Sweet Willow is ONE!!! While I cannot wrap my head around her being so big, I was BEYOND excited when Willow’s mommy contacted me to set up her 1st birthday cake smash session! I was even more excited to hear that she was planning a “Butterfly Garden” theme! I live for the springtime and fresh flowers and who doesn’t like butterflies?
My goal for her session was to keep things simple, yet beautiful. I chose a soft yellow frosting for her cake and decorated it with a few butterflies from the kit I purchased to create the butterfly rainbow on the cream wood backdrop. I also mirrored the same rainbow effect on her cake to tie the two together. Doesn’t it just make you happy?!?
I absolutely love planning 1st birthday sessions. I had a conversation recently with a mommy inquiring about her baby’s 1st birthday session…we got to talking about pricing and how she has used other cheaper or less experienced photographers for her child’s milestone session, but she really wanted GOOD pictures for the 1 year. I understand that 100%. Save your hard earned money on the milestones like 3, 6 & 9 months. But don’t cut corners on the big milestones like 1 year. Your baby’s first birthday is a milestone that is worth the investment, even if you have to make payments. Your baby only has one first birthday.
Here is a peek at Miss Willow’s newborn session. She made me work, HARD at her newborn “sessions”. You see Miss Willow didn’t get the memo that she only had one visit to the studio, she wanted 3…but I love her anyway. <3
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.
I am WAyyyyyy behind in my blogging. This fall I had the utmost pleasure of working with this beautiful family of 3. This location never disappoints, unless the security guard chases me out at sunset! These three really made my job easy and painless. I just loved the connection they had to one another! I would venture to say they may like one another a little. 😉
I am sure you would agree with me when I say it is nearly impossible to choose a favorite!
Every year we Host a ChristmasNewborn Giveaway. However this year we’re doing the giveaway a little different. Instead of a newborn session we’re giving away your choice of a family session or children’s session!
To enter simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you want to win! You can also nominate someone else. Who knows…maybe we will choose more than one winner.
Winner will be announced Christmas Day!!!
Winner will receive the photographers time and talent. Prints, product or files are NOT included, but may be purchased after their session.
Session must be redeemed by October 2017, not valid for Limited Edition sessions.
THREE. How did this happen? Mr. D used to fit IN that minnow bucket. Now he is almost to big to sit on it! My heart cannot take it.
What a fun session! Mr. D is obsessed with Finding Dory, don’t tell him, I haven’t seen it yet! You may remember this little guy from his Family Session in Disney World.
As always his mommy found the cutest items for his session, and check out the amazing banner she made! Find her awesome goods on instagram!!
While he was here we also did some surprise photos for his Daddy…since he misses his BFF SOOOOOOO much! Be safe Daddy! We thank you for your sacrifice and cannot wait to see you home safe and sound. View his entire gallery here!!
I had the absolute honor of working with Ingrid Wilson of Ingrid Wilson Photography and Dena Powell of Everyday Moments Photography during a recent collaboration with Change of Color. We spent a fun filled morning capturing Change of Color’s new line of children’s shirts. These shirts embrace and celebrate the beauty of children of color. Not only are the shirts totally adorable but the company itself stands for something pretty amazing! Their mission statement says it all… “Change of Color – kids clothing is increasing representation of kids of color and encouraging all kids to make a statement through fashion about embracing diversity and inclusion.” I am on love with these shirts and the movement behind it.
No child should feel like they cannot relate to their world, even in something we take for granted like a book, a movie or on their own clothing.
If you haven’t checked out their clothes you’re missing out! I cannot wait to get one of each for my babies! They are having a special opening celebration, enjoy 20% off using the code “GRAND”!!! ❤️❤️