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The Number One Tip to Personalizing Your Wedding

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I know. If you’re reading this then you probably know how I write and I probably know that some of you just wanna say F*ck all the wedding decorations! No one remembers the chairs/ the flowers/ the centerpieces! I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about everything else and that.

When you start thinking about what it means to personalize your wedding – most people think about how they’re going to decorate their reception. Or make their wedding cake special and specific to them. Or what colors they should use. Or the food. Going down the list of things and seeing how they can make it more “personal”. Whatever that means.

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What does it mean to personalize your wedding? Does it mean going through a catalog of things, or collection of Pinterest boards and finding the items that could mean something about the two of you? Finding the items that somehow randomly relate to what you and your partner are?

You really want to personalize your wedding? Tell your story. Share your story with all of your guests.

That’s where you begin. That’s the core of how you go about personalizing your wedding. You can pick things, colors, and decorations you like – but you should also find different ways to show your guests aspects of your relationship with each other. Your history together. Meaningful items that show where you come from, or tell how you came together – and that show your lives and adventures together up to this point. Your wedding isn’t just a celebration of this one ceremony, or day. It’s a celebration of the time you’ve spent together, the time you will spend together – and your love.

This might require some extra work that you hadn’t thought about (I’m sorry – but it’s true). You may have to sit down together and actually write out the story of YOU (you both) and go over your history together. Right from when you met, to when you broke up that first time (or 2nd, or 3rd time) to when you supported each other through the really difficult moments. And all of your successes along the way that led you to this point. Let’s be clear – beyond all the cheese and annoying wedding industry marketing – you’re making history. Your wedding is a historical moment in your lives.

No matter how cynical I might be at times – I realize how special weddings are – and I’m reminded of their importance during every. single. ceremony. Getting married is an amazing thing – the culmination of a relationship up to this point in life – and at the same time just a marker on the way to greater things. Another event to add to the story of you two.

How do you personalize your wedding? Find ways to share your story with your guests.

(and make sure your photographer takes photos of EVERYTHING.)

 

Wedding Day Schedule Driving You Crazy?

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline isn’t nearly as difficult or challenging as people think it might be.

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Whether you’re having a large wedding or a small wedding – a lot of the same stuff will happen. You get dressed, you have a ceremony, you have a party – and the entire time you have a photographer following you around and even directing you sometimes for your amazing wedding photos.

If this is your first wedding (insert some kind of joke here) – then you might not know how a regular wedding day goes down. Well that’s why we’re here! To help you out with that! Below is a regular, traditional, awesome wedding day schedule and timeline. This example is partly from your photographer’s point of view and covers an 8 hour timespan. During your planning, START with this wedding day timeline and then MAKE IT YOUR OWN. Seriously – jack this thing up. Twist it around, turn it inside out – it doesn’t matter – it’s YOUR WEDDING RIGHT?

Just don’t touch the allotments for photography… just kidding… no really… don’t touch them.

SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE (8 hours of coverage)

1:00 PM                YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS ARRIVE & BEGIN MAKING AMAZING PHOTOS

Your wedding photographers will photograph details such as the dress, shoes, jewelry, bouquet, and of course cover all of your preparation process such as getting your hair & makeup completed, and having a great and relaxing time with your bridesmaids as they get ready as well.

2:00                        BRIDE GETS DRESSED

Now is the time to finish getting ready. Don’t worry, your photographer doesn’t have to photograph EVERY part of putting on the dress. What we like to tell brides is “We’ll be right around the corner. Go ahead and put your dress on, but the moment you feel comfortable and covered enough – but not finished – let us know and we’ll come in and start photographing.” What is comfortable is different for everyone, some people are VERY comfortable and others want to be more covered. We leave it up to the bride to decide.

