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2016 what a year!

Last year at this time I sat utterly exhausted, ready to quit and so incredibly sad I had missed what seemed like every event and milestone my children had in 2015.

I have to say, those of you who stuck through it with me will forever be “my people” and thoes who have joined our Simply Newborn Family this year, thank you!  This year I shot the least amount of sessions I have shot in the past 3 years and I couldn’t be happier!  While the changes to my business were hard I knew something had to change or I was going to have to quit.

I started this thing back in 2010 to have a way to destress and help pay for vacations and Christmas, what have you.  It swiftly became a full time job to my already full time job!  So I sat down and made some drastic changes to my schedule, prices and my life!

2016 came with pricing overhaul, SET schedules, and saying NO!  <— that’s hard.  When someone who used to come to you for $100 with all the files wants the old deal, learning to say no and value yourself is not fun or easy.  But in business you have to separate your emotions from business decisions, which is difficult when you’re a creative spirit. There have been many tears and heartaches when I see “my clients” book with other and most certainly cheaper photographers.  That’s when I realized, they weren’t really “my clients”, they were here for the deal.  While that may sound harsh, it is reality.  It is the reality all small business owners face.  Never the less these changes were necessary not only to still financially provide the extras for my family but to still be a PART of my family.  Learning to value my craft and my time and stop being afraid to charge what I am worth has been a heck of an adventure and a learning experience.

I had one of my long time clients, talking back to 2012 when I didn’t even use photoshop..said to me at her consultation “It is about time your prices reflect your talent.  You have undervalued your work for too long!” <3

So here is to MY people!  Lol, 2016 in review <3 I love you all and hope to see you in 2017.
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Back by popular demand…Children’s Christmas Sessions!!

This year I selected a Milk and Cookies theme.

Check out my goofball kiddos trying out the setup, which is ALMOST complete.  Still a few more pillows to find.

We are only offering FIVE time slots for these sessions!  Get them while they’re hot!!

Portrait package details can be found on our storefront page where you will go to book your session.

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It is always wonderful when a family chooses to work with you over again.  I have had the pleasure of working with this family since Miss M. was a newborn.

I cannot believe this is the last milestone session before this little man is ONE….time flies when you’re having fun I guess!  I have really enjoyed watching Mr. C grow, but I am a tad sad he is getting so big so fast!!

For this milestone we ventured to Riverside.  We had beautiful weather and thankfully NO RAIN!  I think you would agree that we were able to get some adorable images to document his 10.5 months!

You can view his entire gallery here!

Big sister was a little sad this wasn’t her session so I snuck in a few of her…I cannot believe she is so grown up!!  Seems like yesterday we were rocking and shushing her so she would fall asleep for her newborn session.

I hope you enjoy the many faces of Miss M. as much as I do!
Such a gorgeous little one…daddy may be in trouble when she is older. <3

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Mr. C is growing, again! | Jacksonville Children’s Photographer | Simply Newborn Photography

Mr.C will NOT stop growing, even though I have asked ever so nicely!  Sheesh.  lol!  He is now 7 months old and sitting up like a pro!

We had fun exploring a fun new location and ironically Mr. C’s wardrobe coordinated to this location perfectly!  Way to go mom!  She is always good like that!

I get to see this sweetie every 3 months so it is fun to see how big he is getting.  I also photographed his big sister, who could be his TWIN, so thats also fun to see how much they look alike and how Mr.C is developing his own little personality.

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Here is a little surprise for you…big sis at HER sitter session <3

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Bittersweet goodbyes | Simply Newborn Photography | Jacksonville Children’s Photographer

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Mr. L is 6 months old!!  Look at him growing like a little weed.  I loved this location.  It was perfect to commemorate this family’s time in Florida and honor this little guys Daddy’s time in the military.

I have had the absolute honor of photographing the Bumgarner Family since they announced their very first “Bum in the oven”.  I have watched their first baby grow from a bump to a beautiful big sister!   So when I learned that this milestone session would be our last session together I couldn’t help but be a little sentimental and sad.  While this milestone marks big mans half birthday and his milestone of allllmost sitting up! It was also marking an end of an era…and a bittersweet goodbye.   When you spend so much time with the same families they become less like clients and more like friends and family.

I wanted to share our beautiful journey!  Sorry, I get attached to my people…. <3

 

 

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