Crafting the Future

It is the neatest thing to be able to pursue a DREAM and craft my future. I am super grateful for the privilege – THANK YOU GOD! It is a true blessing.

So today, I want to share more of my story and the things that drive me to keep reaching the highest heights. Conveniently there was a fun meeting with my Peninsula Women’s Network Power Group where I was invited to give my talk describing my business:

 

I appreciate Yvonne for facilitating and taking notes. Here’s her synopsis of our 60 second presentations. Check out what we discussed!

Connectors Power Group November 15, 2017

  • Marissa Colon
    Working on employee handbook, needs referrals for home security, *New deterrent: video doorbell /// Something new about her: an offer on a house in Toano but will continue to come to this group. Hooray!
  • Marilen Crump
    Looking for people who are going to make something happen in 2018, and she is “the prod” based on the person’s goals and needs. /// Something new: She used to be a background dancer for Paulina Rubio. She did live performances in the background. No wonder she has a ballroom.
  • Paula Wallace
    Independent agent looking for more referrals for her business.  She recommends that people look over their policies and shop around yearly for prescription policies and Medicare Advantage. /// Something new: Paula has a degree in medical technology and was a supervisor in medical laboratories. She is turning 65 years old and will be looking for a personal trainer.
  • Yvonne Ortega
    Looking for speaking engagements. She is also looking for clients who want speaking and writing coaching—both individual and group. /// Something new: Yvonne grew up in the Midwest, walked a mile to school regardless of snow and ice, walked more than a mile daily over Christmas vacation to go ice skating in the afternoon and tobogganing daily after dinner. Now she’s a hot house plant.
  • Jolynn Jones
    She sells essential oils and does a monthly educational session. She will do a session on emotions and essentials on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm at ARTINSPIRED. /// Something new: She has been a background dancer and teaches dancing but not four hours a night. She and Marilen need to dance for us!

 

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Celebrating 15 Years of ArtInspired

2015 marks the 15th year of my ArtInspired business and I am still as passionate about it as I ever was. A lot has happened in that time frame…

I began my career in 2004 taking photographs for Virginia based performers and actors while living in Richmond. I had just graduated Sweet Briar College with a self-designed Bachelor of Arts Degree in multidisciplinary arts and had started my photography habit back in high school, so I had already earned a ton of experience shooting photographs of fellow artists on campus. Their photos would in turn result in referrals from talent agencies in Virginia.

I then worked on my certification and enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography back when it was film based. It really deepened my understanding of the really technical points of the medium and enhanced my confidence in running it as a business. I combined my photography services with my web design knowledge and included my own performance experience into the mix.

By 2004 I had joined the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and was getting steady work from referrals and through networking mediums. I was also making the switch to digital which helped the speed of service I was able to perform for my clients. I transferred from Richmond to Hampton Roads where I have been ever since but still have clients that I service in the RVA.

AIP logo 0515Currently, I am a happy professional based in Yorktown, VA with my husband Ken and our (5) five amazing children! I have found that Hampton Roads has the perfect blend of scenic spots like beaches, parks and urban scapes which add to the flavor of my work. We have a private studio located in Kiln Creek and another location in the Stoney Creek Division of Newport News off Denbigh Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. I teach others the Art of Photography as well as dance based instruction in Ballroom, Latin and Fitness.

I am working on great ways to combine even more service with the years of experience that I have gathered under my belt. The future looks very promising for ArtInspired and I am thankful for everyone that has come across my path that has helped me learn, grow and develop. It has been very worth the while.

Thanks for taking a moment to read this post 🙂 Let me know if I can be of service to you!

~ Marilen

Contact: (757) 768-9033 / artinspiredme@gmail.com
Portfolio: http://artinspired.smugmug.com
Studio: http://www.artinspired.com/