3:00                        GROOM MAKES FINAL PREPARATIONS

It’s at this point that we’ll move over to the groom’s side of things. Since we generally don’t need or want photos of the groom and his groomsmen literally putting their pants on, we’ll arrive when they’re nearly finished getting dressed and just start photographing everything – quickly. Same as the brides side, we’ll capture all of the details and then also group photos of all of the groomsmen.

3:30                        FIRST LOOK (and then bride & groom portraits)

You won’t have to worry about planning this at all. We’ll find the location, set the groom up in position, and then bring the bride in to surprise him. We kick everyone out of the area so it’s a private moment between the two of you and your photographers

4:00                        WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

After your first look and portrait session, we’ll bring in your wedding party to complete all of the wedding party photos with the two of you.

4:30                        HIDE THE BRIDE & GROOM

Of course – the groom doesn’t always stay hidden and often times will walk around greeting guests – but generally this is the time for the entire wedding party to relax, get a drink, or cool off/warm up if the weather’s being crazy. Your photographers will take this time to finish photographing the ceremony site and ceremony details. They may also sneak in and photograph the reception space if it’s ready as well.

5:00                        CEREMONY

This is where you get married!

5:30                        FORMAL FAMILY PHOTOS & COCKTAIL HOUR BEGINS

We RUN the family formal session like we’re on a crazy mission to get them finished in record time. We do this EVERY TIME too. Literally. I don’t care if you have 100 people or 10 people for the family photos – we will GET. THEM.DONE. and then you can still get to the last part of your cocktail hour. We want you to be able to spend as much time with your guests – this is about you and not us stealing you away just for our amazing photos (well, it’s not ONLY about that)

6:00                        PHOTOGRAPHERS PHOTOGRAPH RECEPTION SPACE (before guests enter!)

6:30                        RECEPTION BEGINS!

6:45                        GRAND ENTRANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS & First Dance

7:00                        DINNER IS SERVED

7:30                        SPEECHES & TOASTS

7:45                        SPECIAL DANCES (Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, etc.)

8:00                       OPEN DANCING

8:15                        CAKE CUTTING

8:30                        BOUQUET TOSS

9:00                        PHOTOGRAPHERS CONCLUDE THEIR COVERAGE

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Of course this is just a sample wedding day timeline – but it should give you a good idea of how your wedding day can be scheduled – and you can see how all of that time just literally disappears. Sure – when your photographer tells you that their base package starts at 8 hours of coverage you think to yourself 8 hours is plenty of time! But when you actually write it all down from start to finish – 8 hours of photography coverage can seem like just enoughor not enough to cover everything.

Sample Wedding Day Timeline 

Something to note – your reception can happen ANY WAY YOU WANT. Sure there needs to be some sort of ‘dinner’ portion for your guests – but other than that – the order is UP TO YOU. You can do all of the things DURING DINNER if you’d like (special dances, toasts, etc.) or you can space them out as the reception moves along. You can skip them. You can have a 30 minute hora dance spectacular if you’d like (totally had that happen – and it was AMAZING.)

Questions? Ask us. Need more help? Check out our good friends at A Practical Wedding.

 

So when you’re making and creating your wedding day timeline – just think about how awesome and beautiful and easily your day will flow!

This Post is about Destination Weddings in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Destination Weddings are awesome! Well – they can be awesome.

But where do you begin?

I don’t know either – but here’s what I know – if you’re looking to cut down on the number of people attending your wedding… HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING.

Basically – make sure that the people you REALLY want at your wedding, can attended/fly/make it there – and then everyone else… they’re on their own man. And most of them won’t be able to make it. Seriously. Work peoples? Ha. Someone has to stay behind while you’re away on a beach. Lame relatives? They’re lame so they were probably only coming for the free food and drinks AND they weren’t going to give you a good gift anyway.

Best friends? Of course they’ll be there. THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. (unless they’re preggers or something – that’s an alright excuse.)

Oh – and here’s a PRO TIP – don’t invite anyone that will make the trip all about them – and not all about you guys getting married.

Because F*ck that.

