Mekina Saylor

www.mekinasaylorweddings.com

Atlantic Beach Club EngagementThis is long overdue, but since I’m at the beach I figured it’s time to share this gorgeous Atlantic Beach Club engagement session. Brooke and Joe met in college and immediately hit it off. They will be getting married this summer and I was thrilled to capture their engagement session at the beach. Brooke and Joe run off to the Atlantic Beach Club to get away from New York City and spend time together in the sun. Since Joe grew up on this beach it was only natural their engagement pictures be a stunning sandy affair. Atlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement 2015-03-27_0005Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club EngagementOne of my favorites! These two are just too cute for words!Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement  Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement  Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Beautiful Brooke!Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement   Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club Engagement  Atlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club Engagement  Atlantic Beach Club EngagementAtlantic Beach Club Engagement Atlantic Beach Club EngagementBrooke and Joe, I hope wedding planning is going well and you’re ready for your gorgeous summer wedding! Thank you for allowing me to capture your engagement. I loved seeing the Atlantic Beach Club and getting to know the two of you!

Building a businessBuilding a business comes with strings attached. Making a business successful comes with even more. There are so many things to think about and keep up with that it’s easy to get lost and feel overwhelmed. Here are 5 easy ways to step up your business without feeling the pressure that everything has to be perfect.

1) Social Media
This should be a given but personally I find myself exploring and keeping up with the social media of others then building my business through social media. It’s easy and free so why aren’t we doing it? Finding a balance on social media is so important. Try three posts a week on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and working toward building your Pinterest presence.  It’s important to do hashtags relative to what you’re posting. As for Pinterest try making boards with pins associated with your work or inspiration boards to encourage you and others.

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2) Get Personal
Sharing a personal story or the people in your life allow you to be more relatable. You’ll be surprised how many people relate or know someone that relates to you and wants to see you succeed because you’re so open about who you are.  step up your business

3) Blogging
This is separate from your Social Media presence and a great opportunity to share those personal stories. Blogging allows your work to go on display and build your Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
SEO – is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine‘s unpaid results
BUILDING SEO = INQUIRES.
I saw the following on Promise Tangeman’s blog a couple years ago and I never let it sink in until now. I’ve been blogging almost 5 weeks and I have received more inquires, as well as formed a better connection with my clients.blogsuccess

4) Invest Your Time
When I began photographing weddings I was a second shooter for the main photographer. Whenever I was asked I jumped at the chance to photograph weddings with them. The photogs I worked with were able to count on me to not back out and trust me for future dates. Some wedding days were 14 hours leaving me to sleep over at their houses so I wasn’t getting back to the city at 4 in the morning. I was willing to invest my time in learning more from those I worked with and in turn making deep connections with them, as well as potential clients. It’s allowed for more opportunities to book more clients and build my business all because I invested a large amount of time in something I wanted to see succeed. Step up your business game

5) Set Realistic Goals
Whether your goals are personal or professional setting them up will lead to you to succeed. I try to do the 5-5-5 method. 5 goals for the week, month and year. It’s important to set goals that will project your future goals. Half the battle is planning ahead so you have that oh so wonderful feeling of crossing off those goals.

 

Gramercy Park Engagement PicturesThis city engagement session is what New York City dreams are made of! Beginning in Gramercy Park, which is a private park near the Gramercy Park Hotel and ending with perfection at a roof top filled with a jaw dropping downtown city scape. I loved every minute of exploring and capturing New York City and this gorgeous couple! Gramercy Park Engagement PicturesGramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement PicturesGramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement Pictures Gramercy Park Engagement PicturesSo thankful to have seen the sunset from this gorgeous rooftop and spend time with two wonderful people! I can’t wait for their September wedding. :)

Hair Tutorial: High Fishtail bunThis is my GO TO hair. I wear my hair up and out of my way a lot. Whenever I wear it in a high fishtail bun I get so many compliments and it lasts me all day. I love wearing it to dress up an outfit or if I just need it off my shoulders. I hope you’ll be wearing it as your new go to hair soon too. :) Enjoy the video!

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Thanks to my lovely roommate, Hillary for capturing my favorite hairstyle. Can’t wait for our next tutorial!

Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding Photographer

It could have been the nautical Mallard Island Yacht Club or the bride and groom glowing, smiling ear to ear, or simply that it was a perfect day for a wedding! Whatever it was, all that it was, it was beautiful and amazing and totally Jen and Bill. I loved every moment photographing this gorgeous wedding with Amy Rizzuto Photography! I’m so happy to be sharing it with you all today! :)Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding Photographer  Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding Photographer Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding Photographer  Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerOnce you see this bridal suite you’ll be dreaming about it for the rest of your life. Jen lived the dream and did it stunningly! Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club thought of everything! A Groom’s Shack is the ideal place for the guys to hang out while the girls take a little longer to get ready! I love how nautical it is not to mention how laid back Bill was throughout the entire day!Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Cornhole is for champions! Mallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club: New Jersey Wedding PhotographerMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingYou two! So Beautiful!Mallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingMallard Island Yacht Club WeddingThanks again Amy for allowing me to capture such a gorgeous wedding and lovely couple!

