Category: It's All About Me |It's All Personal
I can’t believe that I am celebrating 20 years of marriage. It has been a lot of hard work to stay married this long, and it has also been pretty dam wonderful.
I often see posts in my Facebook feed people who proclaim they are lucky to have married their best friend. I did not marry my best friend. I married the love of my life.
Thank you Amanda Naylor Photography for this picture of me and the love of my life.
Our relationship has very similar qualities I share in my relationships with my best friends, but he is my husband not my best friend (kind of like I am not your best friend I am your mom mindset that I have with my kids.) I think our partnership is a good one, but it does not serve the same purpose as my best friends.
With my best friends, I share a history. A history made up of surviving high school and college, dating and heartbreak, road trips and late night phone calls. I continue to make new friends that I don’t share the same history, but we still have our adventures and inside jokes and support for each other. My best friends- old and new- are the ones that call bullshit on me. They get pedicures with me. We talk about girl stuff like being a mom and a wife, and who you’d leave your husband for in your fantasy life . . . Ryan Reynolds I am patiently waiting for you. They let me be myself because you can’t always be yourself in the real world. We complain about our husbands (and in some instances ex-husbands) and our children without the need to fix something because sometimes we just need to vent (outside of social media). And, they understand that we are all busy and we don’t have the energy for those late night phone calls right now. I know that if I needed them, I could call them and they’d be there for me no questions asked in a way that a friend would be there for you (because they know if I am asking for help that I honestly and truly need it.)
I love my husband unlike I love my best friends. We’ve experience a mutual growth through some significant life changes that I also share with my best friends, but in a totally different way. And, my husband and my best friends have navigated me through those changes in their own way. I feel so lucky that I have all of them in my life- my husband and my best friends.
Such a sweet little girl! I love photographing her. In 6 months, I have photographer her in the hospital, for a newborn session (twice), for Christmas, and now to document her 6 month milestone. Each time is more and more enjoyable. I love the picture of the bunny because her daddy gave it to her mommy when they were dating! It is that personal little touch.
Almost two years ago, I made the decision to specialize in newborns and families. I kind of needed a little bit of focus. Different kinds of photography require a different skill set and a different business model. It’s a lot of extra work to do multiple kinds of photography. And, since I am a part-time photographer, I needed that simplicity and focus of specializing. But everyone once in a while I like to do other kinds of sessions. I thoroughly enjoyed this senior session. We started off at the studio, and ended up on a farm. The basic portrait pictures are always a given, but then you have pictures that truly reveal something about them.
There are so many things in life that require our time and energy. There is no possible way to do it all. So, we must pick and choose what is important to us. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the other things aren’t important to us, it’s just that somethings are just more important. There is no right or wrong way . I do crafty Martha Stewart type things because I want to do them. I do not feel the societal pressures to do them and I am not showing off. Okay, I may be showing off just a little bit. But, here is the thing . . . I am not getting a new tattoo, I can’t sew or knit, I can’t run a marathon, and I don’t do Crossfit. I think I am allowed to show off my latest creation with my friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
This week I naturally dyed some Easter eggs. My kids have never been much about dying Easter eggs. Now that they are older I asked them if they wanted to do it because I thought it might be fun do some naturally dyed eggs. They were okay with it. They were intrigued and asked lots of questions, but they didn’t really care about being part of the process. Sometimes I have been known to strongly encourage my children to do things that I think they should do because that is what kids do. Why? If they don’t enjoy it I shouldn’t force them to do it. It keeps life just a little bit happier and a little bit less crazy. It wasn’t difficult, but it was a little time consuming. I can’t explain what it was about the process that was so much fun for me and I loved the outcome. It is kind of like store bought cookies are good, but homemade cookies are even better. Maybe its the love that goes into it.
I love being a photographer and a small business owner because it gives me a lot of flexibility, but there are times that I miss my kids games and activities because most of them happen on the weekends. And, it just so happens that a lot of people need their sessions on weekends. The good thing is that answering emails, returning phone call, editing pictures, packaging orders, paying bills, and all that other stuff can be done during the week when they are at school. Even though I can’t make it to everything, I try to balance work and family as best I can on the weekends. Right now, it is basketball season and I have 2 kids playing travel basketball, so most of my weekends are spent in the studio and in the gym. Just thought I would share a few of my own personal family pictures . . .
I try to keep things sweet & simple because I think you shouldn’t make things harder than they have to be (even though sometimes I totally make things harder for myself). Anyway, I had too much information for a Facebook post. I wanted to extend an invite to stop by the open house on Saturday, October 5 @ 12 S. Main Street, Shrewsbury, from 10:00-4:00. It is the same day at the Shrewsbury Fall Festival. It is a great opportunity to get more information, or meet me if you aren’t a client.
If you stop by the studio during the open house, you will get a chance to win a free family session in 2014. Amazing! If you bring a friend, you’ll get another chance to put your name in. If you can’t come, but your friend tells me that you referred them, I’ll enter your name for a chance. And, if you really want to come check out the studio, but you can’t do it on Saturday . . . you can stop by on Friday, October 4 (kind of like a sneak peek!) and I’ll enter you name for a chance to win. Awesome!
If you get a chance, let me know if you can make it!
I’ve been asked about my new pricing for my family & milestone sessions in the last couple of days, so I thought I would take a minute to explain it. I have learned that I don’t like to make things any harder than they have to be. So I have kept it pretty straight-forward and simple.
My pricing & packaging is all-inclusive. A family or milestone session is $275. It includes my time & talent . . . which in some cases happens even before our session. It includes a $125 professional print credit, so you can invest in a couple larger prints or even more smaller prints. And, I know how much everyone enjoys the digital images, so I also include all of the edited images from your session which is usually 20-25 images. I do ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure the session date.
I know I am not the least inexpensive photographer, but I am also not the most expensive photographer. There are many talented photographers in the industry, and we all offer something different from the type of photography we specialize in to the type of service and the products that we offer. I am the photographer that will work with you to create the session that is meaningful to you which means many things to many people, and I will provide you with a quality product.
I offer discounts, too. If you have had a session with me in the past 12 months, I give a client loyalty discount. If you refer clients to me, I offer 10% off for each referral (up to 25% toward a session.) Discounts do not apply toward mini-sessions, only for family or milestone sessions.
I hope this answers everyone’s questions about my new pricing and my policies. You can also find this information under the Session Information tab. And, if it didn’t answer your question(s), you should call me 717-814-9088, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org