Can you ever be “too blessed”? As I look at my schedule for April, May and beyond, I think my answer is yes.
In December of 2012, with encouragement and unlimited support from my hubby, I launched my studio. And business has been good, GREAT even.
I don’t know many people who LOVE their job like I do.
It truly means everything to me especially because these families I photograph are more than just clients, they are friends.
They’ve included me in the lives to share in their joy and their everyday struggles. We have real honest conversations about kids and marriage and health. And to me, that really means something. I don’t just take pictures of your kids. I capture this time for YOU to treasure and for YOU to remember.
Being able to do what I love while building new friendships, is exactly why I feel so blessed day after day! Does it really get much better than that?
It’s your friendship and support that makes the following announcement easier…
Those of you who really know me know that I’ve been having an especially hard time with Evie turning 4. I think it’s the realization that I really only have one more year with her before she’s off to school. Those 365 days, I need to make them count.
So in an effort to take advantage of every moment Evie and I have together and to make 2014 the most memorable year ever,effective immediately,
I will no longer accept weekend bookings except for the following dates (5 spaces max each day, no newborns):
June: 1 spot on 6/7 11a.m.
As a parent yourself, I know you understand exactly where I’m coming from and I can’t thank you enough for your support! Message me if you’d love to set up a playdate or a weekday session!! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are my dedicated studio days and I will continue to book these dates for newborns, maternity and grow with me sessions!
In other changes, I am going to ALL DIGITAL COLLECTIONS!
Yes, prints and canvases can still be purchased in addition to digital packages, don’t worry! But you asked for it and I get it. Who doesn’t love instant gratification right? I wanna make your wishes come true too!
This only applies to new inquiries so if you have a session on the books I’m still honoring my previous collections.
Here’s to instant gratification, new friendships, old friendships, and a memorable year for all, including my precious girl Evie!!
Meet Ben. Or perhaps I should say, remember Ben? At 7 sessions, he’s my most photographed client ever. A true Bump and Beyond Evie Claire kid.
Today we celebrated 9 months and he’s changed so much in the last 2 months. This boy is ON THE GO now. He gave us a run for our money (and a workout) but rewarded us with his signature smile and those gorgeous eyelashes again. What is up with these boys lately giving me lash envy?!!
And shall we chat about my 3 new boy backdrops? I mean really?!!! In my best Rachel Zoe voice, “I die”. Ben was the perfect model and I think Evie enjoyed a night off!
He’s my little old man Mom told me. Belongs in another era. The seersucker cap and suspenders sealed the deal. Aiden was a throwback from a time when men were men and women were women.
And then he put on some camo and sealed the deal as the cutest little explorer ever. Safari themed cake smash? Yes please! For a minute there we thought he was going to stick his whole face in the cake (when will this happen?!!!) but he pulled back, channeled that inner old man, and proceeded with dignity.
“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” ~Chili Davis
1 year ago, Kim and Vit came into my studio with their precious baby boy. Kim later told me that she was so nervous taking her little man out into the world for his first excusion. Never would have know it. She and Vit relaxed and watched the session and Luka became one of my famous OBGYN models, proudly displayed in the Hoffman OBGYN offices in Baltimore, Catonsville and Dundalk.
3 sessions later, Luka is no longer a baby. He’s a little boy with a head full of soft curls, eyelashes that girls everywhere will envy and a smile that could cure even the saddest day.
It’s hard that first year.
These little ones are exhausting and just when you think you have them figured out, they change. But all the moments, hard, beautiful and in-between are fleeting. And our babies become little boys, and little men and grown ups. When I look at these photos of Luka, I see glimpses into the future and it’s as wide open and bright as his eyes.
Cake smash sessions are about celebrating the cumulation of that first year and Luka was ready to throw down.
His animated expressions were very “Seussesque” if I do say so myself!
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.” Dr. Seuss
Crystal walked into my studio dressed to the nines and I wanted to applaud her amazing effort and crazy good styling. Funny she said. Someone recently stopped her on the street and commented on how impressed they were that she put so much effort into getting dressed up, at THIRTY NINE WEEKS, no less. I became slightly ashamed of my session wardrobe choice (tank top, leggins, running socks) but that’s another story.
There is nothing more essentially feminine as being pregnant and Crystal literally looked angelic. A beautiful glow, flawless skin and a radiant head of hair that she said is one of her favorite pregnancy bonuses! I can’t wait to meet her little one in early April and to get her in front of the camera holding the little beauty she’s been carrying. To me, there is nothing more rewarding about this job than seeing a new mother look at her baby with eyes full of love and adoration.
“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin