This Week at CCP {Week 4}

Posted: July 24, 2016 in This Week at CCP

$50 gift certificate winner!

I did a $50 gift certificate drawing and put everyone’s name in the hat that left me a comment! I had Ryan pull a name out of the hat and the luck winner is Heidi Weaver!! Thanks to everyone who participated, I loved reading all of your comments!:)

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Looking for props/Back to school mini session special!

I’m so excited for the newest special, the back to school mini sessions!! There are going to be fun and vintage-y and held in mid-August!! Knowing that your kids will have their pictures taken in school, this will be a rare offer where I will be offering just a CD. I’m looking for an old desk like this one if anyone has one that I can use! More details coming soon!

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Official youth soccer photographer!

I’ve photographed karate, baseball, and now my new adventure will be soccer! I will be photographing all of the Addison youth soccer teams this fall and I can’t wait!:)

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Five Year Anniversary & Give Away!

I have no idea how I missed this one but the actual anniversary of when I started my business is July 1, 2011! I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate in honor of the five year anniversary and all you have to do to qualify to be in the drawing is comment on my Carey Crooker Photography Facebook page or on here (or both!!) and let me know what you like best about the ‘This Week at CCP’ posts! The gift certificate will be chosen randomly and if you comment on the Facebook page and my blog, your name will be entered twice! :)*The gift certificate can be used towards any new orders!

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Gwen turned 3!

My niece Gwen turned three on July 4 and we did her annual birthday session the other day! Look how big she has gotten! Her family is building a new house(!!) and she had gotten pretty obsessed with the ‘bull bozer’ as she calls it so it made for a great prop!:)

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Over 700 likes & 160 shares!

Dave shared this picture of his ’57 Chevy from his son’s senior session and it got over 760 likes and 162 shares on the Facebook page called Four on the Floor!

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New senior collage!

This new and unique senior collage is available to add to any senior package and can be printed on paper or  canvas and used as a Facebook timeline!

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The picture of the bears was published again!

Due to the unusually dry summer we are having, there have been more run-ins between people and bears and this is the second time that my picture has been published in the Star Gazette! Click here for the link to read the article!

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I love when people ask me if photography is all I do or if I have another job. Sometimes I want to say, ‘When would I have time for anything else?’:) For the record, it is my only job but it keeps me super busy! I’m one of those people who can’t stand to not be busy, so I think I picked the right career!:)  Here’s what a typical day looks like for us (don’t worry, I’ll leave out the boring things like changing diapers and washing dishes haha!):

7-8:30: Wake up somewhere in this time frame. I know, I’m spoiled! (My poor husband has to get up at 6:30 and be to work by 7, which yes, only a guy could do!) If I have a meeting that day, I set my computer by my bed the night before so I can get started editing right away while the kids are hopefully still asleep. I can usually get about an hour’s worth of editing done while they are sleeping next to me. It takes anywhere from 2-4 hours of editing for each meeting. If I don’t have a meeting that day, I usually sleep in until the kids wake me up because I was most likely up late the night before. If it’s a weekend, I’m up getting my gear around and cleaning the studio for a 9 am session.

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9-11: On days I’m meeting a client at the studio to look at their pictures, I’m frantically getting my kids up, getting them dressed, getting myself halfway presentable, and getting out the door. Luckily the drive to the studio isn’t very far! If I have a meeting, it usually last about an hour or so. During this time, I have to keep my kids entertained which might mean holding them both while I write down a client’s order! Good thing multitasking comes easy for me!:)

If I don’t have a meeting, I let the kids wake up whenever and try to get as much work done on my computer as I can. This includes answering emails, ordering prints, uploading pictures from the session the night before, editing pictures, retouching/photoshopping pictures, designing collages, talking to clients on the phone (while feeding the baby and chasing after a toddler!), working on new blog posts, posting sneak peeks, packaging orders, etc.

