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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.
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"
This newborn photography session happened over the summer, and I can’t believe this one slipped by me without writing a post, because this loveable little guy was such a pleasure to photograph! His debut to the lens happened at his family’s home in beautiful Siskiyou County.
Meet Finnley. Laid back, easy going, and sweet…he seems to get it naturally from his parents, who were equally as calm and cool. That’s perfect because newborn photography can sometimes be unpredictable and dependent on the adorable star of the show!
Our session took place in the living room of their family home. There was just enough natural light to feature all the soft edges of this darling boy. He was freshly fed, changed, and swaddled, in hopes that he’d fall into a peaceful sleep. He had no intentions of that happening, haha! He was wide-eyed and alert, hanging out like, “Hey guys…what are we doing?” As I mentioned, mom and dad were super flexible, and we quickly turned this newborn session into a lifestyle photography shoot. He did doze off for 10 minutes or so, after we laid him on a blanket, which allowed just enough time for a few serene sleeping shots.
The love these two parents have for their son is very tangible. It was evident how much their hearts are swollen with joy and tenderness towards their little Finnley. One of my favorite moments was when they were sitting on the couch; mom holding him in her arms, and dad was cradling Finnley’s head with his hand, very connected as a family. You could see the love, and just know…these two are going to be awesome parents.
Finnley turned four months old on the 22nd of last month, and he’s just as cute as ever. He is definitely one I’d love to have back in front of my camera again!
Are you expecting your bundle of joy in the coming months? If you’re looking for a Siskiyou County, Ashland, or Medford newborn photographer (maternity is always fun too!), I’d love to help you capture this precious and fleeting time! Click here to send a message my way, and let’s talk!
Haha! BIG trip right? It is when you're driving from lil ole Siskiyou County all the way down to Phoenix. Not Phoenix, Oregon, that wouldn't be that big of a trip! haha... but - Phoenix, Az. We headed down there at the end of June. I chose almost the hottest time of the year. Just happened to be when I could make it work! Oi! :) But I loved that we went, lots of visiting and catching up with old friends and my sister! Thankfully we got a break in the heat and it was under 110 the whole time! Even had couple of double digit days. Unfortunately.... it was humid. ugh. Boo Humidity! Monsoons were hitting the first couple of nights I was there. Anyway - Phoenix! Who doesn't talk about the weather when it comes up? ;) So Why Phoenix? It was where I began my business, so I am often able to connect with past photography clients and give myself a trip to visit friends and family courtesy of my business. I'm so very thankful for that opportunity to reach outside of the Northern California and Southern Oregon area once in a while :)
Do you guys remember this blog post from awhile back where I highlighted one of the main women who encouraged / pushed me to actually create a business out of this hobby of mine? Well here she is again with her family! They resurface with every trip there. I'm so thankful to have been able to document this family growing up!
These guys are a fun loving - full spirited family who have a lot of fun together! The girls of course have grown up and changed a ton. It was so fun to see them and re-connect a little bit!
There is no personality in this bunch is there? haha! ;)
Be sure to head over and Find out More about what you can expect for your own photo session with VHP!
I'm not talking about my clothing choices here. That's a whole other story for another time! But, have you ever been unsure of what to wear, or what to dress your kids in for a photo shoot? I'm doing a shoot in a few weeks of 3 little kiddos. My client wanted suggestions on clothing for them so I went scouting. Now, little kids are easy. Honestly they look cute in anything! I've done shoots of my kids in crazy mis-matched, dirty play clothes... and they're adorable. Biased? eh.. maybe. So really, I don't feel a ton of pressure on perfect dressing when it's kids! It does turn out amazing when outfits come together perfectly.. but they turn out pretty great none-the-less. The hard part comes when it comes to dressing ourselves for this sort of thing right?? Ha! Anyway... I digress!
First step - Figure out what item it is that you really want to incorporate, or find something you like that has multiple colors in it. One piece, for one person... It totally takes care of your color scheme for you! Then try basing other items off of that. Coordinate Schmoordinate! not Matchy Matchy!
Since we were starting from scratch and getting all new things - I went searching for something with a pattern or print that I could base the other outfits off of. I'll be honest - its easiest to do this for the girl of the group usually... not always. I found an adorable plaid shirt for my 2 year old boy last Fall for our photos, and that became the center piece that our other colors were based around. I figured since I'd basically be sending my client suggestions - I would try and keep everything at one online store. I checked my go-to's: Target, Gap, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Children's Place....andfinally landed at Old Navy. There were a lot of single pieces I liked at each store, but the coordinating 2 boys and 1 girl part proved to be best suited to Old Navy this time around. I found this shirt at OldNavy.com - and it was perfect! (A little Pantone Color of the 2016 slipped in here!)
After finding her shirt, I worked on the boys outfits. Toddlers and babies are easy, so I started with the older boy. One thing to keep in mind is texture and layers. So I went with layers for him... Notice how I'm pulling out the dark and light blues. This is the set I put together to send to my client... Obviously there are some choices there for her to choose from... but I'm basing the outfit for him, off of the colors in her shirt. I don't usually worry too much about the combining patterns thing, because I've seen some super cute shoots with stripes and plaids.. You just have to be careful. But stripes and florals are a total YES. :)
The little guy was easy - something about a button up with rolled up sleeves is adorable on a little one! Kept him simple, but I think he ties both of the other kids together well. Here is a case of options to coordinate, but not matching... I feel like its done well!
Little Miss ended up with some Navy leggings, and we will throw in some accessories to brighten things up for the little miss some.. and bam!
Can't wait to see it all come together!
This morning I woke up and reached for my phone. Why is it SO instinctual to just grab it? I began cruising the details and reviews of a marketing set I want to purchase. WORK! It is hard to remember that all that research and study time is work... and I just need to chill! It was 4:45 in the morning!! Relax!! Think! Wakeup! Eesh!!!! I find that it is that way when going to bed before going sleep too... Or When I'm standing in the kitchen trying to do dishes but get distracted by an idea, or remember something I wanted to look for.... Or notice a corner of the dining room that could be a nice little office space... and start looking at Pinterest! Ha!! Tell me I'm not the only one! Now that I'm back to full time photography, I've found that is very difficult to leave work at work... because its right there. All. The. Time. I've been working hard at developing the behind the scenes, restructuring, researching, fine tuning, tweaking, creating spreadsheets, studying, researching, tweaking some more. I read the other day a statement along the lines of, Creative Entrepreneurs: The only people willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40. lol! Isn't that the truth!
When I had that "It's 4:45 in the morning! Relax, Think, Take time to wake up" moment this morning... I decided today would be different. Its a good day to make it different, kids are home, house needs tending to, and I've forsaken my beloved outlet of Bible Journaling Lately... So after putting my phone down... letting myself enjoy the peace while the kids were still sleeping, I had some prayer time, dozed in and out... and when the kids got up... grabbed my coffee, the kiddos got books, and I left my phone in my room, and came to my cozy window chair, with a blanket, no technology, and dove in for a little bit to start my day off right! I need to go back here more often. Its a safe place, a happy place... a place to recharge.