Oh yeah. I should probably include some actual tips on how to have a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (like the title of this post suggests.)

Well – first check out this video from Cassi & Nick’s wedding!

SO. Tips.

1. Work with a travel agency/operator.

Sure you can piece everything together – but NO. Don’t do that. Get help. A travel agency is especially helpful for your guests – because the agency will do all of the organizing and then all you have to do is check up on things. Who’s booked their trip, who hasn’t – stuff like that. But you don’t have to do any of the flights/hotels/airport transfer organizing.

2. Be available to your guests.

You are basically inviting them on vacation with you. SO HAVE A VACATION WITH THEM. Especially if it’s a few days/week of time. Don’t hide in your room. Spend time with everyone you invited. Whether that’s a planned dinner/lunch every day or taking over a corner of the pool (or a whole pool). Don’t leave anyone out – even the introverts. (but you’re not their butler/doormat/ concierge either.)

3. Arrive a few days before your wedding day and leave a few days after your wedding day.

You get a few days to start relaxing before your wedding – and then a few days after to party!

4. Decide on how much you actually care about your wedding photos.

Your options are basically – hire the resort photographer, or bring your own. Obviously bringing your own is going to cost you way more money – but the photos will be WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MORE. More better. More awesome. More everything. It’s not a bad choice to take a chance with the resort photographer – if you don’t give any fucks about your wedding photos.

5. HAVE FUN.

Look. If you’re having a destination wedding and you’re not having any fun – then that’s actually a REALLY BAD THING. Because dammit – not having fun at your big fancy wedding ‘back home’ was exactly what you were trying to avoid by having a destination wedding with fewer people. So SOMETHING IS WRONG IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING FUN. Fix whatever that is ASAP. Kill it. Squash it. Send that person home. Whatever it takes. Don’t put up with it.

6. If you’re having your wedding down in Playa del Carmen – hire this lady and rent all of your decor from her instead of having the hotel do it, and instead of flying down 10 suitcases full of decorations.

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This Post is About Having a NYE (New Year’s Eve) Wedding

Let’s get to it.

If you’re planning on having your wedding on New Year’s Eve – it better be a great party. Like a GREAT PARTY.

Otherwise you fail your guests. Sure – you can take comfort in the whole “my guests just want to celebrate us getting married blahblahblah” – not on New Year’s Eve. Of course they dowant you to be happy and get married – but chances are good that they also, definitely want a great party. A great NYE Party. So that’s what you’re putting on. OR ELSE.

Or else you’re putting on some low key affair and asking people to have a low key NYE. That’s cool too. If you’re inviting 30 people.

If you’re inviting 200 people – party the f*ck up and make it happen. You’re the one who hijacked their holiday.

But no pressure.

IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME AND AMAZING! (check out the slow-mo sparkler exit in the video below!)

You just have to do a few things (even though I don’t like saying ‘you have to do this…’).

But first – check out this video from a NYE wedding/party we photographed earlier this year.

1. Have your ceremony at an appropriate time.

Because really – you’re asking people to stay until at least midnight – and probably more like 1am+. So don’t have your ceremony at 5pm. Later, 7 or 8pm is great.

2. Bring on the New Year’s Celebration.

When you have your wedding on other holidays (4th of July, Memorial Day, etc.) you can probably get away with making it ONLY about your day and your wedding. Mmmmm, not NYE. Your wedding is on NYE. So have a NYE party – with the accompanying stuff – hats, noise makers, tiaras, whatever you can find – stock up and have plenty. Because then it’s also a semi costume party (and everyone loves a costume party where they didn’t actually have to come up with their own costume.)

3. No dry wedding.

IDK. Sorry I have to say this…. uhhhhh… seriously come on – NYE? Dry wedding? WTF. Just no.

4. Don’t be cheap. Don’t skimp.

Okay. Usually I’m all like – hey it’s your wedding! Do whatever you want! Go budget style. Go REALLY budget style. But not on New Year’s Eve. It’s your choice to have a wedding on New Year’s Eve – it’s your choice to make it as great as possible for your guests – and if it’s lame – that will be YOUR CHOICE as well.

