Lovely baby bump


Last week I had the privilege of photographing a wonderful mom and her 4 boys, I also snapped a few of her niece while I was there 🙂  It was a long hot day that involved lots of mud and bugs, tons of laughs and a mid session break to shower off all the mud.

With each of my pregnancies I always wanted the cute baby belly and to “glow”  instead I got the puffy face, massive swelling in hands and feet and my baby belly was NOT cute lol.  This Momma to be is absolutely beautiful and she is finally going to have a little girl in a few weeks and I can’t wait to  meet her!  With 4 older brothers no body better mess with her 🙂 I had a hard time deciding which photos to put on here since there were well over 100 of them to chose from.  Be sure to check the others out on my web site 🙂  Don’t forget to head over to facebook and “like” my page.

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Changes


I recently read a blog post by an awesome photographer whom I really look up to, Rachel Vanoven.  Her blog really inspired me to voice some of my thoughts on this matter.  While I am not near as busy as her nor do I host mentoring and workshops, I have some of the same concerns and problems she does.  In my busy times I feel as though I spend all my time behind the camera or in front of the computer screen.  In my not as busy times I am still in front of the computer a ton, working on website, learning new techniques, networking, and trying to find new props and accessories.  There are times when I miss my husband and kids so much even though they are under the same roof as I am.

Another  worry I have is, what if my clients think that I need to work on their images non stop until their gallery is posted, after all I work from home right, I am right there to get it done whats stopping me.  Now, I know that my clients aren’t that way because I have the best clients and they are so understanding, heck most of the time I end up becoming friends with my clients and that means the world to me.  That is me feeling I need to sit down and get all the images edited and the gallery posted and all the other work done before I can do anything else, not my clients making me feel that way.

While I still plan on working hard for my clients and putting my heart into each image, this is the year for priority changes, I am a wife and mother first and foremost and a photographer second.  I love my job more than any one has a right to, but I also need time with those I love.   This is the year I will not overbook myself so that I am running ragged and missing my kids childhoods (they are only this age once and I sure do not want to miss it)  In August, my son will start 5th grade and that is his last year of elementary school (and is already texting girls and rides his bike to friends house and “shoots hoops with his buddies” and I feel like I have no idea when that happened) and my daughter will start kindergarten.  They will both be in school all day for the first time in 10 years so my hours will be changing.  Starting in August, I will do sessions more during the day and only allow one maybe 2 evenings for sessions and I won’t be doing anything on Sundays except spending that precious time with my family and watching my children laugh and play (or bicker and fight as seems to be the case with these two) I will do office work during the day and stop at 3 when I pick my kids up from school. Life is too short and I do not want to take any of it for granted.  After all my daughter won’t want to twirl in a long flowing dress for too much longer and I don’t want to miss those moments any more.

Thank you Rachel for inspiring me to change how I do business so I do not miss my kids childhood.

Two in one day!


Last Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing 2 newborns.  You met the first one in the last blog post and now its time to meet the second little guy.  I have photographed is 3 older siblings for a little over a year and now I get to include this little munchkin in my list of uber cute clients!!  This little newbie was 5 days new at the time of the session and it was the perfect age to do all the bending and posing, he was super pliant and we had so much fun!!  Newborn sessions always wear me out for the simple fact that I am crawling around on the floor for about 3 hours for each one, so you can imagine after 6 hrs crawling around and hovering over the babies I was sooooo tired and stiff.  But I am pretty sure it was TOTALLY worth it.  I know I say this a lot but, I DO HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD.

As usual you can check out all my info and more images on the full website, or you can check me out and “like” me on facebook, don’t forget to click that little like button while your visiting me there 🙂

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Squishy


There are times when I love my job and then there are times when I LOOOOVVVEEEE my job.  Last Saturday was a LOOOOVVVEEEE my job day.  I got to spend the morning with an adorable 8 day new little boy.  He was so cute and squishy, had a head full of thick dark hair and he did a fabulous job letting me pose him.   Momma wanted some outdoor photos very badly and we lucked out that it was warm and sunny enough that we were able to sneak out for a few min and snap a couple shots for her without baby getting chilled.  Every time I do a newborn session I get the worst case of baby fever, but hey that’s a side effect I am willing to live with if i get to have these tiny babies in my studio for a few hours 🙂

As usual you can see all my work and information over on the good ole web page.  Also check me out on Facebook.

