Baby Harvey

I love this family so very much. This momma is the kind of friend you dream about. I am always so excited to photograph her growing family the way I love to – in their home. comfy, cozy and comfortable. Life is REAL and REAL is beautiful. And so is your precious baby boy. I am so happy he gets to grow up in the clothes my own precious baby boys wore. It makes giving them up so much easier!

Baby Miya

This little princess was a joy to capture. She was a perfect little angel for her first photo shoot. She has darling parents who I adore, and I am so grateful to have been able to create these beautiful images of her. She is yum yum yummy! And it is clear that her beautiful parents are completely smitten with her. It also gave me a chance to play around with some soft matte touches on her editing and I think they are beautiful! What do you think?

Baby Mason Birth Story

Being just four years older than me, Lindsay was more of a big sister than an aunt! She made me watch scary movies that gave me nightmares (IT and Watcher in the Woods…), and pitched softballs at my head. “If you drop it, I’ll throw harder!”

Now, my family does girls really well. There are a lot of them! It is a bit of a running joke. I wasn’t really sure what to do when I found out I was having a boy… and then ANOTHER!

Then Lindsay told us all she was having a boy. Yeah right. Show me the proof! Well, here it is. The proof. And the proud daddy who finally gets his little slugger after three little girls. This little man has been trying to come for a while now, though he took his time that night! (I was T.I.R.E.D. the next day!). I was so happy to be there to document the wonderful birth of this beautiful, tiny, perfect little boy. Welcome to the world little man! Now, start eating already so you can go home!!

Frustration… and self doubt… and more frustration

It feels like three steps forward two steps back these days. I’ve been really busy this fall which has been awesome. I’ve been happy to do the jobs, finish up the last bits from the wedding I did in July (along with a great friend and great photographer, Mary Hedquist). It has been really fun.

And then I get really frustrated. I have set up some policies because I feel really strongly about a few things and one of them has to do with images on CDs. I know there are a lot of startup photogs out there who include all the pictures on a disc. I don’t. I don’t want to start, because I fear I will never be able to take them away and I feel like I put in too much time editing and perfecting images to just give them away like that. Some may say that a $75 session fee is hardly giving them away, but I say… compare around. I am hardly the most expensive out there. In fact, for what I do and the amount of time I spend with these images… I am fairly cheap. But seeing jobs walk away is hard to swallow. Jasmine Star would say “that is ok! You attract or repel.” Sure, maybe these clients wouldn’t be my ideal target clients. But it is till hard to watch it walk away when i am trying so hard to build up and work.

I have to constantly remind myself WHY I decided on that policy to begin with. I think I am worth it. I have to value my own work if I expect others to value it. There are some who do. Someday more will. It is just hard to wait for it and feel like I am doing something wrong when I am trying SO HARD to heed all the advice I have been given, the things I have studied, the words of the wise who I look up to and want to emulate in my work.

Frustration.
And self doubt.
And more frustration.

Grateful…

Ok so I really am not good at this blogging thing. Still working on it I guess.

Things have been going really well… a little crazy but I feel so grateful for the way it has been going.

I’ve had so many opportunities to shoot lately. Very few of them have been paying gigs, but a couple have and all of the free or gifted shoots will, I think, (I certainly hope…) help me out in different ways. Some of the pics I can post, several I cannot at parent’s requests (which I completely respect and understand. I am picky about where I put Jack’s picture online).

This shoot was for a friend and talented makeup artist, Elisabeth Lewis. More info. and links for her coming in the future – here are a few shots from that shoot. Gorgeous girls and AMAZING light that evening.

 

I also was able to talk my cousin and his adorable wife to let me do some maternity shots.

A newborn shoot and another group of cute kiddos rounded out my month and now I need to finish all the editing and design some more Christmas Cards. The design is made much easier and cuter because of the amazingness of Sassy Designs. Love it.

I feel so blessed. I’ve been working hard to become a better photographer – reading and studying everything I can get my hands on. The opportunities for education online have been incredible. I think I’ve improved greatly in the last year since I made the switch to digital… and working in color. It terrified me, but I’ve learned so much and am starting to get some feedback that makes me proud. Grateful. Prayers are answered.

Also incredibly grateful for the other blessings in my life. My amazing husband who does the dishes every night, lets me sleep in on Saturday mornings and is the hero of Jack’s world. The new life growing inside of me. It is amazing. I am astounded daily that it has come so easily – it is a miracle that I never will take for granted. Blessed.

So much going on… such exciting times. Here’s to the editing I need to do and the daily debate… work or nap? Momma is tired!!

Losing my mind

I felt a little less like a professional and more like a bumbling idiot at our bridal consult last night. I really should put my foot down on where I hold the consultation I guess, or just be more prepared. For some reason I thought I had it all under control and then as I sat down with Mary to get all our pictures in order I realized how many things should have been on a to-do list. First thing…. make a to-do list. Seriously. I’m losing it.

Then we got there and I didn’t have the right cord because I’m losing it apparently.

Then the computer kept doing weird things and I was at a weird angle because I forgot the cord so we had 6 people crowded around my laptop. Losing it.

In the end I think we had a few spectacular shots, many great shots and some that are good and I need to not be so hyper-critical about. Still a lot of pricing/contract things to work out for next time, but all in all a positive experience. I’ll post photos when I find my mind… or at least in the next few days… the mind may stay missing.

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