New York CityAs I prepped the video for the Fishtail Side Bun last week my roommate and I came across some old YouTube videos I did about three years ago. We watched a couple of them and I shrieked with embarrassment immediately changing the settings to private. Hillary then played one I did with my friend Amy. Amy had just begun her journey as a Wedding Photographer and I was doing more planning than photography. We seemed so young, not so wild, but free… very free. I couldn’t put my finger on what else was different but for some reason a sadness washed over me. My hair had changed slightly and I looked a bit more in shape but it was something more. I watched it again later that night and it hit me. I used to be FEARLESS. I don’t know what happened to that girl, the girl that wasn’t afraid. I didn’t realize how much could happen in three years but so much has. Four apartments, three somewhat boyfriends, two jobs and the start of my own business. None of that came easy.. especially in New York City. I just don’t remember when the fearlessness evaporated and in it’s place I became afraid.

When I was 9 years old I decided to get baptized and became a Christian. I’ve always believed in God and have always felt His presence throughout my life… some moments stronger than others. I believed the Lord places people in my life and brings me to certain cross roads in my life for a reason. I look at this video and I was reminded that this girl I hardly recognize is in me! It’s still me. She may have been 24 and seem to be more confident and have less responsibility but she hasn’t gone anywhere. Today I’m reminded to be fearless. To let go of the expectations everyone else has for my life and to be free. I am reminded that being fearless is being where God is leading me to be. It’s been an incredible journey so far, I wouldn’t want to screw it up by being afraid.

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“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” 

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12x12 Initiative: Stories Matter. My friends from Raleigh are about to embark on an amazing adventure! 12 Stories, 12 Weeks. These three are partnering with non profits who are changing their communities and have the opportunity to share each story. Obviously this doesn’t happen without a little help from supporters like you! Learn more about it and how you can be a backer!12x12 Initiative: Stories Matter. 12x12 Initiative: Stories Matter. 12x12 Initiative: Stories Matter. 12x12 Initiative: Stories Matter.12x12 InitiativeI’m so excited for Logan, Paige and Ben and I hope you’ve decided to join in on the support, the following and the backing! It’s going to be an amazing adventure! Don’t forget to check out their website here. :) Follow them here on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Prospect Park Boathouse weddingThe groom and I sat visiting in the limo on the ride over to greet his bride. He told me how he knew she was the one and he had actually carried the ring around for TWO years waiting for the perfect time to propose. He said they went on many trips with friends so he anticipated some alone time to make it romantic. He would bring along the ring to each place for a chance to propose. He didn’t want to just propose in a hotel room but somewhere beautiful. The ring was burning a hole in his pocket with every trip and each one never seemed like the right time.

Finally, two years after purchasing the ring, they were on another vacation with friends. As they headed to the airport on the last day they were told all flights were delayed and they would get an additional 10 hours where they were visiting. They rented a car and made a day of it, just the two of them… He still didn’t propose! They had the most wonderful day hiking and exploring the countryside and it didn’t even dawn on him until they got to the airport that that would have been the ideal time to propose. He decided that because it was the most perfect day with the most perfect woman he would end with perfection. In the airport, he dropped to one knee and proposed. She said yes and then they literally boarded the plane crying and gushing over the roller coaster adventures they would go on in their future together.

Between the warm embraces between friends and the beautiful peach pops of color their wedding was one to remember at the Boathouse in Prospect Park! Thank you Brklyn View Photography for allowing me to capture their stunning day with you. I enjoyed every minute!Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding Photographer Prospect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding PhotographerProspect Park Boathouse Wedding: Brooklyn Wedding Photographer

Hornblower New York Proposal
This might definitely be more of a tradition in the South, but they say “a ring by spring”… of your senior year of college typically. However, lately I’ve been hearing this more across the country to allow time to still plan a wedding and get married within the same year. So folks get ready! We’re about to embark on the “ring by spring” proposal season and you will not want to miss it!

Alyssa and Michael enjoyed a dusky cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises and Events in New York City. These two were actually supposed to be married in New York City on a Yacht and their plans changed due to their employment and they ended up getting married in Charlotte, NC. Since they couldn’t have their dream wedding abroad a yacht on the Hudson, they re-enacted their proposal on the Infinity. Hornblower New York Proposal  Hornblower New York Proposal

EPIC. That is all.Hornblower New York ProposalHornblower New York ProposalHornblower New York ProposalHornblower New York ProposalHornblower Cruises and Events, A Ring by Spring : Proposal Season Thanks for joining in on the fun! I can’t wait to see all the rings this spring and of course all the happy couples beginning their life together! Enjoy this whirl wind of excitement and never forget how these moments brought you so much joy!

Erath County Magazine While visiting my mom in Texas, her hometown welcomed Luke Wade home from The Voice. The mayor of Dublin, David Leatherwood presented Luke with the key to the town and Luke gave quite a performance. Since I had my camera I took the opportunity to capture the experience and Erath County Living Magazine featured a few of my images. He was back in Dublin this weekend for a St. Patricks Day kickoff show and later in April will be performing in New York City at Hornblower Cruises + Events. I’m excited for everything to come for Luke!Erath County Magazine Erath County Magazine Those two boys are my cousins :) Big ole Luke supporters!Erath County Magazine And my uncle… also the Mayor of Dublin presenting the Key to Luke.Erath County Magazine Crazy awesome selfie! Can’t wait to see Luke and his team in April and hear the awesome show he has in store for us in NYC!

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