My 2017 Holiday Mini Sessions are officially up for grabs! These always sell out quickly (within a few days), so if you have your heart set on a mini session this year, book sooner rather than later!
Minis will take place October 15 - 21, and there are two package options to choose from (see below). The first round of minis will take place in South Tampa, in a gorgeous natural light studio that I've rented for the day. If you're wanting to do something a little different this year (or maybe you just want to beat the heat!), these should be pretty amazing! There's a full sized bed, a little settee, and lots of gorgeous natural light. I can't wait! The rest of the week's minis will take place outdoors at the Redington Beach Long Pier and Philippe Park. There will be two time slots available each of those nights.
In order to book your mini session, you'll need to head on over to the Mini Session Shop I've set up (link below), choose your time slot, add it to your shopping cart and checkout. If you would like to do the 10 image package, you'll need to add the "Upgrade" option to your cart as well. It is the first item listed on the main shop page. This should all be relatively straight forward, but this is the first year I'm using this program for bookings, so if there are any issues at all, just shoot me an email (email@example.com).
I'm SO excited to work with everyone this fall! It should be an awesome season! See you in a couple of months!
5 Image Package: $200 - Includes a 30 minute mini session and 5 high resolution digital files (via download). You'll choose your favorite 5 from a gallery of 10 images.
10 Image Package: $375 - Includes a 30 minute mini session and 10 high resolution digital files (via download). You'll choose your favorite 10 from a gallery of 12-15 images.
*Available time slots will be updated on the shop page. You can see what spots are still availble by clicking the link above!
10/15/2017 (NATURAL LIGHT STUDIO):
I'll be announcing Holiday Mini Sessions for 2017 next month (mid-August), and my email list always gets first dibs on availability (spots are limited)! If you're not currently on the email list, and you'd like to be, please fill out the form below. I'll make sure you're notified before I announce anything publicly.
I only send about three emails a year, so I promise to never spam your inbox :)
This beautiful family came to town all the way from Canada! And I was lucky enough to photograph them while they were here :)
I don't usually share this many images in one blog post, but I just couldn't help it :)
It was nice and cool today, and I had an itch to bust out the lensbaby. So we headed out front for a little roly poly hunting (a new favorite activity) and then rode our bikes in the street for a while. It was a pretty amazing afternoon.
It was loud and chaotic, and it rained the entire time, but this family was amazing.
My best friend in the whole world just moved back home for a year! I'm so excited! The circumstances of her temporary return could most definitely be better (her husband was deployed again recently and I know that CANNOT be easy for anyone), but I'm happy she's here and that she gets to pass the time with her friends and family so close by. She's staying less than a mile from the beach too, so we decided to have a sleep over party with the kiddos this weekend and make the most of it. It was pretty rad you guys.
I know it seems crazy to be thinking about the holidays when its a bazillion degrees outside, but this is about the time every year that I announce my holiday mini sessions! And since my Fall calendar is already filling up, I figured I'd better get these on the books! As always, my email list got first dibs on availability, and they sure did take advantage! I only have a few spots left for the entire week! I expect these remaining spots to go fast friends, so please don't wait if you have your heart set on a mini session this year! Here are all the details....
Holiday minis will take place the week of October 16th (10/16-10/22), and there will be two spots available each of those nights; a 6:00 and a 6:30. The first half of the week we’ll be shooting in the Hyde Park area of South Tampa, and the second half of the week we’ll be shooting at Pass-A-Grille in St Pete. There will be two packages available this year:
Package 1: $200, includes 5 high resolution digital files (via download)
Package 2: $350, includes 10 high resolution digital files (via download)
All galleries will include a few additional images this year so you can choose your 5 or 10 favorites. That way if there is an image or two you’re not fond of, you’re not stuck with it :) You will also get the chance to purchase the additional files at a discounted rate should you decide you love them all.
These mini sessions are always in very high demand, and they always sell out quickly. In order to reserve your spot, you will need to pay your session fee in full and return a signed booking contract. I can’t reserve your spot without full payment and a signed contract, because there is most likely someone in line behind you waiting on that spot.
Below is a rundown of my schedule:
10/16 (Sunday) at Hyde Park- 6:00 - BOOKED
6:30 - BOOKED
10/17 (Monday) at Hyde Park- 6:00 - BOOKED
6:30 - BOOKED
10/18 (Tuesday) at Hyde Park - 6:00 - BOOKED
6:30 - BOOKED
10/19 (Wednesday) at Pass-A-Grille - 6:00 - BOOKED
6:30 - BOOKED
10/20 (Thursday) Pass-A-Grille - 6:00 - BOOKED
6:30 - AVAILABLE
10/21 (Friday) Pass-A-Grille - 6:00 - AVAILABLE
6:30 - BOOKED
10/22 (Saturday) Pass-A-Grille- 6:00 - BOOKED
6:30 - BOOKED
I’m pretty excited to get these going this year, as I’ll just be getting home from an amazing photography conference in Seattle (where I’ll be learning AND teaching!) , and I’ll be itching to shoot! Please let me know if you have any questions at all! I can’t wait to work with you!