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11: Around 11, FedEx drops off pictures that I sent to the lab to be printed. During my busy season, I might get as many as ten boxes a week and around Christmastime, I get anywhere from 2-5 boxes per day leading up to the 25th! Ryan loves when the ‘box truck’ comes because he gets to pop the packaging bubbles while I sort the pictures into each client’s box. I inspect the pictures to make sure everything has printed correctly and if something needs to be fixed, I sit down and reorder it right away. I check each client’s order and make sure everything has arrived. If everything is ready, I will call or email them and we schedule time to meet at the studio. Most packages include some digital files so I work on making their CDs. While I’m doing this, I’m always running back and forth between what I’m working on and helping the kids. Sometimes I’ll get Ryan set up doing something fun like play dough  and I’ll set out some toys for Kristin or let her play with our puppy, Rocky.

12– Lunchtime!

1-3: By this time, Kristin is usually really tired so if we have to run errands, it is a good time to let her fall asleep in the car. If we don’t have to go anywhere, I  feed her until she falls asleep in my arms and then somehow manage to hold her and work on my computer because she very rarely will stay asleep if I set her down. And in the rare occasion she stays asleep when I set her down, Ryan will go over and wake her up because he wants to play. Thanks buddy!:)

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3-4: I try to get everything ready for my evening session. This includes getting batteries charged, memory cards cleared, and making sure I have all of my equipment. If the session I have will be in the studio, I load the kids in the car and we sweep the floors (1300 square feet takes awhile!), clean the bathroom, make sure all the props are put away (I usually don’t have time to clean up after sessions because I need to rush home and feed Kristin), and get things set up for the client coming in later. When we are finished, we go back home, play outside,and decide what to make for dinner.

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5: Get dressed for the evening’s session, look for a few new posing ideas on Pinterest, and think about which locations will be best based on the day’s lighting. Sometimes we drive around to different places to check on lighting and look for new locations.

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5:30: Load the kids back in the car and go to the studio. Sean works 7 am- 5:30 pm now that he has so much overtime so we meet at the studio at 5:45. We hang out until the clients arrive and then he takes the kids home or to over to play with their cousins. During this time, I let him know what I’ve hopefully set out for dinner. Sometimes I’ve put something in the crock pot earlier. Most of the time, I’ve had every intention to put together a casserole and have it all ready for him to put in the oven, but that doesn’t always happen.

6-8: This is when I have a session. If it’s nice outside, we usually only spend a few minutes at the studio and then we go to four or five (sometimes more) different locations. I get a lot of exercise during this time because I’m carrying a lot of gear and hiking to all sorts of places. I tend to be very energetic (sometimes it takes A LOT to get some people to smile and nothing is off limits!!) and use a lot of creative energy so I’m usually pretty tired by the end.

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8-8:30: I get home and hopefully dinner is ready or at least partially ready. If Sean put chicken in the oven, it’s usually done when I walk in the door and then I put together whatever else we are eating.

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I love coming home and seeing Sean and the kids waiting for me!

8:45-9: Water the flowers, let Rocky run around outside, and try to tire the kids out! Sean and I try to run either outside or on the treadmill, too. (That is if we aren’t too exhausted haha!)DSC_7631.jpg

9-11: I work on more editing while Sean watches the kids or holds them if they fall asleep. They go to bed later than they should, but at least they sleep in pretty late.

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11-12: This unfortunately is when we finally fall asleep. If it’s my really busy season, I’ll turn on Netflix and stay up until 3 am because I can get more work done when the house is quiet. On those late nights, that’s when I’m so glad my kids sleep in!!

