Medford Family Photographer

Closing down the books!

Say What?

Say What?

So..... Surprise! I'm closing down my schedule. 


Are you freaking out? Did you want a session? REST AT EASE... Every little thing... is gonna be alright.  Did you just start singing in your head? I did. Don't mind me: I digress.

You want a session? Don't worry. You can still have one. 

2016 was my first year of going full time with photography. I've learned a lot on the business side and have really been working to develop a photography business to last. Taking workshops, undergoing some mentoring, soaking up sparkly goodness from profitable business savvy photographers...

The average photographer that doesn't work to develop a strong business foundation will be out of business in just a few short years. I've been a "photographer" for 6 almost 7 years now but this year I really studied the business side in a way I've never done before. I've studied, researched, crafted, spent hours and hours behind the scenes working and learning on the best way to improve my business. 


2017 is going to be awesome. I am excited to be doing things a little differently. We are moving to an exclusive scheduling system.

Exclusive Photographer Booking

Essentially here is how it is going to work:
>My schedule will open up 3 times in 2017<

At this point the plan is to open up

  • Spring: February 1st for bookings through the end of April.
  • Summer: May 1st for bookings through the end of July. and the big one...
  • Fall: August 1st for bookings through the end of October

There will be limited spaces available. The deal is this:  I'll send out an email that says something along the lines of: "Spaces are available - here are your options"  (Hopefully crafted a little more fun.. but that's the basic idea) And you will be quick to respond with your date and time choices. Because you will have been watching for the whole week prior on social media, in your email, etc - that my schedule was about to open... and you'll have been waiting on the edge of your seat!  Right? Right!
Then invoices will go out to pay for your session fee... and then you're on the books. and my schedule will be once again closed until the next opening date! 


I will be sure to keep all of you hopefuls aware and reminded about when my schedule is opening up so you can set an alarm, get your friends on my email list, remember to watch your email, or however you get there.  
But here is the kicker... You have to be ON my email list to get this invitation to book! 

 

SO the moment you've all been waiting for: Click here to sign up for my email list so you can be ready when the time comes! Dont worry. I will not be spamming you. You'll get info once in awhile when things are happening. At some point soon - an email series will go out with lots of details about how working with me goes (Booking process, preparation ideas, print prices, product details and what to expect... etc). Other than that you'll only get emails from me when specials come up, booking is opening soon, or anything else exciting that I dig up. My goal is value only though! So don't you worry. 

Keep in mind, getting on this email list is the only way to get a session with me once 2017 hits!
(I do still have a few spots for 2016 if you need to hop in before the end of the year.)

  • If I ever release mini session events - it'll be through the email list.
  • If I ever offer Holiday Specials, it'll be through the email list.
  • If I ever plan an event,
  • have a sale,
  • or book sessions...

it will be through this email list

 

And just so you know - in case you're planner-self isn't ready for the commitment... don't worry! Being on the list does not mean you're locked into a session. You'll just be ready for the process and know what to expect.

Oh - and guess what? Right now I'm offering a free downloadable guide when you sign up for the list - it's called:      "Make Getting 'Camera Ready' Easy" 

Head over and get on the list now! 
 

 

 

Siskiyou County Family Photographer - Tessah is Two!

    The Brownells are very dear to my heart. Personal friends who have become family to me, I was honored to shoot images of their youngest daughter, Tessah, for her second birthday!

Tee Pee Photo Fur rugs

 

  Tessah’s momma centered the shoot on the adorable kid’s teepee she found, and it went perfectly with the backdrop of the barn behind her sweet munchkins (Don’t you just love the star on the top of the barn?!). Their property is filled with nature and animals; goats, chickens, of course dogs and cats, and at one point even featured a miniature horse on loan. :)  We had considered shooting in the field, but fell in love with the monochromatic color scheme of the barn and teepee. The added layering and texture from the fur rug (swoon!) brought everything together. It was the ideal place for a little bit of rustic photography, and perfect for them… not only because of the beauty of the location, but because this place is special for their family. It’s where their children are getting to run free and explore their childhood.

 

  Tessah is independent and determined for such a small person. She loves books and reading, even at a young age. She’s a very happy girl, but she needs to size you up before she lets you see her precious personality. Thankfully she knows me well enough to liven up right away…although she may or may not have been coaxed with candies to continue smiling for the camera, haha!

 

  Included in the mix of birthday fun, were Tessah’s two older siblings, Titus, and Taliah. They are so loving and doting on their little sister, who is very much the baby to them all. It’s clear that she rules the roost. When mothered by Taliah, and asked to “Be cute! Be cute!” Tessah retorted with a whack to her brother and sister, which made us laugh. She is two of course!. Titus and Taliah are both so good with her, and Titus was so admirable to wear his “spencers” to appease mom for the shoot. :)  

 

  It was such a sweet session with moments of wondering how our babies are getting so big, so fast. Some of my favorite shoots are getting to capture kids I watch grow up from a young age, and these special people are included in that circle. I can’t wait for more pictures with them!

 

   Do you have a little one with a birthday coming up? Sometimes if it’s not a milestone year, we can overlook the years in between… the growing years. These are the times where our kids are forming memories of their childhood, and ones we want to hold on to forever. If you are looking for a Siskiyou County Photographer to capture a kid’s birthday, or even lifestyle photography, I can help you in that area! Drop me a line or two.

