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.
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I was stoked when I got the news that this family was expecting baby number 2! I had the pleasure of photographing their first. I always love when I get to share in the excitement of a growing family. This time around the L family welcomed a bouncing baby boy.
Because sometimes adjusting to life as a family of four can be hectic they opted for a lifestyle session this time around. I love the crisp, clean look that the black and white give to the lifestyle session images. Normally lifestyle sessions don’t include posed images, but this little guy was just too darn cute, I couldn’t help myself! Plus who can resist a baby in a bear hat!?!
Big sisters studio newborn session from February 2014 🙂
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When sweet Baby S’s family contacted me about setting up a newborn session they were in a time crunch. Between baby’s arrival, Daddy’s deployment and recently moving to the area the pressure was on to find a photographer that would not only fit their style, but was available this close to baby time.
While we do book up months in advance, I just knew I had to make this happen for them. A few weeks later little man arrived and they came to the studio for their session. Big sister kept me laughing the entire time…she will have a job in comedy or show business some day I am sure of it!! We were able to capture some gorgeous family and sibling shots, as well as all of the posed shots of little guy and more! I loved all of the grays and blues in this session because this little man ended a 5 month streak of newborn girls in our studio…I was excited to see some boy props for a change!! No offense girl babies…I love you too!
Baby S. has a “Where the Wild Things Are” nursery so we used a few animal hats and props so he will have some Baby Art to display in his room. We couldn’t forget to honor Dad’s Army service with some military images, we also recreated an image that was taken of big sis at her newborn session. While Jacksonville is primarily a Navy town it was fun to photograph a fellow Army family!
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