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So that’s what our days look like. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone but somehow we make it work! Sean and I are both working weekends now too, so that makes it even crazier! Although our schedules are completely opposite, it is nice for our kids to never have to go to day care! It’s also really nice that there is enough flexibility in my schedule that I can take breaks throughout the day and do laundry, go for a walk with the kids, or meet Sean for lunch! In the summer, there have been times I’ve had one or more photoshoots a day for up to 12 days in a row! Everyday is completely different for us and our schedules are never the same (which I actually prefer!). Some days I have so many pictures to order, I’m at my computer most of the day. Other days, I don’t open my computer until Sean gets home and Ryan, Kristin, and I go to my mom’s house to hang out. Things tend to come up really last minute for us and what might look like a simple relaxing day turns into a session with an hours notice because the lighting was ideal or I might end up meeting with two or three different clients at different times if their pictures arrive in the mail! Other days, I might get up early and work all day long to prepare for meetings and sessions and they get rescheduled due to rain! When that happens, we throw the kids in the car and find something fun to do (like this picture below of Sean and Ryan fishing!) or go out for ice cream. We never really know what the day has in store but it definitely keeps life interesting!:)

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Welcome to the second week of This Week at CCP! It really is amazing how much can happen in just seven days. Here’s a recap:

I have a new niece!

Meet the newest addition to the Mourhess clan, Tori Brielle!  She was born right on her due date, July 2, and weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces!❤

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Scheduled seven senior sessions in one day!

Earlier this week, my phone was ringing all morning with parents calling to schedule seniors sessions! It was a record breaking day, booking a total of seven senior sessions!   I bet you know what I’ll be taking pictures of everyday this week!:)

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My picture was published in the Democrat and Chronicle!

Remember the picture I took a few years ago of the mother bear with her five cubs? It was just featured in the Democrat and Chronicle! Check out the full article here!

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Favorite picture of the week!

I absolutely LOVE this picture of Lizzie sleeping in the bassinet! This picture was actually taken just outside the door to the studio so when we build our house, this will be our view!:)

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Working on the driveway!

Our original plan was to put the driveway to the studio up a little further because we are right at the top of a hill and thought the visibility would be better. When we went to make the driveway, we discovered it was a huge sinkhole and it would require a ton of fill. We decided to make a temporary driveway until we dig our basemen next year. Since it’s all shale where we are, we will be able to use everything we dig/blast out with dynamite (:) ) to use as a base layer for a new driveway. Then we hope to blacktop it! But in the meantime, my husband and father-in-law smoothed out the current one to make it easier to drive on!

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My husband went to Alaska!

Sean and some of his family members went on a week long trip to Alaska! He had an awesome time and the highlights included catching a 96 pound fish, almost hitting a moose, seeing bald eagles, and not having to change a single diaper! Here are a few  pictures he took while he was there:

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i’d love to hear what you think of the ‘This Week at CCP’ posts! I will try to put up a new post every Sunday!:)

Here’s a brand new blog theme that I’m so excited to start; the what’s happening this week! It’s amazing how much happens in such a short period of time and lately I haven’t been the best at keeping everyone updated. I’m blaming that one these two  :)

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These posts will include everything that’s happening with special promotions that are being offered, updates on the construction of the new studio, favorite pictures from the week, new props I’ve purchased, new and exciting things my kids are learning, new locations I’ve discovered to take pictures, etc! It will be a really fun way to connect with clients and for you see a little more behind the scenes!

We started siding the new studio!

I’m so bummed too because I’m really going to miss seeing that beautiful Tyvek on the outside….said no one ever!! We finally decided on a special order dark gray with extra thick white trim around the windows and black shutters! This was a huge decision because whatever we chose for the studio will also be on our house when we build it since they will be connected by a breezeway!

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Finishing up baseball!

A few last minute orders have been trickling in, but 99% of the pictures have been completed and handed back to the parents. It was a really great experience photographing all of the teams this year and I’m looking forward to hopefully being asked to do it again next year!

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Senior session officially started!

Seniors sessions have officially started and my phone is ringing off the hook (they need to update that saying with something like vibrating off the table!:) ) with parents calling and booking sessions!

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My sister graduated!

My little sister, Corrine, graduated high school the other day and we are really going to miss her when she starts college this fall at Susquehanna University in PA! She’s going to be a graphic design major and I know she’s going to be extremely successful! If I’m lucky, I might be able to convince her to help me with some awesome new designs!!

