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My Truth ... My Success.....

Reflections of Success on my journey in Photography….

Elisha Akram - Brand Ambassador for the everyday person

Shiny Pretty Success Business 

Dreams of Success using the natural gifts that we possess and learning things along the way. 

I never looked at myself as successful. Although I've been running around with my camera for years and at one point I was capturing so many special events I was like ... I am the women I'm running this event scene in Atlanta 

I'm the go to event photographer and I'm working with so many event planners and what makes it even better is that I'm a Certified event planner too!

That makes my job even better. Not only do I capture great images to tell the story of the event, but I pay attention to details and I'm building everyone’s portfolio! 

Yay me!!! 

Well well.... it wasn't until I attended a photography workshop and I straight came out of my bubble.... I thought everyone in attendance were new to this game of photography , but when I start seeing all the photo gear and seeing photos taken by my fellow photographer I suddenly realize... Oh you are not who you think you are for sure. 

I became intimated and now I didn't want to show my work due to being called out by rookie errors and not knowing the proper way to balance light for the photos. 

Well I continued into my dream world of being the go to social event photographer and I was determine to polish up my skills 

So again I would look at all these magazine worthy photos and great shots with beautiful lighting with hopes that one day I will be that successful photographer

I had hopes to work with some of the finest vendors in Atlanta! 

Then one day after going through some images from an event I realize I worked along side of a vendors that is in the who's who of events around Atlanta and that wow... You really are successful.

uncertain of what that really meant for me in the beginning but through this journey I realize you have captured amazing images you work with amazing vendors and your images have been used in magazines, blogs book covers flyers and so much more. So success is all in what it is meant to you personally and goals that you set out to achieve... 

So re design success on what that means to you and you will be and Already Are successful!

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It's a great day to be alive.

Elisha ~ 

Being Boss Visits Atlanta!!


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Nothing thrills me more then giving to to an event and meeting some of your social media inspiring persons in person. So here's the scoop. I  discovered  the being Boss Podcast in 2015 and have been following the along since. So early in April these boss ladies released their first book based on teheir podcast and so when they were scheduled to come to Atlanta I immediately signed up to be there . It was like a live podcast! Special guest Emily Thompson (1 of the authors of the book takked about their beginnings how things came along and she then took questions from the audience. I was excited to get my book signed as well as grab a photo.

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If you're a creative entrepreneur and love to hear real talk best practices and real life creatives bossing up in their fields check them at Being Boss Podcast Click Here!  or on their website https://beingboss.club/

Cardi B thanks for Inspiring me!

We recently hosted our Portfolio & Perspectives Style Shoot Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia

As we were busy styling up our main table for seating we were inspired... So here goes my story of Inspiration! 

So those who are not familiar with the rap star Cardi B she has been headlining blogs, news outlets and she was made super popular by her authentic style on Instagram. This young female rapper just recently dropped her debut album and when I saw the cover art I was so inspired.

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Our Inspiration after a quick screen shot of someone ele's creative artwork featuring the album cover design art 

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I absolutely love loud colors they scream happiness to me. So with the inspiration of the album art cover, I was inspired to design my recent table scape for our Portfolios & Perspectives Event Design Workshop around the inspiration of the album cover. Searched my mind and took an immediate inventory of items already owned that I can pull this look together. Just a few basics and we got what we envision the color palette that screams fun!

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This was a fun table scape to put together! I love lots of colors its screams happiness. 

So I hope you are able to feel the joy in the images as we were excited about creating 

Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) is an Atlanta Based Photographer Specialing in Social Events, Weddings, Families  High School Seniors & Business Headshots!

We also custom design party supplies for life's celebrated moments! Live Love Create Go Kustom! 

Empower Hour with Kara Norman- Drop the Ball

Halloween has come and gone and left me with a new perspective on parenthood and my journey as a woman moving through my life.  See for me this was my first year not rushing home to get my daughters ready to trick or treat. I have a sophomore in college and an 8th grader in middle school.  This year my youngest daughter had other plans that involved her going home with a friend and trick or treating in a neighborhood other than my own. I woke up on Halloween morning to a page full of past Facebook Halloween memories.  As I scrolled through the memories filled with snaggletooth smiles and dozens of costumes between the two of them over the years, my heart sank.  Where had the time gone?

 

I fought crazy traffic after leaving work and came home to a quiet house.  My husband had picked up candy for the trick or treaters earlier that day. It was my first time being home to greet the trick or treaters as I always took the girls out and hubby stayed behind.  It was so quiet and empty. I texted my youngest to see how things were going and reminded her that I needed to see a picture at least.  I checked in with college girl to see what her plans were and I received a selfie of her with the caption “I am a tired college student #spooky”.   This new normal is very hard at times for sure.  I hugged my hubby for comfort and we settled in to welcome the trick or treaters.  My dog comes around the corner and  I had a light bulb moment and found a costume that I picked up a few years ago and wrestled him down to take a few pictures.  He was not happy, but I felt so much better. 

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Teddy Norman - empower Her Inc.

