Double the diapers, double the fun! I had an absolute blast photographing this adorable newborn twin session! You may remember this beautiful couple from their maternity session a few weeks ago, well the babies are HERE! I probably don’t have to tell you but, They. Are. Perfect.
Planning this session was SO fun, these two were my first boy/girl twins since 2012!! Not only did i get to select items for a girl and a boy but I got to coordinate little outfits for them both…gahhhh so cute!!
I typically only take on 1-2 twin newborn sessions a year so when I do have them I call in reinforcements. My fellow newborn photographer Brittany from Baby Mine Photography came up from Orlando for the day to lend a helping hand and lend a snuggle.
Here is a flashback for ya! Back to 2012 to my first set of twins…aren’t they adorable?? I would say my posing has come a long way. If you’re just stating out or want to improve your newborns, invest in in resign mentoring, it’ll change your world. 🙂
What can I say about the Trainor family? I mean besides the obvious adorableness! I have had the privilege of watching them blossom from a young couple anticipating the arrival of there first child to a beautiful family of four!
Their faces say it all…pure happiness.
But, how could you not be happy raising these two adorable little fellas?
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.
This adorable and squishy baby girl was in the studio a few weeks ago! Is there really anything better than a squishy baby?????
She made me work HARD for these shots, but I am ridiculously patient. Babies…fair warning, I ALWAYS win!! Lol.
I really love how these images turned out.
When I made the decision to eliminate bold colors in my prop stash and use only neutrals I KNEW I was going to love it!!!! What a timeless, classic gallery this lucky momma gets. 🙂 I want to have them in MY house!
Serious props to her big brother, he was so well behaved and really set the bar for sibling shots!
If you are expecting, make sure you book BEFORE you deliver. We are almost booked for the year. It makes me sad to turn people away because we are booked and they didn’t book ahead of time.
With the new year approaching I’d like to take a moment and address some changes coming to our business. While we know change is hard and sometimes uncomfortable we are here for you. We can’t wait to introduce you to the new simply newborn and all we have to offer!!!
The first change is our schedule. A certain number of days are reserved for sessions each month and when they are gone they are gone. If you know you’ll be wanting portraits take this year do not delay. We are already closed for certain months.
Last year we had a many requests for more options. We had a lot of people asking “Do you have an option for less that included xyz” “I don’t really need 40 images can I get a package that has 20?” “Can I trade this for that?” Etc.
So we have developed a pricing structure that we think will have something for everyone and creates a build it your way sort of feel. Speaking of pricing some of our fees have gone up and some have gone down. Many factors, (most of which are out of our control) go into pricing. We strive to keep pricing fair and competitive. It’s no different than buying a new car. You wouldn’t expect a 2016 to cost what your new car cost in 2013.
You can check out out on our webpage: www.jacksonvillenewbornphotographer.com
The next change and probably the one most people will get nervous about is digital files. As an industry photographers are moving away from providing and selling digital images. While we are not eliminating them from our menu, they will certainly be priced based on their value. I’m willing to bet it will not be an option in a few years. Just as selling negatives was a no go many moons ago. We are all about quality and we cannot provide you with quality if you’re printing elsewhere.
Online galleries will be phased out and orders will be take in person. We have transitioned to in-person reveal and ordering sessions. This is so much fun! We come to you, or you can come to us and we go through your images one by one and select products and prints to suit your needs. It’s like Christmas morning seeing you guys experience your images for the first time! It has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the experience 🙂
Referrals. I suck at keeping track. Sorry. I’m planning a better system. Promise.
One thing that’s constantly being refined is our style. This year we are going for timelessness. Neutral colors, simplistic posing and props. <—hence the big prop sale 🙂
One thing that hasn’t changed. Our commitment to you. Our devoted and loyal clients.
<—-even if you’ve strayed and had a photographer affair, we still love you!
We promise to aim for perfection, provide products of the highest quality and pour love in every image as we always have. Many of you are more like family to us. We can’t wait to see you on the other side of our lens in 2016!!