Monday, August 18, 2014

Now and Then | Hampton Baby Photographer

Growth and learning are a huge part of my personal photography journey. I'm constantly taking classes and mentoring and webinars. I'm always pushing myself to try new things, experiment with lighting, and to take my photography to the next level. The day I feel I've learned enough is the day I will find a new career.  Fortunately, there's plenty more to learn, so that won't happen anytime soon. ;)
Part of growing includes looking back to see where I started and where I am now. To look at my growth and know I'm going in the right direction.
Here's are images of both my kids. On the left is my son, taken for his 6 month portrait session. I'll admit, I didn't know a thing about photography! I was still on the green auto button, my backdrop was a bed sheet, and I was playing with a brand new flash I had no idea how to really use. On the right is my daughter, taken for her 6 month portrait session. In her images, I understand lighting and depth of field. My camera is in manual mode and my focus is tack sharp. Juuuuuust a little better, don't you think?

On a side note, would you look at those cheeks?!?

What a difference 3 years makes!?! My heart still loves the image of my son because, well, he's my baby boy. I remember his little giggle and those chubby cheeks. It makes my heart smile. But it's also bittersweet, because I know those images could have been so much better. I wish I would have hired a real professional to capture those fleeting moments.
But I'm glad to see just how far I've come in this journey. I've learned so much, and seeing the side-by-side encourages me to keep pushing even harder. And to see where else I can go...

Considering a milestone session? Contact me today to see how we can customize a session for your growing baby!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am not a used car salesman (and other reasons I offer the digital files...)

If you were around before my maternity leave, you may have noticed some major changes going on. Primarily, the changes to my portrait packages. Before taking a mommy break, I was busy trying to sell some ah-maze-ing products to my clients. From wood and metal prints to classic canvas and frames, I had some stunning products on offer.  I reeeaallllyyyy wanted my clients to get those pictures up on the walls. And I still do; that hasn't changed one bit. But what has changed is that I'm no longer listening to the "experts" who are telling me how to run my business. "You have to sell products" they say. "Your business won't survive on digitals" they say. Sell, sell, sell.... Well, enough of that for me. My new packages are all about the digital files, and here's why:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Now Booking - Hampton Family Photographer

Hampton Family PhotographerAnd I'm back!

I am officially back from maternity leave and am now booking new sessions for the summer and fall. And I am SO excited to be back behind the camera again!

So what have I been up to lately? The last few months have been spent focusing exclusively on my family, and on welcoming my new daughter into our lives. It was so wonderful to have this time to focus on my children, and to find our new "normal" with another family member in the house. Adjusting to life with 2 kiddos was definitely a bit of a challenge. Our little Addy is completely different than my son was as a baby, and it took a bit of magic to make everyone's schedules mesh. I don't have to tell any of my fellow mommies how crazy life can get with a new baby in the house. But I'm very happy to say that we've found our rhythm and things are running smoothly again. And it certainly helps that she's finally sleeping through the night. (Well, most of the time...)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Behind the scenes at my new studio space!

I am so so excited to unveil my new studio space! I finally have an amazing space to shoot in, with lots of room for the babies, and even a comfy spot for mom and dad to relax while I do my thing! I still have a few more things coming in, and just a bit more to hand and finish up. But I think it's close enough to finished that I can share some behind the scenes images with you! 

Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012! Hello brand new year!

2012 has been an amazing year for me! This was our first year in Virginia, my husband and I celebrated 5 wonderful years together, and my little man turned 2 and learned to use the potty (woot woot!). And my photography business has transformed from a dream into a reality. I am both honored and humbled at the outpouring of support from my fabulous clients, friends, and family. I couldn't have done any of it without you. Looking back, it has been a long road, with a its fair share of ups and downs, but I wouldn't change a single moment of it, and I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities I've been granted. In honor of a fabulous year, I've put together some of my favorite images from 2012. So without further ado,  my favorites of 2012, in no particular order....