Author Archives: Jessica Wellman

Jessica Wellman is a Midcoast Maine Wedding, engagement and glamour photographer located in the Belfast area.

Introducing: Dream Shoots

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Dream shoots are in-depth conceptualized sessions where we take your vision, no matter how unique you may think it is, and make it a reality for you. These sessions are highly involved, as each client will have ideas that are unique to them. These sessions include custom wardrobe and accessories that will be purchased or created specifically for your portrait session. Sessions may be held in the studio, on location or a combination of both, depending upon the ultimate vision for your artwork. Images created during a dream shoot will usually involve much more editing than our normal sessions to help bring your fantasy to life.

Each dream shoot session is priced at $600 (+applicable taxes) and includes a custom framed 16×24 Acrylic Print – Additional products are available for purchase at your viewing/ordering appointment.

See more of our dream shotos here: http://jessicamichaelphotography.com/fine-art-portraits/

 

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Midcoast Maine Women in Business Showcase: Lizzy Cox – BizzyBee Cleaning

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Name Lizzy Cox
Business Name Bizzybee Cleaning
Email Elizabeth.m.cox3@gmail.com  
Phone (207) 323-6372
Instagram www.instagram.com/Bizzyquinn3

How would you describe yourself?
Happy, down to earth… crazy animal loving hippie lady who adores her kids and man.. Is calling yourself humble very humbling ??

Tell us a little about your business and how you got started.
Bizzybee (That’s Me!) works with all natural products and brings all supplies needed to get the job done! I clean residential homes and small businesses 
I work with clients budgets and work very hard in getting the job done and done right in it. But this doesn’t mean I will ever leave a job undone. It’s my time and I’m there to make one happy by getting it done right. So I don’t mind staying the extra time for no extra cost! Breathing clean matters to me and the happiness of my clients.

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How long have you been involved in your business?
I have been cleaning for over ten years off and on, started back into it more full time about four years ago and Bizzybee Cleaning was born just over two years ago when it became my full time!

What do you like most about your job?
Being able to make my own schedule. It helped me be able to spend more time with my littles and not miss important time with them. ☺️☺️ I feel it’s helped me improve on being a great mom and partner

What keeps you motivated?

The pride I take in my work! Knowing my clients are happy with the results..But most importantly.. being able to support my family better.

Tell us a little about your family
I have THREE beautiful children! Riley is 13, Elijah 7 and my little mini me Jaclynn is 5!

I finally felt complete when my forever best friend, other half, lover… Joker to my Quinn… walk into my life… Mr. Justin Palmer. 💚

How do you prioritize family and business?
I focus my “work” around my family. Family always first!

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How do you think being a woman in business has affected or will affect your family?
All for the positive! 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned being a woman in business?
How to stand strong! Also really helped me focus better on our finances!

All Entrepreneurs encounter bad days. How do you handle yours?
Close my eyes and remind myself while I take a deep breath that this too shall pass. Then go home and have a beer! Lol

Tell us about your ideal day
Yoga, coffee.. animals and kids alike running around me..Being with my loves improving upon our home and land then ending the night with a kids choice in family movie while eating popcorn and enjoying cuddles before tucking them into bed, reading books and singing them to sleep. (Yes… I’m one of those moms.)



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Midcoast Maine Women in Business Showcase: Kristine Colson – The Wentworth Event Center – Belfast

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Name: Kristine Colson
Business Name: Wentworth Event Center
Email: kristine@wentwortheventcenter.com
Web Site: http://www.wentwortheventcenter.com
Phone: (207) 930-3630
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWentworthEventCenter/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wentwortheventcenter/

How would you describe yourself?
I am analytic, driven, energetic, outgoing, optimistic, persistent and social. I enjoy collaborating and helping others succeed. I am also realistic, and self aware of my growth opportunities which help me to continuously grow and become a better version of myself.