 

Stockton Family Lifestyle Shoot: Toddlers = Flexibility

Brittany is a really great friend of mine. She challenges me to think deeper, be better, and trust God more. Do you know her? She's like... the most real person you'll ever meet. (Yes I just said "she's like.." Spoken like a true California girl. haha) And there is something so amazingly relatable about that - you just can't help but want to be friends with mom's like her.  She lives so far away though, as do quite a few of my close friends. Lodi is among my frequently visited locations (and Stockton). Okay, okay, Mushy Gushy Moment Over. Sorry. This is about them! Jacob and Brittany wanted to do a family shoot but they have.. one of those.. *gasp* ...toddlers.  Sweet, adorable, cute... VERY adorable, toddlers. I seriously LOVE the 3 year old age... most days. haha! But oh man - throw off their day, miss a nap, or ask them to eat the bag of fruit snacks you just opened for them instead of the unopened one they want you to open (True story about my own 3 year old!) and you'll pay! Haha, never mind asking them to get dressed, have their hair done nice, expect it to stay that way, sit here, stay here, ok walk to mommy, now talk to daddy, don't hide behind our legs, Look at that big black camera, Watch Valisa act crazy and invade your space... haha!! Sometimes they'll do amazing, and sometimes they are toddlers.   This isn't to say that a regular shoot can't go well.. because I've pulled off plenty. I've never really had a regular family photo shoot that includes toddlers go wrong or result in no photos - BUT the lesson here is - Flexibility is key with little ones! SO when Brittany told me that she and Jacob were leaning toward doing a lifestyle session at their adorable, old world, tudor style brick home in Stockton (... She wanted to start with making pancakes *and pause the shoot to eat them* and hang out at home for the shoot... ) I was easily swayed! Hello!? Pancakes!  And I'm so happy with how it turned out!  Have you considered doing a lifestyle session? Maybe this will seal the deal for you! 

Siskiyou County Family Photographer - {H} Family Photos

I announced with this collection mock up on Instagram a couple of weeks ago that I'm now a vendor for Organic Bloom Frames!&nbsp;

I announced with this collection mock up on Instagram a couple of weeks ago that I'm now a vendor for Organic Bloom Frames! 

Carrie gets to be famous on my blog I guess! While I was visiting, I did a session for her business as I posted about yesterday, and then a family session with her and her hubby, and their two boys. AND you might recognize them from my post (link on the left) about how I'm offering Organic Bloom Frames now!  These 2 Brothers certainly have that "all boy" thing going on about them! Nerf Guns, Wrestling, Sports, Rough Housing... etc. They're gonna be fun to try and keep up with in High School! They performed amazingly for this shoot - big smiles, lots of patience, and they just stood there looking all adorable! They had some real brotherly moments in the midst of it all that made us all laugh! You'll know the one when you see it! 

Do you love this and hope to do a session for yourself soon! Let me know even if you're contemplating a session later in the year! We can get our date settled (Don't forget family photos for Christmas cards.... the season fills up FAST!) Contact me Here to get connected! 

Eden Valley Orchard and Edenvale Winery - Family Photos Southern Oregon

Eden Valley Orchard and Edenvale Winery - Family Photos Southern Oregon

Adorable Mom and Son Family Portrait Session at the Eden Valley Orchard in Phoenix Oregon. 

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Mommy & Me at Willow & Wren

Willow & Wren was the perfect spot for the Mommy & Me Mini Session Event! Half of the Session Fees are being donated to Relay for Life! Woot! So excited about that! Our community is pretty involved in Relay for Life and I'm on our local Starbucks' team, "Brewin for a Cure" ...as a former partner and obsessive drinker (coffee),  I enjoy being part of the team! So I'm excited that we were able to donate a little extra to the cause.  I will be open and honest here and just say that... I waited way too long to launch the program and results didn't turn out as poppin as I had hoped for. Willow & Wren was perfect though! The adorable small town shop belongs to an old high school friend. I'm so proud of that Girl-Boss! Runnin your own business is no joke! And seriously this shop is so stinkin adorable. This place had me drooling over it the minute I walked in! This is future studio material we're talkin! Some-day you guys.. someday. #goalsetting  ;) lol
ANYWAY, I digress.. lol - However low the turn out, I did get to reconnect with a childhood friend and her adorable little girl. Mellisa and I used to meet up at my dad's property after school I think at the end of JR. High and beginning of HS. Her grandma was a caretaker for my grandma. I had a horse there, an old sweet learner horse for me ;) and we pretended to totally know what we were doing, rode poor Sugar around town until she was sweaty, spent the days outside, or scrounging for money to go get Dottie's, and all was good!  We have "reconnected" on Facebook over the last couple of years but we haven't met up, or talked much at all until she inquired about the Mini Sessions. She has not changed a bit! She has become a beautiful Momma, she has such a sweet disposition and is doing a great job with her little girl! Who by the way is such a ham! I feel so blessed to have been able to reconnect with her for the shoot and our ordering session and capture this sweet season for them. 
Happy Almost Mother's Day!! I hope this brightens your week!