But again. No pressure.

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This Post is About Wedding Portrait Sessions and The Photographer

So. With weddings – we take all of them seriously. Like SERIOUS serious – but really – I mean really – the couples portrait session is the part where it’s ALL. ON. ME.

Whether I have an hour or 7 minutes. It’s all on me.

Every other moment during the day is generally out of my hands – and I’m just a great photographer documenting what’s going on.

But during the portrait session – I’m the boss. It’s the portion of the day where the photos aremost in my control. I’ve always told anyone that I’ve worked with (interns, 2nd shooters, assistants) – that the portrait session is where I really earn my pay. Because I shape the photos and do more to influence those photos during the portrait session than any other time of the wedding day. The couple stands where I say to stand, they literally do what I say – and it’s my job to make them feel good about it, lead them into different compositions, confuse them just enough to get them out of their heads, make them laugh enough to trust me – and still end up with a set of amazing photos.

Of course at this point I have tricks.

I have a workflow, a pattern or series of photos that I’ll run through – safe amazing and brilliant shots that I can count on – so that I’m able to stay relaxed and enable the inspiration to arrive. Or surprises. Because some of my best photos are all surprises these days. But you can’t and shouldn’t count on being ‘inspired’ when you photograph weddings for a living. It’s my JOB.

Oh yeah. One more thing. Go for the Epic Photos. Sure you need to make the modern/traditional portraits – but always aim to make the Epic Photos as well. What are those?

I suppose I’m not completely sure.

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This Post is about the Indie Craft Experience (Holiday Edition!)

Hai. I’m Mark. I’m a photographer. I photograph weddings and things.

I spent all day at the Indie Craft Experience (Holiday Shopping Spectacular!) – and you know – it was all kinds of awesome.

If you haven’t ever attended – you should. Because. (That’s a real reason right?)

This is their 11th year and if you haven’t been in a while – it’s bigger and more and MORE.

Sure – I just hung out with CultCarts and Golda Kombucha – but that’s because I’m addicted to cotton candy and kombucha. Trust me – that combination totally makes sense.

OH – and if you missed today (Saturday, 11/21/2015) – then you still have all day TOMORROW to check everything out and enjoy cool things.

(and I’m sure there’s the whole shop local, support local artists, eco/upcycled, independent creative people – but really – many of them are my friends and I just want you to trade your money for their cool creations/products/wares…)

Cult Carts! Golda Kombucha! Liddabits! Native Bear!

Block & Hammer! Yes Ma’am Paper Goods! The Small Object!

Oh – and:

$5 cash at the door. Kids 12 & under free.

11-6pm

Georgia Freight Depot
65 MLK Jr Dr ATLANTA 30303
Next to Underground Atlanta

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This is an Engagement Session at the Cumberland Gap, TN.

You might have noticed that up until literally 2 weeks ago – I was traveling. A lot. Everywhere. Moved out of Atlanta back in Februaryand left everything.

But I’m back. House. Studio. Partnerships.

Which also means that I’m photographing engagement sessions again. And family portraits. But not newborn baby portraits. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

oh. hold on.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Okay. Engagement sessions. Here’s one. We shot this at the Cumberland Gap, TN. Just like in the song. Me and Krisandra drove 5 hours up from Atlanta for this session – and you know – it’s beautiful up there. So we made beautiful photos. For these beautiful people. It’s like we’re professional photographers or something – because you know we don’t scout locations. Who has time for that? Not us. So what do we do? We just F*cken rock the photos no matter where we are. Duh.

Engagement sessions are fun. Or they can be. Or they should be.

This one was fun. Can you tell? Because I can. LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOS. LOOK AT THAT SKY. LOOK AT THESE TWO PEOPLE IN LOVE. (That’s not just my photography.)

