Hey girl…Hey…..Entrepreneur Spotlight…Introducing Girl Boss Kelley Raye!

Oh Sh!t Vail Valley // Andria LindquistHey y’all! I’m just back from Spring Break vacation enjoying a very busy week with my Kiddo, Bean. I know I am long overdue on a blog post. Today I wanted to take a minute and show some love to one of my favorite photographers, dear friend and former Squirrel (you read that right) Kelley Ray! (She says she was a Squirrel in her past life LOL ).

Kelley is an Atlanta-based photographer who specialized in Weddings, Branding and Lifestyle Photography. And in my opinion she should add SUPER AWESOME to her resume. My family and I do our annual shots with her and I also do my annual branding shots as well. She just gets us so well. We give her an idea of what we are going for, and she captures it. Every..Single..Time..

I met Kelley back in 2013 when we worked in the hospitality industry together. Let me tell y’all why I admire Miss Ray so much. She quit her Director of Sales position for Hilton in pursuit of her dreams! She took a huge risk and jumped, but her flight has been such an awesome one to watch. How’s that for flipping corporate america the bird!? Kelley lives her life on her own terms and this is something I think every one dreams about, but few are willing to act on. Not only has her awesome photog business taken off, she’s constantly in high demand and even gets to travel the world to all sorts of exotic places, taking pictures or brides, celebrations, or just to life travel with her Fiance Fallon. During her travels, she spends her days learning different cultures, trying delicious foods, capturing many amazing moments and just being bad-ass. She IS GOALS!

My family and I did our most recent shoot at the Goat Farm in Atlanta where Kelley has a quaint little studio, and it wasn’t anything like I expected. Goats actually roam the grounds! It’s super artsy fartsy there. There were people doing Yoga half-naked (cover your eyes Bean), other photographers taking pictures, people walking around basking in the goat-ness. I loved it. Kelley is so hip and fun, this area really suited her personal style well.

If you’re looking to book a wedding photographer for your upcoming nuptials, I highly recommend you check her out. You can find all her deets here: http://kelleyraye.com I think you will be pleased with her level of service, her work AND she will travel anywhere in the world to shoot you! Oh and her website is absolutely EVERYTHING in life, check it out!!! And if you’re looking to establish some branding for your side hustle, business, products or whatev,  she can help capture your vision and help you channel that inner Beyonce of yours! No lie!

Here are a few of our pictures we took with Kelley!!

Bean There…Done That

I had to travel to Chicago for work earlier this week and had the opportunity to spend the whole day Wednesday sight seeing in the Windy City. Thankfully, Wednesday was about 47 degrees, a little rainy but tolerable so I thought I’d take advantage.

I took off walking from the beautiful Hilton Chicago, and found myself at this cute breakfast spot called Wildberry Cafe. The Berry Bliss Pancakes were the staple on the menu, so of course I tried those and they were everything!

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Berry Bliss Pancakes from Wildberry Chicago

 

My next adventure took me to the Chicago Bean in Millenium Park. I was told a company leases office space in the Bean?? Not sure of the validity of that, kind of a small space. I took the obligatory tourist photos, admired for a bit and moved on.

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The Bean Millenium Park

Next up, Magnificent Mile. I walked at least 5 miles easy, hitting up some of my favorite spots, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Nike, Zara and Louis Vuitton where I snagged my first LV!!

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Louis Vuitton Chicago

I was adventuring alone so I tried not to bring too much attention to myself, so I didn’t get too many pictures of the beautiful city! Secondly I bought this bag which came in a huge box and I again didn’t want to bring too much attention to myself, so I ended up Taxiing back to the hotel to drop it off! One of my friends brothers owns a restaurant in Chicago called The Vig! So I made a dinner stop there with an old colleague and it ended up being so worth the trip! Check it out if you’re ever in the area.

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The Vig Chicago

Chicago was so good to me and I know I’m definitely going back soon. My family will have to tag along next trip but we will make sure we go when it’s a bit warmer!!

Redefine your life!

When I was half way through my 29th year of life, I found myself in an awful rut! I hated my day job, I was sitting on top of a pile of student loan debt for a degree that wasn’t serving me, and I often found myself missing out on so many precious moments of my 10 year old daughters life because I couldn’t tell my employer no. I often put my husband on the back burner because I felt like he knows what I’m going through, so right now my needs are more important. 😕 I’ve always been a hard worker and literally climbed my way to the top of the hospitality food chain in 6 short years! (From front desk minimum wage to running my own sales department). But in doing this, I lost my sense of purpose, I looked down that ladder I ferociously climbed and realized I lost sight of what was important. I didn’t know how I was going to change my circumstances but I did know I was very, very, very, unhappy. I knew I couldn’t spend another 35 years of my life working a J.O.B. But I didn’t know where I should start, or even what I was looking for. I remember praying a specific prayer asking God to place me on the path I’m supposed to be on because somehow I had gotten off track! I waited…and waited…and waited.

One day, while wasting my life away on social media, I stumbled across something that at the time, I didn’t know was going to totally change my life! I’ve always been an open minded person, but direct sales was never on my radar. So, I took a chance are reached out to this complete stranger on Facebook as I was fascinated at how a full time job in her world meant 20 hours a week🤔. I was intrigued at how she was partnering with the Proactiv Solutions doctors!! Who and the heck lands this kind of gig? But the amazing part, she told me I had the opportunity to partner with them too. I’ve always been a business woman, and this conversation I had with her made complete business sense to me! Although I didn’t know much about skincare, I knew a great opportunity when I saw one. I took the leap and what a ride this has been!!

I’m sharing this with you to say, don’t knock anything until you try it. You never know what lies on the other side of chance, fear and your comfort zone. I’m happy to say that I love my little side gig and I am not only paying down my mountain of student loan debt, I’m funding vacations, braces for my Bean, paying my car payment, building a savings account and most importantly, I am getting to help others completely change their lives in the process. AND…drinking wine, hanging out with some of the smartest, beautiful, and encouraging women of RF is what I get to call “work”. I would take this any day over a 50-60 hour work week! Plus, I’m getting amazing skin out of the deal. I look forward to the day when I can completely free myself from corporate America 100% and live my life on my own terms! It’s coming!! You just wait on it!!💋

Check out my website: ruthielyons.myrandf.com

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