January is always when we photographers can slow down for a minute. October-December is sheer chaos and I welcome the slower months of January-March and making plans for the new year.
So much excitement to share! On Friday of this week I am heading to Nashville for the annual Professional Photographer of America convention. It's a gigantic bunch of photographers all there to learn and network and it's so fun. I wasn't thinking I was going to go and then everything worked out (with the help of my amazing husband and some family members) so that I could attend. Going to miss my family but I am excited to be able to continue my education and learn the newest and greatest things in the world of professional photography.
February brings our family vacation and we are all happy to get a break and bond for over a week. Driving to the Nashville area (wasn't I just there?!?) to see family and then to Charleston to take a 5 day Bahama cruise. Anyone who knows me knows I love nothing more than a cruise and we got such a great deal on this one it was practically free!
Tomorrow I am going to look at some studio space for rent in East Peoria. I have wanted to have a dedicated shooting space for some time but didn't jump since I won't use it all the time. Still want to go to client homes if they want. But this spot opened up and it the right location and a great price. Plus, I can open the space for other photographers to use and then I wouldn't feel so much like I am paying for something not being used every day. Fingers crossed!
I also was recently invited to be a Graduate Assistant for the next Dale Carnegie training. I feel my life improves every time I attend one of these 8 week trainings and I can't wait to meet the new classmates and spend Tuesday nights with them.
Crossing my fingers that this more mild weather sticks around. The temps around zero were too much for me!
This is the third time I have done school portraits and it's SO exciting to see families come year after year and the kids to have grown so much. Had some new families that I was excited to see as well. This is always a favorite of mine because for the one time each year my mobile studio is set up in MY living room. I am usually bringing it to my clients and school pictures are the only exception. Any of you who know me realize my house is a major project house and so this year with the new roof and siding I finally was excited to have people come here!
The Worsham girls are so adorable! Their clothing was perfect (great job mom!) and I loved getting to know each of their personalities. They had never had a family portrait with all 5 of them and so we went out on a beautiful afternoon for their session in the garden.
The family recently found out their oldest, Faith, has to have brain surgery so we did the session right away because they realized tomorrow is not promised and they wanted a portrait of their beautiful family now. After the session, mom and the youngest, Hope, both had health scares and it really shows how good of an idea it was to take these and not put it off.
Myah, their middle daughter was so bubbly and outgoing and giggled and smiled so easily! Hope was feeling tired after a fun slumber party but still managed to get some great smiles and Faith is your typical almost 2 year old. She gave out smiles sparingly and as soon as she did, she needed to run off some energy! Reminds me of a session years ago in Iowa-haha (Ann Fish)
If you would like to read their story and learn more about the medical challenges Faith is battling, you can check out their GoFundMe page here: https://www.youcaring.com/faithworsham-88821
This location was really great. Not sure where we were though as it wasn't in Peoria. I just love how engaged the kids are in my silliness to get this portrait :-) #TripDownPhotoMemoryLane2011 #FamiliesChangeButPortraitsAreForever #DontMissAMemory
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The Hensel's are boaters and I met a LOT of boaters when I moved to Peoria! This is at the same location as the session yesterday. Aren't the leaves wonderful that time of year? The whole family was so cooperative! I think it's time to update this family portrait, Timi! ;-)
Stephanie and I worked together for awhile when I first moved to Peoria and had to have a full time job while building my photography business. Her family was so sweet for this session! She picked the location and since then I have returned countless times as it is one of my favorite places to photograph in all of Peoria!
Natasha and Adam had a stunning wedding! I got to photograph them at EastPort, one of my favorite places to be. I just loved how all their portraits turned out, but especially love this composite! What an adorable couple who now have 2 adorable babies!!!
I love Facebook for the ability to keep in touch with people. I friend my clients because I love seeing what you have been up to since our last session. Today, I was thinking about a client I see at charity events around town and haven't photographed in a few years. I had to go back and look at their family portraits from 2011, which got me looking at lots of my old sessions and I was so happy with how many of my clients I am still in touch with! Anyway, thought I would post some of my photo memories with all of you. Seeing how much some of these people have changed is such a joy!
I have photographed the Glatz family twice now. Great grandma is no longer with us, which makes these even more special. This was at Christmastime 2011.
I got to photograph the Bridge family in 2014 when I was pregnant. They have a perfectly photogenic back yard and amazing landscaping so when they were ready to schedule a session for the extended family, their yard was again a perfect choice. It was lovely meeting everyone and we even did the Reveal and Order experience with Jean in person and her parents and brother via Skype. I had one device and Jean had the other and it was a little chaotic but everyone got to see and select their orders. What troopers! I just love how this grouping came together. Planning made it perfect! And this time Jackson didn't get any mustard on his mouth! (Last time while we were outside doing the session, the family dog, Jackson, helped himself to their lunch. It wasn't until the order appointment we could actually see the mustard on his face! Haha)
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