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These Are Different Types of Suits for Your Wedding

Yesterday I wrote up a post with a plethora of different wedding dresses. Today – it’s suits.

And honestly – these people look GOOD.

Like dang man, great job. But really – it’s their WEDDING DAY so DUH. Of Course.

But again – second verse just like the first – you might be like some, and you might not have any clue on what suit you’ll want to wear to your wedding. Here’s a few good options and ideas and you know – feel free to throw them all out and wear whatever you f*cken want because come on! It’s your wedding! (ha I write knowing that your partner probably has a little bit of a say… ah but maybe not. It’s not like people get much say about the wedding dress…….. and I digress… with this big mess… alright no more rhymes now, I mean it. Anybody want a peanut?)

Look! Suits worn by actual people on their wedding day! (vs you know – mannequins. Or robots. Robot mannequins?)

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These Are Different Types of Wedding Dresses For You

Look. There are a whole lot and mess and boatload of wedding dresses out there. Now – it may come as a surprise to you – but before I became a wedding photographer – I had no clue about wedding dresses.

I still probably don’t.

I’ve photographed literally hundreds of people wearing wedding dresses. Good ones, great ones – (if you ask me for my opinion, my answer by default is that your wedding dress is SO BEAUTIFUL I’M GOING TO VOMIT – because what else am I gonna tell you on your wedding day?! THERE IS NO OTHER ANSWER! – alright maybe I could leave out the part about vomiting.)

Like me – maybe you never spent much time thinking about a wedding dress. Now you could look at photos of empty, lifeless wedding dresses on hangers – but that doesn’t tell you anything. You have to look at wedding dresses ON PEOPLE. So here. Here ya go. Wedding dresses – on people – onactual brides even. A whole gallery full of them – and everyone looking F*cken Amazing.

So yeah. Need ideas for what types of wedding dresses are out there? Here. Just for you. Well – and the 2 other people reading this blog these days.

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Wedding Workshop Series

You might be like me. You’ve been a wedding photographer for a few months, or years even – but you still don’t feel like you know what the f*ck you’re doing. Why doesn’t anyone respond to your emails? Why don’t they book you? Why are they bookingsomeone else?!You’re a little frustrated and things would be a lot easier if someone would sit down with you, and make it… a little easier. If you just had the answers to a few questions – maybe, just maybe – being a ‘wedding photographer’ would stop being a hobby.

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I’m Mark – a full time wedding photographer and I book roughly 93.5% of my inquiries. I photographed 53 weddings last year but usually only shoot about 35 weddings annually.

I can help you learn more about wedding photography than you probably ever wanted to know (at least from my warped perspective.)

Portfolio. Instagram. Facebook.

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With a lot of help I also operated one of the largest photography internships in the country (but got too busy and stopped a few years ago.)

Now I’m offering a Wedding Photography Business Workshop Series.

I know – it’s not exactly a catchy name. WPBWS doesn’t really roll off the tongue either. Aw F*ck it.

Here’s the pitch.

I believe I’m the best photographer for my clients on their wedding day – and they believe it as well.

I am not the best wedding photographer of all time, ever – but I am the best wedding photographer for my clients, on that day. Period.

I couldn’t continue to do this if I didn’t believe that.

Also – these workshops are completely free to you.

Here are the workshops:

  • What Your F*cken Wedding Photography Website Should Say, Be, and Do
    • This is about your MARKETING. (How and why I get away with using f*ck all over my wedding website)
    • Your Website’s ONLY job is to get people to contact you. That’s all.
    • It doesn’t do any selling – that’s YOUR JOB.
    • I’ll go over every part – your bio, your pricing page, your blog posts, your portfolio
  • How to Book Wedding Clients.
    • How to respond to initial inquiries so people actually respond
    • How to lower your closing window down to 2 weeks or less.
    • How to talk to people like people and not like they’re $$$
    • Why no one emails you back
    • How to get them to email you back
    • How and Why I went from closing 25% of the time to 93.5% of the time.
  • How to Run The Wedding Day Like. A. Boss.
    • How to look like you know WTF you’re doing.
    • Simple but dangerous mistakes to avoid
    • What you should expect
    • How to handle EVERYTHING
    • All the things you don’t know.
    • How to get F*cken amazing shots NO MATTER WHAT.
    • How to get F*cken amazing shots NO MATTER WHAT. (repeated on purpose)

If you’re interested in any (or all!) of these workshops – please fill out the form below. I’d absolutely love to work with you.

