I hope you’ve all made it through the holidays in good health and happiness! Christmas was so magical and fun this year, especially with Lincoln showing his baby brother the holiday ropes! I was able to take a breather after the busy portrait season and spend some much needed time with my boys.
Let’s talk about how 2018 went, shall we? What were your highlights? Biggest challenges? Happiest moments? What did you learn and how did you grow?
Last year was a big one for our family. In December of 2017 we announced our second pregnancy which kicked off lots of excitement for the new year. The year started out slow but gradually picked up as the year went on. Things were pretty normal with work, parenthood, and life in general.
We welcomed our second baby boy, Wyatt, in June and that’s when things went wild. Labor was quick and to the point (2.5 hours start to finish), and I recovered very quickly! June was spent adjusting to life with two kids - which honest to God I didn’t think I would survive. I thank my lucky stars for my incredible husband and my bestie Ashley during that difficult transition (and beyond!). Lincoln was just shy of 5 years old, and I couldn’t believe all that I had forgotten about having a newborn — from breastfeeding to diaper changes — it was new all over again, and for that experience I’m so thankful. June also marked our one year wedding anniversary! It was a quiet celebration at home, but it was sweet and perfect for us.
In July I really became familiar with my little town and the community around us. Every day I would hop online and search events going on in and around the area. We did things like Lego building at the library, we went a reptile exhibit, a pop-up circus, Story Land, spent hours and hours at the park, and we went on countless nature walks. Summer in Maine is fleeting and we soaked every bit of it up, knowing I wouldn’t have another opportunity to be home with my boys for an entire summer. At the end of each day we were all filthy, sunkissed, and tired — and it was perfection.
In August I decided to officially kick off my photography business! I met a lot of amazing people, educated myself day in and day out, rebranded the business I had started a year prior, and made some goals to reach by the end of the year. I’m happy to say - while it was the hard in a lot of ways - those goals were met and exceeded, and I couldn’t have done it without you guys!
I returned to work in September and things continued to be very busy ever since. Fast forward a little bit to November when our little Lincoln turned the big 5! I’m not kidding when I tell you he counted down the days for an entire year waiting for his 5th birthday…it was a BIG deal in our house! Thanksgiving came and went in a fury and as a photographer I was thrown into full-blown Christmas shenanigans on November 23rd. When it was time to take down our tree on December 26th, I. was. ready.
I had my very first fresh 48 sessions in December! Oh, my heart! They are hands down my favorite, and I plan to expand my availability for them this year. I have decided to take on more births and fresh 48 in place of weddings in 2019. To me, photography is a way to feed my soul, and when a type of photography breathes life into me during and after the session — I want to hold on to that. The birth of a baby and the fleeting moments immediately after are the moments I want to capture and pass on to my clients.
The end of the year has come and gone and now it’s time to reflect and set more goals. But what I really want to do is say THANK YOU to all of you who have shown support one way or another. Whether it was booking a session with me or loaning me your family as models, it is so appreciated. So for my past and future clients, I present you with my new referral program! A referral is the greatest compliment I can receive. For every five clients that book a session with me and lists you as a referral you will receive a $200 credit toward any session! Credits will be issued when the fifth client’s gallery is completed & delivered.
Facebook Reviews - Any past client of mine who has left a review on my Facebook page - thank you so much! They help more than you know, and I’m offering a $10 print credit toward your next session.
Which brings me to another announcement for 2019 - product packages! I have partnered with three professional labs to be able to provide top notch printed products for all of my clients. I’m slowly moving from digital galleries to printed products. Do you have photos sitting around on your hard drive collecting digital dust? Of course you to (guilty here, too). Life gets in the way, and after sharing your favorites on social media, we forget to print the rest — weeks go by which turn into years, and before you know it you’re due for updated portraits. I want to help my clients produce a one of a kind display out of their beautiful portraits for all to enjoy for years to come. I’ll also be offering heirloom photo books which are perfect to hand down from generation to generation. Stay tuned for an announcement later this month which will list my new pricing structure and product guide.
And last but not least - * model call alert! *- If you or anyone you know have a baby who will be turning one year old this year — please reach out! I will be putting out a model call -or- a drawing for a FREE cake smash session nearing the baby’s birthday!
I look forward to meeting and working with all of you in 2019!