Here are a few of my favorites from a recent session with the ’57 Chevy!🙂DSC_2944







Sorry for the delay in this week’s post! This is a really busy time of year for us, as you may have been able to tell from previous posts!🙂

Studio progress!

We are getting so close to finishing up the siding on the front! What do you think of the color? DSC_7851.jpg

Here’s the meeting room. We still have trim work to do (unfortanately Sean had most of it done but then had to take it off to cut the edges of the floor to allow it to expand). We plan on doing a different display to the left of the door and we will be adding a few more pictures to the collage wall behind my desk! DSC_7844.jpg

I absolutely love these floating shelves from Target! This is one of my favorite places in the studio. When I was given my husband’s grandfather’s old camera, I knew I wanted to display it!  My original plan was to hang it on the wall but you couldn’t see it very well so instead we grabbed a cake smash stand out of the prop room and it works perfectly to display it!🙂


Classic car display!

The owner of this ’57 Chevy wanted me to design a 16×20 collage and have it printed on canvas to display at a car show! Here’s what I came up with!

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Favorite pictures of the week!











This Week at CCP! {Week 6}

Posted: August 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

Week six already?! Where is the summer going?!

Matthew turned ONE!

I love these pictures of Michael helping Matthew smash his cake!🙂 (I will admit it’s making me a little sad thinking that if Matthew had his birthday, that means Kristin is next! They are about three weeks apart! You can tell we have a huge family because Matthew is actually my first cousin!)


Studio updates!

We’re making progress!! The front is almost completely sided and the exterior lights are up! I was at the studio last week when we had a really heavy rain. The rain was coming right in the crack between the walls and windows, spilling all over the new flooring. Luckily I was there and noticed it before it was ruined! Sean took a personal day and worked on the siding. Maybe a few more rainstorms and we will get the rest of the building done😉


Favorite pictures of the week!



This Week at CCP {Week 5}

Posted: August 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Back to school mini session: special discount pricing!

I found the perfect desk and model for the back to school mini sessions!! These sessions will be held one day (unless you contact me to make other arrangements!), Saturday, August 13. They will be 20-30 minute sessions with props supplied (desk, globe, books, composition notebook, pencils, and more!) but feel free to bring along anything to personalize your session! This is a very rare opportunity to receive just a disc of pictures because I know that your kids will be getting a school picture soon as well. The price for the session and eight fully edited pictures on a CD is just $85+tax!  :)

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(Finally) Decorating the studio!

Due to the rain, we had an unusually quiet weekend so we took advantage of that time and did a ton of work on the studio! And by we, I mean my husband! He put together and hung up a beautiful chandelier in the meeting room, hung up a picture in the bathroom, worked on the ceiling fan in the lounge area of the studio, and put up floating shelves in the meeting room. I am so in love with the way everything is turning out! He was disappointed he didn’t get more work done but what I left out is the fact that we had two little ‘helpers!’ (We still can’t find the pliers that mysteriously disappeared!)🙂


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Family spotlight: Stephen & Joseph!

Being from a big family (my mom is one of 15 full siblings!), they keep me pretty busy photographing all of the big moments in their lives; new babies, engagements, senior pictures, and more. This week I photographed my cousins’ senior pictures! It’s a great way to catch up with everyone and family is always my best form of advertisement!🙂


Starting to schedule fall sessions!

Believe it or not, I’m already starting to schedule fall mini sessions!! These sessions go FAST, so please contact me if you are interested! Here’s one of my favorite family pictures from last year. Check out more family pictures on my website.

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Tori’s birth announcements!

Here’s the front and back of Tori’s custom designed birth announcements! I love the way they look in person! They are 5×7 cards, printed front and back on a really nice thick paper and come with envelopes. All you have to do it put them in the envelopes and send them to your family and friends because all the information is already printed on the cards!



Ryan & Kristin’s new hiding spot!

Now that she’s on the go, Kristin (and Ryan) love opening up the cabinet door and playing under the sink. They love it so much that they somehow managed to knock the water pipe out of alignment..oops!🙂


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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!🙂



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!


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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