Monday, August 11, 2014

Super Moon

Last night there was a Super Moon... I almost completely forgot about it, so by the time I remembered and grabbed the camera, it was already pretty high in the sky (but that didnt stop me for taking pictures anyway!)  After some clever editing in CS5 I managed to come up with this image (the moon is mine, the rest are night sky and some cloud overlays and me playing around with the brushes and dabbing in stars to make it a complete image) Under my edited version is the original image I shot off my back deck.    


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Greyson's 3rd Birthday Portraits

Hard to believe this little man is going to be 3!  
Slow down buddy! Dont grow up too fast! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Changes

  As part of my new year resolution,  I have decided to make a few changes that will impact how I run this business.  I will no longer edit pictures or answer messages when my children are home.  I will set aside a time when my kids are not awake or not here to answer emails or do edits.  I will not be working on edits on the weekends, and my weekend appointments will be limited to mornings only,  so that I will have the rest of the day to spend with my family.  I also will no longer be stressing myself out to get edits done faster than my allotted time frame or squeeze people in once I'm booked, completely over extending myself in the process, all because people didn't plan ahead to get on my calendar before my calendar was full.  I tried to do this last year and failed miserably, stressing myself and my family out by overbooking to squeeze in last minute appointments, constantly editing or answering emails and basically always having my eyes on my computer screen or behind a lens, missing the two most important people in my life growing up without me even noticing, because I was busy watching everyone else's children behind my lens.   While  I do love seeing my clients return each session and watch their children grow up behind my lens,  I also realized that I need to make it a personal goal of mine to unplug, unwind and spend quality time with my own children,  because while I was busy capturing your memories, I realized I was missing out on my own.   They are only little for so long, and I don't want to miss another moment of their lives.  I hope everyone (especially people with children of their own)  can understand that appointments will be far more limited this year.   I am a mom first, and a business owner second.  Book early enough to ensure a spot, because once my available spots are gone, they are gone.  Thank you for understanding!  
As this year is coming to an end, I want to thank all of my wonderful clients for choosing me as your photographer and allowing me to capture your moments. I am honored to see past clients return and to have met so many new clients this year as well. It was a pleasure to photograph all of you. 2013 was one of my busiest years yet and I have my incredible clients to thank for that. I'm looking forward to 2014 and another great year watching your children grow up behind my lens. Happy New Year!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Snow Globe Photos

Get your photo inside a snow globe! Ask me for details.  Prints available, Also cards or a digital file to do as you please with.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

{G} Family Portraits

  Gorgeous location, and more importantly, gorgeous family! These guys are always a blast to photograph.  Till we wrapped up the session it was getting pretty dark, and yet they somehow managed to find my lens cap in their yard, which must've fallen out of my camera bag and I didn't notice at the time.  Thanks guys for an awesome session! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

{H} Family Portraits

I caught this gorgeous little doll having a silly moment during her photo session... and I just loved everything about the image, from her eyes, her expression, and even her tongue poking through her teeth haha!  What a cutie!  Lock her up now dad, she's gonna have all the boys knocking on the door someday soon!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Why do my edits take so long to be completed?

So why are your edits taking {what seems like} forever?  This isn't like your local walmart or sears studio where you get plopped down, have a few pictures snapped and then go into the next room where they throw some basic adjustment on the image like b+w or vignette and voila, you just spent a bunch of money on junk images that took them no longer than 15 minutes for your session and the edits.  This is custom photography.  I take my time with your session.  I want your session to be unique and fun.  And I also want your final images to be beautiful. Once your session is over and you head out the door,  I begin the uploading process from my camera to my computer.  I then cull through your images, choosing the best ones, and duplicates, blinks and unflattering poses get tossed.  After I have culled through the images is where the magic begins.  I adjust lighting, fix blemishes, sometimes I need to remove something or fix something in the background of your image that we didn't notice at your session.  Sometimes an image is almost perfect straight out of the camera, other times an image has great potential, but it needs a lot of tweaking to make it perfect.  Sometimes I spend 10 minutes on an image, other times I've been known to spend an hour editing, enhancing and perfecting an image.  Also keep in mind that you are not my only client.  I go in the order of sessions, so you may be 5th on my list to edit.  I completely understand that you are excited to see you images complete, and I'm excited for your too.  I know it was a great session, I know there are some fantastic images in there, I know that sneak peek I posted for you just made you even more excited, but please be aware that it will take 10-15 business days to complete the editing process for regular sessions, 30-40 business days for all specialty sessions like newborns, seniors, events, etc.  And asking me every other day if your images are done yet doesn't make me move faster, I wish it did, but it doesn't.  it actually takes time away from my editing, as I'm answering constant emails about how much longer the edits will take.   I'm a photographer, a business owner, and a full time mom as well.  Don't worry, I will notify you as soon as they are done with all the info you need to log onto your gallery so you can view your images and share the gallery with your friends and family.  Trust me, your pictures will be worth the wait, you will love them!

Friday, March 15, 2013

House Photography

I got the pleasure of photographing a house for a local contractor for his website again.  The houses he builds are gorgeous, and I loved going in, walking around and dreaming of my next house (I have lots of ideas pinned onto my "dream house decorating' board on Pinterest. =)