So, here is the long story...
I love photographing you and your family!
I love being your storyteller and memory keeper and friend.
I love playing with your kiddos and surprising them with all the crazy little things I keep in my camera bag.
I love dreaming up new ways to tell your story and capturing a handful of your prettiest minutes on my camera just for you.
Every time I photograph your family I fall a little more in love with your story and your kiddos personalities and I get butterflies in my tummy thinking about how to best photograph you and yours.
I love my job.
I love photography because it encourages me to PAY ATTENTION and paying attention makes me fall in love with the whole wide world around me.
My little photography business is blowing up and it's mostly thanks to clients like you--word of mouth is how awesome people find me. You tell your friends and they tell theirs and suddenly my calendar is packed with fun families I love to see behind my lens.
I want you to know I love your families...and I love mine too.
Last fall I was so crazy busy I couldn't figure out how to love my family well and continue to fall in love with your families too. When I was finally able to catch my breath this January I dreamed up some ways to keep doing what I love without losing sight of everything else.
I wanted to tell you the why behind it all because...well...you've invited me into your family--you've shared your story with me and you've given me a front row seat to 1,000 tiny tender moments of yours. Whether we just met or we've known each other for years--because of my camera--it feels like we go waaaaaaaay back and I want to honor that.
So you are the first to know that going forward, there are 5 big changes I want you to know about.
(I know this is kinda a lot of info but you are gonna wanna hear this...so stay with me...)
#1 Thoughtful Scheduling
Last year I took WAY too many pictures. By the end of November I was approaching burn out and I groaned when I saw my camera. I don't ever want to be that busy again. I make better pictures when I protect my schedule. Last year I just kept adding sessions to my calendar based on when I had free time. I've learned that I need to make room to breathe and create in between sessions. It's better for me and especially for you.
Going forward, I really want to make more time for each session--really getting to know each family and putting time and creativity into each shoot. So each month in 2016 I am limiting my schedule to:
4 mini sessions (Friday evenings)
1 This-is-your-life session (any day of the week)
2 family/senior sessions (Saturday evenings)
2 newborn sessions (weekdays)
Pre-session consultations (Monday all day)
#2 Fresh Session Expectations
(I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS) From now on every session will include a 30 minute pre-session consultation in my cute little studio over coffee & tea (or over the phone). We’ll get together on a Monday before your session date and it will allow you to help me get to know your family a little better before we show up to take pictures. Showing up and scrambling to get to know you in 10 minutes isn't working for me anymore.
I want to make photos that reflect MORE of you! This is the perfect time to tell me everything about your family's current stage. This is the perfect time to put together outfits and dream up a lovely location. This is a brainstorming time where you bring your ideas and I bring mine and we walk into your photo session better prepared to make the perfect pictures together.
-- Each session will now include 30 photos--because I learned sometimes too many of a good thing gets a little overwhelming. I realized I was overwhelming YOU with too many images to pick from and I realized I was overwhelming myself with WAY TOO MUCH EDITING.
-- My newborn sessions now include an in-home consultation + a handful of maternity photos (because you don't want add a WHOLE session for just belly pictures but every momma needs a few).
-- You can get more detailed information on each of my new sessions on my website, but I've added a few session choices and my overall pricing has changed.
This is your life session $750
Newborn snuggle session $650
Family photo session $550
Senior photo session $400
My mini session $350
#3 My [NEW] Mini Sessions!
Let's talk about the old way.
Up to this point my mini sessions have taken place all on one day (because I lived in Florida and would only come back for tiny trips that I had to cram all my favorite faces into). Now that I'm back in Missouri, taking your precious pictures all in one crazy day--in harsh lighting, running on coffee and fumes--just doesn't make any sense. I've been killing myself photographing 10 mini sessions in one day and I only had four mini session days per year, so if my mini wasn't in your preferred season, you'd have to wait several months to book.
You'd show up, looking adorable and I would scramble to make magic happen in 30 minutes...it worked okay. I made a bunch of pictures I loved but I didn't have quite enough time to capture your moments the way I wanted. You would walk away and I would feel a little like it was a photo assembly line. So I thought long and hard about how to rescue my mini sessions and I came up with these changes...
-- From now on my mini sessions will take place on the first and last Friday of every month (no more all in one day craziness).
-- I will schedule 2 mini's on each of those Friday evenings, which means I will have 4 mini sessions per month so you don't have to wait so long between my mini days anymore.
-- Every mini session also includes the 30 minute consultation mentioned earlier.
-- All my mini sessions will be photographed in the evening light. The kind, golden hour light that I love. No more frantically trying to find shade. No more fighting harsh noon sun.
-- My mini sessions will include 15 edited photos. My goal is to make these 15 photos fit your family exactly. My goal is to make these 15 photos look more like the photos of your dreams...and because of our pre-session consultation we'll be able to nail down what exactly you are wanting to capture.
#4 **ALL NEW** This-is-your-life Session
Last year as I took your family pictures I wondered if this was really how you wanted to remember these days--all dressed up and in a pretty place that I picked out for you. I LOVE those kinda pictures and have fun watching you and your kids connect in these photographs but I wanted to give you another option.
I wanted to give you more. I wanted to give busy mommas and daddies of littles a chance to skip the stress of a "family picture day" while preserving their memories of this beautiful today that's gone tomorrow. So I added an option that would capture your EVERYDAY life.
If I had to guess, I'd bet that as you move through your everyday,
it's hard not to notice the tiny beauties--
the small bursts of sweetness
that you want to remember forever.
Everything is changing so quickly and you aren't as interested in getting everyone dressed up for a camera as you are capturing the Saturday morning snuggles, the popsicle on the porch swing, the animal crackers on the couch, the constant fort building, princess playing and bedtime story-ing.
These moments aren't scripted, planned or polished. But they are beautiful and they are yours. And you want to keep them forever but you have no idea HOW.
And here is where these new sessions come in. When you book a This-is-your-life session we will get together beforehand and arrange an ordinary day together.
Instead of getting all dressed up and on your best behavior--this is your chance to bring me along to photograph one of your favorite every days...so you can remember it forever.
#5 Photography Classes [in my studio]
Guys, this is my final and FAVORITE change going forward. I am not lying when I say I am passionate about pictures. Whether I take them or you do! I am so passionate about your tiny moments and beautiful little memories. I want to give you all the tools you need to be your family's memorykeeper! I want to help you LOOK and SEE.
I have carefully crafted 3 classes for beginning beginners and these classes will take place on Wednesday nights in my lil studio on the square. There is one for the mommas, one for your teenagers and one just for I-phone photography. I haven't been this excited about something in awhile! I can't wait to put these creative tools in your hands!!! You can find out more information on the upcoming classes HERE.
Because this email is ridiculously long, I didn’t include every little detail about my new sessions and changes. You can mosey on over to my website or scheduling site for more detailed info.
I hope it's obvious to you how much I enjoy falling in love with your family through my lens! All the creative solutions I came up with are driven by me taking a step back and asking myself why I do what I do and how I can do it even better. These new additions and changes make me excited to pick up my camera again and make beautiful photos with you!!!