Behind the scenes: Momprenuer, Annie Taylor

It is 7:30a. Floor do not dare to creak – I demand…

I have memorized every creak in my house, a twister champion has nothing on me.  I Tip toe as high as a ballerina in her first major performance.  I stop and listen as I make it to the last step; Yes!! I made it without her waking up!

My stomach dares to make hungry noises – I grab a piece of fruit; peaches have been my favorite lately – And I am ready for my two hour “follow up” marathon before my little one wakes up.. Ooh… the momprenuer diaries!

You are reading, momprenuers of CNY second blog in the series of five.  In July, I featured my good friend and  Personal Trainer, Hannah Salomon – you can read that blog here. This month I am featuring a momprenuer who has her time well balanced between work and life. Our behind the scenes photo shoot was at 8:45a – time chosen by her- and her house was spotless, two of her boys were already at camp and her youngest one was dressed and fed!!  AND she looked as vibrant and graceful as one of her designs. What in the world!?

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Who is this momprenuer?  Annie Taylor from Annie Taylor Design a designer who has mastered the use of pastel colors and typography, to bring all of us pastel lovers, beautiful designs.

ana gil-taylor momprenuers-0043I got to see how Annie makes things happen! Surrounded by her two 4 legged children and her youngest human. It was so familiar to experience her behind the scenes as she tried to work around her little one.   She would start working on something and had to start and stop numerous times to help her little one with something, eventually she got it done.

One aspect of Annie’s business philosophy I love most is her gentle encouragement to keeping hand-written cards/notes alive.  I LOVE writing cards/notes as well as receiving them. My day gets extra bright when I receive a hand-written note from my customers telling me they love their family portraits.  Here is a picture of some of my daily dosage of love.  It is an instant, pick me upper.

ana gil taylor hand-written notesWhen was the last time you mailed a handwritten note? When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Isn’t that a wonderful feeling? So simple, yet so impactful.  I always look for reasons to write notes, and reasons are plenty!   I had Annie custom design Thank You cards for me using my favorite pastel colors. I get my favorite stamps, my favorite pen and away I go writing thank you and birthday notes.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for our video interview with Annie Taylor where she will share with all of us moms and momprenuers, how she manages to keep a happy business and a happy home while still taking care of herself (because let’s face it, that balancing act is the toughest!).  She may also teach us a thing or two about dressing up your hand-written cards/notes!  Remember to subscribe to be notified when the live interview is posted!

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Love,

ana

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ana gil-taylor | Event Photographer | My recap: mr. habitat 2015

Another great event documented! “mr habitat” 2015, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity premier annual event took place this year at the Landmark Theater. Sponsored by Anheuser-BuschBizEventz, as always, put together a great event. The hallways were decked out with sample foods by local vendors such as Carrabbas, Sky Armory, and Creole Soul Cafe amongst others. Of course savory follows sweets, and Gannon’s ice cream was there to satisfy that sweet-tooth.

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Suzanne Williams, Executive director for Syracuse Habitat for Humanity, introduced Melany Littlejohn, regional executive director for National Grid to the stage.  Littlejohn  gave a nice motivational speech about the impact donations to mr. habitat make in our CNY community.   Although the main attraction of this event was its live auction hosted by Lisa Chelenza from TK99; the raffle prizes were not too shabby. It included furniture, Mackenzie Childs pottery, Head-Shot Photography packages, and etc.  

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ana gil taylor mrhabitat2015-6118Now to the main attraction: Guys got on stage to auction off their packages; and by packages I mean their contribution. Performances ranged from a break dance, where the performer did a split – my imagination automatically displayed a funny picture for me – to salsa dance where Joshua Diesti from Syracuse Dance, had Lisa Chelenza join him on stage, to a very soothing violin solo. Auction items included: Disney Hopper passes, 12 row Yankee tickets, and beer packages ( these ones were a hit) amongst others.

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There was a fun break between contestants where raffle ticket winners came on stage to claim their prize from a mystery tree. This tree was decorated by hanging envelopes which contained unknown gifts to its winners. A very fun idea.

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After all of the guys did their boogie dance a, winner was chosen based on how much money they had raised both, before and during the auction.  Scott Farnett, from National Grid was crowned mr. habitat 2015. His family (wife and children)  were so proud of him, It was so adorable I couldn’t help but ask them to join us on stage for a family portrait! ana gil taylor mrhabitat2015-6032ana gil taylor mrhabitat2015-6041ana gil-taylor mrhabitat2015-5714ana gil-taylor mrhabitat2015-6099E

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All contestants with Lisa Chelenza and main sponsor anheuser-busch

Simply put, it was a great community event which raised money for a very worthy cost, a home for a central new york family to raise their children in, which would not be possible without the support of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity and its premier event, mr. habitat.

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BizEventz and its volunteers

For more information about Syracuse Habitat for Humanity or to make a donation please feel free to visit their website.

I leave you with a couple of videos from the event:

Quick intro video of Joyl Clance from BizEventz and I before the show started.

and Lisa Chelenza and I behind the scenes before contestants came on stage

To contact ana gil-taylor Photography to document your next event http://www.anagiltaylor.com

To contact BizEvents to plan your next event  http://www.bizeventz.com

Thank you for reading! Visit soon!

ana