It has been a LONG time since my last maternity session. But I was SO excited to do this one! This one was for a very special woman and her new little family. She was not only a past senior of mine, but a past senior rep of mine! So I got an entire year to get to know her. Naturally when she told me she wanted a maternity shoot, I was over the moon excited! I love being able to continue with my seniors on the next stages of their lives. (And my reps can NEVER get rid of me 😉 ). It was great catching up with her and meeting her boyfriend. They make a super sweet couple!
She wanted her maternity shoot to be at the beach. We did not have a great sunrise, and it was very cloudy, but that works well for sessions too! When it is really cloudy, we can spend more time ON the beach without squinting in the bright sun. So I LOVE cloudy beach days to shoot! We got lots of beautiful photos. And I have to say, with parents this good looking, that is going to be one pretty baby! Can’t wait to meet him in a couple of months!
Here are a few sneak peeks from our shoot:
Now, if you follow me at all, you know that it is pretty rare that I will run a sale. But this year, I am getting caught up in all the Black Friday fun. So I thought to do a Black Friday sale MY way. No crazy waiting in lines, no pushing or shoving, no having to get up at 2am. All you have to do is give me a quick call, during normal people hours, and you get a gift that no one will want to return! But I didn’t want it to stop with just Friday. There is also a relatively new thing (or at least it is new to me) – Small Business Saturday. This is when you support local small businesses in your area.
So . . . the details!!! You have two options for the sale. Option #1 – Pre-purchasing a session for $225 (local session for a family session, kid session, senior session, or engagement session to be held anytime between 1/1/13-4/1/13 – includes session fee and print package) OR Option #2 Gift Certificates! The gift certificates can be used towards session fees and/or prints. The higher the dollar amount you purchase, the more you get for free! Either of these two options can be purchased for yourself or can be purchased for someone else for the perfect gift! Call during the hours listed, and let me know which option you want! If you receive voicemail, it just means I am on the phone with someone else taking advantage of the Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Holiday sale! Just please leave a message for me and let me know which option you would like, and I will get back with you as soon as I can!
Hahahaha! This little mini session was taken when we realized that my nephew would NOT be born while I was up in Atlanta. So, he needed to get whatever kind of session I could give him. This shoot was on the day before he was born. Yes, my sister went into labor in under 12 hours AFTER I left to catch my plane back home! Little stinker showing who was boss, I guess!
Anyway, I was glad I got to do a maternity session for my sister. She was looking great, and feeling great (as great as you can feel when you are 40+ weeks!), and she really did want to get a few belly photos of her and the new big-sister-to-be. Here are a couple from that shoot:
Hi all! I am back from vacation, and I am not gonna lie, I wish I was still there! Alaska is such a beautiful place, and it was hard to come home. But, of course, I did come home! And now I am rested and recharged and ready to get shooting again!
For my seniors, I know you don’t want to hear this, but there is only 2 weeks until school starts. I know some of you wanted to wait until the end of summer to get your senior photos taken. Well, that time is now! I still have several dates open this month, so you want to get a jump on them. Once school starts, there will be a million other things going on! But, if you are wanting to wait a little longer, that is fine too. Fall does tend to book up with family shoots, so you will want to at least get on the calendar soon, so you get the date that you want.
For my families, I know YOU don’t want to hear this, but we are getting close to the holidays! I know, you are going to say that there is still 5 months, but if you have been with me for a while, you know that really isn’t true. Yes, of course there is still 5 months until the holidays, BUT not 5 months until holiday photos! My shooting deadline is usually the end of October, for you to get them back before the holidays. That allows enough time for editing, proofing, ordering, and printing. So, if you know you are going to want your family photos done, it is best to contact me now to set your date. Weekends in the fall go pretty quickly!
And then a little more news. Many of you have been hearing about my Africa trip. Many of you have been so patient and understanding with me and my ever-changing schedule, with regards to the Africa trip. Well, you don’t have to wait anymore. There was only 10 days in this entire year that I would not be able to go (because of this family vacation that has been in the works for over a year). After too many delays to count, the family FINALLY got the clearance to travel and pick up their son! Unfortunately (for me, not them!), it was a few days ago, when I was in Alaska. I am over the moon excited for the family, because as you know, this is a LONG time in waiting (we were originally supposed to travel in JANUARY!). I wish I was there, but I am so happy that their wait is finally over.
So, since I won’t be traveling to Africa (anytime soon!), I am planning on flying up to Nashville (where they live) and doing a family session for them after they get back and settled. I have to wait until they get back to set exact dates, but it will be sometime in September. I will be there for a few days, and since I am up there, I will accept a couple of sessions while I am there. If you live in the area and are interested in booking a session, OR if you know someone in the area who would be interested, let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org My travel sessions tend to fill up quickly, and especially with this time of year (perfect for those holiday sessions!), I expect these couple of slots to go.
