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Perspective

Over the past few hours since I posted the last blog, I have gotten some very wonderful advice on both my website and plans for a new studio. 

I have some more serious revamping to do including moving my boudoir work to a completely different website. And working on my marketing to bring in the amount of clientele I want to justify having studio space. 

It was truly enlightening to gain this perspective. 

Was it what I wanted to hear? No. But sometimes what you want to hear and what you need to hear are completely opposite.

I will not be taking the studio space. 

What I will be doing is implementing the very valuable marketing advice I received to bring in new clients. 

Don’t discount the power of Facebook discussions. Thank you to the people in the business groups I am in for your advice, commentary, and feedback. It made a world of difference!

 I will be posting a new blog with some of my marketing advice next week! Stay tuned!

If you would like to know some of the tips I got or advice I received, leave me some comments below and I’ll gladly answer any questions you have!

New Studio

They say that something will come along that makes you understand why nothing else ever worked out.

I found this to be true with my son. My life took a completely different turn for the better after I had my ray of sunshine.

I found this true again when my husband found me in the least likely of circumstances. He’s my soulmate. 

I’ve been at a crossroads with a career. While I’ve tried dozens of jobs, photography just seems like the most important part of my career path. 

I LOVE showing others their timeless beauty and documenting their life through portraiture. 

I’ve been trying to break into the administrative career path to no avail. No results.

I’ve been stuck in a dead end janitor night job for 3 years. While it does offer some perks, it’s not where I want to be.

I tried going back to school for computer technology programs. And I couldn’t keep my mind off photography.

Recently there was a for rent sign at a local shop. It seemed so tempting that I couldn’t help but to call. I met the owner of said shop and was blown away. It is absolutely perfect for a photography studio. My studio. Where I want to be. Doing what I love to do. For the right price.

No other job has worked out. My efforts to break into a different career have not been successful.

What is stopping me?

Me. My lack of faith in myself to make this work. I crunched the numbers and if I had more faith… I could make this work. I would have to do it full time. And that scares me. Having to rely on my own abilities scares me. The thought of losing that much money and failure…is scary. 

My current marketing efforts haven’t been very successful either and that is very important since I need to have established clients to make it work and I currently do not. I have honestly put photography on the back burner while trying to pursue alternative careers. 

I believe this is my calling.

What would you do? 

Would you take the leap of faith and go for it? Or would you stay on the straight and narrow safe path until a more secure possibility comes along?

Let me know in the comments!

The Larson Family

The Family Next Door

When I was just a sweet little teen girl, a new family moved next door to my dad’s house. While my dad was building on his back deck my curious mind kept checking over the fence to the hustle and bustle of the new family moving in. I remember my excitement when they had kids!!! Two awesome boys to be exact! One was just a year older than me and the other just 3 years behind. I finally got to meet them after some time. We all became great friends and have shared years of adventures. While our lives have sent us on many different paths, occasionally we cross paths and it’s always fun! I had the pleasure of photographing their family last weekend. Here’s a few of the spectacular portraits I got!

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Photo A Day Social Experiment

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Just started a #PhotoADay social experiment to see how easy it is to meet new people and take a simple portrait. Brittany and her son teamed up to do a Facebook Live video with Portrait Photography. Don’t mind the cameraman….he’s only 8!!!! The video includes some snippets from the Facebook Live videos with their accompanying portraits. Thanks to our brave models that gladly participated in this social experiment! And I hope you like your portraits!

Stay tuned for more!!!

Models:

Tyler and Makayla
Logan Caviola

Locations:
Neighbor’s Pool
Davenport, IA Skatepark

Click on the images to enlarge.

Trial Experiment

I’m thinking of attempting a portrait a day experiment where me and my camera will go to random spots around the Quad Cities and I will do at least one portraiture a day. Feature at least one person. I would want to gain a little info about each random person I meet and blog about them. I’m pretty excited about this experiment but I want to know what you guys think of it first!

What are some things I should have to make this trail experiment legitimate (in the eyes of the public)? I’m already bringing my pro equipment (obviously), business cards, and modeling waivers (special contracts that allow the use of images taken for professional usage). So if a random professional photographer came up to you and asked if you would like your portrait taken with the above stuff, and to be featured in a blog on their website/social media with the answers to some interesting facts about themselves like below, how would you react?

“How would you like people to see you/What would you like to be remembered for? Example: as kind, as a rebel, as a professional, as an athlete, as an artist, etc.”

“What has been/is your favorite part of life?”

“How do you define beauty? What is beautiful to you?”

“If you could do anything with your life without being confined by time, money, etc, what would you do?”

Let me know about your reactions in the comments below or even answer the questions above and attach a portrait of yourself!

Engagement of a lifetime!

Hey fans!

Meet Jay and Kristin! I had the INSANE privilege of photographing (while my husband video recorded) their surprise engagement! Watch the magic unfold HERE!!! And a video at the end!!!

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Jay contacted me a few weeks ago to do their engagement session… With a twist! He plotted the ENTIRE day and even sent me a MAP! LOL

What started off as a normal day for them, walking and taking some simple photos in Vander Veer Botanical Park.

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Turned into the surprise of a lifetime for them…

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While the mini coopers grabbed her attention, He reached into his pocket to grab her ring…

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And PROPOSED!!!

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And OF COURSE she said YES!!!!

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It was an ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL MOMENT!!!

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Meet the mini cooper group that made their magic happen!

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Congratulations Jay and Kristin! Thank you soooo much for letting us be a part of your magical day! I wish you both the BEST of LOVE!!!

NOW… Watch the magic happen!!!