Tell us a little about your business and how you got started.
I run Wentworth Event Center in Belfast Maine. We host weddings, meetings and celebrations. 
The business started in 2009 when my father and I identified the need for event space in Belfast. We already owned the property, and had a vacant building at the time. Each year since 2009 we have made improvements to the building and the property.

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How long have you been involved in your business?
I have been involved for 8 years, since we opened in 2009. Some of these 8 years were in a behind the scenes role.
What do you like most about your job?I love weddings! I enjoy helping couples bring their dreams to reality. By the end of the wedding I feel like they are part of the Wentworth extended family.

What keeps you motivated?
My kids keep me motivated, and on my toes! I bring my 9 year old son, and 4 year old daughter to work with me Monday through Friday. They stay home when we have private functions, but they love to help me get ready for the parties.

Tell us a little about your family
My family is great, we strive to make each day an adventure! My husband Jared works for Bank of America. Aiden is our 9 year old son. He loves to play video games, and ride his bike. Michaela is our baby girl, she is 4. She loves to help at Wentworth by decorating the tables. She gets super sad when I ask her to stay home for the private functions. We have one fur baby, dog named Sheema. Even Sheema gets to come to work sometimes. She is super energetic!

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How do you prioritize family and business?
Prioritizing family and business is a constant juggling act! I feel like I constantly have to step back and evaluate, always shifting something. I strive to prioritize myself first by getting to the gym, and making time for dates with friends and hubby. Its like putting my oxygen mask on first so that I can effectively care for others. I am fortunate that my business is flexible, and mostly by appointment so I can bring the kids to Wentworth with me. Sometimes they help me clean, or they play outside while I do office work. I definitely log back onto my computer and work late at night once the kids are in bed. I have had to accept the fact that what works this week, may not work next week. Being flexible with my expectation is key for me.

How do you think being a woman in business has affected or will affect your family?
Being a woman in business has provided my family with more flexibility in our lifestyle. I hope that it will provide my children with the skills and confidence to achieve their biggest dreams. I love incorporating them into the daily activities that are required to run a business.

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What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned being a woman in business?
Being a woman in business I have learned to speak my mind, share my opinion and back it up with why I feel the way I do. I have been invited to the ‘table’ for a reason, so I am not going to stay quiet or be passive. 
I have also learned and started to embrace my fears. If there is something I am fearful of, I sit back and figure out why. One of my Mantra’s is: Fear = Face Everything And Rise

All Entrepreneurs encounter bad days. How do you handle yours?
I go back to bed! Just kidding. When I have bad days I try to take some time for me, and be alone. Ideally I will go down by the water, and walk or sit in my car. I like to allow myself a little time to sit with the emotions that I am feeling. Once I have allowed the emotions to be felt, then I put on my wonder woman cape and keep moving forward. I feel its important to have some down time/days, but not to dwell on them for too long. I try to figure out what’s causing them, and adjust accordingly. Always making forward progress in my life.

Tell us about your ideal 
My ideal day includes lots of check boxes being checked off. I even put my “me” time on my check list! 

This is a quick outline of what daily goals are M-F. 

5:00am – wake up – consume Caffeine!
5:30am – Gym
6:30am – Home – Get ready for the day – Kids up, breakfast, household contributions
9:00am – 10:00am – Run Errands with kids, then head to Wentworth Event Center 
10:00am – 2:00pm – Wentworth Event Center – Check in with Dad, office work, cleaning, event planning
2:00pm – Adventure time! I try to take the kids to do something fun daily – city park, harbor walk, play at home etc. 
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Flexible time to get things done from the checklist 
5:00pm – Dinner and family time 7:00pm – Kids in bed (HAHA, this is the goal!)
8:00pm-10:00pm – Adult time and typically some more work
10:00pm – Sleep



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4th Annual Spokesmodel Contest

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There are SO many lovely ladies out there that I would LOVE to have the opportunity to work with, and each one has a unique story that should be told, so each year I use this contest as a way to be able to feature at least one of those ladies each year! Continue reading »



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Midcoast Maine Women in Business Showcase: Jen Wenz – The Aquarian Gift Shop – Belfast

 

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Name Jen Wenz
Business Name The Aquarian Gift Shop
Email theaquarian@outlook.com
Phone (207) 218-1036
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theaquariangiftshop/
Instagram http://instagram.com/magickintheair

How would you describe yourself?
I am a Woman with many names, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, and Nana to My Family and Loyal friend and Confidant to Many Wonderful People I have met throughout the years! I am an Independent 10th generation, Traditional Solitary Gray, walking my path and sharing words and knowledge of enlightenment with those Open-minded Souls who choose of free will to follow their own Unique Spiritual journey.