That is all the news and updates I have for now!
As much as I love the scorching heat of Florida (insert eyeroll here), I am leaving this great state for a little while. No worries, I’ll be back, it is just vacation! My family and I are heading off to Alaska for a much needed vacation! This is one of those “bucket list” vacations, and we are SO excited to be going. I will be taking at least 2 million photographs while I am gone, so I am sure you will be seeing a few here in a couple of weeks. But for now, I will be checking my e-mail only frequently (come on, it IS a vacation afterall!). So be patient with my e-mail response time please! But I promise you, I will come back fully recharged and ready to shoot! If you are interested in booking a shoot, check the calendar section on my website for available dates, and then e-mail me the one you want (with one back up date, just in case). And what a way to come back from vacation, with an e-mail full of people who want sessions ;).
Oh, how I love my birthday! My husband and boys always spoil me. Not necessarily with a bunch of gifts, but rather with lots of love and attention. It is a day all about me! Who wouldn’t love that?! This morning, I slept in late, and was greeted with my most favorite breakfast in the world. Banana stuffed french toast. YUMMMMMM!
So now I sit here in a very happy mood, so I want to spread that around! (That is where YOU come in!). For any sessions booked TODAY (until midnight tonight!) for shoots held in September, you will get the gift of a HALF PRICE SESSION and a free gift print with your order! This offer is good for today only, and the session must be booked for September. It is good for senior sessions, kid sessions, baby sessions, or family sessions!
September is a great time to have a session. The weather is cooling down (a little), and it is a great jump into the holiday season (yes, have to think about that already!). Get those family holiday photos done and crossed off your list early this year!
So, if you want to take advantage of my BIRTHDAY SPECIAL, shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com and let me know what date you want! Remember, you have to pick your date TODAY for this half price session!
Happy birthday to me . . . Happy birthday to me . . . Happy BIRTHDAY to Jeannette . . . Happy birthday to me!
We spent Thanksgiving up in Atlanta, due to my little sister being not-so-little right now! She still has a little over 5 weeks to go, so driving in a car for 8 hours wasn’t going to work. So we all went up and had turkey up there! Turkey aside, it was a perfect time to do her maternity session!
Now, my sister isn’t a fan of the camera, but this was something that she wanted. She also wanted to include her dogs in the photos. Well, dogs can be so much harder than kids to photograph! Especially one of her dogs! So, we split up the session and did some with the dogs, and the rest with just her. I am partial to the ones without the dogs, but I know she will be opposite of me, so I will put one peek with the dogs in, just for her! The rest of the peeks are ones that I liked!
Not too much longer now! Then I will have my first little niece! And yes, she will be just as photographed as my own boys! LOL!
This session was a special one for me, because it is my niece inside that little baby bump! My sister came down for a quick weekend visit and wanted to get a few maternity shots. I did tell her that her “real” maternity session that we will have at the end of the pregnancy will be much more involved! This one lasted a little longer than expected (by me), but I am so happy with them. I have lots to show her, but for a little sneak peek, here is my sister (and my niece!):
*She asked if I make all pregnant women climb trees! LOL!*
And now back to business! The storms have passed (and fingers crossed that these next two will pass quickly as well), and it is a great time to have a session. I did have some rain out cancellations, which left me pretty bummed. But I did also have two people book sessions during that little impromptu special that I had during the actual storm! I am anxious to get working again, so let’s book a session TODAY!
As you know, my holiday schedule is up on my website. The weekends are already filling up! The good news is that there are still a few left, but you don’t want to wait. If you know you are going to want a session, e-mail me ASAP and hold your date. There won’t be any more dates opening up, so what is on there is what is left.
And last item of business! I have been contacted lately from people in other areas (close, but not REALLY close by) asking if I would do a session there. The answer is yes. I WILL go do a session there, however, to make it most affordable for you, I would like to have a few sessions. Otherwise, there would be a travel fee added to your session fee. But if you have some friends who would love to have some beautiful portraits made, pass along my website to them, and see if they would be interested. If I have several sessions for the same weekend, then I will waive the travel fee. *Now, this is for south FL thru Atlanta area. Any further than that, I will need to fly, so there will still be a travel fee.*
This mama-to-be was a lot of fun. She does have other children, but this was the first time she thought about maternity photos. And she was up for anything! Love that! She seemed to really enjoy the “sexy ones”, so I will put one of those up for her sneak peek! Hot stuff! I am working thru the rest, and will let you know when they are ready.
This maternity session turned into a big sister session! Don’t worry, we got plenty of just mom, but it was important to mom to get a shot with big sister, and soon-to-be little sister. So that is what I will share for the sneak peek! She was being a little stinker, and being very quick, but I did catch this sweet shot. Don’t you just love her?!