And hey. Thank you very much. It’s a big compliment that you would even consider learning with me.

The dates are subject to my schedule (hey I’m still working) and will take place between now and the end of December.

Oh. And remember – any and all of these workshops are completely free – but limited to 5 people only for each workshop.

 

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Five Things | The Best Parts of Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning! For some people (crazy ones) – wedding planning is Awesome, and Fun! For many people – not so much.

Of course – it’s not that ALL wedding planning is awful – and there are definitely some areas that are just absolutely more fun than others. There’s also the fact that one person’s idea of fun is another person’s idea of torture. No matter what – it all depends on how you view the situation. Except for one thing – the cake/dessert tasting. I think EVERYONE likes that part of the wedding planning process. After surveying absolutely no people – here are five things that are the best parts of the whole wedding planning process.

1. Cake Tasting!

Come on now – it’s a totally reasonable excuse to try AS MANY CAKES AS IT TAKES to find the right one for your wedding day! Not only the type of cake but then also the design on the cake. And then when you consider the cake maker – well this could take several months of cake tastings and you ARE DEFINITELY UP TO THAT TASK.

2. Selecting Your Photographer

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Other than your marriage and literally hundreds of left over ‘wedding favors’ – your photos will be the only thing you have to remember your wedding day. Selecting your photographer isn’t stressful and it’s not hard. You’re basically picking a talented person to follow you around for 10 hours to be your personal paparazzi. PERSONAL PAPARAZZI. Also – they’re going to make sure you look amazing in the photos because IT’S THEIR JOB. Unlike your jealous cousin Sally who will inevitably try to take the worst photo possible and post it to social media immediately.

3. Choosing Your Venue

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Choosing your wedding venue isn’t stressful. Don’t worry – there are MANY, MANY, MANY venues out there. Sure some of them book up a year or more in advance. You know what? F*ck’em. Seriously. F*CK THEM. They’re completely booked already for the next year? That just means all those brides are going to have the same lame wedding because that place is a wedding machine. You get to pick someplace special. You can take a little more time to find the perfect venue for YOUR day and not just the last available date that no one else wanted.

(Okay I know – that’s not totally true. They’re probably already booked so much because they ARE awesome. But hey – that also just means that they weren’t the right venue for you anyway.)

4. Planning Your Honeymoon

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In the midst of planning your wedding – we HIGHLY recommend that you also start planning your honeymoon. Even if you’re not going right after your wedding. Even if you’re not going until six months after. START PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON. Start dreaming about your perfect getaway. Don’t worry about how you’ll pay for it. Don’t worry about all the logistics. Just start planning it. It will happen. Pick someplace new. Pick an adventure. Or if you’re always going on adventures – pick someplace completely, totally, relaxing. This is arguably the best part of wedding planning! (I know it’s not ‘wedding’ planning but you don’t plan a honeymoon unless you’re planning a wedding so IT COUNTS.)

5. Letting go of it all

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At some point – after the major things have been booked and you’re past the point of no return – everyone will start coming at you to make a billion final decisions. Go ahead and make a good effort – but then at some point – you really can just say F*ck it all and decide not to give any F*cks. Hand it off. Say whatever. Say I don’t care. Don’t say anything at all and just THROW SOMETHING – they’ll get the message and just take care of it. See? You didn’t even have to talk that time. MUAHAHAHA. The power of letting go and not giving any F*cks.