2014 Holiday Cards!

I had to run into Pat Catan's the other day and was shocked that they already had their Christmas trees and decorations up. I mean come on, it's not even Halloween yet! Then it dawned on me that my fall calendar is quickly filling up and I hadn't even booked my Holiday Card Sessions yet! EEEKKK.... With that said, I'm offering a few little promotions to go along with the release of our 5 amazing, (almost) fully customizable Holiday Cards. Here goes...

  • Book your Lifestyle Session by November 1st (session must take place by November 21st) and receive 25 FREE 5x7 Holiday Cards! - Space is limited so please contact me as soon as possible for open availability.
  • Already have a session (or wedding!) this year and wish to purchase cards using those images? Fabulous! Contact me before November 1st and receive 15% off your entire card order!

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Monday Mash-Up

In preparation for winter hours at the shop, I have been using my Mondays as a catch up day. Sometimes that means editing/emailing/filing/accounting/some other dreadful office duty that gets put on the back burner and other times it means folding three baskets of laundry/emptying the dishwasher/vacuuming/restocking our fridge/etc. On really great days it means going to yoga without feeling guilty. Today it will be a bit of all of that, minus the yoga and replacing it with dinner with my two greatest friends in the entire world. I'm also going to use this time to play catch up with my thoughts, in hopes it will clear my mind and rejuvenate me for this busy week ahead. So without further ado, here are some tidbits and lessons from last week:

  • I am the new photographer for Lakewood Animal Shelter, which officially makes me a volunteer for CCLAS! Just another something on my personal goals "to-do list" that I've finally gotten around to. I will be photographing all of the adoptable animals that come through (or at least most of them)! More on all of that later with a proper length blog post :)
  • I spent Saturday morning with my 2 year old nephew and it made me realize how fast time has been flying by. First of all, how is he already 2? Second, when did he learn to talk so well? On a side note, he is the easiest 2 year old in the history of the world. At least for those 3 hours I was with him. We literally ran errands all morning and he was as happy as can be the entire time. Probably because he is so effing adorable, and everywhere we go people comment on that fact. I mean, who doesn't like going out and about only to be doted upon by every single person they encounter?
  • Early morning pet sessions are becoming a new favorite of mine. The lighting is perfect (even if it's a bit drizzly), the wold is calm, and I get lots of puppy kisses to boot.
  • After going through a whiney, "I have no clothes" phase last week, I took an hour to go through every single  article of clothing I have. I got rid of 2 fully packed garbage bags of clothes and yet my closet has never seemed more full! I don't know what I am more excited about, the fact that I am totally pumped about my fall/winter wardrobe or the fact that I didn't have to spend a ton of money to obtain it. Win win.

And because no post should ever be without photos, check out Harvard (collar #146)! He is STILL available through Lakewood Animal Shelter...Collar 146 M_0001Collar 146 M_0002Collar 146 M_0004Collar 146 M_0005Collar 146 M_0006Collar 146 M_0007Collar 146 M_0009Collar 146 M_0010Collar 146 M_0011

All of these photos were taken within a 3 minute time frame. He is a total ham!

 

A Love Affair Workshop + BHLDN Styled Wedding Shoot

A  lot has happened in the past year. I got married, I quit my day job, my husband quit his and now this is all becoming so real. Truth be told, I fell into a bit of a rut. I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go with my photography and what my ultimate goal was with my career. This winter was a nice break and a nice reality check. As I no longer had a second job, it meant my "down time" with photography was actually some down time! I was able to step back and really look at the big picture. What do I really want to focus on? Where do I really want to go with all of this? When I saw that two of my favorite wedding photographers were hosting a workshop, I immediately jumped on board. Lauren and Tim are insanely talented and honestly, I was just excited to be able to meet them! But to sit down with them, and take in everything they had to offer was more than I ever could have asked for. It was just the boost I needed to finally step forward and embrace who and what I truly want to be and become. They are living proof that when you set the bar high and go after what you want, things will indeed fall into place. When you focus on yourself and stop worrying about what others are doing or have done, it's amazing the things you can accomplish.

On top of soaking up as much as I could from Lauren and Tim, I also had the pleasure of spending the day with 8 other fabulous photographers, who I am so excited to have met. It's amazing being around others who have the same passion and outlook on life. To feed off of each other instead of comparing was so incredibly refreshing. On top of hanging out with all these talented people, I also got to shoot a Styled Wedding that was out of this world! (Though trying to shoot with 9 others doing the same was a whole new challenge!)

So, enough rambling. Thank you to Lauren Fair Photography for the amazing workshop, amazing shoot, and for introducing me to so many wonderful ladies! With wedding season beginning in just a few weeks, it was just what I needed!

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Sign Up for the Newsletter!

Happy Monday! I know there are a lot of  you who are off today, due to this crazy storm coming through. I, on the other hand, am lucky enough to work from home so I have no excuse not to be plugging away at my today list:) On a whole separate note, in case you haven't noticed the little "Newsletter" signup form at the bottom of the blog, I'm starting to do email Newsletters! So sign up! Today! (Little Hint: I will be running a ONE DAY SALE soon and you'll be the first to know!)

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And because every post needs an image, here is a sneak peek of Arlo from his 9 month session...arlo-1