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How long have you been involved in your business?
Truthfully 16 years, since 2001 when I opened The Sea Witch’s Closet, on Main St. in Searsport. Then I opened The Sea Witch Gift Shop in 2005 on Rte. 1 in Belfast until 2008 when the economy took a dive. I made the tough decision to close, with the understanding that we would emerge again, when the time was right, the economy was healthier and with a new location and new name to start a new chapter doing what I love!

What do you like most about your job?
My customers! Meeting people who are following their unique spiritual path and sharing knowledge! It’s exciting to meet people with open hearts and sharing conversation as to where they are and what they hope to accomplish. It’s all very enlightening!

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What keeps you motivated?
The desire to make my little part of the world a much nicer place to be, a place where friends, family and new friends can shop in a warm and welcoming environment.

How do you prioritize family and business?
Family Comes first and in many ways my family is involved with my business. It is a balancing act but what isn’t? Time for my family is possible because I do work for myself.

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How do you think being a woman in business has affected or will affect your family?
Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth  most women in business will tell you but by making deliberate choices about which opportunities we pursue and which we decline, rather than simply reacting to emergencies, we can and do engage meaningfully with work, family, and community. I’ve discovered through hard experience that prospering as an entrepreneur is a matter of carefully combining work and home so as not to lose ourselves, loved ones, or our foothold on success. Those who do this most effectively involve their families in work decisions and activities. We also vigilantly manage our own human capital, endeavoring to give both work and home their due—over a period of years, not weeks or days.

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What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned being a woman in business?
I have been fortunate enough to face certain challenges and overcome certain obstacles. This journey has left me with countless life lessons that I feel privileged to have learned first hand. No matter what journey you take in life or where your professional goals take you, there are certain life lessons that you can always apply to your own path. It doesn’t matter where you came from or where you are going, I’ve learned these lessons can be universally applied to us all Women as well as Men.

Hard work outweighs talent and intelligence and is necessary if you want to succeed. This not only means working hard when things are going well, but working harder when things are not. It means taking calculated risks and sticking to them, no matter how challenging they are.

Making money is a huge motivator in all of our lives, but I have learned firsthand that you should never travel down a road just because there is a promise of financial gain. You need to have a real passion for what you are doing and the decisions you are making for these decisions to be worth it.

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Featured: Huffington Post – Couples Boudoir Edition

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Tonight I was finishing up with a clients ordering appointment when she stepped out to use the restroom. I took the moment to check my phone to see if I had any messages from my husband and noticed an email from HuffPost…

Last week I had received an email from them requesting permission to use one of my images from a couple years ago for an upcoming post about Couples Boudoir Sessions!

I was understandably flattered, and excited by the prospect! I reached out to my clients to make sure that they were on board with this usage (because it goes beyond my typical model release) and as soon as I received confirmation from them I sent authorization to the HuffPost editor, Kelsey Borresen, to go ahead and use the image for the post :)

The image above is not the one they used, however it is another from the session… The one they used in the article was actually inspired by an iconic photograph of two lesbians from the 90’s. We put our own spin on the image and it is absolutely one of my favorite images from their session!

See the Huffington Post article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/couples-boudoir-photos-that-capture-the-steamier-side-of-love_us_591dde2ee4b03b485cafa78b

See the original image and the rest from the session here: http://jessicamichaelphotography.com/glamour-photos/same-sex-couples-boudoir-portland-maine



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