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This is me with my siblings; (L-R) me, Caitlin, Colt, Corrine, Connor, and Clinton

Kristin started walking!

Well, I’m not sure if it’s technically walking but there have been a few different times where she has taken five or six steps in a row! Not sure what that’s considered exactly but I do know one thing; we are in trouble. Big trouble because we now have two kids on the go!:)

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See, I told you a lot happens around here!! I hope you enjoyed this post! Please let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more like this:)

Before Kristin was even born, I’ve had this idea that I would take a picture of the kids together in a silver washing tub and photoshop in some bubbles. I’ve been counting on getting a really epic picture and then putting it in the studio bathroom. It’s tricky to pick a picture to put in a public bathroom and I thought that this idea would be perfect! Well, take a look at the blackmail, I mean outtake from our session:

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I think knew how badly I wanted this picture and were determined that no amount of me jumping around, bribing them with candy, etc. would make them just sit there and smile! As I’m sitting here typing this, I’m chucking to myself because the words stubborn, headstrong, and determined are all coming to my mind; words I remember my mom using to describe me as a kid. My mom reminded me of the time she took my brother and I to get pictures taken and he was smiling ear to ear while I was pulling a Kristin that day, refusing to smile. The more I look at that picture of Kristin being completely ticked off that she has to sit in that bucket, the more I’m falling in love with it. It might not be the picture that gets printed as a 16×20 but it definitely has it’s place. Maybe I’ll save it for her when she grows up and has kids of her own!❤

Take a look at these two pictures of Ryan and our new puppy:

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I was so caught up in getting that perfect picture of my kids, if they had sat there and smiled, there’s a really good chance I never would have gotten these pictures of Ryan and Rocky! I know this is different than my usual posts, but I just wanted to show everyone that photographing kids is hard work. I’ve had so many people joke that my kids must be professionals at getting their picture taken, but I think this post does a pretty good job of showing the truth. Even though I post tons of pictures of my kids smiling, there’s a lot behind the scenes that you didn’t see. So parents, don’t be upset or embarrassed at how your kids act during their session. The perfect smiling pictures are great, but sometimes it’s the pictures you weren’t expecting to get that you love the most!

 

How is it even possible that it’s time for senior sessions already?! Don’t get me wrong, I am SO excited because seniors just might be my absolute favorite to photograph! I love going to all the different locations and trying out new poses and ideas!DSC_6636.jpg

A typical session goes something like this; meet at my studio and take a look at the different clothes you bring. Most seniors will bring three to five different outfits ranging from casual to semi-formal. Some guys will bring a shirt and tie for a formal head and shoulder portrait in the studio.  *(You might want to take a look at the requirements for your school’s yearbook submission. Some schools allow an outdoor photo while other schools have strict requirements any only accept a head and shoulder indoor portrait on a certain color backdrop)*

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After I take a look at the clothes you bring (girls, try to bring a variety of pants, shorts, and skirts/dresses. A lot of poses use the belt loops or back pockets so don’t limit yourself to just skirt/dress poses. Guys, solid colors or very minimal patterns work best!) I will give you lots of location options based on the lighting that day. I have a portable light that I bring on all of my sessions so don’t worry if it’s not a bright sunny day. Overcast days are actually better for lighting, believe it or not! We will go to the first location and spend about 20-30 minutes there.

I will/demonstrate exactly how to pose and might even show you a picture on my phone of the pose to make it easier. Feel free to speak up if you have any ideas or poses on your phone that you’ve saved! These are your pictures and I want to make sure you get exactly what you want! When we are finished, you can change in your car or the studio if we are close by and we will go to the next location. Most sessions usually last about two hours and we will go to four or five different locations! If you are going to be a senior this school year, now is the time to book your session! I always tell people to BOOK EARLY in case we have issues with the weather and need to reschedule.  If you have any questions, please give me a call at 607-368-6245.