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Spring sessions


Spring sessions are so much fun.  I love getting out and taking photos this time of year.  All the colors of the blossoms are breath taking and everything turning green.  The only draw back is all the pollen!   This year is really bad, there is a lovely coating of yellow/green on all hard surfaces.

I recently got to spend some time with 2 beautiful young girls taking some photos for them.  We went to a local church and there were flowers every where and I believe it was the perfect location for spring photos.  It was so much fun and I was so glad I was able to capture them.  Here are a few of their photos.

 

As always you can see all my info and portfolio on my full website or on facebook.

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Spring has sprung!!


Trees are in bloom, flowers are popping up and looking beautiful, warmer temperatures are in the future and the natural light is gorgeous now.  What better time of  year than this for an outdoor session.

I recently had some ideas so I grabbed my handy model (my daughter) and went outside.  These are just a couple of the finished images I have as a result.  I do believe my daughter is probably the most photographed kid out there lol.  She is a good sport when mom gets an idea and wants to try it out.

These images I gave a country vintage feel to and I believe it suits them perfectly.  Once again I am going to have to get very large images of these.  I am totally running out of room in my house.

 

As usual you can see more of my work and all my information on my full website or on Facebook.

Where does time go?


This weekend I wanted to try some different techniques with indoor photos so I grabbed my 5 year old little girl and had her pose for me.  I changed her shirt, touched up the ends of her hair (it has some natural curl) and grabbed a new headband I got for girls.   I pulled out a  fabric back drop and my reflector.  When I have a session she usually is my light tester so she was a pro.  I was going for a straight face and she delivered.  Each time I do her photos she gets better and better and I can’t help but think how awesome she will be when its time to do senior photos (but of course I am NOT going to let her grow up)

I also got some new brushes for editing from Pretty Presets (love their presets and brushes) so I wanted to work with them too.  They are super easy and totally speed up my processing time per image!!

While processing these images I got tears in my eyes several times because it just put right in front of my face how fast my baby girl is growing up!!  She is more than I ever hoped she would be, she is giving, caring, compassionate, thoughtful and so many more things all at the lovely age of 5.  She is a great kid.

Any way here are the images I got of my girl this weekend.  As always you can view more work on my full website or on Facebook.

Contest


Okay so my referral contest is apparently not allowed to be hosted on facebook (there are all kinds of rules and regulations that are confusing as heck) and has to be hosted through a different page.  So here is the deal Lucille….

The purpose of this contest is to grow my potential client base so to be fair I will be checking to see if said person actually “liked” my page before the referral counts (those who have already liked and posted on the page will count towards your referral)  Have your friends and family like my FACEBOOK page  (<<<<<click that handy link over there)  and then post a comment on this blog or on the FACEBOOK  page  that you sent them.   At the end of the month who ever referred the most people will get a free session.  That session includes up to an hour of photo time either in the Mt. Carmel Il or Paducah Ky areas that is a $75.00 value!!!

So get to sharing this post so your friends and family can like my page and comment here and you can win a session 🙂

Facebook is in no way affiliated or responsible for this contest.

Growth


Last week I have the privilege of photographing a newbie!!  Her older brother was one of my first clients and it made me realize just how far I have come since then.  With every session I have I learn a little something to take to the next session.  I truly love what I do even if at times its frustrating and scary being a business owner.  Everything is up to me to do, design, education, promoting the business, the paperwork, the paperwork, the paperwork and not to mention the paperwork.  Sometimes I want to beat my head on the desk and cry but then I head out to a session and I get to snuggle a newbie, play with kids, or be involved with the glamour of a senior session and it is so clear why I do this.  It is truly what I was meant to do in life and I don’t feel right if I am not doing something photo related.

Here are a few of the newbie I had the pleasure to photograph last week.  You look at these and tell me if you think I have the greatest “job” in the world!!

As usual you can find more of my work and info on my full site.  Take a looksie around 🙂  You can also find and “like” me on facebook

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Crazy iphoneography weather


Ok here comes another iphonography post.  This winter has been crazy, the most snow we got was a dusting, we had I think a total of 2 days that were so cold it was unbearable, and we have spring flowers blooming here.  Now normally I see the greenery starting to come up but to actually have blooms is crazy *insert shocked face here* so I slugged through the squishy rain soaked yard to get some photos.  I swear my neighbors have to think I am nuts crawling around the yard with my iphone..  Of course since we lived here for 2 1/2 years I am sure they see me doing all kinds of weird things 🙂

So any way, take a look at my iphoneography here and let me know what ya think 🙂