the "littlest" girl in our family) and gold to match Aria's! Rather than "BABY", it's inscribed with a tiny 'P'—the first initial in baby-to-be's name!

One day I hope to pass these rings down to my girls. Let's just hope that day doesn't come too soon!
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