I went to Walmart yesterday and ran into a few people who I know follow my work either on Facebook or my blog. They both asked me how everything was going and before I could even answer, they mentioned that I’ve been so busy lately. This happens all the time when I see friends, family, and clients! No matter what time of year it is, I’m always busy! Before I started my business, I worried about being able to support myself in the wintertime. There aren’t too many people who want to be outdoors being photographed in the cold weather. I’ve been really fortunate that my business has been successful and I’ve been able to support myself year round. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in my crazy schedule and forget to do things like blog or post sneak peeks. Here are some new pictures that I’ve been meaning to post on my blog and finally had enough time to sit down and do it. I hope you all enjoy the new pictures!!
Posted: June 3, 2013 in Carey
Five years ago, when I was a junior in high school, everyone kept asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. For anyone who is a junior or senior in high school, you know how stressful that is. Picking a career that you are going to do until you retire (or so you think), picking a college, getting accepted to the college, the list just goes on and on. Ever since I was little, I thought for sure that I would be a teacher. I would make my little sister play school with me all the time. It came as a big surprise to my mom when I was a junior and decided that I wanted to do something other than being a teacher. I didn’t know what it was that I wanted to do, but I was changing. I decided that I wanted to own my own business. I grew up on my parent’s dairy farm and couldn’t picture myself working for someone else. I started taking a photography class just for fun at school, the same class my older brother had taken a few years before. While he was taking the class, I was always trying to borrow his camera. He would get so mad at me because I was borrowing/taking it without his permission all the time. I was excited to take the class because my mom had recently bought me an awesome $300 camera for my birthday. The class was more like a study hall; it was entirely self taught and all we had to do was put together a portfolio with a certain number of pictures and turn it in at the end of the semester. The pictures had to be part of a theme and I chose water as my theme. I was having a blast taking pictures of water droplets as they rolled off the edge of the barn, frozen ponds, ducks in the water, etc. My brother called me one day and told me that he was driving by the Most Road and noticed the ice on the sign had slid off but was still partially hanging. I grabbed my camera and drove up the road. I started snapping my point and shoot camera like a crazy paparazzi before the ice fell off. It ended up being the best picture in my portfolio and I just came across a copy of it this morning while looking for something on my computer. I believe that this is a copied version of the picture because I remember it looking more contast-y. I still think it’s a really cool picture. It was about then that I decided I wanted to be a photographer. The photography school I went to was incredibly challenging and expensive, so I was worried that I might be making the wrong choice. After all, there was no guarantee that any of us would have a successful business after we graduated. Soon after the school year started, it became obvious that I had made the right decision. It’s been five years since I took this picture and so much has changed! On July 1, I will be celebrating two years as a business owner and professional photographer as well as two years since I graduated photo school. I never would have guessed that my career would have taken off the way that it did! You just never know what’s going to happen and I’m excited to see what happens in the next few years!
Posted: May 26, 2013 in Carey
Hi everyone! I probably should have posted this on Thursday, but I’m on vacation. I will be answering emails and posting lots of sneak peeks on Facebook when I get back on Tuesday. I am on a fishing trip with my husband’s family so it’s debatable if it’s actually considered a vacation haha! I’m not really into fishing so I’ve just been relaxing, working on the bar mitzvah pictures and ordering prints, but mostly just relaxing. Talk to you all on Tuesday!
Meet Brett and Stacey! Brett works with my husband’s mother and step-father. Apparently they bragged me up enough because Brett contacted me and asked about an engagement session! I was really excited for their session and had some new poses I wanted to try out. They were up for anything, which was really nice. Stacey wanted a picture of her ring, it is one of the prettiest rings I’ve ever seen! (Good job, Brett!!) They are getting married on October 19th this year! Congratulations!!
Posted: May 8, 2013 in Baby Portraits
Meet Jordan! I’ve been friends with his mom, Kayla, since 7th grade so I was more than happy to do a session when she asked me. She wanted to get her mother something really great for Mother’s Day and decided to do a surprise session. Her plan was to pick her favorite picture and have it made into a metal print. Jordan and Kayla came in for the session and later that day, she went to her parent’s house. They somehow already knew about the secret session and asked her about it. It actually worked out better this way because her mom was able to come with her and help her pick out prints once the cat was out of the bag. Her mom fell in love with the float wrap, which is a smooth canvas (my personal favorite!!). The float wrap has been ready for a few weeks now but since Kayla’s mom found out the secret, she’s making her wait until Mother’s Day to see it!
Meet Brooke and John! Don’t let the pink ribbon fool you; they’re expecting a boy!! They’ve already picked out his name, it is going to be Silas. They were a fun, easygoing couple to work with and I’m really excited to meet little Silas once he’s here! As you all know, I offer a free newborn session to babies between the ages of 4 and 14 days old. Now that I’m approaching my busiest time of year, I’ve realized that it is going to be more difficult to schedule newborn sessions because my schedule is quite full already. I know it’s hard because you never know when your baby will arrive, but please try to give me as much notice as possible. In the past, I’ve had clients contact me when their baby was 12 days old, which didn’t leave a lot of time to schedule their session before they were two weeks. If that happens now, most likely I will not be able to fit you in my schedule and I would really hate to turn babies away for being ‘too old.’ So please contact me as soon as you leave the hospital and I will make every effort to find an opening in my schedule! After all, newborn portraits only happen once in a lifetime! :)
Posted: May 6, 2013 in Baby Portraits
Meet Lucas! He’s six months old and cuter than ever! Since it was so nice outside today, we decided to do some indoor and some outdoor portraits. I love doing this because there is so much variety in the pictures. Do you see how smiley and happy he is in these pictures? Would you ever guess that his very first tooth was coming in that morning? Talk about a happy baby! Which picture is your favorite?