I'm so bad at blogging you guys. Like really, really bad at it. But this session was so wonderful that I couldn't resist sharing them all. The light, the tones, the BABY. I'm in-love :)
This mama bear...I just love her. She's a real warrior, and like, so insanely beautiful. We've know each other for a while through our local twin mom group, so I was pretty excited when she decided to book a session. I mean, look at them. And working with friends is always a bonus :)
This family though! Are they not just SO beautiful?! They contacted me a few months before their Florida vacation, and it was pretty apparent right from the get-go that our styles were perfectly aligned. They were so much fun and I just adore the way these images came out. Hope you had a fantastic vacation, C Family! It was so great working with you guys. Till next time :)
I have at least three friends who are currently working to start their own photography business. And I’m thrilled for them! Photography, aside from my own family of course, is what I live and breathe for. I love it so so much, so when someone I know shares my passion, I get pretty pumped up. That being said, I’m a full time mommy to three-year-old twins, and I run my own photography business completely by myself. I barely find the time to juggle my own marbles, so my ability to help others reach their goals is pretty limited. It’s my strong belief however that we should be building each other up in this industry. I choose to support my friends and any other fellow photographer out there with a desire to succeed. So I decided to sit down and write out a short list of helpful tips that I’ve picked up on my own journey as a professional photographer and small business owner. I’ll preface this list by saying there is SO much that goes into running a photography business. It’s not just photography (which is the part we all love); it’s marketing, advertising, accounting, coding, REASEARCH, and so much more. So take these tips for what they are, a starting point.
1. Upgrade Your Gear
You will hear this over and over again…. it’s not about the gear; it’s about the artist behind it. I couldn’t agree more! You can take breathtaking images with any DSLR camera if you know what you’re doing (though the fancy bells and whistles sure are nice). That being said, if you are going to charge people money for your services, I strongly believe you should show up with professional gear. The Canon Rebel T5i and the Nikon D5200 are both fantastic cameras, and for personal images, they’re sure to get the job done. But I wouldn’t show up to a paid gig with the same camera my client has at home. This doesn’t mean you have to go crazy. One professional camera body and one decent lens is a perfect place to start. And yes, they are expensive. But it’s expensive to start (and maintain) any business, so get used to spending money now. You may need to get a small business loan or use a 0% interest credit card to get things going, but if you’re serious about making a career of this, it’s a small price to pay. Plus, new gear is so exciting you guys!
2. Shoot in Manual
Not only does this allow you the creative freedom to really flourish, it also forces you to truly learn the fundamentals of photography. Again, you can get great images in Aperture or Shutter Priority mode, but if you’re planning to take on clients and charge them for your services, I feel it’s pretty important to know the ins and outs of the exposure triangle, among other things.
3. Shoot for Free (in the beginning)
Now, don’t get me wrong. Once you’re established, it’s crucial that you value yourself as an artist and small business owner, and that’s no easy task. You’ll feel awkward taking money from people in general, let alone the amount of money you deserve (there’s a LOT that goes into a session beyond just shooting it, and you should absolutely get paid for every bit of that). But in the beginning, you’ll need to build a portfolio. And to do that, you’ll need to offer free sessions. This takes the pressure off. It affords you the freedom to make mistakes, which is so important! You’ll learn how to deal with clients, you’ll learn about session workflow, you’ll learn how to navigate your equipment in different lighting conditions, and you’ll most likely gain lifelong PAYING clients from it. I probably shot 30 or so free sessions before I started charging people, and every single one of those free sessions eventually turned into a paying gig.
4. Have a Professional Website and Domain Name
Everyone knows that social media is an invaluable tool for small business owners. It’s free advertising (generally speaking) and it’s a fantastic way to reach clients. I get new clients from my Facebook page all the time, and as a business owner, you should definitely have an active social media presence. But when push comes to shove, when you move past the point of being a hobbyist, I think it’s crucial to have a professional website to refer your clients to. It should have information about you, what services you provide, how much you charge for those services, and most importantly, a decent portfolio. You should also have a domain name that’s all your own. Pay the $15 for the custom domain (www.yourname.com) and skip the subdomain (www.yourname.blogger.com, or www.yourname.wordpress.com). Trust me. Aside from just looking more professional, it’s better for SEO. And once you start getting actual traffic to your page, it’s too late to change it unless you want to start all over.
5. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!
One of the many things I love about photography is that anyone can do it! At the same time, that’s not exactly true. You have to have a burning passion for this. I would venture to say that most of the photographers I admire and look up to are completely self-taught. Their formal schooling is totally unrelated to the art; they just spent hours upon hours scouring the Internet for knowledge and fine-tuning their skills. That’s absolutely what I did too. I lived and breathed photography (I still do!). I was up way too late every single night obsessing about shooting techniques, editing styles, and the like. I studied other people’s work. I figured out what I liked and what I didn’t like, and then I researched the tools to achieve those things in my own unique way. I took workshops. I Googled questions until I felt like I had reached the end of the Internet. And I loved every second of it. Truth be told, this advice isn’t just for the fledgling photographer, it’s for everyone in the industry. Your thirst for knowledge should NEVER end. As a paid professional, you should still strive to learn new techniques regularly. It will keep you fresh and ignite your creativity when you’re starting to feel burned out. I take several photography workshops every single year. In fact, I’m in the second week of a photography workshop called Skin Deep with Summer Cates right now, and I’m learning (and applying) things I never knew!
(Aside from studying actual photography, you should also research the competition in your area so you can price and market yourself appropriately. You should learn everything you can about SEO while you’re at it too)
6. Shoot Every Single Day
Seriously. Every single day. It can be your kids, your pets, some flowers in the backyard, whatever. Just make it a point to get your camera out everyday and practice your art. Start a project if it helps you to be accountable to something. A 365 project is a great way to improve your skills. And let’s be honest here, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Even if you’ve been doing this for 20 years. Because things change! What you like will change, the equipment available to you will change, etc. We all start somewhere; my own work when I started a few years ago is borderline embarrassing (seriously, go check out the old images on my Facebook page…yikes!), but the more I shoot the better I get, and I have no intention of slowing down now. I have so much left to learn!
7. Join a Photography Forum
Community is key. I belong to two wonderful photography forums and they are crucial to my continued success (In Beauty and Chaos and Clickin’ Moms). I can ask questions, submit images for critique, take workshops, or just chat about photography and gear. Submerge yourself in a similar forum and take full advantage of everything it has to offer. They are generally pretty cheap (about $100 a year) and they are worth their wait in gold. You’ll need those connections as you continue on your journey. Trust me.
I joined a blog circle for 2016! The goal of which is to get myself and some fellow photographers to shoot more VIDEO! This is a foreign concept to me for the most part, but one I'm eager to take on. I mean, who doesn't want to have adorable footage of their little ones?! This particular video was supposed to serve as a "dress rehearsal". And while I had every intention of making a "real" one before the end of January, life just sort of got in the way. Sooo, this will have to suffice. Which is fine, because I love this video! Even with all of the mistakes! So check it out and let me know what you think. And when you're done, make sure you go check out all the other amazing videos in our circle! First up is Danielle Awaad's, which you can view here. Enjoy!
You guys....I adored photographing this family! There's just so much love here! Mama knew she wanted a more documentary approach to her newborn session, and you KNOW I was all over that! We spent a great morning together getting to know little Olivia, and even found out that we have some mutual friends! Good times. Congrats again on your beautiful little peanut, mom and dad. She is divine. I look forward to watching the little miss grow!
Here it is. My very first video...ever. So many mistakes, so much to learn, yet SO much fun! I joined a blog circle this year with some fellow photographers in an attempt to encourage everyone to shoot more video. The goal is one a month, on the last day of the month, but I definitely needed to play around a bit first. Ya know, since I've literally never used the video feature on my camera! Hahaha (and yikes)! Perfect or not, these two are the loves of my life and I want to have videos like this to look back on when they're older. So here it is....a typical Monday with Norah and Dylan. ***MUSIC: "SWEET PEA" BY AMOS LEE***
I had the opportunity to photograph a friend and fellow photographer with her beautiful family recently, and I just adore all of these shots too much not to share. Probably my longest blog post to date, but maybe this will make up for my being so "blog-lazy" as of late. Mama's been a busy bee!
I had the honor of photographing the new baby of some very dear friends of mine a few weeks ago. This is Avery, and he is so squishy and amazing! He has an appetite like I've never seen and is the sweetest little dude to be around. I loved getting to spend some time with him :) And mama looks so beautiful doing the new mom thing, doesn't she?! Swoon....