Chicka Boom Baby {OC Child Photographer}

If you’ve got a little girl, you HAVE to check out Chick Boom Baby’s stuff!

They even have little ties shirts for boys & tons of baby gear – all handmade & gorgeous.

Some of my favorite photography props are from this shop …

yummy hand dyed cheese cloth for wrapping up newborns & the fluffiest pettiskirts ever!

I’ll be using some of these items in the near future – so stay tuned!

You can find them on FACEBOOK or check out the shop on ETSY.

I had the pleasure of taking images for some of their newest items – LOVE them!

Photog Friday: Baby Bumps, Speed Bumps, and Bumps up Ahead

Those of you who know me, know all too well that I don’t slow down. I don’t give myself a break. Stopping to clean up the puke is not the same as stopping to smell the flowers. My ‘me time’ is when I get my business ‘To Do’ list done. I’m wired to go, go, go … I’ve got things to do, places to go, if I stop my feet might get stuck in the sand.

I’ve always been a list making, rule following, goal oriented kinda person. But until I discovered a love for photography, I never really had a “big dream”. I dream of being a sought out, fully booked calendar, photographer who needs an assistant with a husband trained to 2nd shoot.

I use all my spare time (like I know what “spare” time is, c’mooon). Reed being preschool age fits in that nicely. We run around town to make playdates for him which are good networking opportunities for me, we run errands in between, and then back home so I can get some work done. Some where in there, I manage to play with Reed & get him fed and maybe do some laundry.

Insert Child: Version 2 (here).  Since I didn’t start my business until after Reed’s 1st birthday, I never had to slow down my schedule to make time to figure out the mom thing. A new baby with a preschooler means I’ll need to slow down. What does that mean? I’m not sure, but I know physically I can’t do as many sessions this summer. The husband has forbade me (that’s right, forbade me) from picking up a summer wedding. I can use the slow down to re-create my website, restructure my pricing, and get lingering things on my checklist done. But I feel like if I’m not hustling, no business will come in.

Can I shoot a family session with a baby in the front carrier? Maybe I should start doing squats to build for that. Can I fit a session in while Reed is at school for 3 hours?  Take a breath, its just a curve in the road. You can do it, just slooow down. I wonder if I get a sling, if I can nurse and shoot a newborn at the same time. hmmm.

I can’t help but feel some anxiety. A looming feeling that if I stop, my dream will sink into the water just out of my reach. Being a mom is my priority, above all over things, even my dreams. They grow up too fast for anything to get in my way of being mommy. Capturing those fleeting moments is WHY I 1st picked up a camera anyway. I have to find a way to enjoy “maternity time”, breathe normally during my slow down, not worry about all the things I could be doing while I’m adjusting to a bigger family. Breathe. It’s just a speed bump, a curve in the road. Breathe.

And in my heart, I have a suspicion … seeing the new baby’s face for the 1st time will wipe all my anxiety away. Thank you Lord for that.

They’re all Princesses …

… but who will win the Princess session?! That’s up to YOU.

Comment on this blog post for your favorite princess to vote.

Also each “like” and comment on the Facebook page counts as a vote!

Voting ends May 7th.

Autumn

Brooke

Natalie

Zoe

See PROMOS page for more details.

If you’d like to book a Princess Session for YOUR princess, email me and mention you participated in the contest and get 10% you session!

Thanks for stopping by!

Show Mom Some Love

Schedule a session before Mother’s Day and get 10% OFF your full session!!

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Zach Arias: FREE Workshop!

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – CreativeLIVE is awesome!

It’s one of my favorite places to learn from right now! And with photography, there is ALWAYS something to learn – that’s why I love it! I spend most my free time (that would be the time between switching laundry & refilling milk cups) searching the internet for resources. And even though education is the 2nd most important investment in my improvement (practice being the first!), I don’t have the budget for costly workshops … not to mention the time & energy involved in dropping Wild Things with sitters, getting myself to the event, and then trying to learn it all!

If you’re a visual learner like me, you need to check it out! Its a live creative classroom and what they do is webcast different courses. They have them on photography, video, design, and fine arts.

The photography courses are done by some BIG names, like Bambi Cantrell, Jasmine Star, professional photogs that you or I wouldn’t normally get to see in action … and the best part is you can watch the webcasts for FREE! While the workshop is happening you can catch it live on the net completely free! If you miss part and decide you HAVE to see it in its entirety or again (& again & again) you can download it after or during the airing, usually for about $149. There’s NO way you’re gonna get to go to a Zack Arias 2 day, 6hrs per day workshop for only $99! So, this is a great deal.

And some day, when my Wild Things are in school, I’ll be able to watch an entire workshop webcast. But until then, I can catch valuable tidbits of techniques & tips and have the option of buying the download if I decide I could really benefit from studying it.

So, go check it out & enroll in the last workshop being offered by Zack Arias – a MASTER in studio lighting!  … I’ll be watching the action (while in my pjs!) –

http://creativelive.com/courses/zack-arias-again

Photog Friday: Poll!

Jasmine Star: Free Workshop!

For any of you like me that are struggling to get into wedding photography, I have a DEAL for YOU! Jasmine Starr is offering FREE Workshop: Building your Wedding Photography Business with Jasmine Star!!

I love Jasmine Starr’s Wedding Photography … and her blog … and her website … AND she does workshops on CreativeLIVE! Awesome! I just registered for the April workshop if you’re quick about it, you can still get in FREE! Here’s the link:

http://cr8.lv/weddingbiz

I’m really excited about this workshop and hope to gain some valuable tips on growing my wedding business. Check it out! And if you plan on registering, let me know so we can go over some of the things we learned afterward.

Happy Wednesday!!