As the evening went along I got to see all the little neighborhood kids at the door and the proud parents.  I reflected on my experiences with my girls and I realized that I tried to do too much and was often not fully present for many wonderful moments.  I was that busy super mom juggling a million things.  In our country, we fought hard for women’s rights over the past decades to be equal to men.  I think we swung way too far over to the other side.  We have this new badge of honor that we wear that is celebrated when we are slaying it as women, crushing goals and the myth that we can have it all.   All the while we are more sick, tired, depressed and not living in the moment.  Yesterday was a huge reminder of the importance of being in the present, taking things off our plates and slowing down as women and especially moms.  I never thought of the day my girls would become more independent or the day they would leave the nest. 

This past year of transition has left me feeling lost, filled with anxiety, depressed, unmotivated and just not myself. I am in the process of healing, practicing more self-care and redefining who I am as a woman now that my roles are changing.  I look back and realized all the balls I had in the air are not as important as the quality time spent with my kids when I was not super stressed, worn out or distracted.  Yesterday was a reminder that we are constantly evolving and change is happening all around us.  On this week’s Empower Hour I want to remind everyone to drop a few balls every day that you are trying to juggle to make room to fully embrace the special moments in life!

 

Here are some great tools to learn to do less, be more present and drop more balls:

 

  • Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less: by Tiffany Dufu
  • Own Your Glow – A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowing the Queen Within:  by Latham Thomas
  • Oprah & Deepak Chopra Making Every Moment Matter 21 Day Mediation Series (https://chopracentermeditation.com)

 

 

Celebrate Life Every day!

2007 On a mission to capture everything- My anniversary journal

It’s My 11th Anniversary in Photography Service, For the next eleven days, I will journey through my experience of beginning Kustom Kreation Photography…

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After starting my journey fall of 2006 as 2007 approached I was clear on my way to shooting anywhere from Fashion and Glamour, Portrait Weddings and Special events. I begin to shoot my then seven year old son and t-ball team. Taking actions photos of the team as well as individual posed pictures. During this year I became pregnant with my second child. I was not going to allow my pregnancy to be a factor in my budding photography business. More then ever I was pursuing my passion. Capturing my own maternity pictures. Taking on many special events. For the 1st time I was recommended to do special event photography for a celebrity event.  I was scarred out of my wits seeing that I was a budding new artist. Nervous and scarred I took on this project and with the feedback I received from my client was one of the biggest lessons to date moving forward capturing special events. This was a real breakout year… I was shooting any and everything…

Portraits * Special Events* Maternity* Daycare Center

With my new baby and camera in tow we were on a mission to capture all that we see…. 

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Go Kustom! 

This blog is a reblogged originally written 2013! 

Written on our Wordpress Blog here!

Labor Day True Confessions - Do the Work!

Labor Day True Confessions: "It's All Good until It's time to do the Work" - I love planning thinking & creating and so much more... I have notebooks filled with ideas on top of ideas!!! It's so much fun to even plan every detail in my imagination... and then it's time to put your thoughts in motion and that's when the real work begins... and those ideas stay tucked away in the beautiful inspiring notebook that I have so many of.... Then there are days that I'm reminded.. you then have a choice is this going to be a figment of my imagination or we going to make this real by putting in the work... Here's to Making small steps to the bigger picture! - 

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Your Dream gift - Waiting for you...

My Gift To You! 

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Last year during a chat and chew meet  up with a few of my friends I gifted each one of them with a gift box and scallop paper. Explaining to each one of them that I desire to give them a gift of their hearts. Not really knowing what that is for each one of them the small gift box and scallop paper represented that for me. I also gifted myself with the box as well. With careful thought when I think of desires of my heart I write it down and place it in the box. 

I explain to the ladies to open up their boxes in about six months to see the manifsetiation of their gifts. 

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So my gift to all you all today is If you were to receive the desires of your heart what would it be.? Download our gift card here!  Write down your desires place it in your box (create you a pretty box using ribbon and other crafty stuff) Take your time on gifting yourself and I suggest opening up to see what you've manifested in about 6 months! 

Your gifts will manifest

Download Your Gift Request Cards

Directions: Download the File Print off File and Cut

If you choose you can use a paper punch and colored paper to create fancy scalloped gift requests (as seen in the image above) 

Dreams Goals & Vision - Free Download

We are 6 months into 2017! How are you holding up with your goals for the year or your new year resolutions. In six months we know life is happening all around us and sometimes we may have to restart!  Here is a Free Vision Guide Download... We got six months to write it down and make it happen. Get ready Set and Download!!!! Let's Do this!!! 

Follow your Dreams

Download your Free Goal & Vision Guide Here!

Valentine Memories from the Past

Valentine's Myself and Family Photo Session - Blast from the Past Session  Year 2008

So in honor of Valentine's Day we thought we would share our experience of creating memorable photos of my sons. As most parents we like to create memorable experiences for our children and for me being a photographer and a special holiday of sorts comes up why not set up a backdrop grab the kids and create memories... It's sounds like a good idea and it looks like everything will be success, but with a two month old babies.. Images can be so unpredictable. Looking back on this Family Self portrait it makes me laugh seeing that things were not perfect, but it did create a memory and put a smile on my face.

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So to all you families, couple's , singles and kids.. Make it a memorable day and do something that will put a smile on your face.

